Minister visits small Ipswich company which has played big part in Britain’s new aircraft carriers

Defense Minister Harriett Baldwin has paid a visit to a small Ipswich-based company who have played a key role in the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of Britain’s two new flagship 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers, sailed back into her home base in Portsmouth this week ahead of being formally commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet by Her Majesty the Queen early next month. Tex Special Projects Ltd, based just outside of Ipswich, Suffolk, played an important role in constructing the Flying Control…

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Ship built by Cotecmar Set sail for Honduras

Google Translation he logistics and cabotage support vessel (BAL-C), built in Cartagena by the Science and Technology Corporation, Cotemar of the Colombian Navy sailed this morning from the ARC Naval Base “Bolívar” and will arrive in Puerto Cortés in Honduras, on November 4, 2017. In this way, a new stage begins in the internationalization of the industrial services offered by the National Navy through Cotecmar; These results are the result of processes of internationalization and opening of markets that have had the support of the Presidency of the Republic. In…

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Keeping the task group on task

With no commercial floating petrol stations in the middle of the ocean, Royal Australian Navy ships and helicopters rely on specialized replenishment ships for all their fuel needs. Underway refueling is called replenishment-at-sea (or RAS), which requires a number of complex maneuvers that requires ships to maintain a steady course and speed for a number of hours. The Australian Navy has two underway replenishment ships, HMAS Ships Sirius and Success – which with the support of similar Allied vessels, keeps the Australian Navy steaming across the globe. For a task…

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Making more of the maritime

The Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force have been working ever closer together with a combined anti-submarine exercise undertaken as the Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group sails through regional waters. HMA Ships Darwin and Adelaide were recently joined in by the Air Force’s newest capability, the P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The Poseidon provides up-to-date anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol features, and the leading-edge aircraft flew ahead of the force and dropped a remotely operated vehicle known as an Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target (or EMATT) into the…

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Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta After Refit in Croatia

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), flag ship of U.S. 6th Fleet, arrived at its forward-deployed port in Gaeta, Italy, Oct. 27, after completing a 10-month shipyard maintenance evolution at the Viktor Lenac shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia. During the maintenance availability, shipyard teams completed work on Mount Whitney’s generators, propeller, habitability spaces and command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence systems. “We had nearly $45 million worth of work on the hull, mechanical and electrical systems of the ship, and a complete upgrade of the computer systems,” said Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh,…

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Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY

Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will participate in Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY, a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise, from 1–3 November 2017. The biennial exercise demonstrates a shared commitment by Australia and the ROK to regional security and security of the Korean peninsula. Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 maritime patrol aircraft will participate in the exercise with six ROK ships, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft from the ROK Navy. Commander of the Joint Task Group Captain…

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Libyan National Charged With Federal Offenses in 2012 Attack on U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi

Mustafa al-Imam, a Libyan national approximately 46 years old, has been charged for his alleged participation in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. “The murder of four Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was a barbaric crime that shocked the American people. We will never forget those we lost – Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Ambassador Christopher Stevens – four brave Americans who gave their lives in service to our…

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New Pilots Qualify Aboard Lincoln

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hosted 24 student pilots, from Commander, Naval Air Training Det., for their first landings on an aircraft carrier. The qualification required pilots to successfully complete 10 arrested landings and four touch-and-goes on Abraham Lincolns 1,092-feet long flight deck. “The first landing wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said Marine Corps Capt. Nick Deluca, a student pilot from the “Eagles” of Training Squadron 7. “The ship looked really small, but I was running so well that [the Abraham Lincoln Sailors] made…

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USS Ashland Departs Okinawa to Begin Blue Chromite 2018

USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Okinawa Oct. 31, with embarked 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division to conduct Blue Chromite 2018. Blue Chromite is a joint field training exercise held annually between the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies through amphibious and aerial operations. “The purpose is to further our relationship with the Navy,” said Maj. Benjamin Cather IV, acting executive officer for 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. “The exercise will improve and ensure our amphibious and aerial capabilities. Force from sea, air and…

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Washington River Protection Solutions’ Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project Named PMI Project of the Year

Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association for the project management profession, announced today that Washington River Protection Solutions’ Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project in Hanford, Washington has been awarded the 2017 PMI Project of the Year Award. During the Cold War, Hanford’s nuclear reservation — the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the country — produced weapons-grade plutonium for the United States military. The work left behind 56 million gallons — or 211 million liters — of hazardous waste. In 2012, workers remediating hazardous and radioactive…

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USS Oak Hill Returns to Homeport

USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) returned to homeport Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story October 29th after supporting hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The ship departed Norfolk Aug. 31, to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and were redirected to be in a position to support efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Earlier this week, the Department of Defense announced that as part of the broader planning effort to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery, FEMA and…

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USNS Brittin Departs Virginia to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo surge sealift carrier USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305) departed from Newport News to provide logistical support for ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Oct. 25. “Prior to departing, Hampton Roads, vital hurricane relief equipment and stores were loaded aboard the ship,” according to Rick Caldwell, a Military Sealift Command supervisory marine transportation specialist. “Brittin is sailing to Charleston, South Carolina, to pick up additional hurricane relief equipment and supplies to be transported to Puerto Rico. They will also be bringing worn equipment back to the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 26, 2017

Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Kansas City, Missouri, is being awarded a maximum amount $30,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, architect-engineering contract for multi-discipline architect-engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility (AOR).  The work to be performed provides for comprehensive architect-engineering services required for planning, design, and construction services in support of new construction, repair, replacement, demolition, alteration, and/or improvement of Navy and other governmental facilities.  Projects may involve single or multiple disciplines, including, but not limited to, architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, landscape design, fire protection,…

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E-2D Aerial Refueling Test Flight Results in a Topped-off Tank

Another major milestone was reached on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program this summer, when the first E-2D equipped with aerial refueling successfully received its first in-flight fuel transfer from a tanker aircraft on July 14. During the four-hour flight, the pilots performed 10 dry plugs and two wet plugs, resulting in the successful transfer of more than 1,700 pounds of fuel from a U.S. Navy KC-130 Hercules to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. ”Passing fuel for the first time airborne is a significant milestone in the development of this critical technology…

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Vice Admiral Karambir Singh takes over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, AVSM took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) from Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, PVSM, AVSM, ADC at a Ceremonial Parade held at the Naval Base here today, 31 October 2017. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh inspected the Ceremonial Guard and reviewed platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC. Vice Admiral HCS Bisht will be retiring from the Naval Service today on completion of forty years of illustrious career. He was accorded a farewell by the ENC by…

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