ITS Carlo Margottini Makes Port Call to Dammam, Saudi Arabia

February 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – From today until 25 February the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Carlo Margottini will be parked in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the fourth leg of the naval campaign in the Middle East and the Arabian Sea (MOMA) which sees the Naval unit of the Marina Militare carry out activities of presence and surveillance in the area, to protect the lines of maritime traffic of national interest. The campaign is also part of the activities carried out in the field of international cooperation and dialogue between the…

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Pearl of the West 2018

November 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – On November 26, 2018, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate (AAF) departed from the port of Kuwait City, where she had docked four days earlier, to begin a series of maneuvers with the Kuwaiti Navy as part of her participation in the bilateral exercise Pearl of the West. At sea, the Cassard is joined by a patrol boat, the Qarroh and two Kuwaitian speedboats, the Al-Bateel 4 and 10. The buildings are grouped in the formation ordered by the Cassard according to joint procedures before proceeding…

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POGO Identifies Defense Contractors Recently Sanctioned for Human Trafficking Abuses

POGO has identified two companies that were recently sanctioned by the government for violating U.S. restrictions on human trafficking. An official in the Pentagon’s watchdog told POGO that Tamimi Global Company and Texas Gulf Global General Trading & Contracting Company were the two of the companies referred to, although not by name, in a recent State Department report. The State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2018 released in June reported: [The Department of Justice] and other federal law enforcement agencies continued to investigate allegations of debt bondage and excessive recruitment fees required…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 17, 2018

Leidos Innovations Corp., Gaithersburg, Maryland, is awarded $15,948,573 for cost-plus-fixed-fee order N6893618F0598 against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-16-D-0018). This order provides for the procurement of 135 Joint Threat Emitter spare parts for the repair and sustainment of Electronic Warfare Target/Threat systems deployed at test and training ranges in support of the Air Force. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, and is expected to be completed in July 2019. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 other procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 26, 2018

Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded $24,503,472 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0090) to exercise an option to procure 14 full-rate production lot 15 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4/5 onboard jammer systems in support of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office for the government of Kuwait.  Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey (59 percent); San Jose, California (14 percent); San Diego, California (7 percent); Rancho Cordova, California (5 percent); Mountain View, California (3 percent); and various locations within the…

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DSCA Approves 15 Patrol Vessels for Kuwait

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of fast patrol boats for an estimated cost of $100 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to purchase fifteen (15) fast patrol boats outfitted with thirty-six (36) .50 caliber machine guns (thirty (30) installed, two (2) per boat and six (6) spares). This request also includes support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering,…

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Chinese naval escort taskforce visits Kuwait

February 3, 2017 (ChinaMil) – A Chinese naval escort taskforce arrived at the Shuwaikh Port of Kuwait on the 1st of February and started its five-day goodwill visit to Kuwait. This is Chinese naval escort taskforce’ s second visit to Kuwait. The 24th Chinese naval escort fleet, consisting of the guided-missile destroyer Harbin (Hull 112), the guided-missile frigate Handan (Hull 579) and the comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu (Hull 960), entered the Shuwaikh Port on 9:00 am this Wednesday, local time. More than 500 people, including Chinese Ambassador to Kuwait Wang…

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NATO marks closer ties with Gulf partners, opens new center in Kuwait

January 24, 2017 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg led the North Atlantic Council in celebrating the opening of the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre on Tuesday (24 January 2017). During an inauguration ceremony in Kuwait, the Secretary General highlighted the Centre’s potential in strengthening the partnership between NATO and Gulf partners, including in the important fight against terrorism. The Secretary General thanked Kuwait for hosting the Centre and for its long-standing leadership in promoting regional security. As NATO’s first presence in the Gulf region, the NATO-ICI Regional Centre…

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