HMS Dragon Defends Joint UK and French Task Group

HMS Dragon has defended a joint UK and French task group against fast boats and attacks from the air during intensive exercises. The Type 45 destroyer worked alongside frigate Aquitaine, anti‐submarine destroyer Latouche‐Tréville and offshore patrol vessel Enseigne de Vaisseau Jacobet as a task group off the coast of Brittany. A series of exercises saw Dragon defend herself against fast,…

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Ostrobothnia-class Design Work Needs Extra Time

By Lauri Puranen Exactly two years ago, procurement contracts for Ostrobothnia-class multifunctional corvettes were completed in Turku with the Laivue 2020 project. The signing of the agreements was the starting point for the Defense Administration’s long-term cooperation with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) and the combat system supplier Saab Ab. Although the focus of my own work is currently on the…

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Rendezvous at Sea Sweet as Maple Syrup

A recent training activity between the Australian and Canadian navies in the Indo-Pacific was particularly significant for one Royal Australian Navy member. Lieutenant Commander Stephen Wall spent 16 years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy before joining the Royal Australian Navy in 2018. Lieutenant Commander Wall is now HMAS Warramunga’s principal warfare officer and is currently at sea…

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Northern Fleet TU-142 Named “Aleksandr Clubs”

On the eve of the 325th anniversary of the Russian Navy, at the Kipelovo military airfield of the Northern Fleet in the Vologda region, where long-range anti-submarine aircraft are deployed, a solemn ceremony was held to confer the honorary name “Alexander Clubs” to the Tu-142 aircraft. The combat vehicle is named after the outstanding fighter pilot of the Great Patriotic…

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France Deploys Atlantique 2 Aircraft to Cyprus

On October 25, 2021, a standard 6 Atlantic Maritime Patrol 2 (ATL2) aircraft and its 21F flotilla detachment based in Lann-Bihoué landed at Paphos Air Base on the island of Cyprus. Deployed for several weeks as part of the almost permanent presence of French air and sea assets in the eastern Mediterranean, this maritime patrol aircraft’s mission is to maintain…

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Fincantieri & Navantia to Collaborate in European Defense

Fincantieri and Navantia have reached an agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost their relationship and explore the joint benefit of a broadened collaboration in the naval and maritime domains. Both companies, which are first class reference European shipyards, will assess future opportunities for Italian and Spanish Navies, including the development of joint projects and the participation in…

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USS Frank Cable Expeditionary Reload of USS Hampton

The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) completed a weapons handling exercise involving the transfer of a MK-48 inert training shape to a submarine, Oct. 22. This was the first expeditionary reload Frank Cable has conducted outside of Guam since 2012. Working alongside the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767), Sailors and civil service mariners with…

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USCGC Bertholf Returns to Alameda After Deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) returned to homeport in Alameda Monday, following a 105-day deployment throughout the North Pacific. The crew patrolled more than 27,000 miles for approximately three months alongside partner agencies to support international cooperation for Operation North Pacific Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard’s annual Northern Pacific illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing patrol. An integrated international law…

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