Russian Cruiser and Chinese Frigate Arrive Cape Town for Exercise

November 25, 2019 – The South African navy is hosting the Multinational Maritime Exercise with Russia and China in Cape Town. It is the first trilateral exercise between the three countries and is scheduled to take place off the southern coast of South Africa over the period of November 25-30. The exercise is primarily focused on maritime economic security, interoperability and maintaining the good relations between the participating navies. The week-long exercise is intended to demonstrate a “multinational willingness to ensure regional maritime peace, security and stability,” according to the…

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USCGC Polar Star Departs for Operation Deep Freeze 2020

November 26, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed Tuesday commencing their annual deployment to Antarctica where the cutter and crew will support Operation Deep Freeze 2020, a joint military service mission to resupply U.S. interests in Antarctica. “We set out today on an important mission, saying goodbye to the friends and families who have supported us and our ship for the past seven-months since we returned from Operation Deep Freeze 2019,” said Capt. Gregory Stanclik, commanding officer of the Polar Star. “We are looking forward…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 27, 2019

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a $521,996,409 undefinitized contract modification (P00070) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee and fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-17-C-0010). This modification provides performance based logistics sustainment in support of the F-35 Lightning II F135 propulsion system for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (73%); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (18%); Camari, Italy (3%); Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (2%); Edwards Air Force Base,…

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Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk Returns to Key West

November 27, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) returned to their homeport of Key West following a 75-day patrol throughout the Caribbean Sea in support of U.S. Southern Command Joint Interagency Task Force South and the Coast Guard 7th District. During the patrol, the Mohawk crew interdicted three suspected drug vessels, detained 15 suspected drug smugglers and seized more than 5,500 pounds of cocaine. The cutter crew conducted a joint-operation with the Royal Netherlands Navy for one of the interdictions, to help strengthen international partnerships and interoperability in the…

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Boxer ARG Returns to San Diego

November 27, 2019 – Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to San Diego November 27 following a successful seven-month deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet operating areas. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the Boxer ARG and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce while operating forward. “The ARG and MEU team trained hard for this deployment and proved we were ready to operate together as a…

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JS Sendai Observes Another Illegal North Korean Fuel Transfer

November 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – On November 13th (Wednesday), the North Korean flagged tanker “MU BONG 1” (IMO number: 8610461) and an unregistered vessel were on the high seas of the East China Sea (about 280 km east of Shanghai). Escort ship “Sendai” (Maizuru) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 14th escort team confirmed that they were laid down (sideways). Both ships were engaged (sideways) and connected with a hose, so they may have been engaged in some kind of work. As a result of the government’s overall judgment,…

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Aircraft Carrier Cavour Exits Drydock During F-35B Upgrade

November 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Cavour aircraft carrier out of the dry dock “Edgardo Ferrati” of the Naval Arsenal of Taranto, after having completed the work of careening began last July 20. From December 2018 the aircraft carrier of the Navy is continuing the modernization and restructuring works, including the important periodic careening operation in addition to the metallization of the flight deck to contain the thermodynamic impacts of the F 35B aircraft. The work on the hull was carried out by applying a cutting-edge painting cycle in…

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FS Bougainville Begins SURMAR Patrol After Crew Change

November 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – With the MARARA 2019 exercise just completed, the Bravo crew from the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Bougainville deployed again across the Tuamotu Archipelago (west of Tahiti) until ‘on the fringes of the French exclusive economic zone for a maritime surveillance mission mission (SURMAR). A valuable tool for assistance operations in the event of a natural disaster in a coastal environment, the BSAOM has significant cargo transport capacities (up to six twenty-foot containers, or five TRM- type trucks and three light-duty vehicles), as…

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Jean Bart Completes Operational Tasking in Arabian Gulf

November 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Under the operational control of ALINDIEN, Jean Bart will have carried out a presence and patrol mission in an area from the Arabian-Persian Gulf to the north of the Arabian Sea. It will have contributed to the surveillance of maritime activity around the Strait of Hormuz among others, which is of an eminently strategic nature and also contributes to the autonomous assessment of the situation of France in this region. Also regularly involved in the Combined Task Force 150 dedicated to the fight against…

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Viet Nam Launches White Paper on National Defense

November 26, 2019 – The 2019 White Paper on Việt Nam National Defence highlights peace and self-defence as basic principles of the country’s defence policy. At the launching ceremony for the paper in Hà Nội on Monday, Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Nguyễn Chí Vịnh said the paper defines Việt Nam’s viewpoint on national safeguarding. “Việt Nam respects independence, sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and benefits of all nations in accordance with international law, and the country persistently struggles and settles all disputes via peaceful means based on…

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Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Signs EPC Contract with Swedish Coast Guard

On the first gallery image (from left to right): Stefan Bergqvist (Contract manager, KBV), Henrik Jonsson (Director of Engineering and Logistic Support Department KBV), Flip van der Waal (Managing director Oskarshamnsvarvet), Tobias Larsson (Project manager KBV), Thomas Etelämäki (Assistant project manager / chief engineer KBV) November 22, 2019 – Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Kustbevakningen, the Swedish Coastguard (KBV), for a modernization and modification project on the vessel KBV 181. The vessel was built as a patrol boat, but will after modification serve…

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SAMINavantia Launches On-Job Training Program

November 24, 2019 – SAMI Navantia Naval Industries, a joint project between Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia S.A., has launched its On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, on the sidelines of the First Saudi International Maritime Forum 2019 (SIM), which is taking place from 24-26 November in Riyadh, Under the patronage of Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. The first batch of the trainees includes 11 Saudi male and female engineers, who recently enrolled in the SAMINavantia OJT program, which kicked off…

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Monument to Mine Warfare Personnel to Open in Portsmouth

A monument in the form of a bronze statue will be unveiled at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth next year to pay tribute to the Royal Navy’s mine warfare and diving history. More than £250,000 has been raised to find the one-and-a-quarter life size monument, created by sculptor Mark Richards. The sculpture, which will be revealed on March 25 2020, will stand in one of the pools at Gunwharf, formerly the home of HMS Vernon. Vernon started life in 1876 as a training establishment accommodated on board ships afloat in Portsmouth.  In…

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Royal Navy Persian Gulf MCM Force Marks 10th Anniversary

November 20, 2019 – Few units have been busier and endured more punishing climatic conditions on a regular basis than the five-strong ‘flotilla’ under the direction of the UK Mine Counter-Measures Force, operating in the Gulf since the autumn of 2009. The Royal Navy has maintained a permanent mine warfare force in Bahrain since 2007 when it dispatched two Sandown-class ships to the kingdom. They were soon joined by a couple of Hunt-class minehunters and then, to sustain operations at sea in Gulf for lengthy periods, a Bay-class support ship…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 26, 2019

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $831,008,187 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides for the production and delivery of 15 lot 14 F-35A aircraft and associated red gear in support of the Government of Australia. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (59%); El Segundo, California (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Cameri, Italy (4%); Orlando, Florida (4%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); Baltimore, Maryland (3%); San Diego, California (2%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (2%),…

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