Support Ship returns from Indo-Pacific mission

True to her motto of ‘To Serve and Provide’- HMAS Sirius sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West after almost four months at sea on 15 December, in time for well-earned Christmas break. Family and friends of the 73 crew gathered around Diamantina Wharf to welcome back the underway replenishment ship after participating in the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment. Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Oborn said that their recent mission focussed on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Indonesia, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic…

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Lincoln Completes First F-35 Carrier Qualification

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Carrier Qualifications for the F-35C Lightning II program, carrier qualifying the first nine fleet aviators in the new aircraft, while underway Dec. 7-11. Along with Abraham Lincoln, the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125, the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101, and VX-9 accomplished many first steps including first-time use of Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS) aboard a carrier, and use of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) in an operational setting. “Thanks to the tireless work…

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PM dedicates INS Kalvari to the nation

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today dedicated the naval submarine INS Kalvari to the nation, at a function in Mumbai December 14th. Congratulating the people of India on this occasion, the Prime Minister described INS Kalvari as a prime example of “Make in India.” He commended all those involved in its manufacture. He described the submarine as an excellent illustration of the fast growing strategic partnership between India and France. He said the INS Kalvari will add even more strength to the Indian Navy. The Prime Minister said that…

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ONR Announces Successful Final Helicopter Autonomous Flight Demonstration

Autonomy options for the Marine Corps have taken a major step forward, as ONR officials announced Dec. 13, a successful final helicopter flight demonstration with autonomous capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, part of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program. AACUS is a partnership between the Office of Naval Research and technology company Aurora Flight Sciences and will enable the Marine Corps to rapidly resupply forces on the front lines using cutting-edge technology sponsored by ONR. The system consists of a sensor and software package that can be…

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Guam Welcomes USS Asheville

The Guam submarine force welcomed the crew and families of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) during a homecoming celebration at Naval Base Guam following the submarine’s homeport shift from Pearl Harbor, Dec. 14. Asheville replaced USS Chicago (SSN 721) as Guam’s fourth forward-deployed Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Chicago shifted homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in September 2017. “It’s great to be reunited with family and friends on Guam who made the move in anticipation of our arrival,” said Capt. Paul Pampuro, Asheville’s commanding officer. “The crew has…

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Rankin renders assistance

It is a rare occasion that a submarine finds itself involved in the co-ordination of life-saving events, however that is exactly how the day began for the crew of HMAS Rankin last month. In transit through the Success Parmelia Channel just west of Fremantle, a single red flare initiated what can only be described as a true example of the mutual respect and mateship held between mariners. With winds gusting up to 30 knots and the sea rising to 2 – 2.5 metres, dozens of ocean paddlers participating in ‘The…

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USCGC Escanaba Returns to Boston After Pacific Drug Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba “The Pride of Boston” returned to their homeport in Boston Thursday following a 64-day Eastern Pacific patrol that resulted in the seizure of 6.7 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $202 million in wholesale value. The 6.7 tons of cocaine offloaded represents the interdiction of five separate suspected drug smuggling vessels, including a rare self propelled semi-submersible vessel (SPSS). Each of the interdictions took place in the drug transit zones off the coast of Central and South America. During Escanaba’s at-sea interdictions, suspected vessels were initially…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 14, 2017

Milestone Contractors LP, Bloomington, Indiana, is being awarded a not to exceed $20,000,000 requirements contract for horizontal construction services at the Naval Support Activity, Crane and Glendora Test Facility, Sullivan. The work to be performed provides for horizontal construction services but not limited to excavation and fill, asphalt repairs/replacement, highway striping, guardrail repair/replacement, concrete work, culvert replacement, fence repair/replacement, erosion control, stone road and lot maintenance, sidewalk repair/replacement, highway sign maintenance repair/replacement, and incidental related work. No task orders are being issued at this time. Work will be performed in…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, New York. The future USS Little Rock, designated LCS 9, is the 10th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the…

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NSWC Philadelphia’s 3D virtual dry dock paves way for CVN-78 class carriers

Engineers from the Advanced Data, Prototyping Technologies, and Virtual Environments (ADAPT.VE) Lab at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) recently completed a project creating 3-Dimensional (3D) point cloud representations of Dry Dock 8 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY). Norfolk’s Dry Dock 8 was selected for the project as it was identified as one of a limited number of shipyard facilities with the capacity sufficient for supporting the new USS Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers. The 3D computer model will allow the Navy to manipulate data using existing computer-aided…

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Navy Releases Strategic Readiness Review

In September, the Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, ordered a fleet-wide Strategic Readiness Review (SRR) in light of the recent surface fleet incidents which resulted in significant loss of life and injury. The SRR was an independent review by a team of subject matter experts that examined the systemic conditions influencing and existing within the Navy over the last 30 years. The SRR ran concurrently with the U.S. Fleet Forces-led Comprehensive Review and considered its findings, but the Review’s assessments and judgments are independent of the Comprehensive Review…

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Government secures 200 new jobs at Osborne, totalling 1200 this year

The Turnbull Government has given workers at Osborne an early Christmas present. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann today announced a workforce package that will bolster jobs and skilling for Australia’s current and future naval shipbuilders. “Australia’s future shipbuilding and sustainment workforce is at the very heart of success for Australia’s naval shipbuilding enterprise,” Minister Pyne said. “Over the next 10 years, the size and skill level of the naval shipbuilding workforce will need to increase…

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Ninth Expeditionary Fast Transport Latest Arrival in Highly-Adaptable Ship Class

Later this month USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) will join the fleet as part of a class of ships that is quickly becoming recognized as adaptable and innovative. As the world’s oceans become more heavily trafficked and more contested, this adaptability and innovation will be meeting our Navy’s future requirements and missions. USNS City of Bismarck will be the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF). As one of the Navy’s newest ship classes, the non-combatant EPFs provide warfighters with a ship that can be configured and reconfigured to…

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INSV Tarini Departs Lyttelton for Port Stanley

The Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini left Lyttelton this morning (12 December 2017) for its onward journey to Port Stanley (Falklands). INSV Tarini had arrived at Lyttelton on 29 November 2017 after completion of second leg of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This historic circumnavigation attempt by an all-women crew is being led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. The crew of was officially welcomed to Lyttelton by…

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USNS Lawrence H. Gianella, USNS Laramie Conduct skin-to-skin lightering fuel transfer

Military Sealift Command’s petroleum tanker USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT 1125) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) conducted a skin-to-skin lightering fuel transfer at sea, Nov. 28. “Lightering is the process of transferring fuel from one tanker to another tanker while away from a port,” said Capt. William Wiggins, USNS Laramie’s master. “Lightering usually takes place between a commercial Very Large Crude Container (VLCC) tanker ships and a smaller tanker. Normally, a VLCC has too deep of draft to pull into port so they offload their fuel to…

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