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CNO Calls for New Definition of Sea Power

By Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen told students and faculty at the Naval War College during a visit there Aug. 31 that the Navy needs to take a fresh look at sea power to better meet the challenges of the 21st century. “We have a pretty good idea of what we can't do without [sea power], but do we really know all the things that we can accomplish with it?” Mullen asked the audience. “We need a new - or as you will see, maybe a not-so-new, but very different - image of sea power.” Mullen began his comments by expressing his sympathy for all those hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. "I would just like us all to keep it in our thoughts and prayers, all those people who are suffering right now from Katrina," he said. "Over the last 24 hours we have deployed a number of units, a number of capabilities - and again, this is a team effort; we're not alone in that regard - to be able to both assess and respond," CNO added. Mullen said that when he came into the Navy, it was all about "big ships and blue water, training for the big fight, training to fight the big bad 10-foot-tall Soviets." Today, however, "we face entirely new challenges, the likes of which we couldn't have even imagined just a few short years ago," CNO said.


CNO: Sea Power Too Narrowly Defined, Navy to Expand Missions

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Mike Mullen, addressed members of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) Jan. 10 at their 18th Annual National Symposium held at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va. Addressing the SNA for the first time since taking the helm as CNO, Mullen said the Navy’s view of sea power needed to expand, incorporating both traditional and nontraditional missions. "I believe sea power as a notion has become way too narrowly defined," Mullen said


ABB Wins $50m North Sea Power Contract

ABB has won a contract worth $50m from BP Plc in Norway to supply equipment for an underwater power link that will increase reliable and safe electricity supply and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ABB will supply the converter stations at each end of the 292-kilometer cable which will bring Direct Current power from Lista in southern Norway to the Valhall oil field in the North Sea where it will be converted to Alternating Current


Brookings Institution to Sponsor Webcast of CNO Speech

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen announces the naming of DDG 108 as USS Wayne E. Meyer at a ceremony celebrating the deliverance of the 100th Aegis Weapons System to the Navy. The ship was named after retired Rear Adm. Meyer, who is widely regarded as the "The Father of Aegis" after spearheading the development of the defense system, and will fittingly receive the 100th system. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st


Navy League to Celebrate Centennial in NY

Over 600 Navy Leaguers from around the world will be in New York June 28 to July 2 attending the national convention and celebrating the Centennial of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS). The Navy League is proud of its 100-year patriotic legacy of supporting the sea services—the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and U.S. -flag Merchant Marine. The Navy League was launched in 1902, with the enthusiastic support and personal funding of President Theodore Roosevelt


USS Mahan Counterpiracy Ops

As part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) is cooperating with approximately 14 nations also operating in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. CTF 151, a counterpiracy task force, was established to create a lawful maritime order and develop security in the maritime environment. “In our first two weeks on patrol, we have coordinated and deconflicted our efforts with a host of other navies,” said Cmdr


LPD-19 - Mesa Verde - Christened

In a traditional naval ceremony blended with Native American traditions and symbolism, the amphibious transport dock ship LPD 19 was christened Mesa Verde in front of more than 1,000 guests. LPD 19 is the third San Antonio (LPD 17)-class ship being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team. "Christening this ship symbolizes our hopes and our dreams for the capabilities of our Navy's future," said Dionel Aviles,


Mesa Verde (LPD 19) Christened

In a traditional naval ceremony blended with Native American traditions and symbolism, the amphibious transport dock ship LPD 19 was christened Mesa Verde in front of more than 1,000 guests. LPD 19 is the third San Antonio (LPD 17)-class ship being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team. "Christening this ship symbolizes our hopes and our dreams for the capabilities of our Navy's future," said Dionel Aviles,


Rear Admiral Dwyer Takes Helm of PEO Carriers

By JOC David Nagle, Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs Rear Adm. Dennis Dwyer relieved Rear Adm. Roland Knapp as Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers during a Change of Command ceremony on July 26 at the Washington Navy Yard. Dwyer, a Philadelphia native, leads the team responsible for the acquisition and development of aircraft carriers and air platforms of the future, as well as modernizing and upgrading the present carrier fleet to support the Chief of Naval


