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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Cullman to Be Honored by Navy Memorial

The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation will host a reception and dinner for friends at the New York Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 21, 2003, to award Joseph F. Cullman, 3rd, of New York City, with a Lone Sailor Award. A Lone Sailor statue, the symbol of the Navy Memorial, will be presented to Cullman to honor his distinguished career. Mr. Cullman saw combat action as a young naval officer aboard USS Montpelier (CL-57) in the South and Central Pacific in World War II. He is currently chairman emeritus of the Phillip Morris Companies, now known as Altria, Inc. Following his Navy service, Commander Cullman distinguished himself as an enormously successful business leader and an active supporter of charitable organizations and foundations.

Cat Dealer Technician Competition

To recognize the "best of the best" Cat Marine Dealer service technicians, Caterpillar Engine Products Division developed the TEC Masters Top Gun Competition. Throughout the past year, 211 North American Cat Marine Dealer service technicians completed three training modules on electronic diesel engine systems. The 19 scoring the highest competed against each other in a national finals competition that included a written exam, hands-on diesel engine troubleshooting and a test on customer service skills. The day-long event provided contestants with 45 minutes to correctly troubleshoot twin "bugged" Cat electronic engines aboard a mid-sized sportfishing boat. An example of the problem they were faced with was low power. They needed to identify the problem and correct it.

'USS Enterprise' Returns Home from Final Deployment

USS Enterprise Arrives Norfolk Navy Base: Photo credit USN

The 51-year-old flattop’s legacy stretches back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to Vietnam. Even before the Southeast Asia conflict, the carrier took part in the Cuban missile crisis when it was part of the blockade that forced the Soviets to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba, ending a tense standoff. The fleet’s only active vessel commissioned earlier is the museum ship USS Constitution. Enterprise was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and in 1965 became the first of its kind to launch combat airstrikes, then against Vietnam.

Special Pilotage in Port of Brownsville

The Brazos-Santiago Pilots handle some 600 ship and vessel transits through the Port of Brownsville each year, but it's not every day that they get the opportunity to guide a venerable and storied U.S. Navy carrier to its final destination. "It's an especially proud honor to be a part of history and to pilot the USS Ranger on the final 15-mile leg of its 16,000 nautical mile voyage to International Shipbreaking of Brownsville," said Captain Grant Wilson, the pilots' presiding officer, who along with Captain Jonathan Willett boarded the carrier. The two pilots, along with Pilot Captain Gene Tuttle, have guided three other warships -- USS Constellation…

Cheyenne Navy Week Kicks Off

Richard Kaysen, mayor of Cheyenne, Wyo., welcomes Rear Adm. Michael S. White, commander of Naval Education and Training Command, and all other U.S. Navy participants to the official start-up event for Cheyenne Navy Week at

Rear Adm. Michael White, commander, Naval Education Training Command, from Denver, accepted a proclamation from Cheyenne's Mayor Richard Kaysen during the Cheyenne Navy Week Kick-Off Concert, July 14. The Kick-Off Concert featured U.S. Navy Band Southwest's Brass Quintet and their popular music group the "Destroyers," as well as a screening of "Top Gun". "We here in Cheyenne are proud to be one of 12 cities chosen to host Navy Week," the mayor said. More than 150 residents came to show their support to their Navy, while also enjoying the festivities.

USS Independence on Time & on Course

USS Independence tow position (Photo: EMR Group)

The decommissioned aircraft carrier, USS Independence has just passed by Costa Rica on its final mission, from Bremerton and onward to Brownsville, Texas. This is the first leg of a long 16,000 mile journey that will take the 60,000-ton super carrier around the tip of South America, transiting the Strait of Magellan and eventually into EMR Group’s International Shipbreaking Ltd. yard in Brownsville, Texas. USS Independence left on her final journey on Saturday, March 11th from the Kitsap Naval Base in Bremerton, Washington to Brownsville, Texas and is expected to take just under three months.

