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This Day in Naval History - June 28

1794 - Joshua Humphreys appointed master builder to build Navy ships at an annual salary of $2,000. 1814 - USS Wasp captures HMS Reindeer. 1865 - CSS Shenandoah captures 11 American whalers in one day. 1970 - USS James Madison (SSBN 627) completes conversion to Poseidon missile capability.

Moody's Ups Newport News

Moody's Investors Service upgraded the senior unsecured debt rating of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. (NNS) to Ba1 from Ba2 to reflect the company's improving operating and cash flow performance, and its strengthening business outlook and balance sheet. The ratings also incorporate its still-weak balance sheet, notwithstanding the recent gradual improvements. Moody's also said that it maintained its Ba1 ratings on the company's bank facilities

NASNI Builds Navy's First Submarine Firefighting Trainer

Nick Lugue Jr., a welder with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, welds a new firefighting trainer into place at Naval Air Station North Island. The trainer is the first of four new trainers the Navy is building that will simulate potential fire hazards aboard submarines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Todd C. Behrman)

Smoke bellows out the ventilation ducts. The glow of the blazing fire emanates down the passageway. Firefighters move with precision and purpose, pausing to unleash a torrent of water towards the fire as they kneel before it. Such was the scene at the Navy's first submarine firefighting trainer, located at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) Oct. 29. Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) approached Kidde Fire Trainers almost one year ago in response to the incident on the USS Miami

Indian Navy To Limit Ship Buys to Domestic Yards

Indian ship building yards are procuring increasing orders from the defense sector

  The Indian Ministry of Defence has directed future warship and submarine building orders be given only to domestic shipyards. The Navy has potential orders worth more than US $50 billion over the next 10 years for ship and submarine builds, said a Defence Ministry source. However, the $12 billion purchase of six conventional submarines with air independent propulsion, for which a request for proposals is being prepared, will still allow foreign participation in the design phase

Navantia Banks on the Future

Navantia has counted on navy business to sustain itself in recent years, building ships such as this LHD.

It is no secret that the Spanish shipbuilding sector has hit on hard times, particularly in the big ship sector where much of the commercial business has evolved to lower cost manufacturers in the Far East. But considering that Navantia has a 300-year history, the current downturn is put in perspective. While Navantia is not without challenges, it has the aforementioned experience and a military backlog to lean on. Navantia is engaged in the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform

Mexican Navy Contracts Damen for Two Vessels

Rendering of the FCS 5009 (Image courtesy of Damen)

Secretaria de Marina orders seventh patrol vessel and a fast crew supplier In August 2014 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group signed contracts for the delivery of the design, material package, technical assistance and training for two vessels that will be built by the Mexican Navy, using the Damen Technical Cooperation program, which enables customers to build their vessel on the location of their choice.

This Day in Naval History - March 02

From the Navy News Service:   1859 - The first Navy ship built on the West Coast of the United States, Saginaw, is launched at Mare Island, Calif. 1867 - The Navy Civil Engineering Corps is established. 1899 - An act of Congress creates the rank "Admiral of the Navy" for George Dewey. 1973 - Women begin pilot training in the Navy.   For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at

Netherlands Navy Chooses Thordon


Caption: Composite image of patrol vessel for Royal Netherlands navy to be equipped with Thordon seawater lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft bearings. Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, Netherlands will fit Thordon seawater lubricated Compac propeller shaft bearings to four Patrol Vessels that will be built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. With a 30 year history of supplying seawater lubricated bearings to many of the world’s navies

A More Powerful Chinese Navy?

