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TSA and Coast Guard Facilitate Homeland Security Exercise

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard facilitated a port security exercise in Tampa on November 16, that evaluated the preparedness, potential preventitive actions and the ability to respond to and recover from a terrorist-related incident. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee, which assists the Coast Guard Captain of the Port in writing, reviewing and updating the Tampa Bay AMS Plan as well as assisting other transportation entities that depend upon the port being secure. The AMS Committee, like the exercise conducted today, has a membership that includes federal, state, and local law enforcement and emergency management as well as port authority and industry experts. The exercise is part of a series of national exercises that involves the entire port community, including both governmental agencies and private industry, in a partnership intended to improve connectivity of various surface transportation modes and enhance current Area Maritime Security Plans. Communication and coordination abilities of the government and maritime industry are also tested by these exercises that will take place at 40 of the nation’s largest seaports over the next three years.

Coast Guard, TSA to Conduct Joint Port Security Exercise

The Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard will facilitate a port security exercise on Thursday in Baltimore to evaluate preparedness, prevention and the ability to respond to and recover from a terrorist-related incident, and a press briefing will be held before the exercise begins. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee

TSA and U.S. Coast Guard Initiate Homeland Security Exercises for U.S. Seaports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard began a series of transportation system port security exercises today in San Francisco. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee. The committee assists the captain of the port in writing, reviewing and updating an AMS Plan in addition to supporting other transportation entities that depend upon the port

Pacific Northwest To Host Port Security

The commander of Maritime Defense Zone Pacific will conduct a multi-agency, multi-national port security exercise titled Seahawk 02 in the Pacific Northwest beginning Monday. Participants in the exercise will include more than 1,000 active and reserve U.S. military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard Personnel from the Canadian Defense Forces and Republic of Korea Navy, as well as representatives from numerous federal

USN Tests Security Response to Facilities, Personnel

Active-shooter Training: Photo credit USN

USN wraps up large scale security exercise testing response to nationwide threats The Navy wrapped up its largest annual security exercise after a week of training designed to test the service's ability to respond to nation-wide threats to its installations, units, personnel and families. The exercise, known as Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield (SC-CS) 2012, was led by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC)

Pacific Naval Exercise Fleet 2,000-Personnel Strong Sets Sail

Operation Kakadu Warships: Photo credit RAN

Fifteen ships with about 2,000 Defence personnel from seven Pacific nations set sail from Darwin Harbour for the military training Exercise Kakadu. Maritime elements from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will focus on aspects of maritime warfare common to all the forces involved.  Over the 19 days of exercising, from 29 August to 14 September, graduated training activities and weapons practices are being conducted

Coast Guard, FBI Participate in Security Exercise

The Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Navy Second Fleet and the FBI are participating in Exercise Frontier Sentinel June 12-14 approximately 90 nautical miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C. In particular, the exercise will gauge the effectiveness of inter-service cooperation at the tactical and operational levels. These functions are crucial to the successful implementation of "layered security," a strategy called for in the United States' National Strategy for Maritime Security

Coast Guard SONS 2010 National Exercise

The U.S. Coast Guard and 50 other federal, state and private organizations will conduct the triennial Spill of National Significance Exercise or SONS 2010 from March 22-25 in the northeast region of the U.S. SONS 2010 is a full-scale exercise designed to test response to a Spill of National Significance.  A SONS is a spill that due to its severity, size, location, complexity or impact requires extraordinary coordination of federal, state, local

Exercise IRON MOON 2013 Concludes in Australia

Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) troops wait for helicopter extraction from the oil tanker Double Providence after successfully completing maritime interdiction training as part of Exercise IRON MOON, held off the coast of Exmouth, North West Australia. (Photo: CPL Christopher Dickson)

Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel have completed Exercise IRON MOON 2013, a two week Maritime Counter Terrorism training exercise in the waters off Exmouth and Dampier in North West Australia. The annual exercise involved several hundred personnel from across Defense and Australian federal and state civilian agencies. The exercise is designed to enhance and validate the ADF Maritime Counter Terrorism response capability in the most realistic environment possible.

