Two Russian Warships Returning from Arctic Operations

September 5, 2020 (Google Translation) – The large landing ship “Alexander Otrakovsky” and the sea minesweeper “Vladimir Gumanenko” left the Arctic group of the Northern Fleet and headed west towards the Kola Bay. The ships will arrive at their permanent bases next week. The day before, they replenished the fuel supplies from the tanker “Sergei Osipov”. On the way to…

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US Navy Awards Studies Contracts for Large Unmanned Surface Vessel

September 4, 2020 – The Navy has awarded contracts totaling $41,985,112 to six companies for Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) studies. Each contract includes an option for engineering support that if exercised would bring the cumulative value for all awards to $59,476,146. The firm-fixed price contracts were awarded to Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss; Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore; Bollinger Shipyards…

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USS Rafael Peralta Completes Maiden Deployment

September 4, 2020 – USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) returned to San Diego, Sept. 3,marking the completion of the ship’s maiden deployment. Rafael Peralta spent seven and a half months in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Rafael Peralta deployed January 17 with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike group to conduct security and stability operations in the Western Pacific.…

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Royal Navy Minehunters Returning from Three Years in Persian Gulf

September 4, 2020 – Two Royal Navy minehunters are returning home to the UK after completing three years of operations in the Gulf. HMS Blyth and HMS Ledbury are almost at the end of their 6,000-mile journey home after more than 1,000 days away from Britain’s shores. The trusty pair parted ways as they approached the UK, with Sandown-class Blyth…

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China Retires Last Two Type 051 Destroyers

September 1, 2020 – A naval flotilla under the PLA Southern Theater Command last Friday held a decommissioning ceremony for two destroyers, the Zhanjiang (Hull 165) and the Zhuhai (Hull 166), both of which had served in the PLA Navy (PLAN) for nearly 30 years. The ceremony marked the final retirement of all the Type-051 destroyers, as China’s first-generation guided-missile…

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HMS Trent Joins NATO Illegal Immigrant Patrol

September 3, 2020 – HMS Trent has been busy supporting NATO as she continues operations in the Mediterranean. Following her first foreign port visit to Gibraltar, the Offshore Patrol Vessel sailed to join Operation Sea Guardian tasked with deterring, detecting and disrupting illegal activity. For the ship’s company, this involved scanning the horizon for suspicious vessels and reporting anything untoward…

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USCGC Bertholf Joint Galapagos Patrol with Ecuadorian Coast Guard

September 3, 2020 – In coordination with the Ecuadorian Coast Guard, USCGC Bertholf (WMSL 750) recently completed a joint patrol to detect and deter potential Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the vicinity of the Galapagos Islands. From Aug. 25-29, Bertholf patrolled over 3,000 square nautical miles of Ecuadorian and international waters and conducted joint operations with the Ecuadorian…

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