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Russian Pacific Fleet Trains off Kamchatka

March 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – A detachment of ships of the compound guarding the water area of ​​the Troops and forces in the North-East of Russia went to sea to carry out practical artillery and rocket firing. In the sea range, small rocket and small anti-submarine ships will fire artillery at complex target positions on the coast near the Radygino Range for several days. Crews will also work out actions to conduct a sea battle with the ships of the conditional enemy. In the water area of ​​Avachinsky Bay,…

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Admiral Gorshkov Transits Suez Canal Enroute to China

March 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, a detachment of ships and ships to support the Northern Fleet as part of the frigate Admiral of the Soviet Fleet Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics ship Elbrus and the rescue tug Nikolay Chiker completed the transfer from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea through the Suez Canal. The passage of the Northern Fleet detachment along the canal took several hours, during which the main task was to ensure the safe maneuvering of the frigate and support vessels in conditions of intensive navigation. During…

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HMS Tamar Christened

March 21, 2019 – HMS Tamar, the fourth of the Royal Navy’s five cutting-edge new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally Christened in Glasgow today. The next-generation River Class ship will boost Britain’s counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling work and provide essential support to defense operations. The 90-metre vessel, which is equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, is part of a five-strong OPV contract with BAE Systems, worth a combined £635m. Minister for Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew said, “From patrolling our coastlines and protecting…

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Russian Navy to accept latest Tsirkon hypersonic missile for service in 2023

March 20, 2019 (TASS) – The Russian Navy expects to accept the latest Tsirkon hypersonic missile for service and deploy it on warships and submarines from 2023, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. “The state trials of the Tsirkon conducted from the basic sea carriers are planned to be completed in 2022 and from 2023 the missile will be accepted for service and put on combat duty,” the source said. The Russian Navy expects to arm all the new and modernized surface ships and nuclear-powered submarines,…

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Mistral Returns to Toulon

March 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – Deployed on the Corymbe 145 mission in the Gulf of Guinea since 21 January, the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral has found its port in Toulon after 54 days of absence. During the 33 days at sea, the Mistral has traveled 10 085 nautical miles, largely escorted by Commander Birot . The PHA has had many interactions with the navies of the riparian countries. In total, 5 joint patrols were conducted with Senegal, Togo, Gabon and Morocco, demonstrating a high level of cooperation not only…

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Mistral Stops in Morocco

March 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – After leaving the Corymbe mission in the Gulf of Guinea, the amphibious helicopter carrier Mistral , making its way to its port-base Toulon, made a stopover of a few days in Morocco and a joint training with the Moroccan Navy, before to welcome on his flight deck American aircraft. The stopover in Agadir, the first of a French building for eight years, was an opportunity to meet the local military and civil authorities during many official activities, highlighting the Franco-Moroccan cooperation in the naval…

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SNMG-1 and SNMCMG-1 Visit Plymouth

March 21, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG) 1 and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group One (SNMCMG) 1 completed a scheduled port visit to Plymouth, England. While in Plymouth, crewmembers immersed themselves in the city’s rich maritime history and culture, and engaged with local community members through office calls, local media interviews, ship tours and community relations (COMREL) events. Thirteen Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), SNMG-1’s flagship, visited Plympton Academy in Plymouth to interact and read with students. “It was very flattering to host…

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Australia and Sri Lanka to Forge Stronger Ties

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) is Australia’s largest ever Defence engagement activity with Sri Lanka. At the helm of IPE 19 is Commander Joint Task Force 661, Air Commodore Rick Owen. Air Commodore Owen said the Indo-Pacific engagement is a Joint Task Force which includes around 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force. The Joint Task Force will visit Colombo and Trincomalee. “What people will see is the Royal Australian Navy and their four ships visiting ports in Sri Lanka,” Air Commodore Owen said. “But…

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Tall Ship Gloria Awarded Order of the Congress of Colombia

March 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – The ARC “Gloria” School Ship of the Colombian Navy received two recognitions in the Elliptical Hall of the Congress of the Republic. The Senate awarded the Order of the Congress of Colombia in the rank of Commander and the House of Representatives conferred the Order of Democracy Simón Bolívar, in the degree of Cruz Comendador. During the acknowledgment held at the National Capitol, former President of the Congress Dr. Efraín José Cepeda Sarabia and the Representative to the Chamber for La Guajira, Alfredo Rafael…

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725 in the spotlight as Fleet Air Arm meets the Press

March 23, 2019 – The Fleet Air Arm’s 725 Squadron recently welcomed a group of specialist defence and aerospace media for a behind-the-scenes look at Navy’s newest and most potent naval combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’. Most of the journalists were making their way south to Avalon in Victoria to attend the 2019 Australian International Air Show, making the pit stop at HMAS Albatross along the way. While the MH-60R was a feature at the Air Show, the visit to 725 Squadron was designed to give the journalists a…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 22, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $245,048,211 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-6327 to exercise options for the Joint Counter-Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment 1 Block 1 (I1B1) systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program Office. CREW systems are designed to provide protection for foot soldiers, vehicles and permanent structures. The JCREW I1B1 system is the first-generation system that develops a common open architecture across all three capabilities and provides protection for worldwide military operations. This integrated design maximizes commonality…

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Indian Navy – first Responder to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique

March 20, 2019 – The ships of First Training Squadron of Indian Navy (Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul) operating in the Southern Indian Ocean were diverted to Port Beira, Mozambique based on request received from the Government of Mozambique to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) to the local population post the devastation caused by cyclone ‘IDAI’ which struck the coast of Mozambique on 15 Mar 19. INS Sujata along with ICGS Sarathi arrived at Port Beira morning of 18 Mar 19 whilst INS Shardul arrived on 19 Mar 19…

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Admiral Kasatonov to be handed over to Russian Navy in December

March 20, 2019 (TASS) – The second (first-serial produced) Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov is expected to be transferred over to the Russian Navy in December 2019, Severnaya Verf Shipyard CEO Igor Ponomarev told TASS on Wednesday. “The frigate Admiral Kasatonov will enter the second round of performance trials in late March-early April and will be transferred over to the Navy in December this year,” he said. According to Ponomarev, the Saint Petersburg-based shipbuilder, Severnaya Verf, also plans to transfer the Project 20380 corvette Gremyashchy and the Project 23120 logistics…

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USC to build two more Project 22350 frigates for Russian Navy

March 20, 2019 (TASS) – The Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyard, an affiliate of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) will build two more frigates of project 22350 and push ahead with building a series of corvettes for the Navy, USC President Alexei Rakhmanov told a business conference at the theme park Patriot near Moscow. “A decision has been made to build two more frigates at the Northern Shipyard and to continue to build a series of corvettes,” Rakhmanov said, adding the project 22350 frigates were identical to The Admiral Gorshkov. “The Admiral…

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Marine Corps, Navy improve crisis response capabilities with Pacific Blitz exercise

March 20, 2019 – Forces from I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and U.S. 3rd Fleet are conducting exercise Pacific Blitz 2019 in and off the coast of Southern California through March 26. Pacific Blitz, which kicked off March 12, is a scenario-driven field-training exercise designed to train and integrate with the staffs of I MEF and 3rd Fleet. “When you consider today’s threats, it is all about maintaining a ready force that can move rapidly into congested domains,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commanding general, I MEF. “The…

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