Secretary of the Navy Names Future Littoral Combat Ship

October 8, 2018 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Littoral Combat Ship, USS Cleveland today. The future USS Cleveland, will be named in honor of Cleveland, Ohio and the citizens of Cleveland for their service and longstanding support of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team. This is the fourth ship to bear the name Cleveland. “The city of Cleveland has been steadfast partner to the Navy and Marine Corps team and it is fitting to name a future Littoral Combat Ship after the city…

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US & Japan Advance New Amphibious Capability

October 7, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) became the first U.S. Navy ship in the 7th Fleet to conduct amphibious operations with the newly established Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) troops and their equipment on Oct. 2. JGSDF Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) were recovered by Ashland Sailors and embarked Marines from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) training as a part of exercise Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat (KAMANDAG) 2. The ARDB, formed on March 27,…

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HMS Kent Completes Life-Extension Overhaul

October 8, 2018 – Families, friends and former commanding officers helped welcome HMS Kent back to the heart of the Royal Navy after an 18-month keel-to-mast revamp. The frigate has undergone a major overhaul in the hands of Babcock in Plymouth, work which makes her both the most advanced submarine hunter in the Fleet – and helps sustain her on active duties into the early 2030s. As well as a brand new command system, the ship was fitted with the new Sea Ceptor missile system while in Babcock’s hands; replacing…

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Portsmouth Welcomes US Carrier for Port Visit

October 8, 2018 – USS Harry S Truman has arrived into Portsmouth for a port visit while on deployment to the Mediterranean. Sister ship to the USS George W H Bush which arrived last summer, there are more than 5,000 personnel on board who will visit the city and take tours of the UK during their stay. The carrier most recently visited France and Greece and will continue with her program early this week. Arriving early Saturday morning into a foggy Solent, she has anchored off Stokes Bay near Gosport.…

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Сrew of new anti-sabotage boat formed in Kamchatka

October 8, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Kamchatka harbor defence formation of the Troops and Forces in North-Eastern Russia completed manning the Project 21980 new anti-sabotage boat Grachonok. The Grachonok is a multipurpose boat, which is directly related to her speed capabilities and high maneuverability. The main purpose of the boat is to counter the enemy’s sabotage forces and means, support actions of military diving specialists in the stationing site’s sea zone and in the adjacent areas. A new boat is equipped with the modern electronic equipment and latest diving…

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Chinese Hospital Ship Peace Ark Visits Grenada

October 8, 2018 – The Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark (Hull 866), which is on the “Harmonious Mission 2018,” arrived in Grenada’s capital ‎St. George’s on October 2 for an eight-day friendly visit and providing humanitarian medical service. This is Peace Ark’s second visit to the country since 2015. Grenada, located at the southernmost tip of the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, is the sixth stop of the “Harmonious Mission 2018”. The Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark arrived at the ‎St. George’s Port at 10 a.m. on…

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BAE Systems Develops Next-Generation Countermeasures Dispenser to Provide Advanced Threat Protection for Aircraft

October 8, 2018 – BAE Systems, a leader in optical electronic warfare systems, today unveiled its Smart D2™ system, a next-generation threat management technology named for its ability to dispense countermeasures and defend military aircraft. The system efficiently manages and deploys smart, expendable countermeasures – including multi-shot flares, active radio-frequency (RF) decoys, and kinetic interceptors – that are designed to protect aircraft and aircrews from existing and emerging threats. “The Smart D2 system combines smart inventory management with a database of proven countermeasure combinations” Traditional threat warning and countermeasure systems identify and defeat…

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Former Navy SEAL Ephraim Mattos, Shot By ISIS, Details His Experience with Free Burma Rangers in New Book ‘City of Death’

October 9, 2018 – Former US Navy SEAL Ephraim Mattos teamed up with New York Times bestselling author Scott McEwen (American Sniper) to write the upcoming book, City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the Battle of Mosul — available everywhere on October 23 from Center Street / Hachette Book Group. City of Death tells the unforgettable story of an American warrior turned humanitarian forced to fight his way into and out of a Hell on Earth created by ISIS. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P0pZvn22xk[/embedyt] City of Death is the true story of Ephraim…

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U.S., Malaysia reinforce new level of partnership with maritime exercise

October 8, 2018 – As part of a growing number of maritime exercises held each year between the U.S. and Malaysia, Sailors from both partner navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2018 in Lumut, Oct. 8. 2018 marks a significant growth in the relationship between the U.S. and Malaysia as both partner navies expanded their role in this year’s 24th iteration of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), 17th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), 13th iteration of the Pacific Partnership, and 26th iteration of Rim…

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Defence Secretary Announces Devonport Will Be Home to Type 26 Frigates

October 8, 2018 – All of the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 frigates will be homed in Devonport, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced at the Naval Base today. The eight Type 26 warships will start being delivered to the Royal Navy from the mid-2020s, heralding yet another new era in the role of a base which has played a central role in the defence of the UK for hundreds of years – from the Napoleonic wars to the Falklands Conflict. The 6,900-tonne frigates will be world-class anti-submarine warships and…

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USS Michael Murphy Visits Papua New Guinea Ahead of APEC 2018

October 7, 2018 – USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 6. As the first U.S. Navy ship to visit Port Moresby since USS Comstock (LSD 45) in 2017, Michael Murphy arrives as the nation prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit for the first time in Nov. 2018. Port visits like this strengthen the U.S. Navy’s relationship with the maritime forces of Papua New Guinea. The port visit also follows Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly’s recent trip to…

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Bilateral Maritime Exercise Between Japan and India (JIMEX 18) to Commence at Visakhapatnam

October 7, 2018 – Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma – a Guided Missile Destroyer arrived at Visakhapatnam on 07 October 2018. The JMSDF Ships under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, Commander, Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4), would be participating in the third edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) with the ships of Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy (IN) from 07 to 15 October 18. JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe the best practices of each…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)

October 6, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) today with approximately 900 guests in attendance. The ship is the 71st in the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class of destroyers and the 33rd built by Ingalls. Alfred Gray, a retired general and former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, was the keynote speaker. “We’re here to honor a great American, a great ship and a great shipyard as well,” Gray said. “Frank is the person who really gave…

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Cammell Laird wins 10-year RFA support contracts worth £619 million

October 6, 2018 – Merseyside, UK-based shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird says winning two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA – see notes to editors), worth an estimated £619million, is a massive boost for the company and will enable it to continue to invest in its workforce, apprenticeship programme and infrastructure. In total Cammell Laird said winning the contract will sustain more than 300 jobs at the company and in the supply chain and create more than 100 apprenticeships. Cammell Laird previously held an RFA cluster…

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ARC Cabo Corrientes Decommissioned

October 4, 2018 (Google Translation) – With a heartfelt ceremony on the dock of the Naval Base ARC “Málaga” (ex-USCGC Point Ward) the National Navy dismissed the ship ARC “Cabo Corrientes” a unit of Point Class type that served as assigned to the Pacific Naval Force for 18 years, conducting operations against drug trafficking, search and rescue, protection of maritime resources, exercising sovereignty and transporting personnel for activities of integral action. During the ceremony, the Lieutenant of Frigate Ana Buitrago Arias, Commander number 17 of this Unit gave the order…

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