NATO Heads of State and Government take decisions to keep North America and Europe safe and secure

Allied Heads of State and Government met in Brussels on Wednesday (11 July 2018) and agreed to further strengthen NATO’s defense and deterrence, step up its role in the fight against terrorism and share the burden of security more fairly. Speaking on the first day of the Summit at NATO Headquarters, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “The decisions we have made today show that Europe and North America are working together. NATO is delivering and we are determined to keep our almost one billion citizens safe and secure.” The twenty…

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USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives at Naval Station Norfolk

The U.S. Navy’s newest expeditionary sea base (ESB), USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, July 5, after completing its 15,000 nautical mile maiden voyage from San Diego, California. USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command in February 2018 and is the Navy’s second, purpose-built ESB. The first ESB is USS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3) which is currently operating in the Middle East. “Our voyage from California to Virginia was very unusual because most modern ships use the Panama…

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Novocastrians welcomed home in HMAS Newcastle

The boom of a seven-gun salute was a welcoming sound for the ship’s company of HMAS Newcastle as she returned to her namesake city for a port visit. To mark the guided missile frigate’s arrival, the first canon was fired from the historic Fort Scratchley by the ship’s Commissioning Lady, Margaret McNaughton. Hundreds of locals lined the foreshore for Newcastle’s entrance into the harbour as the seven-gun salute was returned with a round of volleys fired by members of ship’s company. Commanding Officer Newcastle, Commander Anita Sellick was among seven…

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Armada de Chile begins its Bicentennial commemorating the First Naval Operation of Chile

Google Translation From March 2017 until October 2018, the Chilean Navy will be carrying out various activities to commemorate its 200 years of life. During the celebration of the Bicentennial the strategic vision and historical legacies will be presented, in the naval and maritime fields, with which the Institution has contributed to the consolidation of the national territory and development of the country, among which is the sustained effort in establishing an integrated maritime policy based on national interests; and, on the other hand, the future challenge to which the…

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HMS Montrose shadows Russian warships through English Channel

The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose shadowed two Russian warships in the approaches to the English Channel after they ventured out of the Baltic. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate sailed up the Channel to meet with corvettes RFS Boikiy and Stoikiy as the Russian vessels sortied from their base in the Baltic and entered the North Sea. HMS Montrose worked alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to track the two vessels as they manoeuvred in some of the most congested waters in the world. Montrose met the pair – both Steregushchiy-class…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 28, 2018

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., Newport News, Virginia, is awarded a not-to-exceed $200,446,196 undefinitized fixed-price, incentive firm target modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-2116) for the purchase of additional long lead time material in support of USS Enterprise (CVN 80). Work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia, is expected to be completed by February 2027. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $200,446,196 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 26, 2018

Advanced Technology International (ATI), Summerville, South Carolina, is awarded a $100,000,000 expenditure-based other transaction agreement (OTA) for an information warfare research project. Work will be performed in Summerville, South Carolina, and other various places depending on the award of prototype project awards (PPAs). Work on this contract has an expiration date of June 2021. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Contract is incrementally funded. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluations funds will be placed on the PPAs that will be placed under the OTA. Contract…

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Keel-laying ceremony for Swedish SIGINT ship built at Polish Naval Shipyard

The keel-laying ceremony for the new Swedish signals intelligence ship took place June 15th at the Naval Shipyard, located in Gdynia, Poland. The event was attended by representatives from Saab, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and invited guests. Saab was awarded the contract to design and build the ship, which will replace the Swedish Navy’s existing H(SW)MS Orion, by the Swedish Material Defence Administration FMV in 2017. Subsequently it selected Nauta Shiprepair Yard, belonging to PGZ Group, to perform the construction, launch and early sea trials of the vessel. Cooperation…

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Latest Project 04690 Conducted Sea Trials in May

Google Translation The vessel is included in the delivery program of 2018 and after passing all the necessary tests will be included in the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. The tug is designed to perform towing and crocheting operations in the port, on raids, river and sea areas, as well as to extinguish fires and other functions. Main technical parameters: Length overall 20.4 m Width overall 8,5 m Draft 2.5 m Self-floating in shallow ice at a speed of 5 knots 0.7 m Swimming in a canal behind…

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Navy helps Bofors gun find a new home

A 40/60 Bofors gun has found a new home at the Aviation Heritage Museum after a combined effort from Navy, the Aviation Heritage Museum and the Western Australian Museum to prepare the gun for display. The gun was donated to the WA Museum some years ago and was held in the museums collectible storage facility. The Aviation Heritage Museum made a request of the Western Australian Museum to display the gun however, the gun whilst being inoperable required some work to bring it up to standard for display purposes. Navy…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 12, 2018

Hexagon Federal Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded a $60,857,149 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity supply contract for the procurement of commercial Ruggedized Marine Hardware systems to be installed on various ship classes in support of numerous modernization programs managed by the Navy Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division. All of the hardware will be delivered to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This contract award will contain a 60 month ordering period. The delivery date of the required supplies will be determined at the time of award for each…

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NATO and China resume military staff to staff talks

After a three year pause NATO and China have reconvened military to military staff talks. The 5th iteration of the staff talks were held on 5th of June, in the New NATO HQ in Brussels. NATO and China’s military dialogue has been constant since 2010, with yearly meetings. This dialogue was interrupted in 2016, due to several circumstances, amongst them the reforms in the Chinese armed forces and the terror attacks in Brussels in March, which led to the cancellation of the planned talks that month. After a three hiatus,…

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US Coast Guard Awards Contract to Procure Small UAS Capability For National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard today awarded a contract to Insitu Inc. of Bingen, Washington, for procurement of small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) capability for the national security cutters (NSCs) June 6. The service contract covers installation and deployment of sUAS for approximately 200 hours per 30-day operational patrol period. Installations of sUAS capability on NSCs are planned at a rate of about two per year. Total value of the contract including the seven option years is approximately $117 million. The Coast Guard is employing a contractor-owned contractor-operated strategy for this procurement,…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 8, 2018

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded $862,249,233 for modification P00021 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-17-C-0003) for the procurement of 15 F/A-18E and 3 F/A-18F Lot 42 full rate production aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (41 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (22 percent); Fort Wayne, Texas (2 percent); Mesa, Arizona (1 percent); Torrance, California (1 percent); Ontario, Canada (1 percent); Greenlawn, New York (1 percent); Independence, Ohio (1 percent); Irvine, California (1 percent); Bloomington, Minnesota (1 percent); and various locations…

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