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This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward   1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S.   1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service   1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN   1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk   1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT   (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History - April 11

From the Navy News Service 1783 - Congress declares the end of war with . 1900 - The Navy accepted its first submarine, USS Holland (SS 1). 1970 - Launch of Apollo 13, commanded by Capt. James A. Lovell Jr. Former naval aviator Fred W. Haise Jr. was the lunar module pilot. While 200,000 miles from Earth, there was an explosion on board which forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. duration was 5 days, 22 hours and 54 minutes


Navy Accepts Delivery of Ronald Reagan

The Navy today accepted delivery of the newest aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The ship design and construction was executed under a contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) in December 1994. Reagan's first deployment is scheduled for 2005 from her San Diego, Calif. homeport, which is home to two other US aircraft carriers. Reagan is the ninth of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Expected to be


This Day in Navy History

October 14 1918 - Naval Aviators of Marine Day Squadron 9 make first raid-in-force for the Northern Bombing Group in World War I when they bombed German railroad at Thielt Rivy, Belgium. October 15 1917 - USS Cassin (DD-43) torpedoed by German submarine U-61 off coast of Ireland. In trying to save the ship, Gunner's Mate Osmond Kelly Ingram becomes first American sailor killed in World War I and later is awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism


Today in U.S. Naval History: October 16

Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan. Artist: H. Peterson after Alexander James. (Photo: U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command)

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 16 1885 - Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan, USN, becomes Superintendent of the Naval War College 1891 - Baltimore Incident, Valparaiso, Chile. 1940 - Fifth group of 10 destroyers from the Destroyers for Bases Deal turned over to British at Halifax, Canada. 1942 - Carrier aircraft from USS Hornet (CV-8) conduct attacks on Japanese troops on Guadalcanal. 1943 - Navy accepts its first helicopter, a Sikorsky YR-4B (HNS-1) at Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Austal Delivers Fourth JHSV to the US Navy

Photo courtesy of Austal USA

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) from Austal USA yesterday, a week shy of six months from the date they took delivery of JHSV 3. This is the fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) delivered to date for the JHSV Program which totals 10 ships at over $1.6 billion. Regarding the delivery, Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said, “Delivery of this ship to the Navy is the culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication by Austal USA’s incredible


This Day in Naval History – Oct. 19

1843 - CAPT Robert Stockton in Princeton, the first screw propelled naval steamer, challenges British merchant ship Great Western to a race off New York, which Princeton won easily 1915 - Establishment of Submarine Base at New London, Connecticut. 1944 - Secretary of Navy orders African American women accepted into Naval Reserve. 1987 - Destruction of an Iranian oil-drilling platform used for military purposes.


USS Independence, Navy Accepts Delivery

The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Independence (LCS 2) Dec. 18 during a short ceremony in Mobile, Ala.  Independence is the second littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, and the first LCS of the General Dynamics variant. LCS is a new breed of U.S. Navy warship with versatile warfighting capabilities, capable of open-ocean operation, but optimized for littoral, or coastal, missions. "Today marks a critical milestone in the life of the LCS 2


Thai Navy Accepts BAE Offshore Patrol Vessel

HTMS Krabi

The Royal Thai Navy has become the latest navy to take delivery of an offshore patrol vessel designed by BAE Systems. HTMS Krabi was constructed by Bangkok Dock through a technology transfer agreement with BAE Systems, which supports Thailand’s national policy of self-sufficiency by growing its own sustainable shipbuilding capability. Her formal handover marked the completion of the first ship to be constructed at Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard and was attended by members of the


Navy Shipbuilding: U.S. GAO on Getting Things Right

LCS Sea Trial: Image courtesy of USN

A recent report US Government Audit Office (GAO) report, mandated by the House, discussed amongst other issues:  (1) quality problems in constructing recently delivered ships and Navy actions to improve quality and (2) key practices employed by leading commercial ship buyers and shipbuilders to ensure quality and how these compared with Navy practices. Excerpts from the report follow: What GAO Found The Navy has experienced significant quality problems with several ship classes


