FDRMC Naples and Partners Conduct Voyage Repair on USS Farragut

When USS Farragut (DDG 99) suffered an engineering casualty in the North Atlantic, Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Naples, Italy teamed with U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center in Sigonella, Italy and Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) to conduct a voyage repair on the guided missile destroyer in Bergen, Norway. Farragut was on deployment as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Strike Group in support of Operation Titanium Citadel, when a Gas Turbine Generator cooling fan failure required an unscheduled replacement. The complex repair job…

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Fight against submarines, maintain a high level of expertise!

Google Translation At a time when many nations are acquiring, developing or reactivating an underwater force, NATO navies continue to cooperate in the fight against submarines (ASM). Ten nations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States) have focused a significant amount of resources off the coast of Sicily where Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018 is taking place . A dozen boats, as many helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft, six submarines and 5,000 sailors compete in one of the largest meetings in the field of anti-submarine…

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USS Carney Brings in New Year in Brindisi

USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Brindisi, Italy, Dec. 30 for a scheduled port visit, giving the crew a chance to bring in the New Year and celebrate the U.S.-Italy relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure Europe. The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to the collective security of the European region. “My crew and I are overjoyed to be in Brindisi for the New Year,” said Cmdr. Peter F. Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney.…

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Baltic Fleet Oceanographic research ship Admiral Vladimirsky enters Mediterranean

The oceanographic research ship Admiral Vladimirsky, the Baltic Fleet, being on long-distance mission, has completed its passage through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean Sea. In course of the mission, the crew will perform a great deal of hydrographic and scientific work. The route of the vessel Admiral Vladimirsky lies through two oceans, five seas and equator. There are some stopovers planned in Cyprus, India, Mauritius, and Italy for rest and replenishing of supplies. On December 15, the vessel Admiral Vladimirsky sailed from home station in Kronstadt for…

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ITS Virginio Fasan Returns to La Spezia December 18

Google Translation On December 18, the Fasan ship crew arrives in La Spezia after five months of anti-piracy activities carried out in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and part of the Indian Ocean On Monday 18 December, the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Virginio Fasan returned to La Spezia, after five intense months of participation in the “EUNAVFOR Atalanta” operation, a European Union mission operating in an area between the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and part of the Indian Ocean, to ensure the presence, surveillance and police on the…

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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta After Refit in Croatia

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), flag ship of U.S. 6th Fleet, arrived at its forward-deployed port in Gaeta, Italy, Oct. 27, after completing a 10-month shipyard maintenance evolution at the Viktor Lenac shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia. During the maintenance availability, shipyard teams completed work on Mount Whitney’s generators, propeller, habitability spaces and command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence systems. “We had nearly $45 million worth of work on the hull, mechanical and electrical systems of the ship, and a complete upgrade of the computer systems,” said Capt. Kavon Hakimzadeh,…

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VP-16 Completes Deployment to US 6th Fleet

The “War Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 began their transition back to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in early October after a successful seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, attached to Commander, Task Force 67. While the squadron primarily operated out of Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, VP-16 also supported 43 detachments across 15 countries including Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Scotland, Spain, and Ukraine. VP-16 worked to improve interoperability with NATO allies and deter aggression across the AOO, as well as…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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Nemo finds sunken subs in massive NATO rescue exercise

Submariners’ ‘emergency service’ received the ultimate work-out in the eastern Mediterranean as NATO navies came together to practice saving crew from stricken boats. Experts from nine allied nations committed submarines, submersibles, rescue vessels, specialist medics, helicopters and divers – the full panoply of services available to trapped crews – for a two-week test of Marmaris in Turkey. Every three years NATO gives its various methods of rescue and escape a full run-out – Exercise Dynamic Monarch – this year played out near Aksaz Naval Base on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast.…

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5 + 5 Group of Navies Terrorism Drills

Google Translation The 5 + 5 group comprises the Mauritanian, Moroccan, Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian Maghreb countries, and the Mediterranean basin countries, including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta. In the annual exercise of 5 + 5, there are marine and air assets from Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco and several international observers. the Navy and the Air Force of those countries. Portugal will participate with the Portuguese Republic Vessel (NRP) Viana do Castelo. The exercise covers scenarios of maritime terrorism and irregular migration flows from climate change. Provision…

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