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  • 25 June 2014
    Authorities

    The final deployment of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 ended June 24 during a transfer of authority ceremony with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, at Camp Mitchell aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain.   As the flag detail lowered the battalion flag, it marked the end of NMCB 74’s final deployment prior to being […]

  • 25 June 2014
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    The oceanic patrol vessel ‘Relámpago’, currently participating in the European-led counter-piracy operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean, has provided medical assistance to a couple of fishermen in Somali waters.   The two fishermen were crew members of a ‘dhow’, a small trawler-type boat characteristic of this area. They had infected injuries caused by the fishing […]

  • 25 June 2014
    Authorities

    On Sunday 22 June, the newly-appointed Force Commander of the NATO counter-piracy Task Force, Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, paid an inaugural visit to the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen. Both met at sea on board of EU Naval Force flagship FGS Brandenburg.   Both Force Commanders and their respective staffs used the […]

  • 25 June 2014
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    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) joined with the maritime community on Wednesday 25 June to mark the International Maritime Organisation’s Day of the Seafarer.   The Day of the Seafarer recognises the unique contribution made by mariners, by increasing awareness among the general public of the indispensable services they render to international trade, the world […]

  • 25 June 2014
    Authorities

    The Operation Commander of EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant and his Deputy, Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá welcomed the Chairman, Director General and 35 Military Representatives of the European Union Military Committee to the Operational Headquarters in Northwood.   The European Union Military Committee (EUMC) is the highest military body set […]

  • 23 June 2014
    Authorities

    U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) held a change of command ceremony at the Tango/Uniform wharf at the base in Santa Rita June 20.   Capt. Andy Anderson relieved Capt. Mike Ward as NBG’s commanding officer (CO). Retired Navy Cmdr. Matt Miller was the events guest speaker and commended Ward for his dedication and excellence he […]

  • 18 June 2014
    Authorities

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with Sailors stationed here as well as Marines assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Africa, June 17, during an all hands call.   During the gathering, Mabus addressed current world events, the defense budget and manning. “To the Marines, I wanted to come to Sigonella to […]

  • 18 June 2014
    Authorities

    Earlier today the Operational Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, welcomed the Defence Advisor to the People’s Republic of China Delegation to the European Union, Major General Luo Wei and his Deputy, Senior Colonel Qiu Yi, to the Operational Headquarters in Northwood.   During the visit, Major General Luo Wei was […]

  • 17 June 2014
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    Rear Admiral John Newton issued the following statement today regarding the port visit of French Ships the Mistral and La Fayette:   “It is my pleasure to welcome the French amphibious assault ship Mistral and frigate La Fayette to Halifax for a three day port visit, commencing today. “For many years now, Canada and France […]

  • 17 June 2014
    Authorities

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment Marines assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SP MAGTF) Africa while in Gabon June 16.   The Marines were in Gabon conducting theater security training with Gabonese anti-poaching units. “The work you are doing here will have an impact long after […]

  • 16 June 2014
    Authorities

    During a recent port visit of the EU Naval Force Flagship FGS Brandenburg to the Seychelles, the Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, took the opportunity to meet several ministers and military representatives of the Republic of Seychelles, as well as the EU delegation.   Rear Admiral zur Mühlen met with the Minister of […]

  • 16 June 2014
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    The Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) will depart Naval Station Mayport June 16, for a deployment to U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.   Upon arrival in the Mediterranean Ocean, Samuel B. Roberts crew will conduct Theater Security Operations and provide deterrence, promote peace and security, and preserve freedom […]

  • 12 June 2014
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    On Wednesday 4 June, a flight operator of the Djiboutian based German Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) P-3C Orion crew reached an impressive 3,000 flight hours’ milestone.   The German Navy flight operator reached his 3,000 hours during an operational flight with the EU Naval Force counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta. The flight operator started […]