Indian Navy Decommissions INS Nirbhik, INS Nirghat

Photo:  Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Ships Nirbhik and Nirghat have been decommissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, after a glorious 30 and 28 years respectively in the service of the nation. The solemn ceremony involved traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of ‘Last Post’. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had commanded Nirghat earlier. Cdr V R Naphade, (Retd) and Commodore S Mampully, (Retd), the commissioning Commanding Officers of Nirbhik and Nirghat respectively were the Guests of Honour.

NAVSEA Warfare Center Personnel Recognized

Four Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) warfare center scientists and engineers were among those recognized, July 23, at the annual Top Navy Scientists and Engineers of the Year award ceremony at the Pentagon. As NAVSEA field activities, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) are the Navy's principal research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), analysis and assessment activities for ship and submarine platform, including machinery technology for surface combat systems, ordnance, mines, and strategic systems products and support. "Our men and women do some truly incredible, important work," said Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander NAVSEA. The award was named in honor of Dr. Delores M.

Paint Gun Washers Maintenance Kit

Herkules Equipment new Paint Gun Washer Maintenance Kit was developed in response to many Herkules customers who have had their Paint Gun Washer for decades and have a need for replacing small components or updating their old Herkules Paint Gun Washer. The Kit is equipped with the most common components needed for tuning-up Herkules Paint Gun Washers that have been in the market up to 30 years. It also includes parts that can modify a Herkules Paint Gun Washer from a two gun/two cup washer to a four-gun washer, now that many shops are using disposable cup systems.

Top Guns Shuffle at Carnival Corp.

Alan Buckelew: Photo courtesy of Carnival Corp

Alan Buckelew, currently the president and CEO of Princess Cruises, is being appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operations Officer of Carnival Corporation & plc effective December 1, 2013, reporting to President and CEO Arnold Donald. Buckelew will have oversight of all maritime and port operations around the world and our group collaborative functions, including information technology; group strategy and global operations; ship retrofits; newbuilds; research and development; risk advisory; and quality assurance.

FMC Top Guns Meet with MARAD Administrator

FMC Chairman Mario Cordero and Commissioner William P. Doyle met recently with Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenechin. Topics of discussion included: U.S. – China Transportation Forum, Proposed P 3 Alliance, SISI Briefing, U.S.-flag International Fleet. U.S. The Federal Maritime Commission and the Maritime Administration will participate in the U.S. – China Transportation Forum later this month. FMC Commissioner Doyle will attend the forum as part of the U.S. delegation on behalf of the Commission. The agenda for this forum is still being formalized between the United States and China. The P3 Alliance is being proposed by the world’s three largest container carriers – Maersk, CMA CGM and MSC.

ECDIS 'Top Guns' Announced

Awards Wheel:Photo credit ECDIS Ltd.

UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd are celebrating over two years award of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) sponsored ECDIS prize. The prize is awarded to the best ECDIS student of the month and is eligible to all those undertaking a generic IMO 1.27 ECDIS training course with ECDIS Ltd. In recognition of their success, the worthy recipient receives an elegant gift and a plaque with the student’s name on it adorns the ‘Ship’s Wheel’ at ECDIS Ltd’s facility.

Saluting Guns Ready for Arrival of World’s Navies

The Royal Australian Navy's Three Pound Saluting Gun Battery prepares to fire across Sydney Harbour as a Squirrel Helicopter decorated with International Fleet Review decals hovers off Garden Island Naval Base as a Seahawk helicopter flying a giant International Fleet Review Flag flys past.

The Royal Australian Navy has tested its new Three Pound Saluting Gun Battery at the Garden Island Naval Base, in readiness for October’s International Fleet Review, which commemorates the arrival of Navy’s first fleet in Sydney Harbor in 1913. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, said the guns would next be fired for the official 21-gun salute during the welcome of the Fleet by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Hon Ms Quentin Bryce. “Preparations for the…

MOL Acquires Seafarers Manning Company

Group photo of MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. and MOL management provided  by MOL

Japan's Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that MOL acquired 100% of the issued shares of Azalea Maritime B.V. on December 21st, 2017. Azalea Maritime changed its name to "MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V." on January 1st, 2018. MOL will enhance providing top-quality seafarers for MOL-operated LNG carriers and tankers and continue to aim to become a world leader in safe operation. MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime's accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business.

