USS The Sullivans & USS Donald Cook Arrive in Copenhagen

USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark for a scheduled port visits to enhance U.S.-Danish relations and build NATO Alliance cohesion, March 21, 2022. The ships’ presence in the Baltic Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to the collective defense of the European region as it reinforces the…

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HMS Montrose Takes Part in Exercise Khunjar Hadd

The dagger was unsheathed once again in the Middle East as Royal Navy warships joined Omani hosts for their largest naval exercise. Khunjar Hadd – which translates as Sharp Dagger – is a regular fixture on the Middle East naval calendar. The 2022 version of the exercise, planned and led by the Royal Navy of Oman, was the 27th iteration.…

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Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 Head to Head With Astute Class SSN

Prospective Royal Navy submarine commanders and trainee helicopter sub-hunters pitted their skills against each other during live exercises off the coast of Scotland. The Navy’s most advanced submarine, an Astute-class hunter-killer – and its most potent adversary, a Merlin Mk2 helicopter – played cat and mouse to enhance the training and expertise of both. The boat was hosting officers undergoing…

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Bollinger Submits Final Offer for USCG OPC Stage 2 Contract

Bollinger Shipyards, a privately-held and leading designer and builder of steel military and commercial vessels, today submitted its final proposal to the United States Coast Guard to build Stage 2 of the Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutter (“OPC”) program. If chosen, Bollinger would construct and deliver a total of 11 vessels to the U.S. Coast Guard over the next decade, helping…

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Amphibious Phase of Exercise Cold Response Begins

The largest military exercise in Norway in a generation shifts up a gear with UK Commando Forces spearheading amphibious raids in the icy fjords of the Arctic. Landing and raiding craft, plus troop-carrying helicopters are putting elite Royal Marines and their equipment on the snow-covered shores of northern Norway as Exercise Cold Response moves into its ‘business end’. Assault and…

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Babcock to Refit RNZN OPVs Before Sale to Ireland

Local New Zealand businesses are set to reap the benefits of a partnership between Babcock and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) which will conduct maintenance and upgrade works on two decommissioned Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Inshore Patrol Vessels before they are sold to the Republic of Ireland. Babcock and NZDF will regenerate and modify the ships – ex…

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Acceptance of First Evolved Cape Class Patrol Boat

Defence has formally accepted its first evolved Cape class patrol boat. This will strengthen Australia’s naval capability while providing greater reliability and effectiveness to the Royal Australian Navy’s patrol force to keep our borders safe. Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton MP said this is another significant milestone in the overall contract with Austal Ships to deliver a total…

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USS Charlotte Completes Post-Overhaul Sea Trials Overhaul

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) was certified for unrestricted operations Feb. 28, 2022, after completing sea trials and concluding a 32-month engineering overhaul (EOH) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF). The EOH which concluded in February, included mandatory maintenance that is typically conducted at the mid-point of a submarine’s service…

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Bollinger Delivers the Future USCGC Pablo Valent

Bollinger Shipyards LLC delivered the USCGC Pablo Valent to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West March 17th. This is the 174th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 48th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) delivered under the current program. “The early delivery of the USCGC Pablo Valent is another win in Bollinger’s…

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FMSNA Secures US Navy Avenger Class Maintenance

Fincantieri Marine Systems North America (FMSNA), a company specialized in marine systems, components and services which is part of the US subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), was awarded the maintenance contract for the U.S. Navy’s “Avenger”-class minesweepers. The program has a combined value up to more than USD 78 million. Thanks to the after-sales services tool, Fincantieri will further retain…

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