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New Zealand's New Navy Vessel Ready for SeaTrials

The first vessel in the New Zealand government's $500 million navy upgrade has come off its slipway in a Dutch shipbuilding yard. It will be used to carry troops and cargo, allowing them to be disembarked at sea. It has been built as part of Project Protector, with seven vessels planned. Officials say that it will be followed by sea trials, with the vessel due in New Zealand by the end of the year. source: Radio New Zealand


USS Simpson Trains 5 Countries in Anti-piracy

USS Simpson: Credit USN

Guided-missile frigate USS Simpson completes two days anti-piracy training exercises in Gulf of Guinea.   Participating in Obangame Express, a maritime exercise aimed to improve cooperation amongs participating nations, USS Simpson acted as a boarding vessel with role players and trainers for teams from five countries - Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, and Spain. Simpson also sent a boarding team to a Nigerian navy vessel, the patrol cutter NNS Nwamba


Dockwise Awarded MSC Contract

Dockwise Ltd., has been awarded a contract by U.S. Military Sealift Command for the use of one of its specialized open stern vessels for offshore operational design tests. The contract is due to be executed late 2008 and has a gross value in excess of $25m, including the costs of modification of the vessel. This is the fourth time Dockwise will provide one of its large heavy transport vessels to the U.S. Navy for offshore operational tests


This Day in Naval History - Feb. 07

From the Navy News Service 1800 - USS Essex becomes the first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the equator. 1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Navy under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy. 1955 - Ships from the 7th Fleet begin the evacuation of Chinese nationalists from the Tachen Islands. 1965 - In response to a Viet Cong attack on a U.S


Seminar on Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels

A Seminar on Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels: New Test Procedures and Material Approval Process will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, the workshop will be held at the Marriott Waterside Tampa in Tampa, Florida, in conjunction with the December standards development meetings of the committee.   Objective   ASTM F25 Committee presents a one day Seminar "Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels: New


North Korea: Action Against South's Navy Possible

North Korea's military warned on Friday of "unannounced targeted strikes" against South Korea's navy, accusing the South of violating its territorial waters off the peninsula's west coast, the scene of deadly naval clashes in the past. Pyongyang's warning came during the annual crab fishing season, which runs until June in the waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula. Naval forces from the two Koreas clashed during the same month in 1999 and 2002


China Wages Territorial Battle With Australia

China lodged a complaint with Australia after three Australian naval vessels moving through the Taiwan Straits were challenged by the Chinese navy, a spokesman for Australia's foreign affairs minister said. A Chinese navy vessel told three Australian ships moving through the straits earlier this month that they were in territorial waters. However, the Australian vessels said they were exercising their right to free navigation in accordance with the laws of the sea and continued.


Northrop Grumman Wins Contract to Supply Navigation

Radar Sets for U.S. Navy Submarines Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command to supply navigation radar sets and associated systems engineering for 10 U.S. Navy submarines. The company's Sperry Marine business unit will deliver AN/BPS-16(V)4 navigation radar sets for six Virginia-class attack submarines and four guided-missile submarines. Deliveries will begin in


This Day in Naval History – July 22

1802 - Frigate Constellation defeats 9 Corsair gunboats off Tripoli. 1905 - Body of John Paul Jones moved to Annapolis, MD for reburial. 1953 - U.S. ships laid down heavy barrage to support UN troops in Korea 1964 - Four Navy Divers (LCDR Robert Thompson, MC; Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson, Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth, and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning) submerge in Sealab I for 10 days at a depth of 192 feet, 39 miles off Hamilton, Bermuda


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 7

Paricutin (AE-18) rearming Coral Sea (CVA-43). U.S. Navy photo.

Today in U.S. Naval Hostory - February 7 1800 - USS Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator. 1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Navy, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy. 1955 - Seventh Fleet ships begin evacuation of Chinese nationalists from Tachen Islands 1965 - In response to a Viet Cong attack on barracks area at Pleiku, South Vietnam


SAM Electronics Bags Royal Malaysian Navy Order

Courtesy Sam Electronics

  L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide the electrical distribution system for six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The ships will be built at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Malaysia


Russian, Chinese Navies Grow Even Closer

Photo by Chinese state news agency

 Russian “joint maritime -2015 (1)” today (May 11) officially launched a joint military exercise, the exercise will continue until 21 May, reports Chinese state news agency Xinhua.   It is the first time the two countries have held joint military exercises in the area and


Italy Reports 3,600 Migrant Rescues in 2 Days

Almost 3,600 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded boats sailing from Africa to Europe over the past 48 hours, Italy said on Thursday, with sea conditions seen as perfect for attempting the crossing.   As more than 600 migrants were brought ashore at the port of Catania in Sicily


Italy: 900 Migrants Rescued at Sea, One Dead

More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered. All the rescues were carried out on Wednesday, the official said


Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot

The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratorys ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being devel

  Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)


Making Sailors 'SAFFiR'

U.S. Navy Firefighting Robot (image: courtesy U.S. Navy)

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO.   Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall.


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.


MTN Expands Cruise Client Base

Photo courtesy of MTN Communications

MTN Communications (MTN) has expanded its cruise client base with three additional operators leveraging enhanced services for passenger, crew and corporate communications. MTN provides products, solutions and content to address each line’s passenger segment with Internet and calling


USNS Spearhead Delivers Materials to Ghana Charities

  The U.S. Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) delivered wheelchairs and medical supplies to Ghanaian non-governmental organizations March 26, 2015. The materials were delivered under the U.S. Navy’s Project Handclasp program, which accepts humanitarian


Indian Navy Evacuates Its Nationals from Troubled Yemen

General (retd) V K Singh, Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs (left) with Indian nationals after they were evacuated from Aden (Yemen) (Photo: Press Trust of India)

 India has launched a massive evacuation program and a warship rescued more Indian nationals who were stranded in Yemen from the western Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Thursday.   As many as 349 Indians on Wednesday reached Djibouti after being evacuated on a Navy vessel from Aden


Pirates Attack Oil Tanker near Indonesia

Image: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 Pirates attacked A Malaysian-registered oil tanker off the coast of West Kalimantan (Indonesia) and robbed its crew of valuables on Thursday night.    Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) district operations director Commander Shahref Steve Mac Queen Abdullah said the


Rotork Acquires Masso

Image courtesy of Rotork

Rotork announced it has acquired Masso Ind s.p.a., a manufacturer of shipboard valve remote control systems (VRCS), to enhance its range of flow control products and services for the worldwide marine and offshore industries.   Masso VRCS solutions include hydraulic and electro-hydraulic


US Navy is Buying the Wrong Ship, Costing Taxpayers Billions

U.S. Navy photo by Walter M. Wayman

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


Electrical Equipment Ordered for New Malaysian Navy Ships

L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a contract to provide the electrical distribution system for six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), the company announced today. The ships will be built at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Malaysia


Italy May Have Found Ship Carrying 900 Drowned Migrants

Italy's navy said on Thursday it believed it had found the wreck of a boat that sank last month killing up to 900 migrants off the coast of Libya, the Mediterranean's most deadly migrant tragedy in living memory.   Only 24 bodies have been recovered since the April 18 disaster and the






 
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