Puget Sound Submarine Escort Change of Command

The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox crew held a change-of-command ceremony in Poulsbo WA July 12th. Chief Warrant Officer Hank H. Deatrich took command of the 87-foot Marine Protector-Class Patrol Boat from Chief Warrant Officer Chad P. Lynch in a traditional military ceremony held under the direction of Cmdr. Thomas Evans, the commanding officer of Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU) Bangor. Lynch served as the commanding officer for the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox from May 2015 through July 2018 and oversaw all vessel operations and the execution of over…

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Álvaro de Bazán Returns to Ferrol From SNMG1

Google Translation On July 11, the frigate “Álvaro de Bazán” (F-101,) returned to the Arsenal de Ferrol after concluding its deployment of almost three months by the North Sea, the Baltic and Casablanca (Morocco). During this navigation, the frigate was integrated into the Permanent Naval Grouping of NATO no. 1 (SNMG-1) for two months, participating in international exercises to maintain their level of training and collaborate in the objectives of the Alliance. In total, the ship sailed more than 16,000 nautical miles, and visited 7 countries. It began its deployment…

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RIMPAC units participate in sinking exercise

Live fire from aircraft, a submarine, and land assets participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned ex-USS Racine (LST-1191) July 12 in waters 15,000 feet deep 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii. Units from Australia, Japan, and the U.S. participated in the sinking exercise (SINKEX), which provided them the opportunity to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea. “Today, we demonstrated the lethality and adaptability of our joint forces in the maritime environment”, said Adm. Phil Davidson,…

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Operation against illegal mining

Google Translation On July 9, in the area of ​​Puerto La Hoyada, located in the basin of the Aguaytia River, a joint operation was carried out between the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in Environmental Matters of Ucayali, the National Police of Peru and the Headquarters of the District of Captaincies No. 4. The successful operation allowed the destruction of four fluvial artifacts equipped with implements to develop the extraction of gold material, as well as the detention of four people, who were working on the mentioned artifacts.

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 Kicks Off in Ukraine

The 18th iteration of exercise Sea Breeze kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odessa and Shiroky Lan training range, Ukraine, July 9. Sea Breeze is designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security by focusing on a variety of warfare areas, officials said. “This annual multinational maritime exercise has enhanced our interoperability and capabilities among participating forces,” said Navy Capt. Matthew Lehman, commodore of Task Force 65. “The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security and foster trust among participating nations.” Some…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 13, 2018

Dakota Creek Industries Inc.,* Anacortes, Washington, is awarded a $52,979,439 firm-fixed-price contract for the detail design and construction of four yard tug 808-class harbor tugboats. This contract includes options inclusive of two additional craft which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $84,485,167. Work will be performed in Anacortes, Washington, and is expected to be completed by October 2020. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $26,759,713; and fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $26,219,726 will be…

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Grand Jury Indicts 12 Russian Intelligence Officers for Hacking Offenses Related to the 2016 Election

July 13, 2018 – The Department of Justice today announced that a grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment presented by the Special Counsel’s Office. The indictment charges twelve Russian nationals for committing federal crimes that were intended to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. All twelve defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Main Intelligence Directorate of  the Russian military. These GRU officers, in their official capacities, engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the…

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Metal Shark and ASV Global Introduce Sharktech Autonomous Vessels

Louisiana, USA-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has joined forces with autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global to introduce “Sharktech” Autonomous Vessels. “Depending on propulsion and desired equipment, we can currently deliver a fully-autonomous Sharktech-equipped 38 Defiant in as little as 60 days” Metal Shark is now offering Sharktech autonomous technology on its entire portfolio of vessels, which range from 16’ to over 300’ in aluminum, steel, and composite. Sharktech autonomous vessels may be custom configured for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and the full spectrum of applicable commercial markets. “The industry…

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DGSIT Embarks Ronald Reagan Strike Group Units

More than 35 members of the Naval Information Forces Deploying Group System Integration Testing (DGSIT) team embarks aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and additional units of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group July 5-13. DGSIT is a fleet-directed program to test interoperability of all computer and communications systems and networks on all carrier strike groups, amphibious readiness groups and Marine expeditionary units. “We are here to provide integrated testing on the (C5I) [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence] of the strike group,” said Donald Shirey, DGSIT Pacific program manager.…

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Naval Reactors awards Naval Nuclear Laboratory contracts to Fluor Marine Propulsion

Naval Reactors, a joint program of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Navy (DON), announced the selection of Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC (FMP) as the new DOE and DON contractor for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). FMP, a limited liability company, is a wholly-owned, special-purpose subsidiary of Fluor Corporation. Naval Reactors conducted a full and open competition for the new NNL contracts. The estimated combined award value of these contracts is approximately $30 billion over ten years if all options are exercised. The current DOE and…

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Northern Fleet Vladimir Humanenko Returned From

The crew of Project 12660 Vladimir Gumanenko of the Kola Flotilla of the various forces (including either KIL-143 or KIL-164) of the Northern Fleet carried out combat exercises in the ranges of the Barents Sea. The combat calculations of the artillery unit fulfilled the fire on the conventional aircraft, and also carried out a set of artillery fire at the target position simulating the combat ship of the conventional enemy. A combat exercise was also carried out to destroy the floating mines. In addition to improving the skills of using…

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The contract with Saudi Arabia will benefit all Navantia shipyards

Google Translation The Government of Saudi Arabia has signed the contract for the construction of five corvettes, an operation that amounts to 1,800 million euros and represents the largest in the history of Spanish public shipyards with a foreign client. This contract strengthens the immediate future of NAVANTIA and will benefit all the shipyards of the company. The signing of this contract with Arabia will benefit the entire NAVANTIA staff, the local industry with which it collaborates and, especially, the entire Bay of Cádiz, which explains that it has received…

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USS Nebraska returns from first strategic deterrent patrol since 2013

The blue crew of Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, July 12, following the boat’s first strategic deterrent mission since 2013. Nebraska recently completed a 41-month engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) to extend the life of the submarine for another 20 years. “Nebraska’s return to strategic service represents an important milestone in the life of the ship,” said Capt. Nicholas Tilbrook, commander, Submarine Squadron 17. “When the decision was made to extend the Ohio-class submarines from a 30-year ship life to 42 years, midlife refueling…

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HMS Montrose Trains in Baltic

Just days after Britain committed to closer military co-operation with nations bordering the Baltic, Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose threw herself into two weeks of training with the Finnish and Swedish Navies. The Plymouth-based frigate – fresh from shadowing Russian corvettes in the North Sea – headed to the tip of the Baltic for a two-week workout with stealth ships and missile boats. On the eve of Exercise Baltic Cross, the Defence Ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom signed a ‘memorandum…

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HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after leading NATO Deployment

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after six months leading a NATO task group in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea. She returned to cheering crowds of up to 800 people eager to see their loved ones home. Since January the 200 men and women aboard the destroyer, plus a dedicated Royal Navy-led multi-national staff, have sailed thousands of miles leading an international force of warships promoting stability and security across the region. HMS Duncan took charge of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, a group…

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