FRC WESTPAC V-22 Osprey Work for New Contractor

Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first United States Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial partner, NIPPI Corporation, for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services at their facility in Yamato, Japan. The aircraft entering maintenance is a MV-22B Osprey belonging to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), the “Dragons.” Their mission is to provide assault…

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Babcock Acquiring Remaining 50% of Australian Joint Venture

Babcock International Group PLC announced February 16th that it has entered into a Sales and Purchase Agreement to acquire the remaining 50% interest in its Australian Naval Ship Management (NSM) joint venture from its long-term joint venture partner in Australia, for a consideration of AUD60 million (approximately £32 million). The acquisition is subject to customary approvals. The NSM joint venture…

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HMS Trent Joins NATO Task Force in the Mediterranean

Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Trent has taken her place alongside NATO vessels in the alliance’s Mediterranean task force. For the first time this year, Trent – which largely operates in the Med and patrols a vast area from the Gulf of Guinea to the Levant – has joined Maritime Group 2, the second of NATO’s two permanent naval forces.…

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New Barge Will Keep Royal Navy Ships Ready for Action

A strange green four-legged ‘monster’ has arrived in Portsmouth Naval Base to keep warships primed for front-line operations. The £15m ‘jack up barge’ – named Typhoon 3000 by base staff – will revolutionize the way the city’s extensive flotilla of ships, from mighty Queen Elizabeth-class carriers to River-class patrol vessels are maintained. The specialist vessel – made by Dutch company…

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Lockheed Martin to Prototype New USMC 5G Communications

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a $19.3 million Prototype Project Agreement (PPA) to create a 5G communications network infrastructure testbed for expeditionary operations experimentation for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) and the U.S. Marine Corps. The testbed, known as Open Systems Interoperable and Reconfigurable Infrastructure Solution…

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 900th F-35 Center Fuselage

Northrop Grumman Corporation marked the 900th center fuselage delivery on February 14th. Utilizing the company’s Integrated Assembly Line (IAL), F-35 center fuselages are delivered across three unique aircraft variants. The IAL is a world-class production facility using the latest in automation and robotics to deliver on large aircraft production efforts at scale. Northrop Grumman is a principal partner to Lockheed…

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US, UK Navies Discuss Cooperation & Interoperability

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday met with his U.K. counterpart Royal Navy First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Sir Ben Key at the Pentagon, February 15th. During the meeting, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepen cooperation and discussed a wide range of issues to include strategic competition, interoperability, capabilities, and innovation. “Today’s…

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February 16 Statement by NATO Defence Ministers on Ukraine

We are gravely concerned by the very large scale, unprovoked and unjustified Russian military build-up in and around Ukraine and in Belarus. We urge Russia, in the strongest possible terms, to choose the path of diplomacy, and to immediately reverse its build-up and withdraw its forces from Ukraine in accordance with its international obligations and commitments. We remain committed to…

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Bayern Returning From Far East February 18th

On Friday, February 18, 2022 at 4 p.m., the frigate “Bayern” will return from the Indo-Pacific after a successful presence and training voyage. The crew of around 180 covered about 43,000 nautical miles with their ship. With the deployment of the “Bavaria” in the Indo-Pacific, the German Navy was able to fly the flag and demonstrate on the spot that…

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