U.S. Navy Delivers First Upgraded CN-235 to RMAF

The U.S. Navy has delivered the first of three Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) CN-235 military transport aircraft converted to a maritime patrol platform. This comes just three-and-a-half years after the U.S. signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to begin increasing the capability and interoperability of U.S. and Malaysian forces. The effort was facilitated by the U.S. Navy’s Building…

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DSCA Approves Greek Navy S-70B Support and Sustainment

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of follow-on support and sustainment of S-70 helicopters for an estimated cost of $162.07 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Greece has requested to buy follow-on support and…

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SNMG2 Operation in Eastern Mediterranean

The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2 led by flagship U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), are conducting their routine deployment in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. SNMG2 comprises the U.S. Flagship, Spanish Navy ESPS Juan De Borbon, French Navy FS Provence, Hellenic Navy HS Kountouriotis, Italian Navy ITS Vulcano and ITS Federico Martinengo, and Turkish…

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RIMPAC 2022 Concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 4 following more than a month of realistic, relevant combined operations training conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, three submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and over 25,000 personnel participated in the 28th edition of the…

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Curtiss-Wright to Support Critical Naval Defense Platforms

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that it has been awarded contracts valued in excess of $220 million to provide propulsion valves, pumps and advanced instrumentation and control systems for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine, District of Columbia-class submarine and Gerald R Ford-class aircraft carrier programs. The awards were received from Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. (BPMI) and General Dynamics…

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JS Kirisame Exercises With USNS Cesar Chavez

On July 30, JS Kirisame conducted a bilateral exercise in vicinity of the Federated States of Micronesia with USNS Cesar Chavez. This exercise was conducted to maintain the ability of the U.S. and Japanese naval supply forces to conduct replenishments at sea. The logistic divisions of Japanese and U.S. naval forces are operating more effectively and efficiently based on our…

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A ‘STROL’ in the Night

HMAS Canberra is training at night, recovering and launching embarked United States Marine MV-22B Osprey aircraft on the flight deck during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. The US crews are training with Canberra’s crew, working at night within the ship’s tilt rotor operating limits (STROL), flying between USS Essex and Canberra as part of their night competency training…

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SIOP Contract Awarded for Norfolk NSY Upgrade

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic awarded AECOM Technical Services Inc., a $91,484,397 firm-fixed-price with award fee task order July 29 under a previously-awarded multiple-award construction contract for berth repairs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia. Repairs to Berths 40 and 41 and the accompanying Dry Dock 8 upgrades will directly support the mission of NNSY to…

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NOAA & Saildrone Launch Hurricane Tracking Drones

In partnership with NOAA, Saildrone Inc. is deploying seven ocean drones to collect data from hurricanes during the 2022 hurricane season with the goal of improving hurricane forecasting. For the first year, two saildrones will track hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. This week, Saildrone launched two saildrones into the Gulf of Mexico, one from St. Petersburg, Florida, and another…

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