Blas de Lezo & Numancia Participated in WASSEX-ASWEX with US & Portuguese Navies

Google Translation From 19 to 23 January, the Numancia Frigate (F-83) and the Frigate Blas de Lezo (F-103), of the Spanish Navy, participated in the international exercise organized by the American Navy, Wassex-Aswex-18, together to vessels of the Portuguese Navy and US NAVY. The maneuvers were carried out on the west coast of Portugal. In addition, an American submarine and a P8 maritime patrol aircraft participated in the exercises. The main objective of the maneuvers was the training in surface war and anti-submarine warfare. At the same time, it sought…

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Win for workers as Offshore Patrol Vessel contract signed

The multi-billion dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project is on track after the signing of a contract with Lürssen. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the contract with Lürssen to lead the design and build is worth at least $3 billion for 12 OPVs. “This contract signature demonstrates the Turnbull Government’s commitment to keeping on schedule and supporting Australian industry,” said Minister Pyne. “The vessels will be delivered by Australian workers, in Australian shipyards using Australian steel.” “The project will create around 1000 jobs – 400 direct…

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Trump Calls for Ending Sequester, Keeping Guantanamo Open

By Jim Garamone The United States faces myriad dangers from rogue regimes and global competitors, and the nation must have a strong defense to discourage these rivals and forge a world of peace, President Donald J. Trump said in his State of the Union address tonight. The president said these regimes – including China and Russia – “challenge our interests, our economy our values.” A strong defense is necessary to deter adversaries, the president told a joint session of Congress. “For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end…

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French Navy does not forget the 52 sailors of the Minerve disappeared at sea on January 27, 1968

Google Translation Two ceremonies, organized by the General Association of former submariners (AGASM), took place in tribute to the sailors of Minerve, missing at sea, off Toulon, January 27, 1968. They were held in Brest at monument of sailors missing in the sea of ​​Plougonvelin, and Toulon at the monument of submarines in the presence of families and relatives of the crew of Minerve. Vice-Admiral Charles-Henri du Ché, Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean and Commander-in-Chief for the Mediterranean, accompanied by Captain Cyril de Jaurias, commanding the squadron of nuclear attack…

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USS Michael Murphy Conducts Passing Exercise with French Navy

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and French frigate FS Vendemiaire conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX), Jan. 29. During the PASSEX the ships operated in close proximity to one another. The exercise strengthened Sailors’ knowledge and practical application in ship handling and navigation. “This exercise was a unique opportunity for Michael Murphy to conduct training with the French Navy and practice ship handling and warfighting skills,” said Cmdr. Kevin Louis, commanding officer of Michael Murphy. “Working together furthers our mutual ability to operate and see what can be learned from each…

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Transas A-Suite brings AI to maritime to reduce human error

Transas has launched its first package of applications built on THESIS, a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the full breadth of the maritime ecosystem. The advanced ‘A-Suite’ package also sets a new precedent by utilising the latest in machine learning techniques to reduce the potential for human errors on the bridge or poor decisions elsewhere in the vessel operational chain. In addition to the officers and crew working on board ships, the benefits of A-Suite will be available to personnel managing VTS systems and those running shore-based fleet…

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Germany, Norway Join Multinational Naval Strike Group

Two coalition naval vessels arrived at Naval Station Norfolk here in recent days to conduct training and operations as part of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. The Royal Norwegian Navy frigate Roald Amundsen and the Sachsen-class German frigate Hessen arrived to participate in the strike group’s upcoming composite training unit exercise. Partnership “Any time we can operate with another one of our allies anywhere in the world, we gain from it and they gain from it,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gene Black, commander of USS Harry…

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NSA Washington Gears up to Participate in Annual Force Protection Exercise

Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) will conduct Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2018 (CS/SC 18) Jan. 29 – Feb. 9. CS/SC 18 is a two-part, linked anti-terrorism force protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all continental U.S. Navy installations. This annual exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of NSAW’s Naval Security Force (NSF) and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners. “It gives us an opportunity to exercise our Installation Management Team and Emergency Operations Center in…

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USS Wyoming Arrives at NNSY for an Engineered Refueling Overhaul

USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Jan. 9 for its 27-month Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO). As a critical piece in the country’s nuclear deterrence strategy, the submarine will be refueled and upgraded during this major availability. In a first for NNSY, Enlisted Women at Sea ship alterations will be performed onboard, modifying the layout of berthing areas. For the other work, the availability is highly similar to the shipyard’s ERO currently being conducted on USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), allowing the Wyoming project to leverage off record-setting successes…

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Future HMS Forth Delivered

The first of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships has been formally accepted after four months of extensive trials. HMS Forth has been signed over to the MOD from builders BAE Systems, ready to make her debut in her future home of Portsmouth next month. She’s the first of five offshore patrol ships built to replace the four original River-class ships which were introduced into service between 2003 and 2007. The latter are now in the process of being withdrawn (HMS Severn paid off late last year) in favor of their…

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Chinese Warships Visit Casablanca

The 27th Chinese naval escort taskforce, consisting of the guided-missile destroyer Haikou, the guided-missile frigate Yueyang and the comprehensive supply ship Qinghaihu, arrived at Casablanca, a port city and also the largest city in Morocco, for a 5-day friendly visit January 24th. During the visit, the taskforce will host a deck reception on the destroyer Haikou, commanding officers of the taskforce will call on military and local government leaders of Morocco. The sailors of the two navies will visit each other’s warships and hold friendly football matches. China and Morocco…

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RFA Fort Rosalie Joins Theodore Roosevelt CSG

Personnel from RFA Fort Rosalie were welcomed aboard their American equivalent as the Naval Service vessel joined a US task group in the Gulf. Following her operations with the Royal Australian Navy, Fort Rosalie is now supporting the US Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group. Seven of Fort Rosalie’s ship’s company flew from their ship by US MH-60 Seahawk helicopter to the USNS Matthew Perry for a two-day visit. The trip enabled personnel to get first-hand knowledge of how the US Military Sealift Command ship operates her helicopters, flight deck…

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Pacific Fleet’s An-26 aircraft begins to search for fishing vessel ‘Vostok’

The Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation’s aircraft has joined to the operation to search and rescue the fishing vessel Vostok. At 6.40 Moscow time, the PF An-26 aircraft with a mobile rescue group on board flew to the designated search area. Pilots in difficult weather conditions are surveying the water surface from a height of 600 to 1,000 metres. The coordinating headquarters is continuing to operate in the PF Territorial Center. Being in constant contact with the regional rescue services, this headquarters is monitoring the situation and analyzing the incoming information.

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 26, 2018

Lockheed Martin Aculight Corp., Bothell, Washington, is being awarded a $150,022,901 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for Surface Navy Laser Weapon System Increment 1, High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with surveillance system. Under this contract Lockheed Martin Aculight Corp. will develop, manufacture, and deliver two test units in fiscal 2020 (one unit for DDG 51 FLT IIA, and one for land-based testing). This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $942,818,114. Work will be performed in Bothell, Washington (52 percent); Moorestown, New Jersey (31…

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