Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coast Guard C-27J Successfully Delivers Rescue Gear During Training Mission

C-27J
Crew from the Coast Guard’s HC-27J Asset Project Office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where the service’s first regenerated C-27J medium range surveillance aircraft is based, complete four aerial deliveries of rescue gear to a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel conducting a training mission in Albemarle Sound May 8, 2015. The deliveries from CG-2714 were part of an effort to validate operational search and rescue procedures for the aircraft and complete upgrade qualification training for the crew. A second aircraft is undergoing maintenance at the APO, and two more are in the regeneration process that will bring them out of long-term preservation at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group facility located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. The Coast Guard plans to operate a fleet of 14 HC-27J aircraft. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tugboat RB-365 of project 90600 built by Pella Shipyard completes mooring and sea trials

Pella

St Petersburg May 26, 2015 - On May 25, Pella Shipyard completed the mooring and sea trials of the tugboat RB-365 of the project 90600 (Hull No 942). According to the Company, the acceptance/delivery procedure starts on May 26. Upon completion of the state trials, the vessel will be delivered to the customer.
The tugboat is intended for towing and berthing operations in harbor, roadsteads and coastal areas which comply with R3 navigation area, refloating of ships and vessels, fire fighting operations at floating and shore objects, oil spill response activities, cargo transportation, ice breaking and erosion operations.

Technical information:
Length max 25,4 m
Width max 8,8 m
Draught 4,2 m
Speed 11,8 knots
Classificaion Arc4 R3 Aut3 Tug by Russian Register of shipping.
Propulsion system US 155, Rolls-Royce, FPP into nozzles
Powerplant 2*746 kW at 1800 r/min, Caterpillar ?32
Deck equipment: bow electro-hydraulic anchor-towing-mooring winch Fluidmecanica providing 10 t of bollard pull and 847 kN of brake holding force; 23 t towing hook SWL with quick release device.
The tugboat is equipped with cargo crane 2300, Palfinger with lifting capacity of 150 kilos at the boom of 5m.
In order to fulfill fire-fighting operations the tugboat is equipped with external fire fighting system made by FFS (capacity is 800 m3/h, 2 water monitors, water curtains system).
JSC Pella Shipyard based in Russia’s Leningrad region was founded in 1950. In 1992 Pella was privatized as Pella Holding Co. comprising the head office and several subsidiaries. The shipbuilding firm specializes in building tractor tugs with rated power of 1,000hp to 5,000hp, push boats, escort tugs, pilot boats and SAR boats for Russian customers and for export.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Virginia-Class Submarine John Warner (SSN 785) Successfully Completes Initial Sea Trials

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Newport News May 26, 2015 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the newest Virginia-class submarine, John Warner (SSN 785), successfully completed its initial sea trials on Saturday. Sea trials are aggressive operational tests that demonstrate the submarine’s capabilities at sea. John Warner, the first Virginia-class submarine to be named for a person, is being built as part of a teaming arrangement between HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and General Dynamics Electric Boat.
“Alpha sea trials represent the first underway test of the quality of the craftsmanship that went into the construction of this great vessel and the skill of the crew that operates her,” said Jim Hughes, Newport News’ vice president of submarines and fleet support. “Both the ship and the crew performed incredibly well, resulting in extremely successful trials that enable the ship to advance directly into its next set of tests. The John Warner is now well on its way to being another successful and early Virginia-class delivery.”
All systems, components and compartments were tested during the trials. The submarine submerged for the first time and operated at high speeds on the surface and underwater. John Warner will undergo several more rounds of sea trials before delivery to the Navy by Newport News.
“The sea trials were a huge success,” said Cmdr. Dan Caldwell, the submarine’s prospective commanding officer. “The ship is in great material condition, and I could not be more proud of the way the crew performed. They have worked tirelessly for the last two years preparing to take this ship to sea, and it showed during sea trials. We look forward to completing the ship’s delivery and joining the operational fleet.”
Construction of John Warner began in 2010. The boat is 99 percent complete and on schedule to deliver next month—more than three months ahead of its contracted delivery date.


