SECNAV Names Future Destroyer in Honor of Senator Thad Cochran

November 15, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named in honor of late Sen. Thad Cochran, a Navy veteran. Cochran was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1959 after graduating from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and completed his service in the U.S. Navy in 1961. He served on the staff of the Commandant of the Eighth Naval District in New Orleans, Louisiana; taught military law and naval orientation at…

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US Navy says RAN’s new Destroyers strengthen a close friendship

November 5, 2018 – The United States Chief of Naval Operations has ended his visit to Australia, praising the Royal Australian Navy for its regional leadership and complimenting Navy for its game-changing new capabilities. US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral John Richardson, was in Canberra earlier this month for a day of high level talks on maritime security issues. Hosted by the RAN’s Chief of Navy, VADM Mike Noonan, CNO met with a range of senior leaders, including Chief of Defence Force, the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary…

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China launches guided missile destroyers

China launched two Type 055 guided-missile destroyers on Tuesday morning, according to witnesses outside a shipyard in Dalian, Liaoning province. Chinese naval enthusiasts published pictures taken near Dalian Shipbuilding Industry and accounts of the launch on online military forums. Water started to be pumped into the dry docks where the next-generation destroyers were built around 7 am before the docks’ gates were opened, witnesses said. Pictures showed a small launch ceremony at the shipyard, with hundreds of workers standing in formation in front of the two destroyers, each decorated with…

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Welcome to the fleet – HMAS Hobart III

With a zealous crowd and great fanfare, the guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart was commissioned in to the Royal Australian Navy fleet in a formal ceremony at Garden Island in Sydney today. The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull joined with other dignitaries, ship’s company and family and friends to welcome the newest ship to the Australian Fleet. Mr Turnbull said Australia plays a leading role in ensuring the world remains at peace. “In these uncertain times, a strong, well equipped Australian Defence Force is absolutely critical,” he said. “The commissioning of…

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