South Australia Shipbuilding Continues After Deliver of Final Destroyer

February 28, 2020 – In a moving ceremony Navy’s final Air Warfare Destroyer, NUSHIP Sydney, has been officially handed over to Defence. NUSHIP Sydney is the final of the three ships being delivered by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which includes the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, and ASC Shipbuilding supported by Navantia Australia. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Tripoli

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), the Navy’s newest America-class amphibious assault ship, from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)-Ingalls Shipbuilding Division Feb. 28. Amphibious assault ships project power and maintain presence by serving as the cornerstone of the amphibious ready group or expeditionary strike group. These ships transport elements of the Marine expeditionary unit or Marine…

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FS Ventose PASSEX with USCG Heriberto Hernandez

February 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – On January 29, 2020, on a mission off the Caribbean arc, the French surveillance frigate (FS) Ventôse , participated in a joint exercise called a PASSEX with the USCG Heriberto Hernandez as well as a Dolphin , guard building American coasts. During the exercise, while the Panther’s Ventose was conducting hoists exercises on the…

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Charles de Gaulle Strike Group Rest Break in Cyprus

February 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – One month to the day after their departure from Toulon and after three weeks of engagement in the Inherent Resolve coalition as part of the CHAMMAL operation to combat Daesh, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle , the command building and of refueling (BCR) Var , the multi-mission frigates (FREMM) Auvergne and Bretagne as…

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New Vessels, New Approach to Sustainment

February 28, 2020 – Tenders are being sought from Australian industry for an innovative sustainment model for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), the Arafura class. The Capability Life Cycle Manager will provide specialist asset management services to support and sustain the Arafura class. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the Request for…

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Program to Replace UK’s Nuclear Warhead

February 25, 2020 – The Defence Secretary has laid a written ministerial statement in Parliament, reproduced below: In 2007 the government, endorsed by a Parliamentary vote, began a program to maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent beyond the early 2030s. The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (Cm 9161) confirmed the UK’s commitment to an independent minimum credible deterrent, reaffirmed in…

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Second Fleet Conducts NAVEUR Convoy Exercise

February 28, 2020 – U.S. 2nd Fleet, on behalf of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and in conjunction with Military Sealift Command (MSC), is conducting convoy operations across the Atlantic, employing the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) alongside USNS Benavidez, MV Resolve, and MV Patriot. Sealift remains the primary method for transporting military equipment, supplies, and material around the…

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