USS Bulkeley Returns to Norfolk Following Deployment

November 13, 2018 – USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment to the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 11. The ship operated as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and also conducted independent operations in support of 6th Fleet combatant commander requirements. “I could not be prouder of these naval warriors as they completely bought-in to the mantra of ’Engaging, Fighting, and Winning‘ and established a new standard of excellence,” said Cmdr. John Lucas IV, the ship’s…

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Marshal Ustinov Enters Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the African Coast

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, a squad of warships of the Northern Fleet, led by the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, made a business call at the Spanish port of Ceuta. Within a few days, the crews of Russian ships will replenish their stocks. After completion of the replenishment of the reserves, the detachment of ships will continue to perform tasks on the long-range cruise plan. The call of a detachment of ships of the Northern Fleet to the port of Ceuta was made for the first time since…

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Exercise Grand African NEMO

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The wishes expressed during the 3rd symposium on maritime safety in the Gulf of Guinea applied concretely at sea. The Navy is currently participating alongside 15 African navies in the 1st edition of the ” Grand African NEMO ” exercise . This annual exercise strengthens the momentum for a truly maritime community in the Gulf of Guinea that can fight to maintain security in this area of ​​the globe. It complements the “African NEMO” exercises, conducted 5 to 6 times a year, in a…

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Rolls-Royce to deliver design and ship equipment for Belgium’s new research vessel

November 7, 2018 – Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by the Spanish ship builder Freire to deliver ship design and equipment systems for a new oceanographic research vessel for Belgium. The IMO polar code compliant vessel will be designed to carry out research and survey tasks in the North Sea and its adjacent sea areas, but also in the Mediterranean and more northern areas. The research vessel will cater for the requirements of the Belgian marine scientific community when performing advanced marine research and education at sea – today…

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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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Spanish Navy Accepts Delivery of Audaz

September 4, 2018 – On the 3rd, the act of receiving the fifth Maritime Action Ship (BAM) “Audaz” (P-45) took place at the Curra dock. The ship is integrated into the Command of the Maritime Action Units in Cartagena, establishing its base in the Arsenal. The ceremony was chaired by the Admiral of Maritime Action (ALMART), Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa, and was attended by different civil and military authorities. [smartslider3 slider=86] After the arrival of the authorities and the guests, the ALMART addressed on board some words of welcome…

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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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Infanta Elena Home From Africa Deployment

Google Translation The Patrolman of Height “Infanta Elena”, has docked today in the quay of the Curra of the Arsenal of Cartagena. During the last four months, it has contributed to improve Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa, monitoring maritime traffic, making a naval presence and supporting Spanish flagship and vessels in areas currently affected by piracy, immigration and fishing illegal. The manning of the ship was received by the Admiral of the Maritime Action Force, Vice Admiral Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa, in addition to…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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Spanish Frigate Numanica to Replace Sister Santa Maria on Illegal Immigrant Patrol

Google translation The frigate “Numancia” has set sail this morning for the Italian port of Catania to relieve the frigate “Santa María” deployed in the operation “SOPHIA” since December last year. The “Numancia” will be integrated into the mission until October 20, a month that will be relieved by another Spanish vessel. The crew of the frigate consists of 215 men and women under the command of the frigate’s captain Isidro Carrara Navas. The farewell ceremony was presided over by Rear Admiral Ricardo A. Hernández López, Commander of the Naval…

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia Form Joint Venture ‎

Under the high patronage of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, and in the presence of Mariano Rajoy Spanish Prime Minister, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia S.A. today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to create a joint venture (JV) April 12th in Madrid. The JV will manage and localize any naval combat systems activity including integration and installation. Both parties also inked a Letter of Intent (LoI) to design and build 5 Avante…

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USS Porter Hosts Friends and Family Cruise

USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted more than 100 guests for a friends and family day cruise that included tours of the ship, gun demonstrations, and a steel beach picnic, March 26. The friends and family day cruise is a naval tradition that typically precedes or follows a ship’s deployment. It offers the crew a chance to involve its family members and special guests in the day-to-day operations of life as a Sailor, while also allowing them to spend quality time together. The guest list was comprised of Sailors’ families, friends…

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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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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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Massive Cocaine Bust on High Seas for Spain

Google Translation Approached on the high seas a boat carrying 3,800 kilos of cocaine to Spain The narcotic was hidden in a watertight compartment inside the ship’s structure The agents intercepted the ship, from Colombia, in Atlantic waters, about 540 miles from the Canary Islands, arresting the seven drug traffickers who were crewmembers Approached on the high seas a boat carrying 3,800 kilos of cocaine to Spain Agents of the Civil Guard and the National Police, along with officials of Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency, have carried out an…

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