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MSI Newport Appoints New Director

Effective February 15th, Captain Fred Bronaugh, USN (Ret.) will become the new director of MSI's Newport, RI Simulator / Training Complex. Captain Bronaugh replaces Captain Frank Julian, USN (Ret.) who is retiring after 14 years of service with MSI. Captain Bronaugh has a BA in Economics and a MS in Management. During his tenure in the Navy, he attended the U.S. Naval War College. He has significant at-sea experience having been Commanding Officer of three ships. He also has experience as a Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) Instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers’ School (SWOS), Newport, RI and served on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Technical Training. Prior to his retirement from the Navy, Captain Bronaugh was Chief of Staff US Naval Forces, Korea and then Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic. Captain Bronaugh has been affiliated with MarineSafety International as a Shiphandling Instructor and Bridge Resource Management (BRM) facilitator for naval officers and a wide range of commercial clients since 1998. In addition to instructing, he managed the development and implementation of training programs for Electronic Chart and Data Information Systems (ECDIS) and Integrated Bridge Systems.


Australian Navy Officers Excel with AEGIS Training

Dr. Darrell Tatro, Director, Center for Surface Combat Systems International Programs, presides over the Royal Australia Navy Combat Systems Officer/Prospective Commanding Officer graduation ceremony at the Combat Systems Engineering Development Site. Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy officers were amongst the first to graduate from the new AEGIS combat systems course delivered at the Combat Systems Engineering Development Site in Moorestown, New Jersey after completing a thorough and rigorous two months of training.      Dr Darrell Tatro, director, Center for Surface Combat Systems International Programs, presided over the ceremony.     “Today’s milestone event is the result of CSCS partners coming


Brown Water Veterans Honored

At a ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans, service members and their families observe a Vietnam Memorial Monument on board Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The ceremony was held to honor Navy and Coast Guard personnel who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Prince Albert Hughes III (RELEASED) By Journalist 3rd Class Cynthia R. Smith, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific


Sub Tender Transfers to Sealift Command

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command accepted responsibility for submarine tender USS Frank Cable Monday, Feb. 1. Cable, which is homeported in Guam, serves as a floating maintenance and logistics facility for Navy submarines. Cable will operate as a commissioned ship with a U.S. Navy captain in charge of a hybrid crew, consisting of 157 civil service mariners and 206 uniformed Navy personnel. Other uniformed personnel will maintain and operate the onboard repair facility.


Carnival Announces Audit Safety Procedures

Carnival Corporation & plc Announces Comprehensive Audit and Review of Safety and Emergency Response Across All Its Cruise Lines.   Following the tragic Costa Concordia accident, Carnival Corporation & plc, parent company of Costa Cruises and nine other cruise lines around the world, announced a comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures across all of the company's cruise lines.  


WRSystems Wins MSC Equipment Contract

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W R Systems, Ltd., Awarded Contract for Military Sealift Command N00033-12-C-8011 for USS PONCE (LPD 15) Bridge.   W R Systems, Ltd., (WRSystems), of Norfolk, VA, has been awarded a contract with Military Sealift Command (MSC) for the design, installation, commissioning, and testing of new electronic equipment of the bridge onboard USS PONCE (LPD 15).  The USS PONCE bridge electronics transition team, led by WRSystems


Navy Dedicated to Winning War in Iraq

Ships assigned to Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) assemble in a formation for a photo exercise. The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) was established to monitor, inspect, board, and stop suspect shipping to pursue the war on terrorism and includes operations currently taking place in the North Arabia Sea to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Countries contributing to CTF-150 currently include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, New Zealand


MSC Squadron Completes Maldives Port Call

Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button

Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button left the port of Male, Republic of the Maldives, today after completing a four-day port visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. The stop included bilateral meetings with senior Maldives National Defense Force officials, cultural exchange activities and a community relations event.   Button is the flagship of Diego Garcia-based Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Two


Despite Agreements, U.S.-China Naval Risks Linger

In 2013, a U.S. guided-missile ship veered sharply to avoid a Chinese navy vessel that tried to block its path in the disputed South China Sea, according to the U.S. account.   The next year, the United States said a Chinese fighter jet buzzed within 30 feet (9 meters) of one of its Navy planes, in what the White House called a "deeply concerning provocation." They are the types of risky encounters that Beijing and Washington have sought to avoid by stepping up efforts to


