Black Sea Fleet naval aviation jets practise detecting and eliminating mock enemy ship detachments

The Black Sea Fleet naval aviation and air defense jets praised locating and destroying mock enemy ships within the framework of planned combat training. During the drills Su-24MR jets conducted reconnaissance actions and detected ship detachment imitating small missile boats. After that two Su-30SM multi-role fighters conducted bomb delivery to the target vessels. Objective monitoring data confirmed the successful strike.

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Peace Ark arrives in Angola

The Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark has arrived in Luanda, capital of Angola on Thursday morning, on an eight-day mission to deliver free medical services to the local people. Guan Bailin, Task Group Commander, said this is the first time Peace Ark has visited Angola, and the mission is aimed at enhancing the cooperation between the two countries. The Peace Ark was commissioned in 2008 and has traversed 34 countries, providing free medical services where they arrived, Guan said. In the years between 2010 and 2015, the Peace Ark…

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USS Fitzgerald Sailors Honored for Damage Control Efforts Following Collision

Thirty-six Sailors, who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), were recognized at a ceremony Oct. 20. Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 members of the Fitzgerald crew and a Flag Letter of Commendation to the ship’s two ombudsmen for their support to families. The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or…

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Future Aircraft Carrier Options

by Bradley Martin, Michael McMahon Although the integrated carrier air wing is the actual component of sea-based tactical aviation delivering warfighting capability for power projection, the individual air wings require aviation support for launch and recovery at tactical distances, fuel and flight crew replenishment, maintenance, and other sustainment. The aircraft carrier and embarked crew provide this support. Some are concerned that continuing the current carrier program imposes high acquisition cost and might unduly affect the whole of the Navy shipbuilding budget. The Senate Armed Services Committee noted that alternatives could…

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Cammell Laird strikes ‘Teaming Agreement’ with BAE Systems in bid to build Type 31e Frigates

Merseyside-based shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird is today announcing a new partnership with BAE Systems to position the companies to build five Type 31e Frigates. The Teaming Agreement has been formed in response to the UK Ministry of Defence Request for Information and will now be part of a competitive tender process. The agreement will see Cammell Laird act as the Prime Contractor to build the Type 31e Frigates with BAE Systems providing warship design, engineering capability and combat systems expertise. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said…

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FS Commandant Ducuing Returns to Toulon from EURONAVFOR

Deployed off the coast of Libya in direct support of Operation EUNAVFOR MED Sophia since September 4, 2017, Sea Patrol Officer (PHM) Commandant Ducuing regained his port-base in Toulon on October 16, 2017. During his 43-day mission, Commander Ducuing led several Friendly Approaches on commercial and fishing vessels to collect intelligence and prevent arms trafficking to Libya. He also participated in the fight against the smuggling of migrants and collected on board 170 people who were in distress off the coast of Libya. Finally, he participated in the search for…

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Thornton Tomasetti Awarded for Innovative Technology That Greatly Advances Testing of Navy Ship Survivability

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, today announced that the Institute of Physics, a worldwide scientific society working to advance physics for the benefit of all, has awarded the firm the prestigious Business Innovation Award for 2017. The award, presented at the Palace of Westminster in London last evening, recognizes Thornton Tomasetti Defence Ltd.’s cutting-edge airgun testing that replaces explosives testing of military vessels. Navies typically conduct powerful explosive shock tests on each new or retrofitted class of ship or submarine to be introduced into service. These survivability tests can…

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Frankfurt Am Main Deploys to SNMG2

On the morning of October 19, the group of service providers “Frankfurt am Main” left Wilhelmshaven to replace the frigate “Lübeck” with the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean Sea. “The crew is highly motivated and well trained for our future tasks within the NATO Confederation in the Aegean Sea and we look forward to the coming months with anticipation. After a long time of “seafaring” and the shipyard, we are happy to finally be able to do what we are there for: to sail to the sea,” says Fregattenkapitän Carsten Kauke,…

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Indian First Training Squadron Visits Jakarta

IN Ships Tir, Sujata, Shardul, and ICGS Sarathi are visiting Jakarta, Indonesia from 18 to 22 Oct 17. The visit is aimed to expose the trainees to the conduct of IN warship in foreign waters, port familiarization and foster bridges of friendship between the two countries. The ships belong to the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy functioning under the Southern Naval Command, headquartered at Kochi and comprises six indigenously built ships, namely, Indian Naval Ships Tir, Sujata, Shardul, Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi and two Sail Training Ships,…

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Cammell Laird shipyard welcomes Defence Secretary saying “we can build Type 31s on Mersey”

Cammell Laird has welcomed Sir Michael Fallon Secretary of State for Defence on a visit to the yard. The company said during the visit it intends to design and build a world leading Type 31 Frigate that will meet the Royal Navy’s specification and budget and will market the platform globally and capitalise on major export opportunities to Britain’s international allies around the world. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said it is ‘ready, willing and able’ to build five new Type 31e frigates for the budgeted £1.25billion for the…

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Raytheon systems support complex international ballistic missile defense exercise

A Raytheon built Standard Missile-3 intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea as part of a multinational operational exercise off the coast of Scotland. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 during Formidable Shield 2017. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy) The NATO-led exercise, Formidable Shield 17, was an integrated air and missile defense exercise simulating real-life threat scenarios. The event, supported by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy, was designed to evaluate the ability of allied navies’ ballistic missile…

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F-35 Jet Cleared for Carrier Take-Off, Defence Minister Tells Select Committee

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced at the House of Commons Defence Select Committee this afternoon. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly from the carrier as the momentum continues for this game-changing jet. This milestone comes as our pilots and planes prepare to return from the States, ready for next year’s unforgettable flight trials from…

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Malaysian students visit HMAS Adelaide

More than 300 school students were treated to ship tours during HMAS Adelaide’s recent visit to Port Klang, Malaysia. Taking a break before their final school exams, students from the Tuanku Ja’afar Technical Institute were full of enthusiasm after their two hour road trip to visit the ship. Visit host Petty Officer Aircrewman Dean Kinna said it was great fun to show students around the ship. “They are really interested to know more about the Navy and Australia,” he said. The students were shown around Adelaide’s heavy and light vehicle…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 19, 2017

Sodexo Management Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland, is being awarded $120,078,063 for fixed-price modification P00092 under previously awarded firm-fixed price, incentive and award fee provisions contract M00027-11-C-0003 in support of the Marine Corps Regional Garrison Food Services Program. This modification increases the cumulative value of the contract to $882,089,075. Work will be performed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (48.91 percent); Parris Island, South Carolina (35 percent); Quantico, Virginia (6 percent); Cherry Point, North Carolina (6 percent); Beaufort, South Carolina (2.5 percent); Washington, District of Columbia (0.97 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (0.46 percent); and…

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