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This Day in Coast Guard History – Feb. 8

1958-A U.S. Navy P5M aircraft enroute from San Juan to Norfolk lost one engine and changed course to the island of San Salvador, British West Indies, to attempt a night ditching.  AIRSTA Miami sent up a Coast Guard UF amphibian plane, later reinforced by a second amphibian.  After contacting the disabled US Navy plane, the pilot of the first amphibian talked the Navy pilot out of attempting to ditch without benefit of illumination and alerted the commanding officer of the Coast Guard LORAN station on San Salvador for assistance after ditching.  In true Coast Guard tradition, the LORAN station's CO borrowed a truck and an 18-foot boat to assist.  The commanding officer managed to be on the scene 1 1/2 miles offshore, when the Navy P5M landed with two minutes of fuel remaining.  While one of the amphibians provided additional illumination, the Navy plane was guided through a dangerous reef to a mooring, using her operative port engine.  There were no casualties. 2007-The CGC Storis was decommissioned after 64 years of service. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)  

Venezuela and Spain Seal Military Deal

Spain and Venezuela signed $2 billion arms deal in which Madrid agreed to supply Caracas with 12 transport planes and eight navy patrol boats. Venezuela's Defense Minister Admiral Orlando Maniglia and Spanish Defense Minister José Bono signed the deal at a ceremony, according to reports. It is said that U.S. officials in Venezuela have asked Spain not to go ahead with the deal saying the planes and ships contain U.S. technology and therefore require a U.S. export license

This Day in Naval History - June 11

From the Navy News Service 1853 - Five Navy ships leave , on three-year exploring expedition to survey the far Pacific. 1927 - USS Memphis arrives at , , with Charles Lindbergh and his plane, Spirit of St. Louis, after his non-stop flight across the . 1944 - battleships off provide gunfire support. 1953 - Navy ships evacuate 20,000 Koreans from to safety south of 17th parallel.

This Day in Naval History - July 16

From the Navy News Service 1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral. 1912 - Rear Adm. Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane, or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships USS Ohio (BB 12), USS Missouri (BB 11), and USS Wisconsin (BB 9) transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M.

This Day in Naval History – July 16

1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral 1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, NM. (Source: Navy News Service)

Aviator & Engineer: Lawrence Burst Sperry

Elmer A. Sperry with his son, pilot Lawrence Burst Sperry, an inventor in his own right, with 23 patents pending or granted, including one for a self-contained parachute. (Photo: Hagley Museum and Library)

A chip off the old block makes aeronautics his claim to fame   The U.S. Navy, and the aeronautic field in general, has benefited enormously from the genius of more than one Sperry.  Lawrence Burst Sperry, the second son and third child of gyrocompass inventor Elmer A. Sperry was a pioneer in instrumental flight and famous inventor in his own right, launching the Lawrence Sperry Aircraft Co. at 26, and earning 23 patents before his untimely death at the age of 31 in 1923

Fishing Vessel Sinks

Seven Spanish crewmen were missing after a Spanish fishing vessel sank in rough seas off the coast of Portugal on Thursday, Reuters reported. The spokesman said that four other sailors, also Spanish, had been rescued from a life raft after the sinking but that the search was continuing for the remaining crew from the "Fatima" which went down in the Atlantic some 150 nautical miles (300 km) west of Lisbon. A Portuguese navy ship and two Spanish boats were involved in the search and a Portuguese

This Day in Naval History – July 16, 2009

1862 - Congress creates rank of Rear Admiral. David G. Farragut is named the first Rear Admiral 1912 - Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske receives patent for torpedo plane or airborne torpedo. 1915 - First Navy ships, battleships Ohio, Missouri, and Wisconsin transit Panama Canal. 1945 - First atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, NM. (Source: Navy News Service)

Bodies from Downed Plane Pulled from Sea off Indonesia

Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.   Indonesia AirAsia's Flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.  

