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USS O’Kane to Return from Nine-Month Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) will return to its homeport Dec. 5 from a nine-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific Ocean. The ship and… [[ This is...

Another Cocaine Delivery Stopped by USS Vandegrift

US Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) interdicted approximately 1,925 pounds of cocaine in… [[ This is a content summary only....

House Passes US Coast Guard Bill

The House voted overwhelmingly late Wednesday to approve a policy bill for the US Coast Guard, 413-3. The bill now moves to the Senate where, as of late Thursday, it has yet to be...

UK confirms Mk 41 VLS selection for Type 26

UK Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon has confirmed the selection of the strike-length Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) to meet the Flexible Strike Silo requirement for the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type...

USS Fort Worth Joins 7th Fleet

Littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Dec. 4, marking a key initial milestone in its 16-month rotational deployment in support of the…...

New Zealand MEKO Frigates to Get Rheinmetall’s MASS

New Zealand has decided to equip two of its MEKO-class frigates (jointly procured with Australia) with Rheinmetall’s Multi Ammunition Softkill System, or MASS. The contract, issued by the New… [[ This is a content...

EXPONAVAL 2014 Round-Up

Our Chilean Correspondent, Luis Vásquez, reports directly from Viña del Mar, Chile. ASMAR exhibe su consolidación en la Exponaval 2014 El Astillero y Maestranza de la Armada de Chile (ASMAR) juega de local en...

HMS Iron Duke Arrives in Haiti

HMS Iron Duke has paid a visit to Haiti – the first British naval vessel to the island nation since RFA Largs Bay delivered earthquake aid in 2010. Iron Duke is now reaching the...

More Victims Found after South Korean Vessel Sinks

The number of victims of the sunken South Korean fishing ship climbs up to 19. According to RIA Novosti, the rescuers recovered three more bodies from the 501 Oryong vessel which sank off the...

ESPS Navarra Conducts Friendly Approaches off Somalia

Over the past few weeks, the EU Naval Force warship, ESPS Navarra, has carried out several friendly approaches to fishing dhows off the northern coast of Somalia. After sighting several fishing… [[ This is...

New Zealand MPA Departs NATO’s OCEAN SHIELD

This week the crew of a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) P-3 Orion from the Royal New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) completed their support to NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD (OOS)… [[ This is a...

Russian Northern Fleet Enters Bay of Biscay

Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet vessels departed the English Channel and entered the Bay of Biscay on Monday. According to the Russian Department of Defence, the group, led by the anti-submarine… [[ This is a...

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