IMDEX Asia 2015 Attracts Strong International Participation



April 22, 2015 - 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 Commanders of HQ Integrated Area Defence System, the Hong Kong Marine Police, the Indonesia Maritime Security Board, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Vietnam Coast Guard are also attending the show. In addition, as of today, 26 Navies and Coast Guards from Bahrain, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, India and Indian Coast Guard, Italy National Armament, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Oman and Oman Coast Guard, Pakistan, the Philippine Coast Guard, Qatar and Qatar Coast Guard, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, US, Vietnam, and the Royal Malaysian Air Force will send representatives to the event.
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).
IMDEX Asia 2015 has also received a strong vote of confidence from both returning and first-time exhibitors. This year, the show will welcome new exhibitors such as Ametek, Kairos Singapore, Kelvin Hughes, KM Kinley, Microflown Maritime, PIO-Ship Design & System Integrate Pte Ltd, Privinvest Holding, QinetiQ, Strategic Marine, Stone Marine and Teho Ropes along with returning major industry players Damen Naval, Elbit, General Dynamics Canada, Israel Aerospace Industries and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.
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.
IMDEX Asia serves as a valuable platform for countries in this dynamic region to update themselves on the latest technologies, network and forge partnerships with key players from navies, governments and industry. The 2013 edition of IMDEX Asia was attended by a record 21 Navy Chiefs from around the world, 9 Directors-General of Coast Guard and heads of maritime agencies and saw over 500 business meetings take place between exhibitors and VIP delegations.
Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events, said: "We are delighted that IMDEX Asia 2015 will again see a strong international participation by navies, coast guards and visiting warships. This underscores the continued relevance of the show as the platform of choice to tap on opportunities in the growing Asia Pacific naval market. It also demonstrates the value that IMDEX Asia brings to delegates and trade visitors as a platform to learn more about the wide range of innovative technologies, network and forge partnerships with industry leaders from around the world."
The strategic and technical conferences offered at IMDEX Asia remains an important platform for government and military officials, business and academia to keep abreast of the latest developments and address challenges faced by the naval and maritime defence industry.
The International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) with the theme 'Safe and Secure Seas - Strengthening Cooperation in Maritime Security' emphasises the need to embrace a cooperative security approach to ensure the safety, security, and success of the international maritime system. The International Naval Engineering Conference (INEC@IMDEX Asia) themed 'Adapt and Transform - Flexible Capability in an Uncertain Environment' will cover technological developments and advancements in the areas of - multiplying effect, flexible platforms, underwater technology and effective support solutions. The third conference, the 15th Asia Pacific Submarine Conference (APSC) will, for the first time, be held in conjunction with IMDEX Asia. APSC 2015 brings together regional submarine operating navies and organisations with an interest in submarine safety to discuss issues such as submarine survivability, escape and interoperability of rescue assets. This holistic conference line-up will add a new dimension to IMDEX Asia 2015, bringing discussions of trends in the naval and maritime defence industry to a new level.
IMDEX Asia is organised by Experia Events with the support of the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.

Prince of Wales Bridge Sets Sail From Glasgow

BAE Systems

April 24, 2015 - The most iconic section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier is setting sail today from Glasgow on its first sea voyage to Rosyth.
Upper Block 07 is where HMS PRINCE OF WALES will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island. As the main hub of the ship it contains the bridge and approximately 100 vital mission systems compartments.
Mick Ord, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: “This Forward Island is a remarkable feat of engineering designed to command one of the UK’s largest ever warships for more than half a century to come so the last Commanding Officer who will take the helm is not even born yet. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in building and delivering this iconic aircraft carrier section ahead of schedule and to an incredibly high standard.”
The tug delivering the Forward Island will blast its horn passing Ferguson Marine Engineering in Greenock as a final farewell to Glasgow and a salute to BAE Systems’ fellow shipbuilders along the Clyde.
Due to stormy weather expected around the north coast of Scotland, the Forward Island will travel around the south coast of the UK on a nine day voyage before entering the Firth of Forth. The public can follow the journey by visiting www.marinetraffic.com and searching for the tug, which is called Strathdon.
Construction of the Forward Island began in December 2013. It left its dock hall in Govan for the first time last weekend before being driven onto a barge using a single remote control and 144 wheels beneath it.
The Queen Elizabeth Class are the first aircraft carriers to use an innovative twin island design. The second ‘Aft Island’ operates as an airport control tower to co-ordinate aircraft movements, but both islands are designed with the ability to incorporate the other’s role in an emergency, thus increasing the survivability of the ship.    
The Forward Island has deck-to-deck windows, which are up to two metres tall to ensure a level of visibility far beyond previous aircraft carriers and are designed to withstand a significant impact, such as a helicopter’s spinning rotor blade.
The 65,000 tonne Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will be the centerpiece of the UK’s military capability.

