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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, US Code (Shipping), were not altered in this modification. Source: HK Law


Ghost Fleet Ship to Become Artificial Reef

It has been a troop carrier, a missile-tracking ship, and a starred in a Hollywood movie. Now the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg will become an artificial reef off Key West, Fla. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton approved the transfer of the Vandenberg to the state of Florida, which plans to turn the 63-year old vessel into an artificial reef later this year. “Reefing is an excellent way to dispose of our obsolete ships,” said Connaughton


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 19

From the Navy News Service 1915 - Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels organizes the Naval Consulting Board to mobilize the scientific resources of the United States for national defense. 1957 - Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches record depth of two miles. 1992 - Joint Task Force Marianas stands down after providing assistance to Guam after Typhoon Omar


This Day in Navy History

September 19 1915 - SECNAV Josephus Daniels organizes the Naval Consulting Board to mobilize the scientific resources of U.S. for national defense. 1957 - Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches record depth of 2 miles 1992 - Joint Task Force Marianas stands down after providing assistance to Guam after Typhoon Omar September 20 1911 - Navigational instruments first requested for naval aircraft.


MSC Squadron Completes Maldives Port Call

Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button

Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button left the port of Male, Republic of the Maldives, today after completing a four-day port visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. The stop included bilateral meetings with senior Maldives National Defense Force officials, cultural exchange activities and a community relations event.   Button is the flagship of Diego Garcia-based Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Two


U.S.-Australian Defence Chiefs Strategic Dialogue

The Australian Chief of Defense Force, General David Hurley, and the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, joined senior Australian and U.S. military leaders for the first U.S.-Australian Defense Chiefs’ Strategic Dialogue (DCSD) discussions at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. The inaugural DCSD including the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs; the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison; the Chief of Air Force


V-Adm. Drew Robertson Heads Canadian Navy

Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson assumed command January 17 during a ceremony in Ottawa, replacing Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean as chief of Maritime staff. The ceremony was presided over by General Rick Hillier, chief of Defense staff. Adm. Robertson has served in the Canadian Forces for 32 years in a variety of key positions, including command of the destroyers Annapolis and Athabaskan. He also led the first Canadian task group during its six-month Operation Apollo anti-terrorism deployment in 2001


MARAD Announces Office Realignments

marad logo web.jpg

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced an organizational realignment that it said will strengthen the Agency’s ability to ensure the nation has sufficient capability to meet sealift needs during conflicts or national emergencies. Former Office of National Security is now the Office of Strategic Sealift, with three areas of focus: •    Federal Sealift continues to be responsible for Ready Reserve Force vessels


Homecoming for HMCS Toronto after 7 Months

HMCS Toronto (Courtesy: Canadian Navy)

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto arrived in her home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jan. 18, after seven months in the Mediterranean Sea region as part of Operation REASSURANCE, the Department of National Defense said. Dozens of people held yellow balloons and homemade signs, as ice-clad HMCS Toronto docked in Halifax harbor.   Operation REASSURANCE is Canada’s response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s military moves in the region


US Awards $2.6m in Maritime Heritage Grants

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen will host a media conference call to highlight projects receiving grants through the Maritime Heritage Program.   In all, the 35 projects in 21 states will receive more than $2.6 million in funds to support a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects nationwide.  


K-Sim Engine Chosen for Malaysia's Defense University

Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

The National Defense University of Malaysia has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s Engine Room Simulator platform K-Sim Engine for its facility in Kuala Lumpur. The contract, Signed in April 2015, was won with support from Kongsberg Maritime’s local sales representatives


New Flag Program Honors US Merchant Marines

Image: MARAD

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the launch of the United States Merchant Marine Flag Program, which will provide U.S. Merchant Marine Flags for display nationwide, honoring the historic and continuing contributions of U.S


Singapore and China Conclude Naval Drill

The RSNs RSS Valiant (left) and RSS Intrepid (right) participating in a manoeuvring exercise with the PLA(N)s Yulin (middle). (Photo Courtesy of PLA[N])

 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLAN) concluded the inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation, a new bilateral naval exercise series on Tuesday (May 26).   The exercise comprised conventional naval warfare serials such as gunnery firings and


HHI Launches Korea’s Second Minelayer

Korea’s Second Minelayer, MLS-II Nampo (Photo: HHI)

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the second minelayer, MLS-II Nampo, for the Korean Navy.   In attendance at the MLS-II launching ceremony were Baek Seung-joo, Vice Minister of National Defense of Republic of Korea; Kwon Oh-gap


Proposed Federal Budget Includes Funding for New SUNY Maritime Vessel

SUNY Maritime’s current training vessel Empire State VI is 52 years old (Photo courtesy of SUNY Maritime College)

The proposed 2016 federal budget included funding for the design of new multi-mission vessels that will serve as training ships for the nation’s state maritime academies, including the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.  


US Coast Guard Cutter Rush Decommissioned

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Rush line the deck during the beginning of its decommissioning ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Melissa E. McKenzie)

The U.S. Coast Guard held a decommissioning ceremony at Base Honolulu Tuesday for Coast Guard Cutter Rush, which will be sold to the Bangladesh Navy and replaced by Coast Guard Cutter Sherman.   The ceremony honored 45 years of Rush’s service to the Coast Guard. Vice Adm. Charles W


Vietnam Seeking Private Investment in Ports

Cai Mep International Terminal (Photo courtesy of Maersk)

Vietnam's Ministry of Transport is seeking private sector investment for construction of seaports, Vietnam Briefing reported last week. The Vietnam Maritime Administration will announce a list of 42 maritime infrastructure projects, including 18 seaports, looking for private investment


Sen. Wicker Calls for Larger Navy

      Sen. Roger Wicker, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower

  U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Seapower, today called for increased shipbuilding and warned about readiness shortfalls  while delivering the opening statement for the subcommittee's review of Navy shipbuilding programs.  


Taiwan Pushes for Local Submarine Program

Image: Taiwan Navy

 Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, reiterated Taiwan's determination to push ahead with its domestic submarine program to modernize its fleet and bolster the country's defense capabilities.   Reiterating Taiwan's effort to develop its own home-grown submarine program


General Dynamics Wins $610 milion Naval Order

DDG 51 Class Destroyer

The U.S. Navy has awarded funding for the construction of DDG 122, the Fiscal Year 2015 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer under contract at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.   This $610.4 million contract modification fully funds this ship which was awarded in 2013 as part of a multi-ship


NSTC Launches New Domain SAPR Website

Poster by the U.S. Navy supporting the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program.U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker

  Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) kicked off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) with the launch of a new Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) website, April 1. http://www.netc.navy.mil/nstc/SAPR2/s_assault.asp


USCG Orders 8th National Security Cutter

Ingalls has delivered four NSCs to the USCG, including USCGC Hamilton, which was commissioned in December 2014. With the addition of the Midgett contract, Ingalls has four more NSCs under construction. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $499.8 million fixed-price incentive contract from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to build an eighth National Security Cutter (NSC), Midgett (WMSL 757).  


Philippines Accuses China of Turning Water Cannon on its Fishing Boats

Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault.   The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used


SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

Photo by John Whalen (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry


Ingalls-built National Security Cutter Completes Acceptance Trials

NSC James (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that the company's fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), James (WMSL 754), has completed her acceptance trials. The Ingalls-built NSC spent two full days in the Gulf of Mexico proving the ship's systems.  






 
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