Tuesday, May 31, 2011

First two a planned three MLPs ordered

First two a planned three MLPs ordered from General Dynamics ordered May 27, 2011 for operation by the Military Sealift Command. No names or hull numbers have been released yet.

Two Iraqi Nationals Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges in Kentucky


An Iraqi citizen who allegedly carried out numerous Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and another Iraqi national alleged to have participated in the insurgency in Iraq have been arrested and indicted on federal terrorism charges in the Western District of Kentucky.
The arrests in Bowling Green, Ky., and the criminal complaints and indictment unsealed today were announced by Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security; David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; Elizabeth A. Fries, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Division; and the members of the Louisville Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). 
Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, both former residents of Iraq who currently reside in Bowling Green, were charged in a 23-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green on May 26, 2011.   Alwan is charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals abroad; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against U.S. nationals abroad; distributing information on the manufacture and use of IEDs; attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaeda in Iraq; as well as conspiracy to transfer, possess and export Stinger missiles.   Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to al-Qaeda in Iraq, as well as conspiracy to transfer, possess and export Stinger missiles.  
Alwan and Hammadi were arrested on May 25, 2011, on criminal complaints and made their initial appearances today in federal court in Louisville, Ky.   Each faces a potential sentence of life in prison if convicted of all the charges in the indictment.   Both defendants were closely monitored by federal law enforcement authorities in the months leading up to their arrests.  Neither is charged with plotting attacks within the United States.
“Over the course of roughly eight years, Waad Ramadan Alwan allegedly supported efforts to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, first by participating in the construction and placement of improvised explosive devices in Iraq and, more recently, by attempting to ship money and weapons from the United States to insurgents in Iraq.   His co-defendant Mohanad Shareef Hammadi is accused of many of the same activities.   With these arrests, which are the culmination of extraordinary investigative work by law enforcement and intelligence officials, the support provided by these individuals comes to an end and they will face justice,” said Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
“The filing of these charges in Bowling Green, Kentucky, underscores the readiness of federal law enforcement authorities and our partners in the Joint Terrorism Task Forces to effectively pursue and prosecute terrorists wherever in the United States they may be found,” said David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.   “Whether they seek shelter in a major metropolitan area or in a smaller city in Kentucky, those who would attempt to harm or kill Americans abroad will face a determined and prepared law enforcement effort dedicated to the investigations and prosecutions necessary to bring them to justice.   The dismantling of terrorist networks is the first priority of this office and the Department of Justice.”
“These arrests were the culmination of extremely well-coordinated, diligent and tireless efforts by the FBI and our law enforcement partners working on the JTTFs.  My thanks to all those who assisted in this case,” said Elizabeth A. Fries, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Division. “I want to remind the public that the FBI is responsible for protecting the civil rights of all persons in our communities.  Just as we vigorously investigate terrorism cases, the FBI will vigorously pursue anyone who targets Muslims or their places of worship for backlash-related threats or violence in the wake of these arrests.”
According to the charging documents, Alwan entered the United States in April 2009 and has lived in Bowling Green since his arrival.   Hammadi entered the United States in July 2009 and, after first residing in Las Vegas, moved to Bowling Green.
Prior Activities in Iraq
In September 2009, the FBI launched an investigation into Alwan.   Later, the FBI began using a confidential human source (CHS) who met with and engaged in recorded conversations with Alwan, beginning in August 2010, and with Hammadi, beginning in January 2011.   In a number of meetings with the CHS, Alwan allegedly discussed his prior activities as an insurgent in Iraq from 2003 until his capture by Iraqi authorities in May 2006, including his use of IEDs and sniper rifles to target U.S. forces and details about various attacks in which he participated.
For example, in recorded conversations with the CHS, Alwan allegedly stated that he used to procure explosives and missiles while an insurgent in Iraq; that his insurgent group conducted strikes daily; and that he used IEDs in Iraq hundreds of times.   At one point, Alwan allegedly drew diagrams of four types of IEDs for the CHS and provided verbal instructions on how to build these devices.   He also discussed occasions in which
he had used these types of IEDs against U.S. troops.   Asked whether he had achieved results from these devices in Iraq, Alwan allegedly replied, “Oh yes,” mentioning that his attacks had “f--ked up” Hummers and also targeted Bradley fighting vehicles.
According to the charging documents, the FBI has been able to identify two latent fingerprints belonging to Alwan on a component of an unexploded IED that was recovered by U.S. forces near Bayji, Iraq.   Alwan had allegedly advised the CHS that he lived in that area of Iraq and worked at the power plant in Bayji.   Alwan had also allegedly told the CHS how he had used a particular brand of cordless telephone base station in IEDs.   Alwan’s fingerprints were allegedly found on this particular brand of cordless base station in the IED that was recovered in Iraq.
