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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. Prior to the transfer, Cable was crewed by approximately 599 Navy personnel plus an embarked repair department that brought the total uniformed number to 1,363. Operating ships with civil service mariners frees uniformed sailors to perform critical jobs in the combatant fleet. Cable's CIVMARs will be responsible for the ship's deck department, navigation, engineering plant, galley and steward services and will also have primary responsibility for communications and ship supply functions. The more than 200 uniformed personnel assigned as crew members will operate the shipboard information systems, maintaining defensive weapons systems and coordinating supply functions with CIVMARs. The transition of responsibilities to CIVMARs has already begun. All departments under CIVMAR leadership have been reconfigured to combine military and civilian personnel


Navy Evacuation Exercise Performed in the Netherlands

Photo courtesy of MINDEF

On Wednesday, May 21 at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) Yard in Vlissingen Oost, the Netherlands, an evacuation test deployment of a Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) 20m MES and 100-person capacity self-righting liferaft was conducted from the new Royal Netherlands Navy Joint Support Ship, HLNMS Karel Doorman. The deployment exercise involved the evacuation of 100 Royal Netherlands Navy personnel. The simulated evacuation training exercise was timed and the full 100 person


Port Security Unit Returns to U.S.

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308, which supported Operation Enduring Freedom in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain, will returned to the United States. The PSU, which is stationed in Gulfport, Miss., will arrive between Concourse A and B in Louis Armstrong International Airport. They will immediately depart to the Courtyard by Marriott at 300 Julia Street for a reception. The PSU, commissioned into the Coast Guard in 1991, deployed to the Middle East in March under the command of Capt


NNSY’s Lean Six Sigma College Reaches Throughout DOD

By Michael Brayshaw, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs The Norfolk Naval Shipyard's (NNSY) Lean Six Sigma College (L6SC), established in 1999, has spread across the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the rest of the Navy, and now influencing commands throughout the entire Department of Defense (DOD). The shipyard’s knowledge and training of Lean Six Sigma originally began for instructing employees from across the Naval shipyards on the benefits of streamlining work processes and


MSI Certified for Master 100 Tons License Training

Dr. Gene Guest, Director of MarineSafety International (MSI) announced receipt of U.S. Coast Guard certification for the 81-hour Master 100 Tons course effective July 1, 2002. Applicants who successfully complete this training will have satisfied the exam requirements for an original, renewal or reissuance of a license as Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More Than 200 Gross tons (except oceans), and will not be required to take the U.S


This Day in Naval History – May 5

1944 - USS Comfort is commissioned in San Pedro, CA; first ship to be manned jointly by Army and Navy personnel 1948 - VF-17A becomes first carrier qualified jet squadron (USS Saipan) 1961 - CDR Alan Shepard Jr. makes first U.S. manned space flight. Flight of Freedom 7 (Mercury 3) which lasted 15 minutes and 28 seconds reached the altitude of 116.5 statute miles with a velocity of 5,134 mph. Recovery was by HUS1 helicopter of HMR(L)-262 from USS Lake Champlain(CVS-39).


Radar Cross-Section Testing of DD(X) Deckhouse Completed

Built out of carbon fiber, the DD(X) integrated deckhouse test article, pictured here at China Lake, Calif., is a one-of-a-kind technology demonstrator consisting of the forward and aft sections of the deckhouse, including an aft face that is fully populated with antennas. The DD(X) National Team,led by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has reached another milestone by completing fabrication and radar cross-section testing on the integrated deckhouse test article.


Navy Ship Trenton to Join Indian fleet

Nearly two centuries after Bombay’s famed Wadia family built HMS Minden — the ship on which the American national anthem Star Spangled Banner was written — history will sail a full circle later this month. The U.S. Navy is all set to hand over Seattle-built USS Trenton, an amphibious transport warship, to the Indian Navy. It will be the first American-made vessel to join India’s growing blue water fleet. A crew of more than 300 Indian Navy personnel is already training in Norfolk


Submarine Missouri Completes First Voyage

The nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, (SSN-780), returned to the Electric Boat shipyard following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas. is the seventh ship of the Virginia Class. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). 's alpha sea trials included a range of submarine and propulsion-plant operations, submerging for the first time


Swedish Navy Receives AUV's

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During November and December 2011 the Swedish Navy received the last two of four state of-the-art AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) from the Danish company EIVA a/s. The AUVs are equipped with advanced sensors in the form of sonars and underwater cameras and they are designed to operate autonomously underwater following a mission route planned ahead. There is a multitude of purposes for which the AUVs can be used


USN Fighter Crashes in Gulf - Crew Safe

Official U.S. Navy file photo of an FA-18F Super Hornet.

