Navy takes delivery of future USS Charleston (LCS 18)

August 31, 2018 – The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Charleston (LCS 18) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard Aug. 31. The delivery marks the official transfer of LCS-18 from the Austal USA-led shipbuilding team to the Navy. It is the final milestone before commissioning, which is yet to be finalized. “Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Charleston, as transfer occurs to the Navy and she enters service,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program manager. “I…

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USS Michael Murphy & a P-8A Taking Part in Exercise Kakadu

August 30, 2018 – USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft joined opening ceremonies for Exercise Kakadu in Darwin, Aug. 31. Hosted biennially by the Royal Australian Navy, Kakadu is a key multilateral exercise that brings many regional navies together to train and cooperate at sea. This year, Kakadu includes 23 ships and submarines, 21 aircraft and more than 3,000 personnel and observers from 27 nations. Michael Murphy and the P-8A from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 will participate in all phases of the…

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HII Reaches 50% Completion in Construction of Future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

August 31, 2018 – Newport News Shipbuilding division reached the midpoint in the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN 79) following the installation of one of the largest units on the ship. Weighing approximately 905 metric tons, the unit is one of the heaviest of the planned steel structures, known as superlifts, that will be joined together to make up the second ship in the Gerald R. Ford class. The superlift of the aft section of the ship between the hangar bay and flight deck is 80 feet long,…

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Regional partnerships on show at exercise Kakadu

August 31, 2018 – Australia’s role as a regional security partner will be highlighted in the coming weeks with the largest regional maritime exercise of its kind beginning today in the Northern Territory. Held biennially, Exercise Kakadu is a joint exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. More countries are attending this year than ever before, with 23 ships, 21 aircraft, a submarine and more than 3000 personnel from 27 nations participating in a range of activities both ashore in Darwin and…

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Sri Lanka Navy Ceremonially Takes Over USCGC Sherman in Honolulu

August 28, 2018 – The Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe officially took over the Ex-USCG “Sherman” into Sri Lanka Navy in a ceremony held at Honolulu, Hawaii, United States yesterday (27th August). The name for the new ship has yet to be announced. The USCGC “Sherman” is the second US Coast Guard Ship provided to SLN by the US government after a lapse of time where the initial vessel provided is presently serving as SLNS Samudura in the SL Naval fleet. The USCGC Sherman is a 115m long ship…

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USS Anchorage Departs Sri Lanka

August 31, 2018 – United States Naval Ship “Anchorage” which arrived at the port of Trincomalee on last 24th Aug. for a training tour, departed the island on 28th August on completion of a successful tour. Sri Lanka Navy made customary farewell to the departing ship, in compliance with naval traditions.The crew of the ship which was on a four day training tour, conducted a joint training exercise with the Naval personnel of Marine Force of Sri Lanka Navy at the Marine Force Headquarters in Sampoor, on 25th August. During the exercise, number of…

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British-armed F-35B Lightning jet takes to the skies

Britain’s new stealth fighter jet, the F-35B Lightning, has carried out its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, showcasing the major role that the UK plays in the supersonic aircraft and bringing it a step closer to operations on the frontline. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew revealed that a British F-35 Lightning jet reached the landmark milestone whilst he was on a visit to the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in Wales. The Welsh site is set to become a global repair hub for the cutting-edge aircraft, providing crucial maintenance,…

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New Caledonia: D’Entrecasteaux in support of a hydrographic mission

August 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – From August 17 to 27, 2018, the D’Entrecasteaux multi-mission building (B2M) supported the Pacific Oceanographic Group (GOP). Deployed in the Chesterfields i , the objective of this mission was to recover hydrographic data in these still badly watered or even non-hydrographed waters. For this purpose, personnel and equipment (boats, tide gauges, GPS station) were embarked aboard the B2M. The main asset for this mission is the loading of a GOP star equipped with a multibeam sounder and capable of performing accurate and faster hydrographic…

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Dstl scientists take to the high seas on HMS Queen Elizabeth

August 30, 2018 – As HMS Queen Elizabeth makes her way across the Atlantic deploying for her longest sea trial to date, a pair of scientists from the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are on-board as part of an analytic research team. Dstl has been involved in the development of HMS Queen Elizabeth for the past 20 years, starting with the original study to replace the Invincible light carrier fleet. Dstl helped to define the size and shape of the ship and a specialist team investigated ship-air integration, which…

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Indian Naval ship Sahyadri Reaches Darwin for Exercise KAKADU 2018

August 30, 2018 – After having been deployed to the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean for over four months, which included representing Indian Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii, INS Sahyadri entered the Port of Darwin, Australia on 29 Aug 18 to participate in Exercise KAKADU 2018. Exercise KAKADU, which started in 1993, is the premier multilateral regional maritime engagement exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).The exercise is held biennially in…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 31, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $81,030,000 not-to-exceed modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N00019-18-F-0584 issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of air vehicle initial spares for the F-35 Lightning III aircraft, including afloat spares packages, Marine Corps quick engine change kits, and associated consumables to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for Navy and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas 24.4 percent); El Segundo, California (9.1 percent); Owego, New York…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 30, 2018

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a ceiling price $805,318,853 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract to provide the design, development, fabrication, test, verification, certification, delivery, and support of four MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integration into the carrier air wing to provide an initial operational capability to the Navy. The work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (45.5 percent); Indianapolis, Indiana (6.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.1 percent); Quebec, Canada (3.1 percent); Palm Bay, Florida (2.3 percent); San Diego, California (1.5 percent); and various locations inside and outside the continental…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 29, 2018

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a five-year performance-based logistics contract (N00383-18-D-PH01) in the amount of $59,717,916 for support of the CH-53 and V-22 Forward Looking Infrared System. The first delivery order for the first year of the contract will be issued concurrently with the award of the basic contract in the amount of $15,971,160. Work will be performed by the contractor in McKinney, Texas (50 percent); El Segundo, California (45 percent); and Jacksonville, Florida (5 percent). Fiscal 2018 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $15,971,160 will be…

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Russia’s Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

August 30, 2018 – The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports. Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize Ukraine, as well as its disregard for international norms. The United States supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its…

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