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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WAR SHIPS

Nigerian Navy Acquires Warship from China

 Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA. Picture by Nigerian Navy

 The Nigerian Navy (NN) fleet has received a boost with the arrival of the newly acquired warship, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Centenary F91, stealth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).  The first of two P-18N Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) ordered by Nigeria was delivered in November 2014 at the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC)'s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China.   This is coming barely a month after the Navy received another war ship, the NNS OKPABANA, which was acquired from the United States of America.   The second vessel is expected to arrive in Nigeria later part of the year and substantial part of it is finishing and fitting work will be done in Nigeria.   Receiving the vessel on behalf of the navy, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin said the addition of the vessel would boost the navy's war against maritime crimes.   He said Chinese security cooperation with Nigeria has increased over the years, especially with the building of a warship for Nigeria at the Chinese Ship building company.   A statement issued by the Command Information Officer (CINFO), Lieutenant Commander Abdulsalam Sani said the new vessel is an offshore patrol vessel. It was built by the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC) at Wuchang shipyard in Wuhan, China.  

This Day in Coast Guard History – September 1

1789-An act of Congress provided for the registering and clearing of vessels and the regulation of the coastwise trade, thus laying the foundation of American navigation laws which, until 1912, embodied the marine policy of the United States. 1894-An armed guard of Revenue Cutter Service personnel were placed on the Pribiloff Islands to protect seals. 1938-The Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the Maritime Service.

MSC Celebrates 50 Years of Service

"MSC has been conspicuous because its people and ships generally have been where the action has been." Rear Adm. Bruce Keener III, USN Commander, Military Sealift Command, 1979-1981 Rear Adm. Keener made this observation on the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command's 30th anniversary in October 1979. His words still hold true 20 years later as MSC, the ocean transportation specialists for the Department of Defense, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

United Seamen’s Service Marks Anniversary

The world and the American maritime industry have changed dramatically since one of America's darkest hours, World War II, when United Seamen's Service was born to aid exhausted, wounded and battle-traumatized merchant seafarers in faraway places and unsafe harbors. It was 1942, 65 years ago, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the maritime unions and management recognized the need to provide havens and facilities in more than 125 worldwide locations for rest

Transas Supplies Simulator for Hellenic Navy

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Transas Hellas in collaboration with Transas Mediterranean SAS supplied the Naval Training Command of the Hellenic Navy with a Bridge Simulator. The bridge simulator covers the training needs of the HN/NTC (Hellenic Navy / Naval Training Command), regarding the training and practice of Hellenic Navy War Ships team as well as the HN personnel. The simulator also meets the standards of the IMO regulations. Additionally it has the ability to network with other simulators and will be able to

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - February 28

1867-  As ordered by the Treasury Department, each officer of Revenue Cutter Service, while on duty, was entitled to one Navy ration per day.   1871- Congress passed 16 Stat. 458 which addressed shortcomings in previous legislation regarding the inspection and certification of steamboats and their crews.  This Act established the Steamboat Inspection Service within the Department of Treasury headed by a Supervisory Inspector General answerable to the Treasury Secretary

Merchant Mariners Honored for Supporting Sealift Operations

In recognition of their patriotic service during Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, crewmembers of the SS Wright were honored today in Baltimore by presentation of the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal. The SS Wright and two other ships homeported in Baltimore--the Cape Washington and the Cape Wrath--provided sealift support for U.S. military operations in Iraq. All three ships belong to the Ready Reserve Force (RRF), a fleet of 68 ships owned by the U.S

Iraq Deal to Jointly Operate 66 Cargo Ships

According to a September 21 report from The Associated Press, Iraq has signed a deal with an international company to jointly operate 66 ships in a major step toward restoring the country's war-ravaged cargo fleet, an Iraqi official said. Iraq currently has only two cargo ships and four oil tankers. The country's fleet of oil tankers and cargo vessels was devastated by shelling during the 1980-88 war with Iran and attacks during the 1991 U.S.-led Gulf War. (Source: The Associated Press)

200th Anniversary Commemoration of Dual Victory

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ships saluting battery to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of Old Ironsides dual victory against the Royal Navy ships . Courtesy USN

The crew of USS Constitution commemorated the bicentennial of Old Ironsides' final battle during the War of 1812, her unprecedented dual-victory over Royal Navy ships HMS Cyane and HMS Levant Feb. 20 in Charlestown Navy Yard. Constitution Sailors fired the ship's saluting battery at noon to commemorate the start of the battle, and visitors to the ship received dramatic accounts of the battle from Constitution crew members throughout the day

USS Charleston (LCS 18) Christened

Ships sponsor Charlotte Riley breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow during the christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18). (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

A christening ceremony was held for the U.S. Navy’s 18th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), at Austal USA’s Mobil, Ala. shipyard on August 26.   “Today marks another major milestone with the christening of this remarkable war ship,” said Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle. “Our talented shipbuilding team is honored to provide our Navy with an extraordinarily capable vessel that will honor the great city of Charleston as she

Australia Finds Wreck of First Allied Submarine to Sink in WW I

(Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

 Australia has discovered the wreck of its first submarine off the coast of Papua New Guinea, authorities said on Thursday, resolving one of the country’s oldest naval mysteries after more than a century.   The submarine, AE-1, was the first Allied vessel to sink during World War One, while patrolling for German warships in 1914, in circumstances that have never been established.   The Australian Navy and several private bodies found the final resting place of the

Hospital Ship Sunk in Bristol Channel a Century Ago

HMHS Rewa (CREDIT Sailors society / Wikimedia)

