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Monday, January 22, 2018

Ship Named News

Digital Naming of Stena Immortal

Photo: Stena Bulk AB

The digital naming of the MR tanker Stena Immortal took place January 18 at Stena's new office in Hellerup in the north of Copenhagen. The 50,000 dwt Stena Immortal was built at the Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) shipyard in southeast China and is jointly owned on a 50-50 basis by Stena Bulk and Indonesian Golden Agri Resources (GAR). Following her delivery in September 2016, the 183-meter-long tanker has sailed in one of Stena Bulk's global logistics systems, which currently employ some 60 vessels, with a focus on refined petroleum products, vegetable oils and chemicals.

This Day in Naval History – August 31

1842 - Congress replaces the Board of Navy Commissioners, a group of senior officer who oversaw naval technical affairs, with the five technical Bureaus, ancestors of the Systems Commands. One of the 1842 Bureau, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, continues to serve under its original name. 1943 - Commissioning of USS Harmon (DE-678), first Navy ship named for an African American Sailor. 1944 - Carrier task group begins 3-day attack on Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands 1962 - Last flight of Navy airship made at NAS Lakehurst, NJ (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – August 31

1842 - Congress replaces the Board of Navy Commissioners, a group of senior officer who oversaw naval technical affairs, with the five technical Bureaus, ancestors of the Systems Commands. One of the 1842 Bureau, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, continues to serve under its original name. 1943 - Commissioning of USS Harmon (DE-678), first Navy ship named for an African American Sailor. 1944 - Carrier task group begins 3-day attack on Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands 1962 - Last flight of Navy airship made at NAS Lakehurst, NJ (Source: Navy News Service)

Navy Ships Named for American Pioneers

Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter announced the names of four new Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ships (T-AKE) as Matthew Perry, Charles Drew, Washington Chambers and William McLean. All of the Lewis and Clark ships are named in honor of American explorers and pioneers and are being built by General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. The selection of Matthew Perry, designated T-AKE 9, honors Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), who led a squadron of ships to Japan in 1853 with the aim of opening that nation to trade. He served during the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War, and was sent to suppress piracy and the slave trade in the West Indies. The selection of Charles Drew, designated T-AKE 10, honors Dr. Charles R.

Pirates Attack Japanese Ship, No Crew Injured

According to a September 12 report from Reuters, pirates boarded a Japanese auto transport ship and robbed its crew off Indonesia late on September 10, but no one was injured and the undamaged ship resumed its voyage, Japanese media quoted the transport ministry as saying. Pirates boarded the ship named Cheerleader, operated by Japan's Nippon Yusen KK, tied up members of the crew, stole money and fled. (Source: Reuters)

Container Ship Launched

A 53,000-ton container ship, named Dinamod 53, was launched on June 13 by the Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Industry Company in northern Hai Phong city. The Dinamod 53, the biggest ever built in Vietnam at a total cost of $29m, is 190 m long and 32.26 m wide. The ship was built on an advanced production line under the supervision of the Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a leading international certification body. It was part of a contract between the company and its British partner, the Graig Investment Co.Ltd.-Enditem Source: vna

This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 27

1942 - USS Gudgeon is first US sub to sink enemy submarine in action, Japanese I-173. 1945 - Commissioning of USS Higbee (DD-806), first U.S. Navy ship named after women member of U.S. Navy. 1967 - Fire in Command Module at Cape Kennedy during simulation countdown. Lunar Module Pilot LCDR Roger B. Chaffee and two other crew members died. 1973 - Paris Peace Accords signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – Jan. 27

1942 - USS Gudgeon is first US sub to sink enemy submarine in action, Japanese I-173. 1945 - Commissioning of USS Higbee (DD-806), first U.S. Navy ship named after women member of U.S. Navy. 1967 - Fire in Command Module at Cape Kennedy during simulation countdown. Lunar Module Pilot LCDR Roger B. Chaffee and two other crew members died. 1973 - Paris Peace Accords signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 23

1795 - U.S. Navy Office of Purveyor of Supplies is established. This is the Navy Supply Corps Birthday. 1919 - Launching of Osmond Ingram (DD-255), first Navy ship named for an enlisted man 1944 - Carrier groups under Spruance attack Saipan, Tinian and Rota in the Marianas 1945 - Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman raise flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima (Source: Navy News Service)

Container Ship Christened

The HCM City-based Sai Gon Shipbuilding Industry Company Ltd. (SSIC) and the Danish owner, the Erria A/S, launched a new 2,900 DWT container vessel. The new small river and seagoing container ship, named Erria Viet Nam, was built under a $5m contract signed between SSIC and Erria in November 2005. Construction of the vessel began in February 2006. Under the contract, SSIC, a subsidiary of the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (Vinashin) is undertaking the construction. Source: VNS

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 23

1795 - U.S. Navy Office of Purveyor of Supplies is established. This is the Navy Supply Corps Birthday. 1919 - Launching of Osmond Ingram (DD-255), first Navy ship named for an enlisted man 1944 - Carrier groups under Spruance attack Saipan, Tinian and Rota in the Marianas 1945 - Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman raise flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima (Source: Navy News Service)

Vinashin Launches 6,500 Ton Container Ship

According to a Nov. 27 report from SGGP, a member of Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) on November 26 launched a 6,500 ton container ship named Vinashin Southern No.1 in the northern port of Hai Phong. (Source: SGGP)

Prisco Launches Second Tanker

On July 27, Prisco launched a second Suezmax type ship named, Prisco Alcor. The tanker is under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea. The vessel is expected to be delivered in two months. During that period HHI will lead completion of the tanker’s outfit and carry out sea trials of the newbuilding. Prisco's team specialists provided inspections of the assembling of the tanker and acceptance of the equipment.

