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  • 19 August 2013
    Training & Education

    A twice-decorated submariner who undertook dangerous convoy missions to Malta in the Second World War and plotted mines before the 1944 South Coast of France landings has celebrated his 100th birthday. Captain William Hedley Kett DSC* RD* RNR served for six years (1940 – 46) under the sea during the war at a time when […]

  • 3 July 2019
    Training & Education

    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) is leading mobile logistics and the development of emergent repair concept of operations for the NAVSEA Program Executive Offices, Integrated Warfare Systems, Wartime Acquisition Scalable Plan (WASP) tabletop exercise, which kicked off at the Washington Navy Yard on June 18. The exercise simulates battle damage during […]

  • 12 April 2012

    Royal Navy divers from Portsmouth blew up two wartime pieces of ordnance off the Kent coast on Easter Sunday. The team from Southern Diving Unit 2 successfully dealt with a German GC mine off Sheerness and a 1,000lb Allied bomb off Margate. The German GC mine, usually dropped by parachute and containing some 1500 pounds […]

  • 13 February 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    British and American battlefield medics practised wartime operations and procedures off the coast of the United Arab Emirates aboard the UK flagship HMS Ocean. A specialist US medical team joined the helicopter assault group for the casualty drill, one of the tests of the Plymouth-based warship in her role as flagship of the Task Force […]

  • 26 March 2015
    Authorities

    The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer was awarded the 2014 Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) Award for Commander, Amphibious Squadron 1. The announcement was made via naval message from Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific. In addition to the 2014 award, Boxer also was the recipient in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Battle “E” is awarded annually […]

  • 27 November 2012
    Training & Education

    Sailors from HMS Illustrious paid tribute to their wartime forebears as they helped to tidy up Malta’s naval cemetery. Two crew from the wartime carrier are among the 1,000-plus war dead laid to rest at Capuccini graveyard just a mile from Grand Harbour. A 15-strong team from the carrier crossed Grand Harbour and headed for […]

  • 27 April 2012

    Faslane patrol boat HMS Dasher left her normal domain around the Scottish naval base to venture into the Firth of Clyde for ceremonies honouring her predecessor. Seventy years ago escort aircraft carrier HMS Dasher blew up while conducting training between the Isle of Arran and the Ayrshire coast. Some 379 of the 528 men aboard […]

  • 5 January 2015
    Authorities

    Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT), has announced the winners of the 2014 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) competition. Congratulations and Bravo Zulu to all of the award winners. The 2014 Battle “E” competition was extremely keen, as all nominated units demonstrated the submarine force’s readiness in performing their wartime responsibilities. The […]

  • 19 October 2012
    Training & Education

    Survey ship HMS Protector produced stunning sonar imagery of the wreck of a wartime tanker to help salvage experts study the state of it. Today’s sailors also held a service of remembrance for RFA Darkdale, which was lost with nearly all hands when torpedoed in 1941 off the tiny South Atlantic island of St Helena. […]

  • 18 September 2015
    Authorities, Industry news

    Royal Navy’s Patrol boat HMS Trumpeter will be alongside Thunderbolt Jetty for the Salute to the Forties Festival in Chatham this weekend (19th-20th September) and will be open to public. The small P2000 boat will sail into Chatham later today, September 18, in support of the wartime revival weekend in the town’s historic dockyard. Trumpeter is making the […]

  • 15 March 2012
    Training & Education

      Commander, Naval Surface Forces recently awarded the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) with the 2011 Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle “E”). The Battle “E” is awarded annually to ships, submarines, aviation and other units that present the maximum condition of departmental readiness in their group and display outstanding capability to perform their wartime […]

  • 20 January 2016
    Authorities

    On this day in history, January 20, 1942, the Bathurst class corvette, HMAS Deloraine led by Lieutenant Commander DA Menlove (Royal Australian Naval Reserve) attacked and sunk the Japanese submarine I-124 north of Darwin, Australia. Another two of the overall sixty Australian minesweepers, commonly known as corvettes, HMA Ships Katoomba and Lithgow, assisted HMAS Deloraine […]

  • 31 July 2014
    Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel completed two weeks of training at Naval Station Norfolk’s Air Terminal, July 25.   Patriot Partner 2014 (PP 14) is a training opportunity that demonstrates the joint capability of Air Force Reserve aerial ports along with Navy air terminal units to test and satisfy their wartime tasking requirements […]

  • 25 August 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The ‘forgotten craft’ of the Royal Navy – and Portsmouth dockyard’s ‘forgotten building’ – will no longer be overlooked from next month as a £6m ‘working museum’ opens. The renovated Boathouse No.4 will serve as a tribute to the crews of vessels dubbed ‘the Spitfires of the sea’ – and train new generations of shipwrights. […]

