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USNS Hershel 'Woody' Williams Delivered

(Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

The fourth expeditionary sea base vessel, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on February 22.   Shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO began constructing the 784-foot-long ship in October 2015, applying lessons learned from ESB 3, USS Lewis B.

Rolls-Royce to Equip UK Navy's Type 26 Warships

The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System (Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce Canada said it has won a contract with BAE Systems for its mission bay handling technology for the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. The contract covers the first three ships, the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems Glasgow shipyard, Scotland.

Fincantieri Lays Keel for Italy’s New Amphibious Unit

(Photo: Fincantieri)

A keel laying ceremony of the multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock) was held Tuesday at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy, marking the beginning of the slipway works of the unit.   The new unit will be delivered in 2022 and it falls within the naval program of the maritime capability of Defense,

Chinese Warships Enter East Indian Ocean

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) VanderWolf)

Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency.   A fleet of destroyers and at least one frigate, a 30,000-tone amphibious transport dock

Lebanon Rejects U.S. Proposal on Disputed Waters with Israel

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told a U.S. envoy on Friday that Lebanon rejects current proposals over the disputed marine borders with Israel, state media said.   U.S. diplomats have been mediating between Lebanon and Israel over tensions including an Israeli border wall and Lebanon's decision to

Two Littoral Combat Ships Named

File photo: Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) in December 2017 (U.S. Navy Photo by Anthony N. Hilkowski)

The U.S. Navy’s next two Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and USS Savannah (LCS 28), announced Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.   The future USS Nantucket (LCS 27), a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship to be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis.

Navy's Newest Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship Named

File photo: The first Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1)( U.S. Navy photo by Jeremy Starr)

The U.S. Navy’s next Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship will be named USNS Newport (T-EPF 12), announced Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.   The new vessel, currently under construction at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., is the fourth ship named in honor of the Rhode Island city which serves as home to several Navy activities,

UN: 22 Ethiopian Migrants Missing off Yemen

Twenty-two Ethiopian migrants are missing after being dumped in the sea off Yemen, the U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.   IOM spokesman Joel Millman said the missing people were on one of four boats that brought 602 Ethiopian men and women to the coast of Yemen's Shabwa governorate in the past 24 hours.

ASEAN Pushes for South China Sea 'Code of Conduct'

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The Association of South East Asian Nations is hoping to expedite negotiations on a code of conduct with China for the South China Sea but it is not realistic to expect an agreement within a year, Singapore's defence minister said on Wednesday.   China and the 10-member ASEAN bloc adopted a negotiating

Philippines Bans Foreign Research Ships

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has banned all foreign scientific research off the country's Pacific coast and told the navy to chase away unauthorised vessels, despite earlier allowing Chinese oceanographers to operate there.   There was no clear explanation for the about-face by the mercurial Duterte,

US Navy’s Newest Destroyer Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) underwent a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway as part of an evaluation of the ship's construction and compliance with Navy specifications. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works)

The U.S. Navy's newest next generation destroyer completed acceptance trials on February 1, marking a significant milestone for second Zumwalt-class stealth warship ahead of expected delivery in the coming months.   The U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the future USS Michael Monsoor

Shipbuilding: Frigate Normandie Floated Out

French naval frigate FREMM Normandie was floated out February 1 at the Naval Group  shipyard in Lorient, France (Photo: Naval Group)

French shipbuilder Naval Group said it floated the FREMM multi-mission frigate Normandie on February 1, roughly one year after the start of hull assembly in the building dock on the Lorient site.   The eighth FREMM frigate to be built in Lorient and the sixth in a series ordered by OCCAR (Organization

US Navy Commander Pleads Guilty in 'Fat Leonard' Scandal

Cmdr. Troy Amundson (right) in 2010 (U.S. Navy photo by Jessica Bidwell)

A former commander has become the latest U.S. Navy official to plead guilty in a wide-ranging corruption and fraud investigation involving the foreign defense contractor known as “Fat Leonard”.   In what has become the largest corruption scandal in U.S. Navy history, former U.S. Navy commander Troy

India Launches Third Scorpene Submarine 'Karanj'

Reena Lanba, President Navy Wives Welfare Association Launching Karanj. Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy’s third state-of-the-art Scorpene class submarine, INS Karanj, was launched by Reena Lanba, wife of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, , at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai.   This historic event reaffirms the giant strides taken by MDL in the ongoing ‘Make In India’ programme,

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