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Today in U.S. Naval History: March 11

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing into law the Lend-Lease Act. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 11 1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act 1942 - In a PT boat, Lt. Cdr. John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur to Australia 1945 - Use of first Navy landing craft to cross Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr 1965 - Market Time patrols begin off South Vietnam coast For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

This Day in Naval History – March 11

1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act 1942 - In a PT boat, LCDR John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur to Australia 1945 - Use of first Navy landing craft to cross Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr 1965 - Market Time patrols begin off South Vietnam coast (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History - March 11

From the Navy News Service 1935 - The Naval Security Group is born when OP-20G becomes the Communications Security Group. 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act. 1942 - In a Motor Patrol (PT) boat, Lt. Cmdr. John Bulkeley leaves the to take Gen. Douglas MacArthur to . 1945 - The first Navy landing craft crosses the at Bad Neuenahr. 1965 - Market Time patrols begin off the coast.

This Day in Naval History – March 11

1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act 1942 - In a PT boat, LCDR John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur to Australia 1945 - Use of first Navy landing craft to cross Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr 1965 - Market Time patrols begin off South Vietnam coast (Source: Navy News Service)  

This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 11

1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group   1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act   1942 - In a PT boat, LCDR John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur to Australia   1945 - Use of first Navy landing craft to cross Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr   1965 - Market Time patrols begin off South Vietnam coast   (Source: Navy News Service)

Russian Maritime Security Firm Protests Nigeria Detainment

In September 2012 Moscow-based crew members of the arms-carrying 'MV Myre Seadiver' were arrested in Lagos & detained without trial. In September 2012 Moscow-based crew members of the MV Myre Seadiver were conducting professional and legitimate counter-piracy operations along Africa's western coast when, in October, their anchorage in Nigeria's Port of Lagos took a fateful turn. Ignoring the fact that all permits, licenses and clearances were in place, the Nigerian Navy captured the Master and crew of fifteen Russian sailors on the eve of their departure from the Port of Lagos. Held for months in a bleak Lagos prison without charge or trial…

Special Op Presidential RIBs Delivered

Ribcraft completed commissioning exercises for a fleet of RIBCRAFT 7.8's delivered to the Philippines Presidential Security Group earlier this year. The RIBs will be used by the Presidential Security Group to detect, identify, and disable potential threats in the vicinity of the Presidential Palace located on the in . Under the contract, RIBCRAFT directed final commissioning and post delivery inspections in country earlier this month. The all black RIBs, with blacked out hulls, tubes, consoles, frames, and antennas, are designed to not only destroy potential threats to the Palace but to intimidate vessels from approaching. Intended for rapid response, the 25.8 ft. RIBCRAFT 7.8s are outfitted with twin 150 hp Honda four stroke outboards.

Secure Waters Offers Trip Threat Reports

The Maritime Security Council has accredited the on-demand trip threat reports. Piracy continues to be a major problem affecting large yachts and worldwide shipping concerns. Pirate attacks are spreading from the Gulf of Aden/Indian Ocean east to Asia and to the west coast of Africa. There have been reports of hijackings in South and Central America, Hispaniola, and the Caribbean as well. Shipping companies and large yacht owners are searching for solutions to help them better understand the location and type of threats they face along their routes. Secure Waters Security Group, Inc. now provides on-demand trip threat reports to help large yacht, cargo vessels, and shipping companies better understand the potential threats they may face worldwide.

Ships Warned of Theft in Malacca, Singapore Straits

Photo: Indonesian Navy

Sea Security Group has warned commercial ships passing through the Malacca and Singapore straits to be alert for possible theft by local people and pirates while traversing Asia's busiest straits, says a report in Jakarta Post. Based on information from seafarers, the straits were vulnerable to theft by locals using pancung (small wooden boats). According to intelligence data, from January to February there were 17 reports of theft using pancung filed by commercial ships moored or sailing in the area, he said. The commander said the Navy was stepping up patrols to catch the pirates.

Ulrich Ganz of Bernhard Schulte Joins Tundra

Captain Ulrich Ganz

Tundra Group is delighted to announce the addition of the former Senior Company Security Officer (CSO) of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Captain Ulrich Ganz, to their Senior Management team. An Ex-Master and Marine Superintendent with over 30 years’ experience which includes Salvage, Ship Management, Maritime Security, ISM, Incident Investigations, Ransom Negotiation and intervention in drug related vessel detention. Ulrich previously worked for BSM as their global Maritime Security coordinator…

Pirates Attacking Bigger Ships off Philippines

File Image: a piracy interdiction operation (Credit: IMB)

Attacks in waters east of Philippines shift to big ships; ReCAAP, security groups recommend avoiding Sulu and Celebes Seas. Asian pirates are focusing more of their attacks on larger merchant ships near the Philippines, hoping for bigger ransom payments from kidnapping their crew, the head of a regional anti-piracy body said on Friday. The region's pirates have changed tactics since October, to target some of the biggest ships travelling through the Sulu and Celebes Seas, and paying less attention to small tugs and fishing boats.

