Drone Wars: French Navy Examines Cutting-edge Tech
Defense technology company Naval Group and helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters will together lead an effort to develop warship based aerial drones for the French Navy. The French companies were recently contracted by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) to perform a “de-risking” study ahead of future construction of tactical helicopter drones. The demonstration project will eventually lead to trials of the drone launch system, mission system and airborne rotary-wing vehicle, conducted from a French Navy vessel.
This Day in Coast Guard History – August 9
1942- The Coast Guard-manned transport USS Hunter Liggett rescued the survivors of the heavy cruisers USS Vincennes, Astoria, and Quincy and the Australian cruiser HMAS Canberra that had been sunk the preceding night by Imperial Japanese Navy warships during the Battle of Savo Island. The night battle, also known as the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, was one of the worst defeats ever suffered by the U.S. Navy. 1950- Congress enacted Public Law 679, which charged the Coast Guard with the function of port security. 1982- Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger approved the use of Coast Guard law enforcement detachments on board Navy vessels during peace-time. The teams conducted law enforcement boardings from Navy vessels for the first time in history.
Marine Composites, Acoustic Materials on Display by Goodrich
Goodrich Corporation will display its advanced marine composite products and acoustic materials at the Navy League's annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at National Harbor, Md. April 16-18. The exposition brings the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime-based event. Goodrich's Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) business in Jacksonville, Fla. delivered its 336th sonar dome rubber window (SDRW) to the U.S. Navy on Jan 9, 2012. EPP, part of Goodrich's Aerostructures business, has been the exclusive supplier of sonar domes to a variety of U.S. Navy and allied navy vessels for more than 40 years.
Marinette Marine Corp. To Launch U.S. Navy Vessel
Marinette Marine Corp. To Launch U.S. Navy Vessel Marinette Marine Corp. launched the U.S. Navy's Barracks Craft (APL-65) into the Menominee River at a ceremony on October 30. The vessel, which was christened and launched in memory of the late Roger Derusha who served as president and CEO of Marinette from 1970-1991 and as chairman from 1974-1999. Sponsored by Derusha's late wife, Marilyn, the vessel is part of a two-part $32.5 million contract that was awarded to Marinette by the Navy in 1998.
Coast Guard, Canadian Naval Vessels Continue Search
U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Navy vessels continue to work towards finding an airplane, which crash-landed Saturday night, and the young passenger who is still missing. The plane crashed in the vicinity of President Channel, on the west end of Orcas Island. A Canadian Navy vessel, with side-scan sonar, arrived last night and continues to search for the submurged plane. A second Canadian Navy vessel has equipment and dive personnel that can submerge to depths of 300 feet. The goals of the responding agencies are to locate the plane and verify if the young passenger is still on board. Coast Guard units remain in the area in case the fourth passenger is not in the plane. The cause of the plane crash is under investigation by the NTSB and FAA.
This Day in U.S. Naval History – February 7
1800 - USS Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator. 1815 - The Board of Naval Commissioners, a group of senior officers, is established to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Navy, under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy. 1955 - Seventh Fleet ships begin evacuation of Chinese nationalists from Tachen Islands 1965 - In response to a Viet Cong attack on barracks area at Pleiku, South Vietnam, aircraft from carriers, USS Coral Sea, USS Hancock, and USS Ranger attack North Vietnamese area near Donghoi. (Source: Navy News Service)
U.S. Navy Ship to Visit Brunei
U.S. Navy ship "USN-HSV X1 Joint Venture" will be arriving at the Brunei-Muara Commercial Port on November 10, with Commander Thomas P Shaw in charge, says a recent Borneo Bulletin report. The ship's four-day visit to the country will focus primarily on extending excellent ties between the two countries. The US Navy and the US Army leased the US Navy vessel Joint Venture or HSV-X1 together in July 2001 for two years. The Navy was the first to test the ship's capabilities. Source: The Borneo Bulletin
This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 28
1800 - Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope 1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812. 1848 - USS Supply reaches the Bay of Acre, anchoring under Mount Carmel near the village of Haifa, during expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan. Source: http://www.history.navy.mil
This Day in Naval History - March 28
From the Navy News Service 1800 - Essex becomes the first U.S. Navy vessel to pass the . 1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off . Before capture, had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812. 1848 - USS Supply reaches the of , anchoring under Mount Carmel near the of , during its expedition to explore the and the River Jordan.
