The Most Exclusive Restaurant in the World

January 25, 2019 – You’re trapped in a watertight school bus with no windows, and the bus is submerged off the East Coast of North America, somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. There’s not much to do aside from your 8-10 hour shift each day. The only other certainty is the food. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. A time to sink your teeth into a delicious reminder of life on shore, away from the bus, er, submarine. Now, imagine if the food was terrible. Fortunately for the crew of Pre-Commissioning Unit South Dakota,…

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USS McFaul Deploys

January 25, 2019 – USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 25, on a regularly-scheduled deployment to conduct maritime security operations. The ship, and its roughly 300 Sailors, is trained and ready to conduct a wide range of tasks, to include ballistic missile defense. “The Silent Warriors of McFaul are strong, focused, resilient and self-sufficient; which is critical as we sail independently,” said Cmdr. Janet Days, McFaul’s commanding officer. “I am exceptionally proud to lead this team of navy professionals and rest assured, when called upon, McFaul will…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 28, 2019

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $56,755,269 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that provides program management support as well as engineering and integrated logistics support by the original equipment manufacturer for the post-production support phase of the T-45 aircraft lifecycle. This contract includes special tooling and test equipment, data accessibility and obsolescence identification, and resolution in addition to field services support that will provide subject matter expertise in the areas of environmental control systems, cockpit pressurization and On-Board Oxygen Generation Systems integration. Work will be performed in St. Louis,…

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Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Departs for COMPTUEX

January 28, 2019 – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) departed Naval Station Norfolk for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Jan. 25. COMPTUEX is a certification exercise that assesses a strike group’s ability to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. During COMPTUEX, ABECSG will be evaluated on their ability to integrate all assets of the strike group into a cohesive, multi-mission fighting force, and their ability to carry out sustained combat operations at sea. The…

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ST Engineering Launches Future RSS Fearless

January 26, 2019 – The Marine arm of ST Engineering has successfully launched the final of eight Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs), Fearless, that the Group has designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The launching ceremony was officiated by Mr Heng Chee How, Senior Minister of State for Defence, at its Benoi shipyard, where all eight vessels were built. In accordance with naval tradition, the spouse of Mr Heng, Mrs Heng Soon Poh, was the lady sponsor to name and launch the final LMV. Senior officials from…

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ITS Spartaco Schergat Launched by Fincantieri in Genoa

January 26, 2019 – The launching ceremony of the “Spartaco Schergat” frigate, the ninth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels – Multi Mission European Frigates, took place today at the integrated shipyard of Riva Trigoso (Genoa). The 10 FREMM vessels have been commissioned to Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program under the coordination of OCCAR (Organization Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms). Godmother of the ceremony was Mrs. Anna Rosa Aonzo Grillo, daughter of the Golden…

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Boeing Receives $2.4 Billion P-8A Poseidon Contract

January 28, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $2.4 billion production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes 10 aircraft to add to the current inventory of P-8As in the U.S. Navy fleet, all five jets currently under contract for Norway and the four aircraft remaining for the existing United Kingdom contract, bringing the total United Kingdom acquisition to nine aircraft. The United Kingdom and Norway are acquiring the Boeing aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales process and will receive a variant designed…

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FS Cassard Makes Port Call in Mumbai

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate (AAF), deployed in the Indian Ocean, docked at the Naval Base in Mumbai, India. Symbol of increased cooperation between Paris and New Delhi, this French stopover is the first of a foreign building in this military base. Left Toulon November 5, the Cassard has been deployed for three months in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean under the operational command of the Commander of the Indian Ocean Zone (ALINDIEN). Before his stopover, the Cassard had…

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CACI Showcasing Solutions at WEST 2019

January 29, 2019 – CACI International Inc announced today it will showcase solutions to support the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Community at the WEST 2019 Conference hosted by AFCEA and U.S. Naval Institute on February 13-15, 2019 in San Diego, CA. In keeping with this year’s conference theme – “Sharpening the Competitive Edge: Are We Ready to Compete, Deter and Win Globally?” – CACI will demonstrate leading-edge solutions that enhance military readiness and resiliency to stay ahead of evolving threats. “Sharpening the Competitive Edge: Are We Ready to Compete, Deter and…

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HII Newport News Shipbuilding Delivers First Transformational Aircraft Carrier 3-D Metal Part

January 29, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has achieved a milestone in the integration of additive manufacturing into the design and fabrication of components for nuclear-powered warships. The company has delivered the first 3-D-printed metal part to the U.S. Navy for installation on an aircraft carrier. The milestone was recognized during a brief ceremony today at Naval Station Norfolk. The part was presented to Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, Naval Sea Systems Command’s chief engineer and deputy commander for ship design, integration, and naval engineering. The part—a…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 29, 2019

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is awarded $13,067,576 for contract modification P00006 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00030-18-C-0005) for sustainment of the U.S. and United Kingdom SSBN Fire Control System; and the U.S. SSGN Attack Weapon Control System, including training and support equipment and research and development. The work will be performed in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (97.50 percent); and other various locations less than one percent each (2.50 percent), with an expected completion date of December 2020. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,004,025;…

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USS Chung-Hoon Conducts Second Drug Bust in a Month

January 29, 2019 – While conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of illicit narcotics aboard a stateless vessel, Jan. 24. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized 4,700 kilograms of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding. This is the second such interdiction within a month. The Chung-Hoon seized over 5,000 kilograms of hashish while patrolling the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 27, 2018. “What I’m most proud of is the synergy between our…

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Baltic Fleet Ka-27PLs Conduct ASW Training

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The crews of decked anti-submarine helicopters Ka-27PL of the naval aviation of the Baltic Fleet, as part of the planned exercise, completed the tasks of searching, tracking and destroying the enemy submarine in the sea range According to the plan of the exercise, an unidentified submarine was located in the sea lanes area, the crew of which was assigned the task of disrupting the sea lanes of the Baltic Fleet. To detect the target, naval aviation helicopters of the Ka-27PL fleet were sent to…

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RFS Kasimov Trains in the Black Sea

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of the planned training, the small anti-submarine ship “Kasimov” of the Novorossiysk military naval base (naval base) of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) made an exit to the sea training grounds for combat training purposes. In the course of the training, the sailors carried out a set of measures to organize the air defense of the ship, carried out the search and tracking of air targets, and also conducted artillery firing at air targets simulating the attack of a conventional enemy aerial…

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Two Project 1241s Conduct Missile and Gun Firing Training in Barents Sea

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – Small anti-submarine ships of the Northern Fleet “Brest” and “Jung” carried out a complex of artillery and anti-aircraft missile firing in the Barents Sea in accordance with the combat training plan. The combat calculations of the missile-artillery combat units of the ships worked on firing from the AK-176 artillery, AK-630 rapid-fire guns and the Osa-M anti-aircraft missile system. Sailors successfully hit surface, coastal and aerial targets. Special attention was paid to conducting an air defense exercise with the implementation of practical firing of anti-aircraft…

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