Type 31 ‘Frigate Factory’ Unveiled in Rosyth

Work has begun on a huge hall for the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 31 frigates – to build two ships side-by-side. Standing at 147 metres long, the hall at Rosyth includes 30-metre high ‘megadoors’ and will be able to accommodate two of the 138.7-metre vessels being assembled at the same time side by side. Babcock awarded a £31.5m contract to…

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ROK Navy to Develop an Autonomous Underwater MCM System

December 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (Director Wang Jeong-hong) signed a contract with LIG Nex1 to develop an underwater autonomous mine probe system worth about 12 billion won. The underwater autonomous mine searcher system development is a project to develop a domestic technology for an underwater robot that autonomously searches for mines installed in the…

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US Coast Guard & Border Patrol Patrol Canadian Border

December 10, 2020 – Coast Guard personnel partnered with Border Patrol agents near Southeast Alaska and the Canadian border, November 17-18, 2020 as a joint interagency effort to enforce border security, motor vessel safety and educate vessel operators on border crossing requirements. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130J Super Hercules crew provided logistical support by transporting Border Patrol agents…

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China, Vietnam wrap up 29th joint patrol in Beibu Gulf

December 10, 2020 – The 29th joint patrol in the Beibu Gulf, conducted recently by the Chinese PLA Southern Theater Command and the Vietnam People’s Navy according to relevant agreements and routine annual plans between the Chinese and Vietnamese armed forces, wrapped up successfully. China and Vietnam each sent two naval vessels to participate in this joint patrol. Drills focused…

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RAN, RCN, RCAF Join US Forces for Fleet Synthetic Training

December 10, 2020 – U.S. military forces partnered with Australian and Canadian military units for a Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint Exercise (FST-J) that began Dec. 3. The week-long virtual exercise included participants from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army; as well as units from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force.…

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USS Gabrielle Giffords Interdicts $7 Million in Drugs

December 10, 2020 – USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 200 kilograms of suspected cocaine, December 2. While on routine patrol Gabrielle Giffords was diverted to intercept a go fast vessel (GFV). Gabrielle Giffords deployed one of her helicopters, assigned to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23,…

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Estonian Navy receives new force protection vessels

December 10, 2020 – Thursday, Estonian Navy received the two force protection vessels procured this Spring within the framework of the current four-year development plan of Estonian Ministry of Defence. The two boats are built by Baltic Workboats AS, a company located in the island of Saaremaa, Estonia. “I am confident that the Saaremaa shipbuilders´ vessels are among the world…

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