Unmanned vehicles, anti-mine systems tested in Arctic waters

September 16, 2019 – Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 successfully tested its ability to operate unmanned underwater vehicles and conduct expeditionary mine countermeasures in very shallow Arctic water. The unit, operating as Combined Task Group 35.1, ran the tests Sept. 2-12 in waters off of Adak, Alaska, in support of Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019. To support…

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USS Comstock visits Kodiak during Arctic exercise

September 10, 2019 – USS Comstock (LSD 45) arrived in Kodiak, Alaska, Sept. 10 for a port visit. Comstock is visiting Kodiak in conjunction with Arctic Expeditionary Capabilities Exercise (AECE) 2019. While in port, Comstock Sailors and embarked Marines from Special Marine Air Ground Task Force Alaska will have the opportunity to participate in community outreach events including a building…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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