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This Day in Naval History – September 21

1858 - Sloop Niagara departs Charleston, SC, for Liberia with African slaves rescued from slave ship. 1923 - Asiatic Fleet completes mission of aiding earthquake victims in Japan. 1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to repeal the arms embargo provision of the Neutrality Act. 1944 - Aircraft from 12 carriers commence 2-day attack against Japanese ships and airfields on Luzon, Philippine Islands. 1984 - Mid East Force begins escort of U.S. flagged vessels in Persian Gulf. (Source: Navy News Service)


Coast Guard Port Security Members Return Home

Twenty-one members of Port Security Unit 309, out of Port Clinton, Ohio, are arriving at Cleveland Hopkins Airport Saturday. PSU 309 was deployed to the Persian Gulf in February in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Port security units are self-sustainable units capable of deploying within 96 hours of notification and are able to establish operations within 24 hours of arrival in theater. The mission of a port security unit is to provide waterborne and limited land-based protection for


Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group Enters 7th Fleet

Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departs Naval Base San Diego, for a six-month deployment. Bonhomme Richard is part of Expeditionary Strike Group Five (ESG-5). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shannon K. Cassidy The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) April 23, while enroute to the Persian Gulf in support of the global war on terrorism.


This Day in Naval History – Dec. 15

1943 - Bureau of Naval Personnel Circular Letter on non-discrimination in Navy V-12 program. 1944 - Congress appoints first three of four Fleet Admirals. 1965 - Launch of Gemini 6 with Captain Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN, as Command Pilot. The mission included 16 orbits in 25 hours and 51 minutes. Recovery was by HS-11 helicopters from USS Wasp (CVS-18) 1988 - End of Earnest Will convoy operations to escort reflagged tankers in the Persian Gulf.


This Day in Naval News Service – Jan. 20

1783 - Hostilities cease between Great Britain and the United States   1903 - Theordore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department.   1914 - School for naval air training opens in Pensacola, FL.   1948 - Establishment of U.S. Persian Gulf Area Command (later changed to Middle East Force in August 1948).   (Source: Navy News Service)


Iran Seizes Cargo Ship

Picture by Maersk Line

 Iran seized a Western commercial cargo ship in the Persian Gulf early Tuesday and ordered it to sail into Iranian territorial waters.   Pentagon says MV Maersk Tigris, which was thought to have entered Iranian waters, was intercepted by Iranian vessel – but did not belong to US.   Warning shots were fired but no injuries were reported, a shipping agency said. Thirty-four crew members were reported aboard.  


Boxer Replenishment Demonstrates 1,000-Ship Navy"Concept

USS Boxer (LHD 4) conducted an underway replenishment with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary support tanker HMS Bayleaf (A109) Jan. 10, while performing Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf. The replenishment represents Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Mullen’s vision of a “1,000-ship Navy,” a vision of international partner navies working together to create a force greater than the sum of its individual parts.


New Containership Deployed

The German containership newbuild Cap Gabriel recently made its first visit to when it docked at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB).  The CAP GABRIEL is operated by the Hamburg Süd shipping company and, together with vessels of the Hapag-Lloyd shipping company’s tonnage, is being deployed in the Indian Ocean Service (IOS) linking Europe, the and the Indian subcontinent. The port rotation in the IOS service is: , Tilbury,, Gioia Tauro, Jebel Ali, , Mundra


SNA Members Visit USS Benfold

USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducted a tour for the Surface Navy Association (SNA) Bahrain Chapter, July 24 highlighting the Navy's ability to search, track, hand-off and intercept ballistic missiles—a core element of our Navy's Ballistic Missile Defense program (BMD). "BMD presents a great opportunity for the surface community to contribute to National Security," said Benfold's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Tom Disy


BIO Responds to Navy's 'Green Fleet' Criticisms

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) supports Navy's demonstration of advanced biofuels during RIMPAC maneuvers Brent Erickson, executive vice president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Industrial & Environmental Section, made the following remarks to confirm his organization's position: “The criticisms of the Navy’s upcoming demonstration of advanced biofuels leveled by the oil refinery industry have no real merit