Today in U.S. Naval History: March 28
Today in U.S. Naval History - March 28 1800 - Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope 1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812. 1848 - USS Supply reaches the Bay of Acre, anchoring under Mount Carmel near the village of Haifa, during expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Marinette To Launch U.S. Navy Vessel
Marinette Marine Corp. launched the U.S. Navy's Barracks Craft (APL-65) into the Menominee River at a ceremony on October 30. The vessel, which was christened and launched in memory of the late Roger Derusha who served as president and CEO of Marinette from 1970-1991 and as chairman from 1974-1999. Sponsored by Derusha's late wife, Marilyn, the vessel is part of a two-part $32.5 million contract that was awarded to Marinette by the Navy in 1998.
Kidnappers Attack Plant, Navy Ship
Militants holding nine foreign hostages in southern Nigeria attacked another oil facility today and blew up a military vessel in ongoing violence that has cut about 20 percent of crude production in Africa's oil giant. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta attacked a Shell-operated pipeline switching station and a navy vessel in the oil-rich southern region. Nigeria is reeling from weekend attacks in which militants blasted pipelines and sabotaged a key oil loading terminal belonging to Royal Dutch Shell, forcing the company to halt the flow of about 455,000 barrels a day. (Source: Scotsman)
USS Simpson Trains 5 Countries in Anti-piracy
Guided-missile frigate USS Simpson completes two days anti-piracy training exercises in Gulf of Guinea. Participating in Obangame Express, a maritime exercise aimed to improve cooperation amongs participating nations, USS Simpson acted as a boarding vessel with role players and trainers for teams from five countries - Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, and Spain. Simpson also sent a boarding team to a Nigerian navy vessel, the patrol cutter NNS Nwamba, to practice boarding techniques while other personnel visited six ships for training with counterparts.
New Zealand's New Navy Vessel Ready for SeaTrials
The first vessel in the New Zealand government's $500 million navy upgrade has come off its slipway in a Dutch shipbuilding yard. It will be used to carry troops and cargo, allowing them to be disembarked at sea. It has been built as part of Project Protector, with seven vessels planned. Officials say that it will be followed by sea trials, with the vessel due in New Zealand by the end of the year. source: Radio New Zealand
Oil Spill Training Conducted in Portland Harbor
The Navy vessel Keokuk participates in a multi-agency oil spill training exercise in Casco Bay, Maine, October 4 while a Coast Guard helicopter flies over the area to assess how much oil is in the water. Ten years and one week prior to the exercise, an oil tanker struck the Casco Bay Bridge and dumped 180,000 gallons of oil into Portland Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Downs.
Swift Comes to Aid in Disaster Area
The following message was received at Incat today from the Commanding Officer of US Navy Vessel SWIFT, the shallow draft High Speed Catamaran built by Incat in Tasmania: "SWIFT is once again involved with disaster relief efforts, but this time here in the US. We are currently serving as a high speed connector and have provided the local Commander with high speed lift between Ingleside, Texas and the Mississippi Delta. We are now engaged in shuttling cargo from Pensacola, Florida to the large supply ships (they cannot access the port) for distro to the rest of the naval task force in the area."
