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 kilometer. The challenge was to assess the risk of setting up an aircraft or a helicopter, often the only way to reach Tromelin, to supply the island and to take…

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Guépratte Participates in Argonaut 2019

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – The 29 and 30 May 2019, the frigate La Fayette kind Guépratte participated in the exercise Argonaut 2019. Organized by the Cyprus navy, this exercise was to implement ways to SAR ( search and rescue , SAR) from from 7 countries, during a scenario simulating the crash of an aircraft and the disappearance of a passenger ship off Cyprus. Under the control of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (the equivalent of a CROSS), this SAR exercise resulted in a complex organization of buildings and…

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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 competing this year and a regular participant in the races. Racing for SUBC is Skookumchuck, their submarine named as a tribute to British Columbia’s indigenous language Chinook Jargon, translating to…

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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 and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (23.80%); El Segundo, California (23.86%); San Diego, California (17.03%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.65%); Orlando, Florida (6.63%);…

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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 challenge. These amphibious exercises were held in littoral areas between Townsville and Cairns in the lead up the multi-national exercise TALISMAN SABRE, to be held in July. The activities demonstrated…

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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 technical management officers examined the corvettes on the stocks, evaluated the degree of readiness of the ships, and noted that the work was proceeding significantly ahead of the approved schedule.…

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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 of the causes of the tragedy,” Putin told the defense minister. “I ask you to report to me personally upon your return,” Putin said. The President offered his deep condolences…

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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 studying the seafloor and the bottom of the World Ocean in the interests of the Russian Navy after a fire broke out during bathymetric measurements,” the statement says. The fire…

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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 Guard Reserve Training Centre, Yorktown, Virginia. The incoming Director General holds a Master’s Degree in Defence & Strategic Studies from Madras University and is an alumnus of the Defence Services…

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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 for eight Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) and 12 Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) and 08 Missile-cum-Ammunition Barges have been issued to shortlisted Indian shipyards. The RFP for ACVs also includes the…

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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 years. More than 600 friends, family, serving and former serving members attended the ceremony. Among the crowd of supporters was the ship’s Launching Lady, former Newcastle City Lady Mayoress Margaret…

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Former WWII Minesweeper to Join Tall Ships Erie 2019

June 28, 2019 – A former fishing trawler used in World War II, now a tall ship, will voyage into Lake Erie for Tall Ships Erie 2019 occurring Aug. 22-25. Built in 1928 as a motorized fishing trawler of Wales, the PICTON CASTLE was given its name after the 13th century Pembrokeshire Castle located in Wales. Conscripted into the Royal Navy in WWII, the ship became a minesweeper and convoy ship. While minesweeping, a dangerous branch for ships, PICTON CASTLE lived to tell the tale of a mine exploding just…

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HMAS Success Decommissions

June 29, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Success, at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney, in a ceremony full of tradition, after more than three decades of service. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN joined 23rd and final Commanding Officer of HMAS Success, Captain Darren Grogan to pay tribute to the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, a title given to Navy’s oldest ship, and, the 5,000 men and women who served in her. “HMAS Success…

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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 many economic and geopolitical issues. This collected information contributed to the French independent assessment of this theater of operations. During this succession to the sea in the theater of operations,…

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Ventôse Cocaine Bust off Dominica

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – Committed to the fight against drug trafficking since May 23, 2019, the surveillance frigate Ventose made the interception of a Go Fast on the night of Sunday, May 26 to Monday, May 27, 2019, off the coast of Dominica . While the helicopter embarked on board is in surveillance flight, it detects, not far from a tapouille, a boat Go Fast type fast remoteness. This suspicious situation triggers the launching of the Ventôse Armed Forces speedboat by the visiting team. Then begins a chase…

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