Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana at Newport News Shipbuilding

April 29, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division today celebrated the christening of Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th Virginia-class submarine. With a single swing, ship’s sponsor Diane Donald performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine’s hull. Donald is the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. “It’s the honor of a lifetime to be here today,” said Donald. “While the size of the submarine alone is stunning, the complexity inside sets it apart…

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US Navy’s Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar completes major design review, on track for development

April 26, 2017 – Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy conducted the Preliminary Design Review for the new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, confirming system development is on track for delivery to the designated ship classes. The PDR followed several EASR milestones completed as planned on the development schedule, including the combined Systems Requirements and System Functional Reviews, and the Integrated Baseline Review. EASR is the U.S. Navy’s advanced radar for aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships, providing simultaneous anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and air traffic control mission capabilities. It delivers…

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US, Egypt Commence Exercise Eagle Salute 2017

April 25, 2017 – The U.S. Navy with the Egyptian Naval Forces commenced exercise Eagle Salute 2017 in the Red Sea, April 23. Eagle Salute 2017 incorporates Eagle Response 2017, an explosive ordnance exercise, to provide opportunities for participating nations to collaborate on an even wider range of maritime security operations. These exercises focus on sharing knowledge and experiences in order to enhance solid regional partnerships. Several vessels will participate in the exercise including guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and Egyptian Naval Force guided-missile frigate ENS Taba (F 916)….

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Crew safely recovered after helicopter crash near Guam

April 26, 2017 – The entire crew, including two pilots and one aircrewman, were safely recovered by USS Dewey (DDG 105) after their MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter crashed in waters near Guam, April 27 (local). The incident occurred as the MH-60R helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, currently embarked aboard Dewey, was conducting routine flight operations. The incident is currently under investigation. The crew is being assessed by the medical team on board Dewey and there are no apparent injuries at this time. Dewey and embarked HSM-78,…

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Naval Shipbuilding Projects Pave the Way for Industry in Tasmainia

April 27, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced an additional Naval Shipbuilding Industry briefing will be held in Launceston on 3 May 2017. Minister Pyne said this event followed on from the success of industry briefings held across regional Australia in March. The briefings have attracted over 200 attendees; from manufacturers in Geelong, boat lifters in Geraldton, welders in Bunbury and engineers in Nowra. “These briefings are a chance for regional Australians to learn more about the Government’s $89 billion national shipbuilding endeavour—the…

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China launches its first home-made aircraft carrier

(Photo by Feng Kaixuan) DALIAN, April 26 (ChinaMil) — The launching ceremony of China’s second aircraft carrier was held at the Dalian Shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation(CSIC) on the morning of April 26, 2017. Gen. Fan Changlong, member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. The ceremony was kicked off in magnificent national anthem at 9:00 and a bottle of champagne was broken on the aircraft carrier…

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Nimitz Strike Group completes successful COMPTUEX

April 22, 2017 – The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment. COMPTUEX is an exercise that tests a strike group’s ability to work and operate as one cohesive unit in a simulated real-world scenario based training environment. Nimitz was joined by CSG 11, to include Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, to prove their operational capabilities…

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Somali Pirate Sentenced to Life for 2010 Attack on USS Ashland

April 26, 2017 – Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia, was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for engaging in piracy and committing other offenses pertaining to the attack on the USS Ashland, a U.S. Navy ship, in April 2010. Today’s announcement was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Martin Culbreth of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office in Virginia, and Special Agent in Charge Maureen Evans of the…

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Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman COSC   CNS Releases Joint Doctrine Indian Armed Forces – 2017

April 25, 2017 – Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Naval Staff released a revised version of Joint Doctrine Indian Armed Forces – 2017 in the presence of Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Air Staff and offg Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman COSC today. “Jointness and Integration” in the Armed Forces is the order of the day like any other facet of life and therefore release of this Doctrine could not have come…

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Lockheed Martin Delivers New Capabilities for F-35 Logistics System

April 26, 2017  – Lockheed Martin’s next iteration of the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) has been approved for installation at U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy F-35 sites. Along with a number of improvements to the system’s baseline, the upgrade delivers significant enhancements for managing forward operations and sustainment. ALIS is the F-35’s fleet management system, reducing the cost of operations and maintenance while increasing aircraft availability. After successful flight testing, upgraded ALIS software – called version 2.0.2 – will be installed at all operational F-35 sites by…

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CVW-5 Field Carrier Landing Practice

April 24, 2017 – The JMSDF has announced USS Ronald Reagan’s CVW-5 will conduct Field Carrier Landing Practice Google Translation On landing training of aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan Ministry of Defense April 24, Heisei 29 I will inform you that there is a notice from the US Forces headquarters in Japan that it is planning to carry out landing training of aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan on Iwo Jima as described below. Also, even when the aircraft landing training is over, the US Forces headquarters in Japan will notify you, so…

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First RAN Cape Class Delivered

April 24, 2017 – Austal is pleased to advise that the first of two Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy, has been delivered from the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. The two 58 metre patrol vessels are to be chartered by the Commonwealth of Australia on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy, which awarded the A$63 million contract to Austal in December 2015. Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the delivery highlights Austal’s proven capability to design and build…

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Interdiction Exercises sea and air between Panama and Colombia

Google Translation April 26, 2017 – The National Navy of Colombia, the Colombian Air Force and National Air Service of Panama, SENAN, began yesterday the Binational Exercise Maritime Interdiction and Air Pancol II, which will be held until Friday, April 28, in the Pacific, with the aim of standardizing procedures internationally to deny the use of air and maritime space in the commission of transnational crimes, as well as emergency care at sea. For this operation, the Naval Force of the Pacific ocean patrol vessel ordered the ARC Valle del…

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Austals Cuts Steel on First Pacific Patrol Boat

April 26, 2017 – Austal today welcomed the Minister for Defence Industries, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, to cut the first steel plate for the first of nineteen Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) vessels for the Commonwealth of Australia. Austal CEO Mr David Singleton said the plate-cutting was not only the start of construction for the A$306 million Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement project, but also the Australian Government’s A$89 billion Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program. “Austal is incredibly proud to be delivering the Commonwealth’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project.  Austal is…

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A look at Dutch Defence news 18 – 25 April

Google Translation On 18 April, the Royal Netherlands Navy reported that HNLMS Van Amstel had intercepted 2 transports of cocaine in the Caribbean in just 1 night. Even before the suspects and drugs from the first vessel had been handed over to the American coast guard, the RNLN multipurpose frigate had stopped a second vessel that was smuggling drugs. In total, almost 700 kilos of drugs were confiscated. Minister and CHOD visit Dutch soldiers in unsettled Afghanistan On 20 and 21 April, Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Chief of…

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