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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Underway Carrier News

MSC Accepts USNS Richard E. Byrd

Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of dry/cargo ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd in San Diego. The ship was built by General Dynamics NASSCO. Byrd, designated T-AKE 4, is the fourth in the Lewis and Clark-class of underway replenishment ships, which deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy’s underway carrier and expeditionary strike groups, allowing them to stay at sea for extended periods of time. The T-AKEs will replace some of these aging, single-mission ships such as Kilauea-class ammunition ships and Mars- and Sirius-class combat stores ships that are nearing the end of their service lives.

USNS Wally Schirra to Military Sealift Command

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Wally Schirra in San Diego recently. The ship was built by General Dynamics NASSCO. Schirra, named in honor of astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra, is the eighth ship in the Lewis and Clark-class of underway replenishment ships. These ships - called T-AKEs - deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy's underway carrier and expeditionary strike groups allowing them to stay at sea, on station and combat ready for extended periods of time.

MSC Accepts USNS Amelia Earhart

Military Sealift Command accepted delivery of dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart in San Diego, Oct. 30. The ship was built by General Dynamics NASSCO. Earhart, named in honor of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, is the sixth in the Lewis and Clark-class of underway replenishment ships. These ships - called T-AKEs - deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy's underway carrier and expeditionary strike groups allowing them to stay at sea, on station and combat ready for extended periods of time. "Earhart and the other dry cargo/ammunition ships are relieving ships that have been sustaining our Navy task forces at sea for nearly 40 years…

Military Sealift Command Accepts Fifth Addition to Newest Ship Class

Balloons and bunting decorate the bow of Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) during christening ceremonies at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. The ship is named for the man who led the first expedition to the geographic North Pole. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Brian Brannon

Military Sealift Command (MSC) accepted delivery of dry/cargo ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) in , June 5. The ship was built by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. Named in honor of Navy Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary, leader of the first expedition to the North Pole, the ship is the fifth in the Lewis and Clark-class of underway replenishment ships with the designation T-AKE-5. The ships' primary mission is to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores…

USNS Amelia Earhart's Honors Ship's Namesake

Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart paused its maiden MSC mission to pay respect to the ship's namesake at the site where the famed aviator disappeared July 2, 1937. As the sun began to set over Howland Island in the Central Pacific Ocean, the ship's crew took a quiet moment to hold a wreath laying ceremony in the area where Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan are believed to have perished during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. "Despite all of her accomplishments, Amelia Earhart was known as a very private person," said Capt.

Truman Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX

USS Harry S. Truman. Photo: United States Navy

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) March 1, certifying the strike group ready for deployment. HSTCSG got underway Feb. 1, to participate in COMPTUEX - a series of training scenarios that tested the strike group's abilities in multiple categories including air warfare, strait transiting, visual information, responses to surface and subsurface contacts, electronic attacks and more. According to Rear Adm.

LCS 16 Completes Acceptance Trials

USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Austal USA)

The U.S. Navy’s next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Tulsa (LCS 16), has moved a step closer to deliver with the completion of acceptance trials on March 8. An industry team led by shipbuilder Austal USA performed comprehensive tests while LCS 16 was underway in the Gulf of Mexico in order to demonstrate to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. LCS 16 will be the eighth Independence-variant LCS built by Austal for the U.S. Navy and the second delivered so far in 2018.

PRISCO Starts Construction of Gas Carrier

Construction of a gas carrier for MOL/K Line/PRISCO began at Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding in the city of Chiba, Japan. Currently underway is the assembly of the ship's hull and the manifold as well as the assembly of gas tanks having complicated technical structure. At the same time, underway are the tests of the gas carrier's different systems. Source: FIS

MOL Announced Delivery of Beluga Ace Car Carrier

Beluga Ace Car Carrier Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has taken delivery of the first car carrier of the next-generation “FLEXIE” series, the Beluga Ace, which was built at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. The vessel features six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers. This allows the Beluga Ace to more effectively meet demand for more diversified vehicle and high and heavy cargo transport, MOL said. The hull design is a complete departure from current car carriers, MOL said.

Worldwide Threat to Shipping Update from ONI

The following is a summary of worldwide maritime crime developments and incidents that occurred over the past week. 2. COLOMBIA: Bulk carrier was boarded on 13 May while underway 9.4 nm from Isla La Palma, Buenaventura, Colombia. 3. INDONESIA: Bulk carrier was boarded while at anchor on 12 May at Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. 4. EGYPT: Product tanker was boarded on 14 May while anchored at Port Suez Anchorage, Egypt. 5. YEMEN: Tanker fired upon 10 May while underway 260 nm east-northeast of Socotra Island, Yemen. 6. INDONESIA: Bulk Carrier boarded on 10 May while underway at Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia. 7. YEMEN: Crude oil tanker attacked on 09 May while underway 345 nm east-southeast of .