PLA Navy plays strategic role in maintaining national safety, interest

PLAN


The Navy, a strategic branch of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), was founded on April 23, 1949.
  The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government have attached great importance to the Navy's development. Under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission (CMC), the Navy has progressed along with the advancement of the nation. With the rapid elevation of the overall national strengths of China, the Navy has been making great strides in its development.
  Today, the PLA Navy has developed into a strategic, comprehensive and international military force with both nuclear and conventional combat capabilities. It is composed of the submarines, surface ships, aviation troops, Marine Corps, and shore defense wings. It has become an important strategic tool for maintaining state sovereignty, national dignity, state security and development interests and a resolute force for maintaining world peace.
  Currently, the PLA Navy has 235,000 officers and soldiers. It has 3 Fleets, namely the North China Sea Fleet, the East China Sea Fleet, and the South China Sea Fleet. Each Fleet consists of fleet aviation, bases, flotillas, maritime garrison commands, aviation divisions, and Marine Corps brigades.
  The PLA Navy follows the military strategy of active defense and engages in active defense at sea in line with the strategic requirements of offshore defense. Its mandate involves seven key missions: maintaining state unity and territorial integrity; withstanding military invasion from the sea; defending sovereignty of islands and territorial waters and maritime interests of the state; protecting maritime traffic lines; supporting maritime economic development; safeguarding maritime production and personnel; maintaining overseas rights and interests of the state, citizens, and overseas compatriots; maintaining regional and world peace.
  Regular readiness patrol
  The PLA Navy focuses on maintaining state territorial sovereignty and maritime interests and this requires constantly being on alert and thus needs readiness practice.
  In accordance with the principles of effective force-employment, systematic patrol, whole-area monitoring, it organizes and conducts regular readiness patrols to maintain a constant presence in certain areas. Each Fleet keeps a certain amount of vessels and aircraft to routinely patrol areas under their jurisdiction throughout the year and organizes mobile forces to patrol and guard certain areas when necessary.
  Tactical combat drills and training
  The PLA Navy has been taking tactical combat drills and training as the basis for transforming its military training system and improving the level of combat effectiveness of the force. It extensively tests combat concepts in simulated conditions with detailed information to reflect real situations into the practice of training; this includes being focused on information and intelligence, systematic confrontation, precision operations, fusion and integration, winning through a united effort, etc.
  The PLA Navy organizes exercise and training as per the requirements of real combat, wartime force groupings and the operational flow of combat; it emphasizes command-in-confrontation training, real-force autonomous confrontation training and training in complex battlefield environments to improve the overall systematic combat effectiveness of the force based on the concept of information based warfare.
  In recent years, the Navy has continued to explore training modes that involve open sea combat task groups by organizing open sea training programs for task groups composed of new kinds of destroyers, frigates, amphibious landing ships, fast combat support ships and ship-borne helicopters.
  It has deepened studies and training on mission subjects in complex battlefield environments, which emphasizes training in important contexts such as remote early-warning, comprehensive control, open sea interception, long-range raids, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) in open sea, long-range escort, etc.
  Since 2007, the PLA Navy has organized more than 30 open sea trainings in the west Pacific region with over a 100 practice rounds.
  Protecting maritime interests
  It is an important duty of the PLA Navy to resolutely maintain the maritime interests of the state.
  The PLA Navy provides safety support for maritime law-enforcement, fishing vessels and oil and gas exploitation projects alongside its readiness operations. It has also established a coordination and cooperation mechanism with the Chinese Coast Guard. The navy-police-civilian joint defense mechanism has been established and improved.
  In coordination with certain civil departments, the PLA Navy also carries out maritime survey and scientific research, constructing a maritime meteorological monitoring system, satellite navigation system, radio navigation system and a navigational aid system that can issue timely information on weather and shipping conditions. It has also established and improved a navigation safety support system in areas under its surveillance.
  The Chinese navy has held joint maritime law enforcement exercises and drills with the Chinese Coast Guard and has constantly improved the military-civil maritime joint operations to enhance its command, coordination and emergency response capabilities.
  In October of 2012, a total of 11 ships and 8 aircraft participated in a comprehensive exercise called “the East China Sea cooperation - 2012”, which was a joint maritime exercise to safeguard the maritime rights in the East China Sea.
  Protecting overseas interests
  Overseas operations, such as escorting merchant vessels, evacuations and emergency disaster relief are an important way for the PLA Navy to protect the state interests and to fulfill its international obligations.
  For example, in accordance with relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and with the consent of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, the Chinese government dispatched a PLA Navy taskforce on Dec. 26, 2008 to the Gulf of Aden and the Somali waters for escort mission.
  The primary mission of this task force is to protect the safety of Chinese vessels and personnel transiting through this area, protect the safety of vessels carrying humanitarian supplies chartered by World Food Programme (WFP) and other international organizations and provide cover for foreign vessels transiting through this area.
  As of Apr. 10, 2015, the PLA Navy has dispatched more than 50 support missions and over 30 helicopter missions in 20 task groups, which have provided escort for almost 6,000 vessels bearing both Chinese and foreign flags, covered or rescued 11 vessels released by pirates or being attacked by pirates, and rescued 43 vessels from pirate hijack attempts in 32 different incidents.
  In February 2011, the PLA Navy dispatched FFG Xuzhou to Libyan waters to provide support and protection for vessels evacuating Chinese personnel stranded in Libya.
  International disaster relief and humanitarian medical services
