NATO Allies Meet for Trident Juncture 18 Pre-Sail Conference

October 22, 2018 – NATO allies gathered together in Reykjavik, Iceland for a Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO pre-sail conference in support of NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18 Oct. 20. The purpose of the conference was for all participating nations to finalize schedule components, greater understanding of the exercise overview and for senior leaders to meet their foreign colleagues face-to-face. Exercise Trident Juncture 18 will take place in Norway, Sweden, and Finland beginning this month, with expected participation of more than 50,000 troops from more than 30 NATO member…

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Dinar Supports Colombian Navy Oceanography Training

October 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – The General Maritime Directorate (Dimar) welcomed a group of naval technicians in oceanography, students of the Naval School of Sub-officers ARC “Barranquilla”, to complement the technological specialization in integrated management of coastal areas. For a month and a half, the NCOs were trained at the Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research Center of the Caribbean and at the academic sub-station of the Naval School of Sub-Officers ARC “Barranquilla”, on issues related to coastal processes, program design and environmental management plans , geodesy, topography, management and quality…

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RFS Severomorsk Visits Madagascar

October 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – The large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet, Severomorsk, performing the tasks of a long voyage in the Indian Ocean, made a business call at the port of Antsiranan in the northern part of the Republic of Madagascar – the largest state occupying one island. The Russian ship was moored at the southern pier of the port. The naval attache of the Russian Embassy in Madagascar and representatives of the naval forces of the Republic have already visited the shipyard Severomorsk. Russian sailors made…

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Baltic Fleet Ships Deploy to the North Atlantic

October 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – A detachment of ships of the Baltic Fleet as part of the corvettes “Savvy”, “Resistant”, the medium sea tanker “Cola” and the sea tug “Konetsky” went on a long voyage to carry out the planned in the North Atlantic. Onboard the detachment’s ships are anti-submarine helicopters Ka-27PS, the crews of the detachment include specially trained units of the marines. During the campaign, the crews of the ships will perform many different combat training tasks, including joint exercises in communications, air defense and anti-submarine defense,…

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Due to Lack of Ships, Royal Navy Deploys Survey Ship for Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy warships are making their way to Norway for one of NATO’s biggest exercises in recent years. Type 23 frigates HMS Northumberland and Westminster were joining minehunters Cattistock, Hurworth, Grimsby and Ramsey, along with survey ship Enterprise and a fleet diving unit, for Trident Juncture 18. X-Ray Company from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, are also embedded in the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. Around 150 aircraft, including a Merlin Mk2 from 814 NAS aboard Northumberland, 65 vessels and up to 10,000 vehicles are…

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Sub-hunting Merlin to develop tactics with American Navy

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy Aviators, currently deployed on HMS Queen Elizabeth, will take part in submarine-hunting tests with the US Navy. 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are sending a team and two of their Merlin Mk2 helicopters to the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, to take part in tactical development and training alongside their colleagues from the US Navy. 820 NAS are currently supporting the F35 flying trials onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth off the East Coast of the USA, and will bring their considerable ASW expertise to…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Visits New York

October 19, 2018 – Britain’s biggest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, today made waves in the Big Apple beginning a historic week-long visit to New York. The ultimate symbol of British naval power dropped anchor within sight of the Statue of Liberty and the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan for seven days in New York’s Upper Bay – in full view of Ellis and Liberty Island tourists and thousands of commuters on the Staten Island ferry. The visit – on the back of three weeks of intensive maiden trials with the new…

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First test bombs dropped from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s F-35s

October 18, 2018 – The first bombs have been dropped from F-35 Lightning fighter jets conducting trials on board Britain’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The inert GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided precision bombs were dropped off the east coast of the USA, marking another significant milestone in the carrier’s trials. Adding the 500lb bombs to the jets for take-off has enabled the trials teams to see how the jets behave when carrying various weights, gathering crucial test data. It is the first time the American-made bombs have ever…

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China-made large amphibious aircraft completes first water takeoff

October 20, 2018 – China’s independently-developed large amphibious aircraft AG600 completed its first water takeoff and landing in the city of Jingmen in the central province of Hubei on Saturday morning. The AG600, codenamed Kunlong, is designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. It completed its maiden flight in December 2017. At around 8:51 a.m., the plane took off from the surface of a reservoir near Zhanghe Airport of Jingmen under the command of captain Zhao Sheng and his crew. It landed smoothly and steadily on water after a…

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ASEAN naval ships arrive in China for joint maritime exercise

October 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – All participating naval ships got concentrated at a military port in Zhanjiang, South China’s Guangdong Province, and were ready for ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise 2018-2018 as the Philippine logistic support vessel (LSV) BRP Dagupan City arrived at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Military band of the Chinese PLA Navy performed music at the port to welcome the arrival of all participating troops from ASEAN countries. The Chinese naval ships were adorned with nautical flags to convey welcome and show courtesy. The Chinese Navy sent the…

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USS Constitution Celebrates 221 Years Underway

October 20, 2018 – USS Constitution and its crew headed underway from the ship’s berth in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Oct. 19, in commemoration of the ship’s launching 221 years ago on Oct. 21, 1787, and is celebrating the U.S. Navy’s 243rd birthday. “There’s no better place to commemorate the Navy’s and Constitution’s anniversaries in our natural state, underway at sea,” said Cmdr. Nathaniel R. Shick, 75th commanding officer of USS Constitution. “I still remember the excitement I felt as my first ship pulled away from the pier in Norfolk, Virgina. Anxious,…

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Former U.S. Navy Commander Sentenced to Prison for Bribery Conspiracy with Foreign Defense Contractor in Massive U.S. Navy Corruption and Fraud Case

October 19, 2018 – A former U.S. Navy Commander was sentenced today to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, a $10,000 fine and $21,625.60 in restitution by the Honorable Janis L. Sammartino of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The case relates to a wide-ranging corruption and fraud investigation involving foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis and his Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Adam…

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Harry S Truman Strike Group Enters Arctic, Prepares for NATO Exercise

October 19, 2018 – For the first time in nearly 30 years, a U.S. aircraft carrier crossed the Arctic Circle Oct. 19 to conduct operations in the Norwegian Sea. Accompanied by select ships from Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) traveled north to demonstrate the flexibility and toughness of U.S. naval forces through high-end warfare training with regional allies and partners. USS America (CV 66) was the last ship to operate in the area, participating in NATO exercise North Star in…

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Terma at Euronaval 2018

October 19, 2018 – At this year’s Euronaval exhibition at Paris Le Bourget, 23-26 October, Terma invites customers and visitors to experience our C-Guard naval decoy launching system, SCANTER naval radars, and C2 C-Flex system. “The bi-annual Euronaval exhibition enables us to showcase our key technologies and products to a dedicated audience. We are pleased to participate with a highly experienced staff within naval mission systems, naval protection systems, and surveillance systems”, says Thomas Blom, Senior Vice President, Surveillance & Mission Systems. “We look very much forward to welcoming partners…

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Austal Receives Advance Order for T-EPF 13

October 18, 2018 – Austal today announced Austal USA has been awarded a US$57,854,366 million order to fund the procurement of long lead-time materials for the construction of a 103-meter Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF). This will be the thirteenth vessel ordered by the US Navy from Austal. Long lead-time materials for the additional vessel will include diesel engines, water jets and reduction gears. Austal was awarded the initial contract to design and build the first 103-meter EPF in November 2008. The EPF is a high speed, shallow draft catamaran, designed…

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