Indian Coast Guard Commissions ICGS Rajveer…

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USA: GDBIW to Execute LCS 2’s PSA Phase …

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USS New Mexico Rounds Off Maiden Mission

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USS New Mexico Rounds Off Maiden Mission

USS New Mexico Rounds Off Maiden Mission
Under the command of Cmdr. George Perez, New Mexico transited more than 34,000 miles over the course of six months while conducting national security operations in the European region.

 ”New Mexico’s performance on her inaugural deployment was exemplary,” said Perez. “I could not be more proud of the way the crew, families, friends and supporters of New Mexico came together over this last year to make this first deployment a success.”

This was the first deployment for more 70 percent of the boat’s crew members.

 ”New Mexico met all operational commitments on time, due in large part to the sacrifice of every Sailor on board. The crew’s dedication to accomplishing the mission was truly inspiring,” said Perez.

New Mexico visited three ports while deployed, which included Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Rota, Spain.
The crew is now looking forward to reuniting with family and friends while enjoying some well-earned time off, said Perez.
As the boat moored to the pier, friends and family anxiously awaited their Sailors. A few loved ones didn’t have wait too long.
Erica Neufeld was awarded the “first kiss” honor. She was the first to welcome her husband Chief Electrician’s Mate Wayne Neufeld home with their son Jacob.
Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Jason Burke was greeted with the “first hug” from his wife Deidra Burke and three children Isaac, Ethan and Owen.
Day’s before the boat’s arrival, Commander, Submarine Group 2 Rear Adm. Ken Perry sent a message congratulating the crew for a successful deployment.

 ”As you return to ‘The Submarine Capital of the World’ and a warm welcome from families and friends, know that you have earned the respect of your Submarine Force shipmates and the thanks of a grateful nation,” Perry wrote.
“By your outstanding deployment, New Mexico represented the fighting spirit of the Navy and truly lived to your ship’s motto – ‘Defendemos Nuestra Tierra’ (We Defend Our Land).”

New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 and is the second Navy vessel to be named for the 47th state.

Press Release, August 13, 2013; Image: Wikimedia
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UK: Lusty Casts Off for Cougar ’13

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UK: Lusty Casts Off for Cougar ’13

Lusty Casts Off for Cougar '13
Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious sailed from Portsmouth on August 12 as part of an annual deployment to the Mediterranean and Gulf region involving thousands of RN, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel.
The long-planned Cougar ’13 deployment will see elements of the UK’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) – the naval force formed under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review – hone its world-class maritime skills thousands of miles from home through exercises with a number of key allies.
Four Royal Navy warships, the Lead Commando Group from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and elements of Naval Air Squadrons will be supported by five vessels from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
This is the third time the deployment has taken place with its aim to demonstrate the ability to operate a highly effective maritime force anywhere in the world to protect UK interests.
Lusty Casts Off for Cougar
Captain Mike Utley, Commanding Officer HMS Illustrious, said:

 “I am immensely proud of my ship and what has been achieved by everyone on board, in Portsmouth Naval Base and further afield, to get HMS Illustrious and all our embedded capabilities ready to deploy today.
“We have bee trained and prepared, as a major part of the UK’s contingency capability, to successfully integrate and operate aircraft from across defence and therefore complete any tasking we may be asked to undertake.”

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USA: HII Splashes NSC Hamilton (VIDEO)

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USA: HII Splashes NSC Hamilton (VIDEO)

HII Splashes NSC Hamilton
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), Hamilton (WMSL 753), on Saturday.

“Launching a ship involves quite a bit of logistics, and our team pulled this off in a very safe and efficient manner,” said Ingalls’ NSC Program Manager Jim French. “It’s a weeklong process to first translate the ship across land into our floating drydock and then going through an extensive ship-wide check-out process to launch. The team’s performance was outstanding, and now we can focus on completing the ship and getting her to the Coast Guard next year.”

NSCs are the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 378-foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters, which entered service during the 1960s. Ingalls has delivered three.

“The NSC is a proven hull, and our Coast Guard customer is pleased with the performance of the first three ships currently operating in the fleet,” French said. “We continue to improve across the board in the construction of these cutters and this trend should continue.”

Hamilton will be christened on Oct. 26 in Pascagoula by ship sponsor Linda Kapral Papp, wife of Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.
Keel laying for Ingalls’ fifth NSC, James (WMSL 754), took place on May 17. The ship is currently 32 percent complete and will launch in the spring of 2014. Ingalls has started construction on nine units for NSC 6. An advance long lead material procurement contract has also been awarded for a seventh NSC.
NSCs are 418 feet long, with a 54-foot beam, displacing 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.
The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the High Endurance Cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

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HMAS Ballarat receives top up from Sirius on transit north

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Ballarat receives top up from Sirius on transit north

Published on 13 August 2013 LCDR Simon Franklin (author), ABEW Andrew Hardrin (photographer)
Sailors man the distance line during HMAS Ballarat’s Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Sirius. (photo: ABEW Andrew Hardrin)
Sailors man the distance line during HMAS Ballarat’s Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Sirius.
“Distance two cables, bearing seven degrees,” reported HMAS Ballarat’s Navigating Office, Lieutenant Tom Geraghty to his Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Doornbos.

“140 feet displaced sir,” he said, as Ballarat made her final approach on HMASSirius to conduct a replenishment at sea operation (RAS), 120 nautical miles south-east of Cairns, early on the morning of 12 August.

Sirius started pumping fuel to Ballarat at 0540, providing a top up for Ballarat’s transit north.

Ballarat’s crew closed up at 0430 to make last minute preparations for the RAS, carefully running out lines and preparing the fuelling point.

It was a very new experience for Seaman Communications and Information Systems sailor, Tim Jensen and Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems sailor Robert Ayre.

“This is my first night RAS,” SMN Jensen said. “We have previously conducted a RAS during work-ups, but meeting up with another ship in the middle of the ocean in the pitch dark is a whole different ball game.”

The night RAS presented an interesting challenge for Able Seaman Electronics Technician Ben Allot.

“It was hard work. Setting up in the dark and watching the sun rise as we conducted the RAS was an amazing sight!” he said.

Ballarat completed the RAS just before 0700 and broke away from Sirius with a turn to starboard, after a very successful evolution.

Ballarat is currently on a three month deployment to South East Asia and Operation Resolute.

During this trip Ballarat will visit ports in Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, and will participate in the bilateral Exercise MASTEX with the Royal Malaysian Navy.

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