Russia: Navy Commissions Consul Submersible

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Navy Commissions Consul Submersible Russia: Navy Commissions Consul Submersible View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: commissions December 15, 2011 View post tag: Submersiblecenter_img View post tag: Russia View post tag: Consul Russian Navy’s ensign – St. Andrew’s flag – was triumphantly hoisted on the autonomous deep-sea submersible Consul at JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center, reported Russian Defense Ministry Press Service.Deputy defense minister Gen. Nikolai Makarov endorsed the submersible’s acceptance certificate in Sept 2011 after state trials.As was earlier planned, Consul submersible was commissioned by the order of Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief.State trials of the Consul deep-sea submersible were completed in May 2011 with effective submergence to the depth of 6,270 meters in the North Atlantic.Project Consul was developed by JSC Malakhit Design Bureau (St. Petersburg).The submersible was built by JSC Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard by the order of Russian defense ministry and is used for underwater technical and search/rescue works, planting of transponder beacons on underwater objects, lifting and transportation ashore equipment with the mass of up to 200 kg, preparatory works by manipulators on underwater objects for further lifting by a platform ship.The hull is made of high-tensile titanium alloy purposely developed by the Prometei Central Research Institute of Construction Materials. Length of the submersible is 8.4 meters, beam/height is 3.9 meters, weight is 26 tons, crew is 2-3 men, endurance is 12 hours, speed is 3 knots.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 15, 2011; Image: sdelanounas View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy Adjusts Selective Reenlistment Bonus Plan to Retain Critical Skilled Sailors

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Adjusts Selective Reenlistment Bonus Plan to Retain Critical Skilled Sailors January 10, 2012 The Navy released an updated Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) award plan Jan. 6 in NAVADMIN 013/12.SRB is a special incentive pay to help meet critical skill reenlistment benchmarks. The intent of the SRB is to reward those who attain special training in skills most critical to current needs and mission requirements. While the Navy has 31 overmanned ratings there are 91 specific critical skills that use SRB to help meet critical skill needs. “The SRB program provides a needed incentive to our top performing Sailors with critical skills,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, director, military personnel plans and policy. “We will continue to monitor our bonus programs to maximize retention behavior in our most critical skills within the constraints of our budget.”Enlisted Community Managers continuously monitor the health of their community and make recommendations to leadership, as required, to maintain acceptable manning levels.From the 91 skill/zone combinations detailed in NAVADMIN 253/11, this update includes reductions for eight skills, four skills elimination, 31 skills award levels increase and 11 skills added to the list.The plan also continues the quota management policy established in NAVADMIN 166/11, whereby reenlistment requests for SRB will be approved based on quota availability.As with Perform to Serve (PTS), eligible Sailors desiring SRB reenlistment are encouraged to work with their command career counselors, command master chiefs, and chain of command to discuss timing of reenlistment and procedures well before their end of active obligated service.Command career counselors can use the Force Management System or the Officer Personnel Information System (OPINS) to submit an SRB request.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 10, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: to View post tag: Skilled View post tag: Naval View post tag: Critical View post tag: Navy View post tag: Adjusts Authorities US Navy Adjusts Selective Reenlistment Bonus Plan to Retain Critical Skilled Sailors View post tag: SRB View post tag: sailors View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Retain View post tag: plan Share this articlelast_img read more

USA: Hawaii-Based Sailors Host Commander of Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet

