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Friday, October 18, 2013, 12:38 AM

 

File USNS Amelia Earhardt: Photo credit MSC

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In the latest listing of Department of Defense, Navy contracts, BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, Calif., is being awarded a $12,494,114 firm-fixed-price contract for a 59-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking availability of dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6).

Work will include inspection of the propeller shaft and stern tube, cleaning and painting of the hull, inspection and polish of the bow thruster propeller, installation of the chloropac unit, and overhaul of the seal valves.

Earhart‘s primary mission is to operate as part of a carrier strike group, providing fuel, ammunition, and dry and refrigerated stores to support the U.S. Navy ships at sea.

The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $14,474,915. Work will be performed in San Francisco, Calif., and is expected to be completed by February 2014. 

The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N32205-14-C-3000).

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In the latest listing of Department of Defense, Navy contracts, BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, Calif., is being awarded a $12,494,114 firm-fixed-price contract for a 59-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking availability of dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6).

Work will include inspection of the propeller shaft and stern tube, cleaning and painting of the hull, inspection and polish of the bow thruster propeller, installation of the chloropac unit, and overhaul of the seal valves.

Earhart‘s primary mission is to operate as part of a carrier strike group, providing fuel, ammunition, and dry and refrigerated stores to support the U.S. Navy ships at sea.

The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $14,474,915. Work will be performed in San Francisco, Calif., and is expected to be completed by February 2014. 

The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N32205-14-C-3000).

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Naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command routine patrol arrested 32 Indian fishermen and 4 trawlers engaged in illegal fishing in the eastern seas of Sri Lanka on 17thOctober 2013.

 

The will be handed over to Harbour Police Trincomalee.

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File Designed for transoceanic voyages, The MCP Hemisphere 140 Raffaella II is the largest yacht built in Brazil to date and the largest aluminum yacht ever constructed in South America.

Designed for transoceanic voyages, The MCP Hemisphere 140 Raffaella II is the largest yacht built in Brazil to date and the largest aluminum yacht ever constructed in South America.

Brazilian superyacht builder MCP Yachts has credited Seatorque Control Systems for contributing to the outstanding performance of its latest launch – the Hemisphere 140 Raffaella II. Incorporating Seatorque’s unique enclosed drive shaft system, the 43-meter aluminum vessel, powered by twin Caterpillar C32 1825 HP engines, achieved a top cruising speed of 22 knots during sea trials with an 85 percent load and 167 metric tons displacement, reported MCP president Manoel Chaves. The vessel features a pair M3-400 single-piece Seatorque shaft systems, each 22 feet in length, accommodating the vessel’s four-inch diameter shafts. 

“The vessel’s light weight, propeller design and shaft system all add together to make a huge difference,” said Chavez. “In all my years on the water, I have never witnessed a vessel this size with a comparable power package to cruise at this speed. Thanks to Seatorque’s enclosed shaft system, the vessel achieved maximum horsepower, experienced zero shaft noise and vibration, and produced very little wake.

Launched in July, Raffaella II is the largest yacht built in Brazil to date and the largest aluminum yacht ever constructed in South America. The vessel was designed by MCP in collaboration with Vripack and built at the MCP shipyard in Guarujá . It is the third vessel built by MCP Yachts to include the Seatorque Enclosed Shaft System.

According to Seatorque executive vice president Jana Stolper, the Seatorque Enclosed Shaft System is growing in popularity among superyacht builders, as evidenced by the 2012 installation on the highly-acclaimed McConaghy Yachts Adastra, designed by John Shuttleworth. This futuristic 140-foot trimaran, powered by a single Caterpillar 1,000 HP C18 engine, features an Seatorque ST-300, 32-foot, one-piece enclosed shaft system.

The Seatorque Enclosed Shaft System is a self-contained, oil filled, shaft and thrust bearing assembly designed for yachts of all sizes. The system is supplied as a single unit from the propeller end to the engine input coupling accommodating any length shaft and diameters up to seven inches. Operating as a self-contained unit, the Seatorque system allows propeller thrust to be fielded by internal bearings and delivered through the shaft’s mounting system supported by the structure of the vessel, rather than the vessel’s engines and isolators. This reduces vibration and noise and increase the life expectancy of the engines and transmission mounts. The Seatorque system connects the shaft to the engine using flexible universal joint assemblies. This eliminates leaking stuffing boxes, seals, cutlass bearings and associated shaft wear. The use of universal joint assemblies also eliminates damaging engine-to-shaft misalignment and reduces installation and alignment time by more than half. The elimination of cutlass bearings and stuffing boxes results in an average eight percent increase in horsepower, allowing for greater fuel economy and range. In addition, water flow is undisturbed by the non-rotating casing of the shaft assembly, allowing clean water flow to the propeller. This translates into an increase of thrust arc around the propeller, contributing to the efficiency of horsepower delivery.

