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June 27, 2016 - Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero yesterday witnessed the historic opening of the newly expanded Panama Canal as a member of the official United States Delegation.
"It was an honor to have been able to be able to attend this truly momentous event and I was privileged to be among those who comprised the delegation representing the United States at the ceremonies," said Cordero. "This was not only an opportunity to celebrate an expanded Canal that will better serve ocean trade, but to also pay tribute to those who originally built the Canal and achieved an engineering and construction milestone that was nothing short of monumental."
French concerns first began construction on the Panama Canal in 1881, but initial efforts were quickly stymied by a variety of factors including disease and natural elements. By the dawn of the 20th Century, progress on the Canal had been largely arrested until the vision and leadership of President Teddy Roosevelt resulted in the United States assuming control of the development project in 1904.
"Teddy Roosevelt was a President who understood the importance of the United States being a globally relevant power and the necessity of control of the maritime commons for the benefit of economic and military interests," noted Cordero. "The Panama Canal represented a vital asset to achieving America’s global maritime reach in commercial and naval matters and it is a testament to the vision of President Roosevelt that the waterway not only achieved his immediate goals, but continues to play a vital role in promoting American trade."
The Panama Canal opened in 1914 and has provided an invaluable transportation path that speeds ocean transportation and contributes to the efficient flow of international trade. The $5.2 billion expansion of the Panama Canal began in 2007 and significantly increases the maximum size of vessels ("Panamax") that can transit the waterway to those capable of carrying 14,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). By way of comparison, legacy Panamax vessels carry approximately 5,000 TEUs and the largest container ships in operation today have capacities in excess of 18,000 TEUs.
"The Canal expansion was an ambitious undertaking that demonstrates a commitment by the Panamanian government to keeping it relevant to international trade in the 21st Century," commented Cordero. "The new dimensions of the Canal’s locks can serve all but the largest ships in the world’s container fleet. This will provide ocean carriers with more routing choices which should yield options that will help shipping companies to offer service choices that guarantee reliability and will ultimately benefit the American consumer."
Cordero said he, and the Federal Maritime Commission, will monitor the impact of the Canal’s expansion on ocean cargo service options to the United States.
"There is much speculation about what commercial changes, if any, will occur in ocean shipping once the newly expanded Canal becomes operational," said Cordero. "The Commission will certainly watch to see if service options change across the international intermodal supply chain, and we will work to make certain that the American shipper and consumer is not adversely affected."
The Canal expansion project incorporates a number of different individual improvements, each in itself significant. The construction of new and larger locks, however, is the undertaking that provides the infrastructure necessary to allow larger vessels to move through the Canal. One of the key achievements of the expansion project was incorporating measures to recycle 60 percent of the fresh water that is used in each vessel transit through the locks.
"Freshwater is not a commodity, but rather a precious resource. The priority Canal management made to finding ways to incorporate design features that achieve environmental benefits, especially in terms of freshwater management, is impressive and commendable," said Cordero. "The Panama Canal Administration and the Government of Panama are to be commended for their stewardship of this facility and their commitment to keeping the waterway as a relevant and vital path over which international trade flows. The expansion process was an ambitious and complex project that has been completed successfully. The international trade community owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women at the PCA and the Panamanian government who worked so hard to make today possible."
While the expanded Panama Canal will aid in providing more transportation options for supply chain managers, Cordero was equally optimistic about the benefits the larger waterway will have for promoting the shipment of American energy products to overseas markets.
"The United States is fortunate to have substantial energy resources which are not only beneficial for domestic use, but represent a valuable export commodity that is in demand in other parts of the world," observed Cordero. "The expanded Canal will in particular enable LNG exports a more direct and economical route to foreign consumers, representing yet another way for the President’s Export Initiative to be realized."The MV Panama, a 9,400 TEU capacity container ship operated by China COSCO, was the first vessel to make the transit through the expanded Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Authority held a lottery of its top 15 customers to determine who would have the honor of the ceremonial inaugural voyage through the facility.
June 29, 2016 - American National Interest magazine ("National Interest"), introduced readers to a list of weapons that can be successfully used in the Russian Arctic, and have little or no competition in any other army in the world.
