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HMS Lancaster To Get New Lease Of Life

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom: The Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate, HMS Lancaster, is undergoing an extensive refit at Portsmouth Naval Base as part of a £17.9 million contract with BAE Systems, reflecting the Company’s continued growth in support services.   The mid-life upkeep will significantly upgrade the capability of the 20 year old frigate to ensure she is ready to fulfil future operational commitments. The work includes upgrades to the ship’s Seawolf guided missile system, command system, communications and the installation of a small calibre 30mm gun system, which can be remotely operated. This will boost her air defence capability, improve the ship’s situational awareness and make it easier to enable future systems upgrades as operational requirements evolve.   A significant amount of work will also be undertaken on the ship’s hull as well as its power and propulsion machinery. This includes a new coating of underwater paint, which will deliver greater operational efficiency and reduced fuel consumption, refurbishment of her diesel generators and replacement of shafts and propellers.   Captain Tim Chidley, Superintendent Fleet Maintenance at Portsmouth Naval Base, said: “HMS Lancaster’s refit shows how even well founded relationships can learn and be strengthened


CARAT Naval Exercises Kick Off in Singapore

CARAT Exercise meeting: Photo USN

The 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, says US Navy Task Force 73 Public Affairs. In its 20th year, CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations in South and Southeast Asia. 
 Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander, U.S


MCPON Visits Navy Region Northwest

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Angela Grube, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Northwest Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr. traveled to the Pacific Northwest for a series of visits, ceremonies and all hands calls April 28 and 29. Campa, who served as Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay senior enlisted advisor before taking office last July, spent several hours outside Seattle at Fort Lewis where Sailors receive three weeks of


U.S. Carrier Docks In New Singapore Pier

U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk docked at Singapore's new deep-draft naval pier on Thursday, the first giant American warship to use the facility. The pier, at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, is one of only two in the region large enough to berth a carrier. The other is at Port Klang in Malaysia. The pier will help speed up re-supply of large warships and improve mission turnarounds, said Rear-Admiral Mark J. Edwards, who heads the Logistics Group, Western Pacific


USS Seawolf Makes New Home In Pacific Northwest

Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton Sailors on Delta Pier heave line in order help moor the fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) which transferred from Groton, Connecticut to her permanent duty station in Bremerton. Seawolf; second of her class to arrive and reside in Washington was designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and special operation forces, carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions


HMS Prince of Wales Hull Departs for Rosyth

Hull section of HMS Prince of Wales (Photo: BAE Systems)

A huge section of hull for HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, has today begun its delivery voyage from HM Naval Base Portsmouth – the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class. Mick Ord, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said, “This is a significant milestone for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program and a particularly proud one for the team in Portsmouth whose contribution to delivering the nation’s flagships


Oman Navy Receives Al Shamikh Vessel

Photo: BAE Systems

The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) organized a reception ceremony for Al Shamikh vessel, first of three vessels in the Khareef project for RNO. Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs sponsored the ceremony which was held at the Said bin Sultan Naval Base, where he, along with commanders, greeted the vessel upon its arrival at the Naval base to join other vessels of the RNO fleet.


NASNI Builds Navy’s First Submarine FiFi Trainer

Nick Lugue Jr., a welder with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, welds a new firefighting trainer into place at Naval Air Station North Island. The trainer is the first of four new trainers the Navy is building that will simulate potential fire hazards aboard submarines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Todd C. Behrman)

Smoke bellows out the ventilation ducts. The glow of the blazing fire emanates down the passageway. Firefighters move with precision and purpose, pausing to unleash a torrent of water towards the fire as they kneel before it. Such was the scene at the Navy’s first submarine firefighting trainer, located at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) Oct. 29. Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) approached Kidde Fire Trainers almost one year ago in response to the incident on the USS


Nassau ESG Returns to Norfolk

Elements of the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) including the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), amphibious transport dock USS Austin (LPD 40) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), carrying more than 2,700 Sailors, returned to Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek May 4, following a six-month deployment is support of the global war on terrorism.