  • 28 April 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Royal Navy mine hunter HMS Pembroke returned home on Thursday, April 23, to HM Naval Base Clyde following a four-month deployment. The Sandown Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel has been assigned to NATO’s Mine Counter Measures Group 1 since January this year, operating in the Baltic and North Sea. During the deployment, HMS Pembroke was […]

  • 16 October 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) arrived in Singapore Oct. 5 for a visit as a part of its deployment to the Western Pacific. With a crew of approximately 150, City of Corpus Christi showcased the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. Commanding officer of City of Corpus Christi, Cmdr. […]

  • 8 April 2011

      Bomb disposal experts from HM Naval Base Clyde’s Northern Diving Group had a busy time of it recently when they were called out to three different bomb disposal tasks in a single day. Among the call-outs on 4 April 2011 was a trip close to home, the nearby Kirkmichael Estate in Helensburgh, where a […]

  • 20 January 2017
    Authorities

    A team of civilian divers is investigating the wreck of battleship HMS Vanguard which perished with all but two of her crew in the greatest disaster in Royal Navy history. HMS Vanguard sunk on 9 July 1917 when a series of explosions shook the ship before a final blast tore it to pieces and showered Scapa Flow – […]

  • 8 January 2015
    Authorities

    US Navy’s Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of Submarine Force Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), has announced the winners of the 2014 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) competition. These awards recognize commands which were evaluated during the past year to have attained the highest overall or departmental readiness to carry out their wartime tasks. The Battle E competition […]

  • 8 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The waters around Norway’s capital are considerably safer after a two-week hunt by the crew of Royal Navy’s HMS Cattistock. Experts from the Portsmouth-based minehunter found more than ten WW2 mines and torpedoes during a concerted search for unexploded wartime bombs with a NATO task group, the navy said. Norway was occupied by the Nazis […]

  • 11 February 2015
    Authorities

    The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 7, after wrapping up its composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). Throughout the exercise, McFaul participated in a series of scenario-driven and unscripted events, emphasizing the ship’s ability to operate as part of a larger strike group as well as fight independently. COMPTUEX […]

  • 17 February 2017
    Authorities

    Dredging works in Portsmouth Harbour have once again unearthed a wartime bomb that was detonated by Royal Navy’s bomb disposal experts on Friday morning. The British-made Armstrong Whitworth munition was found at 2am in the excavator head of a barge dredging the harbour. Dredgers have revealed at least four historic ordnance in the harbor since […]

  • 17 August 2012
    Training & Education

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) yesterday held a ceremony, to mark the reception of the second Chinese-built Fast Attack Craft (FAC) of the Pakistan Navy, PNS Dehshat. The first FAC, PNS Azmat was delivered to the Navy by the Chinese two months ago. The vessels were delivered as per the agreement signed between […]

  • 1 January 2015
    Training & Education

    Officers and Ratings from HM Naval Base Clyde gathered on Friday, December 19, to mark the anniversary of the sinking of wartime battleship HMS Neptune. HMS Neptune, which the Naval Base’s shore establishment is named after, struck an Italian minefield off Tripoli in 1941. Of the 767 crew on board the light cruiser, only 30 […]

  • 18 July 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    Reaching another milestone in the construction of the Royal Canadian Navy’s arctic and offshore patrol ships, Canadian shipbuilder Irving Shipbuilding moved the first two of three major sections of the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) outside. This milestone on the future HMCS Harry DeWolf comes a little over a year after the ship’s keel […]

  • 28 April 2014
    Training & Education

    Officers and Sailors of HMAS Stuart have gathered on the ship’s flight deck for a memorial service to remember the 725 lives lost in a battle on the 19th November 1941. As Stuart passed near the final resting place of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran, members of ship’s company remembered the battle vividly described […]

  • 22 February 2017
    Authorities

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary Gold Rover entered Portsmouth one final time on February 22, marking the end of her 43-year career. The tanker made the entry minutes after a wartime bomb was moved from the harbour. RN divers dealt with the German 250kg device which was dredged up overnight as part of preparatory work for the arrival […]

  • 27 July 2012
    Industry news

    USS Hopper (DDG 70) entered dry dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) for a major maintenance period, July 18. Personnel from PHNSY & IMF, a Naval Sea Systems Command field activity, are overseeing and supervising the project. NAVSEA’s four public shipyards play a major role in maintaining America’s […]

  • 15 July 2011

      Maersk Line, Limited, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a 30-day $1,135,350 firm-fixed-price contract with a one-year option of $29,276,478 being exercised upon contract award for the operation and maintenance of five government-owned maritime prepositioning force ships: Military Sealift Command’s USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo, USNS Sgt. William R. Button, USNS 1st Lt. Baldomero […]