Yemen War Adds to Shipping Fears in Horn of Africa

Photo: EU NAVFOR

Yemen's worsening conflict is contributing to a spike in piracy in the region, with Somali pirates taking advantage of a reduced international naval presence and more readily available weaponry to carry out attacks. "The regional instability caused by Yemen is important," Colonel Richard Cantrill, chief of staff with the European Union's counter piracy mission EU NAVFOR, told Reuters last week. Fighting between Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition has


Damen Begins New Tug Build for Saqr Ports

(Photo: Damen)

 A keel-laying ceremony was held on August 28 at Damen Shipyards Sharjah for a new ASD Tug 2913 for Saqr Ports, part of Rash Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports.   Damen will deliver the vessel to RAK Ports next year, in time for the opening of a new bulk terminal at Saqr Port


Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 Completes

A United States Navy Seahawk helicopter and a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard conduct landings on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, with HMAS Darwin in the background during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer). Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of the deployment.   HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra class amphibious ships


Japanese Navy Ship Teruzuki Visits India

Passage Exercise PASSEX in Kochi on 11 September 2017 between Indian Naval Ship Sunayna and JMSDF Ship Teruzuki. Photo: Indian Navy

 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Ship Teruzuki visited Kochi from 09 to 11 September 2017. Captain Masashi Kondo, Commander Escort Division Six is sailing onboard JS Teruzuki, a destroyer which is being commanded by Commander Seiichi Hashimoto.   


U.S. Navy Fires Two Commanders After Sea Accidents

File Image: the USS Fitzgerald (CREDIT: USN / K Wieirmann)

The U.S. Navy dismissed two senior officers on Monday after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command.   Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett


HMAS Newcastle Visits India

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Glen Cameron throws a heaving line from the forecastle of HMAS Newcastle in Kochi, India. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Making her way north to commence duties as part of Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle made a port visit to Cochin, India, further strengthening relationships recently made on exercise off Fremantle.   As a continuation of Exercise AUSINDEX


Dredger Newbuild Heads to Australia

(Photo: Damen)

A newly built Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 has completed sea trials in Shanghai and is now underway to new owner, Gippsland Ports in Australia on her own keel. The TSHD, named Tommy Norton, is the first Damen dredger built for Australia.   


USS Constitution Refloated

Photo: United States Navy

 After a two-year restoration at historic Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, America's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution was refloated July 23.   Since entering dry dock on May 18, 2015


2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Two members of the Houston Pilots in the United States are to receive the 2017 International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.    The pair will be recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy when the ship they were piloting broke


Predicting the Motion of the Ocean

(Photo: General Dynamics Applied Physical Sciences / U.S. Navy)

For thousands of years sailors have looked out to sea, anticipating the motion of their craft from the waves they see coming. The nature of this constant motion, phasing in and out with the groups of waves, influences the safety of operations


US to Haul Stricken Destroyer from Japan to US for Repairs

USS Fitzgerald collided with a freighter in Japanese waters on June 17 (U.S. Navy photo by Peter Burghart)

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it will haul the guided missile destroyer severely damaged in a collision with a freighter in Japanese waters back to the United States for repairs as soon as September.   The collision killed seven sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald and ripped a hole below the


US to Commission USS Lewis B. Puller

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy will commission the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during a 5 p.m. AST ceremony Thursday, August 17, at Khalifa bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain.   The future Lewis B. Puller - currently USNS Lewis B


Search Continues for Missing Army Aviators off Hawaii

Responders continue the search for five Army aviators who went missing Tuesday night approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, the westernmost tip of land on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu.   The search began late Tuesday following notification to the Coast Guard from personnel at Wheeler


Double Naming Ceremony for Stena Bulk at GSI

Stena Imperator with her sister Stena Imprimis side by side (Photo: Stena Bulk)

Two newly built vessels owned by Stena Bulk, Stena Imperator and sister ship Stena Imprimis, were named side by side at the Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) in Guangzhou in southeast China.    The two godmothers – for the Stena Imperator


Brazil Ferry Capsizes, at Least 22 Dead in Second Accident this Week

A ferry carrying roughly 130 passengers capsized in Brazil's coastal state of Bahia on Thursday, killing at least 22 people, the country's second fatal maritime accident this week, port authorities told Reuters.   Local authorities said 21 others had been rescued by the navy after the ferry


Emac Initiates Maritime Sector Discussions

Photo: Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC)

 The Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, Emac, last week met with senior executives in two key meetings in Fujairah, as part of its commitment to work with key industry bodies in the region’s maritime sector, Emirates News Agency WAM has reported.  






 
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