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GHOST – Missing Vessel in the Navy? >> Naval Today

GHOST – Missing Vessel in the Navy? >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
Juliet Marine Systems CEO Gregory Sancoff is hoping to get the US Department of Defence interested in the procurement of his innovative marine warship GHOST. 

The developer of innovative solutions for naval and commercial applications has invested $15 million in constructing this futuristic stealth ship, which, as Bloomberg quoted Sancoff, has “no radar signature at all”.

Despite the lack of guarantee that the vessel will be purchased, Juliet Marine Systems’ CEO has been building the vessel at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine for over a decade now.

The GHOST is a revolutionary proprietary technology vessel platform that will assure force protection through stealth fighter/attack capabilities along with integrated situation awareness. These vessels would create a protective fleet perimeter, providing sensor and weapons platforms, allowing no surface or subsurface intrusions.

The GHOST is a combination of stealth fighter aircraft and attack helicopter technologies packaged in a marine platform. GHOST is designed to provide a marine surface and subsurface platform for tracking and identification of multiple targets. It has a very long range, low fuel burn, gas turbine powered, scalable.

Watch a video about the vessel: http://navaltoday.com/2014/08/28/ghost-missing-vessel-in-the-navy/ ;

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USCG Cutter Tampa Seizes 970 Kilos of Cocaine >> Naval Today

USCG Cutter Tampa Seizes 970 Kilos of Cocaine >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Tampa successfully interdicted more than 970 kilograms of cocaine from a 226-foot Panamanian-flagged freighter in international waters in the Caribbean Sea Aug. 10. 

The Tampa was on patrol in support of migrant and drug interdiction operations in the Windward Passage when they came across the suspect vessel in international waters.

Through a multi-day thorough search of the ship, the Tampa’s crew searched the vessel and discovered a hidden compartment aboard the Memory containing 973 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $32.4 million.

“This is a huge win for the crew,” said Cmdr. Clinton S. Carlson, commanding officer of the cutter Tampa. “A boarding like this takes the concerted effort of all hands in one form or another, and the Tampa crew did magnificent and ultimately kept these drugs from crossing our borders.”

The crew of the Tampa turned the vessel, 11 suspects and narcotics over to the Department of Justice, Southern District of Florida for prosecution.

The Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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F-35 Support Equipment Deal Goes to Lockheed Martin >> Naval Today

F-35 Support Equipment Deal Goes to Lockheed Martin >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $122,2 million modification to a previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VI cost-plus incentive fee contract for the procurement of support equipment for the F-35 aircraft such as sensor covers, tool sets, vacuum clamp sets, and heat gun assemblies. 
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USCG Rescues Two from Disabled Boat Near Niagara Falls >> Naval Today

USCG Rescues Two from Disabled Boat Near Niagara Falls >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The US Coast Guard rescued two people from a disabled boat near Niagara Falls late Monday night. 

At about 9:15 p.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, New York, responded to a call for help from the boaters via cell phone. The distressed boater reported two people were aboard a disabled 19-foot boat, 700 yards inside the Niagara Falls Exclusion Zone. The boater also reported that the boat was anchored.

The Sector Buffalo SAR coordinator issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which broadcasts the location and nature of distress to mariners and asks who can offer help if they are able. The SAR coordinator also launched a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Buffalo aboard a 25-foot response boat, and an air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit aboard a Dolphin helicopter, to assist the boaters.

Also responding were boat crews from New York State Parks Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Department and Erie County Air One. Ontario Power Authority and Niagara Mohawk Power Authority slowed the flow of the Niagara River as much as possible to assist in rescue efforts.

The Coast Guard boat crew arrived at the edge of the exclusion zone at about 9:45 p.m., but could not proceed further due to water depth. A commercial salvage boat crew tried to get into the exclusion zone but became temporarily grounded before freeing itself.

At about 10:45 p.m., the Erie County Air One helicopter arrived overhead of the boaters and provided surveillance information to the incoming Coast Guard air crew. The Coast Guard air crew arrived on scene at about 11:30 p.m., and completed the rescue at 11:47 p.m. The air crew then transported the two boaters to the Niagara International Airport. Neither boater needed medical attention.

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Image of the Day: Son Welcomes Father from Deployment >> Naval Today

Image of the Day: Son Welcomes Father from Deployment >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
Cmdr. Martin Muckian, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772), is welcomed by his son at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following the return of the submarine from a six-month deployment. 

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Aug. 25, following a deployment to the Western Pacific.

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HMS Argyll Snatches 600 Kilos of Cocaine in the Caribbean >> Naval Today

HMS Argyll Snatches 600 Kilos of Cocaine in the Caribbean >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
HMS Argyll has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million after a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean. 

After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted by a Maritime Patrol Aircraft, HMS Argyll, which is on counter-narcotic operations in the region, deployed to intercept it.

Once she closed on the boat, the ship launched her onboard Lynx helicopter to confirm it was acting in a way typical of drug smugglers, before sending her sea boats across to capture the crew and contraband.

Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois said: “The Royal Navy has a hard-earned record of tackling illegal drugs smuggling and we should be extremely proud that HMS Argyll has been involved in a dramatic and very successful operation to disrupt the supply.”

Once onboard the small power boat, known as a go-fast, the US Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and Royal Navy sailors discovered bales of cocaine wrapped in bin bags.

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BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program >> Naval Today

BIW to Upgrade US Navy’s LCS Program >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. 
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Image of the Day: USS Truxtun Transits the Mediterranean Sea >> Naval Today

Image of the Day: USS Truxtun Transits the Mediterranean Sea >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
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USS Momsen Changes Command >> Naval Today

USS Momsen Changes Command >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The crew of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) welcomed their new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony in Seattle, Aug. 21. 
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Navy's Modern Warships (Full Documentary)

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Littoral Combat Ships USS Freedom and USS Independence - the modern warships

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Marine Biologists Board USS Gettysburg >> Naval Today

Marine Biologists Board USS Gettysburg >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
A team of Navy-trained marine biologists embarked aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) Aug 18-22. 
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BAE Systems to Undertake USS Arleigh Burke Maintenance >> Naval Today

BAE Systems to Undertake USS Arleigh Burke Maintenance >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $55,9 million modification to a previously awarded contract for USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) fiscal 2015 extended selected restricted availability. 
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USS Dewey Command Master Chief Relieved >> Naval Today

USS Dewey Command Master Chief Relieved >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The command master chief of USS Dewey (DDG 105), Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Grgetich, was relieved of his duties Aug. 21 by the commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, Capt. Lyle Stuffle, due to his loss of confidence in Grgetich’s ability to fulfill his role as the command master chief. 

Senior Chief Petty Officer Katy Willdigg, a Sailor stationed aboard the ship, will serve as acting senior enlisted leader until a relief can report to the ship.

An Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Dewey is based in San Diego.

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US Navy’s X-47B Ends Trials aboard TR >> Naval Today

US Navy’s X-47B Ends Trials aboard TR >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The US Navy’s X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea. 
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USS Russell Hosts CNS Yueyang Crew >> Naval Today

USS Russell Hosts CNS Yueyang Crew >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The officers and crew of USS Russell (DDG 59) played a key role in supporting one of three People’s Liberation Army (Navy) ships visiting San Diego by hosting the crew of the frigate CNS Yueyang (FF 575), Aug. 10-14. 
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USS Makin Island Visits Students in Hong Kong >> Naval Today

USS Makin Island Visits Students in Hong Kong >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
Fourteen Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) visited young men at the Hong Kong Student Aid Society Holland Hostel as part of a community relations event (COMREL) Aug. 21. 
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CPO Selectees Assist in Preserving a Piece of Naval History >> Naval Today

CPO Selectees Assist in Preserving a Piece of Naval History >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
Chief petty officers (CPO) and CPO selectees helped to preserve a piece of naval history in Hampton Roads, Aug. 20, aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB 64) as part of the CPO 365 Phase II training.
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Ike Leaves Dry Dock >> Naval Today

Ike Leaves Dry Dock >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) moved from Dry Dock 8 to pier 42/43 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, Aug. 26. 

Thirty feet of water was introduced to Dry Dock 8 on Aug. 25, and the remaining space was flooded to the waterline Aug. 26. Once flooding was complete, Ike exited the dry dock for her new location on pier 42/43.

Ike has been in dry dock since September 2013, conducting a scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) period.

“Without the excellent work of the ship’s team leaders and zone managers, the ship wouldn’t have been ready when it was,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy James, Ike’s maintenance manager.

James said the ship’s force and NNSY personnel worked well together, completing approximately 12,500 jobs prior to flooding the dock.

Brian Bennett, the Ike DPIA project supervisor, said the undocking is the first of many major key events to come for the Ike project team.

“Putting water on the hull and floating the ship is truly a monumental task,” he said.

Capt. Mark Bridenstine, the commanding officer of Norfolk Naval Shipyard, said it was the commitment and dedication of Bennett, deputy project superintendents John Tuthill and Steve Hein, and the entire Ike team that enabled the ship to reach this milestone.

“With the undocking, the combined Norfolk Naval Shipyard, contractor and ship’s force team moves another step closer to delivery of this high-value asset back to the fleet,” Bridenstine said. “[They] have overcome significant new work and production delays, leading to this momentous event in the life of a carrier dry-docking availability. Momentum is high and focused on production completion.”

While most of Ike’s maintenance was completed during the past year, work remains to be completed in preparation for the ship’s return to operational readiness.

James said the crew’s focus will be on moving the crew aboard the ship, getting the mess decks up and running, and getting critical systems in the ship’s Reactor and Combat Systems departments fully operational for the next deployment.

Ike rested atop wooden and concrete blocks as the dock began to flood, Aug. 25. The dock was only partly flooded on the first day of the evolution to test various systems for any necessary rework.

Early the next morning, Aug. 26, the shipyard resumed flooding operations, and Ike floated for the first time in nearly a year. Later that afternoon, with the assistance of tug boats, Ike had been relocated from Dry Dock 8 to new moorage at pier 42/43.

