Future USS Charleston set for namesake city commissioning

February 26, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. ceremony, March 2, at Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Riley gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “The future…

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AN/AQS-20C Sonar System Completes Developmental Testing

February 26, 2019 – The Navy announced completion of developmental testing for the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting sonar system at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Feb. 26. The AQS-20C is the next generation of the AN/AQS-20 system designed to be incorporated into the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package. The system consists of four sonar arrays: two side-looking arrays; a gap-filler sonar array; and a forward-looking sonar array providing simultaneous detection, localization and classification of bottom mines, close-tethered moored mines and volume-moored mines. The system delivers high-definition images of…

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USS Chief Visits Jakarta

February 26, 2019 – USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 26, for a port visit. Chief is visiting Jakarta while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work with their Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) counterparts to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability. “Partnerships, especially persistent partnerships, enhance our ability to maintain peace and maritime stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. “As such, the U.S. Navy is committed to continuing to engage and work side-by-side with our Indonesian Navy partners…

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USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) Returns from Final Deployment

February 25, 2019 – The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London on Monday, Feb. 25, marking the successful completion of its final deployment. The ship’s sponsor, Dr. Carol Sawyer, a retired professor, traveled from San Diego, California to welcome the ship home and rode on the tug alongside the boat as she made her way down the Thames River to be moored at pier six of the naval base. As ship’s sponsor, she has made a point to…

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Boeing introduces new unmanned system for global defense customers

February 27, 2019 – Boeing has introduced its newest unmanned platform, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. Designed for global defense customers by Boeing Australia, it is the company’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program outside the United States. The aircraft will complement and extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft. A model of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow by the Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP. As a research and development activity, the Australian Government…

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ANZAC spirit alive and well on OCEAN EXPLORER

February 25, 2019 – HMAS Success has welcomed eight members of the Royal New Zealand Navy on board for part of the ship’s final deployment before she’s decommissioned in June. The Royal New Zealand Navy contingent, consisting of three officers and five junior sailors, jumped at the chance to sail in Success just a week after the Royal Australian Navy extended an invitation for them to join ‘Battle Tanker’ on her final voyage as a ‘Her Majesty’s Australian Ship’. Prior to sailing, the Kiwi’s relished the chance to get out and about to enjoy the…

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MOD Sealand to be innovation hotbed for Defence

February 25, 2019 – The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which develops cutting-edge science and technology to keep the UK safe from harm, has opened an office within the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in MOD Sealand in North Wales. The two MOD executive agencies have agreed to look at various new, innovative ways in which they can work together across a range of science, technology and engineering areas to make MOD equipment programmes more cost effective, more resilient for longer and better suited to the operational needs…

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Defence Opens E-Communications Platform to Defence Families

February 25, 2019 – Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester today announced Defence has extended the use of the ForceNet e-communication platform to Defence family members to improve communication with families. ForceNet connects registered users within a secure online environment, allowing families to stay up-to-date with the latest information about their member’s unit and other Defence support services. Mr Chester said Defence understands the unique demands placed on Defence members and their families. “We acknowledge the positive contribution families make to the morale, performance and retention of Australian Defence Force…

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Naval Group Australia and ASC Sign Framework Agreement for Attack Class

February 25, 2019 – Just two weeks after the Strategic Partnering Agreement was signed, pen has been put to paper on another important document for the future of Australia’s submarines. The Government today announced the formal signing of a Framework Agreement between Naval Group Australia and ASC. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Framework Agreement identified ways Naval Group Australia and ASC would collaborate for the provision of supplies and services to each other to support Australia’s sovereign submarine capability. “The Framework Agreement includes workforce development…

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First Successful METEOR Missile Shots

February 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, 13 February, at 13:30, a patrol composed of two Rafale took off from the air base Cazaux (Gironde) to make the first shot of a METEOR missile. At 20:00, a second shot was made at night. These experiments were supervised by the DGA, with the activation of a complete test device, combining security, instrumentation, the implementation of targets, and the return of the shots, from its control center located on the island of the Levant, off Hyères. The aircraft were configured and…

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FS Bretagne Placed in Active Service

February 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Fifth in a series of eight, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Brittany has just been admitted to active service by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CEMM), Admiral Prazuck. This decision marks the entry into the operational cycle of this ultra-modern building. Built in Lorient, Brittany made its first tests at sea before joining Brest, its base port, May 14, 2018. It was officially received on July 18. On August 30, Brittany left Brest to begin its Long Term Deployment ( LTP ). This is…

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Keel Laid for Project 22800 Tucha

February 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – In Tatarstan at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard for the Russian Navy laid the latest small rocket ship of the project 22800. By order of the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, the ship was given the name “Cloud”. Rear-Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov, Director General of Zelenodolsk Shipyard Alexander Karpov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan Almaz Khusainov, management of the shipbuilding corporation Ak Bars, the administration of the city of Zelenodolsk took part in the solemn ceremony of laying…

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Project Aleksandr Otrakovsky Gunnery Training in Barents Sea

February 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, the large landing ship of the Kola Flotilla of the heterogeneous forces of the Northern Fleet “Alexander Otrakovsky” went to the Barents Sea to perform a set of combat training tasks. The crew of the ship worked defeat the surface of the enemy, the suppression of the firing point of the enemy on the shore. Shooting at the coastal and surface targets conducted a combat calculation of the 57-mm artillery installation of the missile-artillery warhead of the ship. During the training exit, the…

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KONGSBERG Technology Chosen for new South African Navy Survey Ship

February 26, 2019 – Kongsberg Maritime, through its Cape Town-based business partner Unique Group, has been selected to deliver a cutting-edge integrated hydroacoustic and bridge system technology package for The Replacement of the SA Navy Hydrographic Capability Project. KONGSBERG technology will be used on a state-of-the-art new Hydrographic Survey Vessel being built by Southern African Shipyards (SAS) in Durban. Due for delivery in 2022, the new 95 metres long, 17.5 metres wide ship is billed as one of the most complex vessels to be built in South Africa and will…

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