Rickmers Shipmanagement Get DNV GL '5-Star' Recognition

Certificate presentation: Photo DNV GL

DNV GL inform that Torsten Schramm, COO Division Germany, Middle East & Asia at DNV GL presented the certificate to Björn Sprotte, Global Head of Maritime Services, Rickmers Shipmanagement, at the at the DNV GL booth during the current SMM 2014. “By meeting the 5 Star Excellence requirements Rickmers Ship Management demonstrates its strong commitment to maximising the sustainability, energy efficiency and safety of its ships

Djibouti Maritime Contingency Planning Exercise

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national table top exercise on maritime contingency planning was conducted in Djibouti (9-10 November), as part of a series of events leading up to the official opening of the Djibouti Regional Training Centre on Thursday (12 November).   

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

U.S., Korea Conclude Exercise Clear Horizon

Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies that focus on increasing capabilities and coordination between ships, and aircraft in mine countermeasures in international waters surrounding the Korean peninsula Photo USN

   Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, Detachment 1, and Mine Countermeasure Squadron (MCMRON) 7, completed the bilateral mine countermeasures exercise Clear Horizon with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, Nov. 13.  Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

India, US, Japan Naval Drills Begins, Irks China

Image: US Navy

 India, Japan and the United States kicked off the first joint naval exercises  in the Bay of Bengal in eight years and such drills will occur each year, Indian government sources said.   The Japanese Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSF) confimed that it will Permanently Join

U.S., Indian, Japan Navies to Participate in Malabar

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

  Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2015, Oct. 14-19, 2015. Malabar 2015 is a complex, high-end warfighting exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years and is the latest in a continuing

General Dynamics Upgrades RVSS for CPB


  General Dynamics successfully completed the initial field deployment and test of the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This test demonstrated many technical capabilities of the RVSS system and

Kearsarge Celebrates 240 Years of Navy’s Pride

 Capt. David Bossert, commanding officer of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), speaks during a celebration of the Navy’s 240th birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship.

  The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) flagship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) celebrated the Navy’s 240th birthday Oct. 13, 2015. The Kearsarge ARG team is comprised of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

USS Porter Conducts PASSEX in Black Sea

USS Porter (DDG 78) fires its close-in weapons system during a live-fire exercise as part of a passing exercise with allied and partner nations Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from the navies of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine in the Black Sea, Oct. 13 and 14, 2015.

Exercise Malabar 2015 Launched

Officers from Indian navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and U.S. Navy meet for an executive officers call in the wardroom of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) as part of Exercise Malabar.

   Naval forces and liaisons from India, Japan and United States begin Exercise Malabar 2015, Oct. 16, through air defense collaboration. The featured cooperation consists of aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Airwing (CVW) 1

US Leads Arctic Search and Rescue Exercise

The United States Government, led by the United States Coast Guard, the Department of Defense (USNORTHCOM and Alaska Command), and the Department of State, held Arctic Zephyr, an international Arctic Search and Rescue table-top exercise, at the University of Alaska Anchorage from October 19-22

INS Sahyadri in Philippines for Goodwill Visit

INS Sahyadri. Photo by Indian Navy

 The INS Sahyadri, a Shivalik-class stealth frigate, of Indian Navy arrived in Manila on Sunday for a four-day goodwill visit to the country.  It is docked at the South Harbor.   The warship is likely to remain in Manila till November 4 for extensive interaction with the

RAN, PLA-N hold Joint Exercise in Zhanjiang

Commanding Officer PLA Yuncheng, Captain Laing Xiong Jie, trades plaques with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye, RAN, alongside Zhanjiang, China.

  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) conducted a port visit and naval exercise with the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) in Zhanjiang, China during the period 31 October to 2 November.   The port visit by HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta to Zhanjiang included a combined

Cosco Compensates Sevan

Image: Sevan Drilling ASA

 COSCO Corp (Singapore) will refund $26.3 million, or 5 percent of the contract price, plus associated interest to Sevan Drilling by December 1, 2015.   Sevan Drilling and Cosco have agreed to exercise the first six-month option to extend the deferral agreement to April 15, 2016

IDF's First-Ever Submarine Rescue Exercise

Photo: IDF spokesperson

 Israeli navy (IDF) holds special exercises with their Italian counterparts in order to perfect joint methods for rescuing the crew of a sunken submarine, reports Ynet.   This type of exercise is rare among navies, and the first of its kind in Israel

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