first_img Share this article November 16, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Pacific View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Force The commander of Naval Surface Forces, and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited Sailors on Hawaii-based ships Nov. 14 for the first time since assuming his current position.Vice Adm. Tom Copeman toured several ships in Pearl Harbor including Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73).During his visits Copeman met with Sailors and spoke about his visit to Hawaii and the ships that are home-ported here. “The reason I’m in Hawaii is for a COMPAC Fleet commanders conference but I came in a couple days early to visit the MIDPAC ships out here, so I visited as many as I could,” said Copeman. “I get my best information on the state of morale and the material condition of the ships, how things are going and whether the policies that we implemented at TYCOM (Type Commands) are working or not by visiting the ships and in particular going into the Chief’s Mess and getting their unvarnished opinion on things.”Lt. j.g. Alfred Whitney, navigator on board USS Port Royal, assisted with escorting the vice admiral around the ship to meet with the commanding officer and the crew. The ship’s tour included the ship’s store, the combat systems main control station, central control station, the general workshop and a brief meeting with the chief petty officer’s mess. “We were glad to have Vice Adm. Copeman aboard and we really appreciated his visit,” said Whitney.The importance of the fleet in Hawaii and to the Pacific Theater was emphasized during the vice admirals’ visit. “It’s very important that these ships stationed here in Hawaii are eight days closer to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility than the ships home-ported in San Diego,” said Copeman. “They’ve always been an integral part of the defense of our nation and I think they will become even more important as we shift more assets and more focus into the Pacific Theater over the coming years.”According to Copeman, getting to visit Sailors on the deckplates is extremely important. “The most rewarding aspect is what I was just doing today; its going down to ships and talking to Sailors and hearing about what’s working and what’s not and feeling like I can affect some change. The most challenging thing is juggling all of the various requirements. With limited resources, we have to make sure that we are using our money, people and time in the most efficient manner. It’s just a very complex challenging problem and its key to making life better for folks on these ships and making them ready to fight a war if they have to.”The priorities Copeman developed to support warfighting first are three in number: training, development, and career management of Sailors; training crews to fight and win; and providing warships ready for combat. “Our ships have to be fully manned and they have to have highly skilled Sailors,” Copeman said. To achieve this, Copeman said requires looking at personnel readiness based upon a “wartime requirement” and not by what is funded. “In order to man our ships correctly it is vitally important that we report our manning readiness based upon the true requirement,” he said.The training Sailors require is a crucial part of Copeman’s priorities. 
”If we really want our crews to fight and win, we need to lay that foundation right there in the school house,” he said. “The schools – our basic, integrated and advanced training – must be focused on preparations for high-end combat operations. I think of it as improving the ‘Public School System’ (“A” and “C” schools) by increasing the hands-on training for our Sailors and taking a hard look if we are delivering the information in the best manner.”Copeman said he wants to reverse the trend of many Sailors spending large amounts of time at school only to require in-depth supervision once reporting aboard ship to do basic maintenance or watchstanding. “Here we’re getting to the balance between maintenance and modernizations of our ships and providing our Sailors with the necessary equipment, repair parts, tools, technical documentation, education, and training to fix and maintain their equipment,” said Copeman.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 16, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: sailors View post tag: Commander View post tag: Hawaii-Based USA: Hawaii-Based Sailors Host Commander of Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet View post tag: fleet Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Hawaii-Based Sailors Host Commander of Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: host View post tag: Surface View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Seaspan Builds 10 Additional Ships for Canadian CG

first_img View post tag: ships View post tag: Naval The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, joined by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Regional Minister for British Columbia, yesterday announced that Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will be building up to 10 additional large non-combat ships for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet at an estimated cost of $3.3 billion.Minister Finley made the announcement during a visit to Vancouver Shipyards, which was selected to build the non-combat package of vessels through the Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).“The decision supports the long-term benefits of the Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy in creating a sustainable shipbuilding industry once again here in Canada,’’ said Minister Finley.“The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is a key priority of the Harper Government as we create jobs and generate significant economic benefits in shipbuilding and other industries all across Canada,’’ added Minister Finley. “Today’s announcement illustrates our commitment to eliminating boom and bust cycles, while providing best value for taxpayers, and ensuring affordable and timely delivery of ships.”This significant investment will enable the Coast Guard to acquire up to five Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels and up to five Offshore Patrol Vessels.“This is yet another example of the unprecedented investment our Government has made in the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian shipbuilding industry,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. “Our Government is committed to providing the men and women of the Coast Guard with the equipment they need to do the important work we ask of them.”This investment is in addition to the already announced Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, and Canada’s first Polar Icebreaker that will be constructed at Vancouver Shipyards for the Canadian Coast Guard.“The Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy has played a key role in revitalizing British Columbia’s shipbuilding industry, creating thousands of long-term, skilled jobs,” said Minister Moore. “Today’s announcement will ensure that the job creation is sustained, and that British Columbia continues to be a leader in Canadian shipbuilding.”The NSPS is now in its fourth phase, with the designs of the initial set of ships being finalized and the shipyards undertaking the infrastructure upgrades required to enable them to build Canada’s ships efficiently. The Government of Canada is following through on its commitment to build ships in Canada.The NSPS will mean long-term jobs and economic growth for the country, stability for the Canadian marine industry, and vital equipment for the men and women in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard.[mappress]Press Release, October 08, 2013; Image: Seaspan View post tag: Defence View post tag: Additional Training & Education View post tag: 10 View post tag: builds View post tag: Seaspan Back to overview,Home naval-today Seaspan Builds 10 Additional Ships for Canadian CG center_img October 8, 2013 Seaspan Builds 10 Additional Ships for Canadian CG View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: CG View post tag: Canadian View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

