HMAS Ballarat Home for Christmas

December 16, 2020 – HMAS Ballarat has returned to her homeport of Fleet Base West near Rockingham, Western Australia, following a successful Indian Ocean deployment. The Anzac Class frigate deployed in October with her 187-strong crew from 816 Squadron and embarked helicopter. During her nine weeks at sea, Ballarat participated in Exercise MALABAR, a high-end training activity alongside India, Japan…

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USNS Alan Shepard conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

December 15, 2020 – USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of Tsushima Strait near Japan today. The ship conducted normal operations within claimed territorial seas to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law. U.S. forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, as…

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Boeing Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for New Zealand P-8 Training

Dec. 16, 2020 — The U.S. Navy recently awarded Boeing a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, valued at $109 million, to provide P-8A Poseidon training for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). A suite of training systems and courseware will prepare RNZAF aircrew and maintainers to safely and effectively operate and maintain the world’s premier maritime patrol and reconnaissance…

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Final Two Patrol Vessels RSS Freedom and RSS Gallant Retire

December 11, 2020 – The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) decommissioned the final two Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs) RSS Freedom and RSS Gallant at a sunset ceremony at Tuas Naval Base this evening. Officiated by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Aaron Beng, the ceremony marked the final handing over of duties from the PVs to the new Littoral Mission Vessels…

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FNS Hamina Completes Refit

December 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – On 11 December, the Finnish Defense Forces Logistics Department For the Navy, a second lifecycle-updated Hamina-class missile boat. As the second refurbished ship in the series, the missile boat Hamina will return to the operational use of the Navy at high speed. In the renovation, the ability of ships to engage in underwater warfare…

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USS Somerset Joins RSS Endurance for CARAT Singapore

December 14, 2020 – U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Republic of Singapore Navy partnered in the 26th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) maritime exercise, in international water of the South China Sea and on Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Dec. 9-14. With over a half century of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Singapore, the two countries…

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New CCP Destroyers & Corvettes Conduct Exercises

December 13, 2020 (propaganda) – Two Type 052D destroyers that entered Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) naval service only a few months ago are gaining combat capabilities at a very fast pace, as they were brought to the fore in a recent round of highly intensive exercises that put the ship’s hardware and personnel to the test. A warship training…

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Vladimir Monomakh Fires Four Bulava ICBMs

December 12, 2020 (Google Translation) – Today, the strategic missile submarine Vladimir Monomakh of the Pacific Fleet fired a salvo of four Bulava ballistic missiles as part of planned combat training activities. A salvo launch of missiles was carried out from a submerged position from the Sea of ​​Okhotsk at the Chizha training ground in the Arkhangelsk region. The flight…

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ASC Awards Hunter Class Subcontract to Altrad Services

December 14, 2020 – The prototyping phase of the Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Program is one step closer, with West Australian company Altrad Services contracted to provide blast and paint services. The Prime contractor for the Hunter program, ASC Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Australia, has signed the contract with Altrad Services after a competitive tender process. Minister…

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BRP Antonio Luna Conducting Weapons and Systems Trials

December 14, 2020 – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Monday said the country’s second missile frigate, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), has departed Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea for its sea acceptance trials (SAT) involving the various shipboard weapons and sensors scheduled for this week. “Focus of this week’s SAT will be on the various weapons and…

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