Singapore Navy Foils Pirate Attack

Republic of Singapore Navy. Photo: Government of Singapore

The Republic of Singapore Navy ( RSN) disrupted a sea robbery on a tugboat in the eastern approaches of the Singapore Strait, says Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). The sight of a warship from the RSN Maritime Security Task Force sent sea robbers who had boarded a tugboat in the Singapore Strait fleeing on Tuesday (Sep 1). The Malaysian-flagged tugboat Permata 1 was then escorted safely to Singapore waters by the RSS Resilience, a Fearless-class patrol vessel. The Ministry of Defence…

USS Hopper Arrives in 7th Fleet

Official U.S. Navy file photo

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. Hopper will conduct evolutions involving theater security cooperation, building partner capacity and performing routine operations within the area. Hopper is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants capabilities; designed to operate independently or with a surface action group or strike group.

Submarine Begins Underwater Search for Missing Dornier Aircraft

Photo: Indian Coast Guard

The search for the missing Dornier aircraft of Indian Coast Guard and its three crew members is being augmented with underwater search by naval submarine, reports All India Radio. After six days of efforts to trace the missing Coast Guard Dornier aircraft, all eyes are now on the Navy submarine that started the undersea search operation for the plane. There were reports that wreckage of the Dornier aircraft was found but Coast Guard Eastern region Inspector General Commander S P Sharma later denied the reports. “We are awaiting communication from the submarine.

Ukraine Reinforces Defense of Key Port

Ukraine reinforced its defenses at the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov on Thursday in anticipation of a rebel attack amid reports that pro-Russian separatists were advancing on the city with tanks and artillery. Further north, in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, renewed shelling killed at least one woman and blew huge holes in residential buildings, a day before talks between Kiev and the separatists on a possible ceasefire. A Ukrainian soldier told Reuters he had seen the separatists advancing on Mariupol, a city of about 500,000, with tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery. His comments could not be independently confirmed. A Reuters witness heard about a dozen blasts and saw plumes of black smoke rising a few km (miles) to the east of Mariupol.

India, US, Japan Naval Drills Begins, Irks China

Image: US Navy

India, Japan and the United States kicked off the first joint naval exercises  in the Bay of Bengal in eight years and such drills will occur each year, Indian government sources said. The Japanese Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSF) confimed that it will Permanently Join US-India Naval Exercises. An announcement will be made shortly  re-designating what had hitherto been officially an Indian-U.S. bilateral military exercise into a trilateral India-U.S.-Japan event, according to the Business Standard.

Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs for Deployment to Western Pacific

Official U.S. Navy file photo

More than 6,000 Sailors assigned to Carl Vinson Strike Group ships and units departed the U.S. West Coast, Jan. 4-5, for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific. The deployment marks the second time the Carl Vinson Strike Group will operate throughout the Indo- Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet's command and control. The strike group became the first in recent history to demonstrate the command and control construct called Third Fleet Forward when units completed a six-month deployment last year. Ships deploying from U.S.

Suspect Involved in N. Korean Oil Smuggling Released on Bail

© leeyiutung / Adobe Stock

A court in Taiwan has released on bail a man prosecutors allege to have made false declarations in the case of a Hong Kong-flagged tanker suspected of transferring oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions. The man, surnamed Chen, said the vessel was bound for Hong Kong, despite knowing it was bound for international waters to traffic oil products, the prosecutors' office in the southern city of Kaohsiung said on Wednesday. "The suspicion of crime is great," it said in a statement…

Bourbon, Bureau Veritas Partner on Digitalization

Bourbon Explorer 508 (Photo: Bourbon)

Under a new strategic partnership agreement, French offshore services firm Bourbon and testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas will develop and deploy new digital technologies, including solutions for automation, real time fleet monitoring and mitigating cyber risks. For dynamic positioning systems in particular, the partnership will aim to deliver advanced automation of to enable real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams…

Terrorism and the Maritime Transportation System

Understanding the maritime threat requires an historical review of criminal and terrorist elements. A closer look at the methodologies of terrorism gives greater insight to the maritime condition as it stands today. Some threats have remained for years, others are practiced daily in far away places; distant from the comfort we call our homeland. "Terrorism and the Maritime Transportation System" will not pretend to provide answers to all of the threats we face - only provide greater magnification for understanding.

Damen Delivers Patrol Vessel to Nigeria

Guardian 4 (Photo: Damen)

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria, has taken delivery of another Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea. This takes the total delivered vessels/Guardians since the first arrived in early 2014 to four. Guardian 4 has joined its three sister ships in providing security services to the oil majors active in Nigeria’s territorial waters, together with additional support services including crew transfers and equipment deliveries.

China Gets Port of Darwin

Photo: Northern Territory Government

The Northern Territory (NT) Government in Australia announced the successful bidder for the Port of Darwin – Landbridge Group, based in the People’s Republic of China. Chinese privately owned energy and infrastructure conglomerate Landbridge Group has won a $A506 million bid to run Australia's Port of Darwin for 99 years, NT's Chief Minister Adam Giles announced. Under the terms of the agreement, the Northern Territory will lease the Darwin Port land and facilities of East Arm Wharf, including the Darwin Marine Supply Base, and Fort Hill Wharf to Landbridge Group for 99 years.

Lloyd’s Sets Initiative for Industry Security

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