  • 12 June 2014
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded up to £111 million worth of new contracts to maintain its fleet of small boats.   Six UK companies will benefit from the five year contract that will involve support for 1,450 boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and MoD Police. They are: – […]

  • 11 June 2014
    Authorities

    Secretary of the US Navy Ray Mabus visited Helsinki, Finland, June 10 to meet with government and military officials and reinforce the existing partnership between the United States and Finland.   Mabus met with Finland’s Minister of Defense Carl Haglund and the Commander of the Finnish Navy, Rear Adm. Kari Takanen, to discuss multilateral maritime […]

  • 11 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, today visited the Operational Headquarters of EU Naval Force at Northwood Base, North London. He was met by the Deputy Operational Commander of Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá.   During his visit, Major General Gall was given a brief on EU Naval Force Somalia […]

  • 11 June 2014
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    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 held a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Shields, Okinawa, Japan, June 10.   Cmdr. Kemit Spears relieved Cmdr. Chad Brooks as commanding officer of the battalion, which is currently deployed to Japan as part of a six-month deployment to the region. Brooks assumed command of NMCB 1 in […]

  • 11 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Turkish navy corvette TCG Bykada (F 512) in the Black Sea, June 10.   The engagement provided U.S. Navy assets an opportunity to work with Turkey to improve maritime capabilities and interoperability in a number of maritime mission […]

  • 10 June 2014
    Training & Education

    Arriving at Ouistreham Lock, just outside the French city of Caen in the early hours of 6 Jun 14, HMS Richmond was well placed for her important role in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.   Following a range of commemorative events including a D-Day 70 Anniversary Ceremony at Normandy and Remembrance Services […]

  • 9 June 2014
    Training & Education

    The construction of Nowra’s Boer War memorial was very much a community effort. In 1900, a committee was formed to raise funds for what was originally intended to mark just one aspect of the Boer War “the brave defence of Mafeking by Colonel Baden-Powell.”   Subscriptions were sought and, in January 1902, the memorial, designed […]

  • 6 June 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    NATO Defence Ministers on Tuesday (3 June) decided to extend NATO’s counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield until the end of 2016.   Since August 2009, NATO ships have patrolled the waters off the Horn of Africa as part of Operation Ocean Shield. Their mission is to contribute to international efforts to fight maritime piracy and to […]

  • 5 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The eighth iteration of Phoenix Express 2014 concluded June 4, after three weeks of maritime security training scenarios ashore and at sea.   Phoenix Express, one of four U.S. Africa Command-sponsored regional maritime exercises, brought together maritime forces from North Africa, Europe, and the U.S. to refine tactics and techniques in a number of maritime […]

  • 4 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Thirteen nations are scheduled to participate in the 42nd annual joint exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014, set for June 6-21, in the Baltic Sea.   BALTOPS aims to enhance multinational maritime capabilities and interoperability, while improving involvement in the larger Baltic region theater security cooperation strategy. The objective of BALTOPS is to promote mutual understanding, […]

  • 4 June 2014
    Authorities

    HMS Somerset and HMAS Darwin, the two top naval crime fighters in the Indian Ocean have met and shared their experiences of half a dozen drugs busts.   Between them they have accounted for seizing £240m of illegal narcotics in the past two months. The duo, directed by a Royal UK Navy-led task force, have […]

  • 4 June 2014
    Authorities

    HMS Montrose celebrated two decades of service when alongside in London. Lady Rifkind, the ship’s sponsor, who launched the vessel was welcomed on board the ship by 10 former Commanding Officers of the frigate for a commemorative luncheon.   She was joined by her husband Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who was Secretary of State for Defence […]

  • 30 May 2014
    Authorities

    The oceanic patrol vessel ‘Relámpago’, currently participating in the European-led counter-piracy operation ‘Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean, has organized a meeting with Caluula authorities.   This enclave used to be a shelter for pirates operating in the Horn of Africa. The ‘Relámpago’ –currently deployed off the Somali coast carrying out friendly MSAVs (maritime situational awareness […]