Steel contract marks next step in Hunter Class Frigate Program

June 26, 2020 – ASC Shipbuilding has signed a $2.6 million contract with BlueScope Steel AIS for the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Under the contract announced last week, Australian company BlueScope will supply more than 1500 tonnes of steel plate to build five blocks during the prototyping phase of the shipbuilding program, which is on track to begin later this…

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RAN Upgrades Phalanx to Block 1B Baseline 2 Status

June 22, 2020 – The Royal Australian Navy’s latest upgrade of the Mark 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) has reached a major milestone by achieving Initial Operating Capability. Delivered on schedule, the upgraded capability is being progressively rolled out until late 2023 across Navy’s Destroyers, Amphibious Ships and new Supply Class Tankers. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda…

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Two decades of service for survey ships Leeuwin and Melville

June 22, 2020 – On 27 May, HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville quietly stepped out of their teen years by celebrating their 20th birthdays alongside HMAS Cairns. While social distancing requirements meant the anniversary had to be more subdued, both crews still felt honoured to be part of this milestone. Commanding Officer HMAS Melville, Commander Michael Kumpis, was incredibly proud…

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Royal Navy Shadows Project 1155 Vitse-Admiral Kulakov in English Channel

June 21, 2020 – Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster shadowed a Russian destroyer through the English Channel. Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster, along with patrol ship HMS Tyne, monitored the passage of the Russian warship Vitse-Admiral Kulakov as it passed south through the English Channel. Commander Will Paston, the Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster, said: “The Royal Navy routinely monitors the passage…

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ITS Alliance Begins HIGH NORTH 2020-2022 Deployment

June 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Navy and the Hydrographic Institute return to the Arctic with the Alliance ship for the new three-year research in marine geophysics HIGH NORTH 2020-2022. The Navy’s HIGH NORTH20 campaign is aimed at ensuring the continuity of environmental observations useful to the international and national scientific community. In particular, as for all Navy ships…

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Chinese Propaganda on US Military Presence in Asia-Pacific

June 22, 2020 – China is set to release its 2020 research report on the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region amid the US’ recent increased military activities near China, including repeated trespassing into China’s territorial waters in the South China Sea by warships this year. The possibility of a conflict could substantially increase, which must be managed and…

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Spain and Japan Joint PASSEX in the Gulf of Aden

June 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – On the morning of Sunday, June 21, the destroyer of the JSMF (Maritime Self-Defense Forces of Japan) “Ohnami” and the frigate “Santa María” met in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and carried out training exercises for the benefit of both units including evolutionary maneuvers, real shooting exercises, communications and flight. The JMSF…

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New Exhibit at Military History Museum of Fortifications of the Black Sea Fleet

June 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – The exhibition “Immortal Crew of Victory”, dedicated to the heroic crews of submarines of the Black Sea Fleet during the Great Patriotic War, was opened at the Military History Museum of Fortifications of the Black Sea Fleet (Balaklava Underground Museum Complex). The central element of the exhibition is a photo collage composed of 3224…

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San Diego Squadron Receives First CMV-22B Osprey

June 23, 2020 – The Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey for operational use arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, June 22. The aircraft is assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the Navy’s first CMV-22B squadron. VRM-30 was established in 2018 to begin the Navy’s transition from the C-2A Greyhound to the CMV-22B Osprey. “Today marks…

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USS Nitze Conducts “Freedom of Navigation” off Venezuela

June 23, 2020 – USS Nitze (DDG 94) conducted a freedom of navigation operation, contesting an excessive maritime claim by Venezuela. The U.S. Navy ship conducted the operation in international waters outside Venezuela’s 12 nautical-mile territorial jurisdiction. During the operation, the ship lawfully navigated an area the illegitimate Maduro regime falsely claims to have control over, a claim that is…

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