Ghost Fleet Overlord Completes Second Autonomous Transit to San Diego

June 7, 2021 – The Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), in partnership with the U.S. Navy, recently conducted a second long-range autonomous transit with a Ghost Fleet Overlord Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) from the Gulf Coast, passing through the Panama Canal, to the West Coast. The unmanned vessel, named NOMAD, traveled 4,421 nautical miles (nm),…

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Three French Ships Take Part in BALTOPS

June 8, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday May 26, the High Seas Patroller (PHM) Commandant Blaison sailed from Brest for a month-long deployment in the Baltic Sea to take part in the NATO exercise BALTOPS with the Building based demining divers (BBPD) Vulcain and the Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) Andromeda. After having been the sentinel of the Bay of…

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Germany Details BALTOPS

June 6, 2021 (Google Translation) – The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 50) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, kicks off today, June 6. Between June 6-18, air and maritime assets from 18 NATO Allies and partner nations will participate in live training events that include air defense, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious operations, maritime interdiction, mine countermeasure operations. “This…

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Portugal Combating International Drug Trafficking

June 5, 2021 (Google Translation) – ​The Judiciary Police, the Portuguese Air Force, the National Maritime Authority and the Portuguese Navy, developed a joint operation in international waters south of Portugal, which managed to identify and apprehend a manned pleasure craft, due to strong suspicions of the crime of illicit drug trafficking. In close sharing of information and joint efforts…

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Operation Irini: UN Security Council Renews Authorization for Inspections

June 4, 2021 – The UN Security Council renewed the authorization for inspections by Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI for one more year. With the vote on Thursday, the UN Security Council extended/prolonged the Resolution 2292 of 2016 which allows offshore inspections and port diversions of vessels suspected of breaches of the UN arms embargo on Libya. This is an important…

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Navy Nuclear Refueling Barge Arrives in Mobile to be Scrapped

June 3, 2021 – Mobile is buzzing with excitement about the arrival of the SSSB: A U.S. Navy Surface Ship Support Barge that has made its final port of call, arriving at Alabama Shipyard. Alabama Shipyard is partnering with Aptim to get the job done. General Manager Lee Stokes hopes this dismantlement is the first of many more. The barge…

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MQ-25 Becomes First Unmanned Aircraft to Refuel Another Aircraft

June 7, 2021 – For the first time in history, the U.S. Navy and Boeing have demonstrated air-to-air refueling using an unmanned aircraft – the Boeing-owned MQ-25™ T1 test asset – to refuel another aircraft. During a test flight June 4, MQ-25 T1 successfully extended the hose and drogue from its U.S. Navy-issued aerial refueling store (ARS) and safely transferred…

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Spain Accedes to Ship Recycling Convention

June 7, 2021 – Spain is the latest country to accede to IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Under…

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French and British Strike Groups Train Together

June 7, 2021 (Google Translation) – Tuesday 1 st June 2021 represented a historic day in the Franco-British naval cooperation. While the French Carrier Strike Group (GAN) formed around the Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier (PA) returned from its CLEMENCEAU 21 deployment started last February, the British GAN led by Queen Elizabeth began its first operational deployment of long duration.…

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First Flight III, Jack H Lucas, Launched

June 7, 2021 – The first DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer to be built in the Flight III configuration, the future Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), was successfully launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Ingalls Shipbuilding division, June 4. The DDG 51 Flight III upgrade is centered on the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar and incorporates upgrades to…

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