VX-9 Resumes Flight Op at NAWS China Lake Following Earthquakes

July 15, 2019 – Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) resumed normal flight operations July 10 on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL) after the base and the surrounding city of Ridgecrest sustained two earthquakes of 6.4 and 7.1 magnitudes. Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was affected by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which occurred near NAWSCL and the city of Ridgecrest, Calif., July 5 and a 6.4 magnitude earthquake one day prior. “I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to put planes in the sky today,” said…

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USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Participates in DSCA Exercise

July 15, 2019 – USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) demonstrated its emergency response capabilities by conducting amphibious operations to load and unload mobile equipment to train how to properly respond to a natural disaster and to provide humanitarian assistance, July 11. This exercise is part of the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training event in the Norfolk area. “These training evolutions are a great way to highlight the synergy between the Navy-Marine Corps teams and to validate the operational plans to properly prepare to help those in need after…

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First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for RAF Takes Flight

July 15, 2019 – The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) took off from Renton, Wash. at 10:00 a.m. Pacific on July 12, marking the first flight of this inaugural UK P-8A. During the 90 minute flight key testing took place before the aircraft touched down and moved to the next phase of preparation before customer delivery, installation of military systems. UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Royal Air Force personnel, along with Boeing P-8 program leaders, were on hand to witness the takeoff…

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HMS St Albans Shadows Type 054A Frigate Through English Channel

July 14, 2019 – Royal Navy frigate HMS St Albans is today monitoring the progress of a Chinese warship through the English Channel. The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate is shadowing the Chinese Type 054A frigate Xian as it sails east past the UK enroute to Rotterdam and St Petersburg. St Albans will keep track of the Chinese ship’s activity as it transits through the UK’s area of interest. Commander John Cromie, the Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, said: “Today HMS St Albans, conducting routine maritime security operations, is monitoring…

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USS Carney Departs the Black Sea

July 14, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) began its southbound transit from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea July 14, 2019, after conducting maritime security operations and exercise Sea Breeze 2019. While in the Black Sea for Sea Breeze 2019, Carney was able to test interoperability with participating partner navies that included maritime interdiction operations, operational process training, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and self-defense against small boat attacks. Sea Breeze 2019 is an annual multinational maritime exercise, with air, land, and amphibious components, and is co-hosted by Ukraine…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 15, 2019

Manson/Connolly Seal Beach JV, Seattle, Washington, is being awarded an $88,147,000 firm-fixed-price contract for P-224 Causeway Boat Channel and Turning Basin and P-226 Ammunition Pier at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. The contract also contains five unexercised options and one planned modification, which if exercised would increase the cumulative contract value to $154,771,611. The work to be performed provides a public boat channel, naval ship channel and naval ship turning basin; ship mooring dolphins, excavation of above water moles, salvage and reuse of armor/riprap, paving, striping, signage, fencing, hauling and…

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Munro Returns to Alameda From Successful Drug Patrol

July 15, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) returned home to Alameda Monday following a three month counter-drug patrol in international waters off the coasts of Central and South America in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. This was Munro’s first counter-drug patrol since its commissioning in 2017, and resulted in drug seizures onboard five “panga” style vessels, one low-profile go-fast vessel, one fishing vessel, and one self-propelled semi-submersible vessel. The interdiction of the self-propelled semi-submersible on June 18th resulted in the removal of over 17000 pounds of cocaine, worth…

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Competition: intelligent ship – the next generation

1.Introduction 2.Competition Scope 3.Competition Challenges 4.Exploitation 5.How to apply 6.Phase 1 dates 7.Help 8.Additional information on related work streams 1. Introduction This competition is seeking proposals for novel and innovative projects that enable and facilitate the wider use of intelligent systems within future warships, with the potential for wider utilisation across defence. The aim is to start to de-risk and evaluate technologies and approaches that could enable alternative, revolutionary future fleet concepts that can maintain or enhance UK military advantage. This aim is based on a future vision where elements of…

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Enhanced Regional Engagement, PNG – HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma

July 14, 2019 – The crews of Royal Australian Navy survey motor launches HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma have been busy enhancing an important regional relationship during a recent port visit to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. The two sister ships made their four-day port visit to Simpson Harbour as part of Australia’s Enhanced Regional Engagement program. Commanding Officers of both ships began by visiting the Rabaul cenotaph to pay respects to the fallen before meeting with the cenotaph’s curator. A working bee the following morning saw both Ship’s Companies eagerly…

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SNMG2 Concludes Participation in SEA BREEZE 19 in the Black Sea

July 13, 2019 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have concluded their participation in SEA BREEZE 19, a Ukrainian-US co-hosted exercise in the Black Sea. Under the command of Commodore Josee Kurtz (CAN N), the Group is conducting a regional patrol as it proceeds to Varna, Bulgaria, during their deployment in the Black Sea. SEA BREEZE is an annual multinational maritime training engagement designed to enhance the ability of partnering nations to build their combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security, and foster unity. “The…

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USS Gridley Completes Alongside Refit

July 12, 2019 – USS Gridley (DDG 101) completed an on-time, pierside pre-deployment availability, June 14 at Naval Station Everett. In 20 working days, the Gridley project team, ship’s force, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Detachment Everett and Pacific Ship Repair delivered a combat-capable asset back to the fleet. “This was a great team effort across the entire detachment in providing technical assistance and completing necessary repairs to support an on-time deployment for Gridley,” said Cmdr. Mark Schuchmann, officer-in-charge, PSNS & IMF Detachment Everett. Highlights of the…

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Ships converge for Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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