Juan Sebastián de Elcano Deploys From Cádiz on Instruction Cruise XCI

January 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – Yesterday, January 13, the “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” Ship-School sailed from the port of Cádiz to begin the XCI Instruction Cruise. The official departure was presided over by the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy. The main civil and military authorities of the Bay of Cádiz also attended. The ship, commanded by the captain Ignacio Paz García, has a crew consisting of 20 officers, 20 non-commissioned officers, 148 soldiers of the Mariner and Troop scale, and 2 civilian teachers. In addition, in the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 19, 2018

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is awarded a $114,065,820 cost-plus-fixed fee, firm-fixed-price, cost only contract for air and missile defense radar AN/SPY-6(V) integration and production support efforts. The work to be performed is the integration and production support for continued combat system integration and test, engineering, training, software and depot maintenance, and field engineering services, as well as the procurement of spare parts. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $357,827,708. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts (64 percent);…

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USS Thomas Hudner brought to life in Boston

December 3, 2018 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest surface combatant, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Dec. 1, during a ceremony in Boston. Thomas Hudner, commanded by Cmdr. Nathan Scherry, a Peculiar, Missouri native, is the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the 36th DDG 51 class destroyer built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW). It is the first warship named for naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Capt. Hudner, a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, received the Medal of Honor for his…

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Navy to Commission Destroyer Thomas Hudner

November 28, 2018 – The Navy will commission its newest destroyer, the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony at Flynn Cruiseport in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, Dec. 1. The future USS Thomas Hudner honors naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr. President Harry S. Truman awarded the Medal of Honor to Hudner April 13, 1951, who displayed “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” for attempting to save the life of his squadron mate, Ens. Jesse L. Brown, in the Battle of Chosin…

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USS Constitution Celebrates 221 Years Underway

October 20, 2018 – USS Constitution and its crew headed underway from the ship’s berth in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Oct. 19, in commemoration of the ship’s launching 221 years ago on Oct. 21, 1787, and is celebrating the U.S. Navy’s 243rd birthday. “There’s no better place to commemorate the Navy’s and Constitution’s anniversaries in our natural state, underway at sea,” said Cmdr. Nathaniel R. Shick, 75th commanding officer of USS Constitution. “I still remember the excitement I felt as my first ship pulled away from the pier in Norfolk, Virgina. Anxious,…

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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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Future USS Thomas Hudner to be Commissioned in Boston

On June 12, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Pre Commissioning Unit Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in Boston. Thomas Hudner, commanded by Cmdr. Nathan Scherry, a Peculiar, Missouri native, is the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the 36th DDG 51 class destroyer built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW). It is the first warship named for naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner. Hudner, a native of…

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ITS Alpino in Boston 8 to 12 June

Google Translation The multi-mission European frigate (FREMM) of the Alpino arrived at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston (USA), where it will stop until 12 June. Nave Alpino, delivered to the Navy on 30 September 2016, is the fifth FREMM unit and the fourth in the “anti-submarine” version. It is a ship set up with state-of-the-art and latest generation technological systems. The overseas campaign, the confrontation and the joint activities with friendly and allied Marine, constitute a precious opportunity for training, useful to maintain high levels of cooperation for…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 14, 2018

Boston Ship Repair LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $16,102,734 firm-fixed-price contract for a 63-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul dry docking of USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201).  The $16,102,734 consists of the amounts listed in the following areas category “A” work item cost, additional government requirement, other direct costs and the general and administrative costs. Work will include flight deck non-skid replacement, tank deck overhead preservation, ballast tank preservation, steel repairs, pump room bilge power tool, lifeboat davit preservation and embarkation overhead, 01 deck expansion joint repairs,…

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NRP Sagres to Visit North America, Caribbean and Colombia

Google Translation The NRP Sagres came from Alfeite the Naval Base on 27 April for a 4 month trip and a half in which to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship will practice 12 ports until the return to Lisbon, scheduled for September 14. In addition to Funchal and Philadelphia, New York, Newport, Boston, Halifax, Miami, Willemstad (Curaçao), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Praia da Vitória, Ponta Delgada and Faro are the ports where Sagres is expected to dock this year.

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Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns to Boston following 58-day patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned to her homeport of Boston Friday after a 58-day patrol of the Western Caribbean. The patrol capped off a 34 week span in which the Seneca’s crew conducted two Caribbean patrols and underwent an 82-day, $2.2 million dollar drydock maintenance and repair period at GMD Shipyard in Brooklyn, New York. During Seneca’s most recent patrol, the cutter rode out January’s “Bomb Cyclone” near Gardiner’s Bay, New York and provided offshore search and rescue capabilities for any potential mariners in distress during the storm. Seneca then…

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Spencer returns to Boston following 3-month counter narcotic patrol, international Arctic exercise

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned home to Boston Tuesday following a highly successful 90-day patrol fighting transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and training for multi-national search and rescue response in the Arctic. The crew’s patrol efforts resulted in the interdiction of four drug-laden vessels, the seizure of more than 7,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $110 million dollars, and the apprehension of twelve suspected smugglers. Last week, the crew offloaded approximately 10 tons of cocaine and 23 kilograms of heroin in Port Everglades, Florida, worth…

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Coast Guard protects Old Ironsides during annual Boston turnaround

Coast Guard Station Boston law enforcement teams provide security for the USS Constitution, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 as it sails in Boston Harbor. The USS Constitution originally launched in 1797 and is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi. [smartslider3 slider=32]

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Coast Guard joins Arctic stakeholders in historic forum

March 24, 2017 – U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joined leaders representing eight coast guards of Arctic nations in signing a joint statement Friday. The statement adopts doctrine, tactics, procedures and information-sharing protocols for emergency maritime response and combined operations in the Arctic. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. Membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States. “This forum…

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Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Returns to Boston $92 Million in Cocaine

March 13, 2017 – Coast Guard Cutter Spencer is scheduled to return to their homeport in Boston, Monday after a 74-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol, the crew interdicted four drug-laden vessels, resulting in the seizure of approximately 1,400 kilograms (3,080 lbs.) of cocaine worth more than $92 million. They also apprehended 13 suspected smugglers with the help of their deployed helicopter crew. The Spencer collaborated with the Costa Rican Coast Guard in the seizure of another fishing vessel smuggling about 2,900 lbs. of marijuana. “I could…

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