U.S. Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship 15 (Billings)

August 3, 2019 – The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Billings (LCS 15) – the nation’s eighth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – in Key West, Florida. This milestone places the ship, built by the Lockheed Martin-led team into active service. “Billings was designed to operate and adapt to a rapidly changing environment,” said Joe DePietro, vice president of Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin. “She is equipped and ready for today’s threats and easily modifiable to meet the threats we may not even be aware of yet. Our…

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USNS Spearhead Supports Fleet Experimentation

July 29, 2019 – USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) recently completed a two-day underway. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West, Fla., to conduct fleet experiments with multiple unmanned aerial and undersea systems, to include the V-BAT vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UA), Scan Eagle UAV and Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Spearhead also tested the assured position, navigation and timing (PNT) system. Dr. Christopher Heagney, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet science advisor coordinated the fleet experimentation for the underway period.…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings

July 31, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, in Key West, Florida. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Tester’s wife, Sharla, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Tester gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “The future USS Billings…

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Future USCGC William Hart Delivered

May 30, 2019 – Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the future USCGC WILLIAM HART, the 34th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 23rd of May, 2019 in Key West, Florida. Bollinger President & C.E.O. Ben Bordelon said, “We are very pleased to announce the latest FRC delivery, the USCGC WILLIAM HART. Previous cutters have been stationed around the nation including Alaska and Hawaii. WILLIAM HART, the third of three fast response cutters to be home-ported in Honolulu, Hawaii will join the…

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Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Returns to Key West From Africa

May 23, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) returned to their homeport in Key West, Florida, Thursday after a three-month U.S. Africa Command patrol. The Thetis crew concluded their patrol, in which they conducted multiple joint law enforcement exercises and operations with West African countries with U.S. Africa Command and U.S. 6th Fleet to maintain and strengthen international partnerships, and maritime security. “By conducting joint maritime law enforcement operations, we were able to establish best practices providing the West African navies and coast guards with the tools to enforce…

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Thetis Returns to Key West After Illegal Immigrant Patrol

December 19, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) returned Wednesday to Key West after a 90-day patrol in support of Operations Southeast Watch and Unified Resolve in the Caribbean Sea in support of alien migrant interdiction operations. The Thetis crew, along with other Coast Guard units, worked alongside the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA) to interdict and repatriate 219 migrants from the Dominican Republic and Haiti attempting to illegally enter the United States. While off the coast of Haiti, the cutter crew rescued six Jamaicans who…

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Coast Guard Repatriates Eleven Illegal Immigrants to Cuba

November 29, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) crew repatriated 11 Cuban migrants Thursday to Cuba. A good Samaritan located a rustic vessel approximately 18 miles southeast of Islamorada, Monday. A Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement interdicted the migrants and transferred them to the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. (WPC-1107) crew arrived on scene and safely embarked 11 Cuban migrants who attempted to enter the United States illegally. “The Coast Guard bears the responsibility of enforcing immigration laws with our partners and securing…

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Coast Guard signs for newest Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter

October 26, 2018 – The Coast Guard signed for the newest Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter, Terrell Horne, October 25 during a signing ceremony in Key West. Lt. John Beal, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne, signed documents to take possession of the cutter Terrell Horne on behalf of the Coast Guard at the signing ceremony. Members of Coast Guard Sector Key West, cutter Terrell Horne crew and the Horne family attended the ceremony. The cutter Terrell Horne is named after Senior Chief Terrell Horne, who placed himself…

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Future USCGC Richard Snyder Delivered

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC RICHARD SNYDER, the 27th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 8th of February, 2018 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for April, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, NC. We are pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC RICHARD SNYDER,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the first FRC to be stationed in Atlantic Beach, NC. Previous cutters have been…

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seizes Nearly 7 Tons of Cocaine and Rescues Ocean Wildlife

The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned to homeport in Key West Sunday following a 68-day Eastern Pacific counter drug patrol. The cutter Thetis crew worked alongside the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, an aviation detachment from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and a Royal Canadian Navy maritime coastal defense vessel in support of Operation Martillo seizing 6,755 kilograms of cocaine and 14 pounds of marijuana during eight separate interdictions that resulted in the apprehension of 24 suspected smugglers. While on patrol Nov. 19, the cutter launched its Over the Horizon…

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Future USCGC Jacob Poroo Delivered

Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC JACOB POROO, the 25th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 5th of September 2017 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for the 8th of November in New Orleans, Louisiana. “We are excited to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC JACOB POROO,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the second FRC to be stationed in Pascagoula, MS. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida,…

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Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma

Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. “Their safety and security is a top priority,” Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the installation. Naval Air Station Key West personnel have a designated safe haven area of within 300 miles of Atlanta. Personnel and family members need to…

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Naval Aviation Hits Historic Milestone

The Navy completed the debrief for the 100,000th sortie using the Tactical Combat Training System (TCTS) Aug. 2, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, marking the most sorties flown on naval ranges using the system. The sophisticated TCTS – in use for more than a decade – is the high velocity learning tool managed by Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona for the Navy and Marine Corps. It provides live monitoring and control during mission execution, plus a fully instrumented event reconstruction debrief, similar to “coaching tape” debriefs in pro…

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