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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)


US Navy Sets Course for the Arctic Circle

The view at sunset of Ice Camp Nautilus, located on a sheet of ice adrift on the Arctic Ocean, during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. ICEX 2014 is a U.S. Navy exercise highlighting submarine capabilities in an arctic environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Joshua Davies)

Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) officially kicked off Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 in the Arctic Ocean with the construction of U.S. Navy Ice Camp SARGO March 2.    ICEX 2016 is a five-week exercise designed to research, test and evaluate operational capabilities in the Arctic region.   "ICEX allows us to assess our operational readiness in the Arctic, increase our experience in the region, develop partnerships and collaborative efforts


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 - 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


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.


China's Flattop "Tests Weapons" in South China Sea

A group of Chinese warships led by its sole aircraft carrier is testing weapons and equipment in exercises this week in the South China Sea that are going to plan, China's foreign ministry said Wednesday.   Exercises by the ships, in particular the aircraft carrier Liaoning


Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau Acquires Marine Auditing Firm

Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB) has acquired Quality Auditing, LC, effective December 31, 2016.    According to TVIB, the purchase strengthens its three-fold mission to provide training and continuing education for marine auditors and surveyors, develop audit and survey tools


Maersk Invincible Delivered

Photo Maersk

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its fourth XLE jack-up rig, the Maersk Invincible, from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. Maersk Invincible will now mobilise to the North Sea and will in the second quarter of 2017 commence a five year firm contract with Aker


DHT Fixes VLCC Issue, Defers Newbuilding

Photo: DHT Holdings, Inc

 DHT Holdings, Inc. said that during a routine inspection of the DHT Jaguar, a fracture surrounding the inspection window of the rudder was identified.  It is DHT's policy to inspect all newbuildings, including underwater areas, during their respective warranty periods.    


China Seizes US Underwater Drone in South China Sea

A Chinese warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by a U.S. oceanographic vessel in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its return, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday.   The drone was taken on Dec


NASSCO Christens New ECO Tanker

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

 On Saturday, December 17, General Dynamics NASSCO christened the Liberty, the third ECO Class tanker under contract with customer SEA-Vista LLC. Mrs. Debora Denning, wife of SEACOR vice president Tom Denning, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle on the side of


King Abdullah Port Hits New Milestone

Photo courtesy: King Abdullah Port

 The infrastructure works for Berth 5 and Berth 6 are about to be finished in a few weeks, King Abdullah Port announced.    The two berths are part of the port’s strategic expansion plan, which aims to significantly uprate the port’s capacity


MSC Regulus Collides with Ecuadorian Fishing Boat - 5 Dead

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Five people died and six have been reported missing following a collision between MSC Regulus, a box ship operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), and the Ecuadorian fishing vessel Don Gerardo II on the border between Ecuador and Peru on December 17, 2016.  


Operation Coal Shovel Icebreaking Underway

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of CSL Laurentien)

The U.S. Coast Guard officially commenced Operation Coal Shovel, Tuesday, encompassing domestic ice-breaking operations in southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair / Detroit River system, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway.   


Alfa Laval PureBallast gets USCG Approval

Courtesy Alfa Laval

On 23 December, Alfa Laval received U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for the third generation of its ballast water treatment system, PureBallast. The approval allows ship owners who deballast in United States waters to make a confident choice of treatment technology.  


USS Rafael Peralta Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail on October 17, 2016 for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builders trials off the coast of Maine. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

 The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 16 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine. The U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while underway


Skangas, Statoil Pact for LNG Reload at Klaipeda

Photo: Klaipedos Nafta

 Skangas signed an agreement with Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas company, for a small-scale LNG reload to take place at the Klaipeda LNG Terminal in Lithuania.    The reload will take place early January 2017. This will be the first reload conducted at the terminal and it is


Australia, Papua New Guinea Team-Up to fight illegal fishing

An ABF Dash-8, the aircraft used in the surveillance mission Photo Australian Border Force

The Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Defence Force Maritime Element conducted a PNG Government led joint patrol to identify and intercept Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels operating in the vicinity of Budi Budi Island (an Atoll) in Milne Bay.


China Confirms Carrier Conducted South China Sea Drills

China's sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea, the navy said, days after neighbouring Taiwan said the carrier and accompanying ships had passed 90 nautical miles south of the island amid renewed tension between the two sides.


Changes In The Air For IMCA's eCMID

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

From January 2018 the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) will recognize only formal inspection reports conducted using its eCMID database, meaning that paper reports not uploaded into the database will no longer be considered by IMCA to be authorized inspection reports






 
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