Taiwan Navy to Commission Locally Made Corvette

Image: Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan

 The Taiwan Navy plans to put its first locally designed stealth missile corvette and a new locally manufactured supply vessel into service late next month, says a press statement.  There will be a ceremony to formally put the corvette Tuo Jiang and supply vessel Panshih into service is


India to Strengthen Naval Co-operation with Bangladesh

Image: Admiral Robin K. Dhowan at the Defence Headquarters in New Delhi (Indian Navy)

 In a move towards strengthening its defence ties with Bangladesh, India will be exploring new avenues for naval cooperation towards achieving comprehensive maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.   To this effect, Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan reached Bangladesh on a


Fendercare to Equip New UK Navy OPVs

Fendercare Marine has signed a contract with BAE Systems Naval Ships for the provision of rudder blades, rudder stocks, sleeves/liners for rudder stock, anchors, chain and deck equipment for three new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the U.K. Royal Navy.   


Ghana and US Maritime Forces Collaborate

Pic: Ghana Armed Forces

 The Ghana Armed Forces and the United States Maritime Forces have completed a joint maritime operation, the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), as part of the Africa Partnerships Program (APS).   The operation brought together representatives from Ghana’s


US Navy Eyes Next LCS Contracts in Q1

Littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Keith DeVinney)

The U.S. Navy plans to award contracts before the end of the first quarter to Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal for its next three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as well as money to buy materials for a fourth, Navy officials said Thursday.  


Lightweight Composite Approved for Ship

Photo courtesy of SP

For the first time, combustible, fibre-reinforced, lightweight composite has been approved for use in a SOLAS ship. Panama's flag authority has accepted a design where hatches in fibre-reinforced plastic composite replace steel hatches. Research and fire risk analyses at SP have helped in making


Bollinger Announces Promotions

From left to right: Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps (Photos: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards announces the promotions of three key leaders, as Tim Martinez, Scott Theriot and Corey Phelps enter new roles.   Making the announcement, Bollinger’s President and CEO Ben Bordelon, said, “We will be strengthening our position in the market by developing our


Britain to Ban Fracking in National Parks

Britain said on Monday it would ban fracking in national parks, reversing a policy announced last year, in a concession to the opposition Labour Party which had called for tighter controls to be written into law.   "We have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks


Sjo Resigns from Polarcus Board of Directors

Polarcus Limited announced that Hege Sjo will resign from its board of directors effective February 2, 2015.   Sjo has accepted an appointment as Deputy Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and is therefore unable to continue as a board member at


Former US Navy Contracting Officer Arrested

Former senior federal contracting officer Paul Simpkins was arrested Tuesday for conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with his alleged role in a scheme to steer contracts and benefits to Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a defense contracting firm headquartered in Singapore.


Ballast Water Rules Create Conundrum for Shipowners

Speaking today before a conference on ballast water treatment regulation, World Shipping Council President Chris Koch outlined the conundrum facing the maritime industry caused by the lack of any globally accepted ballast water treatment technology.  


Taiwan Uses Chinese Shipping Firm to Spratly Port

Pic: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (Old name: Zhenhua Port Machinery Company)

 A state-run shipping company from mainland China came to Taiwan's rescue  to get vital materials to a $100 million port it is building on a disputed island in the South China Sea last month, reports Reuters.   Taiwanese officials couldn’t find a local firm to do the job


LCA Navy 2nd Prototype Makes Debut Flight in India

LCA naval prototype (Image: HAL)

 The government controlled Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Saturday conducted the maiden test flight of the second prototype of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas naval variant here.   "The second LCA naval prototype (NP2) was flown for the first time for 35 minutes


Hamburg Süd Receives Panalpina Award

Photo courtesy of Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd has been recognized for the first time with the “Carrier of the Year” Award by the internationally operating transport and logistics group, Panalpina, based in Basle/Switzerland. Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd


Settlement Approved Between USCG, Tug Operator

A settlement between the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the operator of the tug Shannon was approved Tuesday by a U.S. Federal Administrative Law Judge.   The settlement calls for a two month suspension of Merchant Mariner’s Credentials






 
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