In additional conversations with the CHS, Alwan also described IED attacks on U.S. troops that he participated in with others, including an associate whom Alwan said had lost an eye when an IED exploded prematurely.   According to the charging documents, U.S. forces recovered an unexploded IED near Bayji from which a latent fingerprint belonging to this associate was later recovered.   The charging documents allege that this associate was detained by U.S. troops in June 2006 and had a false eye.
The charging documents also allege that Hammadi has discussed his prior experience as an insurgent in Iraq and has told the CHS about prior IED attacks in Iraq in which he participated.  In one conversation with the CHS, Hammadi allegedly described how he had been arrested in Iraq, explaining that authorities captured him after the car he was driving in got a flat tire shortly after he and others had placed IEDs in the ground.
Activities in the United States
According to the charging documents, beginning in September 2010, Alwan expressed interest in helping the CHS provide support to terrorists in Iraq.   The CHS explained that he shipped money and weapons to the mujahidin in Iraq by secreting them in vehicles sent from the United States.   Thereafter, Alwan allegedly participated in operations with the CHS to provide money, weapons – including machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Stinger missiles and C4 plastic explosives – as well as IED diagrams and advice on the construction of IEDs, to what he believed were the mujahidin attacking U.S. troops in Iraq.
For instance, in November 2010, Alwan allegedly picked up machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers from a storage facility in Kentucky and delivered them to a designated location believing they would be shipped to al-Qaeda in Iraq.   In January 2011, the charging documents allege, Alwan recruited Hammadi to assist in the material support activities.   Alwan allegedly described Hammadi to the CHS as a relative of his whose work as an insurgent in Iraq was well known.
Later that month, Alwan and Hammadi allegedly delivered money to a tractor-trailer, believing the money would ultimately be shipped to al-Qaeda in Iraq.   In February 2011, the pair allegedly assisted in the delivery of additional weapons, including sniper rifles and inert C4 plastic explosives, to a tractor-trailer believing that these items would be shipped to al-Qaeda in Iraq.   Finally, in March 2011, Alwan and Hammadi allegedly picked up two inert Stinger missiles from the storage facility and delivered them to a tractor-trailer believing these items would be shipped to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Neither the Stinger missiles nor any of the other weapons or money delivered by Alwan or Hammadi in connection with the CHS in the United States were provided to al-Qaeda in Iraq, but instead were carefully controlled by law enforcement as part of the undercover operation.
In closing, Mr. Hale noted, “Let me be clear that this is not an indictment against a particular religious community or religion.   Instead, this indictment charges two individuals with federal terrorism offenses.”
Mr. Hale commended the investigative efforts of the Louisville Division of the FBI and the Louisville JTTF, which is comprised of the following full-time member agencies: Louisville Metro Police, Kentucky State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Marshals Service.   Also assisting were full-time members of the Lexington JTTF, which includes the University of Kentucky Police and Lexington-Fayette County Police.   The U.S. Department of Defense also provided assistance in this investigation, as well as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Bowling Green Police Department.
The prosecution is being handled by Trial Attorney Larry Schneider from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bryan Calhoun and Mike Bennett from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.
The public is reminded that charges contained in an indictment or criminal complaint are merely allegations, and that defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Stennis Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) completed a successful Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) May 27 off the coast of Southern California. 
COMPTUEX, a three week exercise required for each carrier strike group, and designed to drill every warfare area from subsurface, surface and air to practice responses to situations that may occur while on deployment.
JCSCSG is made up of John C. Stennis, CVW-9, guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and DESRON 21; guided missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91).
"We all came together at the beginning of COMPTUEX as individual operating elements, and combined the forces into an effective strike group that is ready to deploy," said Cmdr. Stevin Johnson, strike operations officer. 
This is the first time the strike group has worked together since last deployment.
Embarked Strike Force Training Pacific evaluators mentored the JCSCSG on integrated operational capabilities through a series of simulations.
Stennis simulated strait transits with other ships from the strike group; conducted multi-mission air wing operations; participated in replenishments at sea; and ran many shipboard drills.
"Like any evolution you have to meet certain requirements before you can get the grade of satisfactory," said Johnson.
Unit specific training allowed the separate strike group assets to practice their roles individually, while other situations reinforced the strike group's ability to integrate and operate as a single force.
"As a strike group we have gotten much better at coordinating our efforts and achieving the desired goal through a united front rather than individual warfare commanders," said Johnson.
With COMPTUEX complete, JCSCSG will begin a Joint Training Force Exercise.
"This is just the next step to a higher level of training and readiness for JCSCSG," said Johnson. "Next, we roll right into JTFEX and continue the same training we're doing right now but in a more complicated scenario. 
COMPTUEX and JTFEX prepared Stennis and the JCSCG for the upcoming deployment this year.
"COMPTUEX has equipped our Sailors to meet worldwide challenges in a safe and professional manner," said John C. Stennis Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Reis. "It has given our crew the confidence and knowledge to be able to execute mission requirements during deployment; from humanitarian relief efforts to dealing with piracy or warfare in any region of the world."