Icebreakers. This is the most important vessel for access to the Arctic. Russia has the largest and most powerful icebreaker fleet in the world. Warming does not melt the entire Arctic ice, but will make it less space, and the veil - a moving and unpredictable. For access to any place in the Arctic Ocean will continue to be possible only with the use of powerful icebreakers, which provides the possibility of Russian strategic planning over the entire area of the region.
Submarines "Shark." The most powerful for today nuclear submarines if they are not champions in low noise, but can carry a huge arsenal of weapons. Created back in the 80 boats, according to US experts, to this day it remains the most important force in the Arctic.
MiG-31. Operating from bases along the coast of the Arctic, the MiG-31 (Foxhound by NATO classification), based at the legendary MiG-25 can control a vast territory. Soviet interceptor was originally created as a killer of American bombers and quite able to cope with this task. Now videoconferencing Russia have 200 MiG-31 and actively recreate a network of Arctic airfields for their home.
Tu-95 / Tu-142. I feel in the Arctic, at home TU-95 bomber carries strategic and anti-ship cruise missiles. Its naval version - Tu-142 in addition to the patrol function is trained to hunt submarines. With a combat radius of more than three thousand miles, the Tu-95 is capable of operating outside the land and carrier-based fighters outside the reach that extends its combat capabilities.Special Forces. The Russian secret services have long been ready for a war in the Arctic. Even during the Cold War, the Soviet special forces practiced attacks on NATO facilities in Norway, the Faroe Islands, in Iceland. In recent years, Russia has stepped up training of special units designated for deployment in the Arctic. Submarines, aircraft and surface ships can deliver these units in any area where they are ready to capture and hold designated object, to explore, to disrupt enemy communications.
June 27, 2016 - Harris Corporation has received a $27 million order to deliver maritime electronic warfare (EW) payloads for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Advanced Decoy Architecture Project (ADAP) program. The order was received during the fourth quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2016.
The order, issued under a three-year, $54 million ceiling IDIQ contract received in September 2015, also includes testing and engineering services to help meet current and future EW mission requirements. The Harris-developed ADAP EW payloads represent an upgrade to the existing Nulka decoy, currently in service with the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy.“Decoys are an essential layer of shipboard protection, often serving as the last line of electronic defense,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems. “Harris ADAP payloads defeat the most sophisticated RF-guided anti-ship weapons with electronic techniques built upon decades of electronic warfare and countermeasure design experience.”
By Daniel Gouré, Ph.D.
June 27, 2016 - The European Union (EU) was never truly about economics. It was always a political organization. Actually, its primary purpose was to ensure peace and security for the continent. This was a major reason why the EU was generally tolerant of failures by member states, including several of the largest, to meet agreed-to targets on budget deficits and debt levels. The theory was that economic interdependence and a growing body of common laws and regulations would make it increasingly difficult for the nations of Europe to war with one another. Free trade, labor mobility and a common currency were all instrumental in the process of ever-closer integration.
For all its faults, the EU has been a remarkably successful organization. It is the world’s largest economy at about $18.5 trillion in 2014. It is the world’s third largest market at some 500 million consumers and by far its richest. One of the Union’s most notable achievements was the exporting of a common set of high standards for national political processes, judicial practices and bureaucratic behavior to the nations of Eastern Europe.
The decision of the British people to exit the EU does not mean the end of the union, but it does suggest that the fundamental assumption behind the EU was defective. As it turns out, economic integration and regulatory entanglements, even greater prosperity as a result of the common market, were not sufficient to trump nationalism and the desire of peoples for self-rule. It is ironic, therefore, that virtually all the news coverage and most of the commentary since the vote on Thursday has focused on the economic consequences of Brexit, both immediate and longer-term. Clearly, the majority who cast ballots in the referendum were not voting with their pocketbooks.
It is unclear how Britain’s departure will unfold. Nor is it certain that Britain’s exodus from the EU will be both the first and last. It seems clear that the project of building a united Europe has stalled, at least for the time being. So too has the further expansion of the EU. Turkey’s accession continues to be held up by skeptical governments among the 27 member states, but also by that country’s difficulties in meeting criteria for membership. Just liberalization of travel between the EU and Turkey requires that the latter meet 72 specific benchmarks with respect to law, data collection, passport authentication, etc.
