USN, RAN, JMSDF & ROK Navy Launch Inaugural Exercise Pacific Vanguard

May 22, 2019 – In a first of its kind event, maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 3,000 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise takes place on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values…

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MSC Conducts First Ever Cargo Loadout in Seward

May 20, 2019 – The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) made history by conducting the first ever cargo operation by MSC in Seward, Alaska, May 16. The ship took on cargo as part of its support of the joint training exercise, Northern Edge 2019. During operations, Kaiser loaded 53 pallets of cargo that will be delivered to U.S. Navy ships participating in the exercise. Alaska’s strategic location is vital to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Being able to conduct cargo…

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UK Joint Expeditionary Force Deploys to Baltic Sea

May 20, 2019 – Royal Navy flagship HMS Albion deploys to the Baltic Sea today to lead a multinational task group in support of European security. Thousands of UK armed forces personnel will take part in the first UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) maritime deployment. HMS Albion carries the joint staff who will command the deployment – codenamed Baltic Protector – drawn from the Plymouth-based headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and the staff of the Commander of the Amphibious Task Group. It marks the first deployment of the…

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HMS Defender Fires Missile in Exercise Formidable Shield

May 20, 2019 – In a burst of fire and smoke, Royal Navy warship HMS Defender has tested her world-beating missile system off the coast of Scotland. Blasting from the Type 45 destroyer’s silo, the missile flew four times the speed of sound before obliterating an incoming drone target designed to simulate a projectile attack on the ship. It marks the first time HMS Defender has taken on this particular type of target – one that is significantly more challenging as it flies faster and lower than others before it.…

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Peeking Inside the Anatomy of a Derelict Vessel

By Doug Helton The waterways and coastlines of the U.S. are a national resource, providing critical habitat, supporting jobs and providing views and recreation, but they are also a dumping ground for sunken, abandoned, and derelict vessels. Abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) are a problem in most ports and waterways. Some are dilapidated but still afloat, and others are left stranded on shorelines or hidden just below the surface of the water. Most derelict and abandoned vessels are the result of chronic processes — rot and rust and deterioration from…

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Vessels and Corals: A Tale in American Samoa

By Robin Garcia In December 1991, Tropical Cyclone Val struck American Samoa. It was the worst cyclone to impact the Samoan Islands since the Apia cyclone of 1889. Among the devastation caused, nine fishing vessels were grounded on the coral reef in Pago Pago Harbor on Tutuila Island, the largest and most populated island in American Samoa. About 1,500 gallons of oil was released into the harbor during the grounding incident. The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii responded to the incident and performed an initial cleanup of the vessels. The…

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The North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program

On May 2, 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its counterpart in the north, Environment and Climate Change Canada, worked together to create the North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program to bolster our shared capacity to respond to marine pollution events. Much like NOAA, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) works to preserve and enhance the natural environment — including water. Canada and the U.S. share two major coastlines and the Great Lakes. During a spill response, it’s important to have an understanding of the needs…

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NATO Secretary General marks 50 years of UK submarine nuclear deterrent

May 21, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has praised the United Kingdom for maintaining a continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent for 50 years in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. “In NATO, we appreciate this enormous commitment to our shared security by generations of Royal Navy submariners and their families, by scores of dedicated support personnel in the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces and Civil Service, and by partners in industry”, the Secretary General underlined. At least one Royal Navy submarine carrying nuclear missiles has been on undersea patrol…

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Mission Clemenceau: Two sailors of the aircraft carrier in the spotlight

May 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Two sailors from aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle , Master Jonathan from Chaufferies and Master Kevin from Propulsion received a congratulatory letter from the commander on May 9 for saving the life of a six-year-old Indian boy who was drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel. After several weeks of mission between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, the aircraft carrier was in Goa at the beginning of May for an operational break and to start the dock phase of the Franco-Indian Varuna…

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Operation Inherent Resolve Deployment Returns to France

May 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – An Atlantic 2 detachment , deployed since February at the proposed air base (BAP) in the Levant, completed its mission on May 6th. Two aircraft succeeded on the BAP totaling 23 reconnaissance and surveillance missions and more than 200 hours of flight. Atlantic 2 contributed to the intelligence component of the operation. Usually dedicated to maritime missions, and in particular anti-submarine warfare, this maritime patrol aircraft is perfectly suited to ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions whose objective in this theater is to detect…

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HHI Warships on Part With International Counterparts

May 22, 2019 – The warships designed and constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are in no way inferior to their other naval counterparts. This was emphasized by HHI president and chief executive officer Sam H. Ka when asked by reporters on how the frigates, designed and constructed by the company for the Philippine Navy, can compare to similar ships being operated by more modern navies. HHI is the South Korean shipbuilder contracted to build the Philippines’ first two missile-armed frigates, one of which is the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150)…

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BRP Jose Rizal & BRP Antonio Luna First Real Philippine Combat Ships

May 21, 2019 – The missile-armed frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), which is scheduled to be launched at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea’s southeastern city of Ulsan on Thursday, is the first combat vessel to be designed and purposely acquired for the Philippine Navy (PN), whose fleet is mostly composed of second-hand ships acquired from allies. “She (BRP Jose Rizal) is the first combat ship to be designed and acquired for the PN along with her sister-ship, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) whose steel-cutting is…

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Coast Guard apprehends Pakistani Fishing Boat with 100 Kgs of Heroin

May 21, 2019 – At about 2100hrs on 19 May 2019, intelligence was received of a suspicious vessel likely to be engaged in drug trafficking in area off Indo-Pak International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) off the Gujarat Coast. Similar inputs were also received from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence on 20 May 2019. Indian Coast Guard immediately swung into action and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship Arinjay on patrol off Indo-Pak IMBL was alerted about the suspect vessel. Two additional Interceptor Boats C-437 and C-408 were also tasked from Jakhau and…

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Task Force Arrives in Indonesia for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

May 20, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has begun its engagement program in Indonesia during the final port visits before returning to Australia later this month. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle arrived in Jakarta on 18 May, with HMAS Success visiting Makassar in South Sulawesi on the same day. Commander IPE 19 Joint Task Force, Air Commodore Rick Owen says the visits are a valuable opportunity to enhance one of Australia’s most important regional defens partnerships. “We have a shared maritime border and a…

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