HMAS Parramatta Begins Refit

July 10, 2020 – HMAS Parramatta will boast improved crew internet connectivity and other services when she emerges from her first significant maintenance period since mid-2018, following a strong year of deployments and achievements. The Anzac Class Frigate recently entered the Captain Cook Graving Dock, where she will undertake a maintenance package focused on the ship’s systems and propulsion plant,…

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Trinational MCM Exercise in the Persian Gulf

July 9, 2020 – Saudi Navy, Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Persian Gulf June 6-21. U.S. Navy mine countermeasures ships (MCMs) operated alongside mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV) from the Royal Navy and RSNF. The training consisted of realistic mine hunting simulations where participating units practiced detecting and classifying training aids…

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DSCA Approves MK54 Torpedo for Germany

July 9, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of sixty-four (64) MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight torpedoes, ten (10) MK 54 Conversion Kits and related equipment for an estimated cost of $130 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of…

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DSCA Approves MV-22 for Indonesia

July 6, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight (8) MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Indonesia…

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DSCA Approves 105 Joint Strike Fighters for Japan

July 9, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of one hundred five (105) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23.11 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government…

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Olympia, Louisville to share dry dock during concurrent inactivations

July 9, 2020 – Los Angeles-class submarines USS Olympia (SSN 717) and USS Louisville (SSN 724) entered Dry Dock 5 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility July 9, to begin the docking portion of their simultaneous inactivation processes. According to Cmdr. Jack Tappe, project superintendent, there are both challenges and benefits to inactivating two submarines simultaneously. “Most…

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