NATO-Russia Council meets in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council met at Ambassadorial level in Brussels on Thursday (31 May 2018). The NATO-Russia Council had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine, issues related to military activities, transparency and risk reduction, as well as asymmetric techniques as aspects of doctrine and strategy. NATO and Russia both briefed on major upcoming exercises. NATO’s approach to Russia is consistent. Practical cooperation was suspended in 2014 due to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. At the same time, channels for political dialogue are open and…

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Top Gun Today

“Top Gun” is due for an update. Believe it or not, it’s been more than 30 years since Tom Cruise and company made fighter pilots – pardon us, naval aviators – the envy of thrill-seekers everywhere. Technology has changed. Culture has changed. And so has the art of war itself. Kenny Loggins, thank goodness, has not. So what would a “Top Gun” sequel or reboot look like? We asked some of our former fighter pilots and TOPGUN graduates to take their best guess, given how much has changed at the U.S.…

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US Navy Contracts May 30, 2018

Orbital ATK Inc., Defense Electronic Systems, Northridge, California, is awarded $171,215,447 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0005). This modification exercises an option for the procurement of full-rate Production Lot 7 for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) for the Navy and the government of Australia. This option exercise provides for the conversion of 271 Navy provided AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles into 253 Navy AGM-88E AARGM all-up-rounds (AURs), eight Captive Air Training Missiles and 10 AGM-88E AARGM AURs for foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Additionally, this…

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Australian and French warships exercise off Darwin

When more than 25,000 tonnes of steel in the shape of three warships exercise in close proximity to each other, it is an impressive example of each crew’s warfighting and seamanship skills. That display occurred when HMAS Newcastle trained with French Navy Ships Dixmude and Surcouf off the coast of Darwin recently. Newcastle practiced gunnery serials, officer of the watch maneuvers, communication exercises and replenishment at sea approaches with the two French vessels over a four-day period. Commanding Officer of Newcastle, Commander Anita Sellick, said exercises and engagements with foreign…

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USS Scorpion Family Members Remember 99 Submariners Lost, 50th Anniversary Ceremony Held at Memorial Site

Family members, friends, and submariners past and present gathered at the Scorpion Memorial on Norfolk Naval Station May 26, to honor the memory of the 99 Sailors lost aboard the attack submarine USS Scorpion (SSN 589). The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of Scorpion’s loss on May 22, 1968. A crowd of over 500 gathered to remember the 99 Sailors on eternal patrol, to honor the families left behind, and to strengthen the friendships developed over the years. Following the invocation by Capt. Melvin Underwood, the Submarine Force chaplain, Vice…

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USS Farragut Departs Faslane

USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, May 25 after a four day port visit to bolster U.S. and UK relations. “The hospitality of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde and the beauty of Scotland were beyond anything we could have hoped for,” said Cmdr. Jason Lester, Farragut executive officer. “We look forward to future interactions with the United Kingdom as we work together towards security and stability in the region.” While moored pier side, Farragut’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department provided transportation for Farragut Sailors wishing…

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USS Portland Arrives in Pearl Harbor

USS Portland (LPD 27) arrived in Pearl Harbor May 29 to conduct Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials. The ship departed San Diego May 21 and began her transit to Hawaii. The ship’s crew has engaged in various training exercises within the past couple of weeks to ensure the ship’s weapon systems are properly installed, function correctly, and can be operated safely. Portland performed her first underway replenishment (UNREP), employing the Standard Tensioned Replenishment Alongside Method, May 22. Steaming approximately 200 feet alongside the lead ship of her class, Military Sealift…

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HMAS Melbourne departs for seven month deployment

HMAS Melbourne has departed her home port of Fleet Base East bound for a seven month deployment to the South West Pacific and North East Asia. The ship’s company were enthusiastically joined by family and friends in a fond farewell to the frigate at Garden Island, Sydney. Melbourne’s deployment will include participation in the second iteration of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, Exercise KAKADU in Australia’s north and a variety of port visits and community engagement in the North East Asian region. She will also take part in one of the world’s largest…

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US Navy Contracts May 31, 2018

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded $2,016,115,217 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0020) in support of the F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot 11 aircraft.  This modification provides additional funding for production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems to include 10 F135-PW-100 propulsions systems for the Navy; 51 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; and 24 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps.  Additionally, this contract procures 49…

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Osborne South Shipyard redevelopment in full swing

The redevelopment of the Osborne South Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, a key enabler for the Turnbull Government’s ambitious continuous naval shipbuilding agenda, is in full swing. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, said just seven months after Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) engaged Lendlease as managing contractor, the redevelopment of the Osborne South Naval Shipyard is progressing well. Minister Pyne said ANI estimated the $535 million Osborne South redevelopment will create up to 600 jobs. “Approximately 100 construction staff are currently working…

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Suspected transshipment of offshore materials by small ships with North Korean tanker “JI SONG 6”

Google Translation 1. In the early May 1980 (Saturday), a North Korean flagship tanker “JI SONG 6” (IMO number: 8898740) and a small boat of unknown flagged flags flagged as the flag of China are offshore of the East China Sea (Shanghai “P-3C” (Kanoya) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 1st Air Group confirmed that the Maritime Self Defense Force belongs to the offshore area of ​​about 350 km southeast of the city. 2. Both vessels lit the lights after turning on at night and possibly being engaged in some kind of…

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Hydrographic Ship “Sirius” supports the National Boating Program

Google Translation On May 29, the Brazilian Navy hydrographic ship “Sirius” provided support to the National Boating Program, when installing a GPS location system, in the meteo-oceanographic float of Cabo Frio-RJ. The National Boating Program (PNBOIA) seeks to implement the collection of meteorological and oceanographic data along the Brazilian coast. It operates through a network of fixed meteo-oceanographic buoys equipped with sensors that collect a variety of environmental data.

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces to participate in exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security. The exercise will feature both ashore and at-sea training off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea. Training…

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Babcock Team 31 Launches Arrowhead 140 Design for MoD Type 31e Competition

Babcock Team 31 has today [31st May] unveiled Arrowhead 140 as its design for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate program. Launching the new platform, ‘Team 31’ – led by Babcock and including fellow industry experts Thales, OMT, BMT, Harland and Wolff and Ferguson Marine – underlined the vessel’s established, ‘at sea’ design baseline which can be developed to meet global requirements. With UK engineering at its core, and developing OMT’s Iver Huitfeldt hull form currently in-service for the Royal Danish…

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MBDA Conducts Second Test-Firing of Sea Venom/ANL

MBDA’s  missile has successfully completed its second development firing from a French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA – Direction Générale de l’Armement) Panther test helicopter at Ile Du Levant in southeast France. The firing, which took place on 18 April 2018, highlighted Sea Venom/ANL’s lock on after launch (LOAL) capabilities. It also validated its aptitude for low-altitude, sea-skimming flight, the effectiveness of the data link between the missile and helicopter and Sea Venom/ANL’s autonomous guidance capability, using images from its infrared seeker. UK Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb said, “Sea…

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