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This Day in Naval History - Oct. 26

1921 - In first successful test, a compressed-air, turntable catapult, launches a N-9 seaplane. 1922 - Lt. Cmdr. Godfrey de Chevalier makes fhe first landing aboard a carrier, USS Langley (CV 1), while underway off Cape Henry, Va. 1942 - USS Hornet (CV 8) was lost and USS Enterprise (CV 6) was badly damaged during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Island. 1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with Navy carrier and U.S. Army Air Forces aircraft attacks on the retreating Japanese ships. U.S. forces sink many Japanese ships, including four carriers, three battleships, 10 cruisers and nine destroyers, for a total of 26 capital ships. 1944 - Special Task Air Group 1 makes last attack in month-long demonstration of TDR drone missile against Japanese shipping and islands in the Pacific. Of 46 missiles fired, 29 reached their target areas. 1950 - U.S. Amphibious Force 7th Fleet lands 1st Marine Division at Wonsan, Korea. 1963 - USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619) launches first Polaris A-3 missile from a submerged submarine, off Cape Canaveral, Fla.


This Day in Naval History - January 24th

From the Navy News Service: 1942 - During the World War II Battle of Makassar Strait, U.S. destroyers attack a Japanese convoy in the first naval surface action in the Pacific. 1986 - The Coral Sea (CV 43) and Saratoga (CV 60) carrier battle groups conduct freedom of navigation exercises in and near the Gulf of Sidra, demonstrating the long-standing United States' refusal to recognize Colonel Khadafi's attampt to include the gulf in Libyan territorial waters,


Carrier Ex-America Departs Philadelphia

The decommissioned aircraft carrier, ex-America (CV 66) departed the Navy’s Inactive Fleet Facility April 19 for its final and vital mission as a live-fire test and evaluation, and weapons effect platform for the next generation aircraft carrier. The events will consist of a variety of comprehensive tests above and below the waterline. “These tests will allow invaluable data to be collected to be used by naval architects and engineers to improve the design and survivability of the


This Day in Naval History - June 04

1934 - USS Ranger (CV 4), first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at 1942 - Battle of Midway (June 4-6) begins. During battle, the four Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive victory is a turning point in the Pacific war. 1944 - Hunter-killer group USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60) captures German submarine, U 505.


This Day in Naval History- Dec. 31

1862 - USS Monitor founders in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet. 1942 - Commissioning of USS Essex (CV-9), first of new class of aircraft carriers, at Norfolk, VA 1948 - Last annual report by a Secretary of the Navy to Congress and the President filed by SECNAV John L. Sullivan. Thereafter the Secretary of Defense would report annually to Congress.


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 21

USS Saratoga (CV-3). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 21 1944 - Marines with support of naval bombardment and carrier aircraft secure Eniwetok atoll 1945 - USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) struck by a kamikaze off Iwo Jima and sunk in 90 minutes with loss of 318 men. USS Saratoga (CV-3) struck by five kamikazes but survived with loss of 123. Bismarck Sea was last carrier lost in combat during World War II. For more information about naval history


Coast Guard Escorts John F. Kennedy into Norfolk

A 25-ft. Defender-class safe boat from Coast Guard Station Little Creek maintains a security zone around the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) as it is towed into the Port of Hampton Roads July 31, 2007. The decommissioned carrier will be moored temporarily at Naval Operating Base Norfolk before being towed to its new permanent home in Philadelphia. A 500-foot security buffer is maintained by Coast Guard vessels around naval vessels as they enter and exit port. (U.S


This Day In Naval History - January 12th

From the Navy News Service:   1813 - U.S. frigate Chesapeake captures the British warship Volunteer. 1848 - Sloop Lexington attacked in San Blas, Mexico. 1953 - Aircraft landings are tested aboard USS Antietam (CVS 36), the first angled-deck carrier.   For more news, visit www.history.navy.mil.


This Day in Naval History - July 03

From the Navy News Service:   1898 - At Battle of Santiago, Cuba, Rear Adm. Sampson's squadron destroys Spanish fleet. 1950 - USS Valley Forge (CV 45) and HMS Triumph participate in first carrier action of Korean Conflict. VF-51 aircraft (Valley Forge) shoot down two North Korean aircraft. The action is first combat test of F9F Panther and AD Skyraider.


