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This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 17

1832- Treasury Secretary Louis McLane discontinued the practice of hiring "unemployed" Navy officers as senior Revenue Cutter Service officers.  All vacancies were to be filled by promotions within the service.  This was a tremendous boost to morale among Revenue cuttermen as they had long complained about the slow line of promotion, as unemployed Navy officers grabbed up senior positions. 1972-CGC Storis seized two Soviet fishing vessels, the 362-foot factory vessel Lamut and the 278-foot stern trawler Kolyvan, for fishing inside the 12-mile U.S. contiguous zone. 1994- Coast Guard units and family members assisted those in need after an earthquake hit Los Angeles, California. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)


Powerful Submarines Join Israel’s Navy

The new Tanin (Crocodile) submarine en route to Israel from Germany. Image by Israel Defense Forces

 The Israel Navy’s fourth submarine, the ISS Tanin (Crocodile), is expected to become fully operational in a few weeks and participate in naval operations.   The nuclear-capable submarine boasts an array of sophisticated weaponry, as well as the latest in intelligence-gathering technology. It stands at a whopping 68 meters long, compared to 57.3 meters on average for other submarines.   The navy’s fifth submarine, meanwhile, is expected to arrive this summer


This Day in Coast Guard History – May 24

1830-Navy officers, under furlough from the Navy until April 1832, were given commissions in the Revenue Service. 1941-CGC Modoc sighted the German battleship Bismarck while the cutter searched for survivors of a convoy southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland.  British Swordfish torpedo planes from the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Victorious circled Modoc as they flew towards the German battleship's position.  The Modoc's crew then spotted the flashes caused by anti-aircraft fire


Tidewater Service Contractors Elect Vice President

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John Pyron, Vice President of W R Systems Ltd. and Director of Federal Business for the Engineering Services Division located in Norfolk, VA, has been elected Vice President of the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors (TASC).  TASC is an organization dedicated to excellence in contracting in the public and private sectors. Pyron is a retired Navy officer who has over 25 years experience in program management and marketing.


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 5

USS Franklin Delano Roosevelt (CVB-42. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 5 1776 - Adoption of first uniforms for Navy officers 1813- USS Enterprise captures HM brig Boxer off Portland, ME 1918 - USS Mount Vernon torpedoed by German submarine off France 1923 - U.S. Asiatic Fleet arrives at Yokohama, Japan, to provide medical assistance and supplies after Kondo Plain earthquake. 1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Navy to form a Neutrality Patrol to report the presence of foreign warships within 300


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 5

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 5 1776 - Adoption of first uniforms for Navy officers 1813- USS Enterprise captures HM brig Boxer off Portland, Maine 1918 - USS Mount Vernon torpedoed by German submarine off France 1923 - U.S. Asiatic Fleet arrives at Yokohama, Japan, to provide medical assistance and supplies after Kondo Plain earthquake. 1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Navy to form a Neutrality Patrol to report the presence of foreign warships within 300


NASSCO Lays Keel of Tenth T-AKE Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) , on March 17 laid the keel for USNS Charles Drew, the tenth dry cargo-ammunition ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. Construction of the Charles Drew began in October. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the third quarter of 2010. The ship is named in honor of the African-American physician who was a pioneer in blood preservation and storage.


This Day in Coast Guard History – August 31

1819-The cutters Alabama and Louisiana captured the privateer Bravo in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Bravo's master, Jean Le Farges -- a lieutenant of Jean Lafitte -- was later hanged from the Louisiana's yardarm.  The cutters then sailed for Patterson's Town on Breton Island to destroy the notorious pirates' den there. 1852-The Lighthouse Board was created and charged with administering the Lighthouse Service, as the Revenue Cutter Service was again decentralized


First Visit to Saudi by New British Warship

Capt Guy Robinson Shows Saudi Naval Personnel Around: Photo credit MOD

One of the Royal Navy's most advanced warships, 'HMS Daring', docks in Saudi Arabia to reinforce the country's strong relationship with the UK The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer is on her first operational deployment in the Gulf where she is working with partner nations, including Saudi Arabia, to disrupt drug smuggling, trafficking and piracy in the region. The port visit to Al Jubayl provided a good opportunity to host 200 selected guests and VIPs so HMS Daring could display her


Australia Strengthens Naval Ties with Mynamar (Burma)

Bridge HMAS Childers: Photo credit RAN

The Australian Government informs it has re-established a resident Defence Attaché office in Burma with the arrival in Rangoon of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Captain Jon Dudley who will fill the post left vacant since 1979. The appointment coincides with the arrival at the Port of Rangoon of a RAN Armidale-Class patrol boat, 'HMAS Childers', the first such visit by an Australian warship to Burma for about 50 years.


