UK: Royal Navy Members Lead Parade Amid Celebration of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Sailors saluted Prince Charles in the heart of Edinburgh as the three Services paraded through the Scottish capital to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.Ship’s companies from Scottish-based submarines, vessels such as HMS Defender that are being built on the Clyde, plus sailors drawn from across the Senior Service including Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster and Richmond, Commando Helicopter Force and HMS Heron, joined brethren from the RAF and Army, including the Scots Guards, as well as members of the Royal British Legion in the march, which concluded with saluting Prince Charles.They were in the capital both to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year and for members of the public to show their appreciation for the Armed Forces.The Royal Navy’s most senior officer in Scotland, Rear Admiral Chris Hockley, Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland (FOSNNI) was among the dignitaries at the parade yesterday.“Members of the Royal Navy have been proud and delighted to lead the parade today in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee,” said Lieutenant Eleanor Hollingworth, the Rear Admiral’s Flag Lieutenant.“It is a day of celebration and we are honoured to have been part of this once-in-a-lifetime event – it is an occasion which we will all remember.”The parade stepped off from Edinburgh’s historic castle at noon and marched down the Royal Mile.Prince Charles, accompanied by his wife – the Royal couple are known as Duke and Duchess of Rothesay north of the border – took the salute in the Abbey Strand after the parade had passed the Scottish parliament and other famous civic buildings.The servicemen entered the forecourt of the Palace of Holyrood House, where Prince Charles made an inspection.Lt Hollingworth said:“It has been fitting to mark this historic event at the heart of Scotland’s ancient capital city and it’s a great honour that we have been received by His Royal Highness alongside our colleagues from the Army and the Royal Air Force.”Hundreds of members of the public watched the pageantry as the parade progressed along the Royal Mile and at the palace gates.Music was provided by the Pipes and Drums of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 11, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: members UK: Royal Navy Members Lead Parade Amid Celebration of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee View post tag: celebration View post tag: Jubilee View post tag: Royal View post tag: Queen Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Parade View post tag: Navy View post tag: Diamond May 11, 2012 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Members Lead Parade Amid Celebration of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee View post tag: Amid View post tag: LEADlast_img read more

USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO View post tag: Naval Training & Education October 4, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Underwood USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO View post tag: USS Anzio View post tag: GTMO USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Anzio (CG 68) visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from, Sept. 29-30 during their deployments in support of multinational maritime exercise Southern Seas 2012 and UNITAS Atlantic 53.Underwood received logistic support from the installation including fuel, water and supplies, while UNITAS flagship USS Anzio disembarked attached staff members from Destroyer Squadron 40 including U.S 4th Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris.UNITAS Atlantic 53 is a U.S. and South America-sponsored international naval exercise. This is the 53rd year partner nations have participated in UNITAS, which stands for “unity,” making it the longest ongoing maritime exercise in the region.Thirteen multinational ships from seven partner nations participated in the exercise that originated in Key West, Fla. and officially ended in the Western Caribbean Sept. 29. Warships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom and observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru participated in the exercise.UNITAS is designed to train each naval force in a variety of maritime scenarios, with each operating as a component of a multi-national force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. The exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of emerging and enduring partners’ maritime forces to achieve common desired effects. The annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies.Southern Seas 2012 is a six-month U.S. Navy engagement and training operation to the Caribbean and Central and South America. During the deployment, USS Underwood and embarked units participated in a variety of exercises and multi-national exchanges to improve operational readiness and enhance relationships in the region.During the operation, assigned units focused on operating in the multi-national environment, preparing to deal with unconventional threats such as illicit trafficking, and improved training levels in a variety of mission areas.Participating forces took part in major regional exercises including UNITAS Atlantic, UNITAS Pacific, and Silent Force Exercise.Forces also participated in a series of theater security cooperation events, including military-to-military cooperation, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, combined training, and maritime security.Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, serves as a logistical hub in the U.S. 4th Fleet Caribbean theatre. The installation’s Port Operations department provides operational support for more than 150 vessels a year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 04, 2012 View post tag: Visit Share this articlelast_img read more

UK: HMS Echo to Undergo Maintenance Works

first_img October 9, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Industry news View post tag: Undergo View post tag: Echo Share this article View post tag: HMS UK: HMS Echo to Undergo Maintenance Works View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Echo to Undergo Maintenance Works View post tag: works Plymouth-based HMS Echo has just completed a 19-month deployment in the Far East.David Daniel A&P Falmouth Commercial Director: “We are very familiar with HMS Echo, having carried out her previous refit five years ago and it’s great to have her back. We will carry out survey and maintenance works and upgrade of ship systems on behalf of BAE Systems. HMS Echo is expected to be with us until the end of October. Securing this repeat business reflects confidence in A&P’s knowledge, experience and ability to respond to the specific needs of our customers.”HMS Echo was launched in 2002 as the first ship in her class and was commissioned by the Navy in 2003. Built in Appledore, Devonport-based Echo carries out survey operations and provides environmental information in support of submarines and amphibious operations. She can also serve as a platform for a Mine Counter Measures command team. Highlights of her most recent 19 month deployment in the Far East included discovering an underwater ‘mountain’ the size of Gibraltar in the Red Sea and being the first RN ship to visit Libya after the fall of Gaddafi.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 9, 2012 View post tag: UK View post tag: maintenancelast_img read more

