RAAF P-8A Poseidon to Enforce North Korea Sanctions

November 30, 2018 – Next week Australia will deploy a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Japan to conduct maritime surveillance in support of the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions on North Korea. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the deployment supports Australia’s ongoing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. “This is part of Australia’s commitment to deter and disrupt illicit trade and sanctions evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks,” Minister Pyne said. “This deployment follows on from Defense’s…

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Eighth RN Type 26 Named HMS Edinburgh

November 29, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced HMS Edinburgh as the name of a cutting-edge British warship on the eve of St Andrew’s Day. The submarine-hunting state-of-the-art frigate builds on the city’s proud naval history and is the seventh warship to carry the name. And as the eighth frigate to be named in the future Type 26 fleet, Edinburgh will be built on the Clyde as part of a £3.7bn program that will sustain 4,000 jobs. HMS Edinburgh will be at the forefront of the nation’s world-leading…

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New Chief of Royal New Zealand Navy Takes Command

November 29, 2018 – Rear Admiral David Proctor became the first General List officer with a logistics background to be appointed Chief of Navy when he assumed command of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) at Devonport Naval Base today. The Chief of Navy position has typically been a warfare officer role. In a Change of Command ceremony Rear Admiral Proctor, Chief of Navy designate, reported for duty at the main parade ground at Devonport this morning and accepted the challenge from the RNZN Maori Cultural Group, taking the wero…

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Austal Delivers First Guardian Class OPV

November 30, 2018 – AUSTAL (today delivered the first Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence and then in a handover ceremony, presented the vessel to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government. The “Ted Diro” is the first of 21 GCPBs to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste under the Commonwealths Pacific Maritime Security Program. “Austal are proud to deliver this program for the Commonwealth of Australia. The Guardian Class has brought together the industry-leading skills of over 200 Austal employees, and estimated…

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General Atomics Global Opens New Delhi Office, Announces Indian Executive

November 27, 2018 – General Atomics today announced the opening of a new office in New Delhi, and that Mr. Pratesh Gandhi will serve as Director of India Strategic Development with responsibilities for directing business and strategic outreach efforts for General Atomics in India. “We are very pleased to open our first office in India, and to have Pratesh Gandhi join the General Atomics team” “We are very pleased to open our first office in India, and to have Pratesh Gandhi join the General Atomics team,” said Linden P. Blue, CEO…

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NATO policy makers discuss deterrence and nuclear policy

November 29, 2018 – Representatives from NATO nations, NATO staffs and other experts, gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday (29 November 2018) at the invitation of the United States to address deterrence requirements against the background of a changing and challenging security environment. Coming on the heels of July’s NATO Summit, the NATO Nuclear Policy Symposium, which is held annually and hosted by an Ally, focused on a wide range of topics, including the strengthening of NATO’s deterrence and defense posture, arms control, and priorities for adapting NATO’s nuclear policy.…

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HMS Dragon in India for Exercise KONKAN 18 at Goa

September 29, 2018 – Naval cooperation between India and the United Kingdom is based on the long term strategic relationship between both countries. Both Navies have, over the years, undertaken bilateral activities such as training exchanges and technical cooperation. The Bilateral KONKAN exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbor, so as to build interoperability and share best practices. The KONKAN series of exercises commenced in 2004, and since then has grown in scale. KONKAN-2018 will be conducted from 28 Nov to…

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Leonardo DRS Announces Successful Delivery of 100th Gas Turbine Engine for Naval Ships

November 26, 2018 – Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it successfully delivered its 100th LM2500 Gas Turbine Package to GE in August, which will be installed on a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer. The delivery milestone represents a long relationship between the two companies that have provided the U.S. and international navies with reliable and high-efficiency naval power. Leonardo DRS’s Naval Power business has manufactured the GE-designed LM2500 packages, which have powered a wide range of U.S. Navy and international platforms since 2011. The company builds these naval power…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 30, 2018

Grove Resource Solutions Inc.,* Frederick, Maryland (N6523619D4800); Millennium Corp., * Arlington, Virginia (N6523619D4801); SimVentions Inc.,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (N6523619D4802); BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland (N6523619D8403); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (N6523619D4804); CACI NSS Inc., Reston, Virginia (N6523619D4805); General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia (N6523619D4806); Leidos, Reston, Virginia (N6523619D4807); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California (N6523619D4808), and Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia (N6523619D4809), are each awarded a combined $898,000,000 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, performance-based service contract utilizing cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders. The contracts are for Cyber Mission…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 29, 2018

CDWG Government LLC, Vernon Hills, Illinois (N66001-19-A-0002); Dell Federal Systems LP, Round Rock, Texas (N66001-19-A-0003); GovConnection Inc., Rockville, Maryland (N66001-19-A-0004); Insight Public Sector Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (N66001-19-A-0005); Minburn Technology Group LLC, Great Falls, Virginia (N66001-19-A-0006); and SHI International Corp. Somerset, New Jersey (N66001-19-A-0007), are awarded multiple-award, firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreements (BPA) in accordance with a General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule contract. The overall estimated value of this BPA is $3,170,000,000. This agreement will provide commercially available Microsoft brand name perpetual software licenses and annual subscriptions for the Department of…

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HMAS Arunta Undocked After Major Upgrade

December 1, 2018 – After more than a year out of the water as part of her Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta has undocked at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia. The upgrade, being implemented by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA), includes significant improvements to major platform systems such as the communications center, and the replacement of the ship’s long range air search radar. Arunta Acting Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Scott, said having the ship back in the water was the culmination of thousands of hours…

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L’Astrolabe in Antarctic With French Polar Institute

November 29, 2018 (Google Translation) – The polar patrol boat L’Astrolabe made its first rotation of the austral summer between Hobart and the Adélie land for the benefit of the French Polar Institute ( IPEV ) and French Southern and Antarctic Lands ( TAAF ). Starting on November 6 in Tasmania, he made a stop on November 9 near the Australian island of Macquarie to land 11 people. Then he docked at the Dumont d’Urville station on November 15th. In addition to the 18 passengers disembarked, he was able to…

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Prince of Wales’ First Flashup

November 26, 2018 – The heart of the UK’s second new aircraft carrier now gently beats after her engines were fired up for the first time. Engineers aboard HMS Prince of Wales turned on the diesel generators ­– a key milestone on the road to sending the 65,000-tonne warship to sea in the second half of next year. In the bowels of the carrier – in the later stages of fitting out at Rosyth dockyard near Edinburgh – there are four Wärtsilä diesel generators, each capable of producing more than…

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HMS Dragon Seized Three Tonnes of Hashish

November 26, 2018 – HMS Dragon has seized three tonnes of hashish in one of the most significant drugs busts in the Gulf this year, dealing a major blow to the funding of terrorism. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer was on patrol in the Middle East when they came across a suspicious dhow – a type of vessel common to the Middle East – in a notorious drug smuggling route known as the ‘Hash Highway’. Swooping into action, sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Dragon launched their fast boats to…

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HMS Montrose Transited Panama Canal Enroute to Chile

November 11, 2018 – Warship HMS Montrose navigated the narrow locks and lakes of the Panama Canal to get to the Pacific Ocean and start the next phase of her deployment. The Type 23 frigate spent seven hours crossing the waterways which join the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, saving the ship a 3,000-mile journey around Cape Horn in South America. It was a busy day for the navigation and seamanship teams which started at the entrance of the canal, the port of Colón, and continued into the series of…

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