There have been several attempts over the past half century to place Europe’s security in European hands. First there was the Western European Union and then the EU’s European Security and Defense Policy, both of which excluded the United States. Whatever strides the EU made in economics, trade policy and the law have not been matched with respect to state security. Virtually no European country has been willing to place its security primarily in the hands of the EU.
There is only one organization now that unites Europe. It is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Sweden, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland and Malta are the only EU states which are not also NATO members. Turkey is one of NATO’s leading members. Most of the newly-democratic states of Eastern Europe wanted to be in the EU for the economic benefits but also a part of NATO because it provided them an assurance of peace and security. Both Sweden and Finland, confronting the reality of an aggressive Russia, have begun to explore the possibility of NATO membership. Even France, which had left NATO military command in 1966, decided to return in 2009.
NATO is a security organization in which the UK has, since its inception, played a central role. It is more important today, in the face of Russian aggression and after the British referendum than ever before. In a few weeks, the alliance will hold a Summit in Warsaw. The focus of the exercise is particularly directed at bolstering deterrence of further Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. This is the task for which NATO was created some 67 years ago and one that the entire continent plus Canada and the United States find to have renewed relevance today.
However, contrary to the claims by some supporters of Brexit, NATO alone is insufficient to provide the required level and breadth of security Europe and the UK require. NATO is a collective defense organization; its fundamental purpose is to protect its members from external aggression, particularly by state actors such as Russia. It is the EU that provides the structures, legal regime and procedures that form a common security framework against threats such as organized crime and international terrorism. In the best of all worlds, these two organizations work largely in parallel to protect their members from the full range of potential threats.
The Coast Guard procured the necessary services through a pre-existing multiple award contract executed by the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. The initial $4.5-million task order includes operation, integration, maintenance and sparing of a contractor-owned sUAS on one NSC for one year. The task order has a total potential value of $12.3 million that includes options for deployment of and data from prototype sUAS capability for up to three additional years beyond the base year. The Coast Guard will have full ownership of the surveillance data obtained.
The Coast Guard has conducted years of operational demonstrations involving UAS, including ScanEagle. The most recent demonstration utilizing ScanEagle was a multi-partner simulated search and rescue exercise conducted over the Northwest Passage in July 2015. In addition to demonstrating how ScanEagle can maximize the effectiveness of USCG vessels, the exercise also showcased the platform's ability to conduct seamless, concurrent aviation operations with manned aircraft.
During a separate demonstration in partnership with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BERTHOLF in May 2013, ScanEagle operations spanning nine days yielded two interdictions resulting in the seizure of more than 600 kilograms of cocaine and six detainees who were later prosecuted.
Additional operational demonstrations for the Coast Guard over the last several years have proven ScanEagle as the go-to solution that maximizes the effectiveness of the National Security Cutter for an array of missions spanning from marine protection to drug interdictions and search and rescue operations."Insitu is proud to be the first UAS ISR service provider in support of the Coast Guard," said Ryan M. Hartman, Insitu's president and CEO. "ScanEagle's unparalleled record of operations at sea and proven ability to give operators eyes over the horizon will go far in support of the Coast Guard's unique mission sets."
June 28, 2016 - IOMAXIS, a leader in innovative technologies and mission-focused solutions for the intelligence, defense and civilian government markets, announced today that it has been awarded a seat on an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract valued at up to $245 million to give technological support and assistance to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Through opportunities under this contract, IOMAXIS will provide research, development and technical support to strengthen the NRL’s initiatives in defense, intelligence and security technologies.
“We are honored to have this opportunity to work with the Naval Research Laboratory,” said Dennis Kelly, CEO of IOMAXIS. “Working with the lab allows IOMAXIS to contribute to the creation of disruptive, innovative technologies that are core requirements today for the defense of our nation. As a veteran-owned business, we’re extremely proud to have this opportunity to continue to give back to our armed forces in a manner that helps solve some of their most difficult challenges.”
