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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


Warships Meet Replenishment Ship at Sea

Photo: EU NAVFOR

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.


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).


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


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".


USNS Ship Rescues Nine in Gulf of Oman

USNS Richard E. Byrd: Rendering courtesy of MSC

'USNS Richard E. Byrd' (T-AKE 4), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, rescued 9 crew members from a Yemeni-flagged cargo vessel 'Asaed' that had lost power, was taking in water and was adrift in the Gulf of Oman, according to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs. The crew from Asaed requested assistance and Byrd was the first ship on scene. The crew of the Yemini vessel abandoned in their ship's lifeboat and maneuvered to the military ship, where they were safely recovered


US Navy Ships Conduct Astern Replenishment-at-sea

Sailors man the rails of Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) as the ship leaves a Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo pier. Avenger-class ships are designed as mine sweepers/hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines. (U.S. Navy Photo by Kristopher S. Haley)

“While replenishments-at-sea are routine, astern refueling is unique and requires precise navigation and coordination,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Ileto, fleet replenishment scheduler for Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. “[USS Pioneer (MCM 9)] and other minesweeping vessels


This Day In Naval History: August 23

1819 - Commodore Oliver H. Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie, dies on board the schooner, USS Nonsuch, in Trinidad of a fever contracted during his successful efforts to suppress piracy while maintaining the friendship of Latin American governments. It was his 34th birthday.  


Austal Hosts Christening of YUMA (EPF 8)

USNS Yuma Christened Photo Austal

Austal celebrated the christening of the Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS Yuma (EPF 8) with a ceremony at its state-of-the-art shipyard here, this morning. The ship’s sponsor, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano


Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Yuma

Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF 7) Photo AUSTAL USA

The Navy will christen its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, USNS Yuma (EPF 8), Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony, in Mobile, Alabama. Yuma, designated EPF 8, honors the city of Yuma, Ariz., and its historically strong ties to the military.


This Day In Naval History: August 16

Seadragon (SSN-584) is launched on August 16, 1958 (USN photo)

1822 - USS Grampus investigates and pursues a brig flying Spanish colors. When called upon to surrender, the privateer brig Palmyra from Puerto Rico fires cannon and musket fire. USS Grampus fires back on Palmyras broadsides reducing Palmyras rigging to a complete wreck


PSV VOS Passion Named in China

Lady sponsor Mireille Vroon is married to Vroons Group Managing Director, Coco Vroon. (Photo: Ulstein)

Platform supply vessel VOS Passion was named in a ceremony on July 18 at Cosco Shipyard in Guangdong, China.   VOS Passion, the fourth of six PX121-type PSVs being built at the shipyard for Vroon, is in the final stages of construction and will be ready for delivery in August.  


This Day In Naval History: August 11

USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) underway (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1861 - USS Penguin, commanded by Cmdr. John L. Livingston, engages blockade-runner Louisa during the Civil War. The blockade-runner hits a sandbar near Cape Fear, N.C., and sinks. 1877 - Prof. Asaph Hall of the U.S. Naval Observatory discovers the first of two satellites of Mars


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Recovered

El Faro voyage data recorder in fresh water on the USNS Apache (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) from El Faro, a U.S. flagged cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, has been recovered from the ocean floor late Monday evening, the U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) said.  


This Day In Naval History: August 9

USS Sterett (DDG 104) (U.S. Navy photo by Kevin S. OBrien)

1842 - The Webster-Ashburton Treaty is signed. In the treaty, the United States and Great Britain agree to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade.   1867 - One officer and 46 Marines and Seamen from the steamer, USS Wachusett, land at Shanghai, China, to assist in fighting a fire.


New Mission Set to Retrieve El Faro's VDR

El Faros voyage data recorder next to the ships mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will launch its third mission to the wreckage of the El Faro on Friday from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The mission’s primary objective is to retrieve the sunken cargo ship’s voyage data recorder.  


Keel Laid for USNS Hershel 'Woody' Williams

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony on Tuesday, August 2 for the U.S. Navy’s second Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) the future USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams currently under construction at the builder’s San Diego shipyard.  


This Day In Naval History: July 28

USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1861 - During the Civil War, the frigate, USS St. Lawrence, spots a schooner flying English colors and gave chase. Some four hours later, as she is overhauling the schooner, the fleeing vessel runs up the Confederate flag and fires three shots. Firing with her forecastle battery, St


This Day In Naval History: July 25

Ships Sponsor, Naunita Harmon Carroll, and her party at the Fore River Shipyard during the USS Harmon (DE 678) launching ceremonies in Quincy, Mass. on July 25, 1943. (U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command)

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, a landing party from the armed yacht, USS Gloucester, single-handedly captures Guanica, Puerto Rico. 1943 - The first Navy ship named for an African-American, USS Harmon (DE 678), is launched. USS Harmon is named in honor of Mess Attendant 1st Class


Volvo Penta’s IPS System a Boon to Ferries Operators

The Antares boat on the sea around the Amalfi coast. Photo Volvo Penta

A new passenger ferry, Antares, has been launched from the Italian city of Naples and is the first boat of its kind in the region to be installed with Volvo Penta’s ingenious Inboard Performance System (IPS). The installation of IPS 900 showcases Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art


Fincantieri Delivers Seven Seas Explorer

Seven Seas Explorer (Photo: Fincantieri)

The first of two ultra luxury cruise ships delivered for Regent Seven Seas Cruises   Seven Seas Explorer, the newest ultra luxury ship of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa






 
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