HMS Richmond to be ASW Escort for HMS Queen Elizabeth

December 9, 2019 – Gearing up for an imminent return to sea are the crew of HMS Richmond, emerging from refit as the nation’s most advanced frigate. Long-based in Portsmouth, the ship has switched homes for Plymouth – where all the dedicated submarine-hunting Type 23s are being concentrated. While in the hands of the engineers at Babcock, Richmond has undergone…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard undocks USS Wyoming

November 7, 2019 – USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) successfully undocked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Nov. 6, a key milestone in the boat’s Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO). “Wyoming is now one step closer to completing its Engineered Refueling Overhaul and providing superior warfighting capability back to the Fleet,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Kai Torkelson. “This is a critical piece in the…

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Portsmouth Ready for Two Carriers

November 5, 2019 – Portsmouth Naval Base has undertaken a program of infrastructure upgrades ahead of the arrival of the UK’s second Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. The anticipated arrival of not just one but two of the 65,000 tonne behemoths and their crews meant that the naval base needed more power, space and another specially equipped…

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USS Hue City Begins Modernization

October 4, 2019 – After a quarter-century of worldwide operations, the guided missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) was inducted into the Cruiser Modernization program, Sept. 30, at Norfolk Naval Base, entering a period of major overhaul and modernization. The program shifts administrative control from Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), allowing…

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NNSY supports NAVSEA effort to bring transformation in timely delivery of ships and submarines

September 19, 2019 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) kicked off an aligned effort with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) this past August to ensure timely delivery of all of ship and submarine availabilities. This is the Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards (NSS-S) transformation, which centers on empowering project mechanics and ensuring continual work execution on the deckplates. “This effort pulls…

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BAE Systems to Support Small Boats Across the UK

September 10, 2019 – Contracts to support and maintain hundreds of high-speed rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and other small boats used to help protect Britain’s shores have been awarded to BAE Systems under the Boats in Service Support (BISS) contract, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced today. Four individual contracts valued at up to £112 million form part of…

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Portsmouth’s Second Carrier Berth Nearly Complete

September 4, 2019 – The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is working with its contractor Volker Stevin to deliver crucial infrastructure worth £30-million to ensure the base’s second operational berth is ready in time for the carrier, which is due to arrive by the end of this year. One of the final pieces of the project was the installation of 2…

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La Motte-Picquet Trains with the Royal Navy

September 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – After setting sail from Portsmouth on August 30, 2019, anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet conducted a series of joint exercises with HMS Queen Elizabeth , the first aircraft carrier of this class and flagship of the Royal Navy , and RFA Tideforce . Various maneuvers were conducted off the coast of England, including coordinated flights…

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USCGC Escanaba Returns to Boston after Caribbean Patrol

July 11, 2019 – Escanaba returned to Boston Thursday following a three-month patrol conducting drug and migrant interdiction operations in the Caribbean Sea. Throughout the patrol, Escanaba’s crew focused their efforts on law enforcement, completed a three-week training assessment of mission capabilities in Portsmouth, Virginia, and held a change-of-command ceremony. Escanaba’s crew partnered with Customs and Border Patrol within the…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Dedicates Submarine Maintenance Facility

June 18, 2019 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) dedicated its new Submarine Maintenance Facility June 14. The dedication marked the next crucial step in the NNSY’s realization of the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan that will enhance the ability of the four public shipyards to meet the mission of delivering ships back to the fleet on time and within budget. The…

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Ike Returns to Sea Following Planned Incremental Availability

March 28, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) returned to sea March 28 following a scheduled planned incremental availability (PIA) during which the ship received innovative upgrades. One of the upgrades of note was the installation of the NULKA decoy system. “A disciplined and thoughtful approach to the basics brought us here,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding…

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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Returns Home After Inderdicting $240 million in Drugs

March 25 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to Portsmouth Monday following a successful 85-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol off the coasts of Central and South America, Tampa’s crew successfully interdicted approximately 18,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $240 million. The Coast Guard increased U.S. and allied presence in…

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NNSY Welcomes USS George H.W. Bush for Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability

February 21, 2019 – USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Feb. 21, for a 28-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA). Dry-docking and maintaining a 103,000 ton, 1,092-foot aircraft carrier is complex work. This DPIA marks the first time George H.W. Bush has not been waterborne since 2006. Requiring an estimated 1.3 million man-days, it…

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