MV KHALED MUHIEDDINE K released from pirate control




On the morning of 26 May, the MV KHALED MUHIEDDINE K which was pirated on 20 January 2011 was released from pirate control after 126 days.
The crew of 22 Syrians and 3 Egyptians are all well.
EUNAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EUNAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. EUNAVFOR finally monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

French Frigate NIVOSE leaves EU NAVFOR after participating for one month in Operation ATALANTA


FS NIVOSE completed her deployment as an EU NAVFOR warship after thirty four days proudly flying the European Flag.
During this period she has conducted a variety of tasks in the force and has always been ready for any duties and demonstrated a proactive attitude to face all challenges in order to achieve the objectives of Operation ATALANTA Of note she was involved in the disruption of a pirated Yemeni dhow,  as well as the disruption of a pirated Iranian fishing dhow, which was pirated a year ago and has been used as a mother ship in the vicinity of the Arabian Sea.
In his farewell signal to the French frigate the EU NAVFOR Force Commander Alberto Correia said:” Your proactive role and your engagement in this operation have had a great impact on the counter-piracy mission led by the European Union.”

Monday, May 30, 2011

Barber Pole Magazine Issue 2

March 2011
Barber Pole Magazine Issue 2:
Atlantis Systems Dartmouth to Provide Frigate Training
Minister Highlights Improvements for Veterans
MI honours Canadian Navy graduates
Minister Concludes Visit to Middle East
Funding for Malvern Collegiate Institute World War I Memorial
NNSA Partners with Canada, Russia to Build Counterterrorism Training Center
Support after Hurricane Igor crippled Newfoundland
New tests for the Cyclone
Secret German Labrador Weather Station HMCS Corn…

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lockheed Martin Under Cyberattack

On Saturday, May 21, Lockheed Martin detected a significant and tenacious attack on its information systems network. The companys information security team detected the attack almost immediately, and took aggressive actions to protect all systems and data. As a result of the swift and deliberate actions taken to protect the network and increase IT security, our systems remain secure; no customer, program or employee personal data has been compromised.
Throughout the ongoing investigation, Lockheed Martin has continued to keep the appropriate U.S. government agencies informed of our actions. The team continues to work around the clock to restore employee access to the network, while maintaining the highest level of security.
To counter the constant threats we face from adversaries around the world, we regularly take actions to increase the security of our systems and to protect our employee, customer and program data. Our policies, procedures and vigilance mitigate the cyber threats to our business, and we remain confident in the integrity of our robust, multi-layered information systems security.

Navy Names Next Aircraft Carrier USS John F. Kennedy

A photo illustration of the Ford-class aircraft carrier depicting the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79).



Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced May 29th the next Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named the USS John F. Kennedy. 
The selection John F. Kennedy, designated CVN 79, honors the 35th President of the United States and pays tribute to his service in the Navy, in the government, and to the nation. 
"President John F. Kennedy exemplified the meaning of service, not just to country, but service to all humanity," said Mabus. "I am honored to have the opportunity to name the next aircraft carrier after this great Sailor and inspirational leader, and to keep the rich tradition and history of USS John F. Kennedy sailing in the U.S. Fleet." 
Born in Brookline, Mass., May 29, 1917, Kennedy graduated from Harvard in 1940, and entered the Navy in October 1941. 
During World War II, Kennedy took command of PT 109 at Tulagi Island in the Solomons, with a mission to intercept Japanese ships attempting to resupply their barges in New Georgia. In the early morning hours of Aug. 2, 1943, Kennedy's ship was inadvertently struck by an enemy ship and split in half. During the course of the next six days, Kennedy led his crew members to safety and an eventual rescue. Kennedy received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for the rescue of his crew and a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained when his ship was struck.
After his military service, Kennedy became a congressman representing the Boston area, he was elected to the Senate in 1953, and in 1961 became the youngest person to be elected president. 
One previous ship, USS John F. Kennedy, CV 67, was named in his honor and was decommissioned in 2007, after nearly 40 years of distinguished service, including Operation Desert Storm.
The USS John F. Kennedy and other Ford-class carriers will be the premier forward asset for crisis response and humanitarian relief, and early decisive striking power in a major combat operation. The aircraft carrier and the carrier strike group will provide forward presence, rapid response, endurance on station, and multi-mission capability throughout its 50-year service life. 
The USS John F. Kennedy will provide improved warfighting capability, quality of life improvements for Sailors and reduced acquisition and life cycle costs. The ship will be constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding, Va., a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Seventh Fleet Ships Sortie for Typhoon Songda

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) returns to Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka after participating in humanitarian and disaster relief missions off the coast of Sendai, Japan.

















