SECNAV Names Future Guided Missile Frigate USS Congress

December 4, 2020 – Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite announced Dec. 2 that the U.S. Navy’s second Constellation class guided-missile frigate will be named USS Congress (FFG 63). Braithwaite made the announcement during a hearing on Navy and Marine Corps Readiness with the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support on Capitol Hill. “To honor and…

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Lockheed Martin CH-53K King Stallion Devices Ready For Training

December 2, 2020 – U.S. Marines are now preparing to fly, maintain and sustain the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, which will enable them to safely complete longer-range missions in harsher environments compared to the current fleet of aircraft. The suite of training devices from Lockheed Martin were recently declared Ready for Training at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River…

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USS Sioux City Returns from First Deployment

December 4, 2020 – The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) returned to Mayport, Fla., Dec. 4, following its deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations. Sioux City, along with the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, Detachment 6, deployed on August 30, 2020, to conduct U.S. Southern Command and Joint Interagency…

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Albion Returns from Mediterranean

December 4, 2020 – UK flagship HMS Albion today returned from her three-month experimental autumn deployment to the Mediterranean. The assault ship sailed back home to Devonport having led Littoral Response Group (Experimentation) (LRG(X)) on a series of exercises which will help shape the Royal Navy and Royal Marines of tomorrow. Working together with HMS Dragon and RFA Lyme Bay,…

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Australian and Indonesian navies deepen defence cooperation

December 4, 2020 – The Royal Australian Navy and the Indonesian Armed Forces have completed a coordinated maritime patrol to improve security along our shared maritime border. The tenth iteration of the Australian and Indonesian coordinated maritime security patrol (AUSINDO CORPAT) 2020 was conducted on 2 and 3 December and covered waters between Australia and Indonesia. Minister for Defence, Senator…

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Britton Maritime Systems to Provide Seaboats for New Cape Class OPVs

December 3, 2020 – Sydney based company Britton Maritime Systems has been awarded a $9 million contract to build 12 Gemini seaboats for the new evolved Cape Class Patrol Boats. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the contract demonstrates the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting Australian industry and Australian jobs. “The Gemini are specifically designed for…

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DSCA Approves MK 15 MOD 25 Phalanx for ROK Navy

December 1, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of two (2) MK 15 MOD 25 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 1B Baseline 2 (IB2) systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $39 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying…

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DSCA Approves MK54 ASW Torpedoes for Brazil

December 1, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Brazil has requested to…

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USS Seawolf Visits Gibraltar

December 2, 2020 – USS Seawolf (SSN 21) conducted a scheduled port visit in Gibraltar December 1st. The Pacific-based submarine is operating under the command and control of the commander, Submarine Group 8, and commander, Task Force 69, to complement the undersea warfare capabilities of the U.S. Sixth Fleet. “USS Seawolf exemplifies dynamic flexibility and ensures maritime security and stability…

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Raytheon Australia Selected to Assist in Arafura Class Introduction to Service

December 3, 2020 – The Morrison Government is backing Australian industry through its up to $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, with the selection of a new Capability Life Cycle Manager for the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). Raytheon Australia has been selected to initially help support the transition into service for the OPV’s, while setting the foundations for through…

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