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  • 25 May 2016
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    Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has welcomed its first Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd. Captain Kyd, who will be responsible for leading the men and women who will operate the 65,000 tonne ship from her future base port, Portsmouth Naval Base, took command of his ship May 24. In his first speech to […]

  • 24 May 2016
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    Participants of the international naval exercise Open Spirit 2016 found several mines just 3 kilometers off the Lithuanian only sea port on May 20. Lithuanian Navy divers subsequently destroyed the German WWII mines. Five naval mines, one torpedo, rocket parts and two still unidentified wrecks have been found so far during the NATO drill, which […]

  • 22 May 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy’s next-generation of multimission surface combatants, May 20. Ship delivery follows extensive tests, trials and demonstrations of the ship’s hull, mechanical, and electrical systems including the ship’s boat handling, anchor and mooring systems as well as major demonstrations of the […]

  • 17 May 2016
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    Swedish and Finnish Navy units kicked off the annual Swefinex exercise in waters around Swedish Gotland Island. The exercise, which is this time hosted by Sweden, started May 16 and will last until May 26. Participating units will be conducting anti-submarine warfare, mine clearance drills and practice merchant vessels escort tasks. Swefinex is part of an undertaking to have […]

  • 13 May 2016
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    German Navy’s diver support ship FGS Rottweil (M 1061) set sail for Klaipeda, Lithuania on May 12. The vessel and its crew will join minesweepers from different nation to take part in NATO’s ‘Open Spirit’ maneuver. Open Spirit arose from from the exercises of the joint mine countermeasures squadron of the Baltic states, the Baltic Naval Squadron […]

  • 11 May 2016
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    German Navy’s tanker support ship, FGS Spessart, joined Operation Atalanta on May 11, as part of Germany’s contribution to the EU’s efforts to deter and disrupt piracy off the coast of Somalia. The ship departed the Wilhelmshaven base and set sail for the Horn of Africa on April 15, 2016. Under the command of Captain Rolf-Heinrich von […]

  • 6 May 2016
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    Scotland’s University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute will, together with ORCA Marine and Seatronics, survey the wreck of HMS Hampshire off Orkney, Scotland. Royal Navy’s former Devonshire-class armored cruiser HMS Hampshire struck a mine on June 5, 1916, while transporting Lord Kitchener, the secretary of State for War to Archangel in northern Russia for a meeting with […]

  • 6 May 2016
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    A small team of about 20 Royal Danish Air Force officers and enlisted men fly along the coast of Somalia, verifying shipping activity, distinguishing legitimate maritime traffic from suspected pirate vessels and identifying probable pirate activities off the coastline of Somalia. The crew operates a CL-604 Challenger aircraft out of an airport in the Seychelles. The […]

  • 5 May 2016
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    Spanish Navy frigate Numancia and Royal Navy survey ship HMS Enterprise, presently deployed in EUNAVFOR’s operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea, rescued 436 people off the coast of Libya. The Spanish frigate was on patrol in the area when a maritime patrol aircraft spotted and informed of a boat adrift with many people onboard. The Italian Maritime […]

  • 29 April 2016
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    Australian Navy has a new most-senior sailor with the appointment of Navy’s eighth Warrant Officer of the Navy. Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight took over from Martin Holzberger in a ceremony at Russell Offices on 29 April. Chief of Navy Vice Tim Barrett said the role was important and it was the most […]

  • 20 April 2016
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    High Representative of the European Union and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, accompanied by Pedro Serrano EEAS Deputy Secretary General and General, Michail Kostarakos, Chairman of EU Military Committee (EUMC), visited the Italian Aircraft Carrier Cavour, EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia flagship.   “I am honoured and proud to pay this first visit here. We […]

  • 18 April 2016
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    Exercise Bersama Shield, an annual Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) Field Training Exercise, started April 18. The exercise is attended by the founding members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements: Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. More than 200 Australian Defence Force personnel will participate in the exercise being held in FPDA exercise […]

  • 11 April 2016
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    A sailor on board the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) was reported missing off the coast of North Carolina on April 9. The sailor was identified as missing at approximately 4:20 p.m. and the ship immediately launched a search and rescue operation. Several Navy and Coast Guard units are assisting in the […]

