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This Day in Naval History – Jan. 26

1911 - 1st hydroaeroplane flight is witnessed by naval aviator 1913 - The body of John Paul Jones is laid in its final resting place in the Chapel of Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 1949 - USS Norton Sound, first guided-missile ship, launches first guided missile, Loon. 1960 - USS John S. McCain rescues the entire 41-man crew of the sinking Japanese freighter, Shinwa Maru, in the East China Sea. (Source: Navy News Service)  


This Day in Naval History - July 09

From the Navy News Service 1846 - Sailors and Marines from USS Portsmouth occupy and raise flag over . 1918 - Henry Ford launches first of 100 Eagle boats. 1944 - Organized Japanese resistence ceases on Saipan, . 1960 - USS Wasp (CVA 18) departs to support United Nations effort to calm the newly independent .


Kirby Launches First In New Series

Following on the success of its 90 x 35-ft. series of towboats, Kirby Marine has taken delivery of the first in a new series of 76 x 35-ft. boats. Building at the Raymond and Associates LLC shipyard in Bayou LaBatr, Ala., the Capt. Bill English, is the first of four currently under construction with the possibility of eight more to follow. Although shorter than the earlier series, these boats retain the robust beam of their cousins


Townsend Bay Launches First in Series

Townsend Bay Marine (TBM) has launched the first in a series of 73-ft. SportBoats. Built for an overseas client to be used as a diveboat, the boat exceeded contract requirements and can reach 50 knots with a pair of MTU power plants driving Lips waterjets. The vessel is the first ever to make use of the new Lips composite jetdrives, which save weight and promise lower maintenance cost. "We are very pleased with the performance of the boat and her propulsion package," stated Paul Zeusche


Great Lakes Shipyard Launches First Seacor Tugboat

Travelift Hull 9201: Photo credit Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard continues to make progress on the construction of two Aura-class tugboats for Seacor Holdings. Great Lakes Shipyard was earlier awarded contracts by Caribbean Tugz, LLC, an affiliate of Seacor Holdings, Inc., to simultaneously build the new state-of-the-art 50-ton bollard pull tugboats. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultant, Inc., Seattle, Washington, the new tugs are being built for classification by the American Bureau of Shipping, and the tugs


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 11

USS Eagle 2 (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 11 1798 - Reestablishment of Marine Corps under the Constitution 1918 - Henry Ford launches first of 100 Eagle boats 1919 - Pay Corps renamed Supply Corps 1943 - Gunfire from U.S. cruisers and destroyers stop German and Italian tank attack against Army beachhead at Gela, Sicily. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


This Day in Naval History - April 20

From the Navy News Service 1796 - Congress authorizes the completion of three frigates. 1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia is abandoned and burned by Union forces. 1914 - In the first call to action of naval aviators, a detachment on USS Birmingham sailed to Tampico, Mexico. 1915 - The first Navy contract for lighter-than-air craft is awarded. 1942 - USS Wasp (CV 7) launches 47 British aircraft to reinforce Malta.


This Day in U.S. Naval History – November 18

1890 - USS Maine, first American battleship, is launched. 1922 - CDR Kenneth Whiting in a PT seaplane, makes first catapult launching from aircraft carrier, USS Langley, at anchor in the York River. 1962 - USS Currituck (AV-7) rescues 13 Japanese fishermen from their disabled fishing boat Seiyu Maru, which was damaged in Typhoon Karen. (Source: Navy News Service)


EPS Corp Launches First EPS M10 Hovercraft

Photo courtesy EPS Corporation

The EPS M10 Hovercraft, built at the company’s facilities in Titusville, Fla., was launched in late 2010 and was shipped to its final destination in early January 2011. The successful engineering, manufacturing and launching of this fully composite vessel is a historic event as it is the first of its kind to be built in America and launched in its waters. The EPS M10 is constructed of non-corrosive, fiber-reinforced advanced composites which are environmentally friendly and provide


This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 20

1796 - Congress authorizes completion of 3 frigates   1861 - Norfolk Navy Yard abandoned and burned by Union forces.   1914 - In first call to action of naval aviators, detachment on USS Birmingham sailed to Tampico, Mexico.   1915 - First Navy contract for lighter-than-air craft awarded.   1942 - USS Wasp (CV-7) launches 47 British aircraft to reinforce Malta   1947 - CAPT L.O. Fox, USN, supported by 80 Marines


Turkey Launches F-513 TCG Burgazada

Photo: STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş.