Five ships forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka were ordered to sortie Saturday to avoid Typhoon Songda.
In anticipation of the storm's projected arrival on early Monday morning on May 30, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departed from Yokosuka.
Typhoon Songda is currently southwest of Okinawa with winds of 105 knots gusting to 130 knots, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) are both undergoing maintenance in Yokosuka and will remain in port.
Commander, Task Force 72 repositioned three P-3 Orion aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa to Misawa Air Base in northern Honshu after Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 1 was declared. Commander, Task Force 76, usually headquartered at White Beach in Okinawa, temporarily shifted its operations to Kadena Air Base.
Ships in Sasebo, Japan, are being closely monitored, but are not expected to sortie as sustained winds are forecast to remain below gale force.
Several ships at sea also adjusted their tracks to remain clear of the storm.
There are 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and more than 40,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to the 7th Fleet. This includes forces operating from bases in Japan and Guam and rotationally-deployed forces based in the United States. Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, is embarked aboard the command flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Russian Navy News

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Gepard class frigate was shipped to Vietnam 05.27.2011Gepard class frigate was shipped to Vietnam
Gepard class frigate was shipped to Vietnam

Russia's Arctic shelf to be protected by airborne troopers 05.27.2011Russia's Arctic shelf to be protected by airborne troopers
Russia's Arctic shelf to be protected by airborne troopers

Joint Russian-Ukrainian peacekeeping force deployed at Fairway of Peace-201105.26.2011Joint Russian-Ukrainian peacekeeping force deployed at Fairway of Peace-2011
Joint Russian-Ukrainian peacekeeping force deployed at Fairway of Peace-2011

Third and last-in-series Indian frigate was launched05.26.2011Third and last-in-series Indian frigate was launched
Third and last-in-series Indian frigate was launched

Large ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov returned to homebase 05.26.2011Large ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov returned to homebase
Large ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov returned to homebase

Russian frigate Admiral Essen to be laid down in July05.25.2011Russian frigate Admiral Essen to be laid down in July
Russian frigate Admiral Essen to be laid down in July

Pacific Fleet ships arrived in Indonesia05.25.2011Pacific Fleet ships arrived in Indonesia
Pacific Fleet ships arrived in Indonesia

Russian-Ukrainian naval cooperation dynamically develops – Ukrainian Navy Commander05.25.2011Russian-Ukrainian naval cooperation dynamically develops – Ukrainian Navy Commander
Russian-Ukrainian naval cooperation dynamically develops – Ukrainian Navy Commander

Yantar shipyard prepared Indian frigate for launching05.25.2011Yantar shipyard prepared Indian frigate for launching
Yantar shipyard prepared Indian frigate for launching

State Defense Order 2011 is only 57% placed – Russian Government05.25.2011State Defense Order 2011 is only 57% placed – Russian Government
State Defense Order 2011 is only 57% placed – Russian Government

Navy commanders of BLACKSEAFOR states convened near Novorossiysk05.25.2011Navy commanders of BLACKSEAFOR states convened near Novorossiysk
Navy commanders of BLACKSEAFOR states convened near Novorossiysk

Jury for the Nerpa case is being formed05.24.2011Jury for the Nerpa case is being formed
Jury for the Nerpa case is being formed

Russian-Ukrainian joint exercise Fairway of Peace-2011 started in Sevastopol05.24.2011Russian-Ukrainian joint exercise Fairway of Peace-2011 started in Sevastopol
Russian-Ukrainian joint exercise Fairway of Peace-2011 started in Sevastopol

United Shipbuilding Corporation attended 2nd International Forum "Russian Maritime Industry" 05.23.2011United Shipbuilding Corporation attended 2nd International Forum "Russian Maritime Industry"
United Shipbuilding Corporation attended 2nd International Forum "Russian Maritime Industry"

Defense ministry: Mistrals will be repaired by Russians specialists05.23.2011Defense ministry: Mistrals will be repaired by Russians specialists
Defense ministry: Mistrals will be repaired by Russians specialists

Sevmash goes on ballasting of Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant oil platform 05.23.2011Sevmash goes on ballasting of Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant oil platform
Sevmash goes on ballasting of Prirazlomnaya ice-resistant oil platform

Pacific Fleet ships returned to Vladivostok after anti-piracy mission05.23.2011Pacific Fleet ships returned to Vladivostok after anti-piracy mission
Pacific Fleet ships returned to Vladivostok after anti-piracy mission


From the bridge of the Bertholf: Eastern Pacific counter-drug arena

As one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets, the national security cutters bring operational capabilities the fleet needs for mission success. Compass has asked the wardroom of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the service’s first NSC, to share their unique perspective on how the fleet’s newest class of cutters will perform in the world’s most challenging operating environments, and this week’s update comes from the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. John Prince. You can also also stop by Coast Guard Alaska for the view from the deck plate, focusing on Bertholf’s day to day operations that make their missions a success.


Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the service's first national security cutter, transits in the Eastern Pacific. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the service's first national security cutter, transits in the Eastern Pacific. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Written by Capt. John Prince, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.