According to a report in the Taipei Times, Chinese President Hu Jintao urged the building of a powerful navy that is prepared "at any time" for military struggle, state media reported yesterday. At a meeting of delegates to a Chinese Communist Party navy forum on Wednesday, Hu reportedly said China was a major maritime country whose naval capability must be improved. "We should strive to build a powerful navy that adapts to the needs of our military's historical mission in this new

RAN Diver Training Complex Officially Opens

After two years of construction, the upgraded Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Diving School and the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit (SUMU) have been officially opened at a ceremony at HMAS Penguin. Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, was joined by current and former members of the Navy diving community at the ribbon cutting.   The buildings are part of a $63.3 million redevelopment which has modernised facilities at HMAS Penguin and the Pittwater Annexe in

Capability on Show at HMAS Cerberus

Members of HMAS Cerberus guard salute during the Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset performance at the 2016 Open Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Victorian base, HMAS Cerberus opened the gates at on 23 October for their biennial open day, offering visitors an insight into initial training, naval tradition, new capabilities and life in the ‘blue suit’.   Cerberus

USN to Commission LCS Detroit

The future Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) is pierside on Detroits waterfront in preparation for its commissioning on Oct. 22, 2016. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit.

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, Detroit (LCS 7), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 22 on Detroit's waterfront. Detroit is the sixth U.S. ship in our nation's history to be named in honor of city of Detroit.

Russia to Lease Second Submarine to India

Photo: Weapons Systems

 Russia has agreed to lease a second nuclear attack submarine (SSN) to  to the Indian Navy, as part of enhanced bilateral defence cooperation, in a deal which will cost around $2 billion.   A transfer agreement had been signed to lease a second nuclear submarine of project 971

Austal Wins USN LCS Support Contract

Courtesy Austal

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Austal Limited USA to provide engineering and management services support of the Post Shakedown Availability for Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).   The US$12 million cost-plus-award-fee order adds to Austal

Rolls-Royce Wins Deal to Power USN TAO

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class. Planned to total 17 ships, the new John Lewis class (previously known as TAO – X) will increase the US Navy’s capability

USN to Commission Destroyer Zumwalt

Destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Photo USN

The Navy will commission the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), Saturday, Oct. 15, during a 5 p.m. EDT ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland. The ship is named in honor of Adm. Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations (CNO) from 1970 to 1974

Germany Orders Five More Navy Ships

Germany has agreed to spend 1.5 billion euros to buy five more corvettes for the navy, the navy said on Friday, and Die Welt newspaper quoted lawmakers as citing the need for greater security in the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean.  

Trawler Almost Capsized by British Submarine

The trawler Karen. Photo Credit: MAIB

 Royal Navy incompetence put an Irish trawler crew at risk after one of its submarines became snagged in a net and nearly capsized the ship.   The nuclear-powered sub was sailing out of Faslane on the Clyde in April 2015 when it snagged the Karen's fishing gear between Ardglass and the

ST Marine Launches LMV Unity

The launching of the third Littoral Mission Vessel - Unity, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy Photo ST Marine

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Unity, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

German Multi-Mission Warship Project Delayed

A tender worth around 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) for four warships for the German navy has been delayed by around six months to ensure quality standards are met, according to a copy of a defence ministry letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Russia to Build Permanent Syrian Naval Base, Eyes Other Outposts

Nikolay Pankov (Photo: Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation)

Russia will create a permanent naval base in Syria to expand its military footprint in its closest Middle East ally, a government official said on Monday, a week after Moscow said it was considering reopening Soviet-era bases in Vietnam and Cuba.  

Saab Inks RBS15 Mk3 teaming Deal with MESKO

RBS15 Mk3 Photo SAAB

Defence and security company Saab has signed a teaming agreement with the Polish defence company MESKO, a member of Polish Armament Group (PGZ), for the long-term maintenance and support of the Polish Navy's RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile system.

Navy to Commission Amphibious Transport Dock John P. Murtha

Amphibious transport dock ship Photo courtesy USN

The Navy will commission the amphibious transport dock ship John P. Murtha (LPD 26), Saturday, Oct. 8, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The ship is named in honor of John P. Murtha, who served his country both as a Marine and in the halls of congress

US Navy Ship Steaming toward Haiti to Support Relief Efforts

The USS Mesa Verde, a U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship, is steaming toward Haiti to support relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew killed more than 500 people and left thousands homeless in the Caribbean country, the Navy said on Friday.  

Construction Begins on UK’s Next Submarines

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems welcomed the Right Honorable Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defense to Barrow-in-Furness shipyard to press a button, commencing the first metal-cut for the Successor program.    The secretary of State's visit follows a recent U.K

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