“The Seatorque system replaces the traditional multiple-component shaft system with a single piece of equipment that is simple to install and improves the performance and efficiency of any vessel, while greatly reducing shaft noise and vibration,” said Stolper. “These are very important benefits for yacht owners, especially those accustomed to long-range travel.”

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  •  Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 1825 HP engines, Raffaella II achieved a top cruising speed of 22 knots during sea trials producing a minimal wake.

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The taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) composed of the guided missile destroyer “Qingdao”, the guided missile frigate “Linyi” and the comprehensive supply ship “Hongze Lake” started to sail back to China from Auckland, New Zealand, after concluding the 4-day goodwill visit to New Zealand.(mil.cnr.cn/Sun Li)
 

 

 

Auckland, October 16 (ChinaMil) — The taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) composed of the guided missile destroyer “Qingdao”, the guided missile frigate “Linyi” and the comprehensive supply ship “Hongze Lake” started to sail back to China from Auckland, New Zealand, at 09:00, local time, on October 15 after concluding the 4-day goodwill visit to New Zealand.

Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, was the last stop of the Chinese naval taskforce’s visit to the three countries of the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Steer, commander of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), particularly took a flight from Wellington to Auckland and met with Wei Gang, commander of the Chinese naval taskforce and chief of staff of the North China Sea Fleet of the PLAN, on board of the guided missile destroyer “Qingdao”.

New Zealand Defense Minister Jonathan Coleman also attended the reception on board of the guided missile destroyer “Qingdao”. Representatives of the officers and men of the Chinese naval taskforce visited the Devonport Naval Base of New Zealand. The officers and men from both navies also held friendly matches of soccer and basketball.

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The guided missile destroyer “Lanzhou” arrive at Valparaiso of Chile on October 6, 2013, local time, for a five-day-long friendly visit to Chile. (Xinhua/ Zeng Xingjian)
 

 

 

A taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) arrived at Valparaiso of Chile on October 6, 2013, local time, for a five-day-long friendly visit to Chile. This is the first stop of the PLAN taskforce’s South America trip.

The taskforce, consisting of the guided missile destroyer “Lanzhou” and the guided missile frigate “Liuzhou” under the South China Sea Fleet of the PLAN and the comprehensive supply ship “Poyang Lake” under the East China Sea Fleet of the PLAN, arrived at the designated pilotage point outside the port.

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Families have waved off their loved ones on board the Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship as it set off on deployment to the frozen continent of Antarctica.

The 5,000-tonne HMS Protector sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for the last time as the survey ship will change base to Devonport when it completes its double deployment in the spring of 2015. The crew will be rotated during the vessel’s time at sea.

It is the ship’s first deployment since it was bought last month by the Ministry of Defence from GC Rieber Shipping, from which it had previously been leased.

Protector replaces HMS Endurance, which the MoD recently announced would be scrapped after it became flooded off Chile in 2008 because of a faulty valve. Repairing the ship, known as Red Plum, was deemed to be uneconomical.

Leading hand David Roach came to the Round Tower, Old Portsmouth, along with children Max, six, and Anya and Molly, four, to wave off his wife, medical assistant Kirsty Roach, 28, who was onboard Protector.

The 30-year-old from Gosport, Hampshire, said: “It’s her first time away and I’m proud of her but she is nervous being away from the kids.

“It is a role reversal – it’s going to be more of a challenge looking after three children than being on the ship.”

Sue and John Snelling, from Sittingbourne, Kent, also waved off their daughter, Holli, 23, who is a hydrography, meteorology and oceanography (HM) officer on Protector.

Mrs Snelling said: “I am extremely proud but terribly emotional, it’s what she has always wanted to do, she’s doing some fascinating work.

“The hardest part is the communication, knowing we won’t be able to be in contact all the time.”

During Protector’s deployment, it will be conducting surveys and patrols on behalf of the UK Hydrographic Office, British Antarctic Survey and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

An RN spokesman said that one of Protector’s key tasks would be to ensure that the countries signed up to the Antarctic Treaty were meeting their obligations and adhering to strict environmental guidelines.

Inspection teams led by the FCO – supported by the British Antarctic Survey and observers from Protector’s ship’s company – will visit research bases, scientific stations, logistic bases and cruise liners.