Greetings from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
We are in port replenishing the ship, performing maintenance and the crew is enjoying some well deserved liberty. Our operational period here in the Bering Sea will come to a close soon and we will be replaced by another ship.
While our current patrol of the Bering Sea provides us with yet another opportunity to refine our use of ship sensors, command and control, helicopters, small boats, crew compliment, speed and endurance – what we call improving the “speed of the system” – I find myself reflecting on the impact this class of ship has already had in the Eastern Pacific counter-drug arena, and the impact it will have for other missions such as high seas drift net enforcement, Western and Central Pacific fisheries enforcement and disaster response.


Capt. John Prince has completed seven sea-going assignments and is the current commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Capt. John Prince has completed seven sea-going assignments and is the current commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

In our patrols of the Eastern Pacific, we successfully disrupted three of four panga style vessels detected simultaneously in the dark of night, using two small boats, the cutter, our Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron asset and a maritime patrol aircraft. We also partnered with a Navy frigate and her SH-60 helicopter, along with our HITRON helicopter and small boat, to interdict a go-fast vessel off the coast of Costa Rica. During our most recent Eastern Pacific deployment, we successfully engaged the full spectrum of illicit trafficking threats – self-propelled fully-submersible, self-propelled semi-submersible, single engine pangas, high speed multi-engine go-fast vessels and fishing vessels – disrupting or interdicting nearly half a billion dollars in cocaine.
In each event, our command and control systems, electro-optical and infrared sensors and radars allowed us to coordinate the efforts of multiple assets, document the actions of the suspect vessel on video, safely navigate the ship in close proximity to shoal water and affect a positive outcome. Our speed and sea keeping allowed us to respond quickly to all tasking, including a three-day run at 20 knots on the main diesel engines that only used 25 percent fuel as compared to nearly 70 percent fuel that would have been used on a high endurance cutter due to the need for its turbines to achieve such speed. Additionally, we made two interdictions in the territorial waters of a partner nation, through the support of a ship rider, enhancing our international partnerships.


Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf uses forward-looking infrared radar, or FLIR, in pursuit of go-fast vessels. The above image shows Bertholf in night pursuit of a suspect go-fast vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf uses forward-looking infrared, or FLIR, in pursuit of go-fast vessels. The above image shows Bertholf in night pursuit of a suspect go-fast vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

One event stands out in my mind as a testimony to these capabilities. We were patrolling the territorial waters of a partner nation with our helicopter out of commission. Our small boat was patrolling in the territorial waters and the cutter was close to the border. As we went to recover our small boat at 1 a.m., we spotted a fast moving contact on radar. The combat information center watch immediately vectored the small boat in pursuit and the go-fast bill was set. From the bridge, the officer of the deck started the gas turbine and within two minutes we were in pursuit at 26 knots.
Standing in front of the helm console on the bridge, I had the forward-looking infrared, common operating picture for blue forces and maritime domain awareness, surface radar and command display and control navigation displays all in clear view. On the overhead fiddle board I had the true wind, speed over ground, true heading, depth and rudder angle. From the keyswitch integrated terminal unit in the console I could monitor all communications between combat information center and the small boat, and could communicate directly with combat information center, main control, the small boat or our tactical commander if necessary.
In the middle of the night we were able to pursue, coordinate assets, safely navigate at high speed within three nautical miles of shoal water and watch the suspect vessels actions, all without having to move around the bridge or ask for information, and with a tremendous degree of safety and situational awareness. Over the next 45 minutes or so, our small boat and cutter wore the twin outboard 35-knot suspect vessel down and they were safely brought to a stop for law enforcement action.
That operation, and many of my experiences aboard Bertholf, gives me a high level of confidence that we will be similarly successful on high seas drift net and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing missions, as well as Western and Central Pacific fisheries missions covering hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean.


This image, captured with Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf's forward-looking infrared, or FLIR, shows the national security cutter moving in on a suspect vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
This image, captured with Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf's forward-looking infrared, or FLIR, shows the national security cutter moving in on a suspect vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Eastern Pacific area of responsibility stretches from the coast of Chile to the US/Mexico border, and seaward for hundreds of miles. Search and rescue in the Pacific crosses nine times zones and the international dateline. Threats to our homeland can originate in many areas and use the wide open expanses of the Pacific as shelter. The speed, endurance and capabilities of the national security cutter will be invaluable in every Coast Guard at sea mission, but most critically in the Pacific where these capabilities are a necessity.
As the first of the national security cutters, every patrol Bertholf undertakes is in some way historic for the Coast Guard and I’m proud to be a part of that history and even more impressed with the outstanding crew who are bringing this ship to life and contributing mission excellence on a daily basis.
I look forward to continuing to share stories and perspective from the bridge of the Bertholf.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Northrop Grumman Team Completes CANES Critical Design Review



