In a Shocking Display of Being Out of Touch, NATO Secretary General at Davos WEF

In a keynote speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the stomach turning display of the uber wealthy telling the world to behave as they say and not as they do, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that “freedom is more important than free trade” and that the “protection of our values is more important than profit.” An important…

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Belgium Holds Large-Scale Rescue Exercise in the North Sea

“Attention, here’s the commander of patrol vessel POLLUX. Our ship collided with a windmill. The ship has suffered serious damage but can still sail on an independent basis. There are several injured people on board and drowning people at sea. The emergency services have been alerted. Try to keep your composure.” Fortunately, this was not a reality but just the…

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Admiralty Shipyards Started Sea Trials of LSP North Pole

JSC “Admiralty Shipyards” (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) has started factory sea trials of the ice-resistant self-propelled platform “North Pole”. The Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation Alexander Kozlov took part in the procedure for sending a unique vessel for the implementation of the test program. The head of the department noted the importance of…

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Kongsberg Orders Three Satellites from NanoAvionics

Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) has placed an order for three microsatellites with Lithuanian mission integrator NanoAvionics for a space-based maritime surveillance mission covering the North Sea area. All three satellites will be based on NanoAvionics’s largest satellite bus so far, the MP42 microsatellite bus. The surveillance payload will consist of instrumentation developed by KONGSBERG to include ‘”Automatic Identification…

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K-130 Batch 1 Program with OSI Integrated Navigation Systems

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced that it has been selected by ARCHE Systeme GmbH (ARCHE) to provide an Integrated Navigation System (INS) upgrade to the Federal German Navy’s K-130 Batch I Corvettes Program, powered by ECPINS. The contract includes INS for the corvettes and land-based test and training sites (Landanlage). ECPINS forms the heart of OSI’s IMO type-approved Integrated Navigation…

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HMAS Ararat Rescues Solomon Islands Police

The crew of HMAS Ararat rescued a Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) crew last Saturday after the police vessel was reported missing. The Royal Australian Navy patrol boat’s crew was responding to a search and rescue request from the RSIPF. The crews of an Australian-contracted Forum Fisheries Agency King Air aircraft and an Australian Federal Police-contracted helicopter were able…

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Austal USA Launches the Future USS Augusta (LCS 34)

On May 23rd, Austal USA successfully launched the 17th Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Augusta (LCS 34). Assisted by tugs, the ship was escorted out of Austal USA’s floating dry dock and secured pier side on the waterfront for machinery commissioning and system activation in preparation for sea trials later this year. The launch of Augusta was…

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US Navy Deploys MQ-8C Fire Scout to Indo-Pacific

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s autonomous, runway-independent helicopter system, made its second operational deployment, and first deployment to the Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility aboard USS Jackson (LCS-6) providing military commanders greater maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capability. “The MQ-8C Fire Scout is an extremely flexible unmanned aerial system and a pillar in the Navy…

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Trent Pushes Boundaries to Expand Helicopter Operations

HMS Trent has been pushing aircrews to the limit as she helps write the rulebook for helicopter operations around the globe. The patrol ship has served as a testbed for two weeks of intensive trials with a Wildcat helicopter in the Mediterranean, testing the aircraft in different weather and sea conditions, with different weights and loads by day and night…

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846 Naval Air Squadron Delivers Memorial for USN/USAAF Airmen

Commando fliers helped park rangers on Dartmoor formally recognise wartime aviators killed just days and yards apart. They delivered two cumbersome memorial stones with pinpoint accuracy to the spots where 15 Americans died as they returned to base from front-line missions in December 1943. Five men aboard a US Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress died when their aircraft crashed…

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