  The PLA Navy proactively carries out medical services and assistance in foreign countries and participated in international medical exchanges and cooperation to improve friendship and mutual trust with various countries.
  The PLA Navy hospital ship “The Peace Ark” has conducted medical service tasks as part of the “Mission Harmony” series abroad, during which it provided free medical service to nearly 80,000 people in 22 countries.
  Besides that, it also participated in important events such as the ASEAN Defense Minister Plus Meeting -- Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise (ADMM-HADR&MM Exercise), the multinational joint round visits at Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, the humanitarian medical aid for the earthquake-hit Philippines and the world’s largest Naval exercise known as the “Rim of the Pacific Exercise” or RIMPAC in 2014.
  Maintaining the safety of international maritime channels
  The PLA Navy fulfills its international obligations through regular escort operations in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters.
  Through exchanges and cooperation, it has maintained the safety of international maritime channels together with escort-forces of other countries.
  As of Oct. 10, 2010, the PLA Navy Escort Task Force has escorted 8 World Food Programme (WFP) vessels and over 2,700 foreign ships, assisted 5 foreign vessels and rescued 20 foreign vessels during 15 separate incidents of pirate hijack attempts.
  The PLA Navy has established a good communication mechanism with various navies to conduct joint escort operations, share information and in coordination and liaison efforts.
  It has conducted joint escorts together with Russian naval ships, carried out joint exercises with South Korea, Pakistan, and US naval vessels, and coordinated with the EU when escorting WFP vessels; it has organized cross-deck visits between commanding officers with escort forces from EU, NATO, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), South Korea, and Singapore; it has exchanged officers for onboard observation with a Dutch naval ship; it also actively participates in international mechanisms such as CGPCS (Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia) and SHADE (Shared Awareness and De-conflict)
  From February to July 2014, the PLA Navy dispatched ships to escort vessels carrying chemical weapons out of Syria.
  Joint exercises and training with other navies
  In recent years, the PLA Navy has participated in the “Maritime Coalition” series of exercises with Russia, conducted the “Blue Strike” series of joint trainings with the Royal Thai Marine Corps, and taken part in the “Peace” series of multilateral maritime joint exercises hosted by Pakistan.
  In June 2014, the PLA Navy sent a task group to participate in the world’s largest Naval exercise known as the “Rim of the Pacific Exercise” or RIMPAC 2014 led by the US navy near Hawaii.
  The PLA Navy also avails opportunities such as cross-deck visits and escort operations in the Gulf of Aden to conduct bilateral or multilateral exercises with Indian, French, British, Australian, Thai, US, Russian, New Zealand, and Vietnamese navies in areas such as communication, formation maneuvers, replenishment at sea, cross-deck landing of helicopters, anti-surface firing, joint escort, visit, board, search and seizure operations (VBSS), joint search and rescue, diving, etc.
  Five major wings of the PLA Navy --The Submarine force
  The submarine force is an important underwater assault force and an important arm that has contributed to the development of the PLA Navy.
  The submarine force is equipped with strategic missile nuclear submarines, attack nuclear submarines, and conventional submarines. It is organized into submarine bases and submarine flotillas.
  After more than 60 years of building, the submarine force has developed into a strong underwater assault force with both conventional and nuclear submarines.
  The submarines’ stealth, underwater endurance and ability to survive have been remarkably improved; their underwater penetration capabilities have been greatly enhanced; the number and total displacement have remarkably increased; it has achieved the transformation from a force focused on increasing its numbers to tone that is now more oriented towards increasing its quality and combat effectiveness.
  Five major wings of the PLA Navy --The Surface force
  The surface force is an important combat force at sea.
  Currently, the 3 Fleets of the PLA Navy have dozens of destroyer flotillas, landing ship flotillas, risk avoidance and life-saving flotillas and combat support ship flotillas.
  There are hundreds of ships above Grade III , with the total tonnage now over 5 times that of the 1980s. The onboard weapons systems in these new warships have been upgraded and modernized. Modern warships have also created the opportunity to utilize a large number of new methods of training and combat.
  Now it has become routine to train in open seas and the level of training has been elevated every year, and the comprehensive combat capabilities have been remarkably improved.
  Five major wings of the PLA Navy – The Aviation force
  The aviation force is an important component of a modern navy.
  With the commissioning of the third-generation fighter planes, the aviation force has made great improvement in its emergency maneuvers, ship-aircraft coordination, air combat, low-level penetration and in its long-range attack and precision strike capabilities.
  All fighter groups are capable of carrying out maneuver and combat tasks out of their defense area; all pilots on readiness duty have undergone real missile firing training.
  All the above indicates that the overall combat capabilities of the naval aviation force in the high-tech conditions have reached a new level.
  Five major wings of the PLA Navy – The Marine Corps
  The Marine Corps is a fast assault force for amphibious operations.
  A well-trained marine can operate not only equipment such as infantry automatic weapons, amphibious tanks, amphibious armored transportation vehicles, self-propelled artillery of various calibers and anti-tank missiles but also special operations weapons.
  With the commissioning of new amphibious tanks, armored vehicles and special operations equipment, the combat effectiveness of the Marine Corps has been elevated overall. Their capabilities have been demonstrated in various PLA-level and PLAN-level exercises and joint exercises with foreign armed forces. They are true to their motto of being like “a Tiger on land and a dragon at sea”.
  Five major wings of the PLA Navy – The Shore defense force
  The shore defense force is deployed at important shore areas and participates in defense operations along the shore.
  Equipped with new generation shore-to-surface missiles that have stronger penetrating capabilities, higher levels of intelligence, longer range and stronger anti-jamming capabilities, the shore defense force has gradually become a new service that is both capable of important area/offshore air defense and can effectively support other services when launching attacks.

