Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez

first_imgBritain’s flagship HMS Albion has passed through the Suez Canal as the Navy’s key deployment of 2011 resumes.Events in Libya saw the assault ship, her escorting frigate HMS Sutherland and tanker RFA Wave Knight, plus helicopter carrier HMS Ocean and ‘floating warehouse’ RFA Fort Rosalie, diverted to support the NATO mission there.The ships formed the bulk of the Cougar 11 deployment – the first ‘run out’ for the newly-formed RN Response Force Task Group, deploying an amphibious force to the Mediterranean and Middle East.After the first major exercise of the group in and around Cyprus, however, the quintet were dispatched to the Gulf of Sirte as part of the international military effort helping the free peoples of Libya – and bringing pressure to bear on the Gaddafi regime.Ocean, whose Apache gunships have been much in demand over the past fortnight, plus Rosalie remain on station off Libya, but Albion, Sutherland and Wave Knight have returned to their original mission.Passing through Egypt’s great manmade waterway means they’ll link up with a substantial RN/RFA presence (at least ten warships and auxiliaries are in the Indian Ocean and Gulf region presently) and fall under the banner of the UK Maritime Component Commander, the senior Royal Navy officer in this part of the world, Cdre Tim Fraser, based in Bahrain.He’s looking forward to making use of the new arrivals to assist the global effort against piracy, smuggling, drug-running and terrorism in the region.“The Middle East is a vital artery of world trade, linking Europe and America with the Far East. Over 23,000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden each year. The work of the Royal Navy in this part of the world is invaluable to the UK’s own defence and security as well as that of the wider region,” He said.“The Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group will strengthen some of the UK’s key relationships and will make an important contribution to international efforts to promote maritime security.”“The Response Force Task Group is the UK’s maritime quick reaction force and has a range of capabilities that make it ideally suited to the fast pace and unpredictable nature of world events,” said Albion’s Commanding Officer Capt James Morley.“Having developed and demonstrated our capabilities through a series of exercises and operations in the Mediterranean, the task group is now ready for the next stage of our deployment east of Suez.”The Cougar vessels will work with other Royal Navy and allied warships stationed in the Middle East for a series of pre-planned exercises and operations with regional partners.[mappress]Source: royal-navy, June 16, 2011; View post tag: Cougar View post tag: Navy View post tag: Suez View post tag: Force View post tag: Task Back to overview,Home naval-today Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez View post tag: Britain’s View post tag: East View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Albion View post tag: leads View post tag: Flagship View post tag: News by topic Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez Share this article June 16, 2011last_img read more

UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln

first_img View post tag: UFC View post tag: USS Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln April 20, 2012 View post tag: Fighters View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: Visit UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: News by topic Three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), April 17. Rich “Ace” Franklin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine and Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar toured the ship, visited with Sailors, signed autographs for fans and gave a grappling demonstration in the ship’s hangar bay.“It was awesome,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Recruit Chris Spires. “I’ve watched these guys since I was little, and they inspired me to start training in mixed martial arts (MMA). My buddies would never believe I actually got to meet these guys.”Shortly after flying aboard, the fighters met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. After a quick briefing, the fighters visited crew members throughout the ship.“We were more than happy to visit Lincoln, especially because the UFC has always had strong support from service members,” said Franklin.“It’s great coming out here to the ships because everybody has been serving and working hard for so long,” added Franklin. “If coming out here helps boost the morale, then it’s the least I can do.”Though the fighters were only on board for a few hours, they managed to make a lasting impression on a few Lincoln Sailors. Airman Richard Gunther said he was excited to have the opportunity to meet some of his heroes.“The sport is so cool,” said Gunther. “Everyone back home will be very excited when they see the pictures. This is one of the coolest experiences of my time in the Navy.”Franklin is a former middleweight champion and is the co-creator of the Keep It in the Ring Foundation, a group that advocates nonviolence and character building for American youth. Jardine is a light heavyweight known for victories over Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell. Bonnar, also a light heavyweight, works as a personal trainer.Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104). CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 20, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Navallast_img read more

