2019 HII Shipbuilder Academy Signing Day

May 9, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted a signing day ceremony on Tuesday for the 2019 graduates of its Shipbuilder Academy program. Twenty-six high school seniors were offered full-time positions at Ingalls after successfully completing the specialized career technical education (CTE) program. “For more than 80 years, Ingalls has provided the families of our communities the opportunity to learn relevant job skills and build successful careers,” said George S. Jones, Ingalls’ vice president of operations. “Signing day is a continuation of that legacy. Today’s event is…

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U.S. moved closer to being drought-free in April

May 8, 2019 – April showers indeed brought May flowers as well as sizeable drought relief for the United States, with a near-record low of 2% coverage for the country. April 2019 was also, however, a climatological mixed bag: A major, late-season blizzard hit the northern Plains, while unusual warmth was felt in Alaska and across the Mid-Atlantic. Here’s a snapshot of highlights from NOAA’s latest monthly climate report: Climate by the numbers April 2019 The average temperature during April across the contiguous U.S. was 52.9 degrees F (1.8 degrees above average),…

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Jean Bart Joins USS John C Stennis Escort

May 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 1 st May 2019, the anti-aircraft frigate (FAA) Jean Bart sailed from Marseilles and joined the escort of the US aircraft carrier battle group of the USS John C. Stennis . This escort started as soon as they left the Mediterranean theater and continued to the Straits of Gibraltar. Last month, the carrier group had already been joined by a French ship. Between the Suez Canal and Marseille, it was the Frigate Multi-mission (FREMM) Languedoc that had been integrated into his escort from…

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Abraham Lincoln CSG Transits Suez Canal

May 9, 2019 – The Abraham Lincoln Strike Group (ABECSG) transited the Suez Canal, May 9. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate ESPS Mendez Nunez (F 104), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) departed the U.S. 6th Fleet and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. ABECSG has been conducting operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations for several weeks, but expedited their transit to U.S.…

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USS Rhode Island Successfully Tests Trident II D5

May 9, 2019 – USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) along with the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) conducted a successful test flight of one unarmed Trident II D5 missile, May 9. This launch marked the 172nd successful test flight of the Trident II D5 missile since its introduction to the fleet in 1989. This test flight was part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation, designated DASO 29. The primary objective of a DASO is to evaluate and demonstrate the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew before…

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Former Intelligence Analyst Charged with Disclosing Classified Information

May 9, 2019 – An indictment was unsealed today charging a former intelligence analyst with illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter. Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested this morning and will make his initial appearance today at the federal courthouse in Nashville. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia and Acting Special Agent in Charge Jennifer L. Moore of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office made the announcement after…

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INS Kolkata & Shakti Undertake Group Sail with Naval Ships of Japan, Philippines and US

May 9, 2019 – IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti carried out Group Sail with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and the United States of America in the South China Sea from 03 May to 09 May 19. The six-day long Group Sail had participation of six combatants from the four participating countries and included the Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata and Fleet Support Ship INS Shakti of India, Helicopter Carrier JMSDF Izumo and Guided Missile Destroyer JMSDF Murasame of Japan; Frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio of Philippines and Arleigh Burke Class…

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Warships at IMDEX Asia 2019

The Warships Display offers a rare opportunity to get first-hand experience of the on-board operations and rub shoulders with senior naval officers from various countries. Get up close and personal with over 20 warships from 15 participating navies! Royal Australian Navy (RAN) HMAS CANBERRA (III) Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD) Highlights of CANBERRA: The flagship of RAN Able to conduct amphibious operations and land a force of over 1,000 embarked personnel along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles Capable of conducting large-scale humanitarian and disaster relief missions Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)…

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Saab at IMDEX Asia 2019

Saab will be present at the IMDEX Asia 2019 international martime defence exhibition and conference, Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore, from 14 to 16 May. Please visit us at Stand K15 in the main exhibition hall. IMDEX Asia is a key event for the expanding Asia Pacific naval market. Saab has a strong presence at IMDEX to underline our long-standing commitment to the Republic of Singapore and to support our growing business across the entire region. “Saab is utterly unique in the naval domain,” says Dean Rosenfield, Head of Saab Asia…

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Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returns to Boston following 90-day patrol

May 9, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, returned to Boston Wednesday after a 90-day patrol conducting drug and alien migrant interdiction operations while simultaneously responding to search and rescue efforts in the Caribbean Sea. While patrolling the Caribbean Sea, Spencer responded to a search and rescue case where a pleasure craft approximately 20 miles northwest of Haiti experienced an engineering casualty and was left drifting in the water. Delayed due to weather and safety concerns, Spencer’s small boat was able to take the vessel…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 13, 2019

C.E.R. Inc.,* Baltimore, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0011); Repaintex Co.,* Leesburg, Virginia (N40080-19-D-0012); Veterans Construction Coalition LLC,* Norfolk, Virginia (N40080-19-D-0013); Belt Built-CFM JV,* Crofton, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0014); G-W Management Services LLC,* Rockville, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0015); EGI-HSU JV LLC,* Gaithersburg, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0016); Desbuild Inc.,* Hyattsville, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0017); Tuckman-Barbee Construction Co. Inc.,* Upper Marlboro, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0018); Tidewater Inc.,* Elkridge, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0019); and Donley Construction LLC,* Aberdeen, Maryland (N40080-19-D-0020), are awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington area of operations (AO). The maximum dollar value…

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USCG Conducts Joint Law Enforcement Operations with African Partners in Gulf of Guinea

May 10, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard, Nigerian Navy, and Cabo Verdean Coast Guard conducted joint maritime law enforcement operations as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea, April 9-May 2, 2019. AMPLEP is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet-facilitated initiative that aims to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partners in order to improve management and security of the maritime domain. A safe and secure maritime environment is necessary for local economies to flourish and is essential to the…

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Minor Injuries Reported After T-45 Training Jet Crash at NAS Kingsville

May 10, 2019 – A Navy T-45C Goshawk aircraft crashed at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, at 2:38 p.m. Friday, May 10. The two pilots, an instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local medical treatment facility for care. The pilots safely ejected from the aircraft just before it crashed just short of the runway inside the airfield perimeter fence. Emergency services immediately responded to the crash site. The incident is under investigation.

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A piece of the Pacific in the west

May 12, 2019 – With their beautiful, harmonious singing and a new Guardian class Patrol Boat, the maritime surveillance unit of the Tuvalu Police Force brought a distinct Pacific Island feel to Fleet Base West. The Tuvalu Police Force maritime surveillance unit was on hand to receive NUSHIP Te Mataili II on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu at a recent ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Henderson Shipyard in Perth, Western Australia and was attended by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu the Right Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga and…

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