UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace Announces Shipbuilding Strategy

March 16, 2021 – Speaking at the Society of Maritime Industries Annual Conference, the Defence Secretary announced a refresh of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. It’s a privilege to speak to so many maritime professionals this morning. As an island nation, Britain’s trade has always depended on the tide. And at the turn of the century, the UK built an astonishing…

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USCGC Valiant Returns to Mayport

March 16, 2021 – The USCGC Valiant (WMEC-621) crew returned home to Naval Station Mayport, Tuesday after completing a 26-day patrol conducting law enforcement operations in the Caribbean Sea. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant patrolled over 4,600 nautical miles in the Caribbean Sea, conducting counter-narcotics operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), Coast Guard District 7 and Coast…

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Italian & French FREMMs Conduct Joint ASW Training

March 16, 2021 (Google Translation) – After its participation in the NATO exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 21, the Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Languedoc carried out an anti-submarine warfare exercise off the Italian coast with the Italian FREMMs Alpino and Margottini on March 6 and 7. This exercise notably saw the participation of a French maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 and the Italian…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Trains with Italian Navy

March 11, 2021 – Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) was joined by the Italian navy’s Carlo Bergamini-class frigate Luigi Rizzo (F595) off the western coast of Africa on Mar. 11, 2021. The exercise emphasized helicopter and maritime proficiency while improving interoperability between long-standing allied nations. “Today’s interoperability exercise with the Italian frigate featured complex helicopter operations…

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USN, IDF Conduct Combined Maritime Security Patrols in the Mediterranean

March 15, 2021 – USS Monterey (CG-61) joined forces with the Israeli Sa’ar 4.5 ships in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to conduct joint maritime security patrols March 15, 2021. The joint patrols enhanced interoperability between the maritime nations through communication and command and control scenarios between the two nations. “This is such a great opportunity because we always learn from…

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Exercise in Cooperation for Air and Sea Power

March 16, 2021 – Air and maritime assets came together for integrated high-end warfighting training as part of Exercise Tasman Shield 21, from February 22 to March 12. HMAS Hobart worked closely with Air Force aircraft, as an integrated joint force, to enhance maritime air defense procedures and demonstrate interoperability through simulated air-maritime missions off the east coast of Australia.…

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MCM Training off Tasmania Concludes

March 16, 2021 – Two mine hunters marked the end of this year’s Fleet Certification Period with a mine location and recovery mission off the coast of Tasmania on March 15. Ending the annual maritime exercise, which involves varying RAN ships, were the crews of HMA Ships Gascoyne and Diamantina, testing their mine-hunting abilities and drills in challenging conditions. Gascoyne’s…

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Auvergne Participates in Exercise NOBLE DINA 21

March 15, 2021 (Google Translation) – “The contact is good, classified POSSUB 2! “. The anti-submarine warfare officer transfers contact to the rest of the force, while the helicopter takes off from the helicopter platform. The sensors of the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Auvergne and its Caiman once again show their formidable efficiency and will allow the vessel, along with the…

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