UK: HMS Westminster Receives Award for Operations in Libya

first_img View post tag: Libya View post tag: award View post tag: receives View post tag: Operations View post tag: News by topic View post tag: UK View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS Portsmouth based warship HMS Westminster has been formally recognised by the American Armed Forces for her contribution to operations in Libya earlier this year.The Type-23 frigate was initially deployed to Libya on Operation Ellamy to take part in humanitarian operations and evacuate refugees, taking over from HMS York on March 4.She then demonstrated the flexibility of naval forces by conducting surveillance and sea embargo operations in support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR).For this, her Merlin helicopter regularly patrolled the coast and a detachment of Royal Marines stood by ready to assist the board and search teams in enforcing any operational tasking.HMS Westminster also played an important role in deterring Colonel Gaddafi’s navy from attempting to launch attacks from the sea on the Libyan people by providing a threatening presence.US Joint Operational Command, AFRICOM, the body that commands operations within and around the African Continent has since formally presented the frigate with a plaque which recognises the contribution the ship made during her time off the North African coast.The plaque reads:“To the officers and crew of HMS Westminster. Thank you for your world-class support. Delivering the goods when no one else could, you are truly second to none.”Accepting the award on behalf of the ship, Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Nick Wood said:“Libya was a real demonstration of the flexibility of the Royal Navy. At very short notice we sailed from the UK and quickly arrived off the Libyan coast into a dynamic and hostile environment.”“We delivered real effect whilst we were there and I am very proud to accept this recognition of our work from our most important allies”.HMS Westminster is currently under going a maintenance period in Portsmouth and remains at high readiness for operations.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, July 8, 2011center_img July 8, 2011 View post tag: Naval Share this article Training & Education View post tag: Wstminister UK: HMS Westminster Receives Award for Operations in Libya Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Westminster Receives Award for Operations in Libya last_img read more

USA: San Antonio-Class Amphibious Transport Dock Returns to San Diego

first_img Training & Education USA: San Antonio-Class Amphibious Transport Dock Returns to San Diego View post tag: Navy View post tag: San View post tag: usa View post tag: Transport Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: San Antonio-Class Amphibious Transport Dock Returns to San Diego View post tag: class View post tag: Naval View post tag: Dockcenter_img August 25, 2011 USS New Orleans (LPD 18) returned to its homeport in San Diego Aug. 22 following a two week predeployment exercise off the coast of Southern California.New Orleans, along with embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed Amphibious Squadron-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group for deployment later this year.Cmdr. Dennis Jacko, New Orleans commanding officer, said the exercise enhanced interoperability between the Sailors and Marines by helping form a blue-green team. “PMINT is the first step of operational integrated training with the Navy and Marine assets that will compose the Amphibious Readiness Group,” Jacko said. “Although this is the first step, I think that the detailed planning and extensive coordination that was completed previously enabled the Makin Island ARG to perform at an advanced level from the start.”New Orleans hosted daily deck landing qualifications for helicopters assigned to the 11th MEU’s Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 268, launched Landing Craft Air Cushion and amphibious assault vehicles with embarked Marines from its well deck and performed an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202).“I’m really looking forward to this deployment,” said Marine Cpl. Kurtis Fuchser, who last deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand province. “The food’s going to be better and I’m looking forward to seeing different countries. It’s also going to be a different experience working with Navy personnel, not just corpsmen.”In addition to performing its scheduled tasks, New Orleans also responded to a distress call leading to the recovery of more than 1,800 pounds of alleged contraband and the capture of three suspected drug runners.“The crew of New Orleans did a fantastic job of changing missions quickly, arriving on scene, and rapidly getting our boats in the water to render assistance,” Jacko said. “Coordinating our efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard was seamless, and resulted not only in the rescue of stranded personnel at sea, but the recovery of a substantial amount of dangerous drugs headed to the United States.”PMINT is the first stage of training where more than 1,800 Sailors from New Orleans, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) integrated with more than 1,600 Marines from the 11th MEU in preparation for their upcoming deployment.New Orleans is a San Antonio-class transport dock ship designed and built to fight. Its war-fighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the unforgiving littoral environment.[mappress]Source: navy, August 25, 2011; View post tag: Antonio View post tag: Amphibious Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: Diegolast_img read more

