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Valiant Shield 2014 Concludes

Valiant Shield 2014 Concludes

The fifth iteration of Valiant Shield came to a close here Sept. 23 after nine days of joint air, land and sea interoperability training between the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Army.   “Overall, Valiant Shield 2014 was a very successful exercise,” said Rear Adm. Russell Allen, Valiant Shield exercise director. “Opposition forces provided […]

Lockheed Martin Bags US Navy’s Electronic Warfare Deal

Lockheed Martin Bags US Navy’s Electronic Warfare Deal

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin an additional $147 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles.   Under this low-rate initial production contract for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will provide 14 systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system […]

Two NATO Ships Dock in Varna, Bulgaria

Two NATO Ships Dock in Varna, Bulgaria

Last weekend from 19 till 22 September 2014, the two ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) Task Unit TWO (TU.02) stayed in Varna for a scheduled port visit during their deployment to the Black Sea.   Led by Commander Jason Armstrong (Royal Canadian Navy), SNMG2 TU.02 is currently composed of HMCS TORONTO […]

USS Cowpens Executive Officer Replaced

USS Cowpens Executive Officer Replaced

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 […]

UK Naval Reservists Practice aboard HMS Ocean

Royal Naval Reservists have been playing their part in exercises on board the Royal Navy’s Landing Platform Helicopter ship, HMS Ocean, with a high tempo, fast moving scenario.   The Plymouth-based ship only recently came out of a major refit and has been regenerating her Ship to Objective Manoeuvre (STOM) capability while in exercise in […]

China’s PLAN Commander Tours SWOS

Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) hosted the commander of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Sept. 18.   Adm. Wu Shengli was accompanied by seven officers from the PLA Navy staff and given a tour of schoolhouse trainers by Capt. Dave Welch, SWOS commanding officer. They also participated in a roundtable discussion with 12 prospective commanding […]

USS Mitscher to Join US 5th Fleet AOR

USS Mitscher to Join US 5th Fleet AOR

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) departed Naval Station Norfolk for deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).   Led by Cmdr. Frank Brandon, commanding officer, Mitscher will conduct maritime security operations and ballistic missile defense as well as continue to strengthen coalition partnerships. Before deploying, Mitscher participated in […]

George Washington CSG Conducts Valiant Shield Torpedo Exercise

George Washington CSG Conducts Valiant Shield Torpedo Exercise

Ships assigned to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group conducted a complex, live-fire anti-submarine torpedo training evolution as part of exercise Valiant Shield, Sept. 17-18.   Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Stethem (DDG 63), and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54), and USS Shiloh (CG 67) […]

USCG Investigates Reported Fuel Spill

USCG Investigates Reported Fuel Spill

The Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel are investigating a reported fuel spill that occurred near Pier 45 at Fishman’s Wharf in the San Francisco Bay on Saturday.   At approximately 10:56 a.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel received a report that an undetermined amount of fuel oil was discharged […]

Australian Warship Intercepts Drugs off Coast of Africa

Australian Warship Intercepts Drugs off Coast of Africa

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 […]

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