Sister ships share final transit

HMAS Darwin and her younger sister HMAS Melbourne have shared their last moments together, showing the rest of the Navy that the guided missile frigates are still an impressive capability. The Adelaide class frigates have deployed concurrently with a number of other Australian Navy ships to the Asian region, however, Darwin’s program will see her decommission before Melbourne returns home from the deployment in December. Seizing the opportunity, Commanding Officer Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, invited Melbourne, led by Commander Charles Bourne, to join them for some challenging Navy maneuvers. The…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Conducts Final Offload of 31st MEU

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Okinawa to conduct the final offload of 31st MEU equipment, vehicles, and personnel, Sept. 19. Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a regularly-scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), June 1. During the deployment, Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU participated in the bilateral, biennial U.S.-Australia exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17), completed amphibious integration training (AIT) and certified as fully capable during the 31st MEU’s certification exercise (CERTEX). “The accomplishments of our…

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Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation to Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded today a $17.9 million firm-fixed price contract to Contrack Watts Inc. of Virginia, to construct a Waterfront Headquarters Building on Naval Base Guam. The contract supports the Defense Policy Review Initiative and is funded by the Government of Japan (GoJ) as part of the International Agreement between the United States and Japan. “For the Marines to effectively execute amphibious operations, a fully capable waterfront facility and associated infrastructure are essential,” said Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Turner….

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Bellingham Marine Launches Deeper into the South Pacific with New Plant in Fiji

The island nation of Fiji is thriving in its seventh straight year of economic growth. From textiles to sugar, one of Fiji’s fastest growing sectors is manufacturing. The country has now expanded into pontoon manufacturing with the announcement of the partnership between Bellingham Marine and Marine Structures and Consultancy (MSC) Limited. Two of the country’s best-known marine service operators, Hall Dredging and Bob Oldham recently took control of MSC. Both have worked on Bellingham projects over the years and maintain an excellent working relationship with Bellingham Marine New Zealand (BMNZ). In the final week…

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HMAS Newcastle completes operations with US Fifth Fleet

HMAS Newcastle has completed an attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf while deployed on maritime security operations in the Middle East Region (MER). During the two-week attachment supporting the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG-11), Newcastle conducted escort operations and a range of naval manoeuvres with US Navy ships. Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General John Frewen, said Newcastle’s role directly supported the international effort to ensure a free and open global maritime trading system covering some of the world’s most…

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Ike Begins Planned Incremental Availability

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) began its six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, Sept. 17. “PIA gives us the opportunity to complete major ship alterations and improvements, as well as improve habitability for the crew, that cannot be normally completed in our short pierside availabilities at Norfolk,” said Lt. Cmdr. Julian Wilson, Ike’s ship maintenance manager. This restoration will be led by 12 ship’s force work production teams comprised of Ike crew members who will be working in tandem with personnel…

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Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion

Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leading global security company, and Orbital ATK, Inc. , a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. Orbital ATK shareholders will receive all-cash consideration of $134.50 per share. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions,…

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T-45 Pilots Train Aboard Truman

Instructors from Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 1 and TRAWING 2 concluded Carrier Qualifications flying Boeing T-45C Goshawks aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Sept. 16-17. This evolution allowed Truman Sailors to practice launching and recovering aircraft while preparing instructors, and instructors under training, to teach the Navy’s newest pilots. “This is the instructors’ initial carrier qualification in the T-45 as an instructor,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ronnie Dale Stahl Jr. Lt. Cmdr. Stahl is a landing signal officer in charge of the overall safety aspect of the initial carrier qualification…

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All aboard the at-sea ambulance

It was her first time at sea when Sub Lieutenant Lauren Beaufils had the opportunity to participate in a medical evacuation exercise onboard HMAS Adelaide, with the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17 Task Group off the coast of Townsville. The Reserve Public Relations Officer was on her final phase of Reserve Entry Officers’ Course when the unique opportunity arose to be winched from a MRH-90 helicopter to HMAS Darwin and then return as a ‘patient’. Joining Sub Lieutenant Beaufils was Lieutenant Commander Brandon Ikimau, Fleet Operations Medical Staff Officer from Sea Training Group, who was overseeing the…

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USS Coronado visits Jakarta, lays wreath on USS Houston in Sunda Strait

USS Coronado (LCS 4) made a goodwill visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 14-16 to engage with civic leaders, the diplomatic community, and counterparts from the Indonesian Navy. During the visit to Jakarta the crew hosted a shipboard reception attended by U.S. Ambassador Joseph Donovan and senior members of the Indonesian government and military. The port visit also provided an opportunity after departing for the crew of Coronado to lay a wreath in remembrance to the fallen Sailors of the former USS Houston (CA 30) who perished in the World War…

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US Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt Celebrates 50 Years in Australia

It’s been 50 years since one of the key communications hubs for the submarine community opened its gates and created a remote Western Australian town in the process. More than 1,200 kilometers north of Perth, Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt, in Exmouth, marked 50 years on 16 September with celebrations aplenty. Initially named U.S. Naval Communication Station North West Cape, the Station was renamed a year later in honor of the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who opened the facility but disappeared months later, assumed drowned. The Royal Australian…

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UK Defence Chief appointed as NATO Chairman of Military Committee

UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach elected the new NATO Chairman of the Military Committee. UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has been elected as the new NATO Chairman of the Military Committee, the Alliance’s senior military officer. Following a lengthy election campaign, Sir Stuart was today elected by other NATO Chiefs of Defence. It is anticipated that CDS will take over the role in June 2018. Becoming the first Briton to hold the position for 25 years,…

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Kelvin Hughes for New RNZN Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Ship

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply the Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) for The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel. The INBS system meets the requirements of IMO Lloyds Register Class Notation IBS and Naval Ship Code. It includes a dual redundant data distribution system and fully integrated Kelvin Hughes multifunction displays. The radar system takes advantage of the Kelvin Hughes’ advanced solid state SharpEye™ Doppler radars that bring full situational awareness to…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Amphibious Assault Ship Tripoli (LHA 7)

Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened smphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7) September 16th with approximately 2,000 guests in attendance. Lynne Mabus, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, is the ship’s sponsor and officially christened Tripoli after successfully breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across its bow. “I’d like to thank the shipbuilders, who, through what must be supernatural abilities, have built something that goes beyond anything nature could create,” Mabus said. “This ship was built by the hands of the women and men of Huntington…

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A Sirius milestone for replenishment ship

Auxiliary Oiler HMAS Sirius has reached a significant capability head mark, conducting her 500th replenishment at-sea on 7 September. HMAS Melbourne had the privilege of the milestone refueling, in an operation that also saw HMA Ships Parramatta and Toowoomba refueled in a triple replenishment operation. As a part of the multi-ship Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment, Sirius is providing support for the largest Australian task group deployed in over 40 years. Within a 24-hour period, the crew of Sirius reinforced their reputation for great service when they replenished HMA Ships Adelaide, Darwin,…

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