Second Flood Island Refueling Tour for Champlain

Champlain left its port base of Port-de-Galets in Reunion Island to conduct a refueling mission to the Eparses Islands. This mission aims to ensure the logistics train to these isolated islands where are present detachments of the Army, gendarmes and researchers of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF). The presence of the State is ensured by these men and women who take turns and whose permanence is made possible by the regular delivery of freight. At anchor successively in front of Europa, Juan de Nova, Glorious and Tromelin, the…

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NAVAIR Putting Virtual Reality in New Flight Trainers

Naval Air Systems Command is looking to leverage virtual reality technology to build flight simulation trainers that are deployable, improve fidelity, make better use of actual training flights and save money. The Naval Aviation Training Systems program office is currently developing new trainers for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopter and T-45 Goshawk jet trainer, said Chris Foster, the program office’s lead for aviation warfare training development, during a Nov. 28, panel discussion on augmented, virtual and mixed reality in Navy training at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training,…

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Argentina Calls Off Search for ARA San Juan

Google Translation Buenos Aires, November 30, 2017. PRESS CAKE No. 50 UPDATE N ° 9 CLOSURE OF THE CASE OF THE SUBMARINE ARA “SAN JUAN” The Ministry of Defense, and the Argentine Navy, as the enforcement authority of the Convention International on Maritime Search and Rescue, informs that, today, Thursday 30 November, at 4:20 p.m. declared the SAR case (Search and Rescue) of the Submarine ARA “San Juan”, changing to the search phase of it. The reasons why this decision is sustained are: • That the SAR plan has as…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard undocks USS La Jolla (SSN 701)

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) successfully undocked USS La Jolla (SSN 701) Nov. 8.   La Jolla will remain pier-side to finish the final leg of its moored training ship (MTS) conversion that began in February 2015.  La Jolla is the first of two next-generation platforms undergoing conversion at the shipyard to train nuclear officers and Sailors at the Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) in Charleston, South Carolina. USS San Francisco (SSN 711) arrived at the shipyard for its conversion in January.   The two current MTS subs at NPTU, both commissioned in…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 30, 2017

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $353,208,847 fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract (N00019-17-C-0010). This modification provides for performance based logistics sustainment in support of the F-135 propulsion system in support of the F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military Sales (FMS) customers. This modification provides for maintenance of support equipment, common program activities, unique and common base recurring sustainment, repair of repairable,…

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President Mariano Rajoy of Spain Visits ESPS Infanta Cristina in Africa

Google Translation The President of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, has paid a visit to the tall patrol vessel “Infanta Cristina” during the stopover of the ship in the port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The president, who is in this city of Côte d’Ivoire on the occasion of the attendance to the V European Union-African Union Summit, has been able to know up close during his visit, the work that the patrolman is doing during his deployment. On the deck of the ship, the President of Government addressed the staff there,…

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Indian Ocean: joint exercises between FS Jean Bart and ESPS Rayo

Google Translation On Friday, November 17, 2017, the frigate Jean Bart was on patrol in the Gulf of Aden. Taking advantage of the proximity of the Spanish patrol P42 Rayo, she performed with him a series of exercises combining tactical maneuver and operational technique. In parallel, an exchange of personnel took place between the two units. This opportunity training has put into practice many operational skills and sealed the interoperability between our two navies currently deployed in the Indian Ocean with common operational objectives. During the day, the passage of…

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NRP Arpão Completes 50 Days Submerged

Google Translation With this mission the Arpão submarine, which left Lisbon on October 2, once again made use of the high technology with which it is equipped, being a suitable means to collect information discreetly in an area with the characteristics of that region of the central Mediterranean. Created in the context of the European Union, EUNAVFOR MED is a naval force made up of ships from the European Union countries, which is carrying out an operation which, in addition to the support of the EU Council, is supported by…

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NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho Surveying Figueira da Foz Area

Google Translation It is recalled that automatic satellite emergency alert mechanisms only indicate approximate positions and the fishing vessel crew did not issue a radio distress call, which made it difficult to accurately measure the position of the sinking occurring at dawn on Tuesday, about 11 miles (20 km) from the coast. Over the next few hours, this Navy scientific research vessel will attempt to find the missing fisherman and locate the fishing vessel using a high-precision side-scan sonar equipment that will visualize the seabed around the vessel’s last known…

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Colombian Navy Seized 700 kilos of Cocaine in the Pacific Ocean

Google Translation So far this year, the Pacific Naval Force has seized more than 95 tons of cocaine hydrochloride. Surface units of the National Navy attached to the Pacific Naval Force seized, in the last hours, 700 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride in the sea west of the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño. The operation carried out by the National Navy in coordination with the National Police, was developed when a Tumaco Coastguard unit was deployed to an area on the high seas where 35 sealed packages had been abandoned, tied…

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Next steps of Australian-Singapore military training initiative implementation

Following consultation with the local community, businesses, representative groups and landholders, the Department of Defence today confirmed the Shoalwater Bay Training Area will be expanded and Defence will seek to develop an alternative site in the vicinity of Townsville as part of the Australia-Singapore Military training Initiative. Land will only be purchased from willing sellers in accordance with the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne’s statement on 7 February 2017. Following the consideration of community feedback, Defence will seek to purchase land from willing sellers at one alternate…

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Tarini Enters Lyttelton

INSV Tarini entered Lyttelton port (New Zealand) today during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered 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. Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10 September 17. The vessel has covered 7800 Nautical miles from Goa, crossing the Equator on 25 September 17…

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US-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise

USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28. The exercise, which lasted three days, was part of a series of exercises held between U.S. and Japan forces in order to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasure operations. USS Chief hosted JMSDF members aboard to build bonds and share tactics on mine countermeasure operations. EODMU 5 embarked the Uraga class…

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USS James E. Williams Arrives in Odessa

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Nov. 29, 2017, for a scheduled port visit. While in Odessa, the Sailors aboard James E. Williams will be hosting a reception on the ship as well as engaging in a community relations project with the local community. “I think this project will be a really awesome opportunity to interact with the locals and get a unique experience in the city,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Deluca, from Charlotte, North Carolina. The Sailors aboard the ship will be…

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USS Vella Gulf Visits in Agadir

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Agadir, Morocco, Nov. 28., for a scheduled port visit. The visit serves to enhance U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security. “Our crew is really excited for our visit to Morocco; most Sailors joined the Navy to see the world and very few of them have ever been to Agadir or anywhere else in Africa,” said Capt. Rob Thompson,…

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