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Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron 4 Completes Deployment to Guatemala

Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWS) 4 completed a six-week deployment to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, on March 4. The mission focused on providing landward and seaward security for three high value assets (HVA) and more than 1,300 Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen participating in Humanitarian Support Over the Shore 2007 (HSOTS-2007). Exercise HSOTS 2007 simulated a disaster relief assistance response to Puerto Quetzal that involved off-loading and transporting equipment to Joint Task Force (JTF) Belize and JTF Guatemala. More than 400 pieces of humanitarian assistance equipment were brought ashore and trucked to various locations throughout the region. The equipment will be used in the rural areas of Belize and Guatemala where schools and clinics will be built. NCWS 4 deployed with eight 34-foot patrol boats, landward security teams, a communications surveillance suite and numerous support equipment. While on station NCWS 4 provided 24-hour harbor/seaward security operations, landward security teams and fully functional C4I capabilities. Additionally NCWS 4 organized and coordinated security for a distinguished visitor/media day during which the Guatemalan minister of defense and various other high ranking Guatemalan officials came to observe beach operations, naval lighterage systems and NCWS 4 patrol boat operations. “NCW[S] has evolved into an indispensable force,” said Capt. Thomas S. Wetherald, commander Navy Beach Group 1, commander of HSOTS.


Military Base and Port Community Resiliency Initiative

Leaders from key sectors of the Greater New Orleans region will meet on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 to address gaps in national domestic response capability by including regional best practices as part of a template to be shared by America's strategic military base and port communities. The symposium will include National Service Awards presentations, with special guest LTG Russel L. Honore’ (U.S. Army, ret.) as the keynote speaker.


News: VT Halter Marine Lays Keel for LSV

VT Halter Marine Inc. began the construction of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armament Command's (TACOM) newest Logistic Support Vessel (LSV), marked by a keel laying ceremony at the yard. "Our employees have first-hand experience in designing and building Logistic Support Vessels, Large Tugs and LCU-2000 Class Landing Craft that are specifically tailored to operational requirements," said Butch King, CEO of VT Halter Marine. "The U.S


Improving U.S. Freight Transportation System

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation published its final report on United States freight transportation, offering an assessment of its current condition with recommendations for strengthening nationwide infrastructure and U.S. economy. The panel, led by its Chairman, U.S. Rep John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), was founded by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) in April 2013 to examine U.S


ABS President Wiernicki Signs New MARAD Agreement

 Christopher J. Wiernicki: Photo ABS

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) informs that it has entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing the policies and procedures regarding the survey and classification of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The agreement expands the working relationship that has existed between ABS and MARAD since the agency's inception in 1950, updating the last MOA signed in 1999. The new agreement, signed by Maritime Administrator Paul N


Coast Guard Preps for Arctic Research

Coast Guard Cutter Healy (USCG photo)

A team of scientists from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center (RDC) will depart from Seward, Alaska, for a technology evaluation in the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 8, the Coast Guard announced. According to the USCG, the RDC is leading a multiagency team to support Arctic Shield 2014, a 17th Coast Guard District initiative. The purpose of their month-long evaluation is to improve USCG capabilities in the Arctic region


News: King Named CEO for VT Halter Marine

Boyd E. (Butch) King was appointed CEO of VT Halter Marine Inc. at the beginning of the month. "King brings tremendous experience to his new position," said General (Ret.) John Coburn, CEO and Chairman of VT Systems Inc., in announcing the appointment. "He will be at the forefront to ensure that VT Halter Marine contributes to the profitability of our marine sector." King most recently served as a senior associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, consulting on various logistical support projects


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – February 3

1801- Treaty of peace with France was ratified on this date, thereby ending the "Quasi-War," in which cutters of the Revenue Marine had rendered outstanding service. 1880- Date of a terrific gale on the New Jersey coast. Six vessels came ashore with 47 persons on board all but two survived. Nineteen USLSS crewmen won Gold Life-Saving Medals during the rescue of the persons aboard the wrecked George Taulane.


