QinetiQ Extends Support to Queen Elizabeth Class

December 7, 2018 – QinetiQ has confirmed Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers have been added to the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Service (NCSISS) it provides in partnership for the Royal Navy. Confirmation of the £9 million contract extension follows the company’s announcement earlier this year of a £23 million redevelopment project to create a new UK Centre of Excellence for Maritime Mission Systems near Portsmouth. The NCSISS was first signed in 2012 and is delivered by QinetiQ and BAE Systems in collaboration with Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). The…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 4, 2018

Astro Mechanical Contractors Inc.,* El Cajon, California (N62473-19-D-2416); Heffler Contracting Group,* El Cajon, California (N62473-19-D-2417); Public Works Contractor Inc., doing business as PWC Inc.,* Spring Valley, California (N62473-19-D-2418); Souza Construction Inc.,* Farmersville, California (N62473-19-D-2419); Ja’nus Ventilation and Mechanical Inc.,* Lakeside, California (N62473-19-D-2420); and Able Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.,* Chula Vista, California (N62473-19-D-2421), are each awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract for new construction, renovation, and repair by design-bid, of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system projects at various government installations located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado,…

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Bush’s Legacy Includes Decisive Military Action

December 1, 2018 – His background was a little different than most who join the military at the age of 18, but his warmth, love of country and drive to serve made him a leader respected up and down his chains of command. Service members who worked with former President George H.W. Bush, first as Ronald Reagan’s vice president and, later, during his presidential term, spoke of the way he remembered their names and would ask about their families. They were loyal to him and he was loyal right back.…

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Pax River F-35 ITF Leaves HMS Queen Elizabeth After “Eclipsing aspirations”

November 30, 2018 – F-35 Lightning jets from the Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) left HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Nov. 19, 2018, after eight weeks flying on and off the 65,000-tonne warship, helping to write the ‘operator’s manual’ so the jets can fly from her deck on front-line operations. The success of the Westlant 18 deployment – which has also included a visit to New York – allows the Portsmouth, UK-based ship to move on to operational trials next year. Two F-35B test jets, four test pilots and nearly…

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HMS St Albans and HMS Astute Practice ASW Skills

November 30, 2018 – Two of the Royal Navy’s heavyweight anti-submarine weapons have pitted their wits against each other. Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans and hunter-killer sub HMS Astute have been operating alongside each other, honing their Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) skills. But it was also an opportunity for them to go up against each other, testing their ability to deal with the threat one another brings to the battlefield. “To be the best at what we do, it is essential that we train both against and alongside the very…

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US Navy Ships Train with Western Hemisphere Partners

November 26, 2018 – In support of U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Enduring Promise Initiative, amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) will conduct interoperability and partnership exercises in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Somerset has approximately 300 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Peru that will conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training with Peruvian naval forces. Wayne E. Meyer will conduct an interoperability and information sharing exercise with the Ecuadorian navy to increase capacity in countering illegal,…

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Fairbanks Morse Awarded Contract for US Navy’s New San Antonio Class Ship – LPD Flight II

October 30, 2018 – Fairbanks Morse – an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO) and leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward – has been awarded a contract to build and deliver the four main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) that will power LPD 30, which will be the U.S. Navy’s first LPD Flight II class ship. The newly designed ship will be based on the San Antonio-class hull, but the LPD Flight II is fitted with a fully capable flight deck and hangar, a well deck, and the vehicle and cargo capacities to support…

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IMO Certified Naval Radar Solution

October 24, 2018 – The joint Raytheon Anschütz/Terma naval radar solution selected for the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships recently obtained the important IMO certificate. The Terma and Raytheon Anschütz certified solution comprises Terma’s world-leading SCANTER radar and Raytheon Naval Radar NX software, the latest in tactical navigation software. This solution enables customers to operate any radar-related task from navigation to missions such as SAR, policing, surveillance, and more. One of the key benefits is that the solution can be used for both high resolution 360° navigation…

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First test bombs dropped from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s F-35s

October 18, 2018 – The first bombs have been dropped from F-35 Lightning fighter jets conducting trials on board Britain’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The inert GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided precision bombs were dropped off the east coast of the USA, marking another significant milestone in the carrier’s trials. Adding the 500lb bombs to the jets for take-off has enabled the trials teams to see how the jets behave when carrying various weights, gathering crucial test data. It is the first time the American-made bombs have ever…

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Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group Operating in US 6th Fleet

October 16, 2018 – The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (IWOESG) continued its transit into the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of a deployment in support of NATO exercise Trident Juncture 18. The strike group will join the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) to comprise the U.S. ship support to the exercise. “We are excited to participate in Trident Juncture 18, which demonstrates the capabilities of a multinational amphibious force,” said Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2,…

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Shortlist revealed for Maritime Media Awards 2018

October 1, 2018 – The shortlist for the prestigious Maritime Media Awards has been released ahead of this year’s awards ceremony which takes place at the end of this month.  The awards celebrate all the journalists, writers and filmmakers who help promote Britain’s interests across the maritime sector. Established by the Maritime Foundation, the awards highlight and provide an understanding of Britain’s dependence on the sea.  Now into its twenty-third year, the Awards thank all the terrific story-tellers who are tirelessly helping raise awareness and the importance of this sector. With…

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Admiral Gorshkov Conducting Workups in Barents Sea

October 4, 2018 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov”, carrying out the planned tasks of the combat training course in the Barents Sea, successfully conducted a series of practical shooting at sea and air targets from the sea-based anti-aircraft missile system of the Polymer-redut vertical launch. The crew of the ship three times successfully hit air targets at various altitudes and distances with anti-aircraft missiles. Also noted accurate hit on the sea shield, simulating a small surface target. Shooting took place in…

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2019 Blue Angels Schedule

March March 16   NAF El Centro, CA   NAF El Centro Annual Air Show March 23 – 24   Salinas, CA   California International Air Show Salinas March 30 – 31   NAS Key West, FL   Southernmost Air Spectacular April April 6 – 7   Lakeland, FL   Sun ’n Fun Air Show April 13 – 14   NAS Corpus Christi, TX   Wings Over South Texas April 27 – 28   MCAS Beaufort, SC   MCAS Beaufort Air Show May May 4 – 5   Fort Lauderdale, FL   Fort Lauderdale Air Show May 18 – 19   Cape Girardeau, MO   Cape…

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USCGC Seneca Returns Home From Successful Drug Patrol

September 25, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned Tuesday to their homeport of Boston following a 50-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Seneca crewmembers and a tactical law enforcement detachment team conducted multiple interdictions while patrolling international waters off the coast of Central America and South America in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South). The interdictions resulted in more than 1,840 kilograms of cocaine and 35 pounds of marijuana seized with an estimated value of $61 million street value. Throughout the patrol, Seneca intercepted…

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