USS Gerald R. Ford Commissioned as Navy’s Newest Carrier

President Donald J. Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took part in commissioning the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, named in honor of the 38th president, in Norfolk, Virginia, July 22. Service members and their families, senior defense and military officials and other dignitaries, including Ford’s daughter and the ship’s sponsor, Susan Ford Bales, were aboard the warship for the ceremony. Gerald R. Ford enlisted in the Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor and was commissioned as an officer in the Naval Reserve in…

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Dmitry Donskoy entered the Baltic Sea

Google Translation July 21, 2017, the Russian heavy nuclear submarine missile cruiser of strategic purpose “Dmitry Donskoy” project 941 was the Baltic Straits and entered the Baltic Sea. “Dmitry Donskoy” together with the heavy nuclear-powered cruiser “Peter the Great” project 11442 make the transition from the Northern Fleet to St. Petersburg to participate in the naval parade in honor of the Navy Day. Heavy nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine “Dmitry Donskoy” of Project 941 of the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea (с) Ministry of Defense of Denmark Heavy nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine…

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Future USS Ralph Johnson Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials

July 21, 2017 – The future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) successfully completed builder’s trials on July 20 after spending four days underway in the Gulf of Mexico. Builder’s trials consist of a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations that allow the shipbuilder, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), and the Navy to assess the ship’s systems and its readiness for delivery. While underway, DDG 114 successfully demonstrated full power runs, self-defense detect-to-engage exercises, steering checks, boat handling, and anchoring. “We’re extremely proud that this is the second ship we’ve taken to…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Reaches Labor Contract Agreement with United Steelworkers Local 8888 at Newport News Shipbuilding

July 14, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that United Steelworkers members at its Newport News Shipbuilding division voted 1,985-131 in favor of a new labor agreement. The current contract expired on Sunday. The new contract took effect Monday and will run through Nov. 14, 2021. “This offer is fair, competitive in the industry and respectful of the needs of our great shipbuilders,” said Susan Jacobs, Newport News’ vice president of human resources and administration. “It’s an offer that also maintains our competitiveness in the shipbuilding industry and our…

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Hawaii gathering focuses on Pacific F-35B deployment

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) co-hosted a Joint Strike Fighter Sustainment Summit alongside Marine Corps Forces, Pacific at COMPACFLT headquarters, June 27-28. Attendees focused on planning and preparing the logistical support for the F-35B Lightning II first deployment scheduled to happen within the next year. “The summit was primarily built to maximize communication, elevate problems, and arrive at solutions. This aircraft has a unique maintenance and support structure, and it is unlike any aviation weapon system presently in the Navy and Marine Corps inventories,” said Rear Adm. John Palmer, U.S….

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INS Jalashwa hosts exercise Malabar opening ceremony

The landing platform dock INS Jalashwa (LPD 41) hosted the opening ceremonies of exercise Malabar 2017 in Chennai, India, July 10. Leaders from U.S., Indian, and Japanese maritime forces gathered for the ceremony and a press conference. In attendance were the commanding officers of the three navies, more than 200 members of the Japanese and Indian media, and hundreds of Jalashwa crew members. Attendees watched multimedia video presentations that described past Malabar engagements and listened to the various leaders discuss the purpose of the exercise. Malabar is an annual maritime…

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ISIS-K Leader Killed in Afghanistan

U.S. forces killed Abu Sayed, the head of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 11, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana W. White said today in a statement. “The raid also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan,” she said. ISIS leaders chose Abu Sayed to lead the group, which is an affiliate of ISIS, after Afghan and U.S. forces killed the previous ISIS-K leaders – Hafiz Sayed Khan…

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NATO Competence Centre will support the Munich Security Conference by providing maritime expertise

For the First Time: NATO Competence Centre will support the Munich Security Conference by providing maritime expertise Kiel. The Munich Security Conference (MSC), already supported by a large number of renowned institutions, authorities, and organizations, will also rely on NATO maritime experts from Kiel. The Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) and the MSC signed an agreement for future cooperation on July, 3rd 2017. First Common Projects The COE CSW will be responsible for conducting a side event during the 54th Security Conference in…

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Ocean Patrol Ship “Araguari” receives about 1400 visitors in Cabedelo-PB

Google Translation Subordinated to the Command of the Northeastern Naval Patrol Group, the “Araguari” Ocean Patrol Ship held, from June 8 to 13, a Naval Inspection in the vicinity of the Cabedelo area, implementing and supervising compliance with the laws and regulations in Jurisdictional Waters Brazilian On 10 and 11, as part of the celebrations to the 152 Years of the Naval Battle of Riachuelo, the Ship was open to public visitation, receiving more than 1400 people on its decks. During the visits, the resources that the Ship was assigned to…

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Navy to Commission New Destroyer John Finn

The Navy will commission its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS John Finn (DDG 113), during a 10 a.m. HAST ceremony Saturday, July 15, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The new destroyer honors Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the first attack by Japanese airplanes at Pearl Harbor. While under heavy machine gun fire, Finn manned a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp. Wounded multiple times, he had to be…

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Raytheon Anschütz submarine systems maneuver through acceptance tests

Raytheon Anschütz has delivered a customized, type S55 submarine steering stand, including the newly designed three-dimensional autopilot, as well as a battery monitoring system – to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), who are constructing the newest submarine destined for use by the Indonesian Navy. The new system’s autopilot features a robust controller that ensures safe steering and maneuverability, with speed, precision and minimal noise. As a software-based system, the autopilot can offer an extended functional range, including smart integration of the rudder steering system with electronic sea chart or…

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HMAS Newcastle Visits India

Making her way north to commence duties as part of Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle made a port visit to Cochin, India, further strengthening relationships recently made on exercise off Fremantle. As a continuation of Exercise AUSINDEX, the visit allowed for the strengthening of international relations between Australia and India, and gave the crew the opportunity to experience the wonderful culture India has to offer. There were many notable interactions between Newcastle and the Indian Navy which allowed each group to gain an appreciation for how the other operated. Several members…

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Defence Secretary announces new Maritime Patrol Aircraft squadrons

The Defence Secretary has announced the numbers of the UK’s two new Maritime Patrol Aircraft squadrons and the first commanding officer. Nine new P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be operated by number 120 Squadron and number 201 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray. 120 Squadron was the RAF’s highest scoring anti-submarine unit in the Second World War with 14 kills. 201 Squadron can trace its origins back to the formation of No 1 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service in 1914. Wing Commander James Hanson will oversee the formation of…

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POGO Applauds New White House Policy Statement

By Daniel Van Schooten Researcher at the Project On Government Oversight. In a “Statement of Administration Policy” released yesterday, the Trump Administration rightly criticized several bad provisions in the current House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill that the Project On Government Oversight has previously argued against. Specifically, the Trump Administration criticized the bill’s support for the incredibly over-budget and behind-schedule Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX), the bill’s prohibition of the cost-saving Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the bill’s use of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) “slush fund”…

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