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This Day in Naval History – April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk 1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk 1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward   1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S.   1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service   1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN   1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk   1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, CT   (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 7

USS Ohio (SSBN-726). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 7 1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk 1979 - Launching of first Trident submarine, USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Groton, Conn. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

UK Monitors Russian Naval Vessel through Channel

A British warship shadowed a Russian frigate through the English Channel on Tuesday, taking over monitoring from French surveillance on the frigate's voyage northwards. HMS Argyll, a navy ship maintained at high-readiness, deployed a Lynx helicopter and used sensors to locate and monitor the Russian warship Yaroslav Mudryy, which was en route to the North Sea from the Mediterranean. "Under the NATO agreement whereby alliance nations co-operate to monitor activity, the Royal Navy took over from French surveillance," Britain's Ministry of Defence said in a statement. An MoD spokesman estimated that a Russian warship was escorted through the Channel every few months.

India Stocks Military Arsenal

India reportedly will bolster its navy with the purchaxe of six Franco-Spanish submarines in a deal reportedly worth $1.8 billion, according to a report by the BBC. India plans to build six diesel-powered Scorpene SSK-class submarines at a naval dockyard in Mumbai (Bombay). The deal is the latest in a series of military purchases by Delhi aimed at modernizing India's armed forces. India is currently the developing world's leading buyer of military equipment, according to a report for the US Congress. Delhi spent $5.7 billion on arms last year, taking it past China and Saudi Arabia, the Congressional Research Service said in August. On Friday, the Chilean navy took delivery of the first of two Scorpene submarines developed by naval defense firms DCN of France and Navantia of Spain.

Navy Takes Delivery of RMMV

The Navy took delivery of the third low-rate production model Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) on Dec. 21. Formerly known as the Remote Minehunting Vehicle (RMV), the RMMV was originally designed to detect and classify sea mines. The name was changed because RMMV missions are being expanded to include anti-submarine warfare applications and maritime reconnaissance. The RMMV is a robust unmanned, semi-submersible, semi-autonomous vehicle that can be adapted to a broad spectrum of applications and missions, including towing variable-depth sensors to detect, localize, classify and identify undersea threats at a safe distance from friendly ships.

This Day in Naval History - Sept. 23

From the Navy News Service 1779 - Captain John Paul Jones, in Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard, captures HMS Serapis. 1931 - Lt. Alfred Pride pilots Navy's first rotary wing aircraft, XOP-1 autogiro, in landings and takeoffs aboard USS Langley (CV 1) while underway. 1944 - Naval Task Group lands Army troops on Ulithi Atoll, . 1944 - USS West Virginia (BB 48) reaches and rejoins the Pacific Fleet, marking the end of the salvage and reconstruction of 18 ships damaged Dec. 7, 1941. 1947 - James Forrestal, former Secretary of the Navy, takes office as the first Secretary of Defense. 1990 - Two hospital ships -- USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) -- steam together for the first time in the .

Navy Takes Delivery of Submarine North Carolina

The Navy took delivery of its newest attack submarine, PCU North Carolina (SSN 777), from Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) Feb. 21. North Carolina is the fourth Virginia-class submarine and the second delivered by NGNN. “Eighteen months ago I estimated that North Carolina would deliver six months late, but thanks to the hard work of a lot of people at both NGNN and GDEB [General Dynamics Electric Boat] we were able to deliver only about seven weeks late to the original schedule – a 10-month improvement when compared to NGNN’s first Virginia-class submarine, USS Texas (SSN 775),” said Capt. Dave Johnson, Virginia-class program manager. The Virginia-class is the Navy’s first major combatant designed and delivered specifically for the post-Cold War security environment.

Groups Sue to Stop Navy From Using Sonar

According to the Houston Chronicle, environmental groups sued the federal government to prevent the Navy from using active sonar during drills off Hawaii next month, saying the sound could harm whales and other marine mammals. The Natural Resources Defense Council asked a federal court in Los Angeles to issue a temporary restraining order unless the Navy takes "effective measures" to protect marine life when it uses high-intensity, mid-frequency active sonar to hunt submarines in the drills. Navy lawyers haven't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declined to comment, but said the agency was confident the Navy would protect dolphins and whales.

Marine Patrol Adds New Boat to the Fleet

The Savannah-Chatham Police Marine Patrol has taken delivery of a 27-ft. Workskiff Harbor Security boat. The boat, obtained through a federal grant from the Transportation Security Administration, will be used to patrol the abundance of waterways throughout Chatham County, including security duty along the Savannah River waterfront. The Marine Patrol regularly patrols the local waterways, working with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the United States Coast Guard, providing harbor enforcement and providing an extra layer of security for Savannah's busy port. Accordingly, the Marine Patrol investigates waterway and marine-related accidents and/or crimes. The unit also enforces all the safe-boating laws of the State of Georgia.

Damen Tugs Delivered to Dutch Navy

Handover ASD Tugs 2810 Hybrid Photo Damen

In an official handover ceremony at the Den Helder Naval Base, the Royal Netherlands Navy took formal delivery of three Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs. In addition to providing an increase in ship handling capacity, the new vessels are also installed with hybrid propulsion systems. This will contribute to Dutch Ministry of Defence ambitions regarding sustainable operations of the Navy. The acquisition of the three Damen tugs is part of the Royal Netherlands Navy’s ongoing fleet renewal programme.

US Navy Settles Environmental Violations

A settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Navy will help reduce potentially harmful discharges of ozone-depleting substances and ensure the safe storage and disposal of hazardous waste at the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, where EPA alleges environmental violations occurred. Under the settlement, the Navy will pay an $83,900 penalty for violations of the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Clean Air Act violations pertained to regulations designed to reduce discharges of ozone-depleting substances used as coolants in air conditioning units. EPA alleged that the facility did not perform leak rate calculations when it serviced the units.

