SECNAV Marks Aircraft Carrier Centennial on USS Gerald R Ford

Throughout the 2022 calendar year, the U.S. Navy is commemorating 100 years of aircraft carriers, celebrating the strategic importance of aircraft carriers and the future of naval aviation while honoring their history. As part of this important milestone, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, visited the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), March 10, 2022. Capt.…

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Several NATO Vessels Make Port Calls in Trondheim

Norway has a good training area for our allies, and several NATO vessels have trained in Norwegian waters the past weeks. Both the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) are here now, preparing for exercise Cold Response 22. This weekend SNMG1 and SNMCMG1 will have a port visit in Trondheim. SNMG1…

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Exercise Obangame Express 2022 Set to Begin

Obangame Express (OE22), the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western Africa, will kick off its 11th year with 32 participating nations at an opening ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, Mar. 11, 2022. Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), OE22 is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of…

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China Commissions Two New Type 052D Destroyers

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has commissioned two new Type 052D destroyers, the Zhanjiang and the Jiaozuo, official reports revealed on Tuesday. More ships of this class have likely also recently entered naval service or are about to, said observers. After the decommissioning of the old Zhanjiang, a Type 051 destroyer with the hull number of 165, in…

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