F-35C Achieves Initial Operational Capability

February 28, 2019 – The Commander, Naval Air Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation jointly announced that the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, met all requirements and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The Feb. 28 announcement comes shortly after the Department of the Navy’s first F-35C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completed aircraft carrier qualifications aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and received Safe-For-Flight Operations Certification. In order to declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly…

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First Steel Cut for Qatari OPV by Fincantieri

February 27, 2019 – The steel cutting ceremony of the first patrol vessel (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel)ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. In the awarding of this prestigious contract, Fincantieri has prevailed over other competitors thanks to a project recognized as the most advanced and innovative of all and an experience gained in the construction of hi-tech vessels. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply…

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Royal Australian Navy Retiring Bell 429 Helicopters

February 28, 2019 – The last Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter is making its final public appearance at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon, Victoria, this week. Originally commissioned into service in 2012, Navy’s 723 Squadron operated the Bell 429s to maintain and develop the skills of junior helicopter aircrew. “We trained junior aircrew in the Bell 429 to improve and maintain their skills,” said Pilot Training instructor Lieutenant Cliff Gaudie. “The Bells were great little helicopters that enabled young naval Pilots and aircrew the chance to hone…

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Harrison Talks About ‘Not Quite Dead’ Ships at Carderock

James Harrison, the director of the Expeditionary Warfare Ship Division at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), was at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division on Feb. 13 presenting a brown-bag lecture on damaged ships that just were not ready to sink. Titled “I’m Not Quite Dead Yet,” the lecture focused on ships that sustained large amounts of damage and kept operating. In addition to the presentation being interesting and humorous, Harrison hoped that it would also highlight why survivability is an important factor to consider in naval ship design. One…

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Little Creek Taking Big Steps for Technical Excellence

February 28, 2019 – The engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division’s Combatant Craft Division (CCD) in Little Creek, Virginia, are faced with a good problem to have: they are being asked to do more of the work they love. The concern for Carl Casamassina, senior principal naval architect and marine engineer, is how CCD will grow to meet workload demands without sacrificing quality. CCD is a detachment of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, and the center of expertise for high-performance boats and crafts. Any solutions to…

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Transfer of AP-3C Orion A09-659 to the Australian War Memoria

February 28, 2019 – The Australian War Memorial will become home to the AP-3C Orion aircraft with tail number A09-659, preserving the heritage of this significant aircraft. Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today presented the AP-3C Orion aircraft to Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson AO at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon. Chester said the aircraft’s missions included long-range maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface unit warfare and search and survivor supply. “Since the A09-659 aircraft arrived in Australia in July 1985, it has performed…

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Newcastle Patrols Bass Strait Oil Rigs

February 28, 2019 – While transiting to Western Australia for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019, the guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle separated from the OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group to undertake patrols of key oil infrastructure in the Bass Strait as part of Navy’s national maritime security commitment. Newcastle’s Commanding Officer, Commander Anita Sellick, described the importance of the patrols to the security of Australian maritime resources. “Royal Australian Navy ships and aircraft routinely patrol key oil and gas infrastructure as we undertake transits throughout the nation’s exclusive economic zone,” Commander Sellick…

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Thales Designing AWWS Fire Control for Belgian & Dutch M-Class Replacements

February 28, 2019 – The current multi-purpose frigates in service of the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Belgian Navy are reaching the end of their lifecycle. The next generation will replace these two Dutch and two Belgian M-frigates as of 2024. Although their primary role will be anti-submarine warfare, the new frigates must be able to independently defend themselves as well as nearby units against air and surface threats. For this purpose, they will be equipped with a state-of-the-art surface warfare fire control system, called AWWS. The development of AWWS…

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RFS Admiral Essen Deploys to Mediterranean

February 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – In accordance with the combat training plan, the frigate “Admiral Essen” of the Black Sea Fleet left Sevastopol and headed for the Black Sea straits. After passing the straits, the ship will act as part of the permanent grouping of the Russian Navy in the long-range operational zone. In preparation for the march at the station of permanent deployment and at sea, the crew of the frigate conducted various exercises in accordance with the training courses of surface ships of the Navy. The frigate…

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ARA Bahia Agradable Deploys to Antarctic

February 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Sunday morning the ARA notice “Pleasant Bay” sailed from Dársena “E” of the Port of Buenos Aires in direct defeat to the white continent to carry out tasks to support the Antarctic Summer Campaign (CAV) 2018/19 . At the wharf was dismissed by the Joint Antarctic Commander (COCOANTAR), Division General Justo Francisco Treviranus, and the Commander of the Maritime Patrol Division, Captain Marcelo Alejandro Dalle Nogare, along with heads of the National Directorate of the Antarctic. The notice, as a component unit of…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Odessa

February 27, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odessa, Ukraine Feb. 27 after completing a scheduled port visit as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between U.S., Ukrainian, and other European representatives, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy to the Commander Ambassador Philip…

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Future USS Charleston set for namesake city commissioning

February 26, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. ceremony, March 2, at Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Riley gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “The future…

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AN/AQS-20C Sonar System Completes Developmental Testing

February 26, 2019 – The Navy announced completion of developmental testing for the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar system at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Feb. 26. The AQS-20C is the next generation of the AN/AQS-20 system designed to be incorporated into the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package. The system consists of four sonar arrays: two side-looking arrays; a gap-filler sonar array; and a forward-looking sonar array providing simultaneous detection, localization and classification of bottom mines, close-tethered moored mines and volume-moored mines. The system delivers high-definition images of…

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USS Chief Visits Jakarta

February 26, 2019 – USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 26, for a port visit. Chief is visiting Jakarta while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work with their Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) counterparts to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability. “Partnerships, especially persistent partnerships, enhance our ability to maintain peace and maritime stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. “As such, the U.S. Navy is committed to continuing to engage and work side-by-side with our Indonesian Navy partners…

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USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) Returns from Final Deployment

February 25, 2019 – The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London on Monday, Feb. 25, marking the successful completion of its final deployment. The ship’s sponsor, Dr. Carol Sawyer, a retired professor, traveled from San Diego, California to welcome the ship home and rode on the tug alongside the boat as she made her way down the Thames River to be moored at pier six of the naval base. As ship’s sponsor, she has made a point to…

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