HMS Middleton Departs Portsmouth for Middle East Deployment

HMS Middleton has departed her homeport of Portsmouth to undertake operations in the Gulf and wider Middle East. The mines countermeasures vessel has recently been fitted with a state of the art mine-hunting command system, and is expected to remain deployed for at least the next two years on Operation Kipion. Crews from the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron will operate…

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USCGC Harriet Lane Home After Successful Drug Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returned home to their homeport in Portsmouth, after a 72-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea, Sunday. Harriet Lane’s crew performed counter-drug and migrant interdiction operations in support of the Coast Guard 7th District and Joint Interagency Task Force-South. Throughout the patrol, the crew of the Harriet Lane worked in conjunction with a diverse array of…

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Queen Elizabeth CSG Deployed May 22

Twenty warships, three submarines and 150 aircraft have taken part in a UK-led multinational military exercise to test the UK Carrier Strike Group’s response to a range of crisis and conflict situations.’ Designed to push the Carrier Strike Group to the limits and ensure its readiness for any situation during this year’s seven-month global deployment, Exercise Strike Warrior 21 provided…

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Naval Sustainment System at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

May 3, 2021 – How do you improve the highly complex business of ship maintenance to support on-time delivery back to the Fleet? It’s a tough nut to crack, and one that’s getting attention at the highest levels of Navy. Helping to conquer this challenge is the Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards (NSS-SY) effort across all four of the nation’s…

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USCGC Bear Returns Home after seizing $140 million of drugs

April 25, 2021 – Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC 901) returned home to Portsmouth Sunday following an 86-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Bear’s crew interdicted three vessels, seized approximately 8,158 pounds of cocaine, two pounds of methamphetamines, as well as marijuana, worth a combined total of over $140 million, and detained 12 suspected drug smugglers. The…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Uses Innovative “HAMSTER” Tool on Virginia Class Submarine

April 13, 2021 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) recently teamed with Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) to bring an advanced prototype to America’s Shipyard with the intent of testing the bond between a coating and hull of Virginia-Class (VACL) Submarines. The prototype, known as the Hammer Activated Measurement System for Testing and Evaluating Rubber, or HAMSTER for short,…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Unveils Strategic Framework

April 2, 2021 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) has unveiled its new Strategic Framework. This is a tool that communicates the shipyard’s path forward on achieving its vision of delivering on time, every time, everywhere to protect America. According to Quality Assurance Director (Code 130) George Fitzgerald, “The Strategic Framework is important in aligning our efforts across the shipyard on…

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BAE Systems secures Future Maritime Support Program contracts worth over £1 billion

April 2, 2021 – BAE Systems will retain its key role supporting the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, with the Company securing two contracts as part of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Future Maritime Support Program (FMSP) competition. The contracts, worth up to £1.3 billion over five years, will commence on 1 October 2021 following a transition period. BAE…

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Coast Guard Cutter Northland Returns from Gulf of Mexico patrol

March 23, 2021 – The Coast Guard Cutter Northland returned home to Portsmouth from a patrol in support of the Eighth Coast Guard District, Monday. During the patrol, the crew of the Northland conducted daily law enforcement boardings and patrolled the waters for any illegal fishing boats or gear to ensure fair, safe, and sustainable practices. The Northland crew embarked…

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