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Coast Guard conducts international oil spill drill in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

May 23, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian coast guard conducted an oil spill response drill in partnership with the Washington Department of Ecology and the B.C. Ministry of the Environment in the contiguous waters off British Columbia, Canada, and the United States in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Wednesday. Oil spill response equipment was deployed in the vicinity of Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay. The drill used a harmless, non-toxic dye in the water to engage responders as they simulated on water recovery operations with vessels,…

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ARM Jalisco Commissioned

May 24, 2019 – The Secretary of the Navy – Armada de Mexico through the Fourth Naval Region, informs that today was held the Welcome Ceremony to the Ship Oceanic Surveillance Patrol ARM JALISCO PO-167. Cited Surface Unit was built by Mexican labor, in the Shipyard of Marina Número Veinte with headquarters in the Port of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca. The process of construction began on August 9, 2016 with the keel setting, its launch date was May 14, 2018, and was held on November 23, 2018. The ARM JALISCO PO-167…

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Fincantieri Launches LHD Trieste

May 25, 2019 – The launching ceremony of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) “Trieste” took place today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, welcomed by Fincantieri’s Chairman Giampiero Massolo and CEO Giuseppe Bono. This multirole and multipurpose amphibious vessel has been designed since the beginning as a flexible, multi-purpose by design, modular unit with a low environmental impact. It is a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) capable of deploying aircraft and amphibious vehicles…

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Navy gets early Christmas gift with launch of BRP Jose Rizal

May 23, 2019 (PNA) – Christmas Day came seven months early for the Philippine Navy as its latest ship, the missile-frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), will be formally launched in this city on Thursday morning, marking the fulfillment of the dream of generations of seagoing officers – who have pushed and fought for the acquisition of modern combat units for the naval service. Capt. Jonathan Zata, Navy spokesperson, said the entire Philippine Navy (PN) from ranking and senior officers to the most junior enlisted personnel, is happy with this milestone.…

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Rizal-class frigates acquisition a ‘strategic move’: Navy chief

May 23, 2019 (PNA) – The top official of the Philippine Navy (PN) on Thursday described as a strategic move the commissioning of the missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), which was formally launched at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in this city on Thursday. PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, said the ship will be the most powerful unit in the PN inventory as it is armed with sensors and weapons capable of detecting and neutralizing any incoming surface, sub-surface and air threats aside from having the capability…

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Philippine Navy to Receive Three Additional MPACs This Year

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to acquire another three multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system this year. “We have another three (in the process of) building, and they are expected to be delivered this year. They will also be armed with the Spike-ER missiles,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) shortly after the launch of the missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150),…

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BRP Conrado Yap to Arrive in July

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39), formerly the South Korean “Pohang” class corvette Chungju, will sail home to the Philippines in July and is set to boost the Navy’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities. This was disclosed by Philippine Navy flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview shortly after the launch of the country’s first missile frigate, the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) at the Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea’s southeastern city of Ulsan Thursday. “The ship will be delivered to the Philippines by July…

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Philippine Navy to get 25-30 More Warships: Empedrad

May 25, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is planning to acquire 25 to 30 warships of various types within the next five to 10 years as part of its efforts to augment its fleet. “We have plans to acquire 25 to 30 in the next five to 10 years. (This) includes corvettes, OPVs (offshore patrol vessels), and even submarines,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad told reporters shortly after the keel-laying ceremony for the second missile frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), at Dock 4 of Hyundai Heavy…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 24, 2019

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded a $51,532,751 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment engineering services in support of up to 17 C-40A aircraft. Support to be provided includes sustaining engineering, engineering data, technical publications, access to and distribution of technical data and publications, and other technical support services. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed in May 2024. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively…

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Navy Leadership Accelerates Lethality with Newly Designated Surface Development Squadron

May 23, 2019 – To encourage innovation, experimentation, and combat readiness, Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), announced the establishment of Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) during a ceremony, May 22. SURFDEVRON ONE will integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation to accelerate delivery of new warfighting concepts and capabilities to the fleet. Brown, who provided remarks during the ceremony, told the attendees they were witnesses to the future in Surface Warfare. “By standing up a command dedicated to developing warfighting…

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Mission Jeanne d’Arc Exercises With Brazilian Navy

May 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – After his stopover in Rio de Janeiro, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Thunder and the stealthy light frigate (FLF) La Fayette conducted a joint maneuver with the Brazilian Navy on May 7, 2019 during the Jeanne d’Arc mission . This series of operational readiness activities began early in the day with tactical evolutions off the Brazilian coast, gathering around the French ships , the Atlantico helicopter carrier , the Constituicão , Liberal and Independencia frigates , and the offshore patrol boat Apa . At…

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Black Sea Fleet Frigates at Sea for Exercises

May 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – In accordance with the combat training plan, the frigates of the Black Sea Fleet “Admiral Makarov”, “Admiral Essen”, as well as the sentry ships “Smetlivy” and “Pytlivy” took to the sea to conduct exercises in sea training grounds. At the initial stage of the training activities, the crews worked out the exit of the ships from the base with the passage of the mine area along a pre-treated strip. Then, after leaving Sevastopol, a set of training was conducted with the sailors with the…

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Project 12700 Vladimir Yemelyanov Launch Scheduled for May 30th

May 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – On May 30, at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant in St. Petersburg, the third most recent mine defense ship, the Vladimir Yemelyanov (Project 12700), will be launched. Ships of this project have a unique, the world’s largest hull made of monolithic fiberglass and the most advanced anti-mine weapons. Serial construction of mine defense ships is carried out within the framework of the development and re-equipment of mine-trawling forces of the Navy. In the short term, the Navy plans to have about 40 ships of a…

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Groningen Takes Part in Major Cocaine Bust

May 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – The patrol ship Zr. Ms Groningen intercepted more than 1,600 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean last week. This happened together with an American coast guard team on board the Groningen. After the NH-90 on-board helicopter discovered a suspicious boat, it was stopped. The drugs and crew have been transferred to the US Coast Guard authorities. They ensure further prosecution. Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship is used as a station ship for drug control operations and humanitarian…

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Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Returns to Key West From Africa

May 23, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) returned to their homeport in Key West, Florida, Thursday after a three-month U.S. Africa Command patrol. The Thetis crew concluded their patrol, in which they conducted multiple joint law enforcement exercises and operations with West African countries with U.S. Africa Command and U.S. 6th Fleet to maintain and strengthen international partnerships, and maritime security. “By conducting joint maritime law enforcement operations, we were able to establish best practices providing the West African navies and coast guards with the tools to enforce…

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