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USS Port Royal Visits Jakarta

By Ensign Cassidy A. Rasmussen, USS Port Royal Public Affairs Indonesian naval officers stood in formation on the pier and a military band played patriotic songs Dec. 20 as USS Port Royal (CG 73) pushed away from her berth at Tanjung-Priok Port in Jakarta, after a four-day port visit to Indonesia's capital province. "We were thoroughly impressed and honored by the warm welcome extended to us here," said Capt. David B. Adler, Port Royal commanding officer. "The hospitality was remarkable. I already knew that this port visit would provide my crew with the chance to interact with the culture, but on a grander scale we saw an expression of the friendship that exists between the United States and Indonesia." The farewell show as Port Royal pulled away from Jakarta was only a small demonstration compared to the festivities during the first hours of her arrival Dec. 17. As local dignitaries welcomed Adler with flowers and fruit, while traditional dancers, fire-breathers and other performers entertained the crew on the pier. "In my 20 years in the Navy, I don't think I've ever received a warmer welcome ... even when returning to homeport," said Executive Officer, Cmdr. Steven Okun. Indonesia's hospitality did not stop at the pier. Local citizens embraced Port Royal Sailors as they ventured off the ship to explore the city and participate in athletic games and community relations events.


This Day in Naval History – Nov. 7

1861 - Naval forces under Rear Admiral Samuel F. DuPont capture Port Royal Sound, SC. 1881 - Naval Advisory Board submits report recommending the new ships in U.S. Navy be constructed of steel instead of iron. 1973 - War Powers Resolution becomes law. (Source: Navy News Service)


Royal Caribbean, Celebrity To Use Port Of Philadelphia For Bermuda Cruises

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Royal Olympic Takes Delivery of Olympia Explorer

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Cold Ironing Exploration Gets "Green Light" at Port Everglades

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Tunisia Seeks to Boost Capacities for Cruise sShips

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Royal Visit to Superfast

Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal made a private visit of the Superfast ferry and was shown around on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at the port of Rosyth. Princess Anne visited the restaurant, lounge and cabin areas as well as the bridge where she discussed the operation of the ship with Captain Constantinos Skourlis. She also met with Yannis Criticos, Director, Superfast Ferries and spent time meeting with members of staff before leaving after a visit of about an hour


Former Seafarers Encourage Youngsters to Consider Maritime Careers

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World Travel, Camaraderie and Exciting Voyages Characterise a Career in the Maritime Industry, but Employment Figures Show Disinterest.   A group of former seafarers encouraged youngsters to consider important professions in the Royal and Merchant Navy, on World Maritime Day on Friday 30 September. Residents at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, a Surrey based home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants


Boskalis Win New Russian Port Contract

Signing Ceremony: Photo credit Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announce a contract award for the the Bronka Port project in St Petersburg. The contract was signed at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in attendance of the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mr. Mark Rutte. The project involves the reclamation of land for the construction of the new port facility 'Bronka' in St Petersburg


OSI to Upgrade Canadian Navy Software

HMCS Toronto in the Arabian Gulf. Credit: Colin Kelley

OSI Maritime Systems Signs Contract with the Royal Canadian Navy to Provide In-Service-Support and an Upgrade to the Most Advanced ECPINS-W Sub 6.0 OSI Maritime Systems announced that it has signed a contract to provide in-service-support for its ECPINS-W Sub software - ECPINS is the only ECDIS


Miami Shipping Alliance Opposes Beckham's Soccer Arena Plan

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An alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer launched a newspaper ad on Monday protesting retired English soccer star David Beckham's plans for a soccer arena at the port of Miami, saying it threatens the city's plans to capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.


JFD Awarded Australian Navy Commendation

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Commendation awarded by the Royal Australian Navy for dedicated work, commitment and support for Exercise Black Carillon 2013   James Fisher Defence (JFD) has been awarded a special commendation from the Submarine Force Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)


China Homeport for Latest Giant RCI Cruise Ship

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Royal Caribbean International says that its latest cruise ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean.


Royal Australian Navy Chairs Indian Ocean Symposium

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The Royal Australian Navy is currently chairing the group of world navies whose nations share boundaries with the Indian Ocean at he biennial Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) which was established in 2008 as a forum to increase maritime cooperation among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean


Nordic American Offshore Appoints CEO

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Objects Spotted in New Flight 370 Search Area

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According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), five aircraft have spotted “multiple objects of various colors” during Friday’s search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Authorities will assess the photographic imagery of the objects overnight.


Missing Airliner: Another Australian Warship Joins Hunt

HMAS Toowoomba: RAN photo

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23


UK Nuclear Submarine Assists in MH370 Search

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Submarine HMS Tireless has been tasked to assist in the search for flight MH370 as UK support to the international effort continues informs the government's Ministry of Defence. The Trafalgar-Class submarine has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to help with the search for the Malaysia


Britain Seeks Tenant for BAE's Portsmouth Shipyard

Photo: BAE Systems

Britain has appointed agents to find a tenant for the country's historic Portsmouth dockyard, which is due to be vacated by BAE Systems by the end of the year as the defence contractor shuts its shipbuilding activities in the city. BAE's announcement in November last year


ADF Aids Solomon Islands Following Floods

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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules has departed RAAF Base Amberley to transport a Department of Foreign Affairs advisor and Defence personnel to the Solomon Islands following severe floods. A team of 11 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel has departed with a specialist


Queen Máxima Sponsors Search & Rescue Vessel

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Innovative Damen, Delft University of Technology and De Vries Naval Architects gain royal approval Damen Shipyards Group announced it worked with Delft University of Technology to design and apply the latest in the field of shipbuilding for the new prototype (search and rescue) SAR 1906 lifeboat


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SEMBCORP MARINE’S SEMBAWANG SHIPYARD TO REVITALISE 'VOYAGER OF THE SEAS'

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