HII’s Petters Honored by Navy League

Mike Petters, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries (Photo courtesy of HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that Mike Petters, its president and CEO, was honored by the Navy League of the United States New York Council at a dinner last night in New York City. Petters was awarded the Rear Admiral John J. Bergen Leadership in Industry Award for his leadership of HII and the company's achievement in designing and building the ships that help maintain the sea power that assures the United Sates' security and economic prosperity


Sea Star Continues Puerto Rico Investments

Tim Nolan, Sea Star President

Sea Star Line, LLC has entered an agreement to on-hire another barge to add to its current service package for shipments from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.   The new asset has the capacity for 320 dry units and its initial departure is scheduled for the first week of April


VIKING LifeCraft Presented at IMO

    The VIKING LifeCraft (Image courtesy of VIKING)

  This week, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment took a step towards gaining approval for the VIKING LifeCraft, its alternative life-saving appliance (LSA) for passenger ships.   The concept was presented to the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Ships Systems and


Methanol Powered Ferry Launched in Baltic Sea

 The Stena Germanica (Photo courtesy of Stena Line)

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has announced that it has converted the Stena Germanica to run on methanol, an industry first.   The company spent $24 million on converting the ship to methanol. The ferry re-entered service on March 26, serving its route on the Baltic sea between Kiel


Japan, U.S. Look to Expand Naval Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. Expanded training and joint missions could extend from Japan through


First ShipArrestor Delivered

The ShipArrestor container is lifted by the helicopter.

Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine, making Norway the first country with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting oil


Rolls-Royce to Supply Engines for First Seabed Mining Vessel

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has secured a landmark agreement to supply six of its new B33:45 medium-speed diesel generator sets to China’s Fuijan Mawei shipyard for configuration aboard the world’s first ever seabed mining vessel. The pioneering vessel


Icebreaker Murmansk Launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Icebreaker Murmansk Courtesy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

  The 16 MW Icebreaker for the Russian Ministry of Transport was launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard on March 25th, 2015. Before floating the vessel, she was given the name ceremonially by breaking of a champagne bottle on the bow of the vessel


Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications

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SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data


Dometic’s Workboat Play

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Workboat operators are taking a second look at Dometic’s SeaXchange Reverse Osmosis Systems as missions expand and demands on these vessels increase. It’s no secret that Dometic Group’s products are sold in almost 100 countries, supported by as many as 6,000 employees


Boat of the Month: Moore Shallow Shuttle 23

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Moore Boat LLC recently delivered the first of three all new aluminum Moore Shallow Shuttle 23 RIB’s to Seacrets, Jamaica USA after the vessel’s successful completion of various sea trials and the U.S. Coast Guard’s final simplified stability test


Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Polar Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce informs it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel, which will carry out environmental research at the North and South Poles. 


Washington State Ferry Tacoma Returns to Service

M/V Tacoma (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Washington State Ferry M/V Tacoma will return to work on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island route starting March 28 after suffering electrical damage last summer.   The Tacoma lost power and suffered significant damage to its electrical switchboard system transiting from Seattle to Bainbridge


US Navy to Roll out Underwater Spy Satellites

Image: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

 The robotic series that remade crusade in skies will shortly extend to a low sea, with underwater view “satellites,” drone-launching pods on a sea building and unmanned ships sport submarines, reports AFP.   The pods could launch surveillance drones in the air or at sea or


Vietnam's Submarines to Counter China?

Pic:  Vietnam Navy

 Vietnam's new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically, say maritime security analysts.   Vietnam and China have long contested claims over the Spratly and Paracel islands, including last year's dispute over China's attempted oil drilling and


Rolls-Royce Propulsion Package for Polar Ship

Rolls-Royce to Deliver Propulsion System for new Norwegian Polar Research Vessel

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by ship builder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel, which will carry out significant environmental research at the North and South Poles.






 
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