ARC Adds ARC Commitment & ARC Defender to U.S.-Flag Fleet

American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. (ARC) recently completed the reflagging of two new ships to the U.S.-flag fleet – M/Vs ARC Commitment and ARC Defender. The two vessels are ARC’s latest additions to its U.S.-flag fleet, having recently been reflagged with the U.S. Coast Guard to American-flag registry in Jacksonville, Florida in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively. Both…

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USS Freedom of Navigation Operation in South China Sea

The PRC’s statement about this mission is false. USS Benfold conducted this FONOP in accordance with international law and then continued on to conduct normal operations in international waters. The operation reflects our commitment to uphold freedom of navigation and lawful uses of the sea as a principle. The United States is defending every nation’s right to fly, sail, and…

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US Coast Guard Cutters Begin Operation Aiga in Oceania

Coast Guard Cutters Juniper (WLB 201) and Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126) will aim to extend the Coast Guard’s at-sea enforcement presence in the region through a 40-day patrol. Aiga, the Samoan word for family, is designed to integrate Coast Guard capabilities and operations with Pacific Island Country (PIC) partners in order to protect shared national interests, combat illegal, unreported, and…

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Worn Out Looking USS Ronald Reagan Begins Refit

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) began a four-month selected restricted availability at Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022 following its recent five-month deployment across the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. At the time of its return to Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 16, 2021, Reagan was the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. During its deployment, the ship transited nearly 43,000…

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Hensoldt Optronics for Type U212 CD Submarines

Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is equipping the German-Norwegian submarine project U212 CD with a fully digital sensor suite. The optronics division of HENSOLDT has now received a corresponding order worth over 50 million euros from kta naval systems, a consortium of Kongsberg, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systeme and Atlas Elektronik. The order comprises six optronic systems, consisting of an OMS 150 optronic…

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Chevalier Paul Trains With French Forces in Djibouti

On January 8, 2022, as part of its deployment in the Indian Ocean, the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul was able to train with the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDJ). The Chevalier Paul thus supported an offensive action led by Rafales of the Air and Space Force deployed from mainland France against a fictitious country defended by Mirage…

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USS Jackson Visits Brunei

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) arrived in Brunei Jan. 14 following a one-day exercise at sea with the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN). The visit highlighted the strong partnership and military relationship between Brunei and the United States. In consideration of COVID-19 safety mitigations, the visit was contactless, meaning the crew of the ship remained aboard the ship,…

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NAWCWD Researchers Break Ground in Magnetic Molecules

Dr. Randall McClain and Dr. Ben Harvey, research chemists working for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, published groundbreaking research in the field of single molecule magnets in the Jan. 14 edition of Science magazine, the flagship journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “Science is one of the most prestigious U.S.-based scientific journals,” Harvey said. “The…

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Northern Fleet Ships Exercise in the Barents Sea

The crews of the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the frigate Admiral Kasatonov, the large anti-submarine ship Vitse-Admiral Kulakov, in cooperation with the medium tanker Vyazma and a number of other vessels, worked out measures to form a detachment of ships and vessels in the Barents Sea. During the day, they performed a number of joint maneuvers as part of a…

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Video of Kitty Hawk Departure From Bremerton Mothball Fleet

Navy tugs support the ex-USS Kitty Hawk’s towing in her final departure from Bremerton January 15, 2022, to a shipbreaking facility in Brownsville, Texas. Kitty Hawk, the Navy’s last commissioned conventional-powered aircraft carrier, operated for 48 years before decommissioning in 2009. (U.S. Navy video by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Paul Seeber)

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