Project 677 Star Attraction at Main Naval Parade in St Petersburg

July 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The newest non-nuclear submarine “Kronstadt” (project 677, type “Lada”), which was installed on the Neva roads in the front line of ships, caused great interest among the guests and residents of the northern capital who arrived at the Main Naval Parade. The Kronstadt diesel-electric submarine was built at the Admiralty shipyards as part of the military shipbuilding program in order to equip a non-nuclear submarine-leaving Russian Navy. The diesel-electric submarine was moored in a raid on special mooring devices “barrels” in St. Petersburg at…

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CGI to Develop electronic Procurement System (ePS) for USN/USMC

July 30, 2019 – CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announced it has been awarded a 10-year, $222.9 million contract by the Space and Naval War Systems Command (SPAWAR) Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems to develop the electronic Procurement System (ePS), an end-to-end contract writing system that will provide U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel with standardized, comprehensive contract and procurement management for services, supplies, construction and grants. Under the contract, the Navy and Marine Corps will use CGI’s proprietary Momentum® Acquisitions software to process all of the Navy…

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USS Seawolf Completes TSRA

July 25, 2019 – USS Seawolf (SSN 21) project team, ship’s force and Trident Refit Facility-Bangor worked tirelessly together to complete a Total Ship Readiness Assessment on July 5. The project team performed a repair of the external hull penetration and with assistance from TRF, an emergent repair to correct a port rod meter— which indicates the speed of the boat—was completed, ensuring on-time completion of the TSRA. The Seawolf project team is actively planning the next availability. “The team excelled in executing and completing emergent work protocol on Seawolf,”…

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Sevastopol Shipyard to Refit Project 636.3 Veliky Novgorod

July 26, 2019 (TASS) – The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarine Veliky Novgorod has arrived at the Sevastopol Shipyard for repairs, a source in Crimea’s defense circles told TASS on Friday. “The Sevastopol shipbuilders will carry out planned dockside repairs of the Veliky Novgorod,” the source said. On July 18, the Sevastopol Shipyard (part of the Zvyozdochka Ship Repair Center within Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation) completed the dockside overhaul of the submarine Novorossiysk. As reported earlier, the Black Sea Fleet’s other submarines of this project, the…

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USS Michigan Begins 17-Month Refit Period

July 26, 2019 – USS Michigan (SSGN 727) docked on July 10 to begin a 17-month Extended Refit Period which will end in 2020. Work during this availability includes battery replacement, structural repair and preservation, shaft replacement, other propulsion plant inspections and improvements, and installation of several new alterations. Critical path work for the ERP will be the structural repairs and preservation of the superstructure and ballast tanks. Maintenance availabilities are a key element in maintaining an agile and modern fleet that is able to remain on station for long…

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Weilheim Deploys From Kiel for SNMCMG1

July 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10 clock, the mine hunting boat “Weilheim” will leave the home port Kiel. Over the next four and a half months, the 3rd Mine Search Squadron boat will be under the responsibility of the NATO Mine Defense Association SNMCMG 1 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1), which is led by a Danish staff officer. Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Sebastian Sauer (33), the 43-strong crew makes after a two-week sea phase initially on the way to the…

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Compact Swaging Machine Makes Fleet Debut

July 24, 2019 – The fleet’s oldest aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), became the first to deploy in June with the highly anticipated Compact Swaging Machine (CSM), which eliminates the time and manpower-intensive socket pouring process for producing purchase cable terminals. On the carrier’s flight deck, these critical components connect to arresting gear wires, which transmit the intense force of landing aircraft to below-deck arresting gear engines, bringing it to a controlled stop in less than 400 feet. The CSM was developed by the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment…

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Carlyle Group and Stellex Capital Management Acquire Vigor

July 25, 2019 – The combined company will create a bicoastal leader in critical ship repair services and commercial and defense-related fabrication services. Key customers include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, Boeing, cruise lines, fishing fleets, barges and ferry services for local and state governments, and other key commercial and defense customers. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed. Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor, said,…

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US Navy Contracts for July 30, 2019

Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems Inc. Austin, Texas, is awarded a $39,920,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the sustainment and upgrade of the Common Aviation Command and Control System Virtual Air Defense System Integrator. The program is managed within the portfolio of Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. Work will be performed in Austin, Texas, and is expected to be completed by July 29, 2024. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $2,188,092 will be obligated on the first delivery order immediately following contract…

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HMS Albion Home From the Baltic

July 19, 2019 – After just over two months in the Baltic Sea HMS Albion, the Fleet Flagship, has returned to her home port of HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth. Returning on a grey, rainy day in Plymouth didn’t dampen the spirits of the waiting families and friends of the ship’s company. Over 400 of them were gathered on the jetty to wave the ship in as she sailed into Devonport Naval Base this morning. The ship has completed her first Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Maritime Task Group mission…

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Patrol Boat Preview for Timor-Leste Delegation

July 22, 2019 – Senior officers and officials of Timor-Leste’s military – Falantil Forcas Defesa de Timor Lorosae (F-FDTL) – and Defence Department previewed their future patrol boat during a recent visit to the Republic of Tuvalu’s new Guardian Class Patrol Boat Te Mataili II in Cairns. Te Mataili II is the second Guardian Class Patrol Boat built by Western Australian shipbuilder Austal under a contract that will see 23 ships built for Timor-Leste and 12 Pacific island nations over four years. The patrol boats are being gifted by Australia,…

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Navy Ends Search for Missing Abraham Lincoln Man Overboard

July 19, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has ended its search and rescue efforts for Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, who is believed to have gone overboard from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the morning of Jul. 17. Following a man overboard report on Jul. 17 the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 and Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigate Méndez Núñez conducted search and rescue operations in…

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NATO Statement on Iran’s Seizure of Two Ships in the Strait of Hormuz

July 20, 2019 – We condemn the seizure of two commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz. This represents a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation. We urge Iran to immediately release the ships and their crew. The UK has made clear that their priority is to address the situation through dialogue and diplomacy. NATO supports all diplomatic efforts to resolve this situation. All Allies remain concerned by Iran’s destabilizing activities.

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NATO Frigate Groups Change Flagships in Rota

July 29, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) both transitioned flagship duties during a port visit to Rota, on July 26. SNMG1 flagship duties were transferred from the US guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) to the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and for SNMG2, flagship duties were transferred from Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto, to HMCS Halifax. Both Rear Adm. Edward Cashman, Commander of SNMG1, and Commodore Josée Kurtz, Commander of SNMG2 will continue commanding their groups until the end…

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