USCGC Assateague Decommissions in Guam after 27 years of service

The Coast Guard will take the Coast Guard Cutter Assateague (WPB 1337) out of service during a pier-side ceremony aboard Naval Base Guam Friday. “Assateague’s operational history showcases the Coast Guard’s ability to carry out a diverse and important range of missions vital to the security and prosperity of our nation in remote parts of the Pacific,” said Capt. Chris Chase, who leads the service’s operations in the area as the commander of Coast Guard Sector Guam. “The Coast Guard remains ready to protect American security and economic interests wherever…

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Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloads 50,550 lbs of cocaine and heroin in San Diego

The Coast Guard offloaded 50,550 pounds of cocaine and heroin worth an estimated $679.3 million at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Wednesday, which marks a record-breaking year in cocaine seizures for the service. The cumulation of drugs was the result of 25 separate seizures conducted by four Coast Guard cutters and a Navy ship since the first interdiction Aug. 2. This offload marked more than 455,034 pounds of cocaine worth over $6.1 billion that has been intercepted by the Coast Guard in Fiscal Year 2017, besting the service’s previous record of…

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Norway joins STRIKFORNATO

September 20, 2017 – The Kingdom of Norway is officially a STRIKFORNATO contributing member, becoming the 12th Nation to join the Memorandum of Understanding organization established in Lisbon. STRIKFORNATO is a multinational Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) organization directly subordinated to Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and available for the Alliance as a rapidly deployable maritime headquarters that provides scalable command and control across the full spectrum of the Alliance’s maritime security tasks. The accession of Norway to join the STRIKFORNATO team represents a valuable addition bringing significant experience to a…

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The head of the F-35 Joint Program Office visited Terma

On Thursday, 21 September 2017, Vice Admiral Mathias W. Winter, Program Executive Officer, F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office (JPO) visited Terma The meeting was hosted by Jens Maaløe, President & CEO, Terma A/S and Steve Williams, President & CEO, Terma North America, Inc. In May 2017, Admiral Winter took up the position as Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, the Department of Defense’s agency responsible for developing and acquiring the F-35A/B/C, the next-generation strike aircraft weapon system for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and…

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RN Helicopters Survey Damage Caused by Hurricane Maria

Naval aviators were airborne at dawn 21 September for the first overall look at the damage caused on the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane Maria. The storm, which hit the British territory yesterday, was the second Category Five hurricane to strike in a fortnight. The archipelago was hit head-on by Irma and her winds of over 150 mph. Maria skirted the islands, which were still subjected to winds in excess of 60mph and torrential rain falling at the rate of an inch in three hours at its worst. When the…

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New boats for Gibraltar Defence Police

Three new high-speed interceptor vessels have been delivered to the marine section of the Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP). The interceptors have been named after three Gibraltar Services Police officers who died 75 years ago in an explosion in Tangiers. A future maintenance facility will be named after another officer who died on that day, Sergeant Terence Henning. The vessels, which feature state-of-the-art navigational and safety equipment, were fitted out by South Boats Ltd on the Isle of Wight. The largest vessel, the Charles Curtis, is a 44ft fast interceptor. The…

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Training ship Perekop of the Baltic Fleet arrived in Kronstadt after a distant cruise

The training ship Perekop of the Baltic Fleet after the inter-base passage from Baltiysk arrived at her permanent stationing point – the port of Kronstadt of the Leningrad Naval Base. The distant sea cruise of the training ship is held as part of the cadet seamanship of higher naval institutions of the Russian Ministry of Defence. On her board, cadets in real conditions used theoretical knowledge on navigational disciplines, mastered skills to manage the ship in various climatic and weather conditions, complex navigation situation. The ship left Sevastopol on 22…

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Release of turtle caught in fishing net

Google Translation A National Navy vessel developing maritime control operations in the Pacific Ocean assisted a turtle that was entangled in a fishing net in the general area of ​​the Gorgona National Natural Park. The facts were presented when the crew of the ship sighted among the waves a sea turtle swimming with difficulty. Immediately, the Surface unit deployed a zodiac boat with crew to rescue her. Military personnel pulled the turtle out of the water, which could be as long as 70 centimeters, and freed it from the fishing…

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NRP João Roby Visited by ASAE Inspector General September 21

Google Translation On board the corvette “João Roby” will be shipped in the indicated period 4 inspectors of the ASAE. On September 21, the ASAE Inspector General, Pedro Portugal Gaspar, will visit the Navy’s ship, being accompanied by the 2nd Naval Commander, Commodore Oliveira Silva, in order to know the results of the joint operation.

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NRP Tejos Returns from Operation Sophia

Google Translation In total, the vessel sailed 759 hours and traveled more than 8000 nautical miles, of which 504 hours and about 5,200 nautical miles in the area of ​​operations. Of the 49 days of patrolling in Italian territorial waters, NRP Tejo participated in the interception of 3 sailboats, making a total of about 140 migrants saved at sea, with the collaboration of the Italian authorities, Guardia di Finanza and Guardia Costiera. for central aid in the control of European external borders and the reduction of illegal migration flowing mainly from…

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Commandant Ducuing integrates Operation Sophia

Google Translation Since 6 September 2017, the Ducuing High Command Patrol Officer (PHM) is deployed off the coast of Libya in direct support of Operation EUNAVFOR MED Sophia . It is placed under the tactical command of Rear Admiral Javier Moreno, embarked aboard the Spanish tanker-tanker Cantabria . Committed to the European operation, Commander Ducuing ‘s mission is to ensure compliance with and implementation of UN Resolution 2292 on the embargo on arms trafficking to Libya . As such, it may be necessary to carry out VHF interrogations as well…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Rota for Exercise Formidable Shield

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Rota, Spain after conducting preparations for exercise Formidable Shield, Sept. 18. While Donald Cook was in port, Sailors, technical representatives, and Navy contractors completed upgrades and prepared the ship for Formidable Shield. “It is great to be heading out to sea on the USS Donald Cook to finish this patrol,” said Command Master Chief Jeremy E. Douglas. “I am very excited and feel very lucky to be working with such a fine crew. This crew is tough and has a very strong work ethic….

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