MV Sycamore Trains Generation Next

February 21, 2019 – As the new year began, the Royal Australian Navy’s multi-role aviation training vessel MV Sycamore was setting a course for the future, preparing for a big year of training the next generations of officers and sailors. Trainee Helicopter Control Officers and Flight Deck Marshalers, Maritime Warfare Officers undergoing Phase III of their training and Australian Navy Cadets from the Waratah and Taipan Flotillas were all embarked in the training ship as she left Sydney earlier this year. The Waratah Flotilla consists of Cadets from Training Ships…

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PLAN Kunlun Shan Attends IDEX 2019

On the afternoon of February 16 (local time), the Chinese Navy’s amphibious dock landing ship Kunlun Shan (Hull 998) arrived at the port of Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the 14th Abu Dhabi International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) and the 5th Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition. This year’s IDEX is scheduled to run from February 17 to 21 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, attracting countless military equipment manufacturers and purchasers from 150 countries. China’s State Administration of Science, Technology…

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RFA Tidesurge Welcomed to the Fleet

February 20, 2019 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Tidesurge has been welcomed to the fleet today with a dedication service at Greenock’s Ocean Terminal. The 39,000-tonne fleet replenishment tanker is the latest of four new RFA ships which are the biggest in service. Previously, Greenock was the affiliated town of RFA Gold Rover, which provided sterling service in support of the Royal Navy, NATO, and coalition allies for over 40 years. RFA Tidesurge will now take on the honor, continuing its close ties with the area. Members of the…

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HMS Montrose Visits Singapore

February 20, 2019 – Frigate HMS Montrose has begun the latest leg of a 20,000-mile voyage to the Gulf after ten days in Singapore. The Plymouth-based warship used the ten-day break in the Commonwealth nation to allow maintenance to be carried out after a 16,000-mile journey from home via the Caribbean and Pacific. And it allowed the ship’s company an extended break after four months mostly at sea – allowing many sailors to fly loved ones out to join them in the ‘city of the lion’. The ship berthed at…

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Ships of the Northern Fleet to conduct firing in the Barents Sea

February 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The small anti-submarine ship “Snezhnogorsk” and the small rocket ship “Iceberg” of the Kola Flotilla of the heterogeneous forces of the Northern Fleet went to the Barents Sea to perform combat exercises. At present, hydrometeorological conditions for wave height and wind speed in the Barents Sea make it possible to perform combat training tasks without restrictions. In the landfills, the crews of the ships will execute artillery firing with 76-mm artillery mounts and 30-mm caliber rapid-fire machine guns at surface, air, and coastal targets.…

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SNMG1 Completes Dynamic Guard

February 19, 2019 – Naval forces from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), commanded by U.S. Rear Adm. Edward Cashman completed a ten-day NATO Allied Maritime Command led exercise Dynamic Guard 2019 off the coast of Norway, Feb. 15. Dynamic Guard is a NATO exercise, executed concurrently with Norwegian led exercise Task Group 19-1 and designed to build and maintain proficiency in maritime electronic warfare and anti-submarine warfare. “This exercise allowed NATO allies to train together in advanced anti-submarine warfare tactics,” said German Lt. Cmdr. Jan Schroder, SNMG1 Staff anti-submarine…

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Young Endeavour on show at Australian Wooden Boat Festival

February 20, 2019 – Almost 2000 people took the opportunity to step on board the Royal Australian Navy operated sail training ship STS Young Endeavour during the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart. The brigantine sailed from Sydney to Hobart with a returnee crew of 24 young Australians embarked. On the Friday, Young Endeavour joined seven other tall ships on Hobart’s Derwent River for a Parade of Sail from John Garrow light, past the Hobart foreshore to Salamanca. They were joined on the water by hundreds of classic and…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 19, 2019

Marine Systems Corp., Boston, Massachusetts, is awarded a $29,111,774 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price hybrid single award contract for engineering, logistical, and information technology services to support the Navy Habitability Projects. The contract will include a five-year base ordering period with a six-month ordering period option pursuant of Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.212-8 – option to extend services, which if exercised, will bring the total ceiling value to $32,191,928. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia (84 percent); San Diego, California (5 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (5 percent); Mayport, Florida (2 percent); Washington,…

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New Simulator to Keep Navy Communicators at the Cutting Edge

February 20, 2019 – A new simulator at the Defence Force School of Signals Maritime Wing at HMAS Cerberus will ensure Navy’s newest Communications and Information Systems sailors join their first ships fully prepared for the rigors of operating at sea. The learning system simulator was developed by Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems, an Australian owned and operated small to medium enterprise. The successful delivery of this system is a demonstration of the capability within Australia to develop and engineer complex simulation technology to support the ADF. Minister for Defence,…

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US, British Navies Conduct Maritime Security Drills

February 20, 2019 – U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose (F236) conducted maritime security and logistics training in the South China Sea, Feb. 18. The drills involved Royal Marine commandos, Royal Navy sailors and Guadalupe crew members. During a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) scenario, Montrose’s boarding team embarked and secured Guadalupe, which simulated a vessel engaged in high seas trafficking. The ships also practiced replenishment at sea using NATO procedures, which ensured that the two ships, despite never having…

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HMAS Choules Embarks on Engagement with the Pacific

February 20, 2019 – HMAS Choules has deployed on a month-long activity for maritime and land training with Australian regional partners in the Southwest Pacific. HMAS Choules, an amphibious landing ship, departed Townsville on 19 February bound for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, where Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will undertake an extensive program of bilateral training with regional militaries and other government agencies. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the activity was an early contribution to the Australian Government’s Pacific ‘Step Up’ announced by…

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46 Italian Sailors Conduct Anti-Piracy Training in Pakistan

February 15, 2019 – Contrast to maritime piracy, cooperation in areas of crisis and interoperability between fleets. These are the general objectives that animated the international exercise AMAN 2019 , organized by the Pakistani Navy, which took part in representing the Italian Navy the European Multi Mission Frigate (FREMM) Carlo Margottini, already engaged in the campaign in the Middle East and Mar Arabian (MOMA). The Aman exercise, or “peace” in Urdu language, kicked off on Friday 8 February, with an opening ceremony in the presence of the Commander in Chief…

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U.S. Navy Aircraft Join Aero India 2019

February 19, 2019 – U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets and P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India, Feb. 20. Held biennially since 1996, Aero India is India’s premier aerospace exhibition, trade and airshow. “Aero India offers an excellent opportunity to showcase the P-8A Poseidon to our regional partners throughout the Indo-Pacific,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Shultz, the “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 Aero India 2019 detachment officer in charge. “We are also looking forward to strengthening military-to-military relationships and showcasing…

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Huntington Ingalls VP Named to Palm Springs Air Museum’s Aviation Hall of Fame

February 19, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Mark Fox, corporate vice president of customer affairs, was inducted into the Palm Springs Air Museum’s “Aviation Hall of Fame” at the museum’s annual gala in Palm Springs, Calif., last Friday. “The HII family could not be more proud of Mark for receiving this honor,” said Mitch Waldman, HII’s executive vice president, government and customer relations. “The qualities we most admire in him, his determination and dedication, were most certainly developed and honed during his time of service.” Fox graduated…

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USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea

February 19, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, en route to the Black Sea Feb. 19 to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness, and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the region. The ship last visited the Black Sea in January 2019, during which it visited Batumi, Georgia and conducted an exercise with two Georgian Coast Guard ships. During its time in port the ship’s crew was warmly received by their Georgian hosts…

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