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MSI Newport Appoints New Director

Effective February 15th, Captain Fred Bronaugh, USN (Ret.) will become the new director of MSI's Newport, RI Simulator / Training Complex. Captain Bronaugh replaces Captain Frank Julian, USN (Ret.) who is retiring after 14 years of service with MSI. Captain Bronaugh has a BA in Economics and a MS in Management. During his tenure in the Navy, he attended the U.S. Naval War College. He has significant at-sea experience having been Commanding Officer of three ships. He also has experience as a Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) Instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers’ School (SWOS), Newport, RI and served on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Technical Training. Prior to his retirement from the Navy, Captain Bronaugh was Chief of Staff US Naval Forces, Korea and then Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic. Captain Bronaugh has been affiliated with MarineSafety International as a Shiphandling Instructor and Bridge Resource Management (BRM) facilitator for naval officers and a wide range of commercial clients since 1998. In addition to instructing, he managed the development and implementation of training programs for Electronic Chart and Data Information Systems (ECDIS) and Integrated Bridge Systems.


Carnival Announces Audit Safety Procedures

Carnival Corporation & plc Announces Comprehensive Audit and Review of Safety and Emergency Response Across All Its Cruise Lines.   Following the tragic Costa Concordia accident, Carnival Corporation & plc, parent company of Costa Cruises and nine other cruise lines around the world, announced a comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures across all of the company's cruise lines.  


Brown Water Veterans Honored

At a ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans, service members and their families observe a Vietnam Memorial Monument on board Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The ceremony was held to honor Navy and Coast Guard personnel who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Prince Albert Hughes III (RELEASED) By Journalist 3rd Class Cynthia R. Smith, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific


Sub Tender Transfers to Sealift Command

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command accepted responsibility for submarine tender USS Frank Cable Monday, Feb. 1. Cable, which is homeported in Guam, serves as a floating maintenance and logistics facility for Navy submarines. Cable will operate as a commissioned ship with a U.S. Navy captain in charge of a hybrid crew, consisting of 157 civil service mariners and 206 uniformed Navy personnel. Other uniformed personnel will maintain and operate the onboard repair facility.


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


WRSystems Wins MSC Equipment Contract

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W R Systems, Ltd., Awarded Contract for Military Sealift Command N00033-12-C-8011 for USS PONCE (LPD 15) Bridge.   W R Systems, Ltd., (WRSystems), of Norfolk, VA, has been awarded a contract with Military Sealift Command (MSC) for the design, installation, commissioning, and testing of new electronic equipment of the bridge onboard USS PONCE (LPD 15).  The USS PONCE bridge electronics transition team, led by WRSystems


Navy Dedicated to Winning War in Iraq

Ships assigned to Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) assemble in a formation for a photo exercise. The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) was established to monitor, inspect, board, and stop suspect shipping to pursue the war on terrorism and includes operations currently taking place in the North Arabia Sea to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Countries contributing to CTF-150 currently include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, New Zealand


Captain Streeter Joins Fincantieri Marine Systems

Captain Matt Streeter, USN (Ret.) has joined Fincantieri Marine Systems North America in support of Isotta Fraschini engines for the U.S. Navy and other customers. Captain Streeter recently retired after a 28-year career in the U.S. Navy. In addition to commanding the Cruiser USS Normandy and the Frigate USS Dewert, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and as the Material Officer for Destroyer Squadron Nine


Maritime Code Accord Could Solve Pacific Conflicts

Naval officers say accord does not directly address problems in disputed waters, but document could be initial step towards guarding against conflict. U.S. has long stood for clearer operational communications with Chinese fleet. Countries embroiled in territorial rows in the East and South China Seas agreed on Tuesday to abide by a maritime communications deal to try to ensure accidental naval altercations do not develop into a conflict.


Despite Agreements, U.S.-China Naval Risks Linger

In 2013, a U.S. guided-missile ship veered sharply to avoid a Chinese navy vessel that tried to block its path in the disputed South China Sea, according to the U.S. account.   The next year, the United States said a Chinese fighter jet buzzed within 30 feet (9 meters) of one of its Navy planes, in what the White House called a "deeply concerning provocation." They are the types of risky encounters that Beijing and Washington have sought to avoid by stepping up efforts to


Inaugural Meet of Nautical Institute (Singapore)

Captain Robert McCabe Photo NI

The Nautical Institute (Singapore) has been established as a branch of The Nautical Institute, the international professional organisation for maritime professionals. It will hold its inaugural meeting in the Republic during Maritime Week.


