Navy Commissions USS Montana (SSN 794)

The Navy commissioned the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Montana (SSN 794) in a traditional ceremony held Saturday, June 25, at Naval Station Norfolk. Under Secretary of the Navy Erik K. Raven, highlighted the Montana’s capabilities and the importance of its crew in maintaining undersea dominance for the fleet. “When USS Montana joins that fleet, she will add next generation of…

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Communist China Trials Y-7 Transport for Carrier Ops

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held simulation training for transport aircraft to land on aircraft carriers, with military analysts saying on Wednesday that the move indicated that China is now developing fixed-wing transport aircraft and special mission aircraft including early warning aircraft for its third aircraft carrier, thanks to the latter’s electromagnetic catapults. The PLA Naval Aviation…

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ADV Cape Otway Maiden Arrival at Homeport of Cairns

Navy’s first Evolved Cape-class patrol boat (ECCPB), Australian Defence Vessel Cape Otway, was officially welcomed to its home port of Cairns on June 24. The 58-metre aluminium monohull vessel will be used in constabulary operations, primarily to the North of Australia, enforcing Australian sovereign immigration and fisheries laws. Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Chris Smith was one of the…

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HMS Prince of Wales Returns from NATO Mission

Britain’s biggest warship is set to return home tomorrow after completing a NATO mission in which she operated alongside Spain’s aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Cadiz. HMS Prince of Wales will be back in Portsmouth after being involved in Spain’s premier naval exercises off their Atlantic coast, boosting security and NATO allies’ ability to operate together in the region.…

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Lockheed Martin Breaks Ground on Missile Facility in Alabama

Lockheed Martin is investing in innovation, celebrating a milestone marking continued growth, and advancing capability in North Alabama at its Huntsville campus, as the company broke ground on a new facility today. The Missile System Integration Lab (MSIL) facility will initially be used exclusively for development within Lockheed Martin’s Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) program, based in Huntsville and supporting the…

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Hartlepool Royal Navy Museum Undergoes Massive Expansion

The Royal Navy’s museum in Hartlepool is to undergo a multi-million-pound revamp and expansion. Large new galleries and workshops will be created to better tell the long, proud history of the Senior Service – including providing a permanent home for a WW2 Coastal Forces boat. The expansion will also allow the National Museum of the Royal Navy to air some…

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HMS Portland Takes Part in Dynamic Mongoose 22

The hunt is over for HMS Portland after she joined NATO’s premiere submarine hunters putting the pressure on underwater foes for ten days. The chilly waters of the ‘Greenland gap’ and Norwegian Sea were the setting for Dynamic Mongoose, the alliance’s largest test of its anti-submarine forces in the North Atlantic. Plymouth-based HMS Portland was one of 11 surface ships…

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