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President Bush signs DHS Appropriations Act

President Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2006 (H.R. 2360). The legislation is summarized in the Fact Sheet issued by the White House. Among other things, the measure provides $4.8 billion for CBP operations; $5.5 billion for USCG operations; $933 million for the USCG Integrated Deepwater Systems program; and $175 million for port security grants. HK Law


National Defense Authorization Act Signed into Law

The White House said that President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986). This is a modified version of the measure that the President refused to sign at the end of 2007. The offending provision, which dealt with lawsuits for Iraqi war crimes, was materially changed. Other provisions, including those relating to operations of the Maritime Administration (MarAd) and various changes to the recent codification of Title 46


Oriskany to be Largest Ship Reefed

The decommissioned aircraft carrier ex-Oriskany (CV/CVA 34) will become the largest ship intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in mid-May. The 888-foot ship will be reefed in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., and will benefit marine life, sport fishing and recreational diving in the area. In November 2004, President George Bush signed the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, allowing the Navy to transfer inactive vessels to states, U


USA PATRIOT Act Extension Signed

The White House issued a News Release stating that President Bush signed into law the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3199). Among other things, this legislation has an entire title devoted to reducing crime and terrorism at America’s seaports. Source: HK Law


President Signs SAFE Port Act

President Bush signed into law the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006 (H.R. 4954). Among other things, this bill, also known as the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006, modifies the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program by requiring the prompt issuance of TWIC cards to maritime employees and the initiation of a pilot program for installation and use of card readers


Deepwater Funding at $724m in FY05 Budget

“Amid extraordinary challenges, our determination, our courage, and our common purpose remain steadfast.” The new appropriations bill provides $6.3 billion for the Coast Guard for FY 2005, an 8.6 percent ($500 million) increase over 2004, and a 66 percent ($2.5 billion) increase over 2001 levels. As part of funding for Coast Guard programs, the appropriations bill includes $724 million for the Deepwater multi year acquisition to modernize and recapitalize the Coast Guard’s inventory of


Ports Applaud Signing of Security Legislation

Public Port Authorities are commending President Bush for signing two key pieces of legislation that combined establish a framework for protecting the United States from maritime terrorism. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Maritime Transportation Security Act were both signed into law at the White House yesterday. The new Department of Homeland Security will coordinate all border security functions, including those that will be responsible for maritime security,


Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 Official Text Available

The official text of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (H.R. 2443) as passed by both the House and the Senate has been posted on the Internet. The measure has not yet been signed by President Bush, but there has been no indication that it will not be signed in due course. Source: HK Law


This Day in Naval History--September 2

September 2 1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51), shot down while attacking Chichi Jima 1945 - Japan signs surrender documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. FADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs for the In different ceremonies, Japanese forces on , Truk


This Day in Naval History – September 2

1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51), shot down while attacking Chichi Jima 1945 - Japan signs surrender documents on board USS Missouri (BB-63) at anchor in Tokyo Bay. FADM Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs for the U.S. In different ceremonies, Japanese forces on Palau Islands, Truk


Tanzania: China-Funded Port Work Starts in 2015

Construction of a Chinese-funded port and special economic zone in Tanzania worth at least $10 billion will start in July 2015, the president's office said in a statement on Monday, for the first time setting a start date for the delayed initiative.


U.S. Carrier Group Ends 7-month Tour

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Gulf of Aden. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is returning to Naval Station Norfolk after supporting maritime security operations, strike operations

 The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) transited through the Suez Canal marking the end of more than seven months of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), Oct. 27. Commanded by Rear Adm


Mercy Ships Founder Receives Service Award

Don Stephens was presented with a Daily Point of Light Award this week at a special Mercy Ships event in Houston, Texas.  Pictured (L to R) Neil Bush, Chairman, Points of Light, Don Stephens, President and Founder of Mercy Ships, Deyon Stephens, Co-founder of Mercy Ships, Paul B. Murphy, Jr., Event Chairman and CEO, President and Director of Cadence Bancorp, LLC. Photo credit:  alexandersportraits.com

Don Stephens presented with award from Points of Light with recognition for more than 35 years of leading Mercy Ships volunteers in more than 70 countries Mercy Ships, a global charity based in Garden Valley, Texas, operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship


European VIPs Visit USS George H.W. Bush

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Suez Canal. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S.

  U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa hosted 23 distinguished visitors from multiple European countries aboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as a part of the Navy's Distinguished Visitor (DV) Embark program, Oct. 30. The DV program is a unique experience that allows civilian


US Warship Heading for Black Sea

USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

The Navy informs that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Truxtun' (DDG 103) has departed Souda Bay, Greece, en route to conduct combined training and theater security cooperation engagements in the Black Sea with Romanian and Bulgarian Naval forces


USS Truxton Change of Command

USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) has left the Royal Jordanian Naval Base, just outside of Aqaba, Jordan, following a four-day logistics stop, and a change of command (a Black Sea grounding incident happened on February 12, 2014).


Honolulu Harbor Gets New Security Sign

The new sign in Honolulu Harbor will inform mariners of the 24/7 security zone in the harbor and whom to contact for permission to enter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Construction will be completed Friday of a new sign informing mariners of the 24/7 security zone in the Honolulu Harbor and whom to contact for permission to enter, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said in a press announcement. The sign, measuring 12 x 24 feet


Western Gas Route To China May Be Implemented Faster

Vladimir Putin

  Russia 's President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the Western Said route to supply Gas to China May be Implemented Faster than the eastern route if China is Supportive. Moscow and Beijing have clinched a $ 400 billion Gas Deal this week


Putin says Russia cannot be isolated

President Vladimir Putin

  President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that it is not possible to isolate a country such as Russia and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine disrupt the world economy. Speaking to a group of Western journalists on the sidelines of the St Petersburg


Landrieu Secures OMB Commitment to Meet With LA Port

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu

Change in leadership is opportunity to demonstrate economic value Louisiana waterways provide nation, highlight need for federal investment. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced that she has secured a commitment from Shaun Donovan


SECNAV Orders Amphibious Transport Dock Ship to Gulf

USS Mesa Verde: Photo USN

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today ordered the amphibious transport dock ship 'USS Mesa Verde' into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
 The ship has completed its transit through the Strait of Hormuz, the admiral said in a statement.


BHP Billiton Pledges A$6 mi to Bush Blitz II Project

Bush Blitz site Interactive Map

  Alongside partners the Australian Government and Earthwatch, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities today announced a A$6 million contribution to the second stage of the unique species discovery program, Bush Blitz. BHP Billiton’s contribution will be matched by the Australian


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 6

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 6 1862 - CSS Arkansas destroyed by her commanding officer to prevent capture by USS Essex. 1943 - Battle of Vella Gulf begins. US destroyers sink three of four Japanese destroyers. 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima, Japan


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 2

USS Missouri (BB-63) anchored in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 September 1945, the day that Japanese surrender ceremonies were held on her deck. (Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 2 1918 - Navy ships and crews assist earthquake victims of Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan 1940 - Destroyer-for-Bases agreement between U.S. and United Kingdom 1944 - USS Finback (SS-230) rescues Lieutenant (jg) George Bush, USNR (VT-51)


Russia Going Ahead with South Stream Gas Pipeline

South Stream gas pipeline design capacity 63 billion cubic meters per annum.

The Russia-led South Stream undersea gas pipeline is still going ahead, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying on Saturday, following concerns the European Union might be losing enthusiasm for the project. The natural gas pipeline, which will cost an estimated $40 billion






 
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