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China Navy Beefs Up South China Sea Presence

PLA Destroyer Qingdao: Photo credit Wik CCL

A People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet has entered territorial waters in the South China Sea for patrol and training missions. Comprising the missile destroyer Qingdao and the missile frigates Yantai and Yancheng, the fleet entered the South China Sea after a five-hour passage through the Bashi Channel (between Taiwan and the Philippines' Luzon Island). The three ships, all from the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, are scheduled to carry out patrol missions and multi-type training exercises in the South China Sea over the next few days. The PLA Navy fleet departed Qingdao in east China on Tuesday for high-sea training exercises and patrol missions in the country's territorial waters snf has sailed more than 1,200 nautical miles so far.  


Litton Granted Engineering Support Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Litton Industries a five-year contract, valued at as much as $311 million, to its Ingalls Shipbuilding unit to provide engineering and technical services support. The contract, valued at about $57.6 million in fiscal year 2001, will benefit the Navy's fleet of Ticonderoga Class Aegis guided missile cruisers and Spruance Class multimission destroyers. Arlington, Va.-based Litton and its Ingalls Shipbuilding unit have been providing support and services for the two


Brits Welcome Chinese Navy Fleet

Rear Admiral Zhang Chuanshu (R), commanding officer of the 18th Chinese naval escort taskforce, exchanges gifts with Real Admiral Johnstone (L), representative of the Royal Navy Command (Courtesy: Ministry of National Defense, China)

 As the largest Chinese Navy fleet visit Britain began a five-day official visit at Royal Naval Base in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, an ecstatic welcome was given by locals, including hundreds of Chinese origin.  The dock landing ship Changbaishan, the guided missile frigate Yuncheng and the supply ship Chaohu of the 18th Chinese naval escort taskforce arrived in a naval port in Portsmouth, Britain on the morning of January 12, local time, for a good will visit.  


Navy to Honor Alan Shepard in Naming New Ship

The U.S. Navy will honor New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shepard by naming a new combat support ship after him. The state's congressional delegation announced the tribute Friday. The USS Shepard is being built in San Diego by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. It will join the Navy fleet in March 2007. It will be 1,000 feet long and its primary mission will be to deliver supplies to Navy ships, transfer cargo, and provide logistical support within a carrier strike group.


GD Extends NNS Offer

General Dynamics extended its pending tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock (including associated rights) of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. to midnight, EDT, on July 6, 2001. The offer was previously scheduled to expire at midnight, EDT, on June 22, 2001. As of midnight, EDT, on June 22, 2001, approximately 20,248,926 shares (including guaranteed delivery) of Newport News had been tendered. While the number of shares tendered exceeds the


Ships Slated for Retirement Should be Retained – House Republicans

Ticonderoga-class USS Cowpens: Photo credit USN

House Republicans propose  Armed Services Committee save 3 of 4 Ticonderoga class cruisers The Navy will have to upgrade and keep three of four Ticonderoga-class cruisers the service planned to retire in 2013, according to proposed legislation released by House Republicans. The proposal by House Armed Services readiness subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes, R-Va., would keep the Cowpens, Anzio and Vicksburg in the fleet by authorizing needed upgrades


No Re-Engining for Fleet After Engines' Performance

The U.S. Navy's mine-hunter and mine-sweeper ships (MCM-1 and MHC 51 Class) will not be fitted with new engines, but will remain equipped with their current high technology, non- magnetic diesel engines manufactured by Italian engine company Isotta Fraschini. The Navy's decision was based on the company providing free system upgrades to several engines, better maintenance oversight, and the engines' superb performance during Operation Iraqi Freedom.


ATLAS North America SeaFox

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The SeaFox mine neutralization system, delivered by ATLAS North America (ATLAS NA), a subsidiary of the German-based ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, once again proved its effectiveness in performing unmanned mine countermeasure missions, when participating in Trident Warrior 2012 U.S. Navy Fleet Experiment, July 9-20.   During the Fleet Experiment, Textron/AAI used its Fleet Class Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) with a L-3 Klein 5000 V2 Side Scan Sonar to investigate a suspected minefield


Submarine Indiana Pressure Hull Complete

Photo by Chris Oxley (HII)

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has reached a milestone in the construction of the submarine Indiana (SSN 789). The 16th Virginia-class submarine has reached “pressure hull complete,” signifying that all of its hull sections are joined to form a single, watertight unit.   Ship’s Sponsor Diane Donald, wife of Adm. Kirk Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret


