ITU’s Maritime Journey: Then and Now – ITU Hub

The history of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), is inextricably linked with that of maritime radiocommunications. The theme of this year’s Day of the Seafarer, “Your voyage – then and now, share your journey”, inspired me to look back at ITU’s longstanding history of developing standards and regulations for maritime…

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Turkey Relents and Okays Sweden and Finland for NATO

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, President Sauli Niinisto of Finland and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden met in Madrid on Tuesday (28 June 2022) under the auspices of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. In that meeting, the leaders agreed a trilateral memorandum to address Turkey’s legitimate security concerns, paving the way for Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership. The…

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Meyer Turku to Build Two Patrol Vessels for Finnish Border Guard

In the tender organized in 2021, the Finnish Border Guard Service selected Meyer Turku Oy as the supplier. The parties signed the shipbuilding contract in Helsinki today, June 29, 2022. The basic design of the new ships will begin immediately. The first ship will be completed in 2025 and the second ship in 2026. The ships are assembled and equipped…

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RIMPAC 2022 Officially Starts

The U.S. Navy launched the 28th edition of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime exercise, today. Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will train and operate in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, June…

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USCGC Reliance Returns from a 71-Day Patrol

USCGC Reliance (WMEC 615) returned to homeport in Pensacola Thursday, after a 71-day Caribbean Sea patrol. The Reliance crew supported the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District and Joint Interagency Task Force-South throughout their patrol, aiding in missions to interdict the flow of illegal drugs and prevent migrant trafficking throughout the maritime approaches to the United States and Caribbean partners. Reliance interdicted…

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DSCA Evaluation of DoD Threat Reduction Initiatives

NOTE: Full report appears to have been retracted by DSCA The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Partnerships and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency initiated a strategic evaluation to measure the effects and implications of Department of Defense (DoD) Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) initiatives implemented by the Security Cooperation (SC) Enterprise. The DoD conducts strategic evaluations…

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Scapa Flow Naval Museum Set to Reopen After Revamp

A museum celebrating the role of a Scottish island chain in the Royal Navy’s victories in both world wars reopens on July 2 after a £4.4m/three-year revamp. Scapa Flow Museum at Lyness on the island of Hoy has focused on the role of Orkney and its huge natural harbour – twice the size of Nottingham – in the two global…

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Navy Confirms Wreckage is USS Samuel B Roberts DE 413

Seventy-eight years after her loss during World War II, the U.S. Navy confirmed June 25, 2022, the location of USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413). As announced on Twitter June 24 by retired naval officer and underwater explorer Victor Vescovo, he and a team from the undersea technology company Caladan Oceanic located the destroyer escort ship more than four miles…

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