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Freedom (LCS 1) Begins Builder's Sea Trials

Freedom (LCS 1), starboard view.  Photo Credit:  Lockheed Martin

The nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) was put to sea for the first time, marking the beginning of Builder's Sea Trials for the first-in-class coastal surface combatant. The 378-ft. Freedom, designed and built by a Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin Corporation-led industry team, is conducting Builder's Sea Trials in Lake Michigan. The trials -- which are a coordinated effort between the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin team -- will include operational testing of the vessel's propulsion, communications, navigation and mission systems, as well as all related support systems. "Freedom is now under way. Our team is looking forward to this trials period to demonstrate all the capabilities our unique design for LCS will bring to the Navy," said Joe North, director for Lockheed Martin's Littoral Combat Ship program.  Following the completion of Builder's Sea Trials, Freedom will return to Marinette Marine to prepare for Acceptance Trials that will be conducted by the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey. LCS 1 will be delivered to the Navy later this year and home ported in .


This Day in Naval History – May 14

1801 - Tripoli declares war against the United States 1836 - U.S. Exploring Expedition authorized to conduct exploration of Pacific Ocean and South Seas, first major scientific expedition overseas. LT Charles Wilkes USN, would lead the expedition in surveying South America, Antarctica, Far East, and North Pacific. 1845 - First U.S. warship visits Vietnam. While anchored in Danang for reprovisioning, CAPT John Percival commanding USS Constitution


This Day in Naval History - Jan. 24

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,


This Day in Naval History - May 14

By Navy News Service 1801 - Tripoli declares war against the United States. 1836 - U.S. Exploring Expedition authorized to conduct exploration of Pacific Ocean and South Seas, first major scientific expedition overseas. 1845 - First U.S. warship visits Vietnam. 1975 - Marines recapture Mayaguez, go ashore on Koh Tang Island and release the crew.


Dock Landing Ship 'USS Tortuga' Leaves for Spring Deployment

Departure Stations USS Tortuga: Photo credit USN

The first Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) landing ship 'USS Tortuga' leaves homeport for deployment in the 7th Fleet's area of responsibility. The forward deployed Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), part of the Bonhomme Richard ARG, dsparts its homeport, for its spring deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Tortuga will take part in an Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercise (CERTEX)


EU Warship Provides Seychelles CG Training

Training aboard FGS Berlin: Photo EUCAP

EU Naval Force Warship 'FGS Berlin' has conducted local maritime capacity building in the Seychelles informs EUCAP Nestor. Three Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) activities have taken place during EU Naval Force Warship FGS Berlin’s recent port visit to the Seychelles. LMCB are conducted by the European Union  to build the capacity of security forces of regional partners in the fight against piracy, supporting further training provided by EUCAP Nestor.


Sperry Marine to Perform VDR Annual Inspections

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has received service approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to conduct annual performance testing of shipboard voyage data recorder (VDR) installations. Sperry Marine is the first company in the marine industry to obtain classification society approval for VDR performance testing as required by the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention. According to Andy Fraser, director of worldwide service for Sperry Marine


Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

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For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment. MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-foot Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail – a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind


This Day in Naval History – May 25

1952 - USS Iowa bombards Chongjin, Korea. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 2 mission, which was first U.S. manned orbiting space station. It had an all Navy crew of CAPT Charles Conrad, Jr., USN. (commanding), CDR Joseph P. Kerwin, USN and CDR Paul J. Weitz, USN. During the 28 day mission of 404 orbits, the craft rendezvoused with Skylab to make repairs and conduct science experiments. Recovery by USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14)


This Day in Naval History - July 02

From the Navy News Service:   1923 - Commissioning of Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 1926 - Distinguished Flying Cross authorized by Congress. 1937 - Amelia Earhart disappears in Pacific. Navy conducts extensive unsuccessful search. 1945 - USS Barb (SS 220) bombards Japanese installations on Kaihyo Island, Japan; first successful use of rockets against shore positions. 1946 - Establishment of VX-3 to evaluate adaptability of helicopters to naval