BATARG Enters US 6th Fleet

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BATARG Enters US 6th Fleet View post tag: News by topic The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group (BATARG), with embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations, Feb. 16. View post tag: Navy BATARG Enters US 6th Fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: 6th While in theater, approximately 4,000 U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to the BATARG and 22nd MEU will serve in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) before transiting to the U.S. 5th Fleet. While on station, the BATARG and 22nd MEU will support theater security cooperation and provide a forward naval presence by providing crisis response, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and combat capabilities.“The Sailors and Marines of the BATARG and the 22nd MEU have trained hard over the past year and have proven our team is ready to handle the task at hand,” said Bataan Commanding Officer, Capt. George Vassilakis. “We’re now ‘at the ready’ to answer our nation’s call.”The BATARG is commanded by Capt. Neil A. Karnes, commodore, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Six, and includes the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). USS Bataan (LHD 5) left her homeport in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 8, on a regularly scheduled deployment as the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group.The 22nd MEU is commanded by Col. William R. Dunn and includes a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment; an aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced); a logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; and its command element.The BATARG and 22nd MEU team will provide combatant commanders a versatile sea-based, expeditionary force that can be tailored to a variety of missions, including quick reaction crisis response options in maritime, littoral and inland environments in support of the nation’s maritime strategy.[mappress]Press Release, February 19, 2014; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: fleet View post tag: US View post tag: enters February 19, 2014 View post tag: BATARG Training & Educationlast_img read more

HMAS Darwin’s Efforts Recognized

first_img View post tag: Efforts View post tag: HMAS Darwin Authorities July 15, 2014 Share this article HMAS Darwin’s Efforts Recognized View post tag: Recognized View post tag: Navy HMAS Darwin’s contribution to operations in the Middle East was formally recognised during a visit to the ship on 2 July by Commodore Jeremy Blunden Royal Navy, Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150). The Sydney-based frigate has been deployed to the Indian Ocean since March 2014 and has supported the counter-terrorism task force, CTF-150, as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a maritime coalition of 30 nations based in Bahrain.During her deployment Darwin has engaged in both military and safety of life at sea operations and made a significant contribution to counter narcotics operations in the Indian Ocean, the proceeds of which help finance terrorist organisations.In addressing Darwin’s crew, Commodore Blunden said:“This has been a great deployment. Not only have you broken the CMF records for the single largest seizures of both heroin and hashish but you have contributed significantly to improving our understanding of how drug smugglers operate, information that will be of real value to follow-on units.”Commodore Blunden highlighted the efforts of all the ship’s departments in achieving so much.He noted the continued determination and professionalism displayed by the boarding parties during long and demanding searches and the efforts of the engineering and logistics departments who have sustained very good levels of support to operations.During this deployment Darwin has seized 1,675 kg of heroin and 10,647 kg of hashish in eight boarding operations.On 24 April, the ship achieved the largest ever seizure of heroin at sea when 1,032kg was found on a dhow off the coast of East Africa in international waters.On 28 June the ship seized 6,248 kg of hashish from another dhow in the Indian Ocean, one of the largest amounts of hashish found by a warship operating as part of CMF.Commodore Blunden urged Darwin’s crew to continue to add to their record breaking success during the final few weeks of her deployment.CTF-150 conducts maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean to deter terrorism and promote peace and security. It is one of three principle task forces operated by the Combined Maritime Forces.The Australian Defence Force commitment to Maritime Security Operations in the Middle East and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden is conducted under Operation MANITOU.[mappress]Press Release, July 15, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Asia-Pacific Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Darwin’s Efforts Recognized View post tag: Australian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navallast_img read more

ESPS Numancia carries out first rescue operation

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Numancia carries out first rescue operation Authorities ESPS Numancia carries out first rescue operation View post tag: ESPS Numancia View post tag: EUNAVFOR Med January 28, 2016 The Spanish frigate ESPS Numancia, which replaced her sister ship ESPS Canarias in the EUNAVFOR operation Sophia, yesterday, January 27, carried out her first rescue operation since joining the operation in the Mediterranean Sea.The Spanish air force aircraft VIGMA D-4 was conducting an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flight when it spotted two rubber boats in distress in International Waters north of Libyan coast on January 27.The frigate Numancia, that has joined operation Sophia last week, was called to intervene on one of the rubber boats by the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre saving, in total, 113 lives.According to EAAS, ESPS Numancia will now transfer all migrants to a Frontex ship operating in the area as part of operation Triton.ESPS Numancia replaced her sister ship Canarias which, on January 18, ended its mission in the Central Mediterranean where the ship’s crew have been fighting illegal trafficking off the coast of Libya for more than 100 days.During this time, ESPS Canarias has participated in five rescues and has saved the lives of 945 men, 104 women and 72 children.[mappress mapid=”17644″] View post tag: Op Sophia Share this articlelast_img read more

