820 NAS Learned Jungle Survival in Guam

The navy aviators of 820 Naval Air Squadron are relishing another jam-packed year after eight months of intensive operations on the UK Carrier Strike Group in 2021. The Culdrose-based Merlin squadron are gearing up for more missions, building on their successful global deployment to the Indo-Pacific and back. Based on UK flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, the specialist Mk2 helicopters proved…

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1,000th Landing Milestone for HMS Prince of Wales

It’s a magical millennial maritime moment for Britain’s biggest warship as HMS Prince of Wales hits her first 1,000 deck landings. Leading Aircraft Handler Tom Lenszner safely guided Chinook ZD 984 of the RAF’s 27 Squadron down on to the sprawling deck of the Portsmouth-based carrier during the ship’s first spell at sea in 2022. Having raised the NATO flag…

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Pacific Fleet Trains in the Sea of Japan and Sea of Okhotsk

About 20 warships and support vessels of the Pacific Fleet (PACIFIC Fleet) went to sea to work out tasks as part of a planned naval exercise in the combat training grounds of the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk. The exercise will be attended by the corvettes “Gremyashchiy”, “Perfect”, “Loud” and “Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov”,…

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US, French Navy Chiefs Discuss Interoperability and Partnership

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday met with his counterpart Chief of the French Navy Admiral Pierre Vandier at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, January 31st. The two leaders discussed mutual strengths, the importance of the NATO Alliance, and how to advance interoperability. “Today’s global challenges underscore the importance of strong partnerships,” said Gilday. “Our partnership with the…

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Navantia to Modernize Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates

The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) has just signed a contract with Navantia to implement technical support for the future modernization of the Fridtjof Nansen Class (F-310) that Navantia designed and built for the Norwegian Navy between 2000 and 2011. As part of the Scope of the Contract, Navantia will perform a Configuration Audit of the Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates…

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Maintaining the USCG Polar Fleet: The Role of Maintenance

Every Coast Guard member stationed on a cutter knows the challenge of completing multiple maintenance projects simultaneously to get their cutter back underway. But for two of the Coast Guard’s polar ice breaking cutters – the Healy and the Polar Star – each in-port period is more than just the average dockside or dry-dock availability. The operational schedule these cutters…

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Communist China Hints at Military Relationship with New Zealand

After previously allowing the People’s Liberation Army permission to survey New Zealand waters, this statement from China comes as no surprise. The following statement seems to vindicate the US Government’s decision to drop New Zealand and Canada from “trusted ally” status.   “China is willing to maintain high-level communication with New Zealand, and promote continuous development of China-New Zealand military…

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Future USS Fort Lauderdale Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), the Navy’s 12th San Antonio class-amphibious transport dock ship, completed Acceptance trials, Jan. 31. Acceptance trials consist of integrated testing to demonstrate the capability of the platform and installed systems across all mission areas to effectively meet its requirements. These demonstrations are used to validate the quality of construction and compliance with Navy…

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thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Delivers Frigate Rheinland Pfalz

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems handed over the frigate “RHEINLAND-PFALZ” January 28th to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Hamburg. With that, all four ships of the F125 class, which thyssenkrupp Marine Systems built together with the NVL Group in the ARGE F125 consortium, have been successfully delivered. The ship was handed over to the…

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Northrop Grumman Reaches E-2D Manufacturing Milestone

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully delivered the 51st U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye production aircraft, AA-52. The aircraft represents the last to be delivered under the Multi-Year Procurement (MYP) 1 contract. AA-52 is equipped with the Delta System/Software Configuration (DSSC) Build 3, which provides an additional leap in operational effectiveness and technology for the E-2D with the incorporation of aerial refueling…

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