Submarine Begins Underwater Search for Missing Dornier Aircraft

Photo: Indian Coast Guard

 The search for the missing Dornier aircraft of Indian Coast Guard and its three crew members is being augmented with underwater search by naval submarine, reports All India Radio.   After six days of efforts to trace the missing Coast Guard Dornier aircraft, all eyes are now on the Navy submarine that started the undersea search operation for the plane.   There were reports that wreckage of the Dornier aircraft was found but Coast Guard Eastern region Inspector General

Philippines, Japan for Intense Maritime Cooperation?

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office, Philippines

  Japan may give planes to the Philippines that Manila could use for patrols in the South China Sea, as part of its increasing involvement in the area. This would deepen Tokyo’s security ties with the Southeast Asian nation most at odds with China over the disputed waterway.  

S. Korea Readies Viking Anti-submarine Planes


 South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported quoting a military source.   The proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a

Nele Maersk Spills Oil off Spain

Punta Mayor Courtesy Salvage

  Last night, Nele Maersk container ship, bound for Genoa with 21 crew on board, informed Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (Salvamento Maritimo) that there had been an accidental spillage of fuel during a routine operation of fuel transfer between tanks

Cargo Ship Missing in Hurricane Joaquin

Image: NOAA

The fate of more than 30 crew aboard a cargo ship that ran afoul of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas was unknown on Friday as the powerful storm battered the island chain for a second day. News of the missing vessel came as forecasters shifted the likely track of the powerful storm further

Barge Accident off Malaysia: 14 Lost

Image by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)

 The Bolivian-registered Ocean Line 208 vessel, which was carrying sand, was hit by a huge wave at 4.20am today early morning and 14 people are feared to have drowned.   The barge carrying sand from Pengerang in Malaysia overturned after being hit by strong waves off Timur Tanjung

Navy Space-Based Orbital Debris Sensor Gets Patent

Small orbital debris objects can threaten vital space-based assets. The Navy's patented compact debris detection device can detect debris in near real-time and provide essential trajectory data for future use. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch

U.S.: Stronger Response in South China Sea Needed

By releasing video of Beijing's island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. The release last week of the surveillance plane footage - showing

Russian Military Plane Buzzes NATO Warships

USS Jason Dunham. Photo by US Navy

  A Russian military surveillance aircraft skimmed above four North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) warships in the Baltic Sea earlier this week, CNN is reporting.   According to the television channel, the incident involving four NATO warships, including US destroyer Jason Dunham

Crews Recover Bodies of 9 Victims of Alaska Plane Crash

Emergency crews recovered the bodies of nine people from the wreckage

  Emergency crews recovered on Friday the bodies of nine people from the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that remains teetering on a steep rock face after crashing in Alaska, a rescue official said. Eight passengers and the pilot were killed when the aircraft

Search for Missing after Philippine Ferry Sinks, 38 dead

MBCA Kim-Nirvana Courtesy Cyprus Mail

  Divers will search waters in the central Philippines on Friday for 15 people still missing after a ferry carrying 187 passengers and crew sank a day earlier, killing 38 people, the coast guard said. There were 134 survivors after the MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorised outrigger

China to Roll out World's Largest Sea Plane

 AG-600 Seaplane. Photo by state-run China Daily

 China has started assembling the world's largest amphibious aircraft which it plans to deploy in the disputed South China Sea besides aggressively marketing it abroad, state-run China Daily reported.   “Since the first day of its development

Libyan Planes Sink Ship, Attack Another near Benghazi

Libyan war planes sank one ship and attacked a second vessel on Sunday near the eastern city of Benghazi, military spokesmen for the country's internationally recognized government said on Monday. There was no independent confirmation for the strike near the town of Mareesa

“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

Philippines Mulls Massive Military Spend

Philippine generals on Wednesday asked Congress to almost triple annual defence spending over the next five years to upgrade equipment amid an escalating marine dispute with giant neighbour China. The Philippines currently is in the middle of a 998 billion pesos ($21

Malaysia Confirms Debris is from Missing MH370

Malaysia confirmed early on Thursday that a piece of a wing washed up on an Indian Ocean island beach last week was from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, the first trace of the plane found since it vanished last year with 239 people on board.  

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