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Mesa Verde ‘Sails Away’ on Maiden Voyage

By Program Executive Officer Ships Communications The future USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) successfully “sailed away” from Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) Ingalls Operations Dec. 3 on its maiden voyage manned for the first time by the ship’s crew. Before transiting to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., the ship will sail to Panama City, Fla., for its commissioning ceremony. This milestone marks the government/industry team’s production completion of LPD 19, the first of this class of amphibious transport dock constructed completely at the Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard. The ceremonial commissioning of Mesa Verde is schedule to occur on Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m. in Panama City, when the sponsor, Mrs. Linda Campbell, will give the first order to "man our ship and bring her to life!" Her husband, former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, will give the principal address. To honor the legacy of Mesa Verde, an exhibition celebrating North American history and culture will take place before and after the actual ceremony at the Gulf Coast Community College. Mesa Verde is scheduled to arrive in its homeport prior to the holidays. Early in 2008, the ship and crew will start a succession of seagoing trials to thoroughly test the ship’s systems and to complete crucial certifications. Mesa Verde will conduct missile and gun Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials during which the crew will fire Rolling Airframe Missiles and Mk 46 Mod 1 30mm guns as well as exercise the


Mesa Verde (LPD 19) Christened

In a traditional naval ceremony blended with Native American traditions and symbolism, the amphibious transport dock ship LPD 19 was christened Mesa Verde in front of more than 1,000 guests. LPD 19 is the third San Antonio (LPD 17)-class ship being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team. "Christening this ship symbolizes our hopes and our dreams for the capabilities of our Navy's future," said Dionel Aviles,


Keel Laid for Future USS Anchorage

Shipyard workers at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' (NGSS) Avondale Operations laid the keel for the future USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during a brief ceremony Sept. 24 at the shipyard in the New Orleans area. Anchorage is the seventh ship of the San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships to begin construction. The future USS Anchorage will play a vital role in Navy and Marine Corps expeditionary warfare by embarking


SECNAV Orders Amphibious Transport Dock Ship to Gulf

USS Mesa Verde: Photo USN

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today ordered the amphibious transport dock ship 'USS Mesa Verde' into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
 The ship has completed its transit through the Strait of Hormuz, the admiral said in a statement.

 "Its presence in the Gulf adds to that of other U.S. naval ships already there - including the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush - and provides the commander in chief additional options to protect American


Bataan ARG/MEU Transits from U.S. 5th Fleet to 6th Fleet

The guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transit the Arabian Gulf. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22n

  Ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) transited the Suez Canal Oct. 2, 2014, marking the beginning journey homeward. Deployed since February 8, 2014, the Bataan ARG/MEU is comprised of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), and embarked Marines from the 22nd MEU


US Navy Ship Steaming toward Haiti to Support Relief Efforts

The USS Mesa Verde, a U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship, is steaming toward Haiti to support relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew killed more than 500 people and left thousands homeless in the Caribbean country, the Navy said on Friday.   A Navy spokesman said the ship would bring a large set of capabilities, including three CH-53 heavy lift helicopters, bulldozers and fresh water delivery vehicles. The ship can produce 72


Sen. Vitter: New Orleans 'Embodies a New Culture of Technological Growth And Economic Progress'

Speaking to a crowd of more than 5,000, U.S. Sen. David Vitter of La., described the Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans (LPD 18) as a ship that ``embodies a new culture of technological growth and economic progress not only for the Navy and Marines, but also for the city of New Orleans and Louisiana. This ship represents new processes, design work and engineering that will clearly serve the Navy, Marines and our country very well.''


Unique Horse Mesa Dam Project Nears Completion

Credit: Michael McNama

Faced with a challenging decision between draining Apache Lake or trying a unique underwater diving method to repair the damaged intake structure for Horse Mesa Dam’s hydroelectric units, Hydro Generation engineers at Salt River Project chose the latter rather than the former, which would have significantly impacted marina operations as well as boating enthusiasts at the reservoir. SRP said that decision is about to be rewarded as construction workers from SRP and Seattle-based Global


Petrobras & PPSA Sign PIA for Campos Basin

The development of Tartaruga Mestiça will be combined with development of the Tartaruga Verde field

  Last Friday (10/31) Petrobras and PPSA (Pré-Sal Petróleo S.A.) signed a Production Individualization Agreement (PIA) for the Tartaruga Mestiça field, in the southern part of the Campos Basin. This Agreement sets out the rules for joint production of oil and natural gas and the development of operations in the area, as well as the interest of each party. PPSA is representing the Brazilian Federal Government in the Agreement, in accordance with Law no. 12