USCG Helicopter Medevacs Man from South Korean Icebreaker

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas August 22, 2014 View post tag: USCG View post tag: asia A US Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter medevaced a crewmember suffering from a head injury from the South Korean research icebreaker Araon 250 miles north of Barrow, Wednesday. View post tag: South Korean Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Helicopter Medevacs Man from South Korean Icebreaker USCG Helicopter Medevacs Man from South Korean Icebreaker View post tag: Icebreakercenter_img The helicopter crew, forward deployed to Barrow in anticipation of the forward operating location opening on Thursday, safely hoisted the 43-year-old male from the Araon and transported him to emergency medical personnel in Barrow.Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received the medevac request from the crew of the Araon Tuesday afternoon. The icebreaker crew began heading south to get within range of the Jayhawk helicopters in Barrow. Command center watchstanders also contacted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, who are engaged in science missions in the Arctic, to support communications with helicopter crews for the flight.Once the Araon closed the distance to land, both Jayhawk helicopter crews at forward operating location Barrow launched to rendezvous with the icebreaker. The aircrews arrived on-scene, safely hoisted the injured man and an accompanying translator, and returned to Barrow.The FOL in Barrow is part of the 17th District’s Arctic Shield 2014, in concurrence with the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy.Weather on scene was reported as 35 degrees, 17 mph winds and heavy fog.[mappress]Press Release, August 22, 2014; Image: USCG View post tag: Medevacs Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Helicopter View post tag: Naval View post tag: man Share this articlelast_img read more

IMDEX Asia 2015 Attracts Strong International Interest

first_img April 22, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today IMDEX Asia 2015 Attracts Strong International Interest View post tag: Naval IMDEX Asia 2015 has attracted strong international interest from senior naval officials, maritime agencies and industry representatives who will converge at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from 19 to 21 May 2015.To date, Navy Chiefs from 15 countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, UAE, UK, Uruguay as well as the Indonesian Air Force Chief have confirmed their participation in IMDEX Asia 2015.The Warships Display at IMDEX Asia will feature 19 foreign warships from 12 navies, namely Australia (HMAS Perth), Bangladesh (BNS Dhaleshwari), Brunei (KDB Darussalam), China (CNS Yulin), India (INS Satpura and INS Kamorta), Indonesia (a frigate and a patrol craft), Korea (ROKS Incheon), Malaysia (KD Lekir) and Oman (Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessel built by Singapore’s very own ST Marine), Russia (Admiral Panteleyev, Pechenga and SB-522), Thailand (HTMS Krabi and P.G.M. 113), US (USS Fort Worth, USS Mustin and 1 submarine) and Singapore Police Coast Guard Craft (Mako Shark).This strong international participation underscores IMDEX Asia’s standing as Asia Pacific’s premier international maritime defence show. It also reflects growing opportunities in the region, which has become the world’s second largest naval market, after the United States of America. According to AMI International, the Asia Pacific region is expected to spend around US$200 billion on new ships and submarines by 2032, making up roughly 25 per cent of the global projected new ship market.Southeast Asia, in particular, is set to spend more than US$25 billion on new naval ships through 2031, with patrol vessels, frigates and amphibious ships making up the primary group of future new naval projects in the region.[mappress mapid=”15743″] View post tag: News by topic View post tag: IMDEX Asiacenter_img View post tag: 2015 View post tag: Navy IMDEX Asia 2015 Attracts Strong International Interest Share this articlelast_img read more

Over 5,800 Migrants Rescued during the Weekend

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Migrants View post tag: Rescued Over 5,800 Migrants Rescued during the Weekend View post tag: europe View post tag: 5.800 View post tag: Weekend The Italian Navy and Coast Guard, assisted by French vessels, tugs and commercial ships, rescued over 5,800 migrants over the weekend.Italian and French vessels conducted 17 separate rescue operation off Libyan coast as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send boats packed with migrants across the Mediterranean Sea. The migrants were travelling aboard wooden and rubber boats, according to BBC. During the operations the authorities recovered 10 bodies.Officials expect the total number of rescued migrant to rise.In April, the European Council made a decision to triple the funding for operation Triton to prevent further loss of lives at sea.[mappress mapid=”15848″]Naval Today Staff, Image: French Navy View post tag: Italy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Over 5,800 Migrants Rescued during the Weekend May 4, 2015 Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Francelast_img read more