CANES, the U.S. Navy's Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program, continued to successfully achieve key milestones as Northrop Grumman Corporation, one of two contractors working on the CANES system design, completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) May 13.
CANES will streamline and update shipboard, submarine and shore-based command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) network systems to increase capability and affordability across the fleet.
The two-day review, conducted at Northrop Grumman's CANES program office in San Diego, served as a forum for the Navy, Northrop Grumman and its teammates to share technical information and ensured the Navy's system design requirements are met prior to entering final system integration and test. The CDR and subsequent completion of the CANES system tests are important events leading up to the planned shipboard installation of the first system in fiscal year 2012.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is Northrop Grumman's major platform integration and installation partner on CANES. The team also includes key small business partners Atlas Technologies, Beatty and Company Computing, Juno Technologies, Mikros Systems Corporation, Syzygy Technologies and CenterBeam.
On Jan. 10, 2011, CANES received Milestone B approval, validating the program's ability to meet key cost, schedule and performance criteria.
"The Northrop Grumman team is poised to proceed quickly into final CANES system integration and test," said Mike Twyman, vice president for Integrated Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. "Our strategy includes the application of open-systems architecture, the ability to integrate C4I applications, and the capability to accelerate installation on U.S. Navy platforms.
"The Navy and Northrop Grumman have mutual goals: To rapidly deliver the best C4I capabilities to our warfighters while minimizing acquisition and life-cycle costs. Northrop Grumman feels confident that our solution developed using our MOSA-CTM process provides a modular, scalable, and easy to operate and maintain solution for our sailors."
Northrop Grumman's Modular Open Systems Approach−CompetitiveTM approach is a strategic business and engineering process that realizes the life-cycle benefits of open-systems architecture and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and software. Applying MOSA-CTM, the company has been able to verify "plug-and-play" modularity through extensive testing and demonstrated the ability of multiple COTS and open-source products to meet CANES current and future requirements.
Since COTS, open-source and third-party products can be "plugged in" without costly software and interface rework, development and production costs are kept to a minimum through continuous competition. The enduring architecture design of the approach addresses future technology evolution to readily accommodate new mission requirements and technology insertion.
CANES is the consolidation and enhancement of multiple legacy C4I network programs. It will also provide the common computing environment infrastructure for C4I applications that currently require system specific infrastructure to operate legacy systems.
Northrop Grumman received a $17.4 million contract, one of two CANES Common Computing Environment system development contracts awarded by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, on March 4, 2010, on behalf of Program Executive Office C4I, Tactical Networks Program Office.
The Navy is expected to down-select to a single CANES design for system production late this year. 

James Fisher Lands Swedish Submarine Rescue Contract

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London May 26, 2011 - Marine services provider James Fisher has been called on by Swedish navy to modernise the navy's submarine rescue capability. 
James Fisher will undertake a full refit of the existing vehicle and design of the Swedish navy's rescue vehicle (known locally as a URF). 
The company will also build and integrate a series of new systems to maintain the vehicle's performance, while optimising safety and operability. 
Once the upgraded vehicle has been returned to service in March of next year, James Fisher will continue to work with the Swedish navy to keep it ticking over. 
The contract is worth around £11m. 

Changes to Air Warfare Destroyer Construction Program


The Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and the Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced the reallocation of construction work for the $8 billion Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Project.
Australia is constructing three AWDs based on a proven design from the Spanish Navy.  The ships are due to be delivered from December 2014. When complete, the AWD will be one of the more capable types of warship of its size in the world.

The AWD Project is an important element of Force 2030.  The Government and Defence have been actively working with Defence Industry and the AWD Alliance, which is managing the AWD project, to deliver the project. The AWD Alliance consists of ASC, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and Raytheon.

Construction of the AWDs involves 90 separate steel blocks being built at three shipyards in Adelaide (ASC), Melbourne (BAE Systems) and Newcastle (Forgacs). Three additional sonar block assemblies are being built in Spain and the United Kingdom.

The Melbourne BAE Systems shipyard is also building 14 steel blocks for the superstructure of two new 27,500 tonne Landing Helicopter Dock ships (LHDs) due for delivery in 2014 and 2015.

Last year the project encountered difficulties in relation to engineering and construction of some of the first AWD hull blocks. To assist the AWD project schedule, earlier this year the AWD Alliance reallocated construction of nine steel blocks from BAE Systems in Melbourne to the Forgacs shipyard in Newcastle.

The Melbourne BAE Systems shipyard remains stretched, working on two major projects at the same time – steel blocks for the Air Warfare Destroyers and the superstructure and integration of the Landing Helicopter Dock Ships.
The Government, the AWD Alliance and BAE Systems take the schedule for both these important projects extremely seriously.
 
In February 2011, BAE Systems advised the AWD Alliance of potential schedule delays. 

Over the last few months, the AWD Alliance and BAE Systems have been working closely to develop options to improve the production program. 

In March, the Minister for Defence met with Guy Griffiths, the Group Managing Director - International of BAE Systems UK, in London to discuss this project.

The Minister for Defence Materiel has also met with the CEO of BAE Australia, Jim McDowell, on a number of occasions about this project.

Earlier this month BAE Systems presented the AWD Alliance with a plan to adjust its workload on the AWD Project.

The advice of the AWD Alliance is that if no action is taken to relieve the pressure on the Melbourne BAE Systems shipyard the first ship would be two years late, approximately 25 per cent over schedule.