Australian Frigate Conducts Missile Exercise

Melbourne is currently conducting mariner and war fighting training in preparation for an operational deployment. (Photo: Bonny Gassner)

The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate HMAS Melbourne fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles as part of an operational training exercise reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills.   The missiles were fired off the coast of New South Wales on June 24 against two unmanned


Indian Warships Visit Cambodia, Thailand

Welcome ceremony at Thailand. Photo by National Informatics Centre, Govt of India

 In pursuit of India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF)


Sevan Marine Investigates Petrobras Corruption Case

Image: Sevan Marine ASA

 Norway's Offshore drilling firm Sevan Marine ASA has appointed law firm Selmer to investigate claims by Brazilian media that a former manager and agent of Sevan Marine are connected to the Brazilian authorities' investigation into corrupt activities involving Petrobras.  


AOD Orders 2 Jack-up Rigs at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong

Image: CSSC Huangpu Wenchong

 CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company has won an order to build a pair of jack-up drilling rigs for Alliance Offshore Drilling (AOD), subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed TSC Group.   The two Zentech-designed R-550D rigs are scheduled to be delivered by 2017 and June 2018, respectively


Keppel Unit Inks Seabed Exploration Contract

A subsidiary of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp Ltd said it signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority to search the ocean for scarce minerals.   The push to explore the ocean is gaining momentum as ore grades on land decline and demand grows for metals in


Call for Increased VDR Testing Awareness

Ian Barr (Photo: London P&I Club)

The London P&I Club has called for greater familiarization by ships’ officers and crews with the testing requirements relating to Voyage Data Recorders after two recent claims incidents investigated by the club’s loss prevention team revealed VDR malfunctions.


'Valeport in Action' Contest Winners Announced

Photo of a Weddell Seal in the Ross Sea, Antarctica carrying a Valeport CTD sensor integrated into a tag built by the Sea Mammal Research Unit, St Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Costa, University of California, U.S.)

Bringing home the prize for Valeport’s first product in action competition were an image of a Weddell Seal in the Antarctica carrying a Valeport CTD sensor and a hands-on video showing the pilot deployment of a Valeport Midas directional wave recorder at the mouth of the U.K


BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell’s Arctic Equipment

Photo: BSEE

Testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system was supervised this week by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Puget Sound, BSEE Director Brian Salerno announced today.   BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire oversaw the testing to


4,000 Gal. Oil Spill in Baltimore

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard informs its continues tp oversee a response to an oil spill Friday at CP Crane Generating Station in Baltimore.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report from the National Response Center Thursday of approximately 3


Green Bay Recovers Mariners in Makassar Strait

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrives on station for a photo exercise during the Korean Marine Exchange Program

  Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19. Shipboard lookouts first spotted the distressed mariners waving a black flag approximately 3 to 5 nautical


Maritime Piracy: Distinguishing Piracy vs. Robbery

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It is important to distinguish between armed robbery and piracy when reporting incidents in South East Asia waters says the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) which has commissioned a study to determine the scale of threat posed to seafarers in the area.


MAST, WESMAR Partner on Maritime Security

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A new partnership between maritime security company MAST and marine sonar systems provider WESMAR has been established to protect super yachts and the maritime industry from security risks.   Phil Cable, CEO of MAST, said: “Global threats to assets and personnel operating in the


Marine Casualty Reporting: Addressing the Coast Guard's Processes

Dennis Bryant

The United States marine casualty reporting and investigation processes as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard are seriously flawed and in need of major overhaul.   These processes have been broken for years, yet minimal efforts have been made to address the root causes


Submarine John Warner Delivered Ahead of Schedule

The submarine John Warner (SSN 785) delivered on June 19, 2015, two and a half months ahead of schedule. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.  


Melbourne Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

HMAS Melbourne successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles off the New South Wales coast on 24 June 2015.

  The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills.   The missile firings were conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 24 June against two unmanned aerial






 
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