Military May Expand Ship Fleet

According to reports, the U.S. Navy wants to expand its fleet of ships by more than 10 percent in order to be better prepared for emerging adversaries, the New York Times reported on Monday. In a separate report, the Wall Street Journal said that the Pentagon was considering personnel cuts at the Air Force in order to pay for weapons purchases. Top military officials have been meeting to discuss the Pentagon's budget in preparation for President George W


Medal of Honor for Two Destroyers

A graphic representation of the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)

In a ceremony at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 125, will be named Jack H. Lucas in honor of the Marine Corps hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Mabus also announced that DDG 126 would be named Louis H. Wilson Jr


GD Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle

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The General Dynamics Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) successfully launched multiple Bluefin SandShark micro-autonomous underwater vehicles (M-AUV) Underwater vehicle (M-AUV as part of several capability demonstrations at the U.S


Damen Tugs Delivered to Dutch Navy

Handover ASD Tugs 2810 Hybrid Photo Damen

In an official handover ceremony at the Den Helder Naval Base, the Royal Netherlands Navy took formal delivery of three Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs. In addition to providing an increase in ship handling capacity, the new vessels are also installed with hybrid propulsion systems


Keel Laid for Italy’s New Logistics Support Ship

Photo: Fincantieri

A keel laying ceremony was held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Sestri Levante, Genoa) for a Logistic Support Ship (LSS), as construction work continues on the first unit of the Italian Navy’s fleet renewal plan, which has been commissioned to Fincantieri


Submarine Pietro Venuti Delivered to Italian Navy

(Photo: Fincantieri)

The newly built submarine Pietro Venuti was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the third of the U212A Todaro class, a series of four sister units which the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. 


Russian Sub 'Stary Oskol' Enters Black Sea

Photo: Russian Navy

 Russia’s Stary Oskol submarine, the third boat in Project 636.3 series for the Black Sea Fleet, on a voyage to its permanent base has passed the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, TASS quoted the Black Sea Fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachev as saying.  


New US Warship Named after Pioneering Navy Nurse

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signs a graphic representation of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

During a ceremony to honor women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 123, will be named Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee.   Higbee, the future ship's namesake, was a pioneering United States Navy chief nurse


Second US Aircraft Carrier Enters Mediterranean

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) enters the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations on June 8, 2016 (U.S. Navy photo by Anderson W. Branch)

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean late on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, at a time when U.S. officials are raising alarm over Russia's maritime expansion.   The Eisenhower, also known as the "Ike," will relieve the USS Harry S


1,076 Graduate from U.S. Naval Academy

Newly commissioned Navy Ensigns and Marine 2nd Lieutenants from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2016 throw their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of their graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. Photo USN

The U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,076 men and women at the annual graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter spoke about the particularly significant achievements of the Class of 2016


Ingalls Christens Amphibious Transport Dock Portland

Ship Sponsor Bonnie Amos christens Portland (LPD 27), accompanied by (left to right) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S. Navy’s expeditionary warfare division; Capt. Jeremy Hill, prospective commanding officer, Portland; Ted Waller, a World War II veteran who served on the first USS Portland (CA 33); and Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Portland is the 11th LPD to be built by Ingalls. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

 Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), christened the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) on May 21 in front of approximately 1,000 guests.   U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S


SharpEye Radar Installed and Commissioned on SAS Drakensberg

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, a company in the design and supply of navigation and security surveillance systems, has announced the installation and commissioning of a SharpEye radar system on the South African Navy’s fleet replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg.  


US Navy Honors Carl Levin with Naming of Ship

Ray Mabus Secretary of the U.S. Navy Pic by USN

Today, during a ceremony in Detroit, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the next Arleigh Burke class destroyer, DDG 120, will be named Carl M. Levin in honor of the longest serving senator in Michigan history.  During his 36 years in the Senate


Austal Lays Keel of EPF 8 Yuma

Mayor Nicholls speaking during the Yuma (EPF 8) keel laying ceremony Photo Austal

Austal celebrated the keel-laying milestone for the Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel Yuma (EPF 8) here today with a ceremony marking a significant milestone in the ship’s construction. This ship is the eighth EPF built at Austal under the 10-ship, $1


Italian Navy Renewal Program Begins

Photo: Fincantieri

The steel cutting ceremony of the LSS logistic support unit’s bow section was held today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. Construction works, therefore, officially started on the first unit, as provided in the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet


IRClass, Indian Navy Deepen Relationship

IR Class participated in the Maritime Exhibition during International Fleet Review 2016 of the Indian Navy Photo IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) strengthened its growing relationship with the defence sector by actively participating in the Maritime Exhibition (MAREX) during the high profile International Fleet Review 2016, organised by the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam.






 
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