Pacific Fleet Long-Range ASW Air Force conducts practical bombing to engage sea targets

Today, in accordance with the PF Naval Air Force combat training plan, the Tu-142MZ long-range ASW aircraft carried out practical bombing to engage sea targets. While flying, the ASW aircraft practiced the assigned tasks – search, identification and tracking of the simulated enemy’s ships. Simulated targets were defeated by the P-50T aerial bombs. In addition, anti-submarine pilots trained in using radar and hydro-acoustic detection means, setting buoys, receiving and analyzing the information transmitted by them. In total, six crews of anti-submarine aircraft of the Pacific Fleet were involved in the…

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PLA Navy deploys ‘new type of electronic warfare aircraft’

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s South China Sea Fleet deployed a “new type of electronic warfare aircraft” in its recent combat maneuvers, a move to greatly enhance the navy’s capabilities in modern warfare to safeguard the country’s sea rights, said Chinese military experts. The new aircraft is the H-6G bomber developed for 10 years with the Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods being equipped underneath its wings. It was the first time the bomber played “a supporting role in the electronic warfare,” according to Military Time, a China Central Television CCTV…

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Coast Guard Cutter Elm leaving for major dry dock overhaul, homeport change

Coast Guard Cutter Elm will make her final departure from the cutter’s homeport in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in January 2018 to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore for a scheduled major dry dock overhaul. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple, which is completing its own midlife overhaul, will replace the Elm in Atlantic Beach this April. The Elm, a Juniper Class, 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, was commissioned in 1998 and reported to Coast Guard Sector Field Office Macon, North Carolina. The Elm has spent the last 20 years maintaining over…

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L’Aigrette on Sea Trials

Google Translation The leadership L’Aigrette of the new tugs-pushers intended for the French Navy have started his sea trials in Toulon. Following the commissioning carried out in Nort sur Erdre at Merré shipyard, the sea trials will be finalized and the delivery would be expected in May 2018. Mass production must then begin with the commissioning and sea trials feedback integration from L’Aigrette, if necessary. Built with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, this 12 meters length pusher-tug can reach a speed of 8 knots and has a 10…

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USS John C. Stennis returns to sea for training

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Jan. 16, to carry out routine training at sea. This is the first underway of the new year for John C. Stennis. John C. Stennis Sailors are scheduled to conduct flight operations, damage control and firefighting training, seamanship training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas. The crew is continuing to prepare for their next scheduled deployment.

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100th Moriah Wind System delivered

Members of the Moriah Wind System (MWS) Integrated Product Team, from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA 251), and leadership from contractor, Quality Performance, Inc. (QPI) celebrate the 100th system delivery to the fleet at a ceremony on Jan. 17 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The Moriah team began working with QPI in 2002, and the contractor-government team has since delivered and installed the digital wind measurement systems to numerous ships in the fleet. The system provides wind speed and direction information, including crosswind and…

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New stealth fighter jet ‘takes off’

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson experienced the world-class technology of the new F-35 today in a Lockheed Martin F-35 simulator in London. At an event held at the Institute for Engineering and Technology, the Defence Secretary was joined by MPs and journalists to see what it is like to fly and land the pioneering fighter jet which will protect British lives around the world. The global F-35 programme will support 20,000 UK jobs over the 30 year production period and already the programme has generated over £9 billon for UK…

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USS Lake Champlain Completes Ordnance Onload

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) completed an ordnance onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Jan. 12, in preparation for deployment to the Western Pacific. The five-day process involved transferring Tomahawk missile containers from storage to the pier, removing them from a protective brace, rotating them to a vertical position, and using a crane to lift them onto the ship, prior to placing them in the missile cells. “The crew did a fantastic job preplanning and orchestrating the deployment onload,” said Capt. Jen Ellinger, commanding officer of Lake Champlain. Despite…

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Joint helicopter school starts training at HMAS Albatross

The Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army have joined forces with industry to train rotary wing crews at a new joint helicopter school as part of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System. The first intake of 37 future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers commenced the 26-week training course this week at a new dedicated facility at HMAS Albatross. Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, said the establishment of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System within 723 Squadron represents a major step forward for next-generation military helicopter training. “The ongoing partnership…

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Navy Awards Galois $2 Million Contract For Cryptographic Security

Galois today announced that it has been awarded a $2 million contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to build a workbench that aims to ease the design process for cryptographic algorithms. For the ONR SBIR Phase II contract, Cryptographic Analysis, Verification, Exploration, and Synthesis (CAVES), Galois will build on tools and techniques created for defense and intelligence applications that verify the correctness of cryptographic software. Cryptography is the cornerstone of privacy and security. Developing cryptographic algorithms involves specialized expertise, but even seasoned experts can miss a variety of…

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EUNAVFOR’s ESPS Patiño Supporting International Navies

EUNAVFOR’s Spanish Warship ESPS Patiño has further supported Combined Maritime Forces by rendezvousing with an Australian and Pakistani Warship and conducting Replenishment at Sea (RAS). HMAS Warramunga of CTF150 and PNS Aslat of CTF151 took on board a total of 390 cubic metres of fuel essential for the continuation of Maritime Security in the region. This is equivalent to filling a 60 litre car petrol tank 6500 times. This equates to 789 years of fuel for the average European motorist, or 256 journeys around the circumference of the Earth. ESPS…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 18, 2018

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $34,786,558 firm-fixed-price delivery order under a multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00024-16-D-4416) for a special selected restricted availability (SSRA) on USS Cape St. George (CG 71) homeported in San Diego, California. This delivery order for a SSRA will execute depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities. This delivery order includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $35,055,181. Work will be performed in San…

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PLA Navy Visits Tunisia

The 27th Chinese naval escort taskforce consisting of the guided-missile destroyer Haikou (Hull 171), the guided-missile frigate Yueyang (Hull 575) and the comprehensive supply ship Qinghaihu (Hull 885) arrived at the Port of La Goulette on Jan. 16, local time, for a 5-day friendly visit to Tunisia. A welcoming ceremony held at the Port saw hundreds of people including representatives of the Tunisian armed forces, Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Bian Yanhua, Chinese military attaché Wang Weigang, and local overseas Chinese and Chinese students in Tunisia. The visiting Chinese naval escort…

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NUWC Division Newport now operating Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility in Spain

The U.S. Navy’s first permanent Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility (SESEF) site in Europe is now operating in Rota, Spain. A Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport tenant activity site at Naval Station Rota, Spain, the facility services Commander 6th Fleet (C6F) forward deployed naval forces (FDNFs). It opened in September 2017. SESEFs are land-based test sites established in the 1950s to facilitate testing and evaluation of ship’s electromagnetic (EM) transmitting and receiving equipment for primary customers of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Military Sealift…

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