First E-2D Capable of Aerial Refueling Joins the Fleet

September 12, 2019 – An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye capable of aerial refueling landed at Naval Station Norfolk Sept. 9, officially marking the arrival of this upgraded aircraft to the fleet. “This is an important day for naval aviation as we continue to increase our capabilities and maintain our competitive edge in the skies,” said Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic, “This capability will extend the endurance of Hawkeyes, increasing the Navy’s battlespace awareness and integrated fire control – both from the air and the sea.” The…

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Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov Launched

September 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant PJSC, a solemn ceremony of withdrawing from the slipway workshop and putting into the outfitting dock the latest corvette of project 20380 “Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov” was held. The ship was laid down at the enterprise in 2015. The ceremony was attended by Rear Admiral Igor Korolev, Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet for Armaments, Rear Admiral Anatoly Zelinsky, Deputy Fleet Commander for Political and Military Affairs, Sergei Furgal, Governor of…

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First Norwegian Crew Completes P-3C Orion to P-8A Poseidon Transition Training

September 12, 2019 – Aircrew from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) graduated from Patrol Squadron (VP) Thirty’s Category 2 school Sept. 11, becoming the first crew to transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. VP-30’s Foreign Military Sales Division facilitated the course with RNoAF’s No. 333 Squadron, which started in early March. “There is a need for close alliances and an importance for great power rivalry,” Col. Haavard Klevberg, Norway’s air and defense cooperation attache, said at the training graduation. “By continuing close operations with the U.S.…

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US Navy Contract Announcements for September 12, 2019

Black Construction-Tutor Perini JV, Harmon, Guam (N62742-19-D-1328); Caddell-Nan JV, Montgomery, Alabama (N62742-19-D-1329); Core Tech-HDCC-Kajima LLC, Tamuning, Guam (N62742-19-D-1330); Gilbane SMCC ECC LLC, Concord, California (N62742-19-D-1331); and Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Honolulu, Hawaii (N62742-19-D-1332), are awarded a combined $990,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award, design build construction contract for projects located primarily for sites in Guam and other areas within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Pacific area of responsibility (AOR). Gilbane SMCC ECC LLC is being awarded the initial $22,997,004 task order for the design and construction of a low rise combined…

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East Coast Surface Action Group Deploys

September 12, 2019 – Ships and units from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group formed a Surface Action Group (SAG) and are deploying from their East Coast homeports of Norfolk, VA, and Mayport, FL, over the next several days. USS Lassen (DDG 82) departed Mayport today, and will be joined by USS Farragut (DDG 99) and Norfolk-based USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) in coming days. The command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 will lead the SAG, which also includes embarked helicopter detachments from…

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USS Emory S. Land Arrives in Fremantle

September 12, 2019 – USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Fremantle, Australia, Sept. 11 as part of the ship’s fall deployment to foster positive relations with regional partners. This is Land’s second port visit during its Indo-Pacific winter patrol. The ship departed its homeport at Apra Harbor, Guam, Aug. 19. The combined Navy and civilian mariner crew will spend the next several days conducting bilateral training with the Australian Submarine Force, as well as seeing the sights of southwestern Australia, enjoying the culture, and interacting with the Royal…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Makes First Visit to Canada

September 12, 2019 – The UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this morning in an historic first visit. The 65,000-tonne warship, the biggest ever built for the Royal Navy, will be joined in harbour by other ships from the UK Carrier Strike Group who are on a deployment called ‘Westlant 19’. The main purpose of the deployment is to conduct Operational Tests with UK F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets for the first time, off the east coast of the USA. The carrier…

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Minehunters Northbound for International Engagement

September 12, 2019 – Departing Sydney Harbour in the early evening, the Minehunters HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne set sail on Monday for a three month North East Asia Deployment. The deployment marks the second time Royal Australian Navy mine counter measures vessels have deployed to the East Asia Region. This will also be the first time a Commander Task Group and staff will deploy with the units. The opportunity to build upon the relationships established with regional navies by the Minehunters in 2018 is an important component of the…

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Visit of Indian Naval Ships to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

September 12, 2019 – As part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment to South East Asia and Western Pacific, Indian Navy ships Sahyadri and Kiltan made a port call at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia today, for a days visit from 12 – 15 Sep 19. The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, based at Visakhapatnam. The port call is a demonstration of India’s warm ties with Malaysia. IN Ships Sahyadri and Kiltan, operating under the Command of Rear Admiral Suraj…

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Prime Minister Pledges to Bring Shipbuilding Back to the UK

September 12, 2019 – Thousands of jobs in the British shipping industry will be created over the next decade, the Prime Minister will announce on Thursday, as he pledges to bring shipbuilding back to the UK and strengthen the Royal Navy. During a visit to a ship in the Thames for London International Shipping Week the Prime Minister will announce which bidder’s design has been selected for new Type 31 warships. The UK Government has committed to buying at least five of these cutting edge vessels for the Royal Navy,…

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Babcock Team 31 Selected as Preferred Bidder for UK Type 31 Frigate

September 12, 2019 – Babcock Team 31 has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder to deliver its new warships. Led by Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, and in partnership with the Thales Group, the T31 general purpose frigate programme will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship. Following a comprehensive competitive process, Arrowhead 140, a capable, adaptable and technology-enabled global frigate will be the UK Royal Navy’s newest class…

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China and Thailand Sign shipbuilding Agreement for Type 071E LPD

September 11, 2019 – China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and the Royal Thai Navy held the signing ceremony of the shipbuilding agreement on exporting Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) in Beijing on Sept 9. This is the first time for China to export abroad amphibious transport dock, or dock landing ship, and also marks a major achievement between China and Thailand in comprehensive strategic cooperation, which is of great significance for the further deepening of China-Thailand military trade cooperation and promotion of regional peace and stability. Leaders from relevant…

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KRI Bima Suci visits Shanghai

September 9, 2019 – On the morning of September 7, the Indonesian naval training ship KRI Bima Suci (945), headed by Lieutenant Colonel Waluyo, the commanding officer of the KRI Bima Sicu, dropped anchor at a military port in Wusong, Shanghai for a two-day courtesy call. According to report, this is the first time for the training ship KRI Bima Suci to visit Shanghai, and also the second visit of the Indonesian naval vessel to Shanghai. At around 8 a.m., PLA Navy held a warm welcome ceremony for the visiting…

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