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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 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.


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


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


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


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


Proposal to Extend MSP

The House Armed Services Committee issued a Press Release


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


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


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.  


Taiwan Naval Fleet Adds Home-Grown Vessel

Panshih (Source: Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan)

Taiwanese Navy formally took delivery Friday of a new locally designed supply vessel that it said will help enhance Taiwan's maritime combat capabilities.   In a ceremony hosted in the harbor in Kaohsiung, the vessel was formally turned over to the Navy from local shipbuilder CSBC Corp


Ingalls Starts Fabrication on NSC Kimball

Paul Bosarge, a burner specialist workleaderman at Ingalls Shipbuilding, initiates a cut of steel on the National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) using the Avenger 3 Plasma cutter (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has officially started fabrication on the U.S. Coast Guard's seventh National Security Cutter (NSC), Kimball (WMSL 756).   "We continue to increase our learning on this shipbuilding program


W&O Opposes McCain Amendment

John McCain (official photo)

W&O announced its opposition to the McCain Amendment (amendment #2) to S.1, which it said would cripple the U.S. shipbuilding industry by striking the U.S. build requirement provisions of the Jones Act.   “The amendment Senator John McCain has put forth would devastate


Two Executive Changes at HII

William Ebbs (left) and  Andrew Hicks (right). (Photos: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announces two executive changes to its government relations team   Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that William Ebbs has taken on the new role of vice president, federal policy, and Andrew Hicks has been promoted to vice president


AMP Opposes Amendment to Eliminate US Shipbuilding

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AMP)

American Maritime Partnership (AMP) issued a statement opposing Senator John McCain’s recent measure to eliminate the U.S. shipbuilding industry. AMP said U.S. shipbuilding is critical to supporting America’s military power and defense needs employs hundreds of thousands of Americans


RTC, OTC Begin Female Haircut Program

Chief Logistics Specialist Natali Philip, left, a recruit division commander, uses a ruler to measure the hair of Seaman Recruit Briana Cochems, from Los Angeles, to show proper hair grooming standards to new recruits at R

  In an effort to standardize training and education across the military services, Recruit Training Command (RTC) and Officer Training Command (OTC) will run a pilot program, which will no longer require female accessions to cut their hair.


Full Steam Ahead for Navy's Science

Sean J. Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research development and acquisition, joins Rear Adm. Mathias Winters daughter as they replace his one-star shoulder boards with two-star shoulder boards during a promo

  The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has begun a new era, as Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter-a decorated aviator with advanced degrees in both computer science and national resource strategy-was sworn in as the chief of naval research (CNR).


US Ebola-aid Ships Return Home

MV Cape Rise (Photo: Military Sealift Command)

America is leading the global effort to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And part of the Obama Administration's whole-of-government response has included some recent heavy lifting by two ships from the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force


Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

  The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R


Yellowstone to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

USS Yellowstone (Photo: National Parks Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior)

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the USS Yellowstone - a National Defense Reserve Fleet non-retention vessel is scheduled to depart the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, Virginia for recycling at ESCO Marine, Inc. in Brownsville, Texas.   


USCG Welcomes Cutter Hamilton to Fleet

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, the first national security cutter homeported on the East Coast, entered into active service today at Union Pier Terminal in downtown Charleston.   The commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard’s largest and newest 418-foot cutter was presided by Vice Adm


How Difficult is it to Obtain a Jones Act Waiver?

The American Salvage Association’s Jon Waldron provides the ultimate cabotage primer. There always seems to be constant chatter about waiving the Jones Act. In reality, it is a simple task to demystify the thought that it is easy to obtain such waivers






 
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