Royal Navy’s Warship HMS York Monitors Russian Aircraft Carrier

first_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: York View post tag: Aircraft HMS York has been activated as the Royal Navy’s fleet ready escort, and is monitoring the largest ship in the Russian Navy, the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.The Type 42 destroyer sailed north from her home port of Portsmouth last week and first observed the Admiral Kuznetsov north east of the Orkneys in the early hours of Monday, 12 December 2011.She will remain in close company with the Admiral Kuznetsov and her supporting task group, consisting of a destroyer, two frigates, two tankers and an ocean-going tug, whilst they are in the vicinity of the UK.The Admiral Kuznetsov and her task group are believed to be deploying to the Mediterranean for exercises and training. The aircraft carrier is 999 feet (304m) long and displaces around 55,000 tonnes.It is the first time she has deployed near the UK for a number of years and HMS York’s presence continues to demonstrate the Royal Navy’s commitment to maintaining the integrity and security of UK waters.The Admiral Kuznetsov task group is currently within the international waters of the Moray Firth sheltering from poor weather.HMS York’s Commanding Officer, Commander Rex Cox, said:“Our presence is a clear signal to the Russian task group that the Royal Navy is active and alert around UK waters and we will continue to monitor their activities as they make their way south.“We are well-practised in this type of operation and are ready to position anywhere around the UK and to provide a robust presence when called upon.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 15, 2011; Image: mod Share this article December 15, 2011 Royal Navy’s Warship HMS York Monitors Russian Aircraft Carrier View post tag: Russian View post tag: Warship View post tag: Navy View post tag: Navy’s Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s Warship HMS York Monitors Russian Aircraft Carrier View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Carrier View post tag: Monitors View post tag: Royallast_img read more

Sailors, Mariners Aboard USS Makin Island Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

