Méndez Núñez Returns to Ferrol

March 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate of the Spanish Navy “Méndez Núñez” (F-104) has returned today to its home port in Ferrol, after finishing his training along with other units of the US Navy. In this period he has stopped at the ports of Norfolk (Virginia) and Charleston (South Carolina), and has participated in the training exercise and certification “Composite Training Unit Exercise” or C2X, together with the rest of the Group’s units. Combat of the aircraft carrier “Abraham Lincoln”. After a brief stay in Charleston for rest…

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Rolls-Royce wins contract to supply propulsion package for new Patrol Vessel for Malta

March 6, 2019 – Rolls-Royce has secured a contract with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the supply of a marine propulsion package to a new Offshore Patrol Vessel under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The 1800ton displacement, 74.8 meter, twin-screw vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce scope of supply that includes a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, Fin Stabilisers, and a touch-screen remote control system that incorporates the novel CanMan Touch Joystick…

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KERSHIP Delivers Third BSAM

March 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) SEINE is the third largest series of four ships designed and built by KERSHIP. Ordered in 2016, it has just been officially received by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA). The delivery of the fourth unit, the BSAM GARONNE, the first take of Command will take place in Concarneau in March, is scheduled for the summer of 2019. Delivered in March 2018, the BSAM ‘LOIRE’ was the first building Admitted to the Active Service, followed by the…

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RFA Mounts Bay’s £190K Drug Bust

March 6, 2019 – Just days after HMS Dragon bagged two tonnes of hash in the Indian Ocean, RFA Mounts Bay seized £190,000 of cocaine half a world away. The ship recovered 100kg of the Class A narcotic from Hessian sacks dumped in the Caribbean as drug-runners dumped their illegal cargo and fled from authorities. It’s the second time in a month the support ship has recovered drugs ditched in the ocean, tossed overboard by criminals determined not to get caught in the act. Last month, she came across 22kg…

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HMS Defender Escorts Russian Task Group

March 6, 2019 – HMS Defender is today shadowing a Russian naval task group along the coast of the UK. The Type 45 destroyer was called upon to sail over the weekend and keep watch on the frigate Admiral Gorshkov and three auxiliary ships as they passed close to UK territorial waters. Portsmouth-based Defender is monitoring the Russian task group and keeping track of their activity in areas of national interest. Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster, said,“The Royal Navy is always standing ready to defend the UK. “We…

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RFS Admiral Gorshkov Transits English Channel

March 5, 2019 – Today, a detachment of ships and support vessels for the Northern Fleet as part of the frigate Admiral of the Soviet Fleet Pots, the multifunctional logistics ship Elbrus, the rescue tug Nikolay Chiker and the medium sea tanker Kama began to pass the English Channel. Before leaving the North Sea, communications were conducted on the frigate and ships, and the order of the march through narrowness was determined. Previously, the detachment operated in the Mori Firth Bay, fulfilling the tasks of counter-sabotage defense when parked on…

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HMAS Brisbane Trials New Mariner Skills Evaluation

March 4, 2019 – While sailing under the Australian White Ensign for the first time, HMAS Brisbane became the first ship to trial an enhanced Mariner Skills Evaluation (MSE) in Sydney and off the coast of Jervis Bay. The new and challenging training program was designed and led by Sea Training Group to ensure Brisbane and her crew are capable and safe to handle some of the worst case scenarios when sailing in a peacetime environment. Brisbane began her work-up period by commencing the standard phase of MSE. The assessment…

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First Supplies Embarked on Prince of Wales

March 4, 2019 – The first stores have been loaded aboard HMS Prince of Wales as Britain’s new carrier takes another small step towards her maiden voyage. More than 62 tonnes of supplies – bandages, pots, pans, camp beds, pipe clamps, hoses, valves and firefighting equipment – have been moved on to the ship as the flat-top prepares to sail later this year. A 21-strong team from the aircraft carrier’s supply department spent two weeks working around the clock to move the stores on board – a task rather more…

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HMS Dragon’s Sixth Drug Bust

March 4, 2019 – Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon has dealt another blow to the funding of terrorism after seizing more than 2,000kg of hash with her sixth drugs bust in three months. The Portsmouth-based warship struck again almost immediately after her fifth bust, this time seizing 101 bags of hashish while on patrol in the Indian Ocean. The sale of these drugs is a known source of funding for terrorist organizations and criminal networks. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “The outstanding work of HMS Dragon’s crew continues to be…

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RFS Admiral Makarov Returns to Sevastopol

March 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate of the Black Sea Fleet “Admiral Makarov” completed the planned execution of tasks as part of the permanent group of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea and headed for its permanent home – the hero-city of Sevastopol. The crew of the ship performed tasks in the permanent grouping of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea from November 2018. Currently, the frigate is passing through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits, heading for the Black Sea. The arrival of the ship in Sevastopol, as…

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OCEAN EXPLORER 2019 Showcases ASW Capability

March 2, 2019 – Anti-submarine warfare capabilities have been showcased during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019, which is underway in the West Australian Exercise Area. As part of OCEAN EXPLORER, a maritime task group transited from Sydney to Western Australia to join up with Royal Australian Air Force maritime patrol aircraft in order to locate and prosecute potential submarine threats. During the transit, simulated adversarial submarines were identified and located by a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft partnering with Navy MH-60R ‘Romeo’ maritime combat helicopters from HMA Ships Canberra…

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Carlo Margottini Returns to Qatar

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Campaign in the Middle East and Arabian Sea – MOMA 19 : the sixth stop saw the Italian Navy unit moored at the port of the Qatari capital from 2 to 5 March. The words of Ambassador Salzano during his visit on board highlighted the importance of naval diplomacy , with a view to consolidating political, diplomatic and economic relations with nations of strategic importance for Italy. The campaign of the Margottini in the countries of the Arabian Sea is both an emblem of…

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Mexican Navy secures more than 800 kilos of alleged cocaine off Guerrero

March 1, 2019 – The Navy-Navy Secretariat of Mexico, as the National Maritime Authority and acting as Coast Guard, reports that personnel assigned to the Eighth Naval Region, based in Acapulco, Guerrero, achieved the assurance of approximately 816 kilograms of presumed illicit cargo with the characteristics of cocaine, two containers with presumed marijuana and fuel, as well as a smaller vessel with high-powered engines; likewise, the detention of three crew members off the coast of Guerrero was carried out. This action was carried out after conducting reconnaissance maritime and aerial…

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Admiral Gorshkov Trains for ASW in the Norwegian Sea

March 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – The crew of the lead frigate of project 22350 “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov”, performing long-range missions, worked out a search for submarines using deck-mounted aviation — an Ka-27PL anti-submarine helicopter. Training was conducted in the waters of the Norwegian Sea on the route of the detachment of ships detachment. All tasks were successfully completed. Helicopter pilots made several take-offs and landings on the deck of a ship. Currently, a detachment of ships and ships to support the Northern Fleet…

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U.S., Australia & Indonesia Commemorate WWII Battle of Sunda Strait

March 1, 2019 – USS Chief (MCM 14) attended a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait aboard the Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Usman Harun (359), March 1. The ceremony honored American and Australian crews who lost their lives fighting aboard USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during the WWII battle. “It is important to remember the sacrifice of the Sailors that have gone before us to pay tribute to shipmates who have made the ultimate commitment while personifying the…

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