SM-3 Block IIA Launched From Aegis Ashore Intercepts IRBM Target During Operational Test

December 11, 2018 – The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Kauai, Hawaii, successfully conducted Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03). This was an operational live fire test demonstrating the Aegis Weapon System Engage On Remote capability to track and intercept an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor. FTI-03 consisted of an IRBM target, air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 11, 2018

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $38,170,404 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001919F2503, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029). This delivery order provides for the development and delivery of a provisioning parts database of technical information to include 2D drawings that support all organizational, intermediate and depot levels in support of initial operational capability for the CH-53K program. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in November 2023. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in…

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Outstanding success in Australian submarine rescue tests

December 5, 2018 – JFD, the world leading underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defense diving markets and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has successfully completed the “Black Carillon” 2018 submarine rescue exercise with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), further demonstrating its commitment to driving the highest standards in submarine rescue safety. Black Carillon 2018 successfully tested every aspect of the RAN’s submarine rescue system, including the new hyperbaric escape and rescue capability, demonstrating a step-change in advanced submarine rescue operations. It was also the first exercise…

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RAN Minehunters Shine

December 10, 2018 – Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Minehunters HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have been commended by Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Captain Yasushi Noguchi, the Commanding Officer of Mine Warfare Division Three, for their excellent result in successfully finding all underwater mines in a designated exercise area in minimal time. Lieutenant Commander Ryan Kelly, Chief of Staff to the Australian Mine Warfare Squadron and embarked Liaison Officer on JMSDF Ship Bungo, noted the fine performance of the RAN units. “For the JMSDF, Australia’s involvement in Exercise HYUGA…

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BALTOPS 2019 Planning Conference Commences in Poland

December 8, 2018 – Rear Adm. John B. Mustin, deputy commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, addressed maritime planners from partner navies at the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 Initial Planning Conference (IPC) conducted at the Polish Naval Academy Library Building, Dec. 4-6. The three-day information exchange was attended by 14 participating nations and focused on determining structure and scenario outlines for the upcoming BALTOPS exercise, which is scheduled to be conducted in the Baltic Sea region in mid-2019. “We owe it to our partnership, and to the world, to make a statement,”…

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USS Abraham Lincoln Successfully Completes CSSQT

December 9, 2018 – USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed the testing of the ship’s defense capabilities during Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT), Dec. 7. CSSQT tested Abraham Lincoln’s ability to safely and effectively operate onboard weapons systems, including the close-in weapons system (CIWS), rolling airframe missile (RAM) launchers and the Enhanced NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System (ESSM). “CSQTT is pivotal because it certifies our weapons systems,” said Cmdr. Scott Ryan, Abraham Lincoln’s Combat Direction Center Officer. “CSQTT’s purpose is to show our ship’s self-defense system (SSDS) can…

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Future USS Billings (LCS 15) Completes Acceptance Trials

December 10, 2018 – The future USS Billings (LCS 15) successfully completed its acceptance trials Dec. 7 after a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations on the Great Lakes for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials is the last significant milestone before the ship is delivered to the Navy. During the trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling capabilities and auxiliary systems. “The successful completion of these acceptance trials is…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 10, 2018

CH2M Hill Constructors Inc., Englewood, Colorado (N62470-13-D-6019); Environmental Chemical Corp., Burlingame, California (N62470-13-D-6020); Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc., Arlington, Virginia (N62470-13-D-6021); URS Group Inc., Morrisville, North Carolina (N62470-13-D-6022), are awarded an $86,000,000 modification to increase the maximum dollar value of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract for global contingency construction projects worldwide. The construction and related engineering services would respond to natural disasters humanitarian assistance conflict, or projects with similar characteristics. Work will be predominately construction. The contractor, in support of the construction effort, may be required to provide initial…

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Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) Launched at Bath Iron Works

December 10, 2018 – The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was launched Dec. 9 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard. The process of launching a ship is a multi-day process that includes moving the ship from the land level facility to the dry dock which is then slowly flooded until the ship is afloat. With the ship in the water, final outfitting and production can commence. “It’s important for the DDG 1000 program and shipyard to reach this major milestone,” said Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 program manager,…

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Russian Ships Arrive Visakhapatnam to participate in INDRA NAVY 2018

December 9, 2018 – Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) Ships Varyag, Admiral Panteleyev and Boris Butoma arrived Visakhapatnam to participate in INDRA NAVY, the bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy exercise on 09 Dec 18. The 10th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY will be conducted at/off Visakhapatnam from 09 to 16 December 2018. The primary aim of the exercise is to increase inter-operability amongst the two navies, develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. Initiated in 2003, INDRA NAVY exercise has matured over the years…

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USCGC Forrest Rednour Returns to San Pedro After First Drug Bust

December 10, 2018 – A San Pedro-based Coast Guard cutter returned to her homeport Saturday following a two-week patrol that included the ship’s first drug bust. The recently commissioned Forrest Rednour interdicted approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a suspected smuggling vessel on Nov. 28 in international waters, approximately 30 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico maritime border. A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Multi Enforcement Aircraft spotted a northbound 25-foot cuddy cabin boat with three people aboard just before midnight, Nov. 27. The Forrest Rednour crew arrived…

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Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative launches new platform to drive responsible ship recycling

December 10, 2018 – Today, industry leaders and the non-profit organization Sustainable Shipping Initiative announced the launch of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform, a tool for sharing information on ship recycling to drive responsible practice. The platform comes nine months after a group of shipping companies first announced their collective effort to use the market-drivers that transparency brings to make responsible ship recycling the norm. Demanding transparency holds the shipping industry to account, raising the bar for current practice as well as creating fair competition among ship-owners.…

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EUNAVFOR Celebrates 10 Years of Operation

December 8, 2018 – Today is an important milestone for the EU’s Common Security & Defence Policy, as the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) celebrates ten years of maritime operations. Commanded from its military HQ in Northwood, London, the European Union Naval Force was officially launched on 8 December 2008. Codenamed ‘Operation ATALANTA’ (after the mythological Greek huntress), it is a naval force generated by EU Member States working collectively, in support of UN Security Council Resolutions agreed from 2008 onwards, to tackle the Somali piracy crisis at source.…

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First Alliance Foundation To Honor the French-American Military Alliance

December 7, 2018 – he Hon. Carole L. Brookins, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The First Alliance (TFA) Foundation will announce the establishment and mission of a new privately-funded non-profit organization at a 6-00pm Tuesday December 11, 2018 reception at the Army and Navy Club (ANC) – Washington DC. Ms. Brookins stated that “The First Alliance Foundation’s logo symbolizes the historic military relationship between America and France that led to the birth of an independent United States of America in 1776. It also signifies the essential…

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