Coast Guard, NOAA to include Navigation Rules in U.S. Coast Pilot

The U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up on a consolidated publication that will help mariners save time and money. The Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and NOAA Office of Coast Survey will incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COLREGS) and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA’s U.S. Coast Pilot publications. To access Coast Pilot, visit https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/coast-pilot/index.html. The U.S. Coast Pilot publications already include the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service regulations. “Adding the Navigation Rules into the…

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Hobart’s RAS with fellow First-In-Class

HMAS Hobart has completed her first ever replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Anzac off the east coast of Australia. Both ships – the first in their respective classes – sailed from Fleet Base East to immediately conduct officer-of-the-watch maneuvers as Hobart closed up along Anzac’s starboard side. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said that the ship’s company had to focus on an intricate series of maneuvers leading into the RAS. “We wanted to get our first RAS right and set the standard for what I expect to…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $54 Million to Modernize USS America and USS Cape St. George

BAE Systems has received two U.S. Navy contracts totalling $54.8 million to modernize the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71). Both contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value of the awards to $62.2 million. “These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these Navy ships” “These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these Navy ships,” said David Thomas, vice president and general manager of…

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group arrives in Guam

The Carl Vinson Strike Group arrived in Guam, Jan. 30-31, for the first scheduled port visit of a Western Pacific deployment. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived with nearly 6,000 Sailors. The strike group last visited Guam in February 2017. “We visited last year and we are glad to be back,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “Our Sailors always feel welcome in Guam and we appreciate the community’s…

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America ARG Home Friday

Sailors and Marines of the USS America (LHA 6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are scheduled to return to their homeport at Naval Station San Diego, Feb. 2, after a successful seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions. During the deployment, more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the America ARG and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce. Media interested in covering the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 25, 2018

Jacobs Technology Inc., Ridgecrest, California, is being awarded a $17,505,371 modification (P00045) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost contract (N68936-15-C-0026).  This modification provides for additional engineering services in support of launch test capability (LTC) for the Navy and the government of the United Kingdom.  Services to be provided include the design and development, site activation, test and evaluation and operation of the LTC complex located at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, California.  Work will be performed at NAWCWD, China Lake, California, and is expected to…

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US Technologies Receives $1.6M IDIQ Contract from the Navy

United States Technologies-Aldetec Holding Company, a global provider of manufacturing, design, engineering, repair and testing services, has been awarded a 5-year IDIQ contract valued at $1,605,979 to provide the US Navy with Power supplies for the AN/UPX-24(v) shipboard interrogator system. The work will be performed by United States Technologies (UST) at our Fair Lawn, NJ facility. Robert Ferrante, CEO, stated, “UST has a long history of providing redesign and subsystem obsolescence mitigation supporting legacy and fielded systems. We are pleased to have been selected by the Navy for yet another…

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Exercise Azraq Serpent 18

United States and British Royal Naval forces partnered for exercise Azraq Serpent 18 (AS18) Jan. 14-19 on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Cardigan Bay. The exercise was a bilateral exercise with the aim of developing interoperability between the two partners across the medical domain in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations. The exercise was intended to demonstrate U.S. military surgical capabilities aboard a RFA asset using organic logistic support. Among the participants were United Kingdom members from Cardigan Bay, Deployed Health Care Team, 42 Commando Royal Marines, and…

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USNS William McLean Deploys from Naval Station Norfolk

Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 13) departed Naval Station Norfolk to begin its overseas deployment in support of U.S. Naval and allied forces operating in the U.S. Sixth Fleet’s area of responsibility, Jan. 23. “Initially, we will be heading to the Mediterranean Sea,” said Captain James White, USNS William McLean’s master. “We are going to provide our forces operating with logistical support via underway replenishments at sea which is a common task for this type of ship. Additionally, we anticipate working with our…

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New Customs Patrol Vessel in Service

Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri is delighted to announce that the new state- of-the-art patrol vessel, Hawk V, officially started work today following a commissioning ceremony at the Port of Auckland. “The world-class patrol vessel has been purpose-built to boost Customs’ ability to identify risk, and carry out enforcement now and into the future,” says Ms Whaitiri. Designed by Teknicraft in Auckland and built by Q-West in Whanganui, Hawk V is an 18.6 metre long, foil supported, aluminium catamaran. Equipped with the latest technology, the new vessel has the ability to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 30, 2018

Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, is being awarded an estimated value $86,721,758 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) engineering, integration and installation contract includes integration, engineering, procurement of incidental supplies, fabrication, assembly, test, inspection, delivery and installation of integrated C4I capabilities aboard new construction ships for the Program Executive Office C4I. This contract includes support for shipbuilding conversion, Navy and other U.S. government shipbuilding programs. The contract’s principal place of performance is Charleston, South Carolina. Work is also anticipated to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements for January 31, 2018

Q.E.D. Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded a $43,603,034 cost modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-4400) to exercise options for third party advanced planning services in support of chief of naval operations availabilities, continuous maintenance availabilities (CMAV), inactivation CMAVs, sustainment availabilities, phased modernization availabilities, re-commissioning availabilities, continuous maintenance and emergent maintenance windows of opportunity for Navy surface combatant ship classes (CG 47 and DDG 51). Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia (53 percent); San Diego, California (36 percent); and Everett, Washington (11 percent), and is expected…

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Nivôse Deploys for Surveillance Mission in the TAAF

Google Translation The surveillance frigate Nivôse left its base port of La Réunion on January 16, 2018 and began a surveillance mission in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF). This mission of about fifty days has for main objective the surveillance of the fisheries, and in particular the fishing of the toothfish, in the archipelagos of Crozet, Kerguelen and Saint-Paul and Amsterdam. Currently, toothfish are mainly caught near the Kerguelen (more than 50% of sales come from it). Only seven vessels are authorized to fish for toothfish, so it…

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DoD’s Network Defense Headquarters Achieves Full Operational Capability

The U.S. Cyber Command component responsible for securing, operating and defending the Defense Department’s complex infrastructure of roughly 15,000 networks with 3 million users has achieved full operational capability. Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network reached the milestone after three years of building capacity and capability to secure, operate and defend the DoDIN, a global network enabling military operations across all warfighting domains. “The JFHQ-DoDIN team has worked hard since inception in 2014 to reach this milestone,” said Army Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, commander of the joint…

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