The AWD Alliance (with the support of BAE Systems) therefore proposes to take the following action:

  • Up to 13 steel blocks will be reallocated among the three Australian shipyards in Adelaide, Melbourne and Newcastle – seven for advanced fit out and six for construction; and
  • Up to five steel blocks will be reallocated to Navantia in Ferrol, Spain.
These changes involve the reallocation of blocks for the first two ships only and are subject in the usual way to satisfactory commercial arrangements with the shipyards.

BAE will complete the structural steel and initial outfitting work on the seven steel blocks it is currently working on, as well as all its work on the 14 blocks for the superstructure of the Landing Helicopter Dock Ships and the integration work.

A decision on the reallocation of blocks, if any, on the third AWD will be made later in the project.

This action will reduce the schedule risk to both this project and to the LHD ships project.

The AWD Alliance has advised that this action will reduce the delay of the completion of Ship 1 by up to 12 months, and of all three AWDs by up to 12 months.

It will also reduce the pressure on BAE Systems to complete the construction of the superstructure and the integration of Australia’s two new LHD ships.

Defence will plan its comprehensive options to manage the transition from the current Adelaide Class frigates to the AWDs taking into account the agreed reallocation of blocks.

Russian shipyard lays down new corvette

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ST. PETERSBURG, May 26 (RIA Novosti) - St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard on Thursday started construction of a new corvette for the Russian Navy.
The Project 20385 corvette is a larger and improved version of the Steregushchy class corvette. It uses stealth technology to reduce the ship's secondary radar field, as well as its acoustic, infrared, magnetic and visual signatures.
"It is a fundamentally new ship for the Russian Navy; its performance and combat power surpass other ships of the same class," Severnaya Verf said in a statement.
Severnaya Verf is currently fulfilling 75 percent of state orders for the construction of warships for all four Russian fleets.
The shipyard has four Steregushchy class corvettes, two Admiral Gorshkov class frigates and a Project 18280 intelligence ship.
Severnaya Verf is also fulfilling orders to upgrade four Koni class frigates for the Algerian navy.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

USS George Washington Completes Refit

YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 25, 2011) – The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) stands ready for sea after finishing routine maintenance in her forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington is in the final stages of preparation for her upcoming summer/fall patrol. George Washington is the Navy's only full-time forward-deployed aircraft carrier, always ready to execute her next set of orders ensuring security and stability across the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob D. Moore/RELEASED)

USCGC Tampa at Fleet Week New York


The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, a Portsmouth, Va., based 270-foot medium endurance cutter, makes way through New York Harbor during the parade of ships, the kickoff to New York Cityƕs Fleet Week, May 25, 2011. The parade of ships included vessels from the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard. Fleet Week is a week-long event during which mariners from around the world are celebrated in a series of maritime-oriented events. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo/Petty Officer Seth Johnson)

ATK Propulsion and Controls Supports Most Challenging Missile Defense Test to Date

MINNEAPOLIS, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK, the nation's leading solid rocket motor producer, provided a key component for the latest successful missile defense test of a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IA missile. 
ATK supplies the Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) to Raytheon Company, the prime contractor for the SM-3.  The SDACS is a propulsion system that is used to guide the SM-3's kinetic warhead in its final intercept of a target. 
According to the Missile Defense Agency, the April 15 test was the most challenging test to date.  The SM-3 Block IA missile was launched from a U.S. Navy Aegis-equipped destroyer off the Hawaiian coast and successfully intercepted a separating intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) target over the Pacific Ocean. "The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space as designated by the fire control solution and released its kinetic warhead. The kinetic warhead acquired the target, diverted into its path, and, using only force of a direct impact, destroyed the threat in a 'hit-to-kill' intercept," stated an MDA press release on the test. This marks the 19th successful intercept performed by the SM-3 Blocks I and IA missiles. 
"We are extremely pleased to see how well our system performed in this very challenging test, and are excited for the program's continued mission success," said Mike Kahn, President of ATK's Missile Product Group.  "ATK is an integral member of the SM-3 team, and we look forward to seeing our years of design, development, and production expertise leveraged on future systems."
ATK manufactures the SDACS at its Elkton, Maryland facility and has produced more than 150 SDACS over the years.  ATK also manufactures the Third Stage Rocket Motor (TSRM) for the SM-3 Block IA and IB missile.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shuttle, Station Sighting Opportunities May 27, 29

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Weather permitting, San Francisco Bay Area residents will have two good opportunities to see the International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour during its final flight as they pass overhead May 27 and May 29.
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EU NAVFOR warship ESPS SANTA MARIA meets Chinese Frigate ROCS MAANSHAN in Djibouti

Commander Zhou Zhicheng (left) exchanges gifts with Commander Gonzalo Parente de Castro (right)
Commander Zhou Zhicheng (left) exchanges gifts with Commander Gonzalo Parente de Castro (right)


