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This Day in Naval History – September 23

1779 - Captain John Paul Jones in Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard captures HMS Serapis. 1931 - LT Alfred Pride pilots Navy's first rotary wing aircraft, XOP-1 autogiro, in landings and takeoffs on board USS Langley while underway. 1944 - Naval Task Group lands Army troops on Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands 1944 - USS West Virginia (BB-48) reaches Pearl Harbor and rejoins the Pacific Fleet, marking the end of the salvage and reconstruction of 18 ships damaged at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. 1947 - James Forrestal, former SECNAV, takes office as first Secretary of Defense 1990 - Two Hospital ships (USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort) steam together for first time in Arabian Gulf (Source: Navy News Service)

Hospital Ship Holds Training for New Crew

By Journalist 1st Class AnTuan Guerry, National Naval Medical Center Public Affairs Nearly 100 Sailors regularly assigned to the National Naval Medical Center deployed to Navy Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) Sept. 15-16 for a regular pierside practice exercise. The training is necessary to teach the new Comfort crew members shipboard safety, and ship and workplace orientation. The training focused on various topics

Austal Deliver Joint High Speed Vessel, Launch the Next One

JHSV 3 Launch: Photo credit Austal

The second Austal-built Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 2), USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) delivered to the Navy, & USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) was smoothly launched. USNS Choctaw County Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle, had this to say regarding the delivery of Austal’s second-in-class JHSV: “The delivery of the USNS Choctaw County is a significant achievement for Austal and a proud day for the talented Austal JHSV shipbuilding team.”

Crowley Takes Over Management of MSC Ships

USNS Victorious (Photo: MSC)

Crowley strengthens relationship with U.S. Navy, completes turnover of Military Sealift Command T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet   Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its global ship management group completed the turnover of the Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet and is now responsible for the operation and maintenance of the organization’s five T-AGOS vessels — USNS Victorious (T-AGOS 19); USNS Able (T-AGOS 20); USNS Effective (T-AGOS 21); USNS Loyal (T-AGOS 22); and

U.S. DoD Awards Oiler Drydocking Contracts

USNS Yukon: Photo credit MSC

Listed among the latest Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, Detyens Shipyards, Inc., is to overhaul and drydock the 'USNS Leroy Grumman' and Vigor Marine LLC is to carry out the same on the 'USNS Yukon'. Details as follows: 1. Detyens Shipyards, Inc., North Charleston, S.C. is being awarded a $9,654,055 firm-fixed-price contract for a 55-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking of fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195).

Warships Meet Replenishment Ship at Sea


On January 21, EU Naval Force warships, FS Siroco, FGS Hessen and ESPS Tornado rendezvoused at sea for a joint replenishment at sea (RAS) with the logistics American ship, USNS Joshua Humphreys from Task Force 53. The RAS saw more than 600 men and women from the EU Naval Force gathered in the same sea area in the Somali Basin, with the excellent coordination between all four ships ensuring that the refueling was carried out quickly and efficiently.

USNS Bridge Joins MSC Fleet

USS Bridge became the last of four U.S. Navy Supply-class fast combat support ships to leave commissioned service for an even more active role with the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command at a formal transfer ceremony June 24. Now known as United States Naval Ship Bridge, she joins more than 30 civilian-crewed ships providing combat logistics services to the Navy fleets worldwide. USNS Bridge, which as a Navy ship was crewed by a complement of 544 active-duty Sailors

MOL Comfort Casualty Investigation Continues

MOL Comfort: Photo courtesy of PTI

Under the leadership of ClassNK Executive Vice President Toshitomo Matsui, the ClassNK Casualty Investigation Team is carrying out a rigorous and exhaustive investigation of the causes of the MOL Comfort casualty. This analysis work is proceeding rapidly, ClassNK reports, and it expects to consolidate its preliminary findings by early September 2013. Based on the current findings of the ongoing investigation and analysis

MSC Accepts USNS Richard E. Byrd

Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of dry/cargo ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd in San Diego. The ship was built by General Dynamics NASSCO. Byrd, designated T-AKE 4, is the fourth in the Lewis and Clark-class of underway replenishment ships, which deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy’s underway carrier and expeditionary strike groups, allowing them to stay at sea for extended periods of time.