UltraStrip Signs Agreement with BAE Systems
UltraStrip Systems, Inc. announced the signing of a five year exclusive agreement with BAE Systems ship yard subsidiaries in San Francisco and San Diego to provide its patented robotic automated waterjetting technology equipment and services. UltraStrip's robotic technology will perform high speed coating removal services to the shipyard's customers, including U.S. Navy vessels, oil tankers, cruise ships, bulk carriers, and container ships. BAE Systems San Francisco and BAE Systems San Diego are subsidiaries of BAE Systems Ship Repair, Inc., a group of companies owned by U.K. based BAE Systems.
Divers Find Way Before Visit To Sunken Ship
U.S. Navy divers who hope to recover bodies from a Japanese fishing vessel accidentally sunk by a nuclear submarine toured a similar vessel to learn more about the rooms and passageways where they will work. Two teams of divers and engineers spent seven hours aboard the Kagawa Maru, which has a floor plan similar to the sunken Ehime Maru, during a port visit to Honolulu Harbor. The Ehime Maru sank in 2,000 feet (610 m) of water on Feb. 9 after being struck by a surfacing submarine, the USS Greeneville, nine miles south of Oahu. Nine people, including four teen-age boys, were never found, and their remains are thought still to be aboard the 750-ton Ehime Maru.
Seminar on Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels
A Seminar on Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels: New Test Procedures and Material Approval Process will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, the workshop will be held at the Marriott Waterside Tampa in Tampa, Florida, in conjunction with the December standards development meetings of the committee. ASTM F25 Committee presents a one day Seminar "Fire Testing for SOLAS and Navy Vessels: New Test Procedures and Material Approval Process." The seminar is targeted at the needs of those in industry with specific interest in fire testing and approval of materials for use in the construction of ships. Designers, manufacturers, suppliers, shipyards, and test laboratories will all benefit from attending the seminar.
North Korea: Action Against South's Navy Possible
North Korea's military warned on Friday of "unannounced targeted strikes" against South Korea's navy, accusing the South of violating its territorial waters off the peninsula's west coast, the scene of deadly naval clashes in the past. Pyongyang's warning came during the annual crab fishing season, which runs until June in the waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula. Naval forces from the two Koreas clashed during the same month in 1999 and 2002, killing scores of sailors on both sides. In March 2010, a South Korean navy ship was hit by a torpedo and sank off the west coast, killing 46 sailors. Seoul blames the attack on the North, although Pyongyang has denied any role.
Austal Begins Final Assembly of JHSV 3
JHSV 3 one of 5 Navy Vessels Under Construction at Austal USA. The third Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) is taking shape on the waterfront. The first of 43 modules for JHSV 3 have been successfully transported from the Module Manufacturing Facility (MMF) and erected in the final assembly bay on the waterfront. The most recent module transported, at just under 90 percent complete, is 20,400mm long with a max width of 8,300mm and is 9,400mm high from keel to main deck. The module…
Dockwise Awarded MSC Contract
Dockwise Ltd., has been awarded a contract by U.S. Military Sealift Command for the use of one of its specialized open stern vessels for offshore operational design tests. The contract is due to be executed late 2008 and has a gross value in excess of $25m, including the costs of modification of the vessel. This is the fourth time Dockwise will provide one of its large heavy transport vessels to the U.S. Navy for offshore operational tests. These tests are meant to provide data and design criteria for a new navy vessel called MLP (Mobile Logistics Platform). These new MLP vessels are aimed to be part of the navy's sea-basing effort to facilitate the transfer of material from large cargo ships to an intermediate platform for ultimate transfer to shore on various types of landing crafts.
Chinese Navy Ships to Visit Mayport
Three People's Liberation Army-Navy ships are scheduled to visit Naval Station Mayport as part of a routine goodwill port visit, Nov. 3-7. Three vessels are on an around-the-world deployment and will conduct the goodwill visit after completing port calls in Europe. The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) will serve as the host ship. In Mayport, Sailors from both navies will participate in sporting events and interact during ship tours. Goodwill visits by ships from foreign navies help build trust and foster shared understanding.