Kiel Mine Search Squadron Opens “Showroom Mine Defense”

November 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, the 13th of November 2019 at 10 o’clock, the Kiel-based 3.Minensuchgeschwader opens a permanent “showroom mine defense” in the naval base in the Wik. The squadron’s visitor center moves into the officers’ home of the base and will be open to the public from 21 November 2019. From the operation “Südflanke” in the Persian Gulf 1990/1991 to today’s Baltic Sea maneuvers such as “Northern Coasts”, the German mines are in action and explain from now on, what is important in the mine…

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JMSDF Renews Commitment to Somalia Patrols

November 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – As the title has been decided by today’s Cabinet, we will inform you as follows. The number of incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden occurred more than 200 annually from 2009 to 2011. Due to ongoing efforts, it is currently at a low level.   However, poverty in Somalia, which is the root cause of piracy, has not yet been resolved, and there remains no change in the situation where piracy must be dealt with. In addition,…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Completes Moored Training Ship Conversion of USS La Jolla

November 12, 2019 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) successfully completed the conversion of USS La Jolla (SSN 701) into a Moored Training Ship Nov. 7. La Jolla is the first of two next-generation training ships converted at NNSY to become land-based platforms for training nuclear Sailors at the Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) in Charleston, South Carolina. The second, USS San Francisco (SSN 711), has been at NNSY since January 2017. “Converting USS La Jolla into a moored training ship is a great investment in the Navy’s future and a…

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South Korean Ships Visit Vladivostok

November 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, a detachment of warships of the Navy of the Republic of Korea, consisting of the Nampho mine layer and the Ilchulbon and Chonjabon tank and landing ships, arrived in Vladivostok on a business call. This visit was the fourteenth call of the ships of the South Korean Navy in the capital of Primorye. The master ship of the visit is the Perfect Corvette. More than 1,100 Korean troops arrived on board South Korean ships, of which 640 were cadets from the army academies,…

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L’Astrolabe Loads for Antarctic Mission in Tasmania

November 11, 2019 (Google Translation) – At the end of October, the polar patrol boat L’Astrolabe takes up summer quarters in Hobart, Tasmania. Gateway to East Antarctica since the very first expedition of Captain Jules Sebastian César Dumont d’Urville to the great white continent unknown in 1840, this small town at the end of the world, with its particular charm, has since become a logistical node for nations with a permanent presence in this region of Antarctica. This is the case of France, which has implanted since the fifties, a…

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Coast Guard Foundation Presents 2019 Houston Awards Dinner

November 7, 2019 – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and well-being of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it will hold its annual Houston Awards Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas on Thursday November 14, 2019. At the event, a full program of acknowledgements is planned, including a tribute to the Coast Guard Foundation’s 50th anniversary of service to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. The Houston Awards Dinner will honor Coast Guard members…

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Navy Employee Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses with Multiple Victims

November 7, 2019 – A Navy employee, who resided in Silver Spring, Maryland, before moving to Japan, was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for the production, transportation and possession of child pornography. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur of the District of Maryland and Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office made the announcement. Spencer E. Steckman, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Paul W. Grimm of the U.S.…

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Four Dutch Ships Sail for Training

November 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – It has been a long time since 4 Dutch naval vessels traveled together for exercises and training. For example, 6 aspiring navigation officers gain practical experience. Among other things, the narrow approach route to the port of Oslo is on the program. Led by HNLMS Rotterdam, Evertsen, Friesland and Zeeland yesterday their special squadron trip. The amphibious transport ship Rotterdam is going on this voyage for SARC phase 4. The preparation of naval vessels for operational deployment is based on 6 SARC steps (…

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VARDIREX 2019: in action Marine Army Civil Protection and ANA

November 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – The VARDIREX 2019 exercise (Various Disaster Relief Management Exercise) ended with a maxi-emergency, with the participation, during the phases of the final act, of the Commander of the Terrestrial Operative Forces and of the Army General Command of the General Army Corps Armata Federico Bonato , of the Commander of the Alpine Troops General of the Armed Corps Claudio Berto , of the Commander of the First Naval Division, Admiral Stefano Turchetto , of the National President of the Alpine Association Ing. Sebastiano Favero…

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ROKS Seoul Launched on Navy’s 74th Anniversary

November 11, 2019 – South Korea launched a new frigate on Monday featuring advanced sonar and power systems to boost anti-submarine capabilities in coastal operations, the Navy said. The launch ceremony for the 2,800-ton FGG-II Seoul took place at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.’s shipyard in the southeastern port city of Ulsan, according to the Navy. It is the third frigate to be built under the project to secure a second batch of such vessels to replace the Navy’s aging frigates and patrol combat corvettes. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with…

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Bataan Conducts Live Fire With a Purpose

November 8, 2019 – USS Bataan (LHD 5) completed a live-fire exercise of its Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) and NATO Sea Sparrow Missile against drone targets while underway Nov. 7. The ship, part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, (ARG) was underway conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). COMPTUEX is an intensive, month-long exercise designed to fully integrate a carrier strike group or ARG-MEU as a cohesive, multi-mission fighting force. It thoroughly tests the abilities of the Sailors and Marines assigned to…

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ESPS Victoria Exercises with French Forces in Djibouti

November 11, 2019 – Between the 5th and the 8th of November, in vicinity of Djibouti, Operation ATALANTA’s Spanish ship (ESPS) Victoria carried out different exercises with the French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ). This training covered a variety of activities such as medical evacuation practices, boarding procedures and deck landing qualifications with a PUMA French helicopter. The Spanish frigate, its boarding team and its SH-60B helicopter all participated in the exercises. This training was an outstanding opportunity to test and show the interoperability existing between Operation ATALANTA assets and the…

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Van Speijk Home From Three Months With SNMG1

November 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Van Speijk returned to Den Helder this morning. The navy ship has been participating in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) for the past 3 months. That is 1 of the 4 permanent maritime reaction forces of NATO. The fleet group practiced along the American east coast in September, after which it made the crossing to Spain in early October. The squadron participated in the large NATO exercise Dynamic Mariner. De Van Speijk was involved in, among other things, submarine control, one…

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Yantar Launches Project 23700 Voevoda

November 12, 2019 – The Baltic shipyard Yantar launched the Voevoda emergency rescue vessel. The launching ceremony for the lead ship of Project 23700 Voevoda took place on November 8 at the Yantar shipyard. It was attended by plant workers, representatives of the United Shipbuilding Corporation and ship customers – the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. On this occasion, the Director General of the plant Eduard Efimov noted: “Today at Yantar is a wonderful holiday – an…

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HADR Exercise TIGER TRIUMPH to Commence at Visakhapatnam

In consonance with the growing partnership between India and the US, the maiden India US joint Tri services Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise named ‘TIGER TRIUMPH’ is scheduled on the Eastern seaboard from 13 to 21 Nov 19. Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak, Indian Army troops from 19 Madras and 7 Guards, and Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters and Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) would be participating in the exercise. The US would be represented by US Navy Ship Germantown with troops from US Third Marine…

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