French Navy 35F Helicopter Conducts SAR MIssion

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 10, rescuers from the Flottille 35F detachment in La Rochelle rescued a pregnant woman aboard a sailboat off the coast of La Rochelle. Operation dangerous given the difficult weather conditions. The mission began after a call from the ETEL Regional Operational Rescue and Surveillance Center (CROSS) at 19:05. Less than 25 minutes later, the Navy’s Dauphin helicopter took off to reach the area. The dark night and a sea 5 have considerably complicated the task of the rescuers of the flotilla. Before…

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Qintetiq to Provide Royal Navy With SAAB ASW Trainer

June 5, 2019 – QinetiQ has confirmed it has secured a new contract to provide the Royal Navy with advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training services using the latest target simulation technology from Saab. The new contract will extend QinetiQ’s long-term partnership role at the MOD’s British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) at the Kyle of Lochalsh into the training environment. Significantly, the new training service supports the Royal Navy’s forthcoming introduction of Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and will increase ASW training opportunities while also maximizing operational deployment of…

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QinetiQ to Optimize Royal Navy Gunnery Training

June 25, 2019 – QinetiQ has signed a new 5 year contract with the Royal Navy that will see the introduction of a dedicated training variant of QinetiQ’s Pointer system to optimize the effectiveness of Anti-Surface Warfare training on a wide range of weapon systems. Developed in partnership with the MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), the Pointer data analytics and measurement system provides an effective link between the Command and Control function and weapon operators to counter threats from Fast In-shore Attack Craft (FIAC). The adoption of Pointer…

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Comfort Arrives in Manta for First Medical Mission

June 27, 2019 – USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Manta, Ecuador for the first mission stop of the 2019 deployment, June 26. While in Manta, U.S. service members and medical professionals will work alongside partner and host nation medical professionals to provide much-needed medical assistance in communities with urgent health care needs, including local populations and vulnerable Venezuelans who have fled to other countries in the region. “We are absolutely thrilled and eager to begin our work here in the beautiful port of Manta,” said Capt. Brian J. Diebold,…

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Serviola Returns to Ferrol from African Deployment

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – The high-altitude patrol boat “Serviola” has returned today, Thursday, June 27, to its base in Ferrol, after having completed its four-month deployment on the west coast of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. The act of reception was chaired by the Admiral of Maritime Action, Vice Admiral Juan Luis Sobrino Pérez-Crespo. During these four months, the vessel has cooperated with the riparian African countries in the development of their capacities, visiting 11 different countries and providing training to a total of 232 members of…

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Project 19910 Nikolaj Skosyriev Launched

June 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – A solemn ceremony of launching the newest hydrographic vessel (MGS) of the project 19910 “Nikolaj Skosyriev ” intended for the Russian Navy was held at JSC Shipyard Vympel (Rybinsk) IGU project 19910 “Nikolaj Skosyriev ” has a displacement of 1,200 tons and can perform tasks at a distance of 3,500 miles from the basing points. The vessel is designed to solve a wide range of hydrographic and pilotage activities in the maritime zone. Hydrographic vessel “Nikolaj Skosyriev ” became the largest in terms of…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 1, 2019

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $42,875,328 fixed-price-incentive delivery order (N00019-19-F-2412) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001). This order provides for the procurement of 48 trailing edge flaps for F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (72%); Lucerne Switzerland (20%); Paramount, California (5%); Hot Springs, Arkansas (3%), and is expected to be completed in June 2021. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $42,875,328 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at…

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HMAS Ballarat conducts boarding

June 28, 2019 – While deployed to the Middle East Region for Operation MANITOU, HMAS Ballarat has conducted a boarding of a vessel (dhow) in international waters in the Arabian Sea. During the boarding, illicit cargo was discovered and seized which included nearly half a million rounds of small arms ammunition, and 697 bags of chemical fertilizer. The fertilizer has possible dual use for the manufacture of improvised explosives. This seizure is of significant concern to maritime security, in particular the illicit proliferation of ammunition and chemicals which could be…

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Hunter-Class Frigate Program maximises opportunities for local suppliers

June 28, 2019 – The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, is encouraging Australian businesses to back themselves and get involved in the Hunter-Class Frigate Program. The Minister welcomed advice that more than 100 Australian suppliers have attended a procurement update in Adelaide to see how they can tap into the prototyping phase of the project, which will begin in 2020. Defence industry businesses that supply minor equipment, material and services can support the first tranche of work, worth an estimated $20 million, as part of the…

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INS Tarkash Visits Alexandria

June 28, 2019 – In a demonstration of India’s commitment to its ties with Egypt and of Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at Alexandria on 28 June 2019 for a three day visit, as a part of Western Fleet Overseas Deployment program. During the visit of Tarkash, professional interactions are planned with the Egyptian Navy towards further enhancing co-operation between the two forces. In addition, calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting, cultural interactions, exchange visit of ships personnel and sharing of…

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Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

June 21, 2019 – Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize funds for, reinforce, and support the United States Coast Guard. H.R. 3409, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 (CGAA 2019), is legislation that reauthorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2021. The bill also includes regulatory…

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Littoral Combat Ship 17 (Indianapolis) Completes Acceptance Trials

June 26, 2019 – Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 17, the future USS Indianapolis, completed Acceptance Trials in Lake Michigan. This is the ship’s final significant milestone before the ship is delivered to the U.S. Navy. LCS 17 is the ninth Freedom-variant LCS designed and built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team and is slated for delivery to the Navy this year. “LCS 17 is joining the second-largest class of ships in the U.S. Navy fleet, and we are proud to get the newest Littoral Combat Ship one step closer to…

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USCGC Donald Horsley Repatriates Illegal Immigrants

June 29, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley (WPC-1117) repatriated 44 Dominican migrants and transferred them to Dominican Naval authorities Friday morning in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, following the interdiction of two illegal migrant voyages Tuesday and Wednesday in the Mona Passage. Six other migrants interdicted in both voyages are facing possible federal prosecution in Puerto Rico on charges of attempted illegal re-entry into the United States. The interdictions are the result of ongoing efforts in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Border Interagency…

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Omsk Completes Four Year Modernization

June 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of the program of the V International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2019” in Vladivostok, the nuclear submarine cruise missile (APCRM) “Omsk” was transferred to the Pacific Fleet after repair and modernization. The ceremony of handing over the repaired ship took place today at the Far East Zvezda plant in the city of Bolshoy Kamen. It was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Pacific Fleet, First Deputy Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Sergei Rekish, Deputy Fleet Commander for Arms Rear Admiral Igor Korolev, Commander…

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