Nigerian Navy’s ENC Takes Delivery of New Vessel

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Nigerian Navy’s ENC Takes Delivery of New Vessel View post tag: DELIVERY View post tag: Nigerian Navy Authorities Nigerian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command, ENC, has recently expanded its fleet with a new P18N offshore patrol vessel (OPV).The Navy took delivery of the new vessel, named NNS Centenary (F91), on Friday in Calabar, according to DailyPost Nigeria.With this vessel the Nigerian Navy will further reinforce its presence in the country’s eastern maritime area, keeping the waters safe from oil thieves and pirates.NNS Centenary has the capability to carry helicopters and can stay at sea for two weeks. The vessel was commissioned in February 2015, along with three other warships. The newly built NNS CENTENARY is one of the 2 offshore patrol vessels acquired from China, the second being expected later in the year.[mappress mapid=”16858″]Naval Today Staff, Image: Nigerian Navy View post tag: NNS Centenary September 7, 2015 View post tag: africa View post tag: ENC Nigerian Navy’s ENC Takes Delivery of New Vessel Share this articlelast_img read more

Taiwan sends frigate to South China Sea after court ruling

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Taiwan backs China by sending frigate to South China Sea following international ruling July 13, 2016 View post tag: South China Sea Taiwan has sent a stealth frigate to patrol the Spratly Islands region in the South China Sea following the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in the maritime jurisdiction case brought against China by the Philippines.A Kangding-class frigate was sent to the region on July 13 with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attending the send-off, Taiwan Today reported.The South China Sea ruling made July 12 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague concluded that China’s territorial claims in the region have no legal grounding.The court made a differentiation between rocks and islands and low-tide elevations declaring that only naturally formed islands qualified for a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. This means that most of the rocks and artificially-built islands upon which China’s so-called nine dash line was based on did not give China jurisdiction over the territory.Both China and Taiwan rejected the ruling declaring the tribunal illegal.Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs David Tawei Lee said the ruling was unacceptable to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and was not legally binding on the nation.“This so-called Arbitral Tribunal was born out of the unlawful behavior and illegal claims of the Philippines. Its existence is illegal, and whatever ruling it makes is null and void, with no binding force,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular press conference. Taiwan backs China by sending frigate to South China Sea following international ruling Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Carl Vinson CSG completes undersea warfare exercise

first_img January 30, 2017 US Navy carrier strike group completes undersea warfare exercise View post tag: US Navy U.S. Navy’s Carl Vinson carrier strike group recently tested its units with an undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) that was completed off the coast of Hawaii, January 14.The 96-hour USWEX involved aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and Arleigh-Burke class-guided missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112).“USWEX provided Carl Vinson and the rest of our strike group the opportunity to participate in a robust, relevant training against an extremely capable adversary,” said Cmdr. John Schiaffino, Carl Vinson operations officer. “Due to the mission demands placed on our submarine fleet, we don’t often have the chance to train against multiple live subs simultaneously, but USWEX offered a capstone training event where we could practice our tactics, techniques and procedures.”USWEX is an advanced anti-submarine warfare exercise conducted by CSGs and expeditionary strike groups (ESG) while in transit from the west coast of the United States to the western Pacific Ocean.“The undersea warfare exercise is an important training event to ensure our team can seamlessly integrate with all the assets of the carrier strike group,” said Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr., Michael Murphy commanding officer. “Understanding the undersea environment and managing resources within this mission area are challenging. This combat team performed very well and stands ready to operate within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”The overall purpose of USWEX was for the Carl Vinson strike group to hone and enhance the interoperability of the strike group to protect the carrier from sub-surface warfare threats while engaged in numerous warfare tasks. A few different warfare tasks the CSG is responsible for include air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and ballistic missile defense.The Carl Vinson Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy carrier strike group completes undersea warfare exercise Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: CSG View post tag: USS Carl Vinson View post tag: USWEX Share this articlelast_img read more

