China Claims US Has Sent Three “Spy Ships” to Their Waters

The US Navy has reportedly deployed three spy ships simultaneously to sensitive waters near China over the past week in a provocative move experts said on Thursday aims to boost its submarine and anti-submarine warfare capabilities against the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), after the US “acknowledged its shortcomings” with last year’s undersea collision of the USS Connecticut nuclear-powered attack…

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U.S. and Ecuador Strengthen Ties on Land and at Sea

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and the Ecuadorian Coast Guard conducted a bilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Manta, Ecuador, March 21, 2022. During the exercise, forces worked together to find, track and intercept a simulated drug smuggling vessel, to ultimately gain positive control of the craft. Milwaukee deployed her 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB)…

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HMAS Canberra Returns from Tonga

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra, her crew and embarked forces have arrived in Townsville following their deployment on Operation Tonga Assist 2022. HMAS Canberra arrived in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa on March 1, to contribute to the Australian Government’s disaster relief and recovery mission following the devastating undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami. During its mission, HMAS Canberra…

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Shield Wins Another Babcock Type 31 Frigate Subcontract

UK based Shield Marine Services is proud to have been awarded the contract for Supply, and Installation of the ‘Deck Coverings’ to the Type 31 General Purpose Frigates for the UK Royal Navy The order is to supply and install Carpets, Vinyl, and Resin Systems to five vessels and was received from Babcock International Group. Babcock will build the Type…

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NAS Patuxent River Hosts Israeli Air Force Chief of Staff

Israeli Air Force (IAF) Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Eyal Grinboim visited Naval Air Station Patuxent River in February for a program update and flight on the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. Grinboim and his staff met with Maj. Gen. Gregory Masiello, program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault and special mission programs (PEO(A)). Masiello and Col. Jack Perrin, program…

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E-2D Trainers Improving Readiness, Capability

The aircrew from the E2-D Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) recently completed two weeks of on-site readiness training following the installation of two E-2D Distributed Readiness Trainers (D-DRTs) by the Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205). These medium fidelity trainers contain a complete mock-up of the E-2D weapons system and are available via commercial off-the-shelf…

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