NRL, the corporate research lab for the Navy and Marine Corps, conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development. IOMAXIS will support the NRL in communications, computing and data storage, operational IT, and security initiatives. The IDIQ contract, which has a fixed five-year ordering period, serves the NRL’s Washington, D.C.-area branch and has the potential to support global initiatives.IOMAXIS and its subject matter experts have a deep understanding and a positive record of performance supporting the U.S. military through many organizations within the Department of Defense. The company has worked frequently with the Navy on various programs and has provided similar technology and services to support the Air Force Research Laboratory.
June 23, 2016 - Coast Guard vessel traffic system personnel intervened in the transit of three vessels on course to run aground or at risk of collision in Puget Sound this week.
The members of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic System Puget Sound used unconventional means to contact two of the vessels after VTS personnel were unable to reach them by mandated communication channels, and helped troubleshoot a GPS discrepancy with the third.
On Monday, VTS personnel initiated a digital selective calling alert to the crew of the fishing vessel Northwind after all other attempts to contact them via the required radio channels 05A, 13 and 16 failed while the vessel was observed exiting the traffic lane and heading toward Buckeye Shoal.
The second case occurred Tuesday when VTS personnel coordinated with the master of fishing vessel Autumn Dawn to troubleshoot a plotter discrepancy that had the vessel outside the traffic lane and on a course close to Peapod Rocks.
On Wednesday, VTS personnel worked with the crew of a nearby tug to make contact with the operator of the fishing vessel Lady Gudny, after numerous failed attempts were made over 5A, 13, 14 and 16, while the vessel was observed entering the oncoming traffic lane and heading toward Marrowstone Island.
"These incidents highlight the benefits of having an organization that can proactively monitor and, when necessary, direct traffic to avoid maritime incidents throughout Puget Sound and thereby protect lives, property and the environment," said Laird Hail, director, VTS Puget Sound.
VTS members manage around 230,000 vessels, typically 65 feet or greater in length, and intervene an average of 40 potential collisions or groundings each year.Their role is especially vital as larger vessels cargo vessels often have reduced visibility and are limited in their options to safely transit throughout Puget Sound.
June 25, 2016 - The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) crossed the International Date Line, entering the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations, June 25.
JCSSG, comprised of approximately 7,000 Sailors, entered U.S. 7th Fleet, Feb. 4, and spent the majority of time operating in the South China Sea.
“The strike group has accomplished our mission in 7th Fleet, fulfilling a vital role in a region the U.S. Navy has operated in for a century and a half,” said Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, JCSSG commander. “I am very proud of our Sailors, and I look forward to watching them excel during the upcoming Rim of the Pacific exercise, when they have the opportunity to operate with maritime professionals from 26 different nations.”
JCSSG is slated to participate in the exercise RIMPAC 2016 in Hawaii, the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.
During the deployment, JCSSG has been operating as the centerpiece of the Great Green Fleet, using energy efficiency measures, including technologies and procedures, to highlight the Navy’s efforts to transform its energy use to increase operational capability.
The strike group participated in a number of exercises, training, integrating and building capacity with allies in the 7th Fleet region as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in waters around the world.
In March, JCSSG and other U.S. military forces worked alongside the Republic of Korea armed forces during exercise Foal Eagle. Their time in the area also included passing exercises with the French Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and wrapped up with Malabar 2016, a trilateral maritime exercise with the Indian Navy, JMSDF, U.S. Navy in June and dual carrier operations with the Ronald Reagan Strike Group.JCSSG consists of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 embarked, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). CVW-9 consists of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 and Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 151, 97, 41 and 14.
HMA Ships Canberra, Ballarat and Success have deployed with the Royal New Zealand Navy's HMNZS Te Kaha, to take part in Navy's first task group certification. Photo by ABIS Steven Thomson
Commodore Warfare, Commodore Mal Wise, said he was impressed with the group's performance.
"Clearly the key elements of the task group had spent considerable time thinking about the challenges and they developed some original thinking to exploit those opportunities," Commodore Wise said.
"What that does is allow us to bring the task group together much more effectively.
"There is certainly much to learn but I think the foundations have been well laid."
Commodore Wise was onboard Canberra to assess the certification process.
"We have created a model to test and certify the task group. We tested and refined that model across the full spectrum of warfare and we will put it to the full test during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2017," he said.
