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Newcastle’s Operations Complete

HMAS Newcastle. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Newcastle has rounded out her busy six-month deployment to the Middle East, completing some ‘firsts’ and ‘lasts’ for Australian Navy ships in the region.   During her demanding deployment, she patrolled about 25,500 nautical miles or five times the distance around Australia.   She conducted a range of Combined Maritime Forces operations,

US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Ralph Johnson

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 The Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Nov. 15.   In early September, DDG 114 successfully demonstrated its ship's systems and readiness during a series of at sea and in-port trials for the U.S.

US Navy: Back to Basics

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is loaded onto the heavy lift transport MV Treasure, Oct. 11, 2017. Treasure will transport John S. McCain to Fleet Activities Yokosuka for repairs. (U.S. Navy photo by Keith Lehnhardt)

The U.S. Navy has a well-deserved reputation for seamanship in trying conditions. Recently though, the Navy has suffered a series of marine casualties, including the fatal collisions involving two destroyers of the Pacific Fleet.    On June 17, USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer,

Maritime Cyber Security: The Wrong Formula

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For many industries, cyber security is about target hardening and perimeter defense. This makes sense, as cyber security is implemented in much the same way that physical security is implemented. We often think of it in terms of the medieval castle design, which translates to defense in depth in modern vernacular.

USS Donald Cook Departs Aksaz, Turkey

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 The Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Aksaz, Turkey, Nov. 9 after conducting a regularly scheduled port call.    While Donald Cook was in port, Sailors attended multiple planning sessions, a reception for participants and a press conference for exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2017.

MTS Tech Breakfast: Maritime Cyber Security

The 2017 Technology Innovation Breakfast series is an opportunity to bridge the gap between how MTS and Federal Government Agencies work and communicate. This member-exclusive event brings together industry thought-leaders and MTS members to facilitate the discovery of innovative and practical solutions

Quadrilateral Coalition on the Indo-Pacific

Visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Philippines (November 12-14, 2017). Photo: Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

 With an eye on China’s activities in the region, India said that the first meeting of its officials with those from the US, Australia and Japan — described as the “quadrilateral” — agreed that a “free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large”.

Australian Warships Drill with Republic Of Korea

HMAS Melbourne leads the way during the exit from the port of Busan in the Republic of Korea to participate in Exercise Haedoli Wallaby 17. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Across late October and early November, Royal Australian Navy frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta visited the Republic of Korea for the biennial maritime anti-submarine warfare exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY.     Arriving alongside in Busan, Australian personnel and their Korean Navy counterparts commenced the harbour phase of the exercise,

Port Security: Preventing Stowaways

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 Enhanced port security can help the in the facilitation of international maritime traffic and the prevention of stowaways.    A national workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone (6-10 November) is one of a series assisting ports with the highest number of stowaway incidents to address these issues.   Meetings

Bollinger Delivers USCG Joseph Gerczak

USCG Joseph Gerczak (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Joseph Gerczak, the 26th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 9th of November 2017 in Key West, Florida.  The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for March 9, 2018 in Honolulu, HI.   Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.

Three-Carrier Strike Force Exercise to Commence in Western Pacific

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 The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov. 11-14.   Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in international waters in order to demonstrate the U.

Maritime Cyber Security: Naval Dome, LR Team

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Cyber security is a pervasive issue globally, particularly in the commercial maritime sector where ship to shore and "always on" connectivity is still in its infancy. To help get ahead of the problem, a new partnership was announced between Naval Dome, an Israel-based cyber security specialist and Lloyd's Register,

Darwin Farewells Namesake City

A tugboat sends off HMAS Darwin from Darwin Harbour for the final time with a water cannon salute. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 HMAS Darwin has completed her final port visit to Darwin, farewelling the city by exercising the right to Freedom of Entry and showcasing her capability to thousands of locals.   The six-day port visit included a ceremonial gun salute on arrival, the Freedom of Entry parade, an open day and various

Cyber Shoal Waters

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Understanding and Meeting Emerging Cyber Threats to the Marine Transportation System   Over the past two months the world has been rocked by three major hacking events that have garnered international notice. These included the EQIFAX event in which 140 million individuals were reported to be possibly compromised,

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