Donjon Awarded Navy Salvage Tug Lease

The U.S. Navy has awarded Donjon Marine Co. Inc. a five-year lease of tug USNS Powhatan. The multi-purpose tug can conduct long-distance tows and when augmented with additional crew and equipment, operate in support of fire fighting, diving and salvage missions. Minor modifications will be made to the vessel, including changing the paint scheme to Donjon's standard blue as well as reconfiguring the wheelhouse to make it more "merchant marine user friendly".

Volvo Penta IPS for New Tampa Bay Pilot Boat

Photo: Volvo Penta

The new Chesapeake-class MKII launch delivered this month by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding to the Tampa Bay Pilots Association features integrated engine and drive from Volvo Penta.   The new 52.7-ft. 28-knot pilot boat, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates

USNS Maury Completes Acceptance Trials

USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) completed Acceptance Trials, November 6, following a week of extensive ship tests and underway events, included testing of major propulsion, auxiliary, damage control and deck systems.    Designed to perform acoustic, biological, physical, and geophysical surveys

MOL Subsidiary to Build Ro-Pax Ferries

Ro-Pax(roll onroll off passenger)ferries.

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its group company Ferry Sunflower Limited is moving ahead with plans to construct two large-scale Ro-Pax (roll on/roll off passenger) ferries. The newbuilding ferries will be delivered in March and June of 2018 as replacements for the Sunflower

Seacat Services Invests In New Vessels

Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has placed an order for up to four new vessels with local boat builder South Boats IoW. The DNV-GL class-certified next generation 23- and 27-meter catamarans have been specifically designed to cater for the changing needs of European

NTSB: Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro "Black Box" Still Missing

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The video documentation of the cargo ship El Faro and the associated debris field has been completed but the vessel’s voyage data recorder was not located, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.   “Over the years we’ve completed many investigations without

USNS Brunswick Completes Acceptance Trials

Photo: Austal

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced that Expeditionary Fast Transport 6 (EPF 6) USNS Brunswick, formerly known as Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.   The trials, representing the last significant milestone before delivery

Maersk Tanker Fuels US Navy Tanker at Sea

Maersk Peary (Photo: MSC)

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199), a Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler, has completed a fueling evolution at-sea with the U.S. flagged tanker Maersk Peary in international waters off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, October 22., the U.S. Navy said.  

Navy to Search for El Faro Wreckage

El Faro (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Fleet Ocean Tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) departed Norfolk, Virginia, today to begin searching for wreckage from the missing U.S. flagged merchant vessel El Faro. The ship is deploying to a search area northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas island chain

NASSCO Begins Construction on ESB Ship

Second ship of the U.S. Navys newly reclassified Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) program

  Today General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics began construction on the second ship of the U.S. Navy's newly reclassified Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) program. The 784-foot ship will be configured with a 52,000 square-foot flight deck

New Boat Delivered to Tampa Bay Pilots

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

The Tampa Bay pilot association has taken delivery of its second Chesapeake Class launch and the first in a new generation of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s mid-size pilot boats, the boat builder announced today.   Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset

Pinnacle Products International Acquires Schaefer Ventilation Equipment

Ventilation and thermal comfort products manufacturer Schaefer Ventilation Equipment has been acquired by Pinnacle Products International, Inc., a developer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor of heating and ventilation equipment.  

Shell Want Shipper Guarantees on Nigerian Crude Exports

Royal Dutch Shell has asked ship owners exporting its Nigerian oil to sign a "letter of comfort" (LoC) to guarantee it is not stolen, according to an email from the company seen by Reuters. In July, state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) banned more than 100 tankers from

White House Backs El Faro Investigation

President Barack Obama (White House photo)

President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered condolences to the families of the 33 sailors presumed to have lost their lives aboard cargo ship El Faro which is believed to have sunk amid Hurricane Joaquin last week.    The investigation into the incident will receive the

Crowley Awarded MSC Contract for ROCON Fleet

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s government services group has been awarded a $130 million technical management contract for five U.S. government-owned, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Roll-On/Roll-Off and container ships (ROCON). The contract will see Crowley provide full turnkey operation and

India Takes Nigerian Oil Despite Shipping Concerns

India's HPCL awarded another tender to buy with Nigerian crude oil despite its concerns about shipping from the West African nation.   The refiner awarded a tender to buy November loading oil to Chevron, traders said, likely with Usan crude oil and either Agbami or Brass.  

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