Communication Regarding Intent To Withdraw From Paris Agreement

August 4, 2017 – Today, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations, in its capacity as depositary for the Paris Agreement, regarding the U.S. intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so, consistent with the terms of the Agreement. As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and…

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Successful sea trials for revamped HMS Montrose

HMS Montrose has returned to Plymouth after successful machinery and weapons trials at sea – only three weeks after leaving dry dock from a three-year upgrade. The ship’s engines have been pushed to the limits and have propelled the vessel to her top speed during whilst the ship was maneuvered to simulate extreme weather conditions. The crew are getting used to living and working on board a warship at sea, which for a large number is their first taste of life at sea. AB Std Tanya Moore said, “People said…

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GUAMEX kicks off for regional maritime patrol and reconnaissance partners

Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft from Japan, New Zealand and the U.S. are participating in a multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise off the coast of Guam, July 31 – Aug. 12. Exercise GUAMEX 2017 is aimed at increasing proficiency and interoperability between Asia-Pacific countries. GUAMEX will include multiple aircraft and subsurface assets from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)and the U.S., who will collaborate to strengthen personal relationships between these countries. “GUAMEX provides an exceptional opportunity for our regional allies, friends, and partners…

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Military Sealift Command’s USNS Matthew Perry Becomes First Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship to CONSOL with State Tanker Ship at Sea

In the waters off Hawaii, Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) made history with Motor Tanker Ship Empire State (T-AOT 5193) as they conducted the first underway replenishment between a State Class tanker ship and a T-AKE. With their eyes on the ever-changing sea states common this time of year in the Pacific, Empire State successfully transferred ten thousand barrels of diesel ship fuel to Perry, without incident, opening to the door to future at-sea-CONSOLs with other T-AKEs. Since 2015, MSC has been conducting tanker…

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Austal Lays Keel for First Pacific Patrol Boat

Austal hosted Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne July 31st at the ceremonial keel laying of the first Pacific Patrol Boat vessel for the Australian Government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project. Minister Pyne authenticated the keel by committing his signature to a plate that was subsequently welded and placed in the hull of the vessel. Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the ceremonial keel laying was a significant milestone in the A$306 million PPB-R Project, which is the first major element of the Australian Government’s $89 billion Naval…

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USS Forrestal Tragedy Remembered 50 Years Later

Sailors from various commands gathered on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragedy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) with a special ceremony, July 29. More than 250 surviving crew members and their families filled the seats of Conmy Hall to remember the Sailors who died in the fire on USS Forrestal. Sailors stationed at nearby commands including the Center for Service Support Detachment Defense Information School, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, Expeditionary Combat Camera (COMCAM), and Naval District…

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Begins Support of Operation Inherent Resolve

July 31, 2017 – The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is carrying out strike sorties from the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). The first aircraft launched from USS Nimitz (CVN 68) was an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147. Accompanying Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 squadrons, part of that first flight include the “Black Knights” of VFA-154, the “Blue Diamonds” of VFA-146, the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, and the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early…

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USS Gerald R. Ford Completes First Arrested Landing and Launch

Less than one week after Pres. Donald J. Trump commissioned the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) launched and recovered its first fixed-wing aircraft July 28, 2017, off the coast of Virginia. The first arrested landing, or “trap”, occurred at 3:10 PM (EST) and the first catapult launch happened at 4:37 PM (EST). Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Struck of Tallmedge, Ohio piloted the F/A-18F Superhornet from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 based at Patuxent River, Maryland.  The Superhornet caught the number two arresting wire…

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China, Russia complete phase one joint naval drills in Baltic Sea

Chinese and Russian navies completed exercises in the first stage of the ongoing joint military drills code-named “Joint Sea 2017” July 27th. The missile destroyer “Hefei” and missile frigate “Yuncheng” of the Chinese fleet docked at the Lieutenant Schmidt Quay in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in the afternoon local time, following an intensive two-day naval drill in the Baltic Sea. During the drill, two tactical assault groups, consisting of mixed warships from the Chinese and Russian fleets, conducted a string of joint exercises, including ship-to-sea firing by secondary…

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Lockheed Martin Demonstrates New Anti-Ship Missile’s Surface Ship Launch Capability

July 27, 2017 – Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first-ever launch yesterday of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch variant from a topside canister. The flight test, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, proved the missile’s ability to conduct an angled launch from the newly designed topside canister, replicating a ship-launched environment. During the test, the LRASM, its Mk-114 booster and booster adapter ejected cleanly from the topside launcher using the same launch control and launch sequencer software currently employed by the Mk-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). “This…

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Seafair Fleet Week & Boeing Maritime Celebration

August 1-6, 2017 Seafair has hosted Fleet Week on the Seattle waterfront since 1950 in celebration of the men and women who serve our country. This year Seafair, along with the Seattle Navy League and the Port of Seattle, is proud to welcome vessels and personnel from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Come to the Seattle waterfront and Pier 66 on Wednesday, August 2 for a majestic Parade of Ships showcasing these spectacular vessels. Ninety percent of the consumer products you use every day arrive…

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Updated List of PLA(N) Type 056 Corvettes

China Xinyang 501 Type 056A China Huangshi 502 Type 056A Comm Mar 15 China Suzhou 503 Type 056A China Suqian 504 Type 056A Shanghai L 07 Sep 2016 Del 22 Jul 15 China Qinhuangdao 505 Type 056A Comm 16 Oct 15 China Jingmen 506 Type 056A Comm 25 Jan 16 China Tongren 507 Type 056A Del 2016? China Qujing 508 Type 056A Comm 07 Jun 16 China Huai’an 509 Type 056A Comm 11 Aug 16 China Ningde or Xiamen 510 Type 056A Comm 28 Dec 16 China Baoding 511 Type…

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Ingalls Shipbuilding Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials for Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced July 25th the successful completion of builder’s sea trials on the guided missile destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). The Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) destroyer spent more than three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat and other ship systems. “It’s always a great accomplishment when our shipbuilders successfully take a ship to sea for the first time,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “DDG 114’s sea trials showcase the skill of our shipbuilders and our large, national DDG…

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U.S. Ship Fires Warning Shots as Iranian Vessel Makes ‘Unsafe’ Approach

A U.S. coastal patrol ship participating in a coalition exercise in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots today after warning an Iranian naval vessel that was conducting what U.S. Central Command officials called “an unsafe and unprofessional interaction” in international waters. The Iranian vessel approached within 150 yards of the coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt and did not respond to repeated attempts to establish radio communications as it approached, Centcom officials said. Warning Flares, Danger Signal The Thunderbolt crew then fired warning flares and sounded the internationally recognized danger signal of…

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