Australian Navy establishes navy engineering NETwork

first_img View post tag: Network April 6, 2016 Aiming to ensure growth and innovation in its service, the Royal Australian Navy has established the Naval Engineering Talks (NETs) program to ensure Navy engineers from all specialties were wired in to the latest topics and developments.One of the codes of conduct for those conducting Naval engineering and maintenance activities is that they “continue to develop relevant knowledge, skill and expertise throughout their careers”.Naval engineering and maintenance calls on a vast knowledge and experience found across all rates, ranks, the Defence industry and the public service.The NETs program facilitates communication and the exchange of technical knowledge and experience across the entirety of the naval engineering and maintenance discipline.The first NET, held in August 2015 at Fleet Headquarters, was titled “Hull Repair: The 90% that Matters”. Graeme Emerton of Hull Survey Group discussed his insights on hull maintenance, particularly the importance of paint preparation. What may seem like a dry subject to most is actually a dynamic one for engineers and integral to Navy’s mission to fight and win at sea as well the safety of its sailors.Lieutenant Stefanie Curic, who assisted in coordinating the event, said the Naval Engineering Talks were a great way to share and discuss current and future issues amongst peers within Naval Engineering.“Interest in the NETs program has grown dramatically, resulting in the program increasing its scheduling to a monthly session accessible via video teleconference, in order to keep up with the demand across Defence locations,” said Lieutenant Curic.Chief Staff Officer – Engineering, Captain Matthew Hudson, introduced the inaugural NET explaining that they are designed to build a better understanding about the contribution the engineering community makes to the Naval enterprise. View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Australian Navy establishes navy engineering NETworkcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy establishes navy engineering NETwork Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

USS Whidbey Island concludes exercise, arrives in Little Creek

first_img USS Whidbey Island concludes exercise, arrives in Little Creek Training & Education April 26, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Whidbey Island concludes exercise, arrives in Little Creek Share this article View post tag: USS Whidbey Island Dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island arrived in Little Creek after completing its Amphibious Ready Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit exercise, April 24.Whidbey Island, along with Amphibious Squadron 6, Marines of the 22nd MEU, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, and amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio, comprise the Wasp ARG.ARGMEUEX is the first graded exercise an ARG and embarked MEU undertake in preparation for deployment.“We received fantastic training“, said Cmdr. Ethan Rule, Whidbey Island commanding officer. “We brought our team from a rudimentary level — integrating with the PHIBRON, the Marines and ourselves and raised the bar significantly. We’ve seen significant improvement across the board from all departments.”The training completed during ARGMEUEX is designed to test every facet of interoperability between Sailors and Marines. The Whidbey Island blue-green team worked together to carry out flight and amphibious operations, maritime interdiction exercises and damage control drills.For the embarked Marines, adjusting to life on the ship and working side by side with Sailors proved to be a smooth transition.“We try to help each other out and build camaraderie,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Elijah Gregory, who is assigned to the 22nd MEU.Whidbey Island will participate in Composite Unit Training Exercise this summer, the final assessment before a scheduled deployment. Image: US Navylast_img read more

Best Royal Navy sailors awarded by Armed Forces Minister

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy Best Royal Navy sailors awarded by outgoing Armed Forces Minister Authorities July 20, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Best Royal Navy sailors awarded by outgoing Armed Forces Minister Star sailors from the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth flotilla have been rewarded for outstanding achievements by the Armed Forces Minister.In her last day in office on July 18, Penny Mordaunt presented 29 awards to personnel who have gone the extra mile for their ship or unit during the past 12 months.The ceremony on Friday (July 15) was held on board HMS Victory and was followed by a dinner at HMS Nelson.Two recipients of the award are based on the 65,000-tonne giant aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, currently in build at Rosyth. Chief Petty Officer Graeme Duncan was recognised for his efforts in working with industry to ensure that the ship’s fresh water system, galley and laundry were ready for the ship’s company to move on board.Medical Assistant Louise Whalley was rewarded for her key role in introducing and managing the ship’s first aid and medical training plans and for tailoring effective bespoke training for different departments.Commander Portsmouth Flotilla, Commodore Peter Sparkes said: “In a challenging year when the Portsmouth Flotilla has scarcely been busier, it is really important that we recognise some of the extraordinary individual efforts of our Sailors, which contribute so powerfully to our collective successes.“I am delighted that the Minister for the Armed Forces agreed to present these awards in the presence of the recipient’s partners today, and I am also grateful to BAE Systems and the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity for their support in making it possible.” Share this articlelast_img read more