VIDEO: Battleship Texas to Get USD 17.5 Million Refit (USA)

first_img March 13, 2013 Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USD View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: 17.5 Industry news View post tag: Defence View post tag: getcenter_img View post tag: million The old US warship Battleship Texas will get its first significant repairs in more than 20 years, according to ABC.A $17.5 million contract intended for the warship’s overhaul has been awarded to Taylor Marine Construction.In 1948, the Battleship TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the United States. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the TEXAS was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the TEXAS was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel.On the video below, you can see the Battleship Texas foundation:The repairs, focusing on the ship’s structural foundation, are going to start in April, and the battleship will remain open during the overhaul.The work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 13, 2013; Image: Texas Parks View post tag: Battleship View post tag: Texas View post tag: Refit Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Battleship Texas to Get USD 17.5 Million Refit (USA) View post tag: Defense VIDEO: Battleship Texas to Get USD 17.5 Million Refit (USA)last_img read more

HMAS Paluma Showcases Hydro Capability

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Paluma Showcases Hydro Capability HMAS Paluma Showcases Hydro Capability View post tag: Paluma View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Defense Training & Educationcenter_img May 7, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: capability Share this article On an overcast northern tropical day, the crew of HMAS Paluma got their first taste of stardom when the production company, Great Southern Film and Television embarked to film ‘Coast – Australia’.The long-running BBC series explores how and why coasts are mapped and presented a unique opportunity for Paluma’s crew to illustrate the important role Navy plays in surveying uncharted sections of the Australian coastline.Paluma’s Commanding Officer, LCDR Geoffrey Walker welcomed presenter Neil Oliver and his film crew onboard before setting sail to conduct surveys around Green Island and Mission Bay, just approximately 15 nautical miles off Cairns.Throughout the day the production crew observed the day to day operations of a Survey Motor Launch vessel. Presenter Neil Oliver was particularly impressed when shown the Moving Vessel Profiler and data recording systems demonstrated during a survey of the 50 year old un-named barge wreck submerged 35 meters beneath the ocean off Green Island, commenting on how clear the image was.Later in the day the film crew were educated on the surveying techniques used in the days of the Early European explorers, showing Neil Oliver how to survey the position of Paluma as she entered into Mission Bay using a sextant and the Hand Lead Line.Petty Officer Hydrographic Systems Manager, Russell Hinze, said it was a good illustration for the crew on just how far survey technology has progressed.“It’s easy these days to forget just how challenging this may have been and it’s incredible to see how accurate the observations of our forbears were, said PO Hinze.“The visit by the BBC crew was a great chance to show the important work of the HSO branch. Hopefully this show can create interest and a better understanding of the important service we provide to not only the Navy, but to the safety of all mariners,” said PO Hinze.[mappress]Press Release, May 7, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Showcases View post tag: Hydrolast_img read more

BRP Ramon Alcaraz Starts Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: Alcaraz The Philippine Navy’s new warship, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz, began sea trials on Monday, according to GMA News.The ship set sail from North Charleston, South Carolina at 8:30 a.m. Monday (US time).BRP Ramon Alcaraz was subjected to  refurbishment and refitting which cost $15.15 million.The maintenance started last year.The Philippine Navy’s Capt. Elson Aguilar said that they want to make sure everything is in place before the ship finally heads home.The ship was commissioned in 1968 and served in the US Coast Guard as the USCGC Dallas.It is the second Hamilton-class vessel acquired by the Philippine Navy, while the first vessel, the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF15), was handed over to the Navy in May 2011.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 21, 2013 View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: starts View post tag: Defence Industry news View post tag: Ramon BRP Ramon Alcaraz Starts Sea Trials View post tag: Navy May 21, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: trials View post tag: sea View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today BRP Ramon Alcaraz Starts Sea Trials View post tag: BRPlast_img read more

US Navy, Austal USA Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for Future USS Montgomery

first_img View post tag: KEEL View post tag: Defense View post tag: USS June 26, 2013 U.S. Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Montgomery, the Navy’s eighth littoral combat ship (LCS), June 25, in Mobile, Ala. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship’s components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, keel laying represents the formal beginning of a ship.Ship sponsor Mary Sessions, wife of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, authenticated the keel by having her initials welded into a sheet of the ship’s hull.The LCS is a new breed of U.S. Navy warship, capable of open-ocean operation but optimized for littoral, or coastal, missions. Montgomery is one of four Independence-variant LCS currently under construction at Austal USA. The ship is expected to deliver to the fleet in 2016.“This class of ships breaks new ground in Navy acquisition, ship design and warfighting technology,” said Capt. Stephen Mitchell, supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast. “I am impressed by their strength, flexibility and extraordinary capability, and they offer our troops a greater range of options than ever before.”“It is exciting to see the shipyard really getting into the rhythm of serial production,”said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager.Although several vessels have been named USS Montgomery, LCS 8 is only the second U. S. Navy ship named specifically for the city of Montgomery, Ala. The former cruiser USS Montgomery (C 9) was commissioned in 1894 and decommissioned in 1918. The ship primarily operated in the Caribbean and off the coast of South America, participating in the blockade of Havana, Cuba, in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.[mappress]Press Release, June 26, 2013; Image: US Navy US Navy, Austal USA Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for Future USS Montgomery View post tag: LAYING Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, Austal USA Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for Future USS Montgomery View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: US View post tag: usa View post tag: future View post tag: Defence Industry news View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: Austal Share this article View post tag: Montgomery View post tag: holdlast_img read more

