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  • 20 March 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Armed forces from 33 nations gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, for the start of exercise Obangame Express 2019, a US Africa Command (AFRICOM) led exercise which is now in its ninth iteration. Obangame Express 2019 will be conducted in multiple areas at sea and ashore. At-sea operations will be throughout the Gulf of Guinea. The largest […]

  • 7 March 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    The US Navy has established a new entity that will oversee the construction and fielding of the 12 Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines. The establishment of Program Executive Office Columbia (PEO CLB) was announced on March 6 as the navy’s number one acquisition priority. “This is the Navy’s most important program and establishing a new PEO […]

  • 7 March 2019
    Authorities

    The search for the Royal Australian Navy’s sunken World War II destroyer HMAS Vampire is underway off the coast of Sri Lanka, with the navies of both countries contributing hydrographic assets to the cause. Nine sailors died when the destroyer HMAS Vampire sank after enduring an intensive Japanese air attack off the Sri Lankan coast. […]

  • 6 March 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The annual disaster response preparedness exercise Pacific Partnership began March 4 as US Military Sealift Command (MSC) expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) got underway from Naval Base Guam to start the mission in Indo-Pacific. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the region. This year’s mission will be […]

  • 27 February 2019
    Authorities

    Mistral-class helicopter carrier BPC Tonnerre and frigate FS La Fayette kicked off the French Navy’s annual Jeanne d’Arc mission which sees a task group spend five months on operations around the world. During this year’s edition, Tonnerre and La Fayette will first sail to the Eastern Mediterranean, before transiting the Suez Canal for operations in the […]

  • 27 February 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The wreckage of US Navy’s World War II destroyer USS Strong (DD 467) was discovered by the expedition crew of Paul G. Allen’s research vessel (R/V) Petrel resting 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) below the surface of Kula Gulf, north of the island of New Georgia, in the Solomon Islands. The destroyer was found on February […]

  • 26 February 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy attack submarine HMS Astute and Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans met up in the tough waters of the Atlantic Ocean recently to work together on their anti-submarine warfare capabilities and conduct personnel transfer training. St Albans’ Merlin helicopter from 814 Naval Air Squadron – aka the Flying Tigers and normally based at […]

  • 21 February 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    FS Bretagne, the French Navy’s fifth FREMM frigate, has officially entered service after completing its maiden deployment. The French Navy admits ships into active service only after they complete their first operational tasking. Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configured FS Bretagne started construction in October 2013, launched in September 2016 and received its first commanding officer on […]

  • 19 February 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    NATO-led exercise Dynamic Guard concluded off the coast on February 15. Ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG 1), commanded by U.S. Rear Adm. Edward Cashman, were joined by other ally units in the region for ten days of evolutions. The exercise is executed concurrently with Norwegian led exercise Task Group 19-1 and designed […]

  • 19 February 2019
    Industry news

    Everyone who is interested or curious about a career in the maritime, offshore and energy sector can register for free as of February 19th to visit the Navingo Career Event on 23 May 2019. At the Navingo Career Event career and development in this innovative sector come together. Visitors meet leading employers, participate in case […]

  • 15 February 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    French shipbuilder Naval Group on Thursday announced it is starting work on the Argentine Navy offshore patrol vessels (OPV), thereby officially confirming the four-ship contract with the South American country. As outlined by the shipbuilder, the first patrol boat to be delivered will be the L’Adroit which Naval Group developed and built with its own […]

  • 15 February 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The 38th iteration of multi-lateral exercise Cobra Gold kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Akathotsarot Camp, Phitsanulok Province, on February 12. Representatives of the Royal Thai Armed Forces and US Indo-Pacific Command were joined by the ambassadors of Japan and the Republic of Korea and representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore during the […]

  • 8 February 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Canadian government has officially signed a contract with Irving Shipbuilding and the BAE Systems-Lockheed Martin team for the construction of Canada’s future surface combatants. The contract was signed on February 7 after the BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design was selected in October 2018. Negotiations between the government and Irving Shipbuilder as […]

