MSC Conducts First Ever Cargo Loadout in Seward

May 20, 2019 – The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) made history by conducting the first ever cargo operation by MSC in Seward, Alaska, May 16. The ship took on cargo as part of its support of the joint training exercise, Northern Edge 2019. During operations, Kaiser loaded 53 pallets of cargo that will be delivered to U.S. Navy ships participating in the exercise. Alaska’s strategic location is vital to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Being able to conduct cargo…

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Coast Guard continues response to airplane collision near Ketchikan

May 14, 2019 – The Coast Guard, partner agencies and Good Samaritans continue to respond to the report of two aircrafts colliding and are searching for two poeple in the vicinity of George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday. Ten people were rescued and are receiving medical care. Four people are confirmed deceased. The nationalities of the people from both planes are 14 Americans, one Canadian and one Australian. Commercial divers dove on the submerged Otter float plane Monday night and located one deceased individual. The Coast Guard is searching with…

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Exercise Northern Edge 2019 kicks off in Alaska

May 13, 2019 – Approximately 10,000 U.S. military personnel are participating in exercise Northern Edge 2019 (NE19), a joint training exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces, on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska, May 13-24. NE19 is one in a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command exercises in 2019 that prepares joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific. The exercise is designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, to improve command, control and communication relationships, and to develop interoperable plans and programs across the…

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USS Zumwalt Makes Port Call in Ketchikan

March 25, 2019 – The lead ship of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of destroyers, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in Ketchikan March 23. It is believed the Zumwalt visit is in conjunction with trials in the Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC). “My crew is excited for this outstanding opportunity to visit Ketchikan,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer. “Alaska is a strategic location when it comes to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, and we value Alaskan communities like Ketchikan for their consistent support of…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 14, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $22,712,874,822 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for 255 aircraft. This modification provides for the production and delivery of 106 F-35 aircraft for the U.S. services (64 F-35As Air Force; 26 F-35Bs Marine Corps; 16 F-35Cs Navy); 89 F-35s for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants (71 F-35As, 18 F-35 Bs); and 60 F-35s for Foreign Military Sales customers (60 F-35As). The U.S. aircraft quantities are for the Lot…

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Undersea Rescue Command completes submarine rescue exercise off Alaska

November 5, 2018 – Undersea Rescue Command (URC) and the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) completed a submarine rescue exercise Oct. 27-31, at the Navy’s Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) off the coast of Ketchikan. “The exercise demonstrated the Navy’s ability to conduct an underwater rescue of a submerged submarine in an unfamiliar environment,” said Cmdr. Michael Eberlein, commanding officer of URC. “Additionally, this shows the Navy’s ability to render aid to distressed submariners from any nation that requests our assistance.” Akin to humanitarian aid/disaster response (HA/DR)…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 29, 2018

JLL-Midnight Sun IFMS, LLC,* Kotzebue, Alaska, is awarded a $30,408,548 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and outlying areas. The work to be performed provides for base operations support services to include facility investment, other (training pools), utilities management, electrical, wastewater, steam, water, compressed air, base support vehicles and equipment, environmental, and other related services. The maximum dollar value including the base period and seven option years is $236,917,489. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida (99 percent); and outlying areas (1 percent), and…

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NOAA’s GOES-S to boost weather forecast accuracy for western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii

NOAA is one month away from launching GOES-S, its newest geostationary weather satellite that will begin providing faster, more accurate data to track storm systems, lightning, wildfires, dense fog, and other hazards that threaten the western U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. “The GOES-S satellite will join GOES-16 and NOAA-20 as NOAA continues to upgrade its satellite fleet,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The latest GOES addition will provide further insight and unrivaled accuracy into severe weather systems and wildfires in the western United States.” In tandem with GOES-16, the first…

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Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2017

The Coast Guard concluded its annual Arctic Shield operations Monday with the closure of its Forward Operating Location in Kotzebue and the departure of the Cutter Healy from the Arctic. Air Station Kodiak air crews and two helicopters were forward deployed to Kotzebue to provide better response times and coverage to remote regions of Alaska. In addition, the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Sherman, a 378-foot cutter homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Alex Haley, a 282-foot cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska; the Maple, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Sitka,…

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Tug Ocean Eagle Under Tow to Ketchikan

March 5, 2017 – Commercial tugs are towing the tug Ocean Eagle to Ketchikan for repairs, Sunday, following its grounding at Mariposa Reef in Sumner Strait, Thursday. The Ocean Eagle’s barge was towed to Sitka where a Marine Inspector is conducting additional damage assessments before the barge continues its planned voyage. Brusco Tug & Barge, the owner of Ocean Eagle, contracted Alaska Commercial Divers to conduct underwater hull surveys of both the tug and barge in Alvin Cove after the grounding. Temporary repairs were made by the divers to cracks…

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