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 5

USS Michigan (renamed USS Wolverine). (U.S. Navy Photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 5 1843 - Launching of USS Michigan at Erie, Penn., America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as first prefabricated ship. 1941 - USS Lexington (CV-2) sails with Task Force 12 to ferry Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


G E Adds a Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Carrier Jag Ajay

Photo: Great Eastern Shipping

 The Great Eastern Shipping Company took delivery of a new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier Jag Ajay.    Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange regarding a Press Release dated June 30, 2016 titled: G E Shipping takes delivery of a new building


G E Shipping Buys Product Tanker

Courtesy G E Shipping

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) signed a contract to buy a Medium Range Product Tanker of about 48,539 dwt. The 2005 Japanese built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet in Q2 FY17. The Company’s current fleet stands at 33 vessels


G E Shipping Acquires Bulk Carrier

Courtesy GE Shipping

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a Secondhand Capesize Dry Bulk Carrier “Jag Anand” (2011 built) of about 179,250 dwt. The company had contracted to buy the vessel in June 2016. With the inclusion of the vessel


US, Chinese Navies Chiefs: Cooperation Needed

The goal of the engagement is to improve mutual understanding and encourage professional interaction between the two navies. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan LairdReleased)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson met with People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)) Commander Adm. Wu Shengli during professional and social events held July 18 at navy headquarters in Beijing. The goal of the engagement was to improve mutual understanding and encourage


This Day In Naval History: May 9

USS Ashland (LSD 48) (U.S. Navy photo)

1860 - While off the Isle of Pines (now named Isla de la Juventud) near the south coast of Cuba, the screw gunboat Wyandotte captures the slaver William, which carries 570 Africans. 1926 - Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett report reaching the North Pole in their


This Day In Naval History - May 11

1862 - CSS Virginia is destroyed by Confederates off Craney Island to prevent capture.   1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Marines and Sailors from USS Marblehead (C 11) and USS Nashville (PG 7) cut the trans-oceanic cable near Cienfuegos, Cuba, isolating Cuba from Spain


G E Shipping delivers Crude Carrier “Jag Laxmi” to Buyers

Jag Laxmi Photo G E Shipping

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) delivered its 1999 built Aframax Crude Carrier “Jag Laxmi” to the buyers.  The vessel was contracted for sale in April 2016. The Company’s current fleet (excluding “Jag Laxmi”) stands at 31 vessels


G E Shipping Acquires Secondhand VLGC

Photo Courtesy G E Shipping

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a Secondhand Very Large Gas Carrier “Jag Vidhi” (1996 built) of about 76,931 cbm. The company had contracted to buy the vessel in April 2016. With the inclusion of the vessel


This Day In Naval History: June 6

USS Antietam (CG 54) (U.S. Navy photo by James G. McCarter)

1850 - The brig USS Perry, commanded by Lt. Andrew H. Foote, captures American slaver Martha off Ambriz (near the city of Luanda), Angola, Africa.   1918 - After Allied troops take Hill 142 at Chateau-Thierry, France, during World War I


This Day In Naval History: June 13

Sketch by LCDR. DeLong of Jeannette stuck and sinking in the ice in June 1881. US Navy image

1881 - The bark-rigged wooden steamship Jeannette sinks after she is crushed in an Arctic ice pack during the expedition to reach the North Pole through the Bering Strait. Only 13 of her crew survive out of 33.   1900 - During the Boxer Rebellion


This Day in Naval History: June 16

USS Monterey (CG 61) (U.S. Navy photo by Christian Eskelund)

1943 - At Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Japanese aircraft conduct the largest raid since April 7. Although a large number of enemy planes are shot down, LST-340 and USS Celeno (AK-76) are damaged. 1944 - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert H. McCard serves as a platoon sergeant with Company A


This Day In Naval History: June 24

1833 - The frigate Constitution is the first vessel to enter the newly-built dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. A false rumor circulates in Boston in 1830 that the U.S. Navy intends to scrap the ship; young Oliver Wendell Holmes pens his poem "Old


Six-Month High for Service Reliability

Graph: Drewry Research

 Ocean carriers achieved a six-month high for liner service reliability in May, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   The on-time average of 76.0% for the 10 trades covered was a 4


List: Top Five UK Ship Owners

Photo: Zodiac Maritime

Following last week's landmark referendum results, VesselsValue has compiled a list of the top five U.K.-based shipowners and their total fleet value in USD billions.   1-Zodiac Maritime: car carriers, containerships, bulk carriers and crude, product and LPG carriers 


OOCL Tops the Chart in Reliability

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line

 According to the latest Carrier Performance Insight, produced by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors,  the most reliable carrier in May was Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), which had an on-time reliability average of 81.1%, closely followed by niche carrier Wan Hai at 81.01%. 






 
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