  • 8 February 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Pakistan Navy-hosted biennial maritime exercise AMAN-2019 kicked off in Karachi on February 8, with 46 nations in attendance. The four-day exercise will involve a port and at-sea phase with a focus on maritime security, counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance operations. Based on this, the exercise seeks to develop and practice response tactics, techniques, and […]

  • 4 February 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships form the navies of Spain, Italy, and the US got underway from the French naval base in Toulon on February 3 to join the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle and ships form its carrier strike group on their final pre-deployment exercise. The carrier is on the final leg of deployment preparations after […]

  • 31 January 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    The French defense procurement agency “Direction Générale de l’Armement” (DGA) on January 30 signed a €1.7 billion contract for the procurement of four new Logistic Support Ships (LSS) for the French Navy as part of the country’s FLOTLOG (Flotte logistique) program. The contract signing comes three months after France joined the LSS program which is led […]

  • 31 January 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    German Navy’s sail training ship Gorch Fock is likely to return to sea despite a massive increase in repair costs and the fact that it has spent over three years in the docks at Elsflether Werft. The cost overruns led to an investigation which resulted in the shipyard’s management being laid off. The management board and […]

  • 30 January 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Construction on the first ship in a new class of US Coast Guard cutters started with a steel cutting ceremony at Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s facilities in Panama City, Florida, on January 7. The steel cutting for offshore patrol cutter (OPC) Argus (WMSM-915) was a significant milestone for the company even after it sustained damage and […]

  • 29 January 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The eighth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express taking place in the vicinity of Djibouti, Mozambique and Seychelles began on January 28. Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, and the United States, as well as several international organizations are taking part. Sponsored by US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and conducted […]

  • 23 January 2019
    Industry news

    UK-based defense contractor Babcock International has opened a new office in Portsmouth in support of its five year Marine Systems Support Partner (MSSP) contract with the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Located close to the home of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet, the office opening coincided with MSSP’s first anniversary and highlights the collaboration across […]

  • 22 January 2019
    Authorities

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has embarked a team of US drug enforcement officers to join the fight against Caribbean drug-running. An SH65 Dolphin helicopter of the US Coast Guard’s HITRON – Helicopter Interdiction Tactical squadRON – and its counter-narcotics boarding team, the LEDET (Legal Enforcement DETachment) joined the Bay-class ship in […]

  • 18 January 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Armed Forces of Malta have signed a €35 million contract for the construction of a second purpose-built offshore patrol vessel that will be used in patrolling Malta’s territorial waters. The new vessel will complement the Diciotti-class patrol vessel P61 which was built in 2005 and a former Irish Navy OPV donated to Malta in […]

  • 15 January 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The US Navy and Australian Air Force kicked off the annual anti-submarine warfare exercise Sea Dragon on January 14. The multilateral exercise is based out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, with this year’s event running until Jan. 25. Participating US units will include Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, VP-16, both operating under CTF-72, and Commander, […]

  • 10 January 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Approximately 300 US Marines and an equal number Greek military personnel have arrived in the port city of Volos, Greece, to start exercise Alexander the Great 2019. ATG19 is a bi-lateral security cooperation training exercise involving primarily Hellenic Marines from the 32nd Marine Brigade and US Marines from 22 MEU and the USS Arlington. The […]

  • 24 December 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart, the first Royal Australian Navy Aegis-equipped ship, returned home after wrapping up weapons and systems trials with the United States Navy off the US West Coast. Hobart returned to Sydney after spending three months in the US. In addition to testing the Aegis system, Hobart also became the first ship […]

  • 6 December 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Irving Shipbuilding hosted a keel-laying ceremony for the Royal Canadian Navy’s third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) at its Halifax Shipyard on December 5. Welder Vicki Berg laid a coin on the keel of the future Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Max Bernays signifying the start of full production of the AOPS. A keel-laying ceremony […]