Foreign Ministers Setting Stage for NATO Summit, Secretary General Says

By Jim Garamone NATO foreign ministers are dealing with issues of Russia, Afghanistan and the Middle East during their meeting in Brussels this week, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said April 26th. The meeting is also helping to set up the NATO summit, scheduled to take place in Brussels in July, the secretary general said. The foreign ministers will begin…

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USS Ralph Johnson set to arrive at Everett homeport

The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is scheduled to arrive at its homeport of Naval Station Everett, April 27. Ralph Johnson will be the sixth U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Everett, including USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Sampson (DDG 102). Ralph…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 25, 2018

Elite Pacific Construction Inc.,* Kaneohe, Hawaii (N62478-18-D-4022); Su-Mo Builders Inc.,* Honolulu, Hawaii (N62478-18-D-4023); RORE Inc.,* San Diego, California (N62478-18-D-4024); Environet Inc.,* Kamuela, Hawaii (N62478-18-D-4025); Insight Pacific LLC,* Brea, California (N62478-18-D-4026); GM/Bulltrack JV LLC,* Clackamas, Oregon (N62478-18-D-4027); and Alan Shintani Inc.,* Waipahu, Hawaii (N62478-18-D-4028), are each awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award design-build/design-bid-build construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 26, 2018

DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $64,290,515 firm-fixed-price contract for delivery of AN/SPQ-9B ASMD radar systems and associated equipment. This contract is for the manufacture of up to 59 AN/SPQ-9B radar systems. The AN/SPQ-9B provides Navy ships the capability to detect and track low-flying, high-speed, small Radar Cross Section (RCS) anti-ship missile targets in heavy clutter environments. The…

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US, International Partners Interdict Half Ton of Cocaine, Rescue Four Suspects

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO), coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) and ARC 07 de Agosto intercepted a low-profile go-fast vessel (LPGFV) and seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7. During a routine counter-narcotics patrol, an AMO P-3 aircraft detected an LPGFV,…

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Arleigh Burke Arrives In Malta

The visit reaffirms U.S.-Malta relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. “We are honored and excited to visit this beautiful nation,” said Cmdr. Errol Robinson, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke. “Our crew looks forward to this port visit and the relationships we expect to forge. These types of engagements solidify relations among the…

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DSCA to Reduce FMS Administrative Surcharge for Partners

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced today that it is reducing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Administrative Surcharge from 3.5 percent to 3.2 percent, effective June 1, 2018. The FMS Administrative Surcharge is assessed on the total value of an FMS sale and covers the administrative management costs of the FMS program. Under FMS, the U.S. government uses the…

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FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 23 April 2018

Documents Information on Virtus Soldier Systems Ref: DE&S 2018/02714PDF, 66.6KB, 2 pages Number of knife crimes recorded with MOD Police between months January and March from 2014 to 2017 Ref: MDP 2018/04414PDF, 152KB, 3 pages Information on personnel medically discharged with epilepsy between April 2010 to January 2018 Ref: Defence Statistics 2018/01619PDF, 989KB, 4 pages Exercises at RAF Lossiemouth between May 2018 and April 2019 Ref: RAF 2018/4992PDF, 69.4KB, 3 pages Information…

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Laying the Keel Developing the Backbone of the US Navy

Building trust, developing leaders, and driving high performance teams are never ending tasks. For the enlisted force, “Laying the Keel – Developing the Backbone of Our Navy” sets the structure and continuous learning conditions towards those ends. In anything we do, we must always have a vision first. Laying the Keel is the blueprint of that vision for Enlisted Leader…

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‘Realm of the Possible’ Revealed by Multi-Mission Unmanned Surface Vehicle

An unmanned surface vehicle suddenly appeared on the Potomac River Test Range and, much like the ospreys that inhabit the area, it was on a mission to traverse the river – autonomously. Nearby, an osprey watched the unusual sight from its nest as an array of autonomous guns and missile systems were lined up on a pier. Distinguished visitors gathered…

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Opening of the Australian Defence Export Office

The government’s vision to grow a strong, resilient and internationally competitive Australian defence industry to support our national security received a major boost today with Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP opening the Australian Defence Export Office in Canberra. Minister Pyne said the establishment of the Australian Defence Export Office was one of the key initiatives of…

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Finnish Navy 2018 Training Cruise Begins April 29

Six-week sailing will be directed to the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean this year. The training vessel is operated by Miinalaiva Uusimaa. Each year, the Navy School of Education has trained seafarers, nurses, and mining personnel and conscripts working as a training vessel. There are about twenty different classes on board and training is given…

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