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  • 23 September 2014
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    The executive officer of USS Cowpens (CG 63), Cmdr. Armando Ramirez, was relieved of his duties Sept. 18 by Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Sciretta, due to an alcohol-related incident.   Cmdr. Justin Harts will assume the duties as executive officer. Ramirez has been temporarily assigned to Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Cowpens is a […]

  • 22 September 2014

    A combined Australian and New Zealand operation conducted 260 km off the coast of Africa has seized more than 5.6 tonnes of cannabis resin, worth an estimated $280 million (AUD).   The five day operation involved the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion, which was called […]

  • 19 September 2014
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    US Coast Guard Station Miami Beach offloaded approximately 719 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $23 million on Thursday afternoon at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida.   The offload is a result of a successful drug interdiction in the Caribbean Sept. 8, 2014. While on routine patrol, the crew […]

  • 17 September 2014
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    Eleven Sailors assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) were advanced to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO) during a pinning ceremony at Naval Base Guam theater, Sept. 16.   The ceremony was led by Frank Cable Command Master Chief James R. Schneider and Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Benjamin who provided […]

  • 16 September 2014
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    Fifty-three chief petty officer selectees from the U.S. Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and embarked staff, commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, were awarded the gold fouled anchor and advanced to the rank of chief petty officer in the ship’s hangar bay, […]

  • 16 September 2014
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    Exercise Valiant Shield 2014 kicked off with more than 18,000 joint force service members from 30 units, including 200 aircraft and 20 ships in, and around, the island of Guam beginning Sept. 15.   The exercise will demonstrate a wide range of capabilities designed to test the inherent flexibility of joint forces. These capabilities range […]

  • 15 September 2014
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    A boat carrying up to 250 African emigrants has sunk off Libyan coast on Sunday, and according to a Libyan navy spokesperson, many passengers have died.   Navy spokesman Ayub Qassem said that only 26 people have been rescued after the incident which occurred near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli. The under-equipped Libya’s coastguard, which mainly exists on […]

  • 11 September 2014
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    Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert spoke Tuesday at the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Eastern Region Symposium at Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club.   “There are exhaustive studies that say if you have a diverse organization, in thought, makeup and gender, you’re the stronger organization,” said Greenert. “Our people need to be […]

  • 10 September 2014

    Sailors remove chocks and chains from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 as it prepares to take off from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).   Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is conducting […]

  • 10 September 2014
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    While the focus of attention during Exercise KAKADU 2014 is on the interoperability of the coalition fleet at sea in the waters north of Australia, several teams of people have been working hard in Darwin to ensure smooth sailing.   One of these teams consists of 14 officers from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Maritime […]

  • 9 September 2014
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    Two Australian Defence Force (ADF) medical officers have joined the Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) – Navy hospital ship Peace Ark on its medical assistance mission currently under way in the South Pacific.   The deployment results from an invitation from the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China, General […]

  • 9 September 2014
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    Royal Australian Navy Minehunter, HMAS Yarra, has been undertaking an underwater search off Papua New Guinea for HMAS AE1, the Navy’s first submarine.   AE1 was lost without a trace on 14 September 1914, with her full crew of three officers and 32 sailors. The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC RAN, […]

  • 9 September 2014
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    The final week of Exercise KAKADU 2014 has commenced with ‘free-play’ that provides participants with the opportunity to test their naval warfare capabilities, with the ships and aircraft divided into opposing fictional ‘Blue’ and ‘Red’ forces.   The ‘Blueland’ forces, lead by the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Sydney working together with the Japanese Maritime […]

  • 8 September 2014
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    Senior military officers from Colombia visited Portsmouth Naval Base to learn about the Royal UK Navy’s role in protecting UK interests worldwide.   Thirty-two delegates from the Colombian War College toured the base and a Type 23 frigate as part of their studies into defence and security policy. Following a tour of HMS Victory they […]

  • 8 September 2014
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    Exercise Sea Breeze 2014 (SB14), a multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, is set to start Sept. 8, as representatives from five participating nations and Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU.02) will gather at sea aboard the USS Ross (DDG 71) for the exercise’s opening ceremony. Approximately 280 U.S. service […]

  • 3 September 2014
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    The sixth-in-class of the Royal UK Navy’s state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyers arrived in the Welsh capital late afternoon yesterday, expertly sailing through incredibly narrow berthing with just 70cm manoeuvring room either side.   Having recently been deployed to support the WW1 celebrations in Glasgow and hosting the BBC for the Commonwealth Games, HMS Duncan is […]

  • 1 September 2014
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    At 0900 hours on Sunday 31 August, HMAS Sydney took the lead of ‘Blue Force’ Task Group 628.1, consisting of JS Hatakaze from Japan and BRP Ramon Alcaraz from the Philippines, sailing in formation from Darwin Harbour to kick off the sea phases of Exercise KAKADU 2014.   Exercise KAKADU is focused on developing high-end […]

  • 29 August 2014

    The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., sailed into its homeport on August 22 carrying a load of 576 kilograms of seized cocaine.   The crew of the vessel offloaded the drugs at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. Estimated at a value of $19 million, the drugs were seized during Operation Martillo, a […]

  • 26 August 2014
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    On the first day of Exercise Kakadu 2014, HMA Ships Sydney and Stuart held an Official Reception last night alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin.   Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, Commander Australian Fleet, hosted the event and warmly welcomed representatives from the exercise’s participating nations including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, The Republic of Korea, […]

  • 25 August 2014
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    An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).   George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) […]

  • 25 August 2014
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    Breaking new grounds in the making of warships in the country, India, commissioned the first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, INS Kamorta, on 23 Aug 2014, at Visakhapatnam naval dockyard.   The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley who commissioned the warship, described the development as ‘the coming of age of our ship building industry’. […]

  • 19 August 2014
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    An MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).   Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a scheduled deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) to the U.S. 7th […]

  • 18 August 2014
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    The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark offloaded approximately 900 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $800,000 at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida.   The cargo was recovered from the water off the coast of Cap Du Mole, Haiti, after it was dropped from a go-fast vessel by suspected smugglers. The […]

  • 18 August 2014
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    U. S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) hosted two junior officers from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to offer them in-depth shipboard training, July 28 to Aug. 14, promoting cooperation between the U.S and Australia.   Sub Lt. Dionette Wilson and Sub Lt. James Chinner were selected by the RAN for their […]

  • 18 August 2014
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    Planning is nearly complete for the Royal Australian Navy’s biggest and most exciting warfare exercise, Kakadu 2014, which will play out off the coast of Darwin from 25 August – 12 September.   Around 1,200 people, eight warships and 26 Navy and Air Force aircraft from throughout the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions will […]

  • 15 August 2014
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    Forty high-ranking civilian and military officials from the South American nation of Uruguay visited the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) Aug. 13 to participate in a key leadership engagement.   Distinguished visitors included U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, Julissa Reynoso; Deputy Chief of Mission, Brad Freden; members of the Uruguay House of Representatives […]