USNS Comfort Mission Stops Announced

May 24, 2019 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will return for another deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean mid-June to begin a five-month medical assistance mission as a result of the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing political and economic instability in Venezuela. Comfort medical teams will pull in to Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working port visits. “This deployment responds directly to the man-made crisis Maduro’s…

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Chinese frigate returns after international exercise

May 22, 2019 – Chinese frigate Xiangtan returned to a military port in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province, Tuesday after finishing an international exercise. The exercise lasted from late April to May, and was part of the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting-Plus. Frigate Xiangtan conducted exercises including rescuing ships hijacked by pirates, maritime communications and helicopter landing with participating vessels from other counties. The frigate also attended opening and closing ceremonies for the exercise and an opening day in Singapore. It took 26 days for the frigate to complete the voyage…

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HMS Northumberland sails into Liverpool for four-day visit

May 22, 2019 – Frigate HMS Northumberland sailed into Liverpool for a four-day logistics stop after shadowing a Russian naval vessel through the English Channel. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate arrived at Liverpool’s cruise liner berth with her ship’s company lining the upper deck in full ceremonial uniforms.   The ship and her crew – including three Liverpool natives – were alongside to take on supplies and enjoy a brief respite from the operations she has been conducting. Last week HMS Northumberland was activated to sail and meet the Severmorsk,…

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ARA Almirante Irizar Documentary Screened for Argentine Senate

May 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – Yesterday afternoon, on the flight deck of the icebreaker ARA “Almirante Irizar”, located in the “E” dock of the Port of Buenos Aires, the documentary “Irízar, 40 years of history” was screened. The president of the Senate, Gabriela Michetti, participated in the event; accompanied by the Minister of Defense, Oscar Aguad; the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Bari del Valle Sosa; the Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, Admiral José Luis Villán; and the…

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ICGS Sujeet Launched at Goa Shipyard

May 22, 2019 – The 2nd Vessel of the indigenous Project for 05 Offshore Patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard was ceremoniously launched on 25 May 2019 at Goa Shipyard Limited. Mrs Seema Mittal, wife of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Sanjiv Mittal performed the launching rituals and named the vessel as ‘Sujeet’. The first vessel of ship class was launched three months earlier by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 21 Feb 2019. The ceremony was attended by Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) – ADG K Natarajan, PTM,…

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Launching Ceremony 1500 T MPV for PMSA

May 22, 2019 – Launching ceremony of 1500 Tons state of the art Maritime Patrol Vessel being built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), was held at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW). Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The Maritime Patrol vessel is a multi-mission vessel with steel hull and aluminum super structure having length of 95 m & breadth of 12.2 m and can achieve maximum speed up to 26 knots. The ship has been built in technical…

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India & France ASW Exercise Varuna 19.2

May 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 22 to 25 May 2019, the Varuna 19.2 anti-submarine warfare exercise brought together a Navy attack submarine (SNA) of the French Navy currently deployed in the Indian Ocean and an Indian Navy submarine. . Organized under the operational control of ALINDIEN, this exercise was an opportunity to strengthen our capabilities for joint action in a critical and strategic area while demonstrating the high level of interoperability achieved. This major training has accumulated more than 35 hours of submarine combat. The higher level exercises…

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Project 12700 Vladimir Emelyanov Launched at St Petersburg

May 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – The newest mine defense ship “Vladimir Emelyanov” of project 12700 was solemnly launched at the Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant in St. Petersburg. The ship, like all ships of this project, has a unique, the world’s largest hull made of monolithic fiberglass and the most advanced anti-mine weapons. Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Shipbuilding JSC Georgy Poltavchenko, Head of the Shipbuilding Directorate of the Russian Navy Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov, General Director of Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant Vladimir Seredokho, General Alexander Shlyahtenko, Director of…

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NATO Participates in ITA Minex 2019

May 28, 2019 – Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2) is participating in the Italian MINEX 2019 mine countermeasure exercise May 20-30, 2019. The exercise, organized by the Italian Navy, will see NATO minehunters involved in specialist training activity for almost two weeks with Italian and Spanish minehunters, operating in stretches of sea in front of eastern and southern Sicily. The exercise is aimed at practicing command staff knowledge on mine warfare procedures in order to enhance operational capability and interoperability. The Italian Mine Exercise offers and opportunity…

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Safran Reosc to develop a miniature space camera for the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

In February 2019, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt – FFI) entrusted Safran Reosc, subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense and global leader in optics for astronomy and space applications, with developing a miniature space camera for its NORSAT-4 nanosatellite, intended to conduct surveillance on ships in the Arctic circle. With five neighbouring countries (USA, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Russia), the Arctic circle is a strategic location that is highly coveted for its economic interests (fishery resources, land use and sea traffic routes). Seeking to preserve the sovereign status…

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Dutch Charter Merchant Ship for Ecosystem Maritime Capacity

May 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – Defense and shipping company Spliethoff, one of the largest shipping companies in the Netherlands, will work closely together. State Secretary Barbara Visser today visited a ship from Spliethoff in Eemshaven that will transport defense equipment. The collaboration is part of a pilot that should lead to the Ecosystem Maritime Capacity. This partnership revolves around innovation, mutual learning, and staff and material exchange. Defense needs to become more strategic and agile and needs maritime transport capacity. For the national maritime sector, safety and the availability…

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Mission Jeanne d’Arc Participated in Exercise KANAWA

May 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 25 and 26 May 2019, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre engaged in the mission Jeanne d’Arc 2019 and the armed forces in the West Indies (FAA) participated in the amphibious exercise KANAWA in cooperation with the Dutch Navy. This exercise aimed to improve the joint reaction capacity of the French and Dutch forces to cope with a crisis situation related to a climatic event or a natural disaster. The exercise has implemented significant resources planned from Martinique and this in three dimensions…

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Commander of French Guyana Armed Forces Visits FS Tonerre

May 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of the Jeanne d’Arc 2019 mission , the naval group composed of PHA Tonnerre and FLF La Fayette has been deployed at sea since 25 February. An annual mission during which students from the Naval Officers Application School complete their training cycle. During their mission, they made a stopover in French Guiana waters. On this occasion, the superior commander (COMSUP) of the armed forces in Guyana (FAG), the air division general Didier Looten, was welcomed on the Thunder. Deposited on the Thunder…

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FS Forbin Visits Ho Chi Minh City

May 28, 2019 (VNS) – Forbin, an anti-air frigate of the French Naval Force led by Col. Thomas Frioli, docked at Sài Gòn-Hiệp Phước port on May 28, beginning a friendly visit to HCM City which will last until June 3. The French frigate’s visit is under the framework of the Việt Nam-France defence co-operation plan for 2019, contributing to promoting bilateral defence ties and strengthening the strategic partnership between the two nations. During its visit, officers of the ship are scheduled to pay courtesy visits to leaders of the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 30, 2019

Raytheon Solipsys Corp., Fulton, Maryland, was awarded a $92,800,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for licenses and lifecycle support activities needed to upgrade and sustain the Multi Source Correlator Tracker and Tactical Display Framework software applications within the Common Aviation Command and Control software baseline. The program is managed within the portfolio of Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. Work will be performed in Fulton, Maryland, and is expected to be complete by May 22, 2024. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $2,442,053; fiscal…

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