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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GE Gas Turbines to Power Indian Stealth Frigate

LM2500 (GE Marine Solutions)

GE’s Marine Solutions announced that its LM2500 marine gas turbines will power the Indian Navy’s P17A stealth frigate. The LM2500 gas turbines will be provided by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Industrial and Marine Gas Turbine division, Bangalore, India under license from GE. HAL will assemble and test the LM2500 gas turbines prior to installation; HAL is licensed by GE to do so for Indian Navy LM2500 propulsion applications. HAL also is licensed to provide service and comprehensive support including inspection…

Former US Navy Official Sentenced for Bribery

A former supervisory contracting officer was sentenced to 72 months in prison today for accepting bribe payments in exchange for steering U.S. Navy contracts to the president and chief executive officer of a defense contractor. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Director Andrew L. Traver of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Director Dermot F. O’Reilly of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) made the announcement. Paul Simpkins, 62, of Haymarket, Va., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis L.

Navy to Christen Submarine Colorado

Boat's logo for the future USS Colorado (SSN 788). This is the 15th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the fifth Virginia-class Block III submarine. The ship began construction in 2015 and is scheduled to commission in 2017. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea superiority well into the 21st century. (U.S. Navy graphicReleased)

The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Dec. 3 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. His daughter, Anne Mabus, is serving as the ship's sponsor. "The christening of the future USS Colorado is an example of our enduring partnership with our nation's shipbuilders…

SEA to Upgrade CSH on Chile Navy Frigates

Armada de Chile's Almirante Lynch, one of three Type 23 frigates that will undergo a Combat Systems Highway upgrade. Photo courtesy of Armada de Chile Photo Cohort plc

Cohort plc company SEA will start work in December on upgrading the Combat Systems Highway (CSH) infrastructure on the Chilean Navy’s three former Royal Navy Type 23 frigates. The upgrade on the Chilean frigates Almirante Cochrane, Almirante Condell and Almirante Lynch follows a similar obsolescence upgrade carried out on the RN’s 13 Type 23 ships. SEA has a support contract covering the CSH for RN frigates and also supports CSHs for various defence Primes. CSH manages data exchange messages…

Australian Navy Bases See Red

Navy members from around the country have been working hard for the last three months saving more than 3,200 lives during the Defence Blood Challenge. Teams from HMA Ships Cairns, Waterhen and Penguin and the Australian Defence Force Academy recently rolled up their sleeves to help protect Australia’s blood supply. At last count, Navy provided 1084 donations of whole blood or plasma, almost reaching last year’s total with two weeks to run. The final push is on Friday 25 November when the mobile blood donation centre visits HMAS Penguin. Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Ian Daley is encouraging all Sydney based personnel, family and friends to register for Navy’s Red 25 team and to make a donation at Penguin on the day. “Our target is to get 100 donations in a single day.

Arunta Exercises with Indian Navy

HMAS Arunta's, Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Duncan Macrae, RAN on the bridge wing of Arunta, during maritime exercises with Indian Talwar Class INS Teg (F45) off the coast of Goa, India. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

The crew of HMAS Arunta recently took the opportunity to conduct exercises with their Indian Navy counterparts after a port visit to Goa, India. After a short period alongside that included games of cricket and volleyball, Arunta sailed from Goa in company with the Indian Navy Ship Teg for a series of exercises in the Northern Indian Ocean. Arunta’s Officer of the Watch, Lieutenant Pat Velu, enjoyed the opportunity to work with a foreign warship and said the ships completed a series of exercises including maneuvering drills, station keeping, live weapons firings and a photo exercise.

Six New Submarines Built for the Russian Navy

Photo: Admiralty Shipyards

JSC Admiralty Shipyards has finished building a series of six submarines for the Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet, marked with a flag lifting ceremony on the large diesel-electric submarine Kolpino, which was transferred to the Russian Navy. The ceremony was attended by Chief of the Navy, Vladimir Korolev; president of JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, Alexei Rakhmanov; and CEO of JSC Admiralty Shipyards, Alexander Buzakov. “It is difficult to overestimate the significance of today's event for our team,” said Buzakov.

Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

Stewart B. Nelson, Ph.D. - B. June 9, 1937 D. Dr. Stewart B. Nelson URI -MMA 1974, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and marine historian passed away of complications related to cancer on September 12, 2016 in Tampa, Fla. He is mourned by family, friends and classmates of the Marine Affairs Program at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Nelson's multifaceted career was principally spent in service to his country in his position as aide to the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and in this capacity he was the Senior Advisor to the to the Oceanographer, a Rear Admiral Flag position. Dr. Nelson who later earned a Ph.D, from the University of Southern California, was a pivotal figure in the modern era of the Naval Oceanographic Office.

Task Group Sails to Bass Strait

HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne, Newcastle, Parramatta, Gascoyne and Huon leave Sydney Harbour to take part in Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy's largest maritime warfare activities. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Warships, submarines and aircraft from all over the country are converging on Bass Strait for the final week of Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare activities. HMAS Adelaide lead six ships south from Sydney, while HMAS Warramunga and two submarines sailed from Western Australia. HMAS Darwin is also en route after completing her disaster relief duties in New Zealand. Under the exercise scenario, the assets will be split into two forces on arrival and then commence a series of free play war games.

Sensors Sailor Relishes Operational Role

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Andrew Dingle, in front of HMAS Arunta alongside at Fleet Base West, Garden Island. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Andrew Dingle is realising his career aspirations onboard HMAS Arunta as part of the Royal Australian Navy team sailing to the Middle East. Able Seaman Dingle deployed recently as part of a 191 member crew bound for Operation MANITOU - Australia’s contribution to counter terrorism, counter piracy, narcotics interdiction which contributes significantly to stability in the region. This is the first time Able Seaman Dingle has left Australia onboard a Navy ship and he said the three year wait had been worth it.

DON Recognizes Acquisition Excellence

Capt. Michael C. Ladner receives the Program Manager of the Year award at the Department of the Navy Acquisition Excellence Awards ceremony at the Pentagon. The annual acquisition awards recognize individuals and teams for executing creative, effective and cost-saving acquisition practices. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jason BehnkeReleased)

The Department of the Navy recognized more than 50 acquisition professionals for exceptional efforts in the acquisition field during a Pentagon ceremony Nov. 17. Hosted by Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Sean Stackley, the 2016 Acquisition Excellence Awards celebrated individuals and teams for upholding key tenets of acquisition including competition, affordability, technical expertise, innovative techniques and professional acumen. "Today…

Collaboration Lays Benchmark for International Award

Royal Australian Navy Adelaide Class Frigate, HMAS Newcastle sails off the coast of Cable Beach, Western Australia during Exercise Northern Shield 2016. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

A combined Defence and industry team has won the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management Innovation Award for Operational Improvement. The FFG Enterprise is a collaboration between Defence's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Royal Australian Navy, Thales Australia and BAE Systems Australia, working together to sustain and deliver seaworthy guided missile frigates. Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Kim Gillis,…

Task Group Training Begins Off NSW Coast

HMAS Parramatta (154) leaves Sydney Harbour to take part in Exercise OCEAN RAIDER, one of the Royal Australian Navy's largest maritime warfare activities. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

One of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime warfare exercises has begun in several locations off the New South Wales coast. Exercise OCEAN RAIDER involves 11 warships and submarines, aircraft and more than 1,500 personnel from Australia and the United States in a three week program of maritime activities. It is the first year Navy has staged OCEAN RAIDER, which along with OCEAN EXPLORER and OCEAN HORIZON are designed to train and certify the fleet in task-group-level joint sea combat.

Solemn Seas for Warramunga

HMAS Warramunga during her transit to South East Asia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Warramunga transited the Sunda Strait on Remembrance Day, where Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth I was lost in 1942.. Ship’s company fell silent to reflect on the loss and the sound of the engines and the crashing of the waves could be heard. Commanding Officer Warramunga, Commander Dugald Clelland led the at sea commemoration. “We are within 17 nautical miles of where HMAS Perth I, was lost and 375 of her 680 strong crew,” he said. Perth I, the American heavy cruiser USS Houston and a major Imperial Japanese Navy task force were involved in the Second World War action.