This Day in Naval History – Jan. 27

1942 - USS Gudgeon is first US sub to sink enemy submarine in action, Japanese I-173. 1945 - Commissioning of USS Higbee (DD-806), first U.S. Navy ship named after women member of U.S. Navy. 1967 - Fire in Command Module at Cape Kennedy during simulation countdown. Lunar Module Pilot LCDR Roger B. Chaffee and two other crew members died. 1973 - Paris Peace Accords signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War (Source: Navy News Service)  

Enercon Launches E-Ship 1 in Kiel

On August 2, ship naming and launching ceremonies for Enercon’s new E-Ship 1 took place at Lindenau GmbH shipyards in Kiel. After launching, the ship will be hauled to the fitting dock where the final details – fixtures, fittings and equipment – will be installed before the ship is delivered in December this year. The ship’s sponsor, Martina Kuhlmann, Enercon executive assistant, christened the vessel and wished the typical German saying: “Immer eine Handbreit Wasser unterm Kiel” which means “always at least as much water under the keel as the hand is wide”…

'Royal Princess' Christening Royally Performed

'Royal Princess' Naming: Photo credit Princess Cruises

Standing on the naming platform with the ship's Captain Tony Draper, The Duchess of Cambridge pronounced, "I name this ship 'Royal Princess'. The Duchess then cut the rope that sent a giant Nebuchadnezzar-size bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne toward the ship, officially welcoming Royal Princess into the fleet of Princess Cruises at the Southampton ceremony. Internationally renowned percussive orchestra Mass Ensemble performed with its signature "Earth Harp," an architectural instrument with strings that extended 1,000 feet and was played as it hovered over the nearly 2,000 ceremony guests.

New USS Attack Submarine Sponsored by Second Lady

Virginia-class 'USS California': Photo credit USN

At Pentagon ceremony Dr Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announce the new sub's name to be 'USS Delaware'. Wherever the USS Delaware goes after she is launched in 2018, a "piece of my heart will go with her," said Dr. Jill Biden, who will sponsor the Navy's newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine. Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn also attended the ceremony announcing the submarine's name. Vice President Joe Biden also attended the ceremony and donned a blue ball cap bearing the name of the submarine. This is the seventh U.S.

USS America’s Capstan Cover Passed Along to USS John C. Stennis

The Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers along with the In-service Carriers Program Office (PMS 312) and Future Carriers Program Office (PMS 378) have contributed to a tradition that could last decades and span future ships named for America. They have presented a capstan cover from ex-America (CV 66) to the USS John C Stennis (CVN 74). The capstan is a rotating machine used onboard ship and dock walls for heaving in ropes, cables and hawsers. The capstan cover on a ship is an ornate, highly decorated and usually polished circular device that sits on top of the capstan. The capstan cover from the ex-America weighs 138 lbs. In fiscal year 1996, the USS John C. Stennis was commissioned and the USS America, having served in the U.S. Navy since 1965, was decommissioned.

State Secretary Lind Receives WISTA Award

WISTA Norway announces Rikke Lind as the “Shipping name of the year” during Nor-shipping 2011. Lind receives the award as recognition of her dedicated efforts to support women in the maritime industry for more than 10 years. Rikke Lind will accept the award this afternoon at a ceremony in Oslo. Women´s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an organisation for women at management level in the maritime industry. Its mission is to facilitate networking and professional development for women in shipping.

Iron Ore Carrier Ore Sao Luis Completed

Tokyo—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. announced the completion of the 297,000-ton iron ore carrier Ore Sao Luis at the Universal Shipbuilding Corporation, Ariake Shipyard. The Ore Sao Luis will transport iron ore from Brazil mainly to China, under a long-term contract with Vale.   Among those on hand for the naming and delivery ceremonies were Vale International General Manager, Shipping, Pietro Allevato, who named the vessel, and Universal Shipbuilding Director and Senior Managing Officer Kuniteru Ishikawa. The ship’s name is derived from the capital and largest city in Maranhão state in Brazil. MOL operates a class of six 300,000 DWT VLOCs in total, including Ore Sao Luis.  

USCGC Kimball Christened; GE Marine Gas Turbines Provide Power

Kimball at christening (Photo: GE Marine)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s seventh new National Security Cutter, Kimball (WMSL 756), was christened on March 4. The ceremony was held at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Miss. According to HII, Kimball is the third ship named in honor of Sumner I. Kimball. The first Kimball (WSC/WMEC-143) was commissioned in 1927, and was eventually decommissioned in 1968. The second ship to bear the name was SS Sumner I. Kimball (EC2-S-C1); it was torpedoed and sank by the Nazi submarine U-960 with the loss of 64 American lives.

VT Halter Marine and NOAA to Celebrate Keel Laying

VT Halter Marine Inc. and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold a combined keel-laying ceremony on June 15 for two NOAA ships under construction at VT Halter’s Moss Point, Miss., shipyard. Bell M Shimada is the last of four fisheries survey vessels of the same design constructed for NOAA. Ferdinand R. Hassler is a small waterplane area twin hull coastal mapping vessel, the first of its class to be designed and constructed by VT Halter Marine. Both ships were named through NOAA ship-naming contests, an educational initiative held in the regions where the ships will be home ported. Both winning student teams will actively participate in the ceremony.

USS America Joins the Fleet

Sailors and Marines assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) man the rails as they bring the ship to life during America's commissioning ceremony. America is the first ship of its class and the fourth to bea

USS America (LHA 6), the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct. 11. More than 8,000 friends, family members and invited guests gathered in front of the ship to witness its introduction to the fleet. During the ceremony, Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, commended the crew for their performance during acceptance trials and sailing around South America.

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