ASW Skills Put to the Test

October 15, 2020 – It was a first for the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm when MH-60R helicopters from 816 Squadron dropped and recovered two Mark 54 Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area. While the Squadron achieved successful Mk 54 Recoverable Exercise Torpedo drops during a 2014 deployment to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre…

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USS John S McCain Trains With JMSDF Escort Flotilla Two

October 13, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla 2 during integrated operations in the South China Sea beginning Oct. 12. U.S. Naval forces routinely operate alongside regional allies and partners to strengthen our shared commitments to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. This integration coincides with the 245th…

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USS Comstock Embarks Mark VI Patrol Boats and ExMCM for Maritime Security Operations

October 12, 2020 – USS Comstock (LSD 45) is underway after loading Mark VI patrol boats and expeditionary mine countermeasure (ExMCM) elements in Guam to integrate Navy expeditionary forces aboard the amphibious dock landing ship for a security patrol in the Philippine Sea. “This level of integration of Mark VI patrol boats with surface Navy assets has never been accomplished…

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RFS Orel Fires Granit Missile in the Barents Sea

October 13, 2020 (Google Translation) – On October 13, 2020, as part of the planned combat training tasks for the summer training period, the crew of the Northern Fleet’s nuclear-powered missile submarine “Orel” fired an anti-ship cruise missile “Granit” at a surface target in the combat training grounds of the fleet in the Barents Sea. The shooting was carried out…

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Philippine Coast Guard takes delivery of second H145

October 14, 2020 – Philippine Coast Guard welcomed its second H145 helicopter, just four months after the official commissioning of its first H145. With their two light-twin helicopters, the parapublic agency becomes the first coast guard organization in the world to operate the multi-purpose H145. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with weather radar, bambi bucket, emergency floatation…

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