Astrolable Undertakes Bird Hazard Assessment Mission on Tromelin Island

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 17 to 21 June 2019, the Astrolabe polar patrol boat embarked a dozen people from the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF), including three experts from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and a squadron helicopter Squirrel to drive an assessment mission of the bird hazard on this islet of one square…

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Skookumchuck Races at Carderock

June 28, 2019 – A road trip from British Columbia, Canada, to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division planned on Google Maps takes roughly 44 hours. University of British Columbia’s submarine team SUBC did not let the length of a cross-country drive deter them from competing in the 2019 International Human-Powered Submarine Races. SUBC is one of eight international teams…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 2, 2019

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $348,223,161 for modification P00019 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification is for production non-recurring, special tooling and special test equipment in support of low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) partners…

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Sea Series delivers a series of firsts

June 29, 2019 – In 2005, the then Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, described amphibious warfare as “the most complex proposition for the future of Australian Defence Force combat power development to 2025.” Fourteen years later in Exercises SEA EXPLORER and SEA RAIDER, Navy and the broader Australian Defence Force have demonstrated how they’ve stepped up to the…

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Project 20381 Aldar Tsydenzhapov to Launch in August

July 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant PJSC in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the delegation of the Pacific Fleet familiarized itself with the construction of the newest corvettes of the project 20380 “Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov” and “Sharp” at the facilities. Deputy Armed Forces Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Igor Korolev and fleet…

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Putin orders Defence Chief to fly to Severomorsk to ensure probe into submersible fire

July 2, 2019 (TASS) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to fly to Severomorsk to ensure a thorough investigation into the reasons behind the fire aboard a Russian navy submersible. “I ask you to fly to Severomorsk in order to personally listen to the reports and to aim the commission to get to the bottom…

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Fourteen sailors die in submersible vehicle in Russian waters on July 1

July 2, 2019 (TASS) – Fourteen submariners died in a fire that broke out in a submersible vehicle in Russian waters on July 1, the Defense Ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday. “On July 1, fourteen submariners – sailors died in Russian territorial waters as a result of inhaling combustion products aboard a research submersible vehicle designated for…

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Shri Krishnaswamy Natarajan Becomes 23rd Chief of Indian Coast Guard

June 30, 2019 – Shri Krishnaswamy Natarajan took over as 23rd chief of Indian Coast Guard here today. A 5th Batch Officer of the Indian Coast Guard, he joined the service in January 1984. During the initial years, he specialized in select core competencies viz. Search and Rescue as well as Maritime Safety and Port Operations, at the US Coast…

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India Issues RFPs for Navy & Coast Guard Shipbuilding

July 1, 2019 – In a significant development in the indigenous shipbuilding, Ministry of Defence has issued four shipbuilding Requests for Proposal (RFP) amounting to Rs 15,000 crore for the acquisition of various ships and craft for the Navy and the Coast Guard. While the RFP for six Next Generation Missile Vessels (NGMVs) has been issued to seven shipyards, RFPs…

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HMAS Newcastle Decommissioned

July 2, 2019 – The last Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Newcastle, was decommissioned at a rousing ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney on Sunday. Living up to the ship’s motto ‘enterprise’, the event was a celebration of Newcastle’s dedicated service to the Navy and the Nation over nearly 26…

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FS Aconit Relieves Sister Guépratte on SIGINT Duty in Eastern Mediterranean

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 22, 2019, the Guépratte was relieved by the light stealth frigate Aconit to ensure operational permanence in the eastern Mediterranean area. Deployed since April in the eastern Mediterranean as part of Operation Chammal, the light-weight frigate Guépratte has carried out an intelligence gathering mission in this strategic area, at the crossroads of…

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