New Waterjetting Solition Gun

Aqua-Dyne's new solition gun is the first waterjetting gun to provide oscillating nozzle movement instead of traditional fixed or rotating nozzle action. The oscillating wave action provides concentrated, overlapping coverage as opposed to the circular, non-even coverage associated with rotary nozzle systems. The difference is significantly quicker and more uniform cleaning or coating removal, which results in increased productivity, says the company. The solition gun has a maximum working pressure of 60,000 psi. Nozzle oscillation is powered by compressed air with a built-in dump valve. The gun can be configured for single or multiple jets on a hand-held or machine-mounted unit.

New Escort Vessel for the U.S. Navy

After 54 years of building only commercial vessels, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered its first high-speed patrol boat for the federal government. The 64-foot screening escort vessel, with the mission of securing high-value Naval assets, will be operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. The all-aluminum boat features a C. Raymond-Hunt-designed deep-V hull, with a CPI Marine fender system, and is powered by twin MTU diesel engines and connected to water-jets. Top speed is over 30 knots.

ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract

for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE), ports and waterways and coastal security. passengers, is equipped with shock mitigated seating for the crew and gun mounts to accommodate M240G/M16 forward and aft for MLE missions. top speed is 39.5 knots. skill sets that provide the basis of the ACB construction and logistics team.

Unique Gun Salvaged from Barents Sea

Another finding fron bottom of Kola Bay

Divers Northern Fleet raised from the bottom of the Kola Bay, an American anti-aircraft gun, which lay there for 70 years. Earlier it was reported that the specialists of the search and rescue (UPASR) Northern Fleet (NF) completed the preparatory work in the area of the death of an American military transport ship "Thomas Donaldson" (type "Liberty"). During the Great Patriotic War, the ship participated in the composition of the Arctic convoy JW-65, who drove the Soviet Murmansk under the Lend-Lease ammunition, military equipment and other goods.

JAN / FEB Edition of Maritime Logistics Professional magazine

Image Credit: (c) JJAVA

Make sure your Cruise Port is in our Top 20 Feature. The January / February 2018 edition of Maritime Logistics Professional will focus on today’s cruise shipping trends, how cruise lines are achieving a greener cruise shipping signature, and many other aspects the global cruise markets. Additionally, we will also feature the World’s Top 20 Cruise Ports. Simply click the link or go to https://cruiseports.maritimeprofessional.com/ to get started. Enter your port by populating the entry form.

This Day in U.S. Navy History – December 13

1775 - Continental Congress provides for the construction of 5 ships of 32 guns, 5 ships of 28 guns, and 3 ships of 24 guns 1941 - Commander William A. Sullivan designated the first Supervisor of Salvage with office in New York City. (Source: Navy News Service)

Hard Work Pays Off

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is the 10th ship of the Famous-class cutters and the third vessel to bear the name. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Anthony Casullo.

At 270 feet and weighing in at 1,646 tons, Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is equipped with the necessary equipment to perform law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and national defense missions. To stay mission ready, the ship’s equipment requires routine maintenance usually handled by the crew, but occasionally more attention is needed. Cue the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md. One of the many specialized groups working at the yard is the ordnance shop’s MK75 planned depot maintenance team.

Today in U.S. Naval History: December 13

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 13 1775 - Continental Congress provides for the construction of five ships of 32 guns, five ships of 28 guns and three ships of 24 guns 1941 - Commander William A. Sullivan designated the first Supervisor of Salvage with office in New York City. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Dura-Flux Flux-Cored Gun Eases Maintenance

The new Dura-Flux Gun (Photo: Bernard)

Bernard has introduced its new Dura-Flux Gun with a replaceable power cable liner. This self-shielded flux-cored arc welding (FCAW-S) gun allows quick and easy power cable maintenance, and provides operators with 350 amps of welding capability at 60 percent duty cycle. The Dura-Flux Gun with replaceable liner features an advanced handle design, which helps reduce downtime associated with operator fatigue, and  is available with an optional dual schedule switch. The dual schedule…

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Dec 2017 - The Great Ships of 2017

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