APSEZ to Develop Vizhinjam Port

Gautam Adani

  Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, a global integrated player, has received “Letter of Award” for development of the Vizhinjam International Deepwater Seaport Project from Government of Kerala (GoK)


SINOPACIFIC Wins Bid for 9 AHTS

Mr. Dagher Al Marar, CEO of ESNAAD and Mr. Simon Liang, Chairman and CEO of Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group at signing ceremony

  SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group was recently successful in winning the bid for the construction of 9 AHTS vessels for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, ESNAAD. ADNOC firstly launched bids for this new-building project in 2013 and then handed it over


Sanction Free Iran to Accrue Strong Investment

After 10 years of diplomatic negotiation, the UN P5+1 countries (the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany) reached an agreement to unwind economic sanctions on Iran in return for significant international control and surveillance over its nuclear activities


GAIL to Finalize LNG Deal with Iran

Photo by  Iran Liquefed Natural Gas co

India’s state-run gas utility GAIL has begun talks with Iran to revive a decade-old LNG supply contract with the country, reports PTI.   The Business Standard has reported that GAIL has opened talks with Iran over the LNG contract whose value is estimated to be $22 billion in light of


Intermarine Opens Istanbul Office

  Intermarine, LLC, a transporter of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargo, has established a physical presence in Turkey with the opening of an office in Istanbul.    The new branch will operate as part of the company’s Worldwide division, offering identical breakbulk


China Gets 40-Year Rights at Pakistani Port

Picture by Gwadar Port Authority

 China has been allowed operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a planned deep-water harbor in Pakistan.   This move will give China access to Gulf countries, and the possibility of building a naval base on the Arabian Sea in future, sources revealed.  


Maersk Tigris Manager Liaising with Authorities

Rickmers Shipmanagement, managers of containership Maersk Tigris, which was yesterday approached, fired upon and boarded by the Iranian Navy in the Persian Gulf, issued a statement addressing the incident. Rickmers Shipmanagement said it informed relevant international authorities immediately


Iran is Committed to Freedom of Navigation in Persian Gulf

Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday offered assurances that Tehran is committed to maintaining freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf in the aftermath of the seizure of a commercial ship by Iranian forces a day earlier. "The Persian Gulf is our lifeline ..


Iran Says Respects Navigation Freedom, Day After Ship is Seized

Iran's foreign minister told an audience in New York City on Wednesday that Tehran respects freedom of navigation in the Gulf, a day after Iranian patrol boats seized a Danish container ship in one of the world's busiest oil shipping lanes.  


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


Maersk Vessel to be Released after Company Pays Debt: Iran

Maersk Tigris: Maersk Line

 The Iranian Embassy in Denmark has reportedly said that a cargo ship recently impounded the Persian Gulf by Iranian Navy forces will be released if the ship’s operator company settles its overdue debts to an Iranian plaintiff.   


USN Escort U.S. Flagged Ships in Strait of Hormuz

Farragut is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, as well as maritime security operations and theater security cooperation e

  Ships from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain have begun accompanying U.S.-flagged maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, Defense Department officials said. Sufficient U.S. naval forces are assigned to the command to meet the requirements of the accompanying mission


Singapore Demands Investigation into Shooting Incident

Alpine Eternity Photo: South Maritime Pte Ltd

 Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has condemned Iranian forces for firing warning shots in the Gulf at a Singapore-flagged Alpine Eternity which it said was in international waters, calling it a “serious violation of international law”.  


MPA Asks Iran to Investigate Alpine Eternity Incident

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it is “deeply concerned” in regard to the reported shooting incident on May 14, 2015, involving a Singapore-registered tanker Alpine Eternity in international waters.  


NITC Claims World's Largest Supertanker Fleet

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

 According to the head of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), Iran has 42 very large crude carriers or VLCCs, each able to carry 2 million barrels of oil, reports Press TV.   NITC has recently announced that after buying 20 oil tanker from China during the last two and half






 
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