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  • 19 April 2018
    Authorities

    US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and ships from its carrier strike group entered the US 6th Fleet area of operations April 18 as part of their deployment to Europe and Africa. The carrier strike group arrived in European waters after getting underway from Naval Station Norfolk on April 11. “We are thrilled to […]

  • 10 April 2018
    Industry news

    US shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine announced it has welcomed retired US Navy Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt as its chief strategy officer and head of institutional relations. At Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Adm. Hunt will communicate the shipbuilder’s technological and performance advantages. He will also manage and expand the company’s relationships with government customers and federal, state, […]

  • 9 April 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Cherbourg, France, on April 7 for a scheduled port visit. The visit is aimed at enhancing US-France relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. During Porter’s time in Cherbourg, the crew will be participating in a wreath-laying ceremony […]

  • 6 April 2018
    Authorities

    The EU-led counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia has welcomed a new force commander in a ceremony held in Djibouti on April 5. Italian Navy Rear Admiral Simone Malvagna will now be in charge of operation Atalanta from aboard his flagship, FREMM frigate ITS Carlo Margottini. The frigate is on the return leg of her […]

  • 5 April 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade has begun a two-week amphibious training event in international waters off the African coast of Djibouti, the US Department of Defense said.  As explained, Alligator Dagger is the largest regional amphibious combat rehearsal to integrate and synchronize TF 51/5’s warfighting capabilities and those of adjacent US […]

  • 27 March 2018
    Authorities

    A German P-3C Orion maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) and its crew have returned to Djibouti to rejoin the fight against piracy as part of the EU NAVFOR-led operation Atalanta. The P-3C, its crew and supporting staff deployed to the Horn of Africa area of operations on March 23 to work alongside the Spanish MPRA […]

  • 23 March 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Obangame Express, an exercise sponsored by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and designed to improve regional cooperation, kicked off on March 21 with an opening ceremony in Libreville, Gabon. The annual exercise aims to enhance maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit […]

  • 9 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) continued its recent string of success by seizing 132 kgs of heroin in the Arabian Sea on March 6. Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Warramunga boarded her third vessel in just four days, interdicting over USD 30 million worth of heroin. Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, CMF’s counter-terrorism and maritime security […]

  • 9 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Dutch naval vessels will not participate in the European Union’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia this year. This was stated in a letter sent by Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, the country’s Minister of Defense, to the lower house of the Dutch parliament on March 7. Problems with the patrol vessels, personnel shortages and other […]

  • 8 February 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The seventh iteration of the annual maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2018 concluded in Seychelles on February 7. Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations worked together to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity and promote national and regional security in […]

  • 1 February 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The international maritime law enforcement exercise Cutlass Express 2018 kicked off in Djibouti, January 31, under the sponsorship of US Africa Command. The seventh iteration of the annual exercise is led by US Naval Force Africa and is aimed at assessing and improving combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promoting national and regional security in East […]

  • 24 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Ships from the US Navy’s America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on January 22 and 23. This will be the group’s final port call as they complete their maiden seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Horn of Africa, Mediterranean, and Middle East. During their deployment, the America ARG and 15th Marine Expeditionary […]

  • 24 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    US Coast Guard’s high endurance cutter Sherman (WHEC 720) returned from its final deployment on January 23, completing a 76-day patrol in the Bering Sea. The deployment was Sherman’s last one before it decommissions in March this year after nearly 50 years of service. The cutter is scheduled to be decommissioned on March 29 and will […]

  • 18 January 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Russia’s defense industry agency Rosoboronexport will work with the country’s largest shipbuilding company in 2018 to boost worldwide export prospects for what the agency termed as small and ultra-small submarines. Rosoboronexport said this focus was in response to a growing interest for these vessels in the countries of Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle […]

  • 18 January 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The US Navy’s forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) joined Royal Moroccan Navy SIGMA frigate Tarek Ben Ziyad for a series of live fire exercises off the Moroccan coast. The drill took place after USS Ross departed Agadir, Morocco, January 13, after a scheduled port visit to participate in exercise African Sea Lion. […]

  • 10 January 2018
    Authorities

    US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) got underway from Naval Station Rota, Spain, on January 8, to start its sixth forward-deployed patrol in Africa and Europe. Ross completed its previous four-month patrol in July 2017. The 2017 patrol saw the destroyer take part in a cruise missile strike against Shayrat airfield in […]

  • 14 December 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Members of the US Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5) on December 13 started a bilateral amphibious combat rehearsal in international waters off the coast of Djibouti, Africa. They will be teaming up with the French Task Group 473.1 which is composed of Mistral-class amphibious assault ship LHD FS Tonnerre and […]

  • 4 December 2017
    Authorities

    A team of Dutch and Swedish sailors and marines have returned from a three-month deployment to the Horn of Africa as part of the EU counter-piracy operation Atalanta. Dutch Navy landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam returned to her homeport Den Helder on December 3 with an embarked Swedish boarding team and their two CB-90 fast attack craft. […]

  • 30 November 2017
    Vessels

    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, on November 29, for a scheduled port visit. “The ship’s presence in the Black Sea is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of the European region,” the U.S. Navy said. James E. Williams, homeported in Norfolk, […]

  • 30 November 2017
    Vessels

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Agadir, Morocco, on November 28, for a scheduled port visit, the U.S. Navy said. As explained, the visit serves to enhance U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting maritime operations […]

  • 28 November 2017
    Training & Education

    Over the course of three days from 12th to the 14th November, members of the Tanzanian Defence Force Navy trained with members of ITS Fasan to bolster Maritime Capability in the Indian Ocean. During port visits, EU NAVFOR personnel take the opportunity to pass on essential maritime skills to local forces to enhance their capabilities […]

  • 27 November 2017
    Training & Education

    Twelve former Commanding Officers have sailed onboard Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Darwin, today as she transited through Sydney Heads into her home port for the last time. Darwin was escorted through Sydney Heads by Navy’s newest ship HMAS Hobart for a traditional “cheer ship” as she passed the fleet before being welcomed alongside Garden […]

  • 24 November 2017
    Authorities

    The Argentine Navy confirmed that an explosion occurred near the position from which the missing submarine ARA San Juan last sent her position. The confirmation follows reports from November 22 which said several agencies had been investigating a so-called “hydroacoustic anomaly” which took place on November 15, around the time ARA San Juan last communicated. The […]

  • 14 November 2017
    Industry news

    French shipbuilder Piriou announced it has opened a new naval yard in Senegal, continuing its expansion in Africa. The French company said it partnered with Senegalese maritime company Ngom et Freres in establishing the new entity called ‘Piriou Ngom Senegal’. Piriou said the new company will offer services for naval repair and building, especially in […]

  • 9 November 2017
    Authorities

    Spanish Navy warship ESPS Rayo, currently part of the EU mission in Africa, recently became the first EU NAVFOR ship to visit the Republic of Mauritius as she pulled into Port Louis on November 4. During her time in the Mauritius capital, the offshore patrol vessel hosted Ambassador Marjaana Sall, head of delegation of the European Union […]

  • 1 November 2017
    Authorities

    US defense secretary James Mattis has nominated a former carrier strike group commander to lead US Navy forces in Europe and Africa. Rear Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti was also nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral. Should the nomination be confirmed, Franchetti will also be leading Task Force Six, Striking and Support Forces NATO and Joint […]