Eye on the Navy

Is China Building a Naval Base in Africa?

 Recently, The Namibian reported the existence of a "confidential letter from Namibia's ambassador to China, Ringo Abed, to Namibia's foreign minister stating that

China Strengthens Maritime Ties with Pak

 The Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong has pledged to deepen maritime security and military technology cooperation during

HII Subsidiary AMSEC Promotes Cope

AMSEC LLC, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), has promoted Cathy Cope to director of contracts, pricing, procurement and material management.   In her new role,

17 Countries for Maritime Security Training in Indonesia

 Representatives from 17 countries would take part in the sixth Maritime Security Desktop Exercise that is scheduled to be held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from March 30 to April 1.

Japan's Navy Unveils De-Facto Aircraft Carrier

 Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) took delivery of its biggest warship Izumo, since World War II, a vessel that observers say is a "de-facto aircraft carrier".

Thailand Eyes Submarine Fleet

 Royal Thai Navy (RTN)'s plan to buy submarines is on again with strong backing from Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who wants Thailand’s fleet to be on par with neighbouring countries.

Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan

 Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters.

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Completes Acceptance Trials

  Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on March 13, 2015 in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal, the Trenton's shipbuilder,

USS Mount Whitney Wins Golden Anchor Award for Retention

  The crew of the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), painted the ship’s anchor gold March 19, 2015, after being awarded the Retention Excellence Award,

AUSTAL Bags SCA Award For Safety

  Austal USA have been notified by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) that Austal has earned the 2014 SCA Award for Improvement in Safety. According to the notification signed by Ian Bennett,

Austal Delivers for Militaries ... Near & Far

While Austal USA based in Mobile, Alabama, still accounts for the lion’s share of revenue (more than 80%) of the Australian based company, the entire corporation

USS America: LHA with an Aviation Focus

The U.S. Navy’s newest Amphibious Assault Ship, USS America (LHA 6) was commissioned on October 11, 2014 at Pier 30-32 in San Francisco.  First in its class, the USS America does not have a well deck,

USS Normandy Retrieves Abandoned Narcotics

  The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) recovered more than 1,000 pounds of illegal narcotics while transiting the Mediterranean Sea, March 21, 2015.

NATO Warships in Black Sea Naval Exercises

 NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have completed their participation in joint NATO training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations in the Black Sea.

Navy Develops Prototype for Diver Life Support

Scientists at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC) have developed a prototype for a new life support system for divers, the U.S. Navy announced.    According to the Navy,

USS Mount Whitney Assists Croatian Elementary School

  Sailors assigned to the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) painted a local elementary school in Rijeka, Croatia, March 11-17, 2015.

Somali Pirates Shifting Towards India

 Somali pirates, after being neutralized by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats,

Legally China Can't Claim South China Sea: Indonesia

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo said China'a claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," he told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper.

World War 3 or Cold War? Focus On Arctic Oil

 The Arctic is heating up, both climatically and militarily. Vladimir Putin sends troops and jets to oil- and gas-rich region also coveted by Canada, United States, Norway and Denmark.

Russian Submarine in North Sea?

 A Scottish fishing boat skipper Angus Macleod has reported a terrifying brush with what is believed to be a rogue Russian submarine inside British waters in the North Sea.

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