Book Review: The Liberty Ships of World War II

By Greg H. Williams McFarland 2014 Softcover (7 x 10) and electronic 372 pages 13 photos, glossary, bibliography, index pISBN: 978-0-7864-7945-0 eISBN: 978-1-4766-1754-1 This book details the 2,710 Liberty ships and the Emergency Shipbuilding Program during World War II. These ships sailed for the mercantile fleets of the US, UK and Soviet Union as well as some for the US Navy. A very thorough listing of all the ships, in alphabetical order of each shipbuilder, lists the name and its origin, call sign and operator. The welded construction was quite…

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Maintaining Maritime Military Advantage

October 4, 2019 – In this emerging era of great-power competition, the goal of outpacing potential adversaries in developing military technology takes on a new urgency. As emphasized by the late Shawn Brimley in his strategic analysis “While We Can,” recent history teaches that each lead in technological capability is fleeting at best. The U.S. experienced roughly a decade of advantage in the early nuclear era and several decades during the evolution of precision-guided weapons—what defense analysts refer to as the first and second offset strategies. Today’s trends are not…

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HMS Mersey Shadows Yaroslav Mudryy Task Group

October 7, 2019 – The Royal Navy has spent three days keeping close watch on Russian warships passing UK shores as HMS Mersey monitored a task group. The Portsmouth-based warship was patrolling off the Norfolk coast when she was dispatched to shadow a three-strong group of Russian vessels, headed by the frigate Yaroslav Mudryy. HMS Mersey met up with the Mudryy, plus her supporting tanker Yelnya and the seagoing tug Viktor Konetsky on Saturday as the trio entered the UK’s area of interest on Saturday – and stuck with them…

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Libyan Navy Rescues 102 Illegal Immigrants off Western Coast

October 2, 2019 (Xinhua) – The Libyan navy on Thursday said it rescued 102 illegal immigrants off the country’s western coast. The immigrants, of different African nationalities and include three women and one child, were rescued 49 miles off the coast of the capital Tripoli, the navy said in a statement later Thursday. The rescued immigrants have been provided with humanitarian and medical assistance and taken to a reception center, the statement said. The Libyan Navy on Wednesday said it has rescued more than 7,000 illegal immigrants this year so…

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PLAN Qi Jiguang Arrives in Brunei

September 29, 2019 – The Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) that is carrying out a two-month ocean-going training and visit mission, made her first port call on Friday morning at the Port of Muara, Brunei, for a three-day friendly visit. This is the first time that the vessel has visited Brunei after its commissioning. At 8:30am local time, the Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang decorated with both Chinese and Brunei national flags, slowly docked at the 4th and 5th berths of the Port of Maura. Over…

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US Coast Guard Repatriates 87 Illegal Immigrants

October 8, 2019 – The Coast Guard Cutters Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118) and Heriberto Hernandez (WPC-1114) repatriated 82 Dominican migrants and 5 Haitians to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Monday, following the interdiction of five illegal migrant voyages in the Mona Passage. Eight other Dominican migrants remain in Puerto Rico to face possible federal prosecution on charges of violating 8 USC 1326, for attempting to illegally reenter the United States, which carries a potential maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. The interdictions were…

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Industry’s Shipbuilding Workforce Plan For Australia

October 8, 2019 – The five naval shipbuilding primes have signed a landmark Industry Strategic Workforce Plan with the Naval Shipbuilding College that will boost our sovereign capability to design, build and sustain Australia’s naval capabilities. The Naval Shipbuilding College, Naval Group Australia, BAE Systems Australia, ASC, Luerssen Australia, SAAB Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia have come together to develop their Industry Strategic Workforce Plan. The Plan will complement the Morrison Government’s comprehensive Australian skilled naval workforce strategy to be released later in the year. Minister for Defence Industry, the…

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Navy launches Industry Engagement Strategy

October 8, 2019 – In line with the Morrison Government’s priorities, Defence has reinforced its commitment to work more closely with industry in the new Navy Industry Engagement Strategy. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP launched the Strategy with the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2019 in Sydney. Minister Price said Australian businesses were crucial to the success of the Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which is creating 15,000 Australian jobs and greatly enhancing…

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