Cabo Verde’s Regional Maritime Security Role Discussed

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A recent visit to Cabo Verde November 30 to December 6 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) provided an opportunity to meet various government agencies involved with maritime security and discuss the country’s future role in regional maritime security activities.    Cabo Verde announced its intention to host the MultiNational Centre of Coordination (for Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali


ETE's 80th Anniversary crowned by International River Operations

Luis Figueiredo (Shareholder) Ana paula Vitorino (Minister of the Sea) Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (President of Portugal) Luís Nagy (GRUPO ETE CEO) Filipa P de Carvalho (Shareholder) Photo ETE Group

The business portfolio internationalization and the development of river operations are two of ETE Group’s strategic focus, as referred last Friday on the 80th birthday ceremonies at Naval Rocha shipyard (in Lisbon) with the presence of the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa


Greenpeace ship My Esperanza in West Africa

Image: Greenpeace

 The Greenpeace ship My Esperanza has docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde.    For eleven weeks the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States - Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal to raise awareness on the state of fisheries


Venezuela Resumes Light Oil Shipments to Cuba

Venezuela resumed exports of light crude to its political ally Cuba in March after an eight-month pause that led to a production halt at the island's jointly-owned Cienfuegos refinery, according to internal data from state-run PDVSA seen by Reuters.  


IMO Workshops on Fouling

 Biofouling – the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and structures – was again on the agenda at the latest in a series of International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshops.    The regional workshop in Accra


Professionals Gather for APS Annual Conference

Director, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-AfricaU.S. 6th Fleet, provides remarks at the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, May 5, 2015

  Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. began a 4-day conference aimed to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve maritime security in Africa, May 5. The Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference aims to identify capabilities necessary to achieve


On AIDAcara's Birthday AIDA Cruises Turns 20

AIDA Kapt Adrian, Michael Ungerer

  With the birthday of the cruise ship AIDAcara on June 7, 2015, AIDA Cruises is heralding the 20th year of its company history. On Sunday evening, more than 20,000 guests will toast together aboard the 10 AIDA ships, opening the anniversary celebrations.


Hurricane Fred Strengthens in Eastern Atlantic

Image: NOAA

Hurricane Fred strengthened early Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde Islands, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to U.S. forecasters.   The center of Fred is expected to pass near or over the


STS Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation

Young Endeavour set sail on an extraordinary 12-month circumnavigation of the world Photo  RAN

  The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour sailed into Fremantle today, completing a year-long circumnavigation of the world.   Assistant Minister for Defence Darren Chester was in Western Australia to welcome the seafarers back to Australian soil


Mexican Navy Orders Three Patrol Vessels

Photo: Damen

The Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina - SEMAR) and Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group have signed contracts for three, 42-meter patrol vessels in addition to navy’s existing fleet.   The new ships will be of the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 design


Keppel Bags BRL 500 mln MODEC Project

Courtesy Keppel FELS Brasil in Rio de Janeiro

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its subsidiary, Keppel FELS Brasil SA's BrasFELS shipyard has been awarded a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) module fabrication and integration project by its repeat customer MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore)


Keppel Secures MODEC FPSO Project in Brazil

 Keppel FELS Brasil Secures MODEC FPSO Project   Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, through subsidiary Keppel FELS Brasil SA's BrasFELS shipyard, has been awarded a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) module fabrication and integration project by its repeat customer MODEC


Mariner Rescued after 2 Months at Sea

Photo USCG

A 29-year-old man arrived in good condition to Honolulu Wednesday aboard a Coast Guard small boat after being rescued by merchant mariners in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean and surviving a two- month ordeal at sea. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu safely


Hapag-Lloyd Warns of Preventive Actions by China

Photo Hapag-Lloyd

Further to Hapag-Lloyd's information to their Customer circular issued in 4th March 2016 on the preventive actions of Zika virus for all cargoes entering China, the company has now provided an updated list of origin countries. All shipments from the following countries (indicated below) shall


Mozambique Workshop Supports Seafarer Training and Assessment

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 An International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led workshop in Maputo, Mozambique is supporting countries in south-eastern Africa in implementing the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping ) Convention, which establishes international standards for training


Africa: Towards Safe, Clean Ship Recycling

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Nine West and Central African countries have agreed to start working towards ratifying IMO’s ship recycling treaty, the Hong Kong Convention, following a workshop in Accra, Ghana (14-16 November).   The event allowed for in-depth discussions and provided details on the specific






 
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