One hundred years ago tomorrow (January 4) the sinking of a hospital ship by an infamous German U-boat commander caused outrage across Britain.   Wilhelm Werner broke international law when he fired on HMHS Rewa, killing four seafarers and causing the vessel to sink into the Bristol Channel, 19 miles off Hartland Point.   The Rewa - which had served in the Gallipoli campaign - was transporting walking wounded from Malta to Wales when it was torpedoed

Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Planned in Liverpool

Left to right: BOA veteran Jim Rainsford, Vice Admiral Mike Gretton campaign chairman, veteran Graeme Cubbin (Photo: Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Campaign)

A fundraising campaign to build a international memorial dedicated to the estimated 100,000 people who lost their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, as well as those who served and survived, is being launched in Liverpool.   The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM), the charity leading the campaign, will stage a press call with war veterans on the Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to launch the fundraising effort to build the 28 meter monument in the shape of

Indian Navy Decommissions INS Nirbhik, INS Nirghat

Photo:  Indian Navy

 The Indian Naval Ships Nirbhik and Nirghat have been decommissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, after a glorious 30 and 28 years respectively in the service of the nation.   The solemn ceremony involved traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of ‘Last Post’. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had commanded Nirghat earlier.   

Australian Warships Drill with Republic Of Korea

HMAS Melbourne leads the way during the exit from the port of Busan in the Republic of Korea to participate in Exercise Haedoli Wallaby 17. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Across late October and early November, Royal Australian Navy frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta visited the Republic of Korea for the biennial maritime anti-submarine warfare exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY.     Arriving alongside in Busan, Australian personnel and their Korean Navy counterparts commenced the harbour phase of the exercise, enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation through a series of table-top briefings, damage control demonstrations

Bilden Joins HII Board of Directors

Philip M. Bilden (Photo: HII)

Philip M. Bilden has been elected to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) board of directors, effective November 7.   Bilden retired last year as a co-founding member of the private equity firm HarbourVest Partners. He began his career in Boston in 1991 and relocated to Hong Kong in 1996 to establish the firm’s Asian subsidiary. Throughout his 25-year tenure at HarbourVest Partners, Bilden served in senior leadership roles in the firm’s global management

Powerful Fireboat Enters Service in Long Beach

Vigilance is the second of two new fireboats to enter service at the Port of Long Beach in California (Photo: Port of Long Beach)

 Vigilance, the second of the Port of Long Beach’s two new fireboats, was officially brought into service at America’s second busiest port on Monday, and together with its twin Protector (delivered in 2016), will replace fireboats Challenger and Liberty that entered service in the late 1980s.   Vigilance and Protector, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built by Foss Maritime Co., cost a combined $51.6 million. Jensen Maritime Consultants served as construction manager.

US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Ralph Johnson

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Nov. 15.   In early September, DDG 114 successfully demonstrated its ship's systems and readiness during a series of at sea and in-port trials for the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Due to the success of the trials, INSURV recommended the ship be accepted for delivery to the U.S. Navy.  

Iconic USS Ranger Dismantled

(Photo: EMR)

 A two-year project to dismantle and recycle the decommissioned U.S. Navy vessel USS Ranger (CV-61) has recently concluded.   Ordered in 1954 and commissioned in 1957, the Ranger was the first U.S. carrier vessel built as an angled-deck ship from inception. She served in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, and earned 13 battle stars for her service in the Vietnam War. During her 37 years of service

Saudi-led Coalition to Reopen Hodeidah Port

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting against the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Wednesday it would allow aid access through the port of Hodeidah and United Nations flights to Sanaa airport. The coalition closed all air, land and sea access to Yemen earlier this month following the interception of a missile fired towards the Saudi capital. It said it had to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran, seen by Riyadh as the movement's main backers.

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The U.S. Navy warship that famously fired the first American shot in World War II has been found resting on the seabed in Ormoc Bay near Ponson Island in the Philippines.   The historic vessel USS Ward was discovered and documented by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's expedition crew aboard Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, who has now released video images just prior to the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.  

Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

Photo: Archivo Gaceta Marinera

Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in South Atlantic waters last month, defense specialists said.   The disappearance of the ARA San Juan with 44 crew members aboard has put pressure on Argentine President Mauricio Macri to consider boosting spending for the military, including the country’s two remaining submarines

Gold Rush: A $194B Gold Salvage Operation

Mike Bisset, Aleron Subsea Technical Director.

During World War I and World War II there were an estimated 7,500 merchant ships were sunk, 700 of which were carrying shipments of gold under U.K. Government direction, leaving an estimatd $194 billion in gold lying underwater. Britannia’s Gold Ltd. was created finance the recovery of targeted cargoes and return them to the UK for the benefit of the government, investors and merchant marine charities, and Aleron Subsea -- a Remotely Operated Vehicle specialist -- has been chosen to

US Navy Sailors Get a Special Star Wars Screening

(Image: © Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Rumors had already been circling for days by the time the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) crew gathered for an 'All-Hands' call on the morning of December 15.   When the aircraft carrier's commanding officer Capt. Richard McCormack addressed the crew, he asked if they knew the reason they were assembled in the hangar bay, before handing the microphone to a guest speaker to  "confirm or deny" the rumors.  

Saudi-led Coalition: Air Strikes Keep Port Open

More than 10,000 people killed in Yemeni conflict.   The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it would keep Yemen's Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port open for a month, despite a fresh missile attack at Riyadh, but it kept up air strikes that killed at least nine people.   The Western-backed coalition, which controls Yemen's airspace and port access, said last month it would allow humanitarian aid through Hodeidah following a nearly three-week blockade imposed

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