India Plans to Increase Submarine Fleet

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Photo Official FB Page

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the country must rethink its submarine building plan and look for greater numbers than the existing plan of making 24 submarines. "Indian Navy needs to rethink its submarine building plans and should look for more number of submarines," Parrikar said. Referring to the existing 30-year submarine building plan that envisages construction of 24 submarines--both nuclear and conventional--Parrikar said India needed a longer plan till 2050.

USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Acceptance Trials

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gabby Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), named for her. Giffords was on the stage as Dr. Jill Biden christened the ship at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard and is the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. It is 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th since 1850 to be named for a living person.

Future Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully completed its acceptance trials Nov. 18. The trials consisted of a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. During the trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the LCS intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems.

Maritime Surveillance on Agenda in Mozambique

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A project to provide a single display maritime surveillance system for Mozambique has been commissioned and handed over to the country’s Government in Maputo (1 December). The International Maritime Organization (IMO) -supported project is set to boost maritime situational awareness for all concerned agencies in Mozambique and enhance operational decision making and increase cooperation in dealing with maritime security issues. The project, funded through contribution by the Government of Japan to the Djibouti Code of Conduct Trust Fund…

SCA Urges Congress to Fund Navy Shipbuilding

Matthew Paxton (Photo: SCA)

U.S. Congress announced this morning that it would likely pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) extension through March 2017. Addressing the proposed CR, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) president, Matthew Paxton, issued the following statement. “SCA urges Congress to include provisions in the CR for Navy shipbuilding programs, including the Ohio Replacement Program. Without proper waivers in the funding language, critical national security programs will not be able to move forward in the acquisition process…

Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer Paul Ignatius Launched

The Ingalls-built destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) launched at first light November 12, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), the company’s 31st Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, on Saturday. “The DDG 51 program provides our U.S. Navy customer and our nation a series of highly advanced and capable warships,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “For 30 years, our talented shipbuilders have been building these much-needed, quality destroyers. Paul Ignatius was translated via Ingalls’ rail car system to a floating dry dock.

Indian To Boost Maritime Security Ties with Sri Lanka

Admiral Sunil Lanba. Photo: Indian Navy

To enhance bilateral maritime relations, Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, has embarked on a five-day visit to Sri Lanka. According to PTI report, during  Sunil Lanba's  visit, he will hold bilateral discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and senior dignitaries including the Chief of Defence Staff and the three Service Chiefs. The Admiral will also attend the 'Galle Dialogue' which is being held at Colombo. The Galle…

Australian Navy Frigate on Task in Kaikoura

Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Darwin approaches Underway Replenishment Tanker HMNZS Endeavour to conduct a Replenishment at Sea. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has sailed to Kaikoura to provide humanitarian and disaster relief support at the request of the New Zealand government. Darwin is using her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter for the evacuation of civilians and the distribution of emergency supplies. Commanding Officer, HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry said the ship and its 200 personnel will remain flexible to any tasks that may be required. “We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to help our close friends and neighbours in their time of need,” he said.

Unexploded WWII Bomb Halts Ferries in Portsmouth Harbour

An unexploded World War Two bomb was found in Portsmouth Harbour on England's southern coast on Wednesday, halting traffic of cross-channel ferries at the port. The 500 lb bomb was discovered by a barge dredging the harbour ahead of the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth - the Royal Navy's new 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier. "This is the third piece of historic ordnance found in the harbour during the dredging works since September," said Bill Oliphant, Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base. The Royal Navy said disposal experts will tow the bomb out of the harbour and destroy it in open waters off the eastern Isle of Wight but the timing will depend on tides and weather conditions. Reporting by Adela Suliman

Remote Remembrance Day for Navy in Queensland

Lieutenant Commander Ian Jackson with recipients of the Long Tan Awards in Cooktown, Queensland. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Cairns took a northern outlook this year for Remembrance Day activities, sending Lieutenant Commander Ian Jackson, to Cooktown. The event at Anzac Park was hosted by the RSL Sub Branch and was attended by many veterans of the Vietnam War. “As a former Royal Naval hydrographer I was very keen to visit this wonderful Far North Queensland town and see the sites that my professional predecessor, James Cook, would have seen over 200 years ago,” Lieutenant Commander Jackson said.


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