U.S.-Japan forces set milestones for enhancing amphibious, mine warfare

U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Force personnel comprising 34 different commands across ground, maritime, and air services met for bilateral amphibious and mine warfare discussions, May 22-24. The staff talks were hosted by Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s Mine Warfare Command, Japan’s counterpart to the U.S. Navy’s Amphibious Force 7th Fleet. This year marked the 14th time these two staffs have met to maintain and enhance the bilateral partnership as well as dialogue on increasing integration for training and operations. Beginning last year, the talks were opened up to…

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Karachi Shipyard Lays Keel for New Navy Tug

May 19, 2017 – Keel laying ceremony of thirty-two tons bollard pollard pull tug being built for Pakistan navy held at Karachi Shipyard on Friday. Deputy Chief of naval staff vice admiral Arifullah Hussaini was a chief guest of the ceremony, lauded the cooperation extended by ministry of defense production and hard working of Karachi ship yard staff. He said that construction of 32 tons tug is evident of Pakistan Navy’s vision of achieving self reliance in the field of ship making industry.

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Coast Guard Cutter Diligence crew returns to Wilmington

May 31, 2017 – USCGC Diligence returned to Wilmington Wednesday following a 65-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. The Diligence crew was deployed in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-South) and performed several Coast Guard missions, including counter drug operations and deterrence of illegal immigration.  Law enforcement personnel from the cutter stopped two smuggling vessels, seized 2,500 pounds of marijuana worth about $2.2 million and prevented approximately 375 kilograms of suspected cocaine from making it to the United States.  The crew also worked closely with other Coast Guard cutters, a U.S….

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Queen B ‘service to love’

Australian ships posted to the Far East Strategic Reserve in the early 1960s were involved in plenty of interesting action with fast anti-submarine frigate HMAS Queenborough or ‘Queen B’, as she was known to her ship’s company, no exception. Quarterdeck lockerman Ordinary Seaman, later Lieutenant, Joe Kroeger (ret’d), of Canberra, remembers his ship’s visit to South Vietnam in January 1963, before Australian forces were committed there. “Our first port of call was Nha Trang, a bay well to the north of Vung Tau and Saigon,” Lieutenant Kroeger said. “It was home to…

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Navy Committed to Absorb New Technologies Through Self-Reliance Says Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff

A two-day international Seminar with the theme “Building India’s Future Navy: Technology Imperatives, organized by FICCI began here today with the top brass of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Integrated Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence, DRDO, industry leaders from India and abroad, academia and thinkers coming together on a common platform to exchange ideas on realizing the indigenous development cycle for cutting edge technologies that would be vital to building India’s  future navy towards meeting the Government’s vision of “Make in India.” Speaking at the inauguration of the Seminar,…

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HMCS St John’s Misses SNMG2 TU 02 Tasking

NATO ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) TU 02 worked closely with Royal Moroccan Navy ships off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco May  30th. Why HMCS St John’s didn’t take part is not known at press time. SNMG2, consisting of flagship Spanish frigate ESPS Blas de Lezo and Turkish frigate TCG Gokceada joined Royal Moroccan Navy ships Mohammed V and Sultan Moulay Ismail for advanced maritime cooperation and training including a ship boarding exercise. Morocco’s professional and modern Navy easily integrated with the NATO maritime group and Special…

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Soto Dam POWs Remembered by CFAS and Sasebo

Soto Dam, a vital source of water for Sasebo, cost more than money to build. On May 30, members of the U.S. Navy and Japanese community of Sasebo came together to remember those who lost their lives in its construction. Capt. Matthew Ovios, CFAS commanding officer, spoke at the memorial ceremony which marks the 61st anniversary of the Soto Dam memorial tower, built by Sasebo in 1944. “It would have been easy to forget and let nature and time erase the wounds and with them, the memories of this dam’s…

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Germany Navy frigate “Rheinland-Pfalz” christened in Hamburg

