Amphibious forces join for major exercise

Navy’s amphibious focus has shifted into top gear with two Task Groups now deployed across the region. While the Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group continues its successful deployment in the South West Pacific, a major exercise has concluded off the north Queensland coast. Exercise SEA EXPLORER was one of a series of exercises, providing an opportunity for both Navy and Army to participate in community events in the town of Bowen. Amphibious operations are among the most complex, required for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, non-combatant evacuation, and joint combat operations.…

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US, Thailand Continues to Expand Partnership with 24th CARAT Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy began the 24th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. The multi-nation exercise series is organized in bilateral phases with regional nations and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations. The exercise series features cooperative evolutions that highlight the ability of partner nations to work together towards the common goal of ensuring a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific maritime security environment. “Twenty-four years of engagement through…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 13

Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, OBE, Royal Navy, deputy commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, traveled to the Gabya-class frigate TCS Gediz (F-495) to meet with her crew. A German P-3 Orion, United States P-8 Poseidon and E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) conducted a combined anti-submarine exercise with Sdermanland-class submarine HSwMS Sdermanland. Mine countermeasure drills finished today with ships from the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 1 completing all exercise mine hunting requirements. The Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt…

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Thales Sonar Upgrades to Extend Collins Class Capability

Australia’s strategic priority on enhancing its submarine capability will be supported by Thales through major upgrades of the sonar systems on all six Collins class submarines. The A$230million contract with Thales is part of a A$542million project approved by the Australian Government for the upgrade of the Collins class sensor capabilities, the key to extending the life and the regional superiority of the Collins fleet. Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said the Collins sonar upgrades continued a 30 year history of support for the Collins program since the original transfer…

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French Mediterranean Fleet Conduct Exercise Gabian 18.2

Google Translation From June 11 to 15, 2018, 6 naval aeronautical surface and air force combat ships train together off Toulon as part of the GABIAN collective training. The objective of this deployment is to train the crews of surface ships belonging to the Naval Action Force * and naval aircraft, and thus to allow sailors to prepare jointly for their future operational missions. It is also a means of maintaining and developing the individual and collective know-how of the sailors of each of these combat units. The program of…

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Russian Navy Conducts PASSEX with Philippine Navy After Manila Departure

On April 14th, a Pacific Fleet task force composed of the major ASW ships Admiral Tributs, Admiral Vinogradov and middle sea tanker Pechenga completed its unofficial visit to Manila, which began June 9th. During the visit, the detachment commander Captain 1 Rank Oleg Korolyov met with the Commander of the Navy and Commander of the Coast Guard of the Philippines. Igor Khovayev, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Palau and Federated States of Micronesia, the detachment commander and commanding…

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RFS Makhachkala to Visit Iran

The small artillery ship Makhachkala is preparing to sail off for her mission. During the cruise, the ship will call at ports of Iran with a friendly visit. The ship crew will ensure security for maritime economic activity of the Russian Federation in the Caspian Sea. During the 30-day cruise, the Russian seamen will pay a friendly visit to the port of Iran in order to improve and strengthen international cooperation. The ship will sail off on June 15 to cover more than 1,000 nautical miles in the Caspian Sea.…

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National Museum of the Royal Navy marks 50 years since Britain’s first at-sea nuclear deterrent

A new exhibition will open at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport on 15 June to mark 50 years since Britain’s first at-sea nuclear deterrent. “Silent & Secret” will explore the history of the British nuclear at-sea deterrent and reveal the challenging nature of working in these submarines. The exhibition will highlight the experiences of those men who served and give an insight into life on board the “Silent & Secret” Polaris submarines. Visitors will be able to hear stories and see documents and personal possessions of those who…

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Factory run trials of Project 16609 RB-2186

Google Translation For carrying out of factory road trials the tug of project 16609 “РБ-2186” has left in the Ladoga lake. Upon completion of all necessary tests, the tug will be handed over to the State Customer and it will be included in the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Federation. The tugboat is designed to perform towing and crocheting operations in the port, on raids and coastal areas corresponding to the navigation area R2 (navigation in maritime areas with a distance of not more than 100 miles from the place of…

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HMS Talent to begin operational sea training

The Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine HMS Talent is beginning intensive training to re-join the frontline operational fleet after a major refit. The Trafalgar Class submarine has completed an extensive multi-million pound maintenance period in HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth. The successful end of the engineering project was marked by her crew celebrating with the formal ceremony of Ship’s Company Divisions. The tradition of divisions, steeped in history, was overseen by Commodore J Le S Perks, Commodore of the Submarine Flotilla. Submariners were joined by 100 family and friends at…

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HMS Westminster Receives First Ever RAS From RFA Tidespring

Other ships have practised – including future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth but HMS Westminster became the first Royal Navy vessel to receive fuel on operations from the Fleet’s newest tanker, RFA Tidespring. Fellow tanker RFA Wave Knight and Westminster’s HMS Sutherland had previously proved the Tide-class ship’s capabilities during her sea trials last year. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is one of four built to refuel the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and her task group when at sea. Measuring just over 200 meters in length and with a top…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 13, 2018

Q.E.D. Systems Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia, is awarded a $15,115,583 cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-plus-fixed fee, cost-only contract for the execution planning efforts to support West Coast, East Coast, and outside the contiguous U.S. maintenance and sustainment execution contracts for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class ships. The contract also allows for the procurement of long lead time material in support of the LCS class ships’ maintenance and sustainment availabilities. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $237,602,950. Work will be performed in San…

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DHS Announces Strengthened Northern Border Strategy

On June 12, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an updated Northern Border Strategy (NBS). The strategy establishes a clear vision and concrete actions that will improve DHS’s efforts to safeguard our northern border against terrorist and criminal threats, facilitate the safe and efficient flow of lawful cross-border trade and travel, and strengthen cross-border critical infrastructure protection and community resilience.

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Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Deliver 300th F-35 Aircraft

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin delivered the 300th production F-35 aircraft, demonstrating the program’s continued progress and momentum. The 300th aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A, to be delivered to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. “The F-35 weapons system is a key enabler of our National Defense Strategy and is providing our warfighters the combat proven, advanced capabilities they need to meet mission requirements,” said Vice Admiral Mat Winter, program executive officer for the F-35 Joint Program Office. “The 300th production aircraft delivery is a significant…

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