Fincantieri to Build Forward Sections for French LSS Program

October 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – Fincantieri has been awarded an order from Chantiers de l’Atlantique (CdA) for the construction of the forward sections of four vessels based on the Italian “Vulcano” design. The forward sections will be built in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples), as for the “Vulcano” vessel, with deliveries to Chantiers de l’Atlantique scheduled between 2021 and 2027.…

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Spokesperson answers query on Chinese ships’ exit from Vietnamese waters

October 25, 2019 – Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng on Friday once again stressed Việt Nam’s request that relevant parties not repeat violations of the country’s waters while answering reporters’ question regarding a group of Chinese ships’ withdrawal from Việt Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. Responding to a question about the Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi…

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USS Gerald R Ford Returns to Sea

October 25, 2019 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) got underway today for sea trials from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) division following a 15-month pierside maintenance period. “I am proud of the crew’s efforts to get USS Gerald R. Ford back out to sea,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The Navy has diligently…

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Boeing Elects Adm. John M. Richardson (Ret.) to Board of Directors

October 25, 2019 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] Board of Directors today announced that it has elected retired Adm. John M. Richardson as its newest member. Richardson, 59, served as the 31st chief of Naval Operations from September 2015 until August 2019, when he retired from the U.S. Navy after 37 years of service. Adm. John M. Richardson (Ret.)…

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USCGC Spencer Returns to Boston From Pacific Ocean Drug Bust

October 27, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned to Boston Sunday after conducting an 80-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Spencer’s crew seized approximately 700 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $19 million, after interdicting a smuggling vessel in ongoing efforts to disrupt transnational crime organizations. The crew’s patrol spanned more than 14,000 nautical miles and focused on…

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Unique ice class patrol ship Ivan Papanin launched in St Petersburg

October 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today in St. Petersburg, at the Admiralty Shipyards enterprise, a solemn ceremony of launching the lead ice class patrol ship Ivan Papanin, project 23550, combining the functions of an icebreaker, patrol ship and a towing vessel, took place. The launch ceremony was attended by Rear Admiral Igor Zvarich, head of the Technical Department of…

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USS Louisville Arrives in Bremerton for Inactivation

October 22, 2019 – USS Louisville (SSN 724) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence in the inactivation and decommissioning process, Oct. 22. Under the command of Cmdr. Robert Rose, from Garland, Utah, Louisville departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a homeport change to Bremerton, Washington, Oct. 7. “Louisville Sailors, past and present, are some of…

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11 Kilos of Drugs Discovered on HNLMS Johan de Witt

October 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee searches today HNLMS Johan de Witt because of a drug investigation. That happens in Den Helder under the leadership of the Public Prosecution Service. The naval ship returned from the Caribbean yesterday. A Dutch soldier was detained aboard the ship last month. He had 11 kilos of drugs in his…

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Naval Group Begins Construction of First FTI Frigate Admiral Ronarc’h

October 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – The cutting of the first sheet of the defense and intervention frigate (FDI) took place on the Naval Group site in Lorient. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the General Delegate for Armament, Joel Barre, the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral Prazuck, his Greek counterpart,…

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NAVWAR Completes First Digital Model of Systems on USS Abraham Lincoln

October 23, 2019 – Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) accomplished a significant milestone in the digital engineering transformation with completion of its first digital twin, a system-of-systems digital model, representing a set of information warfare capabilities that will be installed on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in fiscal year 2020. Aligned with the Department of Defense Digital Transformation Strategy,…

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Ford Completes Five-Day Fast Cruise Ahead of Sea Trials

October 24, 2019 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed a five-day pierside fast cruise evolution on Wednesday, Oct. 23 ahead of departing Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) later this month. The fast cruise was a culminating training evolution designed to bring Ford to life after her 15-month post-shakedown availability (PSA). Sailors across the ship were thrust into…

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East Asia deployment counts success one month in

October 289, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy ships supporting the East Asian Deployment have successfully participated in a number of international engagements since their departure from Fleet Base East in late September, despite Typhoon Hagibis interrupting some of the original planning. Task Group Commander, Captain Andrew Quinn, praised the members of the Task Groups for their professionalism and flexibility.…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 28, 2019

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $7,027,643,109 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-reimbursable contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides for the procurement of 114 F-35 aircraft for Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy; non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Specifically the modification procures 48 F-35A aircraft for…

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