The next major milestone during Ike’s DPIA will be crew move aboard, which is scheduled to commence in less than a month.

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USS Greeneville Returns from the Western Pacific >> Naval Today

USS Greeneville Returns from the Western Pacific >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Aug. 25, following a deployment to the Western Pacific. 

The submarine’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Martin Muckian said the crew was outstanding during deployment.

“They performed superbly in every area, from the tactical watchstanders, to the nuclear propulsion plants operators, to the cooks. Every Sailor did his job and did it well, and that enabled Greeneville to do some great things for 7th Fleet on this deployment,” said Muckian.

The 150-man crew of Greeneville was forward deployed for more than six months, completing a variety of operations and missions vital to national security.

In addition to gaining the experience of operating in the Western Pacific, the deployment afforded Sailors the opportunity to work on critical qualifications.

Over the course of the deployment, 15 enlisted Sailors and two officers became submarine qualified and are now able to wear their respective submarine warfare insignia, or “dolphins.”

“The crew is feeling sky high after this deployment,” said Muckian. “They were asked to do some difficult things and they know they delivered. It’s a great feeling for them. When you combine that feeling of accomplishment with the joy of seeing your family and friends again, it makes homecoming a great day.”

While on deployment, Greeneville’s crew helped strengthen community ties in Guam, as well as with foreign allies in South Korea and Singapore.

USS Greeneville is the 61st Los Angeles-class submarine and the 22nd Improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine.

USS Greeneville was commissioned a U.S. naval warship at Norfolk Naval Base Feb. 16, 1996. Greeneville changed homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in March 1997.

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Raytheon Awarded Standard Missile Deal >> Naval Today

Raytheon Awarded Standard Missile Deal >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded an $8,4 million modification to a previously awarded contract for Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) and Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) engineering and technical services. 

This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (84.5) and Japan (15.5 percent).

Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (86 percent); Maizura, Japan (11 percent); Huntsville, Alabama (2 percent); and Camden, Arkansas (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2015.

Fiscal 2014 weapons procurement (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $4,638,000; fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of $2,500,000; and foreign military sales contract funds in the amount of $1,313,000, will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

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Midshipmen Train aboard USS Pinckney >> Naval Today

Midshipmen Train aboard USS Pinckney >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) welcomed 19 , from various ROTC programs as well as the U.S. Naval Academy, on board the ship the first part of August as part of their summer training cruise. 

The midshipmen stood watches on the bridge, were given tours of the ship, sat in on meetings with the commanding officer, and even conned the ship during a replenishment at sea evolution.

Pinckney took part in an underway replenishment from USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) Aug. 11 to prepare to pull into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii the following day. The midshipmen on board witnessed the evolution, and helped direct Pinckney alongside the supply ship under the instruction of other junior officers.

The midshipmen, including Midshipmen 1st Class Brandon Karpf, Maxine Camille Robinson, and Hannah Hayes, of the US Naval Academy, said they were surprised to be given the responsibility of conning alongside during the replenishment.

The midshipmen were able to shadow junior officers during evolutions, exercises, and day-to-day events in order to experience a potential surface warfare officer.

Pinckney returned to San Diego Aug, 21 following a seven and a half month Western Pacific deployment protecting and defending the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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USS America Docks in Valparaiso, Chile >> Naval Today

USS America Docks in Valparaiso, Chile >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived to Valparaiso, Chile for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 24. 

America is currently on its maiden transit, “America visits the Americas,” testing the ship’s capabilities and strengthening partnerships within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility.

During the visit, Sailors and Marines assigned to USS America and Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South will conduct bilateral exercises with the Chilean Navy, offer ship tours, host a reception for Chilean guests and distinguished officials, and participate in a local community relations project with a children’s home in the area.

In addition, the ship’s military and civilian crew will have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of this host nation and serve as goodwill ambassadors.

The ship has already completed port visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; transited the Strait of Magellan at the southernmost point of South America; and is scheduled to visit Peru before arriving to her San Diego homeport. During the transit, America has also conducted bilateral engagements with other valued partners in the area of responsibility such as Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay.

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US DoD Expresses Concern to China for Dangerous Intercept >> Naval Today

US DoD Expresses Concern to China for Dangerous Intercept >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
The US Defense Department has expressed its concern to Chinese diplomatic officials about an Aug. 19 incident in which an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Aug. 22. 
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CACI Awarded PEO Littoral Combat Ships Deal >> Naval Today

CACI Awarded PEO Littoral Combat Ships Deal >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
CACI Technologies, Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a $25 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for professional support services in support of Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. 
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USS Nimitz Wins 2013 CNO’s Environmental Award >> Naval Today

USS Nimitz Wins 2013 CNO’s Environmental Award >> Naval Today | US Navy | Scoop.it
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations (CNO), recognized USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as one of the winners of the 2013 CNO’s Environmental Awards Aug. 20 during a video teleconference ceremony at the Pentagon. 
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