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This Day in Naval History – August 31

1842 - Congress replaces the Board of Navy Commissioners, a group of senior officer who oversaw naval technical affairs, with the five technical Bureaus, ancestors of the Systems Commands. One of the 1842 Bureau, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, continues to serve under its original name. 1943 - Commissioning of USS Harmon (DE-678), first Navy ship named for an African American Sailor. 1944 - Carrier task group begins 3-day attack on Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands 1962 - Last flight of Navy airship made at NAS Lakehurst, NJ (Source: Navy News Service)


This Day in Naval History – August 31

1842 - Congress replaces the Board of Navy Commissioners, a group of senior officer who oversaw naval technical affairs, with the five technical Bureaus, ancestors of the Systems Commands. One of the 1842 Bureau, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, continues to serve under its original name. 1943 - Commissioning of USS Harmon (DE-678), first Navy ship named for an African American Sailor. 1944 - Carrier task group begins 3-day attack on Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands


New USS Attack Submarine Sponsored by Second Lady

Virginia-class USS California: Photo credit USN

At Pentagon ceremony Dr Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announce the new sub's name to be 'USS Delaware'. Wherever the USS Delaware goes after she is launched in 2018, a "piece of my heart will go with her," said Dr. Jill Biden, who will sponsor the Navy's newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine.
 Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn also attended the ceremony announcing the submarine's name


Pearl Seas Ship in Outfitting

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Pearl Seas Cruises’ first ship, which was launched in March, is in its outfitting stage. “It is progressing with over 150 people working on the ship daily at Irving Shipbuilding in ” said Vice President Tim Beebe.   The joiner work and the electrical installation are being completed at this time.    The cruise line plans to announce the ship’s name on Thursday August 14th


Omega Commercial Finance Corp. Acquires Casino Cruise Ship

Omega Commercial Finance Corporation announced that it has finalized its acquisition of a luxury casino cruise ship with Oceans 21-Miami LLC and its majority shareholder. The casino cruise ship's name shall be changed to the Omega Royale and will be deployed in international waters as part of the offshore casino cruise industry. The Omega Royale will be a 100,000 sq. ft. resort-style casino vessel equipped with a 49,000 sq. ft


This Day in Naval History - July 25

  1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in , 1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards 1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the Navy 1898 - Landing party from armed yacht occupies Guanica, . 1912 - First specifications for naval aircraft published. 1934 - First President to visit , Franklin D. Roosevelt, reaches on board USS Houston 1941 - Bureau of Ordnance issues first Navy "E"certificates (for excellence) for industry.


Prisco Launches Tanker

On July 11 Prisco launched the second Suezmax type ship named Prisco Alcor. A 16,600 dwt tanker is under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea. Just two months remain before delivery of the vessel. During this period HHI will lead completion of the tanker’s outfit and carry out sea trials of the newbuilding. Prisco yard-team’s specialists provide inspections of the assembling of the tanker and acceptance of the equipment


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 25

USS Harmon (DE-72). U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives and Records Administration

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 25 1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, Maine 1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, N.C. 1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy 1898 - Landing party from armed yacht Gloucester occupies Guanica, Puerto Rico. 1912 - First specifications for naval aircraft published. 1934 - First President to visit Hawaii, Franklin D


UASC Names 13,500 TEU Containership

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United Arab Shipping Company increases its fleet with more 13,500 TEU vessels; The United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) names 13,500 TEU containership in Hamburg on 25 May. The AIN SNAN was delivered after a nine-month building phase in January of this year.  The UMM SALAL, the first of nine UASC new builds in this size class already went into service in June 2011. During the course of the first five months of this year all nine vessels have been delivered from the builder Samsung Heavy


GE Marine to Power Naval Ship

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GE Marine reports that it will provide Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, with two LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines to power the United States Navy’s fourth LCS-Class-Independence variant. The new LCS will be named USS Montgomery, and will be powered by the LM2500s arranged in a COmbined Diesel and Gas turbine (CODAG) configuration with two diesel engines.  Austal USA plans to launch the second LCS-Class-Independence variant USS Coronado in the fourth quarter 2011


