Maintaining HMS Forth in the Falklands

HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy’s ‘Batch Two’ Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), plays a critical role in the Royal Navy’s strategy of reassurance and engagement in the Falkland Islands. For fifteen years we at BAE Systems have supported this role, with great success. The Falkland Islands are approximately 8,000 miles from the UK so we really are working…

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Velas Latinoamerica 2022 Has Begun

The Bicentennial of the Independence of Brazil is on September 7th of this year, but the celebrations start this weekend, when Rio de Janeiro will host the Velas Latinoamerica 2022 event, between February 13th and 20th. The event, which takes place every four years, will bring together ships from seven countries in the Americas ( Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico ). Brazil is the host country for this edition…

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They Came, They Saw, They Shelled

On February 23, 1942, at 7:15 pm, a submarine sitting off the coast shelled the Ellwood Oil Field near Goleta. In commemoration of that event, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) will present “They Came, They Saw, They Shelled,” a Zoom webinar with Neal Graffy, Santa Barbara’s unofficial historian, on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 7pm PT. The webinar is…

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Testing the Latest Astute Class Submarine

A major milestone has been achieved in the life of the fifth Barrow-built Astute-class submarine. Under the control of its Royal Navy crew, Anson completed its first trim dive in the town’s Devonshire Dock. The operation saw Anson submerge completely beneath the surface of the water while crew tested on-board systems. This successful exercise proved the safety and stability of…

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Coast Guard Cutter Valiant Home After 30-day Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant (WMEC 621) and crew returned to Naval Station Mayport, Friday, after completing a 30-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. The Valiant’s crew patrolled over 6,300 miles in the Caribbean Sea, conducting a variety of operations in support of Coast Guard District 7. The crew partnered with both foreign and domestic military agencies in the detection, interdiction,…

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