USS Jimmy Carter Arrives at New Home

By Journalist 3rd Class Adam Vernon, Naval Base Kitsap Public Affairs The last of the Seawolf-class submarines, USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23), arrived at its new home of Naval Base Kitsap Nov. 9 from Groton, Conn., to the delight of more than 300 family members and Navy personnel waiting pierside. Carter replaced USS Parche (SSN 683), which was decommissioned in October 2004. “They’re finally here,” said the wife of Capt. Robert Kelso, commanding officer


USS Milius Departs on Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69)

   The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21


‘Hazardous Material’ Found on Australian Naval Base

HMAS Cerberus (Photo: Australian Navy)

A routine inspection this morning of on-base accommodation in the Australian Navy’s naval base HMAS Cerberus resulted in suspected hazardous material being located in a residential unit.  A 400-meter safety zone was established around the accommodation block as a precaution.


Barge Operator Fined for Releasing Dangerous Gas

The operator of a Portsmouth-based barge has today been made to pay almost £111,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of maritime legislation. Serco Ltd. admitted an offence at Portsmouth Crown Court in relation to the health and safety of workers aboard the barge 1706


Swiftships Shipbuilding Awarded Iraqi Navy Support Contract

Contract document: File photo

The US Department of Defense informs that Swiftships Shipbuilding, L.L.C., Morgan City, Louisiana, is being awarded an $18,000,000 not-to-exceed contract for the accomplishment of continuous lifecycle support for the Iraqi navy. DoD explains that this contract involves foreign military


HMS Prince of Wales Assembly Begins

Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

Construction of HMS Prince of Wales, the second of two new aircraft carriers for the U.K. Royal Navy, has moved forward with the docking of two of the ship’s largest hull sections – Lower Block 02 and Lower Block 03. The movement of the blocks into the dock at Rosyth marks the


HMS Illustrious Decommissioned

HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious – the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible-class aircraft carriers – was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today, marking the end of her 32-year career. The ship’s White Ensign was lowered for the final time during the decommissioning ceremony in


VSTEP Wins Mexican Navy Simulator Contract

Image: VSTEP

The Mexican Navy selected VSTEP to supply a Class A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulator and 24 NAUTIS desktop trainer stations for the Naval Academy in Veracruz. The simulators will be installed at the new simulator training wing of the Heroica Escuela Naval Militar set to open in Q4 2014


US Navy Awards Contract To Dismantle Constellation

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The Navy competitively awarded a contract to International Shipbreaking Limited of Brownsville, Texas, for the towing, dismantling and recycling of conventionally powered aircraft carriers stricken from service, June 13.   Under the contract


Defence Contracts Boost UK Military Boat Support Industry

RN RIB: Photo courtesy of UK MOD

The UK Government's Ministry of Defence (MOD) informs it has awarded millions of pounds worth of new contracts to maintain its 1,450 strong fleet of small boats. The fleet of boats includes offshore raiding craft, pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launches


ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group Welcomes New Member

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On Friday, June 6, 2014, German shipyard NCP-Repair Shipyard Šibenik Ltd. joined the ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group as its 11th member. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) Superyacht Refit Group represents quality refit, repair and maintenance yards


Japanese PM, US CNO Discuss Maritime Cooperation

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, May 27 in Abe's office to discuss regional security and maritime partnership opportunities between the United States and Japan. The meeting between Japan's political leader and the U.S


McIntosh Named CTruk Chairman

Peter McIntosh

Composite high-speed craft designer and builder CTruk has appointed shipbuilding industry veteran Peter McIntosh OBE to succeed Andy White as chairman. McIntosh, the former executive director of VT Group PLC, holds experience of the marine and defense industries and will steer the innovative


New Warship for Oman’s Royal Navy

HM Naval Base Portsmouth was lit up red, white and green this morning as BAE Systems handed over the third of three new warships to the Royal Navy of Oman. AL RASIKH is a 99 meter corvette designed, built and delivered as part of Project Khareef


White House Calls China's Actions in Vietnam Dispute Provocative

China's decision to place an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea is a provocative act and raises tensions in the region, the White House said on Friday. "We consider that act provocative and we consider it one that undermines the goal that we share


USS Truxton Change of Command

USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) has left the Royal Jordanian Naval Base, just outside of Aqaba, Jordan, following a four-day logistics stop, and a change of command (a Black Sea grounding incident happened on February 12, 2014).






 
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