‘Aggressive’ Russian Aircraft Buzz by US Warship

U.S. Navy photo

A U.S. destroyer vessel operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft on April 11 and 12, the U.S. Navy announced, calling the encounter “unsafe”, “aggressive” and “unprofessional”.  


US Navy Sailors Reflect on Capt Phillips Rescue

Maersk-Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips, right, stands alongside Cmdr. Frank Castellano, commanding officer of USS Bainbridge after being rescued by U.S Naval Forces off the coast of Somalia. (Official U.S. Navy photo)

U.S. Navy sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer took time to reflect on the anniversary of the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden seven years ago.   Phillips was rescued April 12, 2009 by special operations personnel aboard USS Bainbridge and


This Day In Naval History: April 25

The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) mans the rails after bringing the ship to life at the ships commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Rebekah Blowers)

1862 - Union Flag Officer David G. Farraguts fleet sails into New Orleans, La., after long preparation and fierce battles while passing through the Confederate defenses of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip the previous day.   1914 - In the first use of U.S


UK Navy Warship Escorts Queen Mary II

HMS Defender with RMS Queen Mary II (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

U.K. Royal Navy warship HMS Defender provided escort duties for transatlantic ocean liner RMS Queen Mary II through the Gulf of Oman. The Type 45 destroyer, dwarfed by the enormity of the cruise liner, is equipped with an array of weaponry and radar tracking systems to ensure the safe passage


Navy's Third MCPON Bob Walker Has Passed Away

Adm. James L. Holloway III congratulates Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Robert Walker, June 1975. (U.S. Navy photo)

Robert "Bob" Walker, the U.S. Navy’s third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) from September 25, 1975 to September 28, 1979, has passed away. Current MCPON (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens issued a statement on Walker’s passing:


Mosher Warns NAVSEA of Growing Threat from China

Steven Mosher (Photo: PRI)

Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute and expert on China, spoke yesterday at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) headquarters in Washington, D.C.   Mosher, invited as part of NAVSEA’s Distinguished Speaker Series


Defence Force Chief Marks ADFA Anniversary

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC returns a salute at the Australian Defence Force Acadamy CDF parade Photo ADFA

The Chief of the Defence Force Parade took on added significance today as the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) marked 30 years since the first trainee officers marched in.   Traditionally, the first parade of the year acknowledges the achievements of the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets


USN's 6th MCPON Passes Away

File photo of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (U.S. Navy photo Released)

Retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) William "Bill" H. Plackett died peacefully the evening of March 4. He was 78. Plackett became the sixth MCPON Oct. 1, 1985. He relieved Billy C. Sanders and held the job for three years before Duane R


Landay Named SAFE Boats’ Board Director

Bill Landay (Photo: SAFE Boats International)

 SAFE Boats International announced that Retired Vice Admiral William E. “Bill” Landay III has been appointed as a Director of the Board at SAFE Boats International.   Vice Admiral Landay retired in 2013 after more than 35 years of naval service


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


Ponant Orders Four Ships from VARD

Shipbuilding facility. Photo: VARD

Norwegian offshore shipbuilders VARD have announced a deal with French luxury cruise ship operator Ponant for the construction of four luxury expedition cruise vessels, for delivery in 2018 and 2019.   The vessels will be developed by Vard, Ponant, and Fincantieri


Israeli Shipping Data Firm to Enter Commodities Game

Analysts say intelligent analytics could give firm an edge. A young Israeli technology company believes the expertise it has built up in tracking ships for governments and security agencies could help it break into the much larger market for providing information on seaborne commodities.


Missing Tugboat Found after 95 Years

USS Conestoga at San Diego, January 1921 (Naval Historical Center Photograph)

The USS Conestoga (AT 54) mysteriously vanished without a distress call nearly 100 years ago, with 56 officers and sailors on board. The nation was gripped by the puzzling disappearance.   Now, NOAA and the U.S. Navy announced the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat has been found in the Greater


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


US Navy Officer Charged with Spying, Possibly for China, Taiwan

A U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.   The official, speaking on condition of anonymity






 
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