Former Navy Employee Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offenses with Multiple Victims

June 11, 2019 – A former Navy employee who resided in Maryland before moving to Japan pleaded guilty today to the production, transportation and possession of child pornography. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur of the District of Maryland and Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office made the announcement. Spencer E. Steckman, 35, formerly of Silver Spring, Maryland, was charged in March 2018 with one count of production of child pornography, one…

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Cammell Laird Targets Shipbuilding Growth After Busy Start to Year

June 12, 2019 – Merseyside UK shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird is reporting a strong first four months of 2019, with 25 ships arriving for drydocking and repairs during the period. In total Cammell Laird has received 11 ferries at its famous Birkenhead site from January to the end of April, along with 14 other vessels. The successful start to the year has involved work carried out for 13 different clients, aided by repeat business for a number of customers. The period also saw inaugural arrival of…

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Navy Trainers Support Philippines in Maritime Patrol Mission

June 11, 2019 – Members of the Defence Cooperation Program Sea Training Group have recently completed their sixth rotation conducting Maritime Interoperability Training at Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga, Philippines. Lead by Commander Mitchell Edwards, a small team of Australian Sea Trainers have been deployed to various locations throughout the Operation AUGURY-PHILIPPINES area of operation under Joint Task Force 629. As part of an Australian Defence Joint Task Force and with air, land and maritime activities simultaneously taking place, the Sea Trainers worked alongside the Philippine Navy Training Team…

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HMAS Melbourne Returns to Australia for Final Time

June 11, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy’s oldest Adelaide Class warship, HMAS Melbourne (III), has returned to Australia from her final overseas mission. The 138 metre-long Guided Missile Frigate arrived at Gladstone Port in Queensland today, following a three month deployment throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM RAN, said Melbourne’s final deployment saw her successfully complete a range of essential maritime security operations with partner nations. “True to her motto ‘She Gathers Strength As She Goes’, Melbourne’s last deployment was no easy wind-down,…

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Mine Warfare Takes Center Stage in BALTOPS 2019

June 11, 2019 – Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, visited with forces from exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) Mine Warfare Task Group during the first day of operations during the exercise June 9. Lewis, the commander of BALTOPS 2019, spoke of the relevance of working with partner nations in the areas of mine warfare during BALTOPS, as he spoke with task unit leaders from the Mine Warfare Task Group. “Don’t underestimate the importance of what each of you are doing as part of this exercise,” Lewis said.…

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Project 21631 Ingushetia Launched

June 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – On the eve of the celebration of the Day of Russia, the joint-stock company Zelenodolsk Plant named after A.M. Gorky in the Republic of Tatastan was solemnly launched on the eighth in the series of the newest small rocket ship of the project 21631 Ingushetia. The launching ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Alexei Pesoshin, Head of the Republic of Ingushetia, Hero of Russia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, Head of the Shipbuilding Department of the Russian Navy, Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov,…

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Lockheed Martin Australia Announces Successful Aegis Combat System ‘Light Off’ For Australia

June 6, 2019 – Defence technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Australia in support of the Royal Australian Navy, is today announcing the successful ‘light off’ of the Aegis Combat System on HMAS Hobart, following her first docking at Garden Island, Sydney. The Aegis system ‘light off’ marks the transition from the production period of the Post Delivery Upgrade (PDU) to combat system testing and training for HMAS Hobart. These comprehensive tests will ensure the combat system equipment is operational and the crew are ready to commence their next mission.…

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List of JMSDF Facilities Where Unauthorized UAV Use is Banned

June 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Target defense related facilities based on the provisions of the Act (2016 Law No. 9), Article 6 paragraphs 1 and 2 and paragraph 4 concerning the prohibition of the flight of small unmanned aerial vehicles etc. in the upper air of the surrounding area of ​​important facilities And we have announced that we have specified that the site or area of ​​the relevant defense related facilities and the area around the target facilities pertaining to the relevant defense related facilities will be specified. The…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 13, 2019

Resource Management Concepts Inc.,* Lexington Park, Maryland, is awarded a $101,231,753 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for information technology engineering and management services for aircraft, avionics, and weapons system requirements in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test Department (AD 5.4). Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (71 percent); Orlando, Florida (7 percent); San Diego, California (6 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (6 percent); Point Mugu, California (5 percent); and Cherry Point, North Carolina (5 percent), and is expected to be…

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USS Stout Makes Port Call in Nassau

June 13, 2019 – USS Stout (DDG 55) arrived in Nassau, Bahamas, for a scheduled port visit, June 12. The Norfolk-based destroyer arrived in the island nation’s port as part of a concerted effort to increase U.S. presence and reinforce the U.S. Navy’s commitment to a mutually beneficial partnership. “The Bahamas is one of our most enduring allies, and this is a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” said Cmdr. Nathan Diaz, the ship’s commanding officer. “Our crew can’t wait to make a difference in the…

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FS La Combattante Commissioned at Saint Malo

June 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 12, 2019, Lieutenant-Commander Jean-Christophe Dherbécourt was recognized as the first commander of the PAG by Rear-Admiral Thierry Catard, Deputy Admiral Brest, commanding the Naval Action Force. The launch of this patrol boat was decided by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armies following Hurricane IRMA which touched the Antilles in September 2017 in order to reinforce the means of the Armed Forces in the Antilles (FAA). Launched November 22, 2018 in Saint-Malo, the PAG is the third and last copy of his series.…

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul

June 12, 2019 – The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, June 15, in Marinette, Wisconsin. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota will deliver the christening ceremony’s principal address. Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Ms. Jodi Greene will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Ms. Greene will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow. “The christening of the future USS Minneapolis-Saint…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 12, 2019

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division, Newport News, Virginia, is awarded a maximum-value $687,090,000 cost and cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for early service life period work on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The purpose of this contract is to support ship repair and modernization during continuous incremental availabilities, planned incremental availabilities, full-ship shock trials and continuous maintenance and emergent maintenance during the ship’s early service life period. This contract includes five ordering periods totaling 60 months, with a maximum order value of $687,090,000. Work for the initial delivery order…

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