USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Begins Operations in U.S. 6th Fleet

September 19, 2018 – The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group has commenced operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to continue support to NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interest in Europe and Africa. The strike group initially deployed to the European theater April 11, and returned for an extended working port visit to its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, July 21. “We are thrilled to have the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group back in the U.S.…

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Gulfstream Delivers Telemetry Range Support Aircraft Platform to U.S. Navy

September 12, 2018 – Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently delivered a special mission G550 to the United States Navy. Designed and modified at Gulfstream, this aircraft will host a wide array of sensors to support the Navy’s telemetry range support mission. “The G550, with its exceptional reliability and proven performance, is an ideal aircraft for Telemetry Range Support Aircraft and will help the U.S. Navy address its diverse and challenging operations,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. The unmatched performance, speed, high altitude and range of Gulfstream aircraft make them ideally suited…

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Australia further strengthens regional maritime security

September 22, 2018 – Australia is continuing its commitment to regional maritime security through an upgrade of wharf and shore-based infrastructure by Fletcher Morobe Constructions Limited at Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the $5 million contract is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program. “The Lombrum upgrades will support the safe and secure berthing of PNG’s four new Guardian-class Patrol Boats,” Minister Pyne said. “The infrastructure works build upon existing security cooperation between Defence…

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UK – SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS)

September 20, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of three (3) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS) for an estimated cost of $90 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 19, 2018. The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested to buy three (3) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS). Also included are spares; handling…

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UK – Phalanx Baseline 2 Radar Upgrade Kits

September 20, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of fifty (50) MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits for an estimated cost of $75 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 19, 2018. The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested to buy fifty (50) MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits. Also…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 21, 2018

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is awarded $64,800,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2470 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026). This delivery order provides for the low rate initial production 3 initial spares operational requirement to support organizational level maintenance for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS). The initial spares requirement consists of six antenna group assemblies, six wideband receivers/exciters, ten radar signal processors (RSP), two antenna drive electronics and two RSP external power supplies for the MFAS. Work will be performed in…

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Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton oversees Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response

September 20, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) oversaw five Coast Guard cutter in the Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response efforts. The SAG South conducted post storm damage assessments of the Cape Fear River, Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina. The combined efforts of the cutter Hamilton, Coast Guard Cutters Harriet Lane (WMEC-903), Northland (WMEC-904), Dependable (WMEC-626), Spencer (WMEC-905) and Richard Snyder (WPC-1127), assisted in the reconstitution of Coast Guard Stations Oak Island and Fort Macon. The SAG South also conducted port assessments for…

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Russian Northern Fleet Trains in Anti-Sabotage Defense

September 20, 2018 – The crews of the ships of the Arctic grouping of the Northern Fleet, led by the commander of the Kola Flotilla, Vice Admiral Oleg Golubev, from the side of the flagship ship – BKK “Vice Admiral Kulakov”, conducted a doctrine on anti-sabotage defense when parking in an unprotected raid. The doctrine took place during a stopover in the Vankar settlement in the Chukchi Sea, where the ships replenished the water and fuel supplies from the tanker “Sergei Osipov”. The main purpose of the exercise was to…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Lands New Radar Tower During USS George Washington Refueling and Complex Overhaul

September 21, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has completed approximately 25 percent of the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) work aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) following the recent landing of its modernized radar tower. USS George Washington is the sixth Nimitz-class ship to undergo this major life-cycle milestone and the first to have its new radar tower installed as one complete structure instead of two individual units. “This is a significant engineering, planning and construction improvement,” said Chris Miner, Newport News’…

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Black Olives 18: Mine Warfare Training in the Mediterranean

September 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – After a ramp-up phase to master the fundamental actions, the black olives tactical period will run until 28 September with the implementation of a crisis scenario in which the naval force will have to search, locate and neutralize exercise mines under the threat of enemies. “BLACK OLIVES 18 is a great training to improve the interoperability between the different units, key to the success of the operations ” explains the Captain Camelin who, with the staff of war of the mines of the French…

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Maritime Museum of San Diego Swift Boat Added to National Register of Historic Places

September 13, 2018 – Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, from sail to steam to submarine, is proud to announce that the PCF 816 (patrol craft fast) is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) and California Historical Resources. This honor includes PCF 816 Swift Boat in the official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The notice of the National Register of Historic Places announcement was presented to Maritime Museum of San Diego by the…

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Rockwell Collins to Provide MUOS SATCOM Airborne Radios

September 20, 2018 – Rockwell Collins has been awarded the first long-term contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to supply Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-capable airborne radios and ancillaries for DoD platforms including fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, ships and ground installations. A five-year agreement through the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sixth-generation ARC-210 RT-2036(C) radios begins with a base award of $82.6 million in 2018 with four option years to follow. The contract also includes fifth-generation ARC-210 radios and ancillaries, as well…

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RAF Jets Intercept Russian Bombers approaching UK Airspace

Today (20 September), RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon fighter aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to monitor two Russian planes approaching UK airspace. The Russian Blackjacks long-range bombers were not talking to air traffic control, making them a hazard to all other aviation. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Russian bombers probing UK airspace is another reminder of the very serious military challenge that Russia poses us today. We will not hesitate to continually defend our skies from acts of aggression. Once again the rapid reactions of our RAF have demonstrated…

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