HMAS Melbourne PASSEX with PLAN Xianning

September 29, 2018 – HMAS Melbourne has completed a visit to the Chinese port of Zhanjiang and conducted a combined passage exercise with PLAN Xianning. Part of Navy’s North East Asian Deployment for 2018, the short passage exercise conducted after sailing from port included routine safety of life at sea drills, helicopter search and rescue operations, as well as navigation and ship handling exercises. The afternoon’s exercises culminated with a ceremonial ‘cheer ship’, with the ship’s companies of both Melbourne and Xianning on the upper decks of both ships to…

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HMS Diamond sails for maritime security mission in the Mediterranean

September 29, 2018 – Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond has today sailed from Portsmouth for operations in the Mediterranean where the Type 45 destroyer will provide reassurance to allies in the region throughout the autumn. The deployment follows a busy few months for HMS Diamond and her crew, who spent most of the summer operating in or around UK waters. Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, said: “I’m thrilled that HMS Diamond is once again at sea on operations to keep our nation safe. I am proud…

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Cultural exchanges as Aussies and Japanese cross deck

September 30, 2018 – Royal Australian Navy sailors have tasted life at sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as personnel from both services temporarily swapped places after Exercise Kakadu. On completion of the exercise, HMAS Newcastle and JS Sazanami DD-113 adjusted their programs to depart together from Darwin and conduct a Passage Exercise Program for three days. During those three days, six members from Newcastle conducted a cross deck with six members of JS Sazanami. Officers and sailors from JS Sazanami were given a tour of Newcastle and invited…

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Wasp ARG Conduct DATF drill in the South China Sea

September 28, 2018 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted an integrated Defense of the Amphibious Task Force (DATF) drill at sea Sept. 27. DATF scenarios focus Navy and Marine Corps forces on defending ARG shipping and the drills allowed the ARG-MEU team to improve their proficiency when integrating fires. “Increasing the lethality of the Navy-Marine Corps Team is the priority for us. Sailors and Marines are doing amazing work and we are becoming more lethal every single day,” said…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 27, 2018

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is awarded a $5,104,668,778 fixed-price-incentive, firm target multiyear contract for construction of six DDG 51 class ships, two in fiscal 2018 and one each in fiscal 2019 through 2022. This contract includes options for engineering change proposals, design budgeting requirements, and post-delivery availabilities on the awarded firm multiyear ships, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $5,253,076,779. This contract includes options for construction of additional DDG 51 class ships. These options may be subject to future competitive actions in accordance…

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Moving ceremony in honor of Vice Admiral Jozef Unrug at Brest

September 27, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, a ceremony in honor of Vice-Admiral Józef Unrug and his wife was held at the naval base in Brest, in the presence of Mr. Dariusz Gwizdala, Deputy Director of the Office of National Security to the President of the Republic of Poland and Vice-Admiral Jean-Louis Lozier, Atlantic Prefect of the Atlantic, on the occasion of the transfer of their remains to Poland. A key figure in the constitution of the Polish Navy after the independence of Poland in 1918,…

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Flotilla 36F inaugurates its Wall of Fame

September 27, 2018 (Google Translation) – On September 19, 2018, Flotilla 36F inaugurated its hunting board entitled ” Wall of Fame ” which lists the great missions that have marked the spirits of the sailors of the sky since its creation in 1995. More than 180 operations highlighted since 1995 Between operations to fight against drug trafficking, piracy, illegal fishing or maritime rescue missions through the release of hostages, more than 180 operations are highlighted. Among them, one can quote the remarkable intervention in June 2008 on a sailboat where…

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FS Floreal Nabs 7000 KG of Hashishi

September 26, 2018 – The French frigate FS Floreal struck twice in 24 hours to seize over 7000kg of hashish, valued at $3.5m,¹ from suspicious dhows. This is most significant seizure of illicit drugs in the Indian Ocean since the Royal Saudi Naval Force took over command of CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF)150 in August. On the 23rd of September, the first fishing dhow was spotted behaving in a suspicious manner. FS Floreal conducted a boarding and discovered 3900kg of hashish, which was confiscated and later destroyed. Barely a few…

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Navy Awards DDG 51 FY18-22 Multiyear Procurement Contracts

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Navy awarded two contracts for the DDG 51 fiscal years (FY) 2018 – 2022 multiyear procurement (MYP) for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers. “These contract awards are further evidence of the Navy’s continued delivery of lethal capacity to the Nation with a sense of urgency while ensuring best value for the taxpayer,” said James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. “The Navy saved $700 million for these 10 ships by using multiyear procurement contracts rather than a…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Use of Digital Technology Drives Latest Construction Milestone For Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

September 28, 2018 – An improved build strategy, which includes the use of digital technologies to improve efficiencies, has allowed Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division to reach another milestone in the construction of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The company on Friday lowered the final piece of the ship’s underwater hull into place. The joining of the 726-ton lower bow, which includes the distinctive bulbous feature, completes the section of the ship below the waterline and extends the nuclear-powered warship an additional 122 feet. At…

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USMC F-35B Conducts First Combat Strikes in CENTCOM AOR

September 27, 2018 – The Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II, conducted its first combat strikes in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, Sept. 27. During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander. “The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy,” said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central command. “As part…

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Allied Maritime Warfighters Strengthen Partnerships and Capabilities in San Diego

September 24, 2018 – Maritime leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – the “Five Eyes” alliance – participated in the 2018 Maritime Warfare Working Group (MWWG) here Sept. 17 – 21. The MWWG is an enduring event that improves maritime operability among partners and increases combat effectiveness. “The value of these meetings cannot be overstated,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Barnes, the deputy commander for SMWDC and leader of the U.S. Navy delegation. “It is critical that we continue to build on our relationships…

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F-35 Lightning jets land on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time

September 28, 2018 – Fast fighter jets are once again flying from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier as the first F-35s have landed on the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Commander Nathan Gray RN and S/L Andy Edgell RAF were the first pilots to make history by landing their F-35 Lightning stealth jets on the flight deck of Britain’s newest carrier. [smartslider3 slider=95] Shortly afterwards, Commander Gray became the first pilot to take off using the ship’s ski ramp. The flying operations mark the start of more than 500…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 28, 2018

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $395,549,739 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5409) for procurement of fiscal 2017 and 2018 Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) full rate production requirements and spares. This contract modification includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $579,718,607. Work will be performed in East Camden, Arkansas (31 percent); Tucson, Arizona (19 percent); Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (15 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (7 percent); Middletown, Ohio (4 percent); San Jose, California (3 percent); Anniston, Alabama (2 percent); Dallas, Texas (2 percent); Huntsville,…

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US Coast Guard exercises construction option for lead Offshore Patrol Cutter, long lead-time materials for second Offshore Patrol Cutter

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Coast Guard exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to begin construction of the lead offshore patrol cutter (OPC), Argus, and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC, Chase. This milestone, which begins the construction of the lead OPC, is another major step in replacing the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters. The OPC will provide the nation with renewed capabilities in the fight against transnational organized crime and the effort to secure our maritime zones and borders. The total…

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