  A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 crashed at 1:30 p.m. (GMT), today, shortly after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) operating in the Arabian Gulf. The two personnel aboard the strike fighter ejected from


USN Data Center Hit by Electrical Storm

Michael Martinez, of the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, consults a computerized publication during an inspection on an FA-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70

   An electrical storm that hit the evening of June 27 affected the data center at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and BUPERS On-Line (BOL) was offline until 3 p.m. CST on Wednesday. No data has been impacted or compromised and restoration of the data center is ongoing


“FS3” Motion-based Simulator for Dutch Navy

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A two-year project is underway which will lead to the development of a Fast Small Ship Simulator. Driving a small, fast navy boat in heavy seas can be a real challenge.  Effects of broaching, surfing, capsizing risk, slamming and planing put severe demands on the crew and the boat handling


Fire-stricken Icebreaker Overhauled

The icebreaker vessel Almirante Irizar docked for repair (Photo: SENER)

SENER concludes the Almirante Irizar icebreaker engineering works for re-outfit and overhaul   SENER reports it has completed the engineering works relating to the re-outfit and overhaul of the Almirante Irizar icebreaker following a fire accident in an Antarctic season.  


Keel Laid, Fabrication Started on 2 Navy Warships

Photo: Bath Iron Works

This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying ceremony for the Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), the company’s 35th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.


MSC Consolidates HQ in Norfolk

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Military Sealift Command (MSC) received approval Oct. 30 to officially begin geographically consolidating at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia, a single headquarters that since 2012 has been physically split between the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., and NS Norfolk


Women Needed for Shore Programs

Operations Specialist 1st Class Savanna Rogers, a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) at the Golden 13 Recruit In-processing Center at Recruit Training Command (RTC), observes new female recruits checking boxes with their new

  Career opportunities for active-duty female Sailors are abundant with the Women Ashore program, Navy detailers said Nov. 12. "There are opportunities for female Sailors to earn their Instructor Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) (9502), their master training specialist qualification


US, UK Navies Plan Future Cooperation

Leaders of the U.S. and British navies agreed on a shared vision for closer cooperation Dec. 11, the culmination of a yearlong effort that will build on a long-standing maritime partnership over the next 15 years.   Chief of Naval Operations Adm


Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conduct a fly over during the Commander, Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at

  Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 22. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as CNAF.


General Dynamics Helps Boost USN Network Capacity

Digital Modular Radios by General Dynamics

  General Dynamics’ four-channel Digital Modular Radios (DMR) are being upgraded with high-frequency dynamic routing (HFDR) software to turn the radio’s four channels into eight virtual channels. In addition to HFDR, the new high-frequency virtual channel exploitation software


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.


Fire Aboard US Navy Ship

Amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (U.S. Navy photo by Mark Andrew Hays)

A fire broke out aboard a U.S. Navy amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) at approximately 2 p.m. yesterday while the ship was undergoing maintenance at NASSCO/Earl Industries shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.   Sailors aboard the vessel and the Portsmouth, Virginia


Iranian Navy Claims as Forerunner of Fight against Maritime Terrorism

Irans New Home-Made Destroyer Damavand (Photo by Iranian Navy)

 Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iranian Navy is a “symbol of fight against maritime terrorism and establishing security”   He underscored his forces' high level of preparedness to push back any possible threat to the nation


China Strengthens Maritime Ties with Pak

Image: Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLAN)

 The Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong has pledged to deepen maritime security and military technology cooperation during his meeting with the Pakistan Navy Chief Muhammad Zakaullah.   Zakaullah said that Pakistan Navy and Chinese Navy are


USN to Christen 'USNS Brunswick'

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) Wikipedia

  The Navy will christen the future USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) May 9 during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony in Mobile, Alabama. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Alma B. “Lee” Booterbaugh will serve as the ship’s sponsor.






 
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