HMS Enterprise Honors Wartime Wrecks

February 28,2019 – The rainbow colored ‘bar’ in these images give no clue to the tragedy which they disguise. This is the wreck of wartime submarine HMS Vandal, resting on the seabed off the Isle of Arran as she has done for the past 76 years – as seen through the underwater ‘eyes’ of HMS Enterprise. The boat was lost on trials in February 1943 – just four days after she was commissioned – entombing all 37 men aboard. Vandal’s wreck was only discovered by minehunters HMS Hurworth 25 years…

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Yaroslav Mudriy Undergoing Post-Refit Trials

March 1 2019 (Google Translation) – The crew of the Baltic Fleet patrol ship “Yaroslav Mudriy” in the course of planned exercises in combat training grounds at sea carried out electronic launches from the Uran missile system and air defense systems on ships and aerial targets of the enemy. The exit of the ship to the Baltic Sea was carried out within the framework of working out the second course task K-2. In the course of solving the problems of conducting a sea battle with ships, the specialists of the…

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USS Donald Cook Departs the Black Sea

March 1, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its previously announced southbound international straits transit of the Bosphorous, en route to the Mediterranean Sea March 1 after conducting maritime security operations in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea, the ship conducted operations at sea with the Turkish Navy and completed a port visit to Odesa, Ukraine in support of our NATO allies and regional partners. “There is no substitute for the forward presence provided by USS Donald Cook and our other forward-deployed DDGs stationed in Rota,”…

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USS Zumwalt arrives in British Columbia for port visit

March 11, 2019 – The namesake of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in Esquimalt, March 11. “We are excited for this opportunity to visit Canada and further strengthen the close partnership between our navies and communities,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer. “By working together with partners like the Royal Canadian Navy, we help ensure the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.” The visit is an opportunity for the crew to experience the hospitality of the Canadian port, as…

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F-35C Achieves Initial Operational Capability

February 28, 2019 – The Commander, Naval Air Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation jointly announced that the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, met all requirements and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The Feb. 28 announcement comes shortly after the Department of the Navy’s first F-35C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completed aircraft carrier qualifications aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and received Safe-For-Flight Operations Certification. In order to declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly…

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First Steel Cut for Qatari OPV by Fincantieri

February 27, 2019 – The steel cutting ceremony of the first patrol vessel (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel)ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. In the awarding of this prestigious contract, Fincantieri has prevailed over other competitors thanks to a project recognized as the most advanced and innovative of all and an experience gained in the construction of hi-tech vessels. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply…

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Royal Australian Navy Retiring Bell 429 Helicopters

February 28, 2019 – The last Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter is making its final public appearance at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon, Victoria, this week. Originally commissioned into service in 2012, Navy’s 723 Squadron operated the Bell 429s to maintain and develop the skills of junior helicopter aircrew. “We trained junior aircrew in the Bell 429 to improve and maintain their skills,” said Pilot Training instructor Lieutenant Cliff Gaudie. “The Bells were great little helicopters that enabled young naval Pilots and aircrew the chance to hone…

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Harrison Talks About ‘Not Quite Dead’ Ships at Carderock

James Harrison, the director of the Expeditionary Warfare Ship Division at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), was at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division on Feb. 13 presenting a brown-bag lecture on damaged ships that just were not ready to sink. Titled “I’m Not Quite Dead Yet,” the lecture focused on ships that sustained large amounts of damage and kept operating. In addition to the presentation being interesting and humorous, Harrison hoped that it would also highlight why survivability is an important factor to consider in naval ship design. One…

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Little Creek Taking Big Steps for Technical Excellence

February 28, 2019 – The engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division’s Combatant Craft Division (CCD) in Little Creek, Virginia, are faced with a good problem to have: they are being asked to do more of the work they love. The concern for Carl Casamassina, senior principal naval architect and marine engineer, is how CCD will grow to meet workload demands without sacrificing quality. CCD is a detachment of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, and the center of expertise for high-performance boats and crafts. Any solutions to…

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Transfer of AP-3C Orion A09-659 to the Australian War Memoria

February 28, 2019 – The Australian War Memorial will become home to the AP-3C Orion aircraft with tail number A09-659, preserving the heritage of this significant aircraft. Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today presented the AP-3C Orion aircraft to Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson AO at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon. Chester said the aircraft’s missions included long-range maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface unit warfare and search and survivor supply. “Since the A09-659 aircraft arrived in Australia in July 1985, it has performed…

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Newcastle Patrols Bass Strait Oil Rigs

February 28, 2019 – While transiting to Western Australia for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019, the guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle separated from the OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group to undertake patrols of key oil infrastructure in the Bass Strait as part of Navy’s national maritime security commitment. Newcastle’s Commanding Officer, Commander Anita Sellick, described the importance of the patrols to the security of Australian maritime resources. “Royal Australian Navy ships and aircraft routinely patrol key oil and gas infrastructure as we undertake transits throughout the nation’s exclusive economic zone,” Commander Sellick…

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Thales Designing AWWS Fire Control for Belgian & Dutch M-Class Replacements

February 28, 2019 – The current multi-purpose frigates in service of the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Belgian Navy are reaching the end of their lifecycle. The next generation will replace these two Dutch and two Belgian M-frigates as of 2024. Although their primary role will be anti-submarine warfare, the new frigates must be able to independently defend themselves as well as nearby units against air and surface threats. For this purpose, they will be equipped with a state-of-the-art surface warfare fire control system, called AWWS. The development of AWWS…

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RFS Admiral Essen Deploys to Mediterranean

February 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – In accordance with the combat training plan, the frigate “Admiral Essen” of the Black Sea Fleet left Sevastopol and headed for the Black Sea straits. After passing the straits, the ship will act as part of the permanent grouping of the Russian Navy in the long-range operational zone. In preparation for the march at the station of permanent deployment and at sea, the crew of the frigate conducted various exercises in accordance with the training courses of surface ships of the Navy. The frigate…

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ARA Bahia Agradable Deploys to Antarctic

February 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Sunday morning the ARA notice “Pleasant Bay” sailed from Dársena “E” of the Port of Buenos Aires in direct defeat to the white continent to carry out tasks to support the Antarctic Summer Campaign (CAV) 2018/19 . At the wharf was dismissed by the Joint Antarctic Commander (COCOANTAR), Division General Justo Francisco Treviranus, and the Commander of the Maritime Patrol Division, Captain Marcelo Alejandro Dalle Nogare, along with heads of the National Directorate of the Antarctic. The notice, as a component unit of…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Odessa

February 27, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odessa, Ukraine Feb. 27 after completing a scheduled port visit as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between U.S., Ukrainian, and other European representatives, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy to the Commander Ambassador Philip…

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