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Construction commences for first Offshore Patrol Vessel in Western Australia

March 27, 2020 – The Government’s $90 billion Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program has reached a new milestone with construction on the first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to be built in Western Australia commencing. This will be the third of twelve Arafura class OPVs, and the first to be built at the Civmec Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Minister for Defence,…

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Three Russian Frigates Held Exercise in the Mediterranean Sea

March 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – The crews of the ships of the Black Sea Fleet (Black Sea Fleet) from the permanent naval group of the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea conducted a drill to destroy a detachment of ships of a conditional enemy in the Mediterranean. The naval strike group (KUG) of the Black Sea Fleet consisting of three…

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First VERTREP for USS Gerald R Ford

March 26, 2020 – After 14 days at sea conducting flight operations and multiple certifications, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, attached to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 while alongside USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) in the Atlantic Ocean, March 24. Ford is executing an 18-month…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Closes the Acquisition of Hydroid

March 26, 2020 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that it has closed on the previously announced acquisition of Hydroid Inc., a leading provider of advanced marine robotics to the defense and maritime markets. In conjunction with the transaction, HII and Kongsberg Maritime have established a strategic alliance to jointly market naval and maritime products and services to the U.S.…

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Australian Government Support for Defence Industry

March 27, 2020 – The Morrison Government is providing certainty and funding to help Australian companies through the COVID-19 pandemic, with fast-tracked payments to defence industry a key feature of initial assistance to help mitigate the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic. This will mean some suppliers will receive payment up to two weeks earlier than usual. Minister for Defence, Senator…

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Chief of Naval Operations Statement on USS Theodore Roosevelt

March 26, 2020 – The following statement was released today by the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday: “As testing continues, additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been discovered aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt. We are taking this threat very seriously and are working quickly to identify and isolate positive cases while preventing further spread of the virus aboard the…

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JMSDF Shadows Type 054A Binzhou

March 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, March 24, around 4:30 pm, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s 3rd Missile Fleet, “Ota (“Sasebo”) travels northeast in a sea area about 150 km southwest of Shimo-Tsumima. One class frigate was identified as Type 054A Binzhou. Later, the ship sailed north through the Tsushima Strait and temporarily entered the Sea of Japan.…

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