CH-53K Test Team Wins DON T&E Award

The CH-53K King Stallion test team, part of the Heavy Lift Program Office, PMA-261, is the recipient of the Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation Working Integrated Product Team (WIPT) award for 2021. The 18-person WIPT will be honored in a virtual ceremony this spring. According to the award announcement the team, “demonstrated superior performance in delivering outcomes while…

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Mission Asia 2022: PASSEX with the Malaysian Navy

On February 21, 2022, the Surveillance Frigate (FS) Vendémiaire, on patrol in the South China Sea, carried out an exercise (PASSEX) with KD Selangor, a combat vessel of the Royal Malaysian Navy. After radio exchanges, the two ships got into formation in order to carry out refueling presentations at sea (PRERAM). This tricky maneuver for the watchkeeper places the ships…

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Navy Conducts Training Events at Moffett Federal Airfield

The Navy is conducting planned, routine training missions using contracted air support F-5 aircraft out of Moffett Federal Airfield (Moffett) in Santa Clara County, Calif. until mid-March. The F-5 aircraft, a small, unarmed jet aircraft, is supporting a Navy training unit located at NAS Lemoore. The aircraft are participating in standard training for local military units and have historically operated…

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US Turns Over Boat Facility to Philippine Marine Corps

On February 10, the United States turned over a newly constructed assault boat pier and maintenance bay facility in Ternate, Cavite to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) as part of a small-scale construction Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grant. The newly completed facility in Ternate is one of three FMF construction projects, valued overall at Php256.9 million ($5 million). The two…

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FS Guepratte on Operation AGENOR Patrol Duty

The La Fayette Frigate (FLF) Guépratte continues its patrols in the Arabian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. Engaged since the end of January as part of Operation AGENOR, the FLF Guépratte conducted an exercise with the Saudi patrol boat Oqbah . The two buildings chained joint training in the Arabo-Persian Gulf. The Guépratte then continued its mission of securing…

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BWXT Awarded $1 Billion in Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Options

BWX Technologies, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program has exercised contract options totaling approximately $1 billion for manufacturing naval nuclear reactor components and fuel. “BWXT is gratified to continue to support the U.S. Navy as the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors and fuel for U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers,” BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. President…

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NATO Begins ASW Exercise Dynamic Manta

NATO’s annual anti-submarine warfare exercise, Dynamic Manta, kicked off on Monday (21 February 2022) off the coast of Sicily. Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from nine Allied nations converged in the central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare training. Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States are participating in…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Deploys for Azores Patrol

For a month and a half, the ship will work within the scope of maritime search and rescue, control and inspection of economic activity in space under national jurisdiction, control and safety of navigation, prevention and combat against maritime pollution, actions to combat drug trafficking, as well as cooperation with other entities, in case of need for humanitarian support to…

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Coast Guard Commissions 46th Sentinel-class Cutter

The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned the USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC 1146), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia’s (PATFORSWA) fifth 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter, into service at the Port of Tampa in Tampa, Florida, Wednesday. Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, presided over the ceremony. Mrs. Nancy Vannoy, John Scheuerman’s niece, is the ship’s sponsor. The cutter’s namesake is Seaman 1st…

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USS Charleston Concludes South China Sea Patrol

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) arrived in Guam, February 14, following an extended underway period, including 19 straight days in the South China Sea. Charleston and its crew completed their Total Ship Readiness Assessment (TSRA) in Guam in mid-January prior to commencing their most recent time at sea. Following a brief stop for fuel in Subic…

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