USS Rushmore Arrives in Sasebo for FDNF Duties

USS Rushmore (LSD 47) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, November 17th as the latest addition to forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF). Rushmore relieves another Whidbey Island-class ship, USS Germantown (LSD 42), which departed Sasebo in September after more than a decade of FDNF service. Like Germantown, Rushmore is capable of embarking, launching, and recovering up to 500 Marines and their landing craft…

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Japan Outlines Plans for Relocation of US Air Assets on Okinawa

We would like to inform you that the outline of the training plan for the relocation of training related to the reorganization of the US military (relocation of training for rotorcraft, tilt rotor aircraft, etc. to outside Okinawa Prefecture) is as follows. Based on the agreement of the Japan-US Joint Committee dated September 1, 2016, this training relocation is currently…

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Scientists Make Exciting Discoveries in Gulf of California

A multidisciplinary team of scientists from Mexico and the U.S. discovered new hydrothermal vents and six possible new animal species during a 33-day expedition off the coast of La Paz on Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor. The underwater robot ROV SuBastian was used to explore and sample vents emitting fluids at temperatures up to 287°C (549°F) along with the…

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USS Toledo OCC Improves Mission and Support

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) USS Toledo (SSN 769) project recently stood up its Operations Control Center, or OCC, to support nonstop execution of work on the deckplate. One of the Naval Sustainment Systems-Shipyard (NSS-SY) initiatives for driving positive change at America’s Shipyard, the team has hit the ground running to support the workforce, contractors, and Sailors working around the clock…

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Australian Statement on Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon

On 15 November 2021, the Russian Defense Ministry conducted a destructive test of an anti-satellite weapon. This test created over 1500 pieces of long-lived debris in space that now threaten numerous satellites and the International Space Station. Minister for Defense, the Hon Peter Dutton MP said that the test was a provocative and dangerous act that demonstrated the threats to…

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VP-26 Poseidon Locates Small Craft Lost at Sea

On Nov. 11, crewmembers assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 rescued six mariners from the Federated States of Micronesia whose vessel was adrift in the South Pacific for eight days without power. The 23-foot skiff was first reported missing November 3 after it lost power and was overdue near Oneop Atoll, Chuuk State in the Federated States…

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Chevalier Paul Conducts Joint Training in the Bab El Mandeb Strait

On October 30, 2021, the 3/11 Corsican fighter squadron of the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDj) contributed to the protection of the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul during its mission to escort the American tanker USNS Kanawha in the Bab El Mandeb Strait. The Mirage 2000-5 escort made it possible to strengthen the protection system set up around…

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PSNS & IMF Supports Explosive Testing of New Steel

A Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility team comprised of welding engineers and technicians, machinists and others helped conduct explosive bulge testing on steel that may be used in future submarine construction and repairs, at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nevada, in late August. According to Kiichi Harada, welding engineer, Code 138.3, Weld Engineers & Non-Destructive Test Examiners, PSNS &…

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Albwardy Damen Launches LST for Nigerian Navy

The new, 100-meter LST 100 for the Nigerian Navy has been launched at Albwardy Damen, Sharjah, UAE a few months ago. On completion the 100-metre, roll-on-roll-off landing ship will have the capacity to accommodate a crew of 32 and 250 Embarked Marine Forces personnel. The vessel also has deck space for vehicles, a helicopter/UAV deck and significant space for cargo,…

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