Future USS Gerald R. Ford underway for acceptance trials

May 24, 2017 – The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk for its second set of sea trials, known as Acceptance Trials (AT), May 24. Acceptance Trials demonstrate to the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) the ship’s ability to conduct operations at sea, and that the ship is constructed in accordance with contract specifications. Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors will operate many of the ship’s key systems and technologies, overseen by INSURV and the Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and…

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USS Jackson completes final contract trials

May 24, 2017 – USS Jackson (LCS 6) completed Final Contract Trials (FCT), May 19. Navy regulations require a final demonstration of ships’ capabilities prior to the end of the contractor warranty period to determine if there are any defects, failures or deterioration other than that due to normal wear and tear. The trial, conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), is part of a series of post-delivery tests and trials during which the ship and its major systems are exercised, tested and corrected as required. “As…

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USS James E. Williams Deploys

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departed Naval Station Norfolk, May 23, for a regularly-scheduled deployment to conduct maritime operations in the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. “Sailors have worked hard to prepare for this deployment,” said Cmdr. Allen Siegrist, James E. Williams’ commanding officer. “We are looking forward to answering the country’s call and accomplishing the mission.” The ship was commissioned Dec. 11, 2004, and is named after Boatswains Mate First Class Petty Officer James E. Williams. Williams was the most highly decorated enlisted man in…

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America Certifies in Force Protection for Deployment

USS America successfully completed a force protection exercise (FPEX), May 18 – one of the final certifications needed before deploying. FPEX evaluates a crew’s ability to defend the ship from various challenges while in port. America’s scenario during the exercise involved Sailors from the ship and various commands along the Naval Base San Diego waterfront posing as hostile rioters stirring up trouble at the pier entry control point (ECP). “The ships have to be able to protect themselves, whether it’s terrorist or non-terrorist activity, such as protests,” said Senior Chief…

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Meet Terma at the Paris Air Show

Meet Terma at the Paris Air Show on 19-25 June at Le Bourget. Meet us in Hall 3 at stand no. E16. At the exhibition Terma will present our: • SCANTER our range of radars ideal for non-cooperative small target detection in extreme weather conditions. • Maritime Mission System: We will provide a sneak preview of C-Flex Patrol; our future mission system that is designed specifically to strengthen the operational capabilities of non-combat vessels. C-Flex Patrol is derived from our renowned C-Flex Naval C2 system. • C-Guard , our decoy system for naval platforms made to…

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Vice Admiral Girish Luthra Reviews Joint Hadr Exercise

May 19, 2017 – Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command reviewed the Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise at Naval Base Karwar. The exercise which has been conducted by the Western Naval Command of India Navy required large scale mobilization of resources and coordination with various agencies. The exercise on a Tsunami scenario is being used to validate the resources available with various organizations and bring out common standard operating procedures. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, witnessed an operational demonstration and inspected the Camp…

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U.S., JMSDF complete PASSEX in South China Sea

Ships from the U.S Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) completed a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the South China Sea May 18. The PASSEX included personnel exchanges, cross-deck flight operations, communications exercises, division tactics, a tracking exercise and photo exercise. The bilateral event aimed to enhance interoperability between the two navies and emphasized the importance of communications and coordination while operating together at sea. “This was another great opportunity for the U.S. Navy to work closely with JMSDF at sea,” said Capt. Alexis Walker, deputy commodore, Destroyer Squadron…

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Theodore Roosevelt completes TSTA FEP GRUSL

Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) units, completed Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA), Final Evolution Problem (FEP) and Group Sail (GRUSL), May 12, in preparation for their upcoming deployment. TRCSG units include USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Preble (DDG 88), USS Sampson (DDG 102), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and Carrier Strike Group (CSG 9) staffs. Group Sail is a pre-deployment underway which allows the TRCSG units to conduct exercises together in a maritime environment. “We…

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CNO, USS Coronado, USS Sterett Highlight US Navy Presence at Singapore’s International Maritime Review, IMDEX17

USS Coronado (LCS 4) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) represented the U.S. in the International Maritime Defense Exposition 2017 (IMDEX-17) in Singapore May 16-18. The ships and crew were joined by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who was hosted by Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Chief Adm. Lai Chung Han for the RSN 50th anniversary celebration and International Maritime Review along with engagement associated with IMDEX.  “Let’s congratulate the Republic of Singapore Navy for their 50th anniversary; their golden jubilee,” said Richardson. “What better way to celebrate that anniversary…

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Blue Ridge Upgrades Network to CANES

May 18 \, 2017 – U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) became the first ship of its class to obtain a large-scale upgrade to its network infrastructure in March. The installation significantly increases internal communication, ship security and an overall standardization for meeting the requirements of modern day operating systems. The Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) is a more integrated and flexible virtualized network that provides users with updated software and services, such as improved information assurance and intrusion detection. According to Information Systems Technician…

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Upgraded German Navy Sea King helicopter simulator ready-for-training at Nordholz Naval Airbase

May 16, 2017 – Today at the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), Europe’s largest show for military training and simulation, CAE announced that the company has completed a major upgrade on the German Navy’s Sea King MK41 helicopter simulator ahead of schedule and it has re-entered service at the Nordholz Naval Airbase in Germany. Previously, Sea King training was conducted on a basic instrument flight rules (IFR) training device originally built by CAE in the mid-1970s.  As part of the major upgrade to a full-mission simulator over the past…

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New Zealand Taking Part in Singapore s First International Maritime Review

Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) ships HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Endeavour are among those taking part in the Republic of Singapore Navy’s first ever International Maritime Review (IMR) May 15th. The highlight of a series of events to mark the Singapore Navy’s 50th Anniversary, the IMR features 30 ships from 20 countries, including Australia, China, Japan, Russia and the United States. Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin, who is attending the event, says that for the Navy, the relationship with Singapore is a very important one. “This is…

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NZDF Helps Seize $400M of Heroin in Indian Ocean

May 18, 2017 – The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)  has played a key role in another successful drug bust in the Indian Ocean, bringing the total amount of illegal drugs it has helped seize to about $400 million in two weeks. A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion surveillance aircraft working since February as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) provided information on a suspect vessel that it spotted while patrolling the Indian Ocean. Working on the Orion’s tip-off, the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta intercepted…

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Bilateral Exercise Between Indian & Singaporean Navies Simbex-17 Commences

As part of “SIMBEX-17’, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, lNS Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P-8I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are participating. While INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta are at Singapore since 12 May 2017, INS Shivalik and INS Jyoti would be joining directly for the sea phase of the exercise. The ships are under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. SIMBEX is an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral…

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Joint Hadr Exercise Commences At Naval Station Karwar

The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise involving multiple agencies and being conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Nava Command commenced at Naval Station Karwar this morning with an inaugural session. Named as “KARAVALI KARUNYA”, the exercise, which involves both professional exchange and actual disaster response mechanisms is set on a Tsunami disaster scenario and will continue till 20 May 2017. In his Key Note address Rear Admiral KJ Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area, welcomed the delegates who have come from India and abroad and stressed…

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