He said the ship’s team of four divers would also be gathering underwater data and the vessel would be used to collect imagery as part of Protector’s role in surveying the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula.

Together with data from the ship’s multi-beam echo sounder, the information is used by the UK Hydrographic Office to update navigational charts to improve the safety of other ships and mariners using the waters, the spokesman said.

Captain Rhett Hatcher, Protector’s commanding officer, said: “The ship’s company have worked incredibly hard in training and preparation over the summer.

“We have installed a number of equipment upgrades and improvements and having completed operational sea training we are now ready for the challenges of the planned double deployment.

“Experienced members of the crew and new ones alike are very much looking forward to this deployment and proudly flying the White Ensign and the Union Flag around the Antarctic territories and the region.”

A small detachment of Royal Marines, responsible for escorting all Protector’s personnel whenever they go ashore in the Antarctic, will also be on board the ship. They also provide ship personnel with specialist cold weather training, the spokesman said.

Protector will officially change its home port to Devonport on April 1 next year where it will be based along with the Navy’s other survey ships at the new Hydrography and Meteorology Centre of Specialisation.

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A ROYAL Navy warship will stop off in Hartlepool as part of an annual nautical celebration – and residents are invited on board.

 

HMS Grimsby will visit the town during a regional engagement programme coinciding with Trafalgar Day.

The 450-tonne minesweeper, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Mark Hammon, will dock alongside Victoria Quay early tomorrow morning.

The highlight of a packed programme of events over five days in the region will be when the ship throws open her gangway and welcomes the people of Hartlepool on board for short tours.

Civic dignitaries will attend a Captain’s Luncheon and on Saturday, the general public can visit from 10am-4pm, via the Cleveland Road gate access.

Later that evening, invited guests will attend a Trafalgar Night dinner on board HMS Trincomalee.

Lt Cdr Hammon said his crew was thrilled to be visiting a town with “such esteemed naval history” and that it was important to retain the Royal Navy’s strong links to Hartlepool.

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Keeping a pledge made earlier this year to improve “transparency” in the judicial system, the Navy on Wednesday released the results of all courts-martial from September.

The Navy does not release the names of those found not guilty. Cases are listed by region:

Naval District Washington

■ At a general court-martial in Washington, D.C., Cmdr. Arvis Owens was tried for violation of a lawful order, wrongful sexual contact, assault and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. On Sept. 13, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty to the violation of a lawful general order, wrongful sexual contact and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman and sentenced him to be dismissed from the service.

■ At a general court-martial in Washington, Chief Operations Specialist Demetric Cobbins pleaded guilty to false official statement, assault, adultery, computer hacking, cyberstalking and depositing obscene material in the mail. On Sept. 25, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, forfeit all pay and allowances, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, and confinement for one year.

■ At a special court-martial in Washington, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Caesar Ulsano was tried for larceny. On Sept. 20, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty and sentenced him to reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for 120 days.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

■ At a general court-martial in Norfolk, Va., an E-4 was tried for sexual assault. On Sept. 10, the military judge returned a verdict of not guilty.

■ At a general court-martial in Norfolk, Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Darron D. Ward Jr. was tried for fleeing apprehension, rape, communicating a threat and assault consummated by a battery on a commissioned officer. On Sept. 13, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty to fleeing apprehension, rape and communicating a threat. The panel sentenced him to be discharged with a dishonorable discharge and confinement for 933 days.

■ At a general court-martial in Norfolk, an E-5 was tried for sexual assault. On Sept. 19, the panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

■ At a general court-martial in Norfolk, Culinary Specialist Seaman Pierre Ville pleaded guilty to false official statement and not guilty to an additional false official statement and aggravated sexual assault. On Sept. 19, a panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty to the false official statement and aggravated sexual assault. For the guilty plea to false official statement, the panel sentenced him to confinement for 60 days.

■ At a general court-martial in Norfolk, Quartermaster 3rd Class Christopher Doremus pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. On Sept. 30, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for one year.

■ At a special court-martial in Norfolk, Information Systems Technician Seaman Kevin D. Moore pleaded guilty to larceny and forgery. On Sept. 3, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, a $5,000 fine and confinement for 10 months.

■ At a special court-martial in Norfolk, Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Latron White pleaded guilty to drug use. On Sept. 17, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for five months.

Navy Region Southeast

■ At a general court-martial in Jacksonville, Fla., Hospitalman Timethian Grier pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and burglary. On Sept. 3, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-2 and confinement for six months.

■ At a general court-martial in Mayport, Fla., Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew Hasley was tried for sexual assault. On Sept. 20, a panel of members returned a verdict of guilty and sentenced him to be discharged with a dishonorable discharge, forfeit all pay and allowances, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for three years.

