Four Successful Drug Interdictions by HMAS Ballarat

June 8, 2019 – Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days while deployed to the Middle East region. The four boardings took place over the period 2–5 June 2019, as Ballarat conducted a routine patrol in the Arabian Sea in support of the Combined Maritime Forces. The drug seizures included a large quantity of hashish and illegal narcotics weighing a combined total of 5.8 tonnes or a haul similar in size to five family-sized motor vehicles. The suspicious vessels, known as…

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Russia Holds Their Own BALTOPS

June 10, 2019 (TASS) – Several naval groups comprising corvettes, small missile ships and an anti-submarine warfare vessel have sailed to practice ranges in the Baltic Sea for naval drills, the Baltic Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “As part of planned drills, the naval hunter-killer and surface action groups comprising the corvettes Boiky and Stoiky, the small missile ships Serpukhov, Zelyony Dol, Liven and Passat and the anti-submarine warfare ship Aleksin will hold a set of drills,” the press office said in a statement. The naval ships will practice…

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Boxer Arrives in Phuket June 8

June 10, 2019 – USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Phuket, Thailand June 8 for a scheduled port visit. The port visit is a chance for Sailors and Marines to relax and enjoy Thailand’s culture, cuisine and tropical beaches while fostering relationships between the two nations. “Our visit is an opportunity for the ship to replenish supplies, and an important relationship-strengthening opportunity with Thailand,” said Capt. Ronald Dowdell, Boxer’s commanding officer. “Sailors have an opportunity to get some well-deserved rest and enjoy…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 10, 2019

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, a Lockheed Martin Co., is awarded $542,023,016 for firm-fixed price modification P00074 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0050) in support of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VH-92A). This modification exercises an option for the procurement of six Low Rate Initial Production Lot 1 Presidential Helicopters, as well as interim contractor support, initial spares, support equipment, and system parts replenishment. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (50 percent); Coatesville, Pennsylvania (36 percent); Owego, New York (10 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (3 percent); and Quantico,…

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First Year Cadets Learn on Talls Ship Esmeralda

June 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of the professional training activities scheduled for this year by the Naval School “Arturo Prat” , this June 6, the first year cadets of the campus visited the School Ship “Esmeralda” , which will initiate her sixty-fourth Instructional Cruise this June 9. The activity was carried out in order to carry out a practical Nautical class on board, in which the cadets had to apply the nomenclature and go through all the maneuvering stations, understanding the purpose and rationale of each element.…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for RAN Announced

June 10, 2019 – The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), today announced 1214 awards in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List, including 26 members of the Royal Australian Navy. “On behalf of all Australians I congratulate today’s recipients. They have made an enormous contribution to their local communities and to the entire nation and deserve our thanks, admiration and to be celebrated,” the Governor-General said. “This is my last honours list as Governor-General. Over the last…

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Kiwi Sailors Return from HMAS Canberra Deployment

June 9, 2019 – A small contingent of Royal New Zealand Navy officers and sailors returned home after spending almost three months deployed in HMAS Canberra as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. Lieutenant Matthew Gajzago, the senior RNZN officer deployed in HMAS Canberra, said it was an amazing opportunity to further build on the already strong ties between Australia and New Zealand. “It’s always really great integrating, networking and forming new friendships with Aussies,” Lieutenant Gajzago said. “This trip has given us a great opportunity to gain more experience in…

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106th NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee (NEWAC) Convenes in Brussels

June 7, 2019 – On 5th to 7th June, the NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee held its 106th Plenary meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Since its inception in 1949, NATO has continuously evolved by recognizing potential threats and adapting to counter and defend against them. Electronic Warfare is just one of many areas where NATO is working to ensure that it is prepared to continue to uphold its founding principles and pursue its core tasks. The NATO Electronic Warfare Advisory Committee’s mission is to enhance NATO’s Electronic Warfare…

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Marines of the Northern Fleet Conducting Amphibous Training

June 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, the personnel of a separate marine brigade of the Northern Fleet, together with the crew of the Kondopoga large landing ship (BDK), began practical exercises in naval amphibious training during the summer training period. In training, which take place in the lip of Pechenga (Barents Sea), soldiers of the air assault battalion on standard equipment take part. During the day, the marines together with the crew of the ship will work out loading and unloading aboard the BDK auto and armored vehicles: BTR-82A…

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BALTOPS 2019 Begins In Germany

June 7, 2019 – Maritime forces from 18 nations commenced the in-port operations for the 47th annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in the Baltic Sea, June 9-21. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe, enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet, will lead the exercise on behalf of Naval Forces Europe. “No one nation can face today’s challenges alone, we are much stronger together,”…

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SWRMC Completes On Time Delivery of USS Pearl Harbor

June 8, 2019 – Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) supported Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on-time delivery goal with the completion of USS Pearl Harbor’s (LSD 52) availability on May 31. During the availability, SWRMC maintenance teams conducted a variety of scheduled overhauls throughout the ship while focusing on growth or new work items related to safety and requirements for getting underway. The strategy was a success as Pearl Harbor returned to Naval Base San Diego from sea trials on June 4. “SWRMC works to find cost-effective and innovative solutions…

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USS Boxer and Charles de Gaulle Sail in Andaman Sea

June 7, 2019 – USS Boxer (LHD 4) and French navy aircraft carrier, FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), and its escort ships conducted drills while sailing through the Bay of Bengal, June 7. Joining Boxer and Charles de Gaulle were French anti-submarine destroyer FS Latouche Treville (D 646), anti-submarine frigate FS Provence (D 652) and underway replenishment tanker FS Marne (A 630). Building on the inaugural, multilateral exercise La Perouse from last month, the drills included formation sailing, combined flight operations and personnel transfers. “The opportunity to train with…

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Pearl Harbor Welcomes USS Hawaii Home From Deployment

June 6, 2019 – USS Hawaii (SSN 776) returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing its latest six-deployment June 6. The crew was greeted on the historic submarine piers of Pearl Harbor by a bustling crowd of well-wishers and families, eager to welcome the Sailors home after a successful deployment. “Every member of the crew prepared for, sustained and successfully executed all phases of this deployment,” said Cmdr. Sterling S. Jordan, commanding officer of Hawaii and a native of San Francisco, Calif. “From our initial training to the…

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