Coast Guard decommissions Island-class cutter in Guam after nearly 30 years service

December 18, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Washington (WPB 1331), a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, was decommissioned after nearly 30 years of service as part of recapitalization efforts during a ceremony at Naval Base Guam, Wednesday. Rear Adm. Kevin E. Lunday, commander, Coast Guard 14th District presided over the ceremony. Washington’s years of service included numerous law enforcement cases, safety…

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USS Minnesota Returns Home in Time for the Holidays

December 20, 2019 – The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London following a regularly scheduled deployment, Dec. 20. Under the command of Cmdr. Thomas Flaherty, Minnesota returned from its second overseas deployment where the crew executed the chief of naval operation’s maritime strategy by completing missions vital to supporting national…

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Project 22870 SB-742 Commissioned at Novorossiysk

December 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today at the Novorossiysk Naval Base (Navy) of the Black Sea Fleet, a ceremony was held to raise the Andreevsky flag on the new SB-742 rescue tugboat. The ceremony of raising the flag was attended by representatives of the command of the Black Sea Fleet and the Novorossiysk naval base, the manufacturer, the administration of…

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Project 12700 Yakov Balyaev Rolled Out

  December 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – At the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant in St. Petersburg (part of United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC), the latest Yakov Balyaev project mine defense ship, built for the Russian Navy, was withdrawn from the workshop. The ships of this project have a unique, largest in the world hull of monolithic fiberglass. The ship completed work on the…

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Project 23370 Mikhail Kazansky Commissioned

December 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – It is planned that on December 25, by order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, the newest large hydrographic boat-catamaran of project 23370 Mikhail Kazansky will be accepted into the Russian Navy. The ceremony will take place at the Vyborg Shipyard. On this day, the St. Andrew’s flag will be solemnly…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Wins Planning Yard Contract

December 20, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a contract with a potential total value of $453.4 million for planning yard services in support of in-service cruisers and destroyers. The contract includes options over a five-year period. “This is another exciting opportunity for our shipbuilders to continue our 35 years of…

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Raytheon Building Additional SPY-6 radars for US Navy

December 20, 2019 – Raytheon Company will build two additional shipsets of SPY-6 radars under a $250 million contract with the U.S. Navy. The company is now contracted to deliver a total of nine radar shipsets to DDG-51 Flight III destroyers. “SPY-6 delivers significantly enhanced range and sensitivity [compared to legacy sensors], and gives geographically dispersed ships the ability to…

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December 18, 1941: the Alexandria Attack

December 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – “The assault vehicle is the only means of war that asks itself for the prodigious characteristic of achieving decisive results without mourning any family . This puts it in a position of unequivocal legitimacy in the face of the maritime law of war, but above all places operators in unparalleled moral position “. These…

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BRP Jose Rizal exceeds design speed for endurance range

  December 18, 2019 – BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the country’s first guided-missile frigate, exceeded design speed at endurance range during the ship’s initial sea trial which was held last November 23 to 27 off South Korean waters. “During the first sea trials, BRP Jose Rizal’s speed was higher than her design speed at endurance range,” Philippine Navy (PN) public…

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China Commissions Second Aircraft Carrier

By Liu Xuanzun and Guo Yuandan China’s second aircraft carrier, the country’s first domestically built one, the Shandong (hull 17), was delivered and commissioned to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Tuesday in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province, after refitting and sea trials since its launch in 2017. The commissioning marked China’s entry into an age of double carriers,…

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South Korean Navy Retires Last Alouette-III Helicopters

December 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – Wrapping up 43 years of service, the last batch of the South Korean Navy’s first anti-submarine Alouette-III helicopters were retired today, officials said. The three choppers made a farewell flight during a ceremony held at the southwestern port city of Mokpo to mark their retirement, according to the Navy. South Korea first received Alouette-III…

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Blas de Lezo Returns to Ferrol

December 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – On December 15, the frigate “Blas de Lezo” returned to Ferrol’s Military Arsenal after its integration into the NATO Permanent Naval Group No. 2 (SNMG-2) in the Mediterranean, between September 21 and on November 21, and the participation in the advanced exercise “PEAN-19”, of integration and certification of the French aircraft group, as escort…

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