Farncomb Returns to Fleet Base West

March 27, 2020 – HMAS Farncomb returned to her homeport of Fleet Base West earlier this month, after a five-week deployment to the east coast of Australia. Coming alongside Diamantina Wharf, a number of the submarine’s contingent of embarked trainees threw lines across under the watchful eye of the Casing Party officer-in-charge. Once all lines were secured and the gangway…

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Construction commences for first Offshore Patrol Vessel in Western Australia

March 27, 2020 – The Government’s $90 billion Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program has reached a new milestone with construction on the first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to be built in Western Australia commencing. This will be the third of twelve Arafura class OPVs, and the first to be built at the Civmec Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Minister for Defence,…

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Three Russian Frigates Held Exercise in the Mediterranean Sea

March 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – The crews of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet (Black Sea Fleet) from the permanent naval group of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea conducted a drill to destroy a detachment of ships of a conditional enemy in the Mediterranean. The naval strike group (KUG) of the Black Sea Fleet consisting of three…

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First VERTREP for USS Gerald R Ford

March 26, 2020 – After 14 days at sea conducting flight operations and multiple certifications, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, attached to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 while alongside USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) in the Atlantic Ocean, March 24. Ford is executing an 18-month…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Closes the Acquisition of Hydroid

March 26, 2020 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that it has closed on the previously announced acquisition of Hydroid Inc., a leading provider of advanced marine robotics to the defense and maritime markets. In conjunction with the transaction, HII and Kongsberg Maritime have established a strategic alliance to jointly market naval and maritime products and services to the U.S.…

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