U.S. Adjusts Support to ARA San Juan Search Operations

The United States will begin to draw down operations assisting the search for the Argentine submarine A.R.A. San Juan in the South Atlantic Dec. 27, after completing its support to requests by the government of Argentina. The U.S. actively joined the Argentina-led international search efforts within 24 hours of learning of the missing submarine on Nov. 17. At its height, U.S. contributions to the search and rescue effort included three advanced aircraft, over 200 search and rescue personnel, four submersibles, one specialized underwater rescue unit, one ship, and more than…

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NRP Bérrio and Zaire Deploying to Africa January 3rd

On 3 January, the ceremony for the start of the patrol vessel “Zaire” and the refueling vessel “Bérrio” will be held at the Lisbon Naval Base, in Alfeite, for a maritime training mission of the Sao Tome and Principe Coast Guard. The ceremony will be chaired by the Minister of National Defense, Professor Doctor Azeredo Lopes. The two ships will sail to the Gulf of Guinea with the mission of promoting the training project of the São Tomé and Príncipe Coast Guard and technical-military cooperation with the friendly countries of…

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Saab Offers Fixed Face Configuration of Sea Giraffe 4A

Defence and security company Saab has introduced the Sea Giraffe 4A Fixed Face (FF), a fixed-panel configuration of Saab’s existing and delivered active electrically scanned array, AESA, radar family. The radar is a derivative of Saab’s well-proven family of rotating, full AESA S-band radar systems. In addition to radar performance, the sensor’s low top-weight adds flexibility which means the radar can be installed on many new naval platforms. “Many naval customers require surveillance radars in a fixed faced configuration, primarily for their principal surface combatants. With the new Sea Giraffe…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 28, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded $255,309,325 for fixed-price-incentive modification P00003 to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0018) for the Lot 3 low-rate initial production of three MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, trade studies and tooling in support of the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office.  Work will be performed in San Diego, California (30.4 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (13.5 percent); Red Oak, Texas (13.4 percent); Palmdale, California (10.5 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (6.1 percent); Bridgeport, West Virginia (5.3 percent); Moss Point, Mississippi (4.2 percent);…

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Frank Cable Returns to Readiness

USS Frank Cable (AS 40) completed its planned, dry-dock repair availability and departed Vigor Industrial, in Portland, Oregon, Dec. 21. Fifty-six million dollars of improvements, maintenance, steel renewal and equipment repairs were completed by Vigor Industrial employees, which returned the near 40 year-old ship to its designed, mission capabilities. “The Navy and Military Sealift Command crew worked very hard during this shipyard period to maximize repairs and material conditions,” said MSC Ship’s Master Capt. Patrick Christian. “Now we are ready to rejoin the fleet and get back on our mission.”…

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Black Sea Fleet Warships in Sevastopol Prepare for ASW Training

The warships of the Black Sea Fleet based in Sevastopol are practicing routine issues to prepare for long-distance mission with the use of armaments and technical equipment. Some 40 surface warships of the Black Sea Fleet are involved in the combat training events. Therefore, some exercises including damage control, air defense and ASW are underway

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Draken International Supports Marine Corps Exercise Winter Fury

Draken International spent two weeks providing Adversary Air (ADAIR) support during exercise WINTER FURY at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for the 3rd Marine Air Wing from November 27th to December 7th. The exercise was a high-end combat training event for 3d Marine Air Wing units, exercising full-scale Offensive Anti-Air Warfare, Air Interdiction, and Active Air Defense mission sets against a complex and advanced threat. As the industry’s leading provider of ADAIR training services, Draken International showcased 4th Generation capabilities utilizing a 4-ship of L-159 Honey Badgers that employ the…

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USS Bremerton Spends Christmas in Yokosuka

USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Dec. 22 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crews’ interaction with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. “I think it’s important for Bremerton to make one last visit to Yokosuka,” said Cmdr. Travis Zettel, commanding officer. “The region means a lot…

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Future USS Manchester completes acceptance trials

The future USS Manchester (LCS 14) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 15 after a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. During trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling abilities and auxiliary systems. While underway, the ship successfully performed launch-and-recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat, completed surface and air…

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USS America Returns to Singapore

USS America (LHA 6) along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Singapore for a scheduled port visit Dec. 22. While this is not America’s first time visiting the country, the Sailors and Marines look forward to visiting Singapore for the holiday. “The America team is honored to visit Singapore,” said Commanding Officer Joseph Olson. “Our visit is an opportunity for the ship to replenish supplies, and experience the country’s rich culture as we represent our country as ambassadors of goodwill during the holidays.” Since the ship recently…

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USS James E Williams Returns Home for the Holidays

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) returned to its Naval Station Norfolk homeport Dec. 23, completing a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. The ship departed May 23, to support anti-submarine exercises and operations in the North and Norwegian seas, as well as maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 22, also conducted presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations. “I am extremely proud of this crew,” said Cmdr. Allen…

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Life’s work dedicated to finding the men of HMAS AE1

The former Royal Australian Navy senior officer who has made finding HMAS AE1 his life’s work says he will remember the moment the submarine was finally found off PNG this week with mixed emotions. The survey team in Papua New Guinea that found AE1 had not even settled into a daily rhythm before the first sign of the lost submarine emerged. Expedition leader, retired Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, said he was in his cabin as the autonomous underwater vehicle was retrieved from its first mission and the data was downloaded.…

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Ready to support the disaster season

While many personnel are enjoying well-earned family time over the Christmas/New Year period, some members of 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross will be on alert as the Operational Readiness Squadron for this period. Two MRH90 helicopter crews will be on standby, should the need arise, to provide Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief in response to bushfires, floods, cyclones or other emergencies. MRH90 pilot Lieutenant Commander Colin McLeod says the members of 808 Squadron are well prepared. “Bambi Bucket training has provided pilots and aircrewman with a basic understanding of how…

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Hamina-class fast attack missile crafts to be upgraded and equipped with a torpedo weapon system

The Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command received a mandate, on 19.12.2017, from Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö to sign contracts on the upgrade of the Hamina-class fast attack missile crafts (FAC). The Finnish Defence Forces’ Logistics Command received a mandate to sign a contract with Patria Aviation Ltd. which will bear the principle responsibility for the upgrade. As a part of the upgrade, a torpedo weapon system will be procured from Saab Dynamics Ab. The overall value of the upgrade is EUR 223 million. The upgrade process is expected to generate…

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US Navy Contract Annoucements December 26, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey is being awarded a $102,506,796 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5116) to exercise an option for AEGIS Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) efforts for the design, development, integration, test, and delivery of computer program baselines and associated technology insertion hardware design support for the next/future advanced capability build.  Under this contract, the AEGIS CSEA shall develop, integrate, test, and deliver computer program baseline advanced capability builds (ACBs) and support technology insertions (TIs) – a replacement and/or upgrade of…

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