FS Somme Assists in SAR Incident

July 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – On June 24, 2019, while the Command and Supply Building (BCR) Somme was in the final phase of its training process after a major technical stop of more than 5 months in the Iroise Sea, the building receives a distress call. This message is issued from a sailboat encountering navigation difficulties near the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse (29). The Somme was in evaluation phase by the training division of the Naval Action Force when it was put in operational condition (MECO). This training phase allowed the…

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Statement From Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on USS Boxer

July 18, 2019 – Statement from Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on USS Boxer: At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.

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Sea Lion Successfully Completes Mission Demonstration

July 18, 2019 – The NH90 Sea Lion successfully completed mission demonstrations for its relevant roles in the German Navy, including SAR missions, in July. Representatives of the Navy and the procurement agency BAAINBw participated in the tests that covered operations using a rescue hoist, checking navy reconnaissance capabilities, and dropping off commandos and Special Forces equipment, including an inflatable boat. Delivery of the first Sea Lion helicopters is scheduled for the end of 2019. Altogether 18 helicopters are on order.

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GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL Submits Final Offer for MKS 180 Program

July 18, 2019 – The Schleswig-Holstein shipyard GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL (GNYK) submitted the final offer for the construction of the multi-purpose warship MKS 180 on 18 July. Together with its cooperation partner thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, the company is competing for the largest naval contract in the history of Bundeswehr. GNYK is the only remaining German general contractor in the European competition of the German Ministry of Defense. Jörg Herwig, Managing Director of GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL, said: “By submitting our offer, we have done everything in our power to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 19, 2019

Allied Systems Co.,* Sherwood, Oregon, is awarded a $70,655,603 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide for the design, development, test and manufacture of production of the new Carrier Crash and Salvage Crane (CCSC) and Amphibious Crash and Salvage Crane (ACSC). The CCSC and ACSC will be used for lifting and moving disabled aircraft on carrier vessel, nuclear and landing helicopter assault, and landing helicopter dock class ship flight decks. The CCSC and ACSC will replace the legacy A/S32A-35A and -52 Carrier Vessel Crash Cranes; and the A/S32A-36A and -53 Amphibious Assault…

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IMO Condemns Tanker attacks in Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman

July 18, 2019 – The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has condemned recent attacks on commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and Sea of Oman at its meeting in London held from 15-19 July. After debate, the IMO Council decided to condemn the attacks and expressed its concern over the grave danger to life and the serious risks to navigational safety and the environment to which such incidents may give rise. The Council also emphasised the need for flag States and shipowners and operators to review the…

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Former Government Contractor Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Willful Retention of National Defense Information

July 19, 2019 – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett today sentenced Harold Thomas Martin, III, age 54, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, to nine years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for willful retention of national defense information. The sentence was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur, Assistant Director John Brown of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office. “Harold…

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NATO Announces Exercise Breeze 2019 a Week Late After Prodding from SeaWaves

July 19, 2019 – After inquiring of Exercise Breeze 2019 July 18th, with their usual no response, NATO released this today one week after event began. Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. The exercise aims to enhance interoperability among participating units and strengthen NATO’s readiness in the…

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Final Superlift Marks Structural Completion of CVN 79

July 19, 2019 – The Navy’s next aircraft carrier met another major milestone , as shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding division successfully installed PCU John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) final major steel structural section, known as a superlift, July 9. CVN 79’s final superlift, comprising the upper bow section and the forward portion of the flight deck, weighed 780 tons and took 18 months to construct. “Getting this superlift in place completes the major ship erection activities on the JFK and allows the shipbuilder to focus on the final…

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Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2019 Small Arms Training

July 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of their specialty training “Missiller-Gunner” (MISSART), after their theoretical courses, ship signs (midships) embarked on the group Jeanne d’Arc concretely discover their future responsibilities as gunner aboard the frigate La Fayette . Marked by many shooting exercises, this essential training period is more commonly known as “school fire.” After a global training on the conduct of operations, ten officers-students of the 2019 promotion of the School of Application of Naval Officers (EAOM) were selected to ensure the functions of officer Arms on…

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Latouche-Tréville Returns to Brest from Indian Ocean

July 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – The commander had announced to the families: “rendez-vous July 14, 14 hours”. As planned, the anti-submarine warfare frigate Latouche-Tréville docked in Brest. On the dock, families are numerous to welcome their sailors gone “far, long and crewed.” Seven stopovers, three continents, eight major combined exercises, two seas and two oceans crossed: the figures are commensurate with the exceptional nature of this five-month deployment. From “Sea Guardian”, “Chammal”, to the “Clemenceau” mission via the “CTF150”, the sailors from Brest have kept their rank in all…

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French Elements in Gabon Support MEGALOPS III Exercise

July 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 17 to 21 June 2019, the Megalops III / African Nemo 19.3 exercise took place in Gabon. Initiated by France and supported by an operational training detachment of the French elements in Gabon (EFG), this exercise to control the maritime area of ​​the Gulf of Guinea allows the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) ) to practice coping with frequent situations in the region. For the third edition, the regional operational command and coordination bodies had to deal with…

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INS Tarkash Visits Sweden

July 19, 2019 – INS Tarkash, a frontline warship of the Indian Navy, made a port call at Karlskrona, Sweden today, on 19 July 2019. This marks the first visit of an Indian Naval Ship to Swedish shores after a gap of more than 15 years. During her three day visit, professional interactions, sports and social engagements are planned to further enhance and strengthen the maritime cooperation between the two countries while pursuing the common goal of safe and secure seas. The visit is part of Indian Navy’s mission of…

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Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2019 Concludes

July 16, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) composed by the U.S. flagship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely, British frigate HMS Westminster, and Turkish frigate TCG Gokova concluded their participation in the annual Norwegian-led anti-submarine exercise Dynamic Mongoose (DYMON) 2019 on July 12, 2019. Under the command of Rear Admiral Edward Cashman (USA N) NATO units completed an intense and challenging training exercise with surface ships, maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters and submarines in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Andenes, Norway. DYMON 2019 was designed to enhance…

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ARA Patagonia Celebrates 20 Years of Service

July 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – A ceremony was held on board the logistic vessel ARA “Patagonia” to commemorate a new anniversary of the affirmation of its pavilion. Built in France, the unit already has 20 years of service in the Argentine Navy. The event was led by the Naval Commander Amphibious and Logistic, Captain Néstor Eduardo Nieto, accompanied by the Commander of the ship, Captain Diego Abregu. On the deck, the trained personnel prepared to listen to a speech in which the events that marked the history of this…

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