PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark sets sail for “Harmonious Mission 2018”

The PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark (Hull 866) set sail from its homeport in Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Thursday morning to embark on the voyage of “Harmonious Mission 2018”. It is the Peace Ark’s 7th “Harmonious Mission”, which will bring the ship to more than ten countries, including Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Columbia, Venezuela, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic and Ecuador, to provide humanitarian medical services. Upon invitation of the Chilean Navy, the Chinese naval hospital ship will also have a stop…

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HMS Montrose shadows Russian warships through English Channel

The Royal Navy’s HMS Montrose shadowed two Russian warships in the approaches to the English Channel after they ventured out of the Baltic. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate sailed up the Channel to meet with corvettes RFS Boikiy and Stoikiy as the Russian vessels sortied from their base in the Baltic and entered the North Sea. HMS Montrose worked alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to track the two vessels as they manoeuvred in some of the most congested waters in the world. Montrose met the pair – both Steregushchiy-class…

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Duke of Edinburgh sends best wishes to HMS Magpie

The Duke of Edinburgh gave his blessing yesterday as the name of a ship he once commanded was resurrected after nearly 60 years. New survey ship HMS Magpie was formally welcomed into the Naval family in her home of Devonport yesterday afternoon. Among the Commanding Officers of the previous Magpie was the Duke of Edinburgh, who was in charge of the sloop/frigate between 1950 and 1952 in the Mediterranean. A message from the 97-year-old was read out to crew, friends and family of the new ship during today’s commissioning ceremony:…

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USS Oklahoma City Returns to Guam

USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, June 29. Oklahoma City conducted routine patrols throughout the Indo-Pacific region in support of maritime security operations that promote stability while maintaining key partnerships with allies across the region. Family and friends were on the pier to greet their Sailors and welcome them back to Guam following their period at sea. Winner of the ceremonial “First Kiss” was Senior Chief Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) Travis Radzyminski’s wife Tenille, and Chief Electronics Technician (Navigation) Michael Levy and wife Crystal…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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FS D’Entrecasteaux Rescues Couple in Vanuatu Waters

Google Translation Currently engaged in the Castor mission, the B2M D’Entrecasteaux rescued a couple from drowning during the night of June 12 to 13, 2018. While the ship was wet near the island of Vao to unload the equipment and staff of the Castor mission, the watchman noticed, at 04:30, a person on the B2M’s diving chamber. After having boarded, this person explained that he was sailing with his wife in a pirogue to join Vao and that the bad weather had made them capsize. A search operation was immediately…

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Hunter Class Marks New Era for Navy’s Future Fleet

Navy’s future frigates will be known as ‘Hunter Class’ with the Chief of Navy confirming the first of the Hunter Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) to be commissioned in the late 2020s. In a signal to all Navy personnel, Vice Admiral Barrett said class name was chosen to reflect the tradition of naming RAN ships that promote Navy’s bond with the Nation. In this case, the first three ships of the Hunter class will proudly carry the names of three major Australian regions, all with strong historical maritime and naval…

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach Becomes Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

The Chairman of the Military Committee is the senior military advisor to the Secretary General, and the conduit through which advice from NATO’s Chiefs of Defence is presented to the political body of NATO, the North Atlantic Council. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, said, “I am proud to be joining NATO at such an important time in the history of the Alliance. NATO has delivered collective defense, maintained security and upheld the shared values of our 29 partners for almost seventy years. As Chairman of the Military Committee I…

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Naval Oceanography Teams Up with Poland, Norway during BALTOPS 2018

Naval Oceanography’s Fleet Survey Team (FST) and Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC) recently returned from Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), where they executed safety of navigation and mine countermeasure operations in an effort to enhance interoperability with European allies. FST and the Hydrographic Support Squadron of the Polish navy (HSSPN) conducted the two navies’ first cooperative hydrographic survey of the amphibious landing zone of Poland’s Ustka range in support of Exercise BALTOPS, May 15-26. “This hydrographic technical exchange and validation of data collection and processing builds trust and cooperation between…

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ARA Granville Arrived at Puerto Belgrano

Google Translation He participated in the search for the fishing boat “Rigel” and was part of the events for the Day of the Flag in Puerto Madryn. The ship’s crew received training in order to deepen and expand knowledge in different areas. In navigation – The corvette ARA “Granville” entered in the afternoon of yesterday to the dock of Puerto Belgrano after participating in the search for the fishing vessel “Rigel”, which was declared in emergency on June 8. The unit, dependent on the Maritime Patrol Division with a seat…

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Contribution of Lockheed Martin to Australia

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has released the KPMG report ‘The Economic Contribution of Lockheed Martin to Australia’ and notes that Lockheed Martin Australia’s workforce has increased by almost 100 per cent since 2016. “As this report notes, for the year of 2016, Lockheed Martin Australia contributed an estimated $340 million to Australia’s GDP,” Minister Pyne said.

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Mexican Navy and Damen cooperating in most technologically advanced naval ship in Latin America

Damen Shipyards Group and the Mexican Navy, via the Directorate General of Shipbuilding, are currently working together to build the Long Range Ocean Patrol (POLA (from its initials in Spanish)), the most technologically advanced vessel in Latin America. With this, the Mexican Navy will join the long list of navies around the world that have Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding vessels in their fleets. POLA will be the Mexican version of the Damen SIGMA 10514, a proven design that has booked successful results internationally. POLA will be 107 metres in length,…

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Three’s company for Commonwealth Navies

Ships representing three of Her Majesty’s Navies have practiced a number of maritime evolutions on their way to war games in Hawaii. HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne and Success were joined by HMNZS Te Mana and HMCS Vancouver of the Royal New Zealand and Royal Canadian Navies respectively as the Joint Task Group transited towards Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 2018), a large-scale multinational maritime exercise. All five ships used their transit in company to sharpen their skills ahead of RIMPAC 2018 by conducting Officer of the Watch manoeuvres,…

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Infanta Elena Home From Africa Deployment

Google Translation The Patrolman of Height “Infanta Elena”, has docked today in the quay of the Curra of the Arsenal of Cartagena. During the last four months, it has contributed to improve Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa, monitoring maritime traffic, making a naval presence and supporting Spanish flagship and vessels in areas currently affected by piracy, immigration and fishing illegal. The manning of the ship was received by the Admiral of the Maritime Action Force, Vice Admiral Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa, in addition to…

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HMAS Adelaide is six nation ship

HMAS Adelaide has become home to military personnel from six different nations during her transit to Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. In addition to the ship’s normal complement of roughly 400 personnel, almost 50 United States Marines, 25 Sri Lankan Navy Marines and more than 40 Royal Tongan Marines are also aboard, working with their counterparts from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) as a combined land forces element. Two officers from the Royal New Zealand Navy and a Captain from the Canadian Army are also aboard, living…

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