Ike Completes 300,000th Arrested Landing

March 21, 2017 – When the crew of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) saw the ship’s first commanding officer, Capt. William Ramsey, make the first launch off the flight deck Sept. 15, 1977, few probably thought the 17th commanding officer would one day proudly announce the ship’s 300,000th successful arrested landing. On March 19, Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Spedero Jr. made that announcement. It gave the crew an impressive flat number, showing just how much the carrier has accomplished in the nearly 40 years since its…

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Civmec Joins Forces with ASC for RAN OPV Proposal

March 20, 2017 – Australia-based Civmec Ltd, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Forgacs Marine and Defence Pty Ltd, today announced it has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with ASC Shipbuilding Pty Ltd to jointly bid for the build of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). ASC Shipbuilding and Forgacs were jointly chosen by two of the three shortlisted designers to work with them on the tender for the Commonwealth Government’s OPV program, known as Project SEA 1180. B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem of the Netherlands and…

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USS Iwo Jima Hosts Friends and Family Day Cruise

March 20, 2017 – Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) welcomed 852 new shipmates for a “Friends and Family Day Cruise” off the coast of Mayport, Florida, March 19. Friends and family members were invited aboard Iwo Jima to experience a day in the life of a Sailor at sea firsthand. “It’s great to get the families out so they can see what their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters do out here every day,” said Capt. James Midkiff, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer. “For some of these…

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USS Donald Cook Completes FOST

March 20, 2017 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) completed Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) March 16.  The FOST certification aims to certify NATO ships in advanced warfare areas. “This being our second visit to FOST the crew was well prepared and it showed. The professional staff at FOST flexed the crew through serials and drills that emphasized communication and partnership with multi-nation forces. It was, once again, a phenomenal opportunity to see how our forces integrate; and to see what we can adopt in our Navy’s culture and procedures…

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Carl Vinson Departs Republic of Korea

March 20, 2017 –  The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 departed Busan, Republic of Korea, after a scheduled five-day port visit, March 20. While in port, Carl Vinson Sailors hosted distinguished visitors, held a reception, and took in the sights and sounds of the Republic of Korea. Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, said he is proud of the relationship between the United States and the Republic of Korea. “The Carl Vinson Strike Group is proud to…

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USS Michael Murphy Conducts Engineering Drills

March 10, 2017 – Forward-deployed, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducted engineering casualty drills, March 8. Sailors obtained and refined skills through drills such as combating high inlet temperature on a gas turbine generator and cooling a hot bearing — a situation in which the generator must be shut down. “We train how we fight,” said Engineman 3rd Class Adam Powell. “These are real casualties that we have seen before. These drills are very important for the experience of new engineering watchstanders, who will now be…

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Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 10th C-130J

March 3, 2017 – After the Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 10th C-130J, the aircraft was flown to the L3 Technologies Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, for induction into the Minotaur mission system suite installation program Feb. 28, 2017. The aircraft will be painted prior to its delivery as an HC-130J. U.S. Coast Guard photo. The Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 10th C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Greenville, South Carolina, facility Feb. 24. The aircraft was delivered to the…

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USNS Fall River Makes Goodwill Visit to Myanmar

March 20, 2017 – Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) is slated to make make a goodwill visit to Yangon, Myanmar, March 21-25. The visit will aim to enhance friendship and cultural exchange between U.S. service members and the people of Myanmar. The ship is transiting between mission stops in Sri Lanka and Malaysia for the annual Pacific Partnership mission, a multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA/DR) preparedness operation which promotes greater cooperation between nations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific. While in Myanmar, the crew of Fall…

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FOI responses published by MOD week of 20 March 2017

March 20, 2017 Claims for sexual offences from the armed forces compensation scheme since 2015 Ref: HOCs FOI2017/01072PDF, 46.5KB Number of Elizabeth Crosses awarded to deceased military personnel Ref: HOCS FOIs2017/01387PDF, 17.6KB No provisions in place for applicants joining the services with Gaelic as their first language Ref: HOCS FOI2016/09700PDF, 106KB Documents made available for Nuclear test veterans’ claims tribunal Ref: HOCS FOI2016/11092PDF, 206KB Procurement of HMS Illustrious Ref: HOCS FOI2017/00039PDF, 137KB Number of UK air strikes in Iraq and Syria Ref: JFC PJHQ FOI2017/00064PDF, 232KB Operational cost of HMS Dauntless from 2015 to 2016 Ref: Navy FOI2017/02143PDF, 115KB   Tweet

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ROK, US navies to reinforce partnership, bolster defensive capabilities in exercise

March 18, 2017 – U.S. Navy ships assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 30 and CTF 70 are scheduled to begin a series of exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, March 21 to strengthen maritime interoperability and tactics, techniques and procedures. The U.S. routinely conducts CSG operations in the waters around the Republic of Korea to exercise maritime maneuvers, strengthen the U.S.-ROK alliance, and improve regional security. “This exercise is yet another example of the strength and resolve of the combined U.S. and the ROK naval force,” said…

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Enter ‘The Badger’

March 19, 2017 – Since the birth of the Royal Australian Navy, all ships and establishments have had a badge to represent them, from HMAS Australia’s crown on a federation star to the new destroyer, Hobart, it all comes down to one position. The Manager of Navy Badges, Mr Paul Burnett, currently known as ‘The Badger’, is the graphic designer entrusted to create badges for the Royal Australian Navy. He has a unique understanding of each emblem, the history and the motto that is given to our ships and bases. ‘The Badger’ has come from a traditional background of graphic design and…

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Here Comes Helicopter Fire Support forPLAN Marines

March 18, 2017 – With the planned new-establishment or better expansion of a Marine Corps via the transfer of PLA Brigades just a question: Is this only the prelude to the formation of a dedicated PLAN Marine Corps including their own aviation units with dedicated attack helicopters, construction of helicopter carriers or LHA and transport types ?? Will this transfer of PLA-Brigades also include the transfer of PLA Army Aviation units like existing Z-10s to the PLAN Marine ? ~China Defense   Tweet

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Maarten Post appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Radio Holland Group

March 23,, 2017 – Per 13th March 2017, Maarten Post has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the General Management Team of the Radio Holland Group. With his extensive and versatile international management experience Maarten will be responsible for the management of the global operations of the Radio Holland Group and further building the global service network. Within RH Marine Group over the past years, Maarten Post has had several managerial positions, amongst others Managing Director of Elkon (Turkey) and Imtech Marine Canada. Before that he worked…

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Production Adds Jobs in Johnstown

March 23, 2017 – Lockheed Martin will expand production for components of the F-35 Lightning II with a new facility in Johnstown, including more than 40 new jobs by the end of 2018. “The F-35 Lightning II is beginning the transition to full-rate production, and the manufacturing expertise we have here has a growing role in delivering this incredible aircraft to the men and women who defend our nation,” said Gilda Jackson, general manager of Lockheed Martin AeroParts. Lockheed Martin is in the process of finalizing plans to lease and…

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VSTEP & Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project

March 23, 2017 – A recent cooperation agreement between Damen and VSTEP has been established for the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The delivery is part of the Sandy Bottom Project, which sees the Defence Force acquire a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrade its existing fleet and develop its port and base infrastructure. Damen is an international shipyards group, operating 33 usedbuild and repair yards and employing over 9,000 personnel all over the world. Working in…

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