PHNSY & IMF successfully undocks USS Charlotte

January 27, 2021 – Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) successfully undocked Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) Jan. 26. The undocking was a major milestone in the submarine’s engineered overhaul (EOH) availability. Undockings, led by the shipyard’s docking team, are complex efforts that require teamwork across the project team, ship’s force, and…

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Leonardo DRS Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for Technical Insertion of Surface Fleet Combat Management Systems

January 25, 2021 ̶ Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has received a contract from the U.S. Navy to supply critical system hardware and full life-cycle support for AEGIS and Ship Self Defense System Combat Management Systems. The cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract was awarded in December 2020, and is worth up to $211.5 million. Under the…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth assumes role as new fleet flagship

January 27, 2021 – HMS Queen Elizabeth today assumed the role of Fleet Flagship as the Royal Navy moves closer to deploying the world’s most technologically advanced carrier strike group. Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Jerry Kyd was received on HMS Queen Elizabeth to mark the transfer of the role from HMS Albion, while Royal Navy ships and shore establishments were informed…

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Rheinmetall and MBDA win contract for high-energy laser system

January 28, 2021 – Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded a consortium, or ARGE, consisting of MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH a contract to fabricate, integrate and support testing of a laser weapon demonstrator in the maritime environment. The order value is in the low double-digit million euro range.…

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Battleship USS Iowa Museum CEO Update

IOWA and Surface Navy Museum Family: We have received word that the Governor has cancelled California’s COVID stay-at-home orders. This move is a positive step in the right direction, but I suspect Los Angeles will remain in the most restrictive tier for reopening. Covid-19 is still widespread in Los Angeles and I am incredibly proud of our crew for their efforts in…

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Philippine Navy Takes Part in Gunnery Exercise of Eastern Visayas

January 27, 2021 – Philippine Navy vessel BRP SALVADOR ABCEDE (PC114) spearheaded the conduct of a Joint Gunnery Exercise (GUNNEX) dubbed as the “1st PA-PN Joint Gunnery Exercise of Eastern Visayas” with Army participants from 802nd Brigade, Philippine Army on 24 January 2021 at the sea waters South of Camotes Island. The GUNNEX simulated a scenario of hot pursuit to…

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Sovereign shipbuilding capability retained in Hunter Class Frigate project

January 28, 2021 – The Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Project continues to ramp up its Australian workforce, with the graduates of Australia’s first digital shipbuilding course beginning work on the Project. The Diploma of Digital Technology, run by the prime contractor for the Hunter Class Frigate Project, BAE Systems Maritime Australia and Flinders University, was launched in March last…

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USS Freedom Completes Trilateral Exercise With El Salvador, Guatemala

January 22, 2021 – USS Freedom (LCS 1) executed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with its naval counterparts from El Salvador and Guatemala, January 21st. PASSEXs are a series of advanced close proximity maneuvering exercises designed to improve interoperability and advance the partner nation’s ability to communicate, navigate and operate together at sea. “This tri-lateral PASSEX, strengthens our tactical readiness and…

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NOAA satellites helped save 304 lives in 2020

January 28, 2021 – NOAA’s satellite fleet, renowned for being the backbone of weather forecasts, also played a pivotal role in rescuing 304 people from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the United States and its surrounding waters in 2020 through other capabilities that fly on these satellites. Of the 304 U.S. rescues last year, 217 were water rescues, 12 were from…

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