first_img View post tag: sailors Share this article View post tag: Makin April 29, 2012 View post tag: Every View post tag: News by topic View post tag: celebrate View post tag: day Training & Education View post tag: Mariners View post tag: earth Sailors and Marines serving aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) have a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth Day every day, not just April 22 like the rest of the world.Crew members have taken the ship thousands of miles away from its homeport of San Diego and have showed off the ship’s fuel-saving technology to coalition and regional partner nations in keeping with the 2012 Earth Day theme of “Mobilize the Earth.”The ship’s hybrid-electric propulsion system is designed to run on auxiliary propulsion motors at low speeds and on gas turbines at higher speeds. This technology allows the Department of the Navy to reduce the use of fossil fuels that leads to reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air, one of the key themes of Earth Day.“When enabled, the hybrid-electric drive draws power from the electric power grid provided by running SSDG’s [ship’s service diesel generators],” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Ponce, Makin Island’s main propulsion assistant. “There is zero emission from the electric drive and the running SSDG’s have minimal emission when loaded. This concept eliminates all emissions from gas turbine propulsion under 12 knots.”In addition to cleaner emissions, Ponce said the ship uses significantly less fuel than other LHD-class amphibious assault ships. The ship’s engineering department keeps detailed logs and those calculations put the fuel burn rate at nearly 50 percent less than a traditional LHD, a significant cost-savings for the Navy.Ponce said Makin Island also developed a “Sprint and Drift” propulsion technique where the ship would accelerate speed to get ahead of its plan of intended movement (PIM) using one of the two gas turbines. The ship then transitions to auxiliary propulsion motor operations at slower speeds until the ship falls a few hours behind PIM. The cycle is then repeated.According to Ponce, Makin Island was able to save more than 800,000 gallons of fuel at an estimated cost of $1.9 million in FY 2011 by using this technique.Ponce said Makin Island also takes an environmentally friendly approach to making potable water.“In a huge cost-saving measure that has become standard practice, Makin Island tops off potable water tanks at 60 percent, vice 100 percent, prior to every underway,” said Ponce. “This initiative utilizes the on-board reverse osmosis unit’s maximum water generation capabilities, while saving several thousand dollars in consumable expenditures and precious water from shore.”Beyond the environmental and energy-saving advantages of Makin Island’s propulsion system and all-electric design, the ship uses a stern flap to improve fuel economy, anti-fouling coating to minimize hull drag, and solid-state lighting to reduce energy costs.Ponce said that the ship’s “Green Team,” a group of Sailors across 30 divisions who lead the ship’s recycling efforts, also plays an important role in letting the crew know different ways to help conserve energy on board the ship.Members of the team have continued those efforts not just on Earth Day, but throughout the ship’s maiden deployment.“Makin Island Sailors and Marines continue to support Earth Day and its global initiative for a sustainable future through our energy conservation, recycling, and plastic waste control programs,” said Ensign Kyle J. Holtz, Makin Island’s assistant safety officer and Green Team leader. “As the U.S. Navy’s first hybrid ship, Makin Island and its Green Team have a unique opportunity to help ‘Mobilize the Earth’ in 2012.”Holtz said that upon the ship’s return from the current deployment, the Green Team will continue to lead recycling efforts and energy conservation programs in San Diego.“Makin Island is an operational, combat-ready ship with a crew that is dedicated to environmental preservation and a sustainable future,” added Holtz. “It’s important for our Sailors and Marines to remember that regardless of location or duties assigned, we have an obligation to our earth and its natural resources.”Makin Island’s green efforts were recognized last year, prior to the ship’s maiden deployment, by Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment Donald Schregardus who visited the ship Oct. 18, 2011.Schregardus praised the technology used aboard Makin Island as an outstanding example of the Navy’s progress toward incorporating a clean, efficient and environmentally sustainable design into the fleet.Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as a way to focus attention on the need for cleaner air and water as well as promoting renewable energy sources and recycling. More than 190 countries celebrate Earth Day and more than one billion people take part in Earth Day activities each year.Makin Island is the first U.S. Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric propulsion system. By using this unique propulsion system, the Navy expects over the course of the ship’s lifecycle, to see fuel savings of more than $250 million, proving the Navy’s commitment to energy awareness and conservation.This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and Marine Corps that will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve the secretary of the Navy’s energy goals to improve our energy security and efficiency afloat and ashore, increase our energy independence and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 29, 2012; Image: navy Sailors, Mariners Aboard USS Makin Island Celebrate Earth Day Every Day Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors, Mariners Aboard USS Makin Island Celebrate Earth Day Every Day View post tag: Naval View post tag: Island View post tag: Navy View post tag: Aboard View post tag: USSlast_img read more

Fire Blazes Aboard USS Miami Nuclear Sub

first_img View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today Fire Blazes Aboard USS Miami Nuclear Sub View post tag: Aboard View post tag: Nuke View post tag: fire View post tag: Navy Share this article Fire Blazes Aboard USS Miami Nuclear Sub View post tag: Blazescenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Miami View post tag: News by topic May 24, 2012 View post tag: sub Industry news The USS Miami nuclear submarine (SSN 755) caught on fire on Wednesday night, around 6.p.m. while docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, where it arrived in March for a major overhaul.Fortunately, the fire did not compromise the Los Angeles class submarine’s nuclear reactor, avoiding a big catastrophe, Reuters writes citing the Shipyard’s spokeswoman Tami Remick.Accordingly, the fire broke out on the “forward compartment” nevertheless, the cause of the fire is yet to be established.The sub’s crew was evacuated immediately without sustaining injuries and firefighters came to the spot in order to put it under control, in which process four of them have been injured.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 24, 2012last_img read more

