USCGC Steadfast returns home after $311 million cocaine seizure

July 31, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) returned home July 30th to Astoria following a 56-day counternarcotic patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The crew interdicted five suspected smuggling vessels, including three pangas, a fishing vessel and a sailboat, and the crew recovered floating bales of contraband yielding more than 23,000 of cocaine. The Steadfast crew offload more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego Friday, which was a result of the cutter’s five interdictions, bale recovery and an interdiction case by the Coast Guard Cutter…

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BNS Leopold I to Join SNMG1

July 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Friday 2 August 2019, the Ministry of Defense will present its current assignments on board the frigate F930 Leopold 1 in the naval base of Zeebrugge. At this press point, the Ministry of Defense presents an overview of operations in 2019/20 and draws particular attention to the participation of Leopold 1 in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1). For 5 months, the frigate Leopold 1 participates in SNMG1, the “Maritime Immediate Reaction Force” of NATO. This permanent fleet with changing participants consists…

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National Medal of Honor Museum Coming to Charleston

July 31, 2019 – In defining action that puts an end to rampant rumors, resolves lingering questions, and ensures the future of a widely-supported national museum honoring America’s Medal of Honor Recipients, the National Medal of Honor Heritage Foundation today announced the museum will be built in Mount Pleasant. The newly-formed non-profit also unveiled a comprehensive strategic development plan that identifies costs, and specific fundraising and construction objectives, with a targeted July 4, 2023 opening. Organization leaders were joined by federal, state and local government officials for the announcement, which…

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USS Carter Hall Departs for UNITAS LX August 4th

July 31, 2019 – Nearly 350 Sailors and Marines serving aboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) will depart Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek, Aug. 4, for UNITAS. The dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines will report to Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet until entering the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. Carter Hall will then report to U.S. Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet. Carter Hall is scheduled to participate in UNITAS LX (60), hosted this year by Brazil, is an annual exercise comprised of both Atlantic and…

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Arnomendi Returns to Ferrol From Fishery Patrol

July 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – This morning the patrolman `Arnomendi´ has returned to the naval station of“ La Graña ”after having carried out activities of surveillance and protection of national and community fishing interests for three months. This deployment, initiated on May 5, is part of the Framework Plan for Fisheries Surveillance Activities jointly developed by the General Secretariat of Fisheries and the Navy within the tasks of resource protection of maritime safety activities. The design of the different campaigns this year have led the “Arnomendi” to carry out…

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INS Tarkash Port Call at Helsinki

July 31, 2019 – In continuation of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to Europe and Africa, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at Helsinki, Finland, today, on 31 Jul 19 for a three day visit. The ship is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and is under the operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai. Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command also arrived in Helsinki on 30 Jul 19 and will lead the Indian delegation during the visit. INS Tarkash,…

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Washington State Sues Navy Over NAS Whidbey Island

July 9, 2019 – Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over the Navy’s expansion of its Growler airfield operations on Whidbey Island. In March, the Navy authorized an expansion of its Growler program, increasing Growler take-offs and landings to nearly 100,000 per year for the next 30 years. Growlers are aircraft that fly low in order to jam enemy communications. The aircraft’s training regimen involves frequent, loud take-offs and landings. The Attorney General’s Office asserts that the Navy’s environmental review process for the expansion…

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Parade of Ships Kicks off Seattle Fleet Week

July 31, 2019 – Guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), Royal Canadian navy ships HMCS Edmonton, and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC 618) participated in a parade of ships in Elliott Bay, July 29, to kick off the 70th annual Seattle Fleet Week. Seattle Fleet Week 2019 is a time-honored celebration of the sea services and provides an opportunity for the citizens of Washington to meet Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services…

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