On 17th May, during the simultaneous port visit in Djibouti, the Commanding Officer of the Chinese frigate MAANSHAN payed a visit to EU NAVFOR warship ESPS SANTA MARIA.
The Chinese frigate MAANSHAN is part of Task Force 526 with her sister ship WENZHOU – the Flag Ship, and the tanker QIANDAOHU. They have been operating in the Gulf of Aden since March, and are due to remain in the area for four months.
The main purpose of the visit was to exchange impressions and ideas about counter piracy and general navy topics. The meeting was conducted in a cordial and frank atmosphere highliting the co-operation and common understanding among different Task Forces operating in the area. The last attack suffered by the Chinese vessel MV FULL CITY which was disrupted by a TF 508 warship on the 5th of May was used as a case study.
EUNAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Program (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). EUNAVFOR also protects vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, deters and disrupts piracy. EUNAVFOR finally monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

WWII Sub with 42 Entombed Sailors- Located by RV Tiburon Team

USS R-12 (SS-89)

Key West, FL  May 24, 2011 


An exploration team led by Tim Taylor aboard the expedition vessel "RV Tiburon" has located and documented the wreck of the WWII submarine USS R-12 .
The R-12 was lost on June 12,1943 in 600 feet of water, sinking in less than 15 seconds. 
She sank nearly 70 years ago taking 42 servicemen to their deaths off the coast of the Florida Keys, USA. The reason for her loss remains unknown.
R-12 began its career as a World War I era sub that was re-commissioned for service in World War II.  At the time of the sinking R-12 was engaged in war time patrol operations near Key West. Only two officers and 3 enlisted men survived the disaster that claimed 42 lives.
In making the discovery, the team deployed a state of the art autonomous underwater robot which collected first ever imagery of the remains of R-12. They are collaborating and sharing their findings with the US Navy.
RV Tiburon is launching an expedition in the Spring of 2012 to further investigate the possible causes of the sinking, and collect detailed archeological baseline data.
"RV Triburon and her crew are closely coordinating with the Underwater Archeology branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command who manage and administer the Sunken Military Craft Act for the US Navy."

Coast Guard to establish safety zones for 2011 New York Fleet Week

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) of New York and New Jersey is establishing security zones and Naval Vessel Protection Zones on the Upper New York Bay and Hudson River during the 2011 New York City Fleet Week.

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a 500-yard safety and security zone surrounding all Fleet Week 2011 participatory vessels in navigable waters. When within the 500-yard safety and security zone, all vessels shall operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain course and shall proceed as directed by the Coast Guard or Navy. Other law enforcement agencies will assist in maintaining the zones. No vessel or person is allowed within 100 yards of naval vessels without permission of the Coast Guard COTP.

The following are general restrictions for the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay during the May 25 parade of ships and throughout Fleet Week:

* The Coast Guard will establish a moving safety zone around the parade of ships column including all waters 500-yards ahead and astern and 200-yards on either side of the designated vessels, during the parade of ships, beginning at approximately 7:30 a.m.

* The Coast Guard patrol commander may authorize commercial passenger vessels on established ferry routes and other vessels to cross ahead or between naval vessels at a 350-yard distance. Vessels must operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain safe course while crossing parade formation. All vessel traffic in the Hudson River shall transit to the west of the parade column and shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain safe course. Following the passage of the last naval vessel in formation all transits shall be coordinated with Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) New York.

* No vessels are authorized within the restricted area around the Stapleton homeport pier on Staten Island from 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2011 through 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

* No vessels are authorized within 250 yards of the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on the Hudson River between the southeast corner of Pier 86 and the northeast corner of Pier 92, from 4:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2011 through 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011, with the exception of scheduled cruise ship arrivals and departures.

* There is a scheduled 17-gun salute from the USS Iwo Jima near Fort Hamilton at 10:46 a.m. and a rendering of honors at the World Trade Center site at 11:22 a.m. Wednesday.

* Beginning 4 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Hudson River Anchorage 19 and Gravesend Anchorage are closed to commercial vessels until 11:30 a.m. Stapleton Anchorage 23 Bravo is closed to commercial vessels from 4 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2011 to Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

* Ambrose Channel will be closed to outbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and closed to inbound traffic from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday May 25, 2011.

* The Coast Guard patrol commander can be contacted via VHF-channel 22.

Entry into or movement within the restricted zones is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard COTP or the designated on-scene representative. Any person violating this regulation is subject to a penalty of up to $50,000 and imprisonment for not more than 5 years.

The potential exists for unanticipated delays to ship movement and implementation of additional vessel controls with little or no warning within the port of New York and New Jersey from Wednesday, May 25, through Wednesday, June 1, 2011. For the most up to date information on current restrictions please contact Coast Guard VTS New York at (718) 354-4088.

  



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Stapleton Homeport Pier restricted areas
Staten Island Safety Zone
Manhattan Cruise Terminal restricted areas
New York City Safety Zones
Additional waterways information is available at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork.