Raytheon missiles support complex NATO exercise

May 28, 2019 – Raytheon Company missiles played vital roles in the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO military exercise called Formidable Shield 2019, which took place off the coast of Scotland and included scenarios of no-notice target launches. During the event, the Standard Missile-3 was fired at a simulated target. Raytheon’s Standard Missile-2 and Evolved SeaSparrow Missile engaged targets simulating anti-ship cruise missiles. The real-world training exercise enabled Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States to improve interoperability and practice defeating…

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Forces From 14 Countries in UK for Major Navy Exercise

March 15, 2019 – Hundreds of Royal Navy personnel will join forces with warships, submarines and aircraft from 13 other countries for a two-week exercise. Naval ships, Royal Marines and helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm will be in and around Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. It will see the navy work alongside the Army and Royal Air Force as well as tri-service counterparts from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US. In total, there will be 6,500 personnel at sea,…

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Sixth Fleet Commander Visits FS Charles de Gaulle

March 8, 2019 – The U.S. 6th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, at the invitation the operational commander for the Mediterranean, Vice Adm. Charles-Henri du Ché, visited the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle March 7 as the ship and its carrier strike group (CSG) began its long-planned deployment. While on board, Franchetti toured the ship, observed flight operations, and received a presentation on the integration of U.S. and partner forces with the French CSG during the Charles de Gaulle’s major naval deployment. “I greatly appreciate Vice Adm.…

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Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems

October 3, 2018 – At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems. This initiative will enable Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to pool their resources, their talent and ingenuity to create better, more flexible and more interoperable unmanned, maritime…

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RFS Admiral Essen Visited Messina for 110th Anniversary of Earthquake/Tsunami

September 25, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Frigate of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) Admiral Essen completed the business call at the port of Messina on the island of Sicily (Italy) and continued its tasks in the Mediterranean. During the stay of the frigate “Admiral Essen” in the Italian city, the crew of the ship visited a monument to Russian sailors and local historical attractions of Messina. The visit of the Russian ship to the Italian port was timed to coincide with the 110th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and…

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Chinese frigate Binzhou makes technical stop in Italy

The guided-missile frigate Binzhou (Hull 515) of the 29th Chinese naval escort taskforce arrived in the Port of Naples, Italy, on July 11, for a three-day technical stop after the completion of its “Kiel Week” visit in Germany and participation in the Centenary Celebration of the Polish Navy in Poland. At 13:00 local time, accompanied by the performance of Carabinieri Band of Italy, the frigate Binzhou slowly pulled into the Port of Naples. The Chinese Ambassador to Italy Li Ruiyu and his wife, along with the staff of the embassy…

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Seven NATO Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together

Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.…

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FDRMC Naples and Partners Conduct Voyage Repair on USS Farragut

When USS Farragut (DDG 99) suffered an engineering casualty in the North Atlantic, Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Naples, Italy teamed with U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center in Sigonella, Italy and Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) to conduct a voyage repair on the guided missile destroyer in Bergen, Norway. Farragut was on deployment as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Strike Group in support of Operation Titanium Citadel, when a Gas Turbine Generator cooling fan failure required an unscheduled replacement. The complex repair job…

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Fight against submarines, maintain a high level of expertise!

Google Translation At a time when many nations are acquiring, developing or reactivating an underwater force, NATO navies continue to cooperate in the fight against submarines (ASM). Ten nations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States) have focused a significant amount of resources off the coast of Sicily where Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018 is taking place . A dozen boats, as many helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft, six submarines and 5,000 sailors compete in one of the largest meetings in the field of anti-submarine…

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USS Carney Brings in New Year in Brindisi

USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Brindisi, Italy, Dec. 30 for a scheduled port visit, giving the crew a chance to bring in the New Year and celebrate the U.S.-Italy relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure Europe. The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to the collective security of the European region. “My crew and I are overjoyed to be in Brindisi for the New Year,” said Cmdr. Peter F. Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney.…

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Baltic Fleet Oceanographic research ship Admiral Vladimirsky enters Mediterranean

The oceanographic research ship Admiral Vladimirsky, the Baltic Fleet, being on long-distance mission, has completed its passage through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean Sea. In course of the mission, the crew will perform a great deal of hydrographic and scientific work. The route of the vessel Admiral Vladimirsky lies through two oceans, five seas and equator. There are some stopovers planned in Cyprus, India, Mauritius, and Italy for rest and replenishing of supplies. On December 15, the vessel Admiral Vladimirsky sailed from home station in Kronstadt for…

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ITS Virginio Fasan Returns to La Spezia December 18

Google Translation On December 18, the Fasan ship crew arrives in La Spezia after five months of anti-piracy activities carried out in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and part of the Indian Ocean On Monday 18 December, the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Virginio Fasan returned to La Spezia, after five intense months of participation in the “EUNAVFOR Atalanta” operation, a European Union mission operating in an area between the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and part of the Indian Ocean, to ensure the presence, surveillance and police on the…

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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta After Refit in Croatia

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), flag ship of U.S. 6th Fleet, arrived at its forward-deployed port in Gaeta, Italy, Oct. 27, after completing a 10-month shipyard maintenance evolution at the Viktor Lenac shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia. During the maintenance availability, shipyard teams completed work on Mount Whitney’s generators, propeller, habitability spaces and command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence systems. “We had nearly $45 million worth of work on the hull, mechanical and electrical systems of the ship, and a complete upgrade of the computer systems,” said Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh,…

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VP-16 Completes Deployment to US 6th Fleet

The “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 began their transition back to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in early October after a successful seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, attached to Commander, Task Force 67. While the squadron primarily operated out of Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, VP-16 also supported 43 detachments across 15 countries including Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Scotland, Spain, and Ukraine. VP-16 worked to improve interoperability with NATO allies and deter aggression across the AOO, as well as…

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