Ingalls Christens Amphibious Transport Dock Portland

Ship Sponsor Bonnie Amos christens Portland (LPD 27), accompanied by (left to right) U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S. Navy’s expeditionary warfare division; Capt. Jeremy Hill, prospective commanding officer, Portland; Ted Waller, a World War II veteran who served on the first USS Portland (CA 33); and Brian Cuccias, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Portland is the 11th LPD to be built by Ingalls. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

 Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), christened the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) on May 21 in front of approximately 1,000 guests.   U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher Owens, director of the U.S


World's Newest, Largest Cruise Ship Leaves French Port

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Tens of thousands of French well-wishers waved goodbye to the largest luxurious cruise ship named “Harmony of the Seas”as it set sail on its maiden voyage to the U.K. after 32 months in a French shipyard in Saint-Nazaire.  


UK Ship Named for BBC Naturalist, but Boaty McBoatface Lives On

Rendering of the new polar research vessel to be built by Cammell Laird (Image: Cammell Laird)

A new 200 million pound ($290 million) polar research ship is to be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough but the government promised on Friday that "Boaty McBoatface", the name which topped a public poll, would not be ignored.


Japan, Korea Welcome Methanol-fueled Tankers

Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo

 Starting on April 18, Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) attended the traditional ship naming ceremonies and took delivery of the first Korean and Japanese built methanol-fueled


This Day In Naval History: April 19

Program for the Commissioning Ceremony held of the USS The Sullivans DDG-68, held at Staten Island, New York on April 19, 1997.

1917 - The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6. 1920 - The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York


First Methanol-powered Tankers Due for Delivery

Photo: Methanex Corporation

Starting in April, Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest) will welcome innovative, clean-burning, fuel-efficient vessels to the sea. These seven 50


Research Vessel Neil Armstrong Joins WHOI Fleet

R/V Neil Armstrong sails into San Francisco Harbor at the conclusion of the first leg of its inaugural voyage in late 2015. (Image by Aerial Productions, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

I woke up the first night out of Anacortes, Washington, when the ship dropped out from under me and I levitated off my bunk. Then came the sound of shuffleboard in the conference room one deck above. The only trouble was, there's no shuffleboard on the research vessel Neil Armstrong.  


N.Korea Shipper Skirts UN Sanctions, Gets Port Access

A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company continues to evade sanctions through its use of foreign-flagged ships, name changes and other means of obfuscation, according to a new report by United Nations monitors.   The U.N. Security Council's Panel of Experts on North Korea


Scot Tanker Opts for MarineLine Coatings

Contract signing at Scot Tanker’s office in Istanbul (Photo: Advanced Polymer Coatings)

Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) has signed a contract with Scot Tanker, based in Istanbul, Turkey, for up to eight chemical tanker retrofits using the patented MarineLine polymer cargo tank coating system.   These eight chemical ships became available on the market and were purchased by


New cargoes added to the IMSBC Code

Amendments to the IMSBC Code schedules. Table: North of England P&I Club

 In June 2015 the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee adopted Resolution MSC.393(95) and amendments to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.  Administrations may choose to apply the amendments on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2016.    


Navy's First T-AO 205 to be Named 'USNS John Lewis'

Courtesy DoD

  Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced today that the first ship of the next generation of fleet replenishment oilers (T-AO 205) will be named USNS John Lewis after the civil rights movement hero and current U.S. representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District.


Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Omaha

USS Omaha during the launch, Image Austal

  The Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Omaha (LCS 12), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 19 in Mobile, Alabama. Omaha, designated LCS 12, honors the city of Omaha, Nebraska. The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy


Oman Shipping Names Two New Tankers

The recently named tanker Muscat Silver (image: Oman Shipping)

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has performed the naming ceremony for two new product and chemical tankers – the Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver.   The ceremony took place at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. OSC will now take delivery of the Muscat Silver as part of a deal


Virginia-Class Submarine Named USS Iowa

Virginia class Attack Submarine

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today in Ames, Iowa to announce that SSN 797, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Iowa.   The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy


New Submarine Named USS Idaho

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Idaho. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy






 
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