May 24, 2017 – The fourth and final 125 class frigate (F125) for the German Navy was christened “Rheinland-Pfalz” today at the Hamburg site of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. Following the christening of the first three frigates “Baden-Württemberg”, “Nordrhein-Westfalen” and “Sachsen-Anhalt” this is a further important step toward completing the F125 shipbuilding program. Malu Dreyer, premier of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate after which the frigate has been named, performed the christening ceremony in the presence of high-level representatives from government, the German Navy and the companies involved. The frigate “Rheinland-Pfalz” is…

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Lockheed Martin Offers Ultrarealistic Simulation for Training and Virtual Reality with Prepar3D® v4

May 31, 2017 – Pilots, instructors, and enthusiasts can dive into immersive training as Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) released Prepar3D® v4. Prepar3D (pronounced “Prepared”) is Lockheed Martin’s flagship simulation and training software solution that offers the most versatile, immersive and engaging training experiences for the next generation. “Training meets reality with Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D® simulation software, and v4 provides unprecedented realism,” said Sandy Samuel, vice president, Training and Simulation Solutions. “While initially the premier tool for training both commercial and military aviators, Prepar3D has grown to drive simulation for almost…

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ADV Cape Inscription Delivered

May 29, 2017 – Austal is pleased to advise that it has delivered Cape Inscription, the second Cape-class Patrol Boat for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Inscription is the tenth Cape-class designed and constructed by Austal. Cape Inscription joins Cape Fourcroy, which was delivered to the Navy in April 2017 and a further 8 Capes delivered to the Australian Border Force between 2013 and 2015. Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the delivery confirmed Austal’s position as Australia’s preeminent patrol vessel builder, with…

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A Look at Dutch Defence News 22 – 29 May

Sixteen fighter pilots are currently taking part in Fighter Weapons Instructor Training (FWIT), which is being given at Leeuwarden Air Base. During this high-quality practical training course, the pilots learn various aspects about their on-board weapons and are taught tactics on how to use them during air operations. Flying weapon instructors in Dutch skies Furthermore, as the name of the course suggests, the pilots are trained in how to teach their new knowledge to young pilots. This particular FWIT class comprised Belgian, Danish, Norwegian, Portuguese and Dutch participants, who are…

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HMS Monmouth seizes £65M of heroin and cannabis in major drugs bust

May 31, 2017 – Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth has seized £65m of cannabis and heroin from a suspect vessel in the Indian Ocean, dealing a major blow to the funding of terrorism. Sailors and Royal Marines from the Type 23 frigate destroyed 455kg of cannabis and 266kg of heroin after finding it hidden in the freezer of a fishing boat. The suspicious dhow – a type of vessel common to the Middle East and Indian Ocean – had been spotted by the ship in an area not normally known…

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Navy SEAL Dies During New York Fleet Week Airborne Demonstration

Special Operator 1st Class Remington J. Peters, of Colorado, died of injuries sustained during an airborne demonstration at Liberty State Park for New York Fleet Week May 28. Peters was a Navy SEAL who had been a member of the parachute team, the Leap Frogs, for more than a year. He is a veteran of two combat deployments and had more than 900 jumps. The accident was apparently caused by an equipment malfunction, though the specific nature and cause is currently unknown. An investigation into the accident is underway. Naval…

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CPI Aerostructures Announces MH-53E Sea Dragon Component MRO Contract From Sikorsky Aircraft

May 25, 2017 – CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) announced today that it has received a contract from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, to provide maintenance repair and overhaul services for tow hook assemblies used on the MH-53E Sea Dragon, the U.S. Navy’s primary airborne mine countermeasures aircraft. CPI Aero will tear down, inspect, overhaul, and repair an initial quantity of 15 tow hook assemblies for evaluation and expects to receive additional quantities in the future. The cumulative value of the initial 15 repair orders could approach $1 million, depending on…

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D&K Engineering Presents E-STREAM Control System at ASNE Intelligent Ships Symposium

May 31, 2017 – D&K Engineering, an international product design and contract manufacturing services provider, today announced two of its senior engineers, Kenneth A. Regas and Alan J. Senior presented last Thursday at the prestigious American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Intelligent Ships Symposium, a biennial conference that provides technical presentations for the Naval Engineering community. Regas and Senior are members of a team that designed, built and commissioned the control systems for two solid cargo transfer stations and one fueling station now in operation on USNS Arctic and at…

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