A Taste of Tonga for HMAS Adelaide

The Government of Tonga has expressed its gratitude for HMAS Adelaide’s delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief stores by sending the ship a giant fresh fruit gift. Adelaide received dozens of bags of coconuts, pineapples, bananas and watermelons after Tonga’s Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni phoned Commanding Officer Captain Stuart Watters to send best wishes and acknowledge the Australian Defence Force’s support. “I was incredibly…

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Schleswig-Holstein Returns from NATO Aegean Mission

On Friday, February 11, 2022 at 10 a.m., the frigate “Schleswig-Holstein” will return to its home port of Wilhelmshaven after an absence of 179 days. The F123-class frigate was part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) in the Aegean and participated in maritime surveillance. “During the four and a half months in the theater of operations, my…

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USNS John Lewis Conducts Builder’s Trials

USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the Navy’s lead ship of its new class of fleet replenishment oilers, conducted initial Builder’s Trials and returned to port, Feb. 4. Builder’s Trials consist of a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations that allow the Navy and the shipbuilder, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), to assess the ship’s systems and readiness…

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BRP Jose Rizal Transports Relief Goods to Palawan

The Philippine Navy’s missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) transported six tons of relief supplies to communities in Palawan still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Odette last December. These items were unloaded by the ship’s crew at OBD Pier, Barangay Bahile, Puerto Princesa City, the Naval Forces West (NFW) said in a Facebook post Sunday night “Six tons of…

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Navy Releases New Strategic Weapons Operations Manual

Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) released a new force-wide operations manual. Creation of the Strategic Weapons Operations Manual (SWOM) was a team effort between multiple organizations to incorporate fleet-wide feedback. “The SWOM is important as it provides direct operational guidance to our Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines (SSBN) in the organization and operation of the strategic weapons system,” said Cmdr. Chad Teasley, Submarine…

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Russian Amphibious Ships Arrive in Tartus

A group of amphibious assault ships of the Northern and Baltic Fleets arrived at the Russian Navy’s logistics facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Friday. The naval task force made up of the large amphibious assault ships Pyotr Morgunov, Georgy Pobedonosets, Olenegorsky Gornyak, Korolyov, Minsk and Kaliningrad completed its transit around Europe and arrived…

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PIRIOU sets up in the Seychelles

After the creation of PIRIOU REUNION in Reunion in January 2018, PIRIOU group is continuing its development in the Indian Ocean and is setting up a base in Mahé, in the Seychelles. PIRIOU is going into partnership with UCPS, represented by Joseph F. Albert, Chairman, and Grégory Albert, CEO, a major industrial and economic player in the Seychelles over the…

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Trinational Carrier Training in the Mediterranean

Naval forces from France, Italy and the U.S. sailed together while conducting naval training in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 6-7. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) integrated with the French carrier Charles de Gaulle’s (R 91) Task Force 473 and Italian carrier Cavour (C-550) strike groups, highlighting the strength of the maritime partnerships among the three nations. Elements…

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