HMAS Vampire remembered HMAS Vampire remembered

The sinking of HMAS Vampire (I) and the loss of nine of her crew has been commemorated during a small ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Personnel from HMAS Cerberus, including a catafalque party and bugler, and members of the Naval Association of Australia came together at the shrine to mark the 76th Anniversary of the battle that claimed Vampire, a ship of the famous Australian ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’, off the northeast coast of Sri Lanka on 9 April 1942. Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Tim Standen attended…

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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Awarded $59.0 Million Strategic Contract from U.S. Navy for Next Generation Satellite Earth Station Equipment

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced April 16th that during its third quarter of fiscal 2018, its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, received a $59.0 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Naval Warfare Systems Command. The first delivery order for $7.9 million was received and related production has commenced immediately. The contract includes five one-year ordering periods. The contract specified Comtech EF Data’s SLM-5650B Satellite Modem, SLM-5650B upgrade kits, firmware upgrades and technical support services. The SLM-5650B Satellite Modem…

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Carlo Margottini and Patiño Training During Operation Atalanta

Google Translation Training is a priority for the crews of military ships, even those engaged in op. Atalanta. The Italian frigate Margottini trains and replenishes at sea with the Spanish Patiño oiler. The multimission frigate Carlo Margottini , engaged in the Indian Ocean at the helm of Operation Atalanta and headquarters of the Naval Force flagship, after having conducted patrolling and familiarization along the northern Somali coast, met at sea with the Spanish ship Patiño, also engaged along the coast of eastern Somaliland. This meeting at sea, just over a…

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Mesothelioma Compensation Center Issues an Alert for Nuclear Submarine Navy Veterans

The Mesothelioma Compensation Center says, “We are the top-ranked source on the Internet for the best financial compensation for US Navy Veterans exposed to asbestos while on a navy nuclear submarine and who now has mesothelioma. Our bottom line is we want to make certain a person like this, or their family, receives the very best possible financial compensation settlement, as we would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303. Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma and sailors on navy submarines are susceptible to mesothelioma as there are not windows or doors…

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Brunswick arrives in Malaysia for Pacific Partnership

Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) made their third stop of the mission in Tawau, April 21. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. PP18’s objective is to enhance regional coordination in areas such as medical readiness and preparedness for man-made and natural disasters. “The Pacific Partnership team is very excited to begin the mission in Tawau,” said Capt. Peter Olive, Pacific Partnership…

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US Approves MH-60R Sale to Mexico

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.20 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2018. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight (8) MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters, equipped with: twenty (20) T-700 GE 401 C engines (16 installed and 4 spares); sixteen (16) APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars (8 installed, 8 spares); ten (10) Airborne Low Frequency Systems (ALFS) (8 installed…

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Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder commissioned in Atlantic Beach, NC

The Coast Guard commissioned North Carolina’s first Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Snyder, during a ceremony in Atlantic Beach, April 20th. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment that allow their crews to more effectively conduct the Coast Guard’s statutory missions. The cutter is named after Richard Snyder, a World War II hero known for his brave actions in battle defending troops coming to shore on the Island of Biak at the western edge of Papua New Guinea. Snyder was awarded the Silver Star, and…

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Navy to Commission Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Portland

The Navy will commission its newest amphibious transport dock, the future USS Portland (LPD 27), during a 10:00 a.m. PDT ceremony Saturday, April 21, at the Port of Portland, Marine Terminal 2 in Portland, Oregon. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Bonnie Amos, wife of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, retired Gen. James F. Amos, serves as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “USS Portland…

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USS Bremerton departs Pearl Harbor for final time

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam bid a final farewell to USS Bremerton (SSN 698), April 20, as it began a transit to her namesake, Bremerton, Washington, to begin the inactivation and decommissioning process. As Bremerton departed, Sailors, submarine veterans, friends and families of the crew looked on from the pier, and celebrated her 37 years of honorable service to the U.S. submarine force. Homeported out of Pearl Harbor since 2003, Bremerton departed Hawaii with a special guest, Bremerton’s first commanding officer, Capt. (Ret.) Thomas H. Anderson. “It feels great to be…

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Wasp ESG arrives in Okinawa to offload 31st MEU

The ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) arrived in Okinawa, Japan on April 21, capping nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The patrol was a first-of-its kind deployment as an “Up-Gunned ESG,” combining two San Diego-based destroyers and the MEU’s F-35B Lighting II stealth fighter jet, which underwent its first operational employment from a U.S. Navy ship. “The ARG/MEU team composited with destroyers from COMTHIRDFLT to execute operations as an Up-Gunned ESG throughout this deployment. While remaining true to our…

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SLNS Sindurala Commissioned April 19th

Google Translation The second high-tech deep sea watch vessel, produced by the Sri Lanka Navy, was commissioned by Hon. , Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, at 5.30 pm yesterday at the Container Terminal of the Colombo harbor. A distinguished gathering was greeted by the Hon. Prime Minister, who was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Thereafter the Hon. Prime Minister who inspected the award ceremony donated the syllabus to the ship’s ship authority to Captain Saman Perera, Commanding Officer of the new vessel. Thereafter, Captain…

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Video of USS John Warner TLAM Launch on Syria

On April 14, 2018, a U.S. fast-attack submarine launched tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea as part of a multi-national strike operation against the Syrian government in order to degrade the Syrian government’s capability to produce and utilize chemical weapons. The submarine’s operations in the Mediterranean Sea are part of a routine deployment in support of our regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests.

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 20, 2018

URS Group Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina, is awarded $14,557,557 for firm-fixed-price task order N6945018F0077 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62470-13-D-6022) for expansion of the Expeditionary Legal Complex at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The work to be performed provides for design and construction of new structures at the Expeditionary Legal Complex supporting the Office of Military Commissions.  Work includes general purpose administration/legal buildings including Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities provided for each of six capital defense teams ensuring each defense team is separated from one another along with…

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USS Kearsarge Arrives in New Orleans for Navy Week

More than 1,300 Sailors and Marines manned the rails aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as it moored pierside in New Orleans for the start of Navy Week New Orleans 2018, April 19. “Kearsarge is honored to be part of New Orleans Tri-centennial Celebration,” said Commanding Officer David K. Guluzian. “Showcasing our ship helps strengthen the connection between our service members and the citizens they serve. Navy Week New Orleans will be a tremendous opportunity for the public to meet our team and for our Sailors…

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USS Coronado Completes Operational Testing of New Mine Detection System

USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed operational testing of the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) System, Apr. 6. This second phase of testing for Coronado, which began shortly after completion of developmental testing, Feb. 22, 2018, involved inport and underway operations with support from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and Mine Countermeasure Detachment 6. “The crew onboard was the perfect fit to conduct this testing,” said Danny Lunden, test director for Mine Countermeasure Mission Package, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division. “We all worked so well together and…

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