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Ninth National Security Cutter Launched

October 9, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries launched the Coast Guard’s ninth national security cutter (NSC), Stone, on Oct. 4, 2019. The cutter is scheduled for delivery in fiscal year 2021. Its namesake, Elmer Fowler Stone, was a Coast Guard innovator and aviator who in May 1919 became the first person to pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Randy Shaw.

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NASA’s X-59 QueSST Airplane Takes Shape at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works

October 10, 2019 – In the high desert of California, some of the most important aircraft in aviation history have been built and flown. NASA’s X-59 QueSST (short for Quiet SuperSonic Technology) is an experimental piloted aircraft designed to fly faster than sound without producing the annoying – if not alarming – sonic booms of previous supersonic aircraft. It is the latest craft to take shape at Skunk Works, a renowned Lockheed Martin division that for the past 76 years has used a unique approach to design and manufacturing that…

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Navy Osprey Wing Established in San Diego Ceremony

October 10, 2019 – Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing (COMVRMWING) 1 was officially established in a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station North Island, Oct. 10. Capt. Dewon Chaney assumed command of the new wing and will be the first commodore to take on the integration and implementation of the CMV-22B Osprey into fleet operations. The mission for the wing will be to conduct high priority cargo and passenger transport services in support of carrier strike groups and task forces. “Sailors and Marines have worked hard to ensure the mission capability of…

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Yokosuka Fleet Prepares for Super Typhoon Hagibis

October 10, 2019 – Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) has begun preparations for Super Typhoon Hagibis expected to hit Japan Oct. 12-13. Living up to its name, Hagibis is Tagalog for “velocity” or “swiftness,” and it took less than a day to reach super typhoon status with the Joint Typhoon Warning Center stating that the sustained winds have been up to approximately 270 mph since it began developing in the Pacific. One month ago, Sept. 9, Typhoon Faxai hit the Kanto Plain area and was to blame for three deaths,…

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Romania-U.S. Partnership Deters Russian Aggression

October 8, 2019 – The relationship between the United States and Romania has never been more important. The United States, Romania and 17 other countries recently conducted the 19th annual Sea Breeze, multinational maritime naval exercises held in Ukraine. More than 3,000 personnel, 32 warships, and 24 aircraft participated in the exercises, which were co-hosted by the U.S. and Romania. Our Sea Breeze exercises strengthen the military cooperation between Romania and the U.S. as we protect maritime security in the critical Black Sea region. During the Sea Breeze exercise, the…

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Book Review: Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II

Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II: A History with First-Person Accounts of Enlisted Men By Leo Block 240 Pages Illustrated 0786453435, 9780786453436 McFarland Very little has been written over the years on the destroyers designed and built for the US Navy between the First and Second World Wars. The Farragut Class was the first built and had a number of faults in the design, compensated for by the firepower these ships contained. Entering service 1934-35, the eight ships took part in peacetime operations, the bombing of Pearl…

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Croix du Sud Trains With Swedish Navy

October 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 30 September 2019, the Croix du Sud tripartite mine hunter deployed in the Baltic Sea for a month, conducted a series of exercises off Sweden in cooperation with the Swedish Navy’s H(SW)MS Trossö . The purpose of these common exercises was to enhance interoperability between the two Allied navies while providing quality crew training. The H(SW)MS Trossö , a 72m long multi-purpose vessel with a crew of 64 sailors, had just joined the NORTHERN COASTS 2019 international exercise , like the Southern Cross…

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Cammell Laird Throws Weight Behind Plans for two £150m Disaster Relief Ships

October 9, 2019 – Cammell Laird is supporting plans by former international development secretary Penny Mordant for the building of two £150m disaster relief ships, paid for from the foreign aid budget. Daily Telegraph has reported this week that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been in talks with Ms Mordaunt over plans dubbed “Britannia 2.0” for two new ships to be deployed around the world to help with relief efforts and also promoting British business. Under the plans one of the new ships would be called “Britannia” and the…

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Lockheed Martin-led Team Begins Construction on the future USS Nantucket

October 9, 2019 – Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine marked the beginning of construction on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 27, the future USS Nantucket, with a ceremony in Marinette. As part of a ship-building tradition dating back centuries, a shipyard worker welded the initials of Polly Spencer, USS Nantucket ship sponsor and wife of U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, into the ship’s keel plate. This plate will be affixed to the ship and travel with Nantucket throughout its commissioned life. “The USS Nantucket will confront many complex…

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Beautemps-Beaupre Returning to Brest

October 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the Indian Ocean since February 2019, Beautemps-Beaupré Hydrographic and Oceanographic Building (BHO) is progressively returning to Brest. After his ascent of the Red Sea, he crossed the Suez Canal on September 17th. Beyond the various valued transits, including individual training, continuous bathymetric measurements using multibeam sounders (SMF) and bathythermic soundings, several hydro-oceanographic surveys were conducted in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea by both crews. of the building and their detachments of hydrographers. From February to the end of March, crew B…

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Submarines Play a Vital Role in National Security

October 10, 2019 – The Deputy Secretary National Security, Caroline Millar recently visited HMAS Sheean at Fleet Base West to see first-hand the vital capabilities submarines provide to secure the nation. After an initial briefing by Deputy Commander Submarine Force, Commander Chris Forward, Millar was provided a tour onboard HMAS Sheean where the Deputy Secretary was welcomed aboard by Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Darren White. Ms Millar was keen to know what activities the submarine had undertaken during the year and what was planned for the future. Commander White…

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Boxer ARG Completes Exercise Tiger Strike

October 7, 2019 – Marines and sailors from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in exercise Tiger Strike Oct. 2-5, across several training locations in Malaysia to promote integration and interoperability between the U.S. and Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF). Marines and Sailors from the Boxer ARG/11th MEU and the MAF conducted joint exercises to include: jungle warfare training; close air support conducted by AV-8B Harriers with the MEU’s air combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced); and combat service support. “What…

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USS Wasp Enters 4th Fleet

October 9, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations Oct 1. The Wasp is transiting around South America while conducting a homeport shift from Japan to Norfolk. “The entrance into U.S. 4th Fleet is a significant milestone for the crew–many of whom came with Wasp to Japan in 2017–and an excellent opportunity to visit our partners in South America, and to continue strengthening our relationships in this very important part of the world,” said Wasp Commanding Officer Capt. Greg Baker. “I am very…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 9, 2019

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California is awarded an $11,954,744 firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00383-20-F-UX00) under a previously-awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-19-G-UX01) for the procurement of 101 spare part units across nine assemblies used in support of the F-18 APG-79 active electronically scanned array radar system. Work will be performed in Forest, Mississippi. This contract contains no options, and work is expected to be completed by December 2022. Annual working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $11,413,201, and Foreign Military Sales funds (Kuwait) in the amount of $541,543 will be obligated…

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FS Prairial Visits Island of Rapa

October 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – The surveillance frigate Prairial , based in Tahiti is on a fisheries policing mission in the exclusive economic zone of French Polynesia equivalent to 5 million km2, or half of the national maritime area. This mission is to ensure that no foreign ship comes to appropriate the fishery resources of the area. During this deployment, and as part of FAPF’s sovereignty missions in its remote territories, the Prairial made a stopover on the island of Rapa, in the Austral Archipelago. Home to the southernmost…

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