HMS Medway Christened

Meet the latest addition to the Naval family: HMS Medway, the second of five new patrol vessels for the fleet. This morning a bottle of Chatham-made Dockyard Gin smashed against the bow of the 2,000-tonne warship, formally named at BAE’s Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout her active life. In under two years’ time the ship will be on patrol – either at home or abroad – as one of the second-generation River-class vessels ordered by…

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Future USS Little Rock to be Commissioned in Buffalo

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced October 18 the newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, PCU Little Rock (LCS 9), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, December 16 at Canalside Buffalo. The future LCS 9, commanded by Cmdr. Todd Peters, is the tenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom variant design. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside its namesake ship, which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County…

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Coast Guard, Gulfport Fire Department extinguish fire aboard Coast Guard cutter

Members from Gulfport Fire Department and a Coast Guard member extinguished a fire aboard Coast Guard Cutter Brant (WPB 87348), which was moored in Gulfport, Mississippi, Wednesday. At approximately 5 a.m., two Coast Guard members who were aboard the cutter became aware of the fire, located on the port-aft area of the vessel, and took initial actions to put out the fire using an on board fire extinguisher. Members from Gulfport Fire Department arrived on scene at 5:05 a.m. and extinguished the fire. The two Coast Guard members on board…

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Government decision to create 150 new jobs in South Australia

SAAB Australia has today revealed that this week’s decision to award it with the contract to build the tactical interface for the new future frigates and the combat management system for future non-combat vessels will create approximately 150 new jobs. On Tuesday the Prime Minister announced The Government had chosen to mandate that SAAB Australia to provide the Combat Management System – the brains of the ship – for all ships in the Navy, except the Future Frigates and Air Warfare Destroyers, which will have an Aegis combat system with…

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Terma pursues new business opportunities in Australia

Terma has successfully delivered naval and surveillance systems for various Royal Australian Navy (RAN) programs. Pacific International Maritime Exposition, Sydney – Based on a series of successful deliveries of naval and surveillance systems for various Royal Australian Navy (RAN) programs, Terma continuously pursues new business opportunities on the Australian market. To secure this process, Terma collaborates with Jenkins Engineering Defense Systems (JEDS) on activities within sales, installation, support, and services. JEDS is trained in sustainment of Terma’s SCANTER 2001, 5000, and 6000 series radars and has participated in C-Guard setting…

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USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Hong Kong for port visit

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) anchored in Hong Kong Harbor Oct. 2. Ronald Reagan is the flagship for Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, embarked with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. “The Sailors and airmen of Carrier Strike Group Five look forward to rich and diverse experiences in Hong Kong and learning more about the culture and people,” said Rear Adm. Marc H. Dalton, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70. “We are grateful for the…

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Baltic Fleet pilots practised intercepting air targets and hitting objects of a simulated enemy

Su-27 pilots of the Baltic Fleet practiced intercepting air targets and hitting objects of a simulated enemy in the Kaliningrad region. In particular, they practiced detecting and intercepting a simulated intruder. Crews of Su-24 and Su-30SM of the naval aviation practiced conducting air strikes on surface and ground targets. More than 10 aircraft of the Baltic Fleet naval aviation squadron were involved in the training

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 29, 2017

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded $418,653,874 for fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification PZ0002 to a previously awarded unpriced letter contract (N00030-17-C-0100) for new procurement of Trident II (D5) missile production, D5 life extension production, and D5 deployed systems support. The work will be performed in Sunnyvale, California (26.08 percent); Cape Canaveral, Florida (22.84 percent); Bangor, Washington (21.05 percent); Kings Bay, Georgia (20.67 percent); Magna, Utah (2.51 percent); Orlando, Florida (1.12 percent); and other various locations (less than 1.00 percent each; 5.73 percent total), and work is…

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Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER

Google Translation Last preparations, final adjustments before sailing for the sailors participating in Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 2017, NATO’s major exercise, which will take place from 29 September to 13 October 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea. For a few days now, the Toulonians will no doubt have noticed the presence on their streets of many sailors from NATO countries participating in the BRILLIANT MARINER2017 exercise (BRMR17) involving 13 different nations, 3500 sailors and thirty of units (frigates, amphibious vessels, submarines, aircraft carriers, tankers, mine-hunters, etc.) and numerous airborne means. This exercise…

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Launch of a French-Italian roadmap to strengthen naval defence cooperation

September 27, 2017 – Naval Group and Fincantieri welcome today’s decision of the French and Italian governments to launch a joint process paving the way for the future creation of a progressive alliance in the naval defense sector. The two groups will play a key role in the steering committee that will be launched within the next few days with the objective to define by June 2018 a roadmap detailing the principles of the future alliance. Furthermore, the agreement reached today by the two Governments on the shareholding structure of…

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JFD demonstrates NATO Submarine Rescue System capabilities

JFD, the world-leading submarine rescue and diving equipment company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is currently taking part in a major international submarine rescue exercise, Dynamic Monarch ‘17. The exercise requires JFD to demonstrate the capabilities of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) and to provide training. An integral part of the UK’s submarine rescue provision since 1985, JFD is responsible for maintaining NSRS in a permanent state of rescue readiness for the NATO partner nations of France, Norway and the UK. Fully air transportable using a…

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Commander of the Baltic Fleet estimated missile firing in Zapad 2017 as “excellent”

The Commander of the Baltic Fleet Vice-Admiral Aleksandr Nosatov assessed the “excellent” mark to the joint missile firing of the Baltic Fleet ship strike group and the coastal strike group as part of the joint strategic exercise Zapad 2017. “It should be noted that the coastal missile strike group for the first time in the Baltic Fleet fired from the ‘Ball’ missile system. The missiles successfully hit the target (excellent mark), details practiced fine, the weapons and equipment worked properly, but we did not expect anything else,” the Commander told…

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Justice Department Secures $907,000 from Citifinancial for Illegally Repossessing Active Duty Servicemembers’ Vehicles

The Justice Department announced today that CitiFinancial Credit Company, as successor to CitiFinancial Auto Corporation, has agreed to pay $907,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by repossessing 164 cars owned by SCRA protected servicemembers without first obtaining the required court orders. During the investigation, the Department learned that CitiFinancial conducted repossessions without court orders even when CitiFinancial had evidence in its own records suggesting that a borrower could be a protected servicemember. In several cases, loan servicing notes indicated that CitiFinancial was informed…

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First Command is a Proud Sponsor of the Naval Academy Athletic Assn

First Command Financial Services, Inc., is proud to team up with the Naval Academy Athletic Association in a long-term sports sponsorship agreement benefitting the midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. The four-year relationship kicks off with the start of the 2017 football season. First Command is partnering with the Academy in a variety of support activities, including sponsorship of the Nov. 11 game between the Navy Midshipmen and the Southern Methodist University Mustangs. First Command will also support the basketball and lacrosse teams and serve as the presenting sponsor for…

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