NATO-Russia Council meets in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council met at Ambassadorial level in Brussels on Thursday (31 May 2018). The NATO-Russia Council had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine, issues related to military activities, transparency and risk reduction, as well as asymmetric techniques as aspects of doctrine and strategy. NATO and Russia both briefed on major upcoming exercises.…

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US Navy Contracts May 30, 2018

Orbital ATK Inc., Defense Electronic Systems, Northridge, California, is awarded $171,215,447 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0005). This modification exercises an option for the procurement of full-rate Production Lot 7 for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) for the Navy and the government of Australia. This option exercise provides for the conversion of 271 Navy provided…

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Australian and French warships exercise off Darwin

When more than 25,000 tonnes of steel in the shape of three warships exercise in close proximity to each other, it is an impressive example of each crew’s warfighting and seamanship skills. That display occurred when HMAS Newcastle trained with French Navy Ships Dixmude and Surcouf off the coast of Darwin recently. Newcastle practiced gunnery serials, officer of the watch…

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USS Scorpion Family Members Remember 99 Submariners Lost, 50th Anniversary Ceremony Held at Memorial Site

Family members, friends, and submariners past and present gathered at the Scorpion Memorial on Norfolk Naval Station May 26, to honor the memory of the 99 Sailors lost aboard the attack submarine USS Scorpion (SSN 589). The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of Scorpion’s loss on May 22, 1968. A crowd of over 500 gathered to remember the 99 Sailors…

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USS Portland Arrives in Pearl Harbor

USS Portland (LPD 27) arrived in Pearl Harbor May 29 to conduct Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials. The ship departed San Diego May 21 and began her transit to Hawaii. The ship’s crew has engaged in various training exercises within the past couple of weeks to ensure the ship’s weapon systems are properly installed, function correctly, and can be operated…

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HMAS Melbourne departs for seven month deployment

HMAS Melbourne has departed her home port of Fleet Base East bound for a seven month deployment to the South West Pacific and North East Asia. The ship’s company were enthusiastically joined by family and friends in a fond farewell to the frigate at Garden Island, Sydney. Melbourne’s deployment will include participation in the second iteration of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, Exercise…

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US Navy Contracts May 31, 2018

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded $2,016,115,217 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0020) in support of the F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot 11 aircraft.  This modification provides additional funding for production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems to…

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Osborne South Shipyard redevelopment in full swing

The redevelopment of the Osborne South Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, a key enabler for the Turnbull Government’s ambitious continuous naval shipbuilding agenda, is in full swing. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, said just seven months after Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) engaged Lendlease as managing contractor, the redevelopment of the Osborne…

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Suspected transshipment of offshore materials by small ships with North Korean tanker “JI SONG 6”

Google Translation 1. In the early May 1980 (Saturday), a North Korean flagship tanker “JI SONG 6” (IMO number: 8898740) and a small boat of unknown flagged flags flagged as the flag of China are offshore of the East China Sea (Shanghai “P-3C” (Kanoya) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 1st Air Group confirmed that the Maritime Self Defense Force belongs…

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NUSHIP Brisbane completes CAT 5 trials and cooks up a storm

NUSHIP Brisbane has recently completed her Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Trials off the coast of Adelaide. During CAT 5 Sea Trials, the functional performance of the Mission System as a whole is verified. This verification is a pre-requisite to enable the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance to deliver Brisbane to the Department of Defence for provisional acceptance. During this phase…

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Hydrographic Ship “Sirius” supports the National Boating Program

Google Translation On May 29, the Brazilian Navy hydrographic ship “Sirius” provided support to the National Boating Program, when installing a GPS location system, in the meteo-oceanographic float of Cabo Frio-RJ. The National Boating Program (PNBOIA) seeks to implement the collection of meteorological and oceanographic data along the Brazilian coast. It operates through a network of fixed meteo-oceanographic buoys equipped…

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Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces to participate in exercise Malabar

Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast of Guam, and the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the…

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Babcock Team 31 Launches Arrowhead 140 Design for MoD Type 31e Competition

Babcock Team 31 has today [31st May] unveiled Arrowhead 140 as its design for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate program. Launching the new platform, ‘Team 31’ – led by Babcock and including fellow industry experts Thales, OMT, BMT, Harland and Wolff and Ferguson Marine – underlined the vessel’s established, ‘at…

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