SA Navy Acquires Damen ATD Tug

ATD 2909 Photo Damen

On 4 February 2016 the South African Navy took delivery of a second South African-built Damen ATD Tug 2909 at the naval base in Simon’s Town. Escorted by SA Navy's existing six tugs, Inyathi was welcomed into the naval fleet with a traditional sail past. Inyathi – meaning buffalo – is the second Damen ATD Tug 2909 in a two vessel replacement contract awarded to Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) after a transparent tender process. The first, named Imvubu – meaning hippo – was delivered in July 2015.

South China Sea Exercises Joined by LCS1 'USS Freedom'

USS Freedom departs for SEACAT: Photo credit USN

The littoral combat ship 'USS Freedom' (LCS 1) is participating in the Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) exercise with several regional navies, including Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. SEACAT highlights the value of information sharing and multilateral cooperation in scenarios that give participating navies hands-on practice in maritime security operations. Freedom's participation includes several boarding events conducted with her embarked visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams, 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) and MH-60R helicopter.

American Superconductor Wins $5.3m NAVSEA Contract

American Superconductor has signed a cost-plus-fee contract valued at $5.3m with the United States Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for the design and optimization of high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship propulsion motors and power electronic drives. The first $1.9 million increment of funding that has been allotted for this contract will focus on motor, drive and electrical system options that are optimized for possible system integration into later flights of DDG-1000 and CG(X) surface combatant ships. This initial stage of the contract is expected to be completed in the next six months. American Superconductor is currently…

AMSC Completes Factory Acceptance Testing of Propulsion Motor for Navy

American Superconductor Corporation and its partner, Northrop Grumman announced the completion of factory acceptance testing for the world's first 36.5 megawatt (49,000 horsepower) high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship propulsion motor at Northrop Grumman's facility at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. This is the final milestone before the Navy takes possession of the motor. The motor was designed, developed and manufactured under a contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate the efficacy of HTS primary- propulsion-motor technology for future Navy all-electric ships and submarines. The power and torque of this HTS motor is comparable to the requirements for the Navy's new Zumwalt class of destroyers, known as DDG 1000.

Philippines Completes Scientific Survey in Disputed Sea

The Philippines has completed an 18-day scientific survey in the South China Sea to assess the condition of coral reefs and draw a nautical map of disputed area, a top security official said on Thursday. Two survey ships, including an advanced research vessel acquired from the United States, conducted surveys around Scarborough Shoal and on three islands, including Thitu, in the Spratly group, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said. "This purely scientific and environmental undertaking was pursued in line with Philippine responsibilities under the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea to protect the marine biodiversity and ensure the safety of navigation within the Philippines' EEZ," Esperon said in a statement.

US Navy Takes Cole Commander off Promotion List

The officer who commanded the USS Cole when it was attacked in Yemen in 2000 will not be promoted because he did not meet the standards expected of commanding officers, the U.S. Navy said on Monday. Almost six years after the al Qaeda attack that killed 17 sailors while the American destroyer was refueling, Navy Secretary Donald Winter pulled Cmdr. Kirk Lippold off a promotion list, saying he was not qualified to rise to the rank of captain, the Navy said in a statement. Secretary Winter determined that CDR Lippold's actions as the Commanding Officer of USS COLE prior to the attack on October 12, 2000 did not meet the high standard he expects of Commanding Officers, and, based on this, CDR Lippold was not the best and fully qualified for promotion to the higher grade, the Navy said.

U.S. Navy Highlights Environmental Efforts

Personnel from U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) command highlighted the Navy's environmental efforts during Earth Day 2013 events held in the Hampton Roads, Va. area April 20-21. Navy leaders encouraged commands across the Navy to participate in local events and to spread the word on the Navy's many environmental success stories. USFF acted by sending a team of civilians and Navy Reservists to three local community events held in honor of Earth Day. The team helped convey the Navy's commitment to protecting the environment by participating in Earth Day programs at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, and Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

U.S. Navy Takes Delivery of ASDS

The U.S. U.S. Navy. In ceremonies held today in Annapolis, Md., Capt. document that delivers the ASDS into the hands of the Navy. operational capability to SEAL forces in high-threat areas," said Capt. Fallone. enabling a number of special operations missions. Warfare Command. Mr. sector. "The teamwork on this program was exemplary. Angeles-class fast-attack submarines. Seawolf-class, Jimmy Carter. transformational capabilities of the SSGN.

Kalaat Beni-Abbes Delivered at Muggiano Shipyard

The Algerian Navy's BDSL landing helicopter dock ship Kalaat Beni-Abbes, built by OSN at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso shipyard, is seen here sailing by barge to the Muggiano shipyard

The delivery ceremony of new amphibious vessel for the Algerian Navy  was held today at the Muggiano shipyard (in La Spezia). The "Kalaat Beni-Abbes" (from the name of a place in the north of the country, which in Arabic means fort of the sons of Abbes), a vessel commissioned in 2011 by the Ministry of Defence of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria from Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, a company controlled by Fincantieri in which Selex ES also holds an interest, will serve as the national Navy's new flagship. The ceremony was attended, among others, by Gen.

USNS Brunswick Departs Malaysia

Photo: United States Navy

The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF-6) concluded a port visit to Kuching, Malaysia, Jan. 17. The crew took advantage of the opportunity to experience Malaysia's rich culture following a port visit to Lumut, Malaysia. "It is important for our Sailors to interact with local communities throughout the region," said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. "The experiences they share with partner nations allows the U.S. The Royal Malaysian and U.S.

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