U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz called the USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) "an indispensable force for peace and freedom in the world" during commissioning ceremonies Saturday, December 8, 2001, near the World Trade Center site. The advanced Aegis guided missile destroyer is the 34th ship of the DDG 51 program and the 15th to be built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss. "USS Bulkeley deploys the most advanced weapon systems afloat today. She also demonstrates the power that only a free nation can generate. It is a privilege for all of us to be here for the commissioning of a ship that is a product of the great partnership between government and industry that is crucial to the defense of our country and peace and freedom in the world," Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz said. Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz delivered the principal commissioning address "in the shadow of Lady Liberty, and within walking distance of 'Ground Zero.'" A standing-room-only gathering of more than 6,000 witnessed the patriotic pier-side ceremony adjacent to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. DDG 84 is named in honor of native New Yorker Vice Adm. John D. Bulkeley, USN, (1911-1996), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who spearheaded the evacuation of General Douglas MacArthur from the island of Corregidor in World War II and later served as President of the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.
The United States will spend $585 billion on its armed forces in 2015 — the biggest military budget in the world by far. That’s just the Defense Department budget and doesn’t include the tens of billions of dollars that Washington spends on veterans, the purview of the Veterans Administration, or nuclear-weapons development, which falls under the Department of Energy. There’s tremendous pressure in Congress to spend less
Sailors stationed aboard the Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) Texas (SSN 775) stands topside as she gets underway from Naval Station Norfolk. Texas is the second Virginia-class submarine built and the first major U.S. Navy combatant vessel class designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. Texas will be commissioned Sept 9, 2006. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in Galveston, Texas. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelvin Edwards
The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned the Maritime Force Protection Unit (MFPU) July 24 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. The unit, the first of its kind, was officially activated during a formal commissioning ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. D. Brian Peterman, commander of the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area. “This is a new and unique mission,” Peterman said during his commissioning remarks. He also praised the Navy for helping develop training
From Program Executive Office Ships Public Affairs Supervisor of officially accepted delivery of Freedom (LCS 1) on behalf of the Navy from the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in , Sept. 18. "This is a truly exciting day for the Navy. Today marks a critical milestone in fulfilling the need and realizing the vision we began just a few years ago," said Capt. James Murdoch, the LCS program manager
The ship's officers & crew 'Man the Ship' during the commissioning ceremony of the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer 'USS Michael Murphy' (DDG 112). The commissioning ceremony was in New York. Murphy is named after Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient who posthumously received the nation's highest military honor for bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
The Navy’s newest and most sophisticated nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), was commissioned July 12, 2003 at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Named after America's 40th president, Reagan is the ninth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier built by Northrop Grumman Newport News and the first carrier named for a living president. The keynote speaker for the commissioning ceremony was Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. Mrs
1797 - Launching of USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. 1942 - British submarine lands CAPT Jerauld Wright, USN and four Army officers at Cherchel, French North Africa, to meet with a French military delegation to learn the French attitude toward future Allied landings. 1944 - Leyte Landings continue. (Source: Navy News
1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar 1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup (Source: Navy News Service)
Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16 1863 - Union gunboats pass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg 1924 - Navy commences relief operations in Mississippi Valley floods, lasting until June 16 1947 - Act of Congress gives Navy Nurse Corps members commissioned rank 1959 - Helicopters from USS Edisto begin rescue operations in Montevideo, Uruguay. By April 26, they had carried 277 flood victims to safety. For more information about naval history
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.
HMAS Tobruk (II) sailed through Sydney Heads back to her home port at Garden Island for the last time today. The amphibious heavy lift is scheduled to decommission on Friday 31 July, after 34 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.
U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program. Firing up the diesel generators for the first time in Rosyth was Philip Dunne
South Africa's competition watchdog has recommended Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Ltd (NYK) pay a 104 million rand ($8.5 million) penalty for price-fixing and collusion in the transport of cars. The Competition Commission said on Tuesday NYK had admitted guilt and agreed
Two Indian Navy warships of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet which has recently participated in SIMBEX with Singapore reached Jakartha as part of their operational deployment. The an operational deployment to South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean of
Taking another step in forming The Northwest Seaport Alliance, commissioners from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle voted Friday to submit a final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for approval. The Northwest Seaport Alliance will unify the two ports’ marine cargo
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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Norfolk Friday for the 2015 Norfolk Harborfest. The Eagle will be open for public tours on the following schedule: Friday, June 5 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Austal joined the Honorable Gabrielle Giffords, her husband, retired Navy captain Mark Kelly, and ship’s sponsor Dr. Jill Biden in celebrating the christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) today in Mobile, Alabama
PETRONAS achieved another milestone with the official steel cutting of its second floating liquefied natural gas facility, the PETRONAS Floating LNG2 (PFLNG2) in a ceremony held on 11 June 2015 at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Shipyard in Geoje Island, South Korea.
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Mercator Limited announced that it is expanding its dredging business by adding two more Dredgers to its fleet. Mercator,India's largest Marine and Energy group with businesses in Oil & Gas, Coal, Shipping and Dredging