Chinese Nationals Sentenced in New Mexico for Conspiring to Violate Arms Export Control Act

Washington April 23, 2015 - This afternoon, a federal judge in the District of New Mexico sentenced two Chinese nationals for conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) by scheming to illegally export defense articles with military application to the People’s Republic of China, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez of the District of New Mexico.
Bo Cai, 29, of Nanjing, China, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and his cousin Wentong Cai, 30, of Chifeng, China, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.  Both will be deported after completing their prison sentences.  The two men were charged in three-count superseding indictment with a scheme to illegally export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense for use in high-level applications, such as line-of-sight stabilization and precision motion control systems.  The Arms Export Control Act and the ITAR prohibit the export of defense-related materials from the United States without obtaining a license or written approval from the U.S. Department of State.
Bo Cai entered a guilty plea to all three counts of the superseding indictment in July 2014, and Wentong Cai pleaded guilty to Count 3 of the superseding indictment in December 2014.  In entering the guilty pleas, each admitted that from March 2012 to December 2013, they conspired with each other to illegally export sensors from the United States to China without first obtaining the required export license.  Bo Cai admitted that in March 2012, while he was employed by a technology company in China, he embarked on an illegal scheme to smuggle sensors out of the United States to China for one of his customers despite knowledge that the sensors could not be exported without a license and that the United States did not issue licenses to export the sensors to China.  Wentong Cai admitted that while he was in the United States on a student visa, Bo Cai enlisted him to acquire the sensors under the ruse that he planned to use the sensors at Iowa State University where he was a graduate microbiology student.
Court filings indicate that the investigation of this case began in October 2013, when an undercover U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent responded to Wentong Cai’s overtures.  After negotiations by telephone and email, in December 2013, Bo Cai and Wentong Cai traveled to New Mexico, where they obtained a sensor from undercover HSI agents and developed a plan for smuggling the sensor out of the United States to China.  On Dec. 11, 2013, Bo Cai was arrested at an airport in Los Angeles, as he was preparing to board a flight to China, after the sensor was discovered concealed in a computer speaker in his luggage.  Wentong Cai subsequently was arrested on Jan. 22, 2014, in Ames, Iowa.
The HSI Albuquerque, New Mexico, office led the investigation of this case with assistance from the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Defense Security Service, HSI in Iowa and Los Angeles and the FBI.  Iowa State University cooperated throughout with HSI’s investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dean S. Tuckman and Fred J. Federici of the District of New Mexico prosecuted the case with assistance from Deputy Chief Deborah Curtis and Trial Attorneys David Recker and Brian Fleming of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Iowa also assisted in the prosecution.