Type 055 Nanchang and Type 052D Urumqi Weapons Drills

China’s first 10,000 ton-class large destroyer, the Nanchang, recently conducted a series of live-fire cross-regional drills under realistic combat scenarios, in a move that analysts said on Monday prepared the warship for some impactful far sea exercises likely to come later this year. Forming a flotilla together with the Type 052D destroyer Urumqi, the Type 055 large destroyer Nanchang, attached…

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Ingalls Begins Fabrication of the Future USCGC Friedman

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced today the start of fabrication of Legend-class national security cutter Friedman (WMSL 760). The start of fabrication signifies the first 100 tons of steel have been cut. “Our workforce has invested more than a decade of effort, creativity and resolve to make the Legend-class national security cutter production line incredibly efficient and strong,”…

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Singapore and Thailand Conduct Exercise Singsiam

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) are conducting a bilateral naval exercise, Exercise Singsiam, from 21 to 30 March 2022. Hosted by the RSN this year, the opening ceremony was co-officiated by Fleet Commander Rear-Admiral (RADM) Saw Shi Tat and Royal Thai Fleet Commander-in-Chief Admiral (ADM) Suvin Jangyodsuk at RSS Singapura – Changi Naval…

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ITS Gaeta Participates in Exercise ARIADNE 22

From Monday 7 until March 19, in the waters off the island of Crete , the minesweeper Gaeta, a unit dependent on the Command of the Mine Countermeasures Forces (MARICODRAG), participated in ARIADNE 22 , a multinational exercise organized by the Greek navy as part of the mine countermeasures activities. The objective: to enhance the ability of allied navies to…

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Ford Pumps It Up; Receives One Million Gallons of JP5

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) conducted a fueling-at-sea (FAS), March 23, marking the first time the ship has received jet propellant-5 (JP-5) aircraft fuel from a replenishment ship in more than 11 months. Gerald R. Ford successfully received more than one million gallons of JP-5 over the course of three hours from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO…

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Christening Ceremony for Future USS Jack H Lucas

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday attended and delivered remarks at the christening ceremony for the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, March. 26. This ceremony marks the first christening of a Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The ship is named in honor of Private First Class Jacklyn Harold “Jack” Lucas, who served as…

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Virtual Aquarium Brings Deep-Sea to the Surface

The World Ocean Observatory (W2O) and Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) announced today the launch of World Ocean Explorer DEEP SEA exhibit, creating a first-of-its kind immersive virtual aquarium showcasing deep-sea discoveries. THE DEEP SEA is an educational, interactive online platform for ocean exploration and discovery, utilizing high-resolution video, models, and descriptive materials of newly discovered deep-sea ocean species and environments…

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Velas Latinoamérica 2022 Arrives in Punta Arenas

With cueca corners during the morning of Friday, March 25, the units participating in Velas Latinoamérica 2022 arrived at the “Prat” pier in the city of Punta Arenas and will remain in the region until Monday, March 28. On Thursday, March 24, the Strait of Magellan received the parade of the units, being the OPV “Marinero Fuentealba” of the Chilean…

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Romania Joins International Maritime Security Coalition

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) announced March 26 that Romania has joined a multinational maritime coalition established in 2019 to deter attacks on commercial shipping in the Middle East. Romania joined the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) and its operational arm, Coalition Task Force Sentinel. Headquartered in Bahrain with U.S. 5th Fleet, IMSC previously included eight partner-nations. Romania becomes…

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Diamond Joins NATO for Mediterranean Operations

Destroyer HMS Diamond has carried out air-defense training and patrols in the eastern Mediterranean after joining a NATO task group. The Portsmouth-based ship is currently part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, which provides security to and is ready to respond to threats in the region. She has been working alongside ships and personnel from allies such as Italy, Spain,…

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