Cruise Ship Lengthening Underway at Fincantieri

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Work to lengthen the Silversea Group’s ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit is underway at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy. The 36,000 gt, 195 m Silver Spirit, delivered in 2009 by Fincantieri in Ancona, was able to accommodate over 540 passengers in 270 sea view suites, spread over eight passenger decks. As part of the lengthening and refurbishment project, a 15-meter section is being inserted in the central part of the ship, marking an industry first for an ultra-luxury cruise ship.

Kalmar Backs Suomen Satamatekniikka Oy

Photo: Cargotec

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a Kalmar Care service agreement with Suomen Satamatekniikka, a subsidiary of Steveco, covering the maintenance and service of 16 Kalmar straddle carriers at the Port of Helsinki, Finland. The order was booked in Cargotec's 2017 fourth quarter order intake and the agreement comes into effect from the beginning of February 2018. Steveco, a leading port operator in Finland, employs approximately 850 people and has annual revenues of close to EUR 160 million.

Navy Racing to Help Victims of Philippine Typhoon

Image courtesy of Global Medic

The  aircraft carrier 'USS George Washington' and other U.S. Navy ships have been ordered to make best speed for the Republic of the Philippines, and at the same time Britain is deploying a warship & military transport aircraft to help people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The aircraft carrier, which carries 5,000 Sailors and more than 80 aircraft, is currently in Hong Kong for a port visit. The crew is being recalled early from shore leave and the ship is expected to be underway soon.

GasLog Orders LNG Carrier Newbuild from Samsung

File photo: GasLog

Ship owner GasLog Ltd. announced it has ordered another newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, with options for additional newbuilds. The 180,000 cubic meter capacity Flex Plus vessel with XDF propulsion is the second LNG carrier ordered by GasLog this year. The two vessels are unchartered and scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020 respectively. “Given that the outlook for LNG shipping demand remains robust…

Eye on the Navy

(Nov. 21, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits through the Pacific Ocean with Mt. Fuji in the background. George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)

U.S. Navy on Patrol

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) pass the Rock of Gibraltar as it makes the transit from the Mediterranean Sea to Atlantic Ocean. Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Randall Damm)

Photo of the Day

A RIM-7 NATO Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile launches from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during a missile attack simulation. The RIM-7 Sea Sparrow is a medium-range, rapid-reaction, missile weapon system that provides the capability of destroying hostile aircraft, anti-ship missiles and surface missile platforms. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Milosz Reterski

Lincoln Leaves San Diego, Begins TSTA

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James R. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) wrapped up two weeks of training and certification with a scheduled port visit to Naval Air Station North Island July 22-24. Lincoln’s crew enjoyed two full days of liberty in the San Diego area while the ship took on personnel and equipment from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 in preparation for the next phase of operations. Prior to the visit, Lincoln spent its first two weeks underway since completing sea trials and a nine-month Dry-dock Planned Incremental Availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. During the time underway, Lincoln completed carrier qualifications for the ship’s flight deck…

OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

Photo: OSC

State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman. As the Omani economy grows, OSC looks to provide the tonnage required to meet the maritime shipping needs of expanding production capacity, a company representative told the Observer. The current fleet includes a mix of LNG carriers…

Pirate Activity in the Red Sea/Eritrea Area

Further to our previous media releases detailing a potential new trend in pirate tactics in an area of the Red Sea off Eritrea (see Figure 1), Neptune Maritime Security has had the opportunity to examine the available data through our Intelligence Bank, including material supplied by intelligence sources, and presents the following report to interested parties. In July, pirate activity off Eritrea was limited to small numbers of pirates mounting similarly small-scale attacks on shipping. while underway in position 13:27N-042:39E, approximately 27nm NW off Assab, Eritrea.

Korea Lines orders two VLCCs at Hyundai Heavy

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

South Korean shipping firm Korea Line Corporation (KLC) has placed an order for two new very large crude carriers(VLCC) at country's biggest yard, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and the company will explore further collaborations with the country's shipbuilders. According to Yonhap news agency, the new VLCCs are expected to have been delivered by the  2020. The total amount of the agreement will amount at 185.6 billion won (US$173 million). The carriers, which can hold 300,000 tons of crude oil each…

USS Abraham Lincoln Departs for Sea Trials

Photo: United States Navy

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) got underway for sea trails, May 9, following a four-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia. The four-day sea trails marks Abraham Lincoln's first time underway since March 2013. The ship spent its last days in the shipyard completing a five-day "fast cruise," May 2-7, making final preparations for its transit to Naval Station Norfolk. "We are looking forward to taking the ship out on the open water where we belong," said Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt, Lincoln's executive officer.

NRL, ONR Team Researches Fleet of the Future

Twelve Navy researchers wrappped up a four-day underway period July 9 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), during which they conducted research for future improvement on U.S. Navy ships. The team consisted of nine researchers from the Naval Research Lab (NRL) and three from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The team included electrical engineers, electronics engineers, a chemical engineer, meteorologist, research physicist and research chemist. One ship has been chosen every summer for the past three years for research opportunities and the current one-week underway period on board Ike offered a perfect opportunity for the team to conduct their research. “We are here to meet the challenges of ship improvement,” said ONR escort, Cmdr. David A.

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