New Stealth Frigate for China

Photo credit China PLA Navy

China's first Type 056 stealth frigate delivered to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) in Shanghai. The new generation of frigate, which is about to be put into service on a large scale, features good stealth performance and electromagnetic compatibility, according to a news item in the PLA Daily reported by Xinhua. The new frigate requires only one-third of the crew needed by its predecessor, the Type 053


HII Gains Award for Employee Military Service Support

Patriot award ceremony: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that two members of its legal team received Patriot Awards from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for their support of employees who are active in the National Guard or National Reserve. Jim Gildea, vice president and chief counsel of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division, and Charles Neff, HII's senior staff counsel, were nominated by Leila Garcia


Vessel Draft Restrictions Lifted at Oregon Inlet, NC

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) informed it has lifted restrictions and enforcement of the regulated navigation area Thursday at Oregon Inlet between Bodie and Pea Islands.   The captain of the port for Sector North Carolina lifted vessel draft restrictions and enforcement of the regulated


US Navy is Buying the Wrong Ship, Costing Taxpayers Billions

U.S. Navy photo by Walter M. Wayman

The United States will spend $585 billion on its armed forces in 2015 — the biggest military budget in the world by far. That’s just the Defense Department budget and doesn’t include the tens of billions of dollars that Washington spends on veterans


Shipping Industry Faces Major Dilemma on BWM

Sustainable BWM

  The Round Table (RT) of International Shipping Organisations (comprising BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) is deeply concerned if the international convention to regulate ships’ ballast water comes into force in the near future without a


US Warships Accompany British Commercial Ships in Strait

U.S. Navy warships have begun accompanying British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as a result of Iran's detention of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship last week, the Pentagon said on Monday.   Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S


Maritime SAR Exercise in the Seychelles

Photo: EUCAP Nestor

On Friday, April 10, the Seychelles Coast Guard, Air Force, Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) carried out a comprehensive search and rescue (SAR)exercise in the Seychelles. The Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) as well as other


WCI Praises Increased USACE Funding

WCI today praised the leadership of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Energy & Water Development (E&WD) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) that led to unanimous approval of a bill that will significantly increase funding in FY 2016 for the U


Navy League Honors Retired Ingalls President

Irwin F. Edenzon (center) accepts the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award from Rep. Randy Forbes (left) and James H. Offutt, national president of the Navy League of the United States, Tuesday night in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo courtesy of the Navy League of the United States

Irwin F. Edenzon, the retired president of Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division, accepted the Navy League of the United States' Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award last night. The Navy League presented the award at the annual Sea-Air-Space Black Tie Reception and


Biloxi Industrial Seaway Closed Due to Landslide

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Biloxi Industrial Seaway in Gulfport, Miss., due to a landslide, Saturday.   The Biloxi Industrial Seaway in the vicinity of the Lorraine Bridge is closed to all traffic.   The USCG said it was notified at approximately 5:20 p.m


Philippines: China Intimidating Its Fishing Boats

Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used water


Philippines Accuses China of Turning Water Cannon on its Fishing Boats

Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault.   The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used


SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

Photo by John Whalen (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry


Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S


Coast Guard Foundation Donates for New Playground

new playground at Coast Guard Air Station Houston.

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families,announced today its support of a new playground at Coast Guard Air Station Houston. Located at one of the busiest Coast Guard bases in the country


US, Marshall Islands Discuss Way Ahead After Iran Detains Ship

Officials from the United States and the Marshall Islands are discussing "the way ahead" after Iranian patrol boats forcibly diverted a cargo ship flying a Marshall Islands flag into an anchorage in Iranian waters, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.  


Shipping Industry Faces Ballast Water Dilemma

The Round Table (RT) of International Shipping Organizations (comprising BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) said it is concerned if the international convention to regulate ships’ ballast water comes into force in the near future without a realistic






 
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