US Navy to Discharge Those Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

Now, NAVADMIN 225/21, released Oct. 13, sets a deadline for all active-duty Sailors to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 28, while those in the selected reserve have until Dec. 28. The message also outlines the consequences for failing to comply. This deadline makes Nov. 14 and Dec. 14 the final days active and selected reserve, respectively, can receive the second…

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th US Navy AN/WSN-7 INS

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the 500th WSN-7 ring laser gyroscope inertial navigation system (INS) to the U.S. Navy. “Installed across the U.S. Navy Fleet, Northrop Grumman continues to support U.S. and NATO surface and submarine naval platforms around the world,” said Todd Leavitt, vice president, naval and oceanic systems, Northrop Grumman. Beginning with the first gyroscope installed on USS…

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Sentar Wins NIWC PAC (EPSE Multiple-Award Contract

Sentar, a women-owned business specializing in advanced cybersecurity and intelligence solutions and technology, announced October 14th the award of the NIWC PAC Enterprise Personnel Systems Engineering (EPSE) Multiple-Award Contract. Sentar will compete for task orders through 2031 if all options are exercised. The scope of this effort is to obtain systems engineering, software engineering, and life-cycle support for developing and…

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USN/JMSDF Helicopter Squadrons Conduct Bilateral Exercises

Aircrews from the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) “Mighty 59” of Air Development Squadron (VX) 51 conducted bi-lateral exercises, Sept. 14. An MH-60R Seahawk assigned to HSM-51 and an SH-60K assigned to VX-51 conducted a bilateral squadron Tactical Formation (TACFORM) flight, and a dual helicopter Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) tracking exercise.…

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Austal USA Awarded its First Steel Shipbuilding Contract

Austal Limited is pleased to announce Austal USA has been awarded its first steel vessel construction contract by the United States Navy, a US$145 million (~A$198.5 million) build of two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships (T-ATS 11 and 12). The contract modification establishes options for up to three additional T-ATS ships, which, if exercised, will bring the total cumulative value…

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JPN-USA-GBR-NLD-CAN-NZL Multilateral Exercise

The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2021 (IPD21) unit conducts a multilateral exercise with the U.S. Navy (USN), Royal Navy (RN), Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in order to strengthen cooperation and realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as described below. 1. Objectives (1) To improve JMSDF’s tactical capabilities (2) To strengthen cooperation with…

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NSW Wraps Up SOF Phase of MALABAR with Partner Nations

U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW), Indian Navy Marine Commandos, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Special Boarding Units completed the special operations forces (SOF) phase of MALABAR 21 in Guam September 5th. MALABAR 21 is a multilateral naval field training exercise between the Royal Australian Navy, Indian Navy, JMSDF, and U.S. Navy conducted to improve collective maritime capabilities and…

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BAE Systems to Provide IFF for US Navy E-2D Hawkeyes

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems, Inc. a $26 million contract for Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) spares for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide Beamforming Networks (BFNs), an integral part of antenna control for the AN/APX-122A IFF Interrogator system, onboard the carrier-capable tactical aircraft. “These sets will provide situational awareness and early warning for…

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