US aircraft carrier patrols contested South China Sea

first_img View post tag: USS John C. Stennis View post tag: South China Sea March 4, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US aircraft carrier patrols contested South China Sea, shadowed by Chinese warships US aircraft carrier patrols contested South China Sea, shadowed by Chinese warships View post tag: US Navy A full-blown aircraft carrier group with USS John C. Stennis at the helm transited the Luzon Strait March 1 and is now conducting patrols in the South China Sea.The news comes in the wake of U.S. Pacific Commander’s announcement that the U.S. Navy would increase its presence in the South China Sea. Admiral Harry B. Harris said the U.S. Navy would sail, fly and operate wherever international law allows.The announcement was made in response to reports of Beijing’s actions the region. It has been said that China was “clearly militarising” the region by setting up missile launchers on the disputed islands.According to the U.S. Navy, the John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) entered the region on March 1 and has maintained a location in the eastern half of these international waters for four days.USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) all conducted a replenishment-at-sea receiving advanced biofuel, aviation fuel and supplies from USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). Flight operations have occurred daily with Carrier Airwing (CVW) 9 conducting 266 sorties.Numerous People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) vessels have remained in JCSSG’s vicinity during this time period.Capt. Greg Huffman, Stennis’ commanding officer, said: “We have Chinese ships around us that we normally didn’t see in my past experience. “Everything I have heard over bridge-to-bridge channels has been good communications between professional mariners,” he added.In recent months, other U.S. Navy ships have conducted similar events in the 7th Fleet area of operations including the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).However, Chinese officials declared two such sails as provocations as they claimed that USS Lassen and USS Curtis Wilbur came too close to islands in the Spratly archipelago which China claims for itself. Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

US Coast Guard orders more over the horizon-IV cutter boats

first_img July 7, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard orders more over the horizon-IV cutter boats The U.S. Coast Guard placed delivery orders for 11 over the horizon-IV cutter boats worth approximately $4.76 million with SAFE Boats International LLC of Bremerton, Washington, June 28.Two of the boats will go to the sixth NSC, Munro, which is in production with delivery planned for December. Eight boats will go to medium endurance cutters, and one will go to an FRC currently being built.The total number of OTH-IVs ordered is now 66; the June 28 orders support boat production and delivery through mid-2017.The OTH-IV boats deploy from their cutters to deliver boarding teams to vessels of interest during search and rescue; law enforcement; ports, waterways and coastal security; and defense readiness missions.They are 26 feet long and have a top speed of 40 knots. Compared to the OTH-III, they feature increased cargo space and seating, higher speeds, and compatibility with both stern and side-davit launch and recovery systems.Forty OTH-IVs have been delivered, including boats for the five NSCs and 17 FRCs in service. View post tag: Safe Boats Authoritiescenter_img US Coast Guard orders more over the horizon-IV cutter boats View post tag: US Coast Guard Share this articlelast_img read more

New Philippine Navy frigates to field Kelvin Hughes radars

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today New Philippine Navy frigates to field Kelvin Hughes navigation radars UK-based navigation systems supplier Kelvin Hughes announced it has been awarded a contract to deliver its navigation radars for the Philippine Navy’s two new frigates currently being constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries.The contract for the construction of the 2,600 ton frigates was awarded to HHI in October 2016 with the first ship expected to be handed over in 2020.In addition to its SharpEye navigation radars, Kelvin Hughes said it would be also supplying two multifunction bridge radar displays for the Philippine Navy frigate acquisition program.The frigates are designed as a smaller version of the Incheon-class frigate which is already in service with the Republic of Korea Navy.According to HHI, the 107 meter frigates will be propelled with a CODAD (Combined Diesel and Diesel) propulsion system reaching maximum speeds of 25 knots.The vessels (hull numbers P159 and P160) will have stealth characteristics, further complemented by the low radar cross section design of the upmast SharpEye™ radar sensor carbon fibre housing and antenna turning unit.With a projected range of 4,500 nautical miles range at a cruising speed of 15 knots, the ships will be operable up to Sea State 5. View post tag: Philippine Navy October 24, 2017 Authorities New Philippine Navy frigates to field Kelvin Hughes navigation radars View post tag: HHI Share this article View post tag: Kelvin Hugheslast_img read more