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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

Photo: United States Navy

 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.

Huon’s Tassie Homecoming

Ship's Company of HMAS Huon prior to conducting a Freedom of Entry into Huonville. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Huon capped off a South West Pacific deployment recently with the final of six port visits to Hobart, Tasmania, and her nearby namesake city of Huonville.   Having already toured the remote Australian territories of Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, as well as Luganville and Port Vila, Vanuatu,

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,

Engine Contract Awarded for LCS 27

Fairbanks Morse said it has been selected to build and deliver the main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) that will power the U.S. Navy’s newest Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship, LCS 27.   Construction of the engines will begin later this year, and they are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 to Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis.

BAE System Wins $139.8M Contract

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $139,818,901 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) fiscal 2018 modernization period Chief of Naval Operations availability.  This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Tortuga.

USS Donald Cook Departs Aksaz, Turkey

Photo: United States Navy

 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.

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,

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.

Revival of Training Capability

(l-r) Leading Seaman Electroincs Technician Thomas Dann, Able Seaman Electroincs Technician Matthew Minney and Leading Seaman Electroincs Technician Gregoire Soler with the Electro-Optical Tracking System. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 A 20-foot shipping container on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, helps the Australian Navy run one of the world’s few remaining shore-to-sea live firing training sites.   Since 1959, West Head Gunnery Range which occupies an area of 16 hectares has provided the Royal Australian Navy with live

Babcock, BMT Strike Navy Deal

  Babcock and BMT signed a cooperation agreement outlining a strategic relationship that will see the companies collaborate to support the design, build, construction and spport of future classes of Surface Ships for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other international projects.  The initial focus

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

Rolls-Royce Extends Naval Services in the Gulf

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to provide naval shipbuilding, repair and refit activities across the Gulf region.   The MoU is for a definitive agreement for the provision of services, with the objective

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