RH Marine allows future naval officers to train more realistically and extensively

October 31, 2019 – Future naval officers being trained at the Dutch Royal Institute for the Navy (KIM) in Den Helder can from now on train their navigation skills more realistically and extensively. In addition to the KIM, the Navy Sailing School also makes use of the navigation simulators. The new Rhodium WECDIS trainer provided by RH Marine makes it possible to practice several scenarios with multiple students at the same time in the training station. Thanks to the collaboration with VSTEP Simulations, this takes place in a virtual environment.…

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Blue Canyon Technologies Joins Forces with the Naval Research Laboratory and the UK Ministry of Defence for Space Weather Demonstration Mission

October 31, 2019 – Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) today announced that it has been selected by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to support a combined initiative between the US Department of the Navy and the UK Ministry of Defence for a demonstration mission called CIRCE. CIRCE, which stands for Coordinated Ionospheric Reconstruction CubeSat Experiment, will utilize two 6U CubeSats flying in tandem formation in low-Earth orbit (LEO) to measure the ionosphere and radiation environment space from multiple vantage points. The BCT-built CubeSats will…

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USS The Sullivans CNO Availability Completed On Time

October 30, 2019 – USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) successfully completed sea trials and her Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availability Oct. 24, one day ahead of schedule, despite the project losing two weeks in September due to Hurricane Dorian. “Planning and teamwork were instrumental,” said Capt. John Lobuono, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) commanding officer. “All the stakeholders, including our industry partners BAE Systems and Jacksonville Ship Repair, came together right after the contract was awarded, and their continuous dialogue and teamwork allowed the team to resolve issues quickly…

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First Poseidon aircraft delivered to the RAF

October 31, 2019 – The MOD is investing £3 billion in nine state-of-the-art jets which will enhance the UK’s tracking of hostile maritime targets, protect the British continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and play a central role in NATO missions across the North Atlantic. Following an unveiling ceremony in Seattle, the aircraft was flown to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida where RAF personnel are being trained to operate the aircraft. On arrival Michelle Sanders, DE&S Delivery Team Leader, signed the paperwork to formally transfer the aircraft, named Pride of Moray,…

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HNLMS Groningen Intercepts 330 Kilo Cocaine Shipment

October 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Groningen intercepted a drug transport in the early morning of 19 October. To the west of Aruba, the patrol ship managed to stop a so-called go fast-speed boat with 330 kilograms of cocaine on board. A Dash-8, maritime patrol aircraft of the coastguard, discovered the fast motorboat on a well-known smuggling route. The Groningen was then called in. He traced the drug boat with the help of his fast FRISC interception boat. On board was a combined team of the US Coast Guard…

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Indian Navy Preparedness for Cyclone Maha

October 31, 2019 – The Deep Depression over the Maldives-Comorin areas has intensified into Cyclonic Storm Maha. Naval Officer-in-Charge (NOIC) Lakshadweep & Minicoy (L&M) and INS Dweeprakshak at Kavaratti are taking all precautions in co-ordination with Union Territory Lakshadweep (UTL) Administration to ensure safety of men and material. The Cabinet Secretary (CS) Shri. Rajiv Gauba reviewed the preparedness of UTL administration on 30 Oct 19 through video conference. The CS was informed by representative of Indian Navy (IN) about preparedness of IN at Lakshadweep and Southern Naval Command’s readiness to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 30, 2019

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $69,247,177 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 931,200 man hours of installation and certification technical support to the Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Webster Outlying Field and Patuxent River in support of the Navy and the governments of Japan, South Korea and Australia. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (80%); and Rockville, Maryland (20%), and is expected to be completed in April 2025. No funds will be obligated…

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Keel Laid for First-in-Class T-ATS

October 31, 2019 – Gulf Island Shipyard held a keel laying ceremony on Oct. 30 for the future USNS Navajo (T-ATS 6), the lead ship of the Navy’s new class of Towing, Salvage, and Rescue vessels. The ceremony was held at the Houma Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, Louisiana. A keel laying is the ceremonial recognition of the start of a ship’s construction and the joining of the ship’s modular components. The keel serves as the symbolic backbone of the ship and is said to be “truly and fairly laid”…

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Stratton conducts fisheries patrol en route Guam from Philippines

On the heels of their operations combatting United Nations sanctions violations in support of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) arrived in Guam, Monday, furthering the United States’ commitment to regional security and partnerships. This arrival comes after seven successful high seas fisheries boardings under the authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) while on their transit between the Philippines and Guam. This part of their deployment is intended to deter illegal fishing of highly migratory fish stocks such as…

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USS Momsen Returns to Everett

October 29, 2019 – USS Momsen (DDG 92) returned to her homeport of Everett, Washington, Oct. 28, following an independent deployment with a detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 to the U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operation. “The consummate professionals of Momsen repeatedly demonstrated our toughness and ingenuity as we were able to ‘Rise Above’ the numerous challenges we faced on this deployment,” said Cmdr. Robert M. Laird, Momsen’s commanding officer. “Despite long underway periods and few port visits, we kept Momsen on mission demonstrating the…

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Orekhovo-Zuevo Conducts Missile Trials in Black Sea

October 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the Black Sea Fleet (Black Sea Fleet), the crew of the Orekhovo-Zuevo small missile ship (RTO) and the combat calculations of the Bal coastal anti-ship missile complex (BPCRK) conducted exercises with the implementation of electronic launches for naval targets. The event was held in accordance with the plan of combat training and daily activities of the forces (troops) of the Black Sea Fleet (Black Sea Fleet). According to the idea of ​​the exercise, the Orekhovo-Zuevo RTO discovered a detachment of ships of a…

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Argentine Navy Graduates Latest Commando Class

October 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – Last Thursday at the School of Airborne Troops and Special Operations of the Argentine Army, the ceremony for the exit of Commands of the Navy and the Army was carried out, which carried out the Joint Basic Course of Command Formation for six months. During the ceremony, chaired by the Chief of the General Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General Claudio Ernesto Pasqualini, 46 troops from both Forces received the Commando brief and the traditional green beret. The students of the Argentine Navy began…

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COMSUBPAC AND UH Use Drone to Deliver Supplies to Submarine

October 28, 2019 – Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) in partnership with the University of Hawaii, tested their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities by delivering supplies onto a submarine off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, Oct. 10. The UAV took a five-pound payload consisting of circuit cards, medical supplies, and food to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) while underway. “What started as an innovative idea has come to fruition as a potentially radical new submarine logistics delivery capability,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Keithley, assigned to…

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Karachi Shipyard to Build Third Damen ASD Tug 2009 for Pakistani Navy

October 23, 2019 – Damen Shipyards Group on 22nd October signed a contract with Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW) for the materials package of a third ASD Tug 2009 under the Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC). The order follows a contract of two ASD Tugs 2009 signed in July 2019. KS&EW are constructing all three vessels with Damen’s support. The contract was signed on behalf of KS&EW by General Manager Shipbuilding Commodore (R) Saleem Iqbal SI(M) and by regional director Teun Haverkort on behalf of Damen. Speaking on the occasion…

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Marine Corps F-35Bs and USS America Train Together

October 24, 2019 – Approximately one dozen, fully-operational F-35B Lightning IIs embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) Oct. 8 during routine training in the eastern Pacific. The F-35Bs are assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Lt. Col. John Dirk, commanding officer, VMFA 122, highlighted the importance of being able to conduct the training in a joint environment and stated the training was a success. “The training went exceedingly well. We were able to sustain a high…

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