Fleet Air Arm gains ‘Advanced Precision’

MH-60R instructors from Training Authority Aviation (TA-AVN) were sent back to school recently in order to learn the nuances of the latest weapon for the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters; the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). APKWS is currently in service with the United States Navy and consists of a digital rocket launcher capable of firing up to 19 laser-guided rockets with high explosive warheads. TA-AVN instructors were schooled by a team of training specialists from the US Navy over two separate periods. The first session was focused on fitting…

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Minehunter crews learn on the job

Officers and sailors onboard minehunter Coastals HMA Ships Huon and Gascoyne have brushed up on CBRN – Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defence. Ship’s companies undertook a week of dedicated training at the Navy’s School of Survivability and Ship Safety before both ships proceeded to sea for further training. With the Sea Training Group (STG) embarked, Huon sailed off southern New South Wales coast for a week of damage control, seamanship, and ship survivability training and assessment. Despite a large proportion of crew change out at the end of 2017,…

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Saab Receives Order for Sustainment of ANZAC Frigates

Saab has received an order from the Australian Government under the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) that will see the continuation of sustainment for Navy’s ANZAC-class frigates. WAMA is a strategic partnership which includes Saab Australia, BAE Systems Australia Defence and Naval Ship Management Australia. This five-year follow-on programme is a continuation of the ongoing framework sustainment agreement that covers the ANZAC-class frigates, shore support and training facilities through the remaining life of the capability. Saab Australia has been supporting the ANZAC-class frigates for 20 years and, under the sustainment…

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Rolls-Royce to supply propellers and mission bay technology for UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Rolls-Royce has signed two contracts with BAE Systems to supply low-noise propellers and mission bay handling technologies for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The contracts cover the first three ships – the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow. The Type 26 is designed with modularity and flexibility in mind and a key feature which sets it apart from competing designs is its mission bay. The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System, will enable efficient movement of craft and…

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Cunard Partners with The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation to Commemorate Service of World War II Veterans on July 20 Transatlantic Crossing

In partnership with The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, Cunard will again pay tribute to the forgotten heroes of World War II, honoring our nation’s veterans with a unique enrichment program on board a Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing that will travel from New York to London on July 20-27, 2018. On this 7-night voyage, guests will have the opportunity to attend lectures and interact with several WWII veterans, hearing first-hand about their experiences during America’s involvement in the war. From the “Battle of the Atlantic,” to the conflicts in Normandy and Pearl Harbor, these distinguished war heroes will engage in discussions and…

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SNMG2 Exercises with Bulgarian Navy

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a Passing Exercise with the Bulgarian Navy earlier this month in the Black Sea to increase interoperability and practice tactics and procedures. Exercises such as this, are part of the specific measures for a strengthened NATO maritime presence in the region. NATO is increasing the regularity of its patrols in the Black Sea region as part of a larger reinforcement for the collective defence of Allies referred to as tailored Forward Presence (tFP). SNMG2, consisting of flagship Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS…

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Pyne Tours HMS Sutherland in Adelaide

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, today toured the Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland as it called into South Australia. Sutherland is on a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific to strengthen defence ties, as well as promote stability and security through combined naval operations and exercises. Minister Pyne said the visit is a demonstration of the United Kingdom’s commitment to Australia and the region. “Australia and the UK are committed to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific and Sutherland’s visit continues the close cooperation between our two…

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Historic lighthouse a modern-day marvel

The Coast Guard recently overcame various hurdles in North Carolina to keep the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse shining. Some of the light’s rare components sustained storm damage in mid-January and the light was without power for more than a month. Ohio contractors were hired by the Coast Guard to manufacture necessary replacement parts from scratch for around $3,000. Coast Guard electrician’s mates from Cape Hatteras and Fort Macon turned the light back on in Buxton February 17. The Coast Guard continues to operate many historic lighthouses as active aids to…

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FS Provence in Exercise Dynamic Guard

Google Translation On 12 February, the “Provence” multi-mission frigate (FREMM) and 13 other NATO frigates sailed from Bergen to intercept a submarine cruising in the North Sea, seeking to infiltrate the Norwegian fjords. It is the objective of exercise TG18.1 which allows to train, as every year, the future commanders of submarines Norwegian, Dutch or British. TG 18.1 is a large exercise involving nearly 5,000 Norwegian, French, Spanish, Polish, German, Canadian, Australian and Danish sailors. Its “electronic warfare” component (fight field dedicated to the interception, jamming and emission of radar…

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Dutch Navy Escorts Russian Ships

The Royal Netherlands Navy escorted threeian warships over the North Sea February 23rd. It was the Fjodor Golovin, a spy ship from the Vishnya class, and 2 escort ships. The vessels passed the Wadden Islands a few dozen kilometers away. They were monitored by survey ship HNLMS Snellius. The Russian vessels are on their way to their homeport after participating in the war in Syria. Earlier this week, the Portuguese, French and British navies followed the Russians on the Atlantic Ocean and in the English Channel. The Russian warships take…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 23, 2018

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $48,960,190 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, single award contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price ordering provisions for research and development, technical, analytical, and engineering support services across a variety of mission areas to provide the capability to meet both existing and emerging command and control requirements at the Joint Staff J6 C4 Assessments Division. The contract will include a five-year base ordering period with a six-month ordering period option pursuant of Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.217-8 – option to extend services, which if exercised, will…

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Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Burlington

The Navy will christen its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, the future USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The future USNS Burlington, designated T-EPF 10, will be the first ship in naval service to honor Burlington, Vermont’s largest city. The first Navy ship Burlington (PF-51) was named for Burlington, Iowa and served during WWII. The principal speaker is U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Mrs. Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy, Senator Leahy’s wife of 55 years, will serve…

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NATO Ships Locate Mines from WWII

Ships from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) and the Royal Norwegian Navy located 23 mines from World War II four torpedoes in the waters of Oslo Fjord over the last two weeks. Conducting mine identification and neutralization in the freezing waters of Oslo Fjord, sometimes dipping to two degrees Celsius, demonstrates the capabilities of the ships to operate under these conditions to ensure safe access to harbors and sea lanes. Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy led the efforts from the group flagship HNLMS Mercuur, working with…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 22, 2018

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded a $99,771,416 firm-fixed-price contract for long-lead parts and support associated with the full rate production Lot 7 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (29 percent); Syracuse, New York (29 percent); Melbourne, Florida (14 percent); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (7 percent); Menlo Park, California (6 percent); Greenlawn, New York (4 percent); Owego, New York (2 percent); Indianapolis, Indiana (2 percent); Edgewood, New York (2 percent); Woodland Hills, California (2 percent); Marlborough, Massachusetts (1 percent); Independence,…

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Navy Lays Keel on Future Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21)

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) in Marinette, Feb. 22. The initials of the ship’s sponsor, Jodi Greene, were welded onto a keel plate that will be permanently affixed to the ship. While the keel laying has traditionally represented the formal start of a ship’s construction, advanced modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months in advance. Today, the keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the ship’s components and the ceremonial beginning of…

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