USA: Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Hosts Visit from MCPON

first_imgNaval Hospital Camp Pendleton hosted a visit from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens Dec. 13.Hundreds of enlisted Sailors from area Navy and Marine Corps commands came to hear the MCPON at an all hands call for E-1 through E-6 and a Chief Petty Officers call.MCPON talked about current issues that the Navy is facing. He relayed that the chief of naval operations has said there will not be another Enlisted Retention Board program under his watch.He also explained that the Perform to Serve program is not a reenlistment tool to be used for force shaping. Rather it is a tool to ensure the Navy keeps the best and most capable force.He told the crowd that the Navy is no longer in a force reduction. There will actually be a gradual incline over the next few years from the current 317,587 Sailors to approximately 322,000.Also, the Navy Working Uniform is not going away any time soon. In fact, an ALNAV message and video are coming out soon to explain all regulations about the proper wear of the uniform.Finally, MCPON stressed his new initiative called “Zeroing In On Excellence” and asked everyone to read it on his webpage under the leadership tab on Navy.mil.“I wrote a four part letter primarily to the chief’s mess but it is also intended for all of us,” Stevens said. The initiative which was released Nov. 6, covers three areas; developing leaders, good order and discipline, and controlling what we own.While here, he focused on only one of the areas: developing leaders. “I believe that no organization can rise above the capabilities of its leadership. No matter what level of leadership you are at, the people that you are responsible for will never become better leaders unless you increase your ability to lead,” Stevens said. “Each of us has a responsibility to develop and increase our capacity to lead so that those that we lead also have the same opportunities.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 18, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: MCPON View post tag: Navy December 18, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Hosts Visit from MCPON View post tag: Pendleton View post tag: from Authorities USA: Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Hosts Visit from MCPONcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Visit View post tag: Naval View post tag: Hospital View post tag: hosts View post tag: Camp Share this articlelast_img read more

USA: 26th Successful Intercept for SM-3 Program

first_img October 7, 2013 View post tag: 26th In a Missile Defense Agency test, the U.S. Navy fired a Standard Missile-3 Block IB, made by Raytheon Company, from the USS Lake Erie. The SM-3 eliminated the medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target. “We remain on track to deliver this critical capability in time for a 2015 deployment in support of global combatant command requirements, and specifically phase two of the European Phased Adaptive Approach,” said Dr. Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems.The test was the 26th successful intercept for the SM-3 program and the fifth back-to-back successful test of the next-generation SM-3 Block IB guided missile.“The missile continues to perform, increasing confidence in the SM-3 Block IB’s readiness for production,” said Dr. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Missile Systems’ SM-3 program director.[mappress]Press Release,October 7, 2013; Image: Raytheon View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: usa View post tag: program View post tag: Intercept View post tag: Defence USA: 26th Successful Intercept for SM-3 Program Equipment & technology View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: 26th Successful Intercept for SM-3 Program View post tag: successful View post tag: News by topic View post tag: SM-3 Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Thach Decommissioned

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Thach Decommissioned The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) was decommissioned after more than 29 years of naval service during a ceremony on board Naval Base San Diego, Nov. 1.The ship was named for Naval aviator Adm. John S. Thatch, the developer of the “Thach Weave” dogfighting tactic in World War II and former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe from 1965-1967. He died in 1981 and the ship was commissioned into service March 17, 1984.Several of the ship’s plankowners and dozens of former crew members, as well as many members of the Thach family, attended the ceremony alongside current crew members.“Congratulations to all the of current crew and the wardroom for the fine work and Thach’s success; I understand you just got back from deployment,” said retired Navy Capt. Dale H. Moore, Thach’s first commanding officer who served as guest speaker for the ceremony. “I must say, lookingto my memory and the pictures I have from 30 years ago, the ship today looks as sparkly and new as it did then.”Moore honored the plankowners that took part in the commissioning ceremony more than 29 years ago by having them stand and be recognized during the decommissioning ceremony. He also spoke about the technology aboard Thach nearly 30 years ago, including the limited number and use of computers at the time.“To all of you, fair winds and following seas,” said Moore. “To Thach, wherever you may be, may you also have fair winds and following seas.”During Thach’s final deployment earlier this year, the crew of 220 Sailors and Coast Guardsmen performed counter-illicit trafficking operations off the coasts of South and Central America. The ship disrupted shipments of more than 379 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana totaling in excess of $10 million.“From conducting counter-narcotics operations to maintaining freedom on the high seas, the ship has been through a lot in its 29 years of extraordinary service to our country’s Navy,” said Cmdr. Hans E. Lynch, Thach’s commanding officer.Lynch said his tour as commanding officer has been very rewarding, especially during the ship’s final deployment conducting counter-narcotics operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.“I am grateful for the crew’s dedication to the mission,” said Lynch. “It is an honor to be the decommissioning commanding officer of a wonderful ship.”Thach participated in a number of maritime security exercises and operations both independently and as part of carrier strike groups in U.S. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility during nearly three decades of service.Thach is the seventh U.S. Navy frigate to be decommissioned in CY-2013 following USS Underwood (FFG 36), USS Curts (FFG 38), USS Carr (FFG 52), USS Klakring (FFG 42), USS Reuben James (FFG 57) and USS Ford (FFG 54).[mappress]Press Release, November 04, 2013; Image: US Navy Industry news Share this articlecenter_img November 4, 2013 USS Thach Decommissionedlast_img read more