■ At a general court-martial in Jacksonville, Information Systems Technician 1st Class Brian Hatch pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. On Sept. 25, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-3 and confinement for 18 months.

■ At a special court-martial in Jacksonville, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Lindell Turner pleaded guilty to violating a general order, use and possession of drugs, and assault with a deadly weapon. On Sept. 30, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, forfeit $500 pay per month for four months, reduction in rank to paygrade E-2, and confinement for nine months.

Navy Region Midwest

■ At a special court-martial in Great Lakes, Ill., Hospitalman Kody Madson pleaded guilty to assault with force likely to produce grievous bodily harm. On Sept. 26, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for 12 months.

Navy Region Northwest

■ At a special court-martial in Bremerton, Wash., Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Deanna M. Hains pleaded guilty to conspiracy, false official statement and larceny. On Sept. 17, the military judge sentenced her to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, a $400 fine and confinement for three months.

■ At a special court-martial in Everett, Wash., Seaman Luiz A. Lopez pleaded guilty to violating a lawful order and disorderly conduct. On Sept. 30, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for four months.

Navy Region Southwest

■ At a general court-martial in Lemoore, Calif., an E-5 was tried for sexual assault. On Sept. 12, a panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

■ At a general court-martial in San Diego, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Ronnie G. Oakley Jr. was tried for sexual assault and indecent conduct. On Sept. 13, a panel of members returned a verdict of guilty and sentenced him to be discharged with a dishonorable discharge, forfeit all pay and allowances, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for five years.

■ At a special court-martial in San Diego, an E-6 was tried for drug use. On Sept. 10, the panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

■ At a special court-martial in San Diego, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Lyndon P. Ong pleaded guilty to conspiracy and selling military property. On Sept. 19, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, a $3,000 fine and confinement for 48 days.

■ At a special court-martial in San Diego, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Roger R. Rabino pleaded guilty to conspiracy, false official statements and larceny. On Sept. 20, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for five months.

Navy Region Hawaii

■ At a special court-martial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Information Systems Technician Seaman Jeremy Snearl pleaded guilty to drug use, aggravated assault, communicating a threat and disorderly conduct. On Sept. 25, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, forfeit $400 pay per month for eight months, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1 and confinement for eight months.

Navy Region Japan

■ At a general court-martial in Yokosuka, Japan, Operations Specialist 3rd Class Rantavious Jones was tried for violation of a lawful order and sexual assault. On Sept. 11, the panel of members returned a verdict of guilty to violation of a lawful order. The panel sentenced him to forfeit $2,694 pay for one month, restriction for 60 days and hard labor without confinement for three months.

■ At a special court-martial in Yokosuka, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class David Lange pleaded guilty to failure to obey an order, making false official statements, drunk and disorderly conduct and failure to render aid. The military judge entered a finding of not guilty with respect to the failure-to-render-aid charge and accepted the remaining pleas. On Sept. 13, the military judge sentenced him to be discharged with a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to paygrade E-1, a $10,000 fine and confinement for eight months.

Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia

■ At a special court-martial in Naples, Italy, an E-9 was tried for assault consummated by a battery and drunk and disorderly conduct. On Sept. 25, the panel of members returned a verdict of not guilty.

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Personnel onboard HMAS Choules have conducted their own version of the International Fleet Review (IFR) while anchored off Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

 

Six of Choules’ watercraft were launched and conducted two sail pasts in tight formation on 7 October 2013, including her mexeflote, Maximus, as well as 35 Water Transport’s LCM8, and both the Pacific 22 Fast Rescue Crafts Odin and Thor.

Petty Officer Boatswain Mark Gibbs, who recently marked his 30 year milestone in the Navy, said the Manus Island IFR was conducted to provide an opportunity for the ship’s company to join in the celebrations from afar.

“It was a shame that we had to miss the actual IFR festivities back home. It would have been a wonderful experience to have seen something like that in your own back yard.

“Despite missing out, we had a good laugh doing our own IFR, Manus Island Style, which we certainly won’t forget in a hurry,” PO Gibbs said.

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Steward Louise Chittick said Choules personnel ignored the heat and humidity and crowded the upper decks to watch the flotilla, and wave with ‘Chux’ cleaning cloths, symbolic of the time honoured tradition of waving handkerchiefs as ships pass by.

“It was extraordinary, I will never forget it. It was a once in a lifetime experience,” she said.

Choules is currently situated off Manus Island, Papua New Guinea in support of Operation LANDSCAPE.

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