NATO Allies Join US Navy in Cutlass Fury Photo Exercise

September 17, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships participated in a photo exercise alongside the Royal Canadian Navy and other Allied navies Sept. 11 during exercise Cutlass Fury 2019. SNMG1 participants included the flagship U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl (F-314), the Belgian Navy frigate Leopold I (F930), the Portuguese Navy frigate NRP D. Francisco de Almeida (F334) and the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS Van Speijk (F 828). “Canada’s exercise Cutlass Fury 2019 is an excellent…

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Sydney Goes to Sea

September 17, 2019 – The Navy’s latest and most exciting addition to the Fleet has set sail for the first time and is currently conducting Builder’s Sea Trials in South Australia. This marks the first major step for NUSHIP Sydney and its crew in becoming a highly effective warfighting unit, capable of the full spectrum of naval operations. Thanks to lessons learned from sister ships Hobart (III) and Brisbane (III), as well as the completion of the AIR 9000 upgrade enabling operational use of the MH-60R helicopter and the addition…

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US Navy Contracts September 16, 2019

Harper Construction Company Inc., San Diego, California, is awarded a $95,355,749 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of the P-284 F-35C maintenance hangar at Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California. The project includes construction of a two-module Type I aircraft maintenance hangar, associated airfield pavements, operational and munitions storage, renovation of an existing battery shop, and building a new tool room. Project provides temporary facilities. Work will be performed in Lemoore, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2021. Fiscal 2019 military construction (Navy) contract funds for $95,621,143 are obligated…

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Partnerships Vital to U.S. Arctic Strategy

September 13, 2019 – With the melting and thinning of Arctic sea ice, there has been an influx of tourist and commercial shipping, an increase in mining and petrochemical extraction and an expanded military presence by allies as well as by Russia and China, the U.S. Coast Guard’s vice commandant said. Adm. Charles W. Ray spoke today at the American Society of Naval Engineers-sponsored Arctic Day 2019 in Washington. “Our nation is an Arctic nation. We’ve been operating in the Arctic nearly 150 years,” Ray said, mentioning that he was…

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7th Fleet P-8A Poseidon Finds Missing Vessel in South Pacific

September 14, 2019 – A US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes” located a vessel Sep. 14 that had been missing nearly a week. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report of an overdue vessel Sep. 10 after a vessel carrying four adults and three children went missing from Lukunor Atoll Sep. 8. The 7th Fleet Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) began supporting the search and rescue (SAR) effort Sep. 11. The squadron moved on short notice from Kadena Air Force Base,…

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Baltic Fleet Missile Training

September 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the naval ranges of the Baltic Fleet, located in the Baltic Sea, a ship search strike group consisting of the Boyky corvette and the Yaroslav Mudryy patrol ship successfully completed joint electronic missile launches. Missile firing was carried out on targets simulating a detachment of warships of a conditional enemy by two ships simultaneously using the Uran anti-ship missile systems. As a result of electronic launches, all assigned targets were successfully hit. The firing was carried out in a difficult jamming environment, which…

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INS Tarkash at Walvis Bay, Namibia

September 15,, 2019 – In continuation of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash made a port call at Walvis Bay, Namibia today, on 15 Sep 19 for a three days visit. The port call by INS Tarkash at Walvis Bay is a demonstration of India’s warm ties with Namibia and its commitment to enhance operational reach, maritime security and its solidarity with friendly nations. INS Tarkash commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev, is a state of the art warship of the Indian Navy…

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BNS Somudra Avijan arrives Visakhapatnam on a Goodwill Visit

September 14, 2019 – Bangladesh Naval Ship (BNS) Somudra Avijan arrived Visakhapatnam on a four-day visit to the Eastern Naval Command(ENC) today. The Bangladesh Navy ship was accorded a warm welcome by officials from the ENC and Eastern Fleet with the Indian Naval Band in attendance on arrival. During the ship’s stay at Visakhapatnam, a series of activities are scheduled between the two navies which include professional interactions, cross visits, sporting events and social interactions between IN and BN personnel. Brig General Abul Kalam Mohammed Ziaur Rahman, the Resident Defence…

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RFA Lyme Bay Attends International Shipping Week in London

September 13, 2019 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Lyme Bay sailed up the River Thames for London International Shipping Week. The amphibious support ship spent time anchored off Greenwich Pier this week – sailing under Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, past the O2 Arena and arriving near 19th Century sailing ship Cutty Sark. For commanding officer Captain Angus Bissell, the vessel’s presence in London highlighted the importance of the RFA to the Royal Navy and the wider maritime scene. “It is amazing to be here in London,” he said. “It’s…

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General Dynamics Appoints Graney as President of Electric Boat; Carver as President of NASSCO; Geiger to Retire

September 13, 2019 – General Dynamics has appointed General Dynamics NASSCO president Kevin Graney as president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, effective October 1. David J. Carver, NASSCO’s vice president and general manager of repair, will succeed Graney as president of General Dynamics NASSCO. Jeffrey S. Geiger, who has served as president of Electric Boat since 2013, will retire effective September 30. “Kevin Graney’s leadership, nuclear propulsion expertise and proven track record with submarine and surface shipbuilding will be essential to Electric Boat as it expands operations to build both…

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HMAS Canberra Says Ahoy Way Down Under

September 13, 2019 – One of Australia’s largest warships, HMAS Canberra, docked at Macquarie Wharf on Wednesday for a five-day port visit. It’s the first time the 230 metre long Landing Helicopter Dock ship has returned to Hobart since 2016, and coincides with Australian Defence Force commemorations for the Battle of Britain. Commanding Officer Captain Terry Morrison said the ship’s busy schedule so far this year meant some respite in Hobart was most welcome. “Hobart is a beautiful city, with a community who are always very supportive of the Australian…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 13, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $57,462,554 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-6327 to exercise options for engineering support services for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment One Block One (I1B1) Systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare program office. This option exercise is for Engineering Support Services for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) to introduce new technologies; address diminishing material and depot repairs to keep JCREW systems viable for future production; and maintain operational…

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USS Louisiana Arrives Bremerton for Major Overhaul

September 12, 2019 – Settling into its temporary home for the next two and a half years, USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) docked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in preparation for an extended maintenance availability Sept. 11. The availability, an Engineered Refueling Overhaul, will see the project team focus on refueling, preserving and modernizing the Ohio-class submarine. This will include preservation of the hull, superstructure and tanks as well as modernizing the boat’s reverse osmosis system and performing the enlisted women in submarines alteration. “We have assembled a…

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September 12: Naval Industry Day

September 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – On September 12, 1961, the President of the Nation Arturo Frondizi signed a decree that promoted an ambitious plan to renew merchant ships. It contemplated the development of the ELMA company, which provided for the construction of ships in the country to strengthen its fleet. The naval industry should grow at the pace of the production of national iron and steel and, in addition, maritime trade should be served by the National State. The Argentine flag ships carried almost 8 million tons in their…

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