Pirates Attack Containership off Nigeria

Turquoise. Photo: CMA CGM

 Pirates have attacked the Liberian-flagged 4,360 TEU CMA CGM Turquoise, kidnapping two crew members off the coast of Nigeria, with the remainder of the crew said to be safe.   Turquoise, managed by Dioryx Maritime Corp. in Greece


Australia-Japan bilateral exercise Ends

Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force counterparts gathered in Sydney to conduct the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT from 15-26 April 2016.

Ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have completed the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT off the coast of New South Wales. The exercise, which has been conducted regularly between Australia and Japan since 2009


This Day In Naval History: May 2

1863 - During the Civil War, the steam screw sloop Sacramento, commanded by Captain Charles S. Boggs, seizes the British blockade-runner Wanderer off Murrells Inlet, N.C.   1896 - A landing party of 15 Marines and 19 Seaman from USS Alert arrive at Corinto, Nicaragua


Tug Crew Gives Builder Invaluable Feedback

The Venus crew: (left to right) Niels Segelen, Auke de Haan and Wilco Wittekoek (Photo: Damen)

Iskes’ new ASD 2411 Venus up and running after delivery; captain and crew of newly delivered ASD Tug 2411 give Damen valuable feedback after first three months of operations   Iskes Towage & Salvage took delivery of a new Damen ASD 2411 in November 2015


Houston Ship Channel Opened After Refinery Explosion

Houston Ship Channel Courtesy Patrick Feller from Humble, Texas

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened the Houston Ship Channel from Cotton Patch Bayou to Sims Bayou after a precautionary safety zone had been put in place due to an explosion at Pasadena Refining System, Inc., Saturday morning.


Sustainable Future for Maritime Professionals

Nautical Institute Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Sustainability features strongly in The Nautical Institute’s latest Strategic Plan, which has just been published and will run to 2020. It incorporates the views of 1,400 members who responded to a call to help guide the Institute’s work.


First Ever At-sea Customs and Fisheries Boardings Conducted

Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa, presents a plaque to Chief of Cameroon Navy representative, Capt. Fru Fon Clement, chief of logistics at Naval Headquarters, during a closing ceremony for African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Cameroon March 11, 2016. Cameroon Navy, customs and fisheries worked with U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and civilian mariners aboard USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), during the facilitated theater security cooperation initiative that ai

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) and an embarked multinational law enforcement team, working with Cameroon Navy Ships Ntem (108) and Sanaga (109), conducted the first ever at-sea customs and fisheries boardings supported by Cameroon Navy. The Cameroon Navy vessels patrolled the entirety of the Cameroon


Drunk Captain Grounds Ship in German Port

ABIS Bergen. Photo: Abis Shipping

 Dutch vessel 85-metre (279ft) long cargo ship the Abis Bergen has been towed free after running aground and blocking the entrance to the German port of Rostock.    The ship's captain reportedly caused the accident while under the influence of alcohol


Highest Officer in US Navy Bribe Scheme Sentenced to 46 Months

A federal judge in San Diego on Friday sentenced a U.S. Navy captain caught in a $30 million bribery scandal to 46 months in prison, bringing to a close the case against the highest-ranking officer in the fraud scheme.   Captain Daniel Dusek, 49


Japanese War Subs Dock in the Philippines

Photo:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

 Two Japanese destroyers and a submarine  have arrived to the major Philippine port of Subic, , the first in 15 years, to uphold “peace and stability” in the region, the Philippine Navy have said.    The port of Subic is located in the vicinity of the disputed


RV Neil Armstrong Arrives in Woods Hole

The research vessel Neil Armstrong was met by a jubilant crowd at the WHOI dock Wednesday, as it arrived to its homeport for the first time. (Photo by Daniel Cojanu, WHOI)

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to its home port at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) dock for the first time Wednesday, escorted by the WHOI coastal research vessel R/V Tioga, two Coast Guard vessels and fireboats from neighboring towns.   


Fishing Vessel Owner, Captain Face Environmental Charges

Owner and captain of commercial fishing vessel indicted for clean water and ship pollution violations; defendants allegedly participated in and ordered the illegal discharge of bilge wastes over the course of several years   The owner and captain of the commercial F/V Native Sun


Pirates Kidnap Six Crew from Tanker off Nigeria

Six Turkish members of a cargo ship's crew have been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, a spokesman for the Nigerian navy said on Monday.   The crew members of the merchant tanker M/T Puli were abducted some 90 miles from the coast at around 1:30 a.m


Pirates Kidnap Ship off Nigeria with 6 Turkish Crewmen

M/T Puli Photo: Kaptanoglu Shipping

 Six crew members  of a Turkish cargo ship have been kidnapped by pirates in the Niger Delta, according to Nigerian Navy spokesman, Chris Ezekobe.   The ship carrying chemicals was believed to be travelling from Gabon to Ivory Coast






 
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