  • 11 April 2016
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    The Royal Australian Navy has revisited the final resting place of a Japanese midget submarine as part of a program to preserve the Second World War wreck. Involved in the attack on Sydney Harbour which resulted in the sinking of accommodation ferry, HMAS Kuttabul, the location of the submarine was a mystery for 64 years […]

  • 11 April 2016
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    Three French and three Royal Navy warships have joined the exercise Griffin Strike which will see participation from around 5,000 personnel from UK and France during the following two weeks. Simultaneously, over 3,400 more NATO troops will exercise by land, sea and air during the two weeks of Exercise Joint Warrior. During Joint Warrior, much of which will […]

  • 11 April 2016
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    The Australian Minister for Defence has announced that former HMA Ships Tobruk and Sydney will be offered to Australian states and territories for the creation of dive wrecks. After decades of service in the Royal Australian Navy, Tobruk and Sydney were decommissioned in July 2015 and November 2015 respectively. The 1981-commissioned multi-purpose, roll-on/roll-off heavy lift ship Tobruk was […]

  • 6 April 2016
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    Royal Navy’s Maritime Warfare School (MWS), HMS Collingwood welcomed officers from the French Navy recently as they paid a return visit from the French equivalent of the base, Centre D’Instruction Navale (CIN) St Mandrier. The aim of the visit was for the French officers to witness the training delivered first hand, which included tours and briefs […]

  • 5 April 2016
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    The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise, considered the largest maritime exercise in the world, kicked off April 4, with international naval and civilian maritime forces from more than 30 nations spanning six continents training together across the Middle East. The exercise is organized and led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Through the course of this […]

  • 28 March 2016
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    The “Fat Leonard” bribery case which cost the U.S. Navy an estimated $20 million dollars has claimed the highest-ranking U.S. Navy official so far. U.S. Navy Captain Daniel Dusek was sentenced in federal court today to 46 months in prison for giving classified information to foreign defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis, nicknamed Fat Leonard, in […]

  • 21 March 2016
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    Divers from the Royal Australian Navy minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne, set a new diving record during deep water diving operations training off Lord Howe Island. Three divers from the Huon class ship, augmented by two divers from sister ship, HMAS Yarra, worked up to achieving 60 metre diving capability on mixed gas breathing apparatus. The drill was conducted over […]

  • 16 March 2016
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    German Navy’s Bremen-class frigate FGS Karlsruhe is scheduled to leave its homeport Wilhelmshaven on March 18 to join EUNAVFOR’s Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean. Led by Commander Christian Clausing, the ship’s crew will join another German ship in the operation, the combat support ship EGV Frankfurt am Main. FGS Karlsruhe will be taking over the roles of […]

  • 10 March 2016
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    The Netherlands Navy’s Joint Logistic Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman will enter Warnemünde, Germany on March 12 to mark the start of the Dutch-German joint support ship use. The 204.7-meter ship, biggest in the Dutch Navy, will host mutual exercises between the two countries. Soldiers of both countries will take part in evacuation and boarding exercises which will take place both […]

  • 9 March 2016
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    Soldiers from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Republic of Korea, along with the Bonhomme Richards strike group and ROK Navy vessels started exercise Sang Yong 16 in the Republic of Korea on March 9. Ssang Yong, which translates to “Twin Dragons,” is a biennial combined exercise conducted by Navy and Marine Corps forces with the […]

  • 8 March 2016
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    Op Sophia vessels, assisted by the Spanish air force aircraft Vigma D-4 rescued 208 migrants at sea, while they were sailing towards Europe on March 6. According to EUNAVFOR, migrants on board two rubber boats were spotted by the Vigma D-4 aircraft 30 Nautical Miles North of Tripoli. The aircraft then reported their position to the Italian Maritime Rescue […]

  • 7 March 2016
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    Ships from the U.S. Navy’s Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are participating in the annual bilateral training exercise Multi Sail 2016, which is taking place from March 6-11. Participants include six U.S. surface units, four Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, and a number of subsurface and other special units. […]

  • 3 March 2016
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    U.S. Navy’s submarine forces have officially started the Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 by constructing a U.S. Navy camp named Sargo on March 2. ICEX 2016 is a five-week exercise designed to research, test and evaluate operational capabilities in the Arctic region. A temporary camp is being established on a sheet of ice, known as an […]