HMS Defender Pays Visit to Gibraltar

first_img View post tag: Navy HMS Defender Pays Visit to Gibraltar View post tag: HMS Defender June 16, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Pays Visit HMS Defender is the fifth of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers and made her first port of call 1,000 miles into her 7,500-mile journey from the Solent to the Gulf as she embarks on her maiden operational deployment.On the eve of her arrival, the ship’s padre, Rev Mike Meachin, led a service of remembrance on the flight deck as HMS Defender took time to pause and remember all those involved in the D-Day landings 70 years ago.As the destroyer neared Gibraltar, she was met by RN Gibraltar Squadron patrol boat HMS Scimitar – along with Gibraltar’s First Minister Fabian Picardo – to escort her safely into the naval base.And once alongside the destroyer opened her gangway to the public, with more than 1,700 residents taking advantage of HMS Defender’s hospitality to look around the £1bn warship.HMS Defender’s visit provided the rare opportunity to engage in training with the Gibraltar Squadron – which comprises patrol boats Scimitar and Sabre and several RIBs (rigid inflatable boats).“My ship’s company have worked extremely hard to ready the ship for this operational deployment and visiting historic Gibraltar as our first stop is a fitting way to begin” said Cdr Phil Nash, HMS Defender’s Commanding Officer.“It was great to see so many members of the public visit the ship to show their support and see the extensive capability which HMS Defender brings. We now look forward to continuing our deployment and engaging with our key coalition partners to provide maritime security in the Middle East.”[mappress]Press Release, June 16, 2014; Image: UK Navy More than a thousand people flocked to see HMS Defender in Gibraltar as she stopped at the port on her way to Middle East.center_img View post tag: europe View post tag: Gibraltar View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Defender Pays Visit to Gibraltar Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Progeny contracted for submarine combat control systems work

first_img Progeny to provide payload control for submarine combat systems View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Progeny Authorities U.S. Navy has awarded the Manassas-based computer integrated systems designer Progeny Systems Corp. a $54,7 million contract to design, test and deliver a payload control system for the AN/BYG-1 submarine combat control system.The Payload Control System portion is to be delivered for all U.S. and Royal Australian Navy new construction and in-service submarines and appropriate joint program office submarine platforms.Work will for the most part be performed in Manassas, Virginia with some share being done in Rhode Island and is expected to be completed by February 2021.The AN/BYG-1 software is a tactical weapon systems developed by General Dynamics that analyzes and tracks submarine and surface-ship contact information, providing tactical, situational awareness for submarine crews including the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles.The system is installed on the U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles, Seawolf, Virginia and SSGN-class submarines, as well as on the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines. The Tactical Control System (TCS) portion of BYG-1 integrates sensor inputs to provide a common operational picture and improved situational awareness in an information assurance compliant environment that exploits the power of sonar, electronic support measures, radar, navigation, periscopes and communication. February 18, 2016center_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: submarine Back to overview,Home naval-today Progeny to provide payload control for submarine combat systems Share this articlelast_img read more