France, US conclude Bois Belleau 100 amphibious cooperation

first_img France, US conclude Bois Belleau 100 amphibious cooperation View post tag: US Marines February 28, 2018 Share this article View post tag: BPC Tonnerre View post tag: Bois Belleau 100 US sailors and marines have concluded two months of cooperation with their French counterparts aboard the French Navy amphibious assault ship BPC Tonnerre.Approximately 150 US personnel spent the last two months working together with the French task group composed of BPC Tonnerre and Horizon-class air defense destroyer FS Chevalier Paul in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.The deployment, dubbed “Bois Belleau 100”, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, where the US Marine Corps’ 5th and 6th Infantry Regiments fought alongside French forces for a strategic stretch located in France’s Belleau Wood.One of the first orders issued to the French Amphibious Task Group (ATG) was to participate in Alligator Dagger – TF 51/5’s premier integrated combat proficiency training for subordinate units entering the US Central Command’s (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.Specifically, this bilateral training (held off the coast of Djibouti) enables military forces to hone their skills in amphibious operations, air defense, non-combatant and medical casualty evacuations, replenishment-at-sea, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel as well as combat marksmanship and visit, board, search and seizure evolutions.The US-French team followed up with a series of exercises throughout the Middle East, aimed at building capacity and capability with regional militaries including Kuwait and United Arab Emirates (UAE).“The deployment started with amphibious operations in Djibouti during Alligator Dagger and moved to the Arabian Gulf with Alligator Thunder,” said US Marine Maj. Christopher Warnagiris, operations officer for the US landing force command element aboard Tonnerre. “We ended with an exercise in Kuwait during Alligator Lightning, where we employed SPMAGTF-CR-CC to conduct our first tactical use of the MV-22 Osprey aboard a French ship, which entailed deck landings and amphibious raid exercises.”Warnagiris noted that while there were many firsts during the deployment, the inclusion of a new R2LM team was one of the highlights. Although it was designed to support US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces or allied ships to perform en route emergency care, the R2LM team offered critical care capabilities during the multilateral exercises aboard Tonnerre.“We successfully integrated with the French medical team and proved that we can conduct maritime operations on a NATO-allied vessel and various medical and amphibious operations,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Magajna, a R2LM emergency medicine physician aboard Tonnerre. “Even though we did business a little differently and experienced a language barrier in the beginning, we managed to work through the challenges quickly.”“Working with the US Marines and Sailors aboard the Tonnerre was a very good experience,” said French Navy Second Master Marine LePage with the information management cell aboard Tonnerre. “It wasn’t easy at first because of the language barrier, but it was great because we discovered a lot and used the occasion to improve our English and learn from each other. If I have another opportunity, I’d really appreciate working with the US again. The Tonnerre deployment was a great time and it was nice to work with the US.”The ATG operated in the CENTCOM area of responsibility from November 2017 to February 2018. The Tonnerre’s Air Task Group reported to Commander, US 5th Fleet and was under tactical control of TF 51/5 but also remained flexible to conduct multiple missions simultaneously in support of France’s national tasking operations as required.center_img View post tag: French Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today France, US conclude Bois Belleau 100 amphibious cooperation View post tag: US Navy View post tag: FS Chevalier Paul Authoritieslast_img read more

USS George H.W. Bush rocked by three suicides in one week

first_img Photo: GHWB is currently in Norfolk Naval Shipyard for its Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). Photo: US Navy View post tag: US Navy Three US Navy sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush committed suicide last week, the ship’s commanding officer Capt. Sean Bailey confirmed in a post on the ship’s official Facebook page.The deaths came in the wake of a push by the US Navy to address the rising number of suicides in the service.While appearing to be unrelated so far, the CO said the last week’s deaths were the third, fourth, and fifth crew member suicides in the last two years.“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm the loss of three Sailors last week in separate, unrelated incidents from apparent suicide,” Bailey said.“Now is the time to come together as a crew and as a family to grieve, to support each other, and to care for those in need.”The CO has also called for suggestions and ideas on how to prevent another suicide.No enlisted or commissioned leaders have been relieved in the wake of the suicides, but authorities are investigating the deaths.It is worth noting that no suicides occurred on the aircraft carrier which is currently docked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for a 28-month overhaul that started in February this year. View post tag: USS George H. W. Bush Share this articlelast_img read more