 Turkish Navy’s third Milgem class corvette, the F-513 TCG Burgazada, created as part of the MILGEM project, was launched with a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.  


Denmark Adopts Digital Ship Certification

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

As of June 24, 2016, ships flying the Danish flag are being digitally certified, making Denmark one of the first countries to put an end to the 100-year-old tradition of certifying ships with paper certificates.   Until now, ship certification typically involved printing


Austal Delivers Seventh EPF7 to US Navy

Delivery Ceremony for USNS Carson City (EPF 7) Photo Austal

Austal Limited (Austal) informed that the U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of USNS Carson City (EPF 7) from Austal USA, during a ceremony held aboard the ship at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, USA on 24 June. This is the second vessel delivered by Austal USA to the U.S


Morocco Sells 40% Stake in Port Operator in IPO

The Moroccan government raised 1.94 billion dirhams ($197 million) by selling a 40 percent stake in state-owned port operator Marsa Maroc in the country's first initial public offering this year, traders said on Monday.   Marsa Maroc was established in 2006 and manages terminals at nine


Catamaran Ferry Delivered to Majestic Ferries

HSC Catamaran Passenger Ferry Majestic 7 (Image: Incat Crowther)

The recently launched Majestic 7 is the first of four HSC catamaran passenger ferries designed by Incat Crowther to be delivered to Majestic Ferries in Singapore. Majestic 7, part of a multiple-vessel order which has been further expanded to include a pair of larger capacity vessels due to be


Smartphone App Aims to Aid Migrant Sea Rescues

Photo: International Maritime Organization

A smartphone application that allows users to scan the Mediterranean for boats in distress is being tested by a migrant rescue service, which hopes that crowdsourced information will help it save more people.   The I SEA App, available on iTunes


New US Warship Named after Pioneering Navy Nurse

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signs a graphic representation of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

During a ceremony to honor women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 123, will be named Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee.   Higbee, the future ship's namesake, was a pioneering United States Navy chief nurse


This Day In Naval History - June 15

USS Mars (AFS 1) (U.S. Navy photo)

1775 - Abraham Whipple takes command of Rhode Island's coastal defense ship, Katy, and captures a tender of HMS Rose. In December, Katy is taken into the Continental service and renamed Providence.   1864 - During the Civil War, the side-wheel steamer, USS Lexington, commanded by Lt


Russia Launches ‘World’s Largest’ Nuclear Icebreaker

The launching ceremony for nuclear icebreaker Arktika took place at the Baltijskiy Zavod in St Petersburg (Photo: Rosatom)

Russia has unveiled Arktika, touted as the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker, during a launching ceremony on June 16 at Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg.   The 173 meter long, 34 meter wide Arktika is the lead nuclear icebreaker ordered by Russia's Rosatom


Unmanned Surface Vessels: From Concept to Service

BAE Systems Unmanned RHIB with ASV Technology. (Credit: BAE Systems)

Over the next decade the maritime sector is likely to see one of the largest changes since sail gave way to steam. Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) are now being considered for various marine roles and the drivers for rapid development are significant.  


UK Sets Pathway to Marine Engineering

The Lord Mayor was joined by Sea Cadets at the launch of the Marine Engineering Pathway project at Seafarers UK’s Annual Meeting in Mansion House on June 15. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

 The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, lent his weight to the launch of a new three-year project designed to inspire and engage young people across the U.K. in thinking about a future in marine engineering. It is being led by maritime charity Seafarers UK


Austal Launches Offshore Crew Transfer Vessel for CMS

(Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has launched Hull 392, a 70-meter offshore crew transfer vessel for Caspian Marine Services Limited (CMS) of Azerbaijan, at the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.   Following the contract award in June 2015, construction commenced in October 2015


COSCO to Roll out Cruise to Xisha Islands

Image: COSCO Shipping Corp

 China’s state-owned COSCO Shipping Corp plans to launch cruise services in the South China Sea in July, reports Reuters.    The first route is expected to travel from Sanya to the Yongle Island, part of the Xisha Islands in Hainan province.  


Bangladesh Ship Recycling Project Makes Good Progress

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​Stakeholders have been updated on progress made by the safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) project - Phase I.   The project is being executed and implemented by  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  and funded by the Norwegian Agency


AkzoNobel Wins Major Environmental Award

Mike Winter accepting award on behalf of AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel’s pioneering methodology for rewarding ship owners who use sustainable hull coatings has been named Environmental Leader Product of the Year for 2016. The award recognizes the introduction of the shipping industry’s first carbon credits methodology






 
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