TALISMAN SABRE is a biennial joint military exercise between Australia and the United States.
"By 2018 Navy aims to generate and deploy self-supported and sustainable maritime task groups capable of accomplishing the full spectrum of maritime security operations," Commodore Wise said.
"This certification activity is a key milestone," he said."We have already made significant steps to achieve task group operation but we have a long way to go and being able to measure that and support the delivery of the four ships at sea into a task group is a key component."
June 28, 2016 - The MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter recently deployed with the USS Coronado (LCS-4) to begin flight operations using its new maritime surveillance radar.
The AN/ZPY-4(V)1 radar, built by Telephonics Corporation, will be used to improve the situational awareness of the Fire Scout operators and the ship’s crew in maritime and littoral environments. The AN/ZPY-4(V)1 will also improve Fire Scout’s target classification for maritime and overland targets.
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three (HSC-23) will operate both the Fire Scout and the MH-60S Seahawk to increase situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment.
“This air package will significantly improve the Navy's surface search capabilities for LCS and its action group,” said Capt. Ben Reynolds, Commodore, HSC Wing Pacific. “The expanded capability will allow our assets to employ an autonomous aircraft off of a naval vessel for search, detection, surveillance, and tracking of maritime surface vessels.”
The radar will be used in support of Surface Unit Warfare objectives. It will significantly expand the search area for the ship’s combat team with the ability to simultaneously track up to 150 targets and increase detection accuracies out to 70 nautical miles.
“Our overall goal for the first-ever HSC/LCS deployment is to integrate the MQ-8B Fire Scout and MH-60S in all available scenarios in order to act as a force multiplier for ships and to function as a vital arm of distributed lethality for the tactical commander,” Reynolds said.
This capability allows the manned/unmanned aviation detachment, working in concert with the LCS and mission package crew, to expand and vastly improve their battle space awareness while building a more detailed common operational picture, he said.
“We continue to evolve into full manned-unmanned teaming by conducting simultaneous missions in the air by determining how best to use MQ-8B and MH-60S for traditional maritime operations,” said Capt. Jeff Dodge, Fire Scout program manager.
The MQ-8B Fire Scout will also support the Navy’s biennially RIMPAC exercise this summer while deployed aboard LCS-4.
About holding of the US-Japan-Korea defense authorities director-general level information sharing TV conference
June 24, 2016 - Defense authorities of Japan and the United States and South Korea three countries, in order to make the information sharing with respect to North Korea missile launch by June 22, we held a director-general level of video conferencing.
The conference, Maeda Ministry of Defense Policy Bureau, Magusamen US Department of Defense Assistant Secretary of Defense agency, is Ryu Korea Ministry of National Defense Policy Office was attended as a representative of each country.
In this conference, the day the United States and South Korea three countries, North Korea has strongly condemned as a violation clearly the Security Council resolution of iterated that it has carried out the launch of a ballistic missile.
DPRK, refrain from provocative actions that threaten the peace and security of the region, play international responsibilities, matched by asking you to fulfill the promise.
3 countries of the North Korea provocation, has mentioned that not only strengthen the resolve of the international community.
From the United States, there was a remark indicating that reaffirm that the United States has maintained its commitment on the defense against Japan and South Korea.On top of that, to the provocative actions of North Korea, in cooperation with the international community, be carried out in close information sharing and cooperation in the three countries have agreed that it is important.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
|In this file photo, 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation during RIMPAC 2014. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Shannon Renfroe)|
The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is "Capable, Adaptive, Partners." The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.
This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.
This is the first time that Denmark, Germany, and Italy are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts will involve flexing the command and control structure for various at sea events and incorporating a submarine rescue exercise. This year will see amphibious operations in the Southern California operating area, feature a harpoon missile shoot from a U.S. Navy littoral combat ship and highlight fleet innovation during the Trident Warrior experimentation series.
The Department of the Navy's Great Green Fleet yearlong initiative will also play a major role in RIMPAC. The initiative highlights global operations using energy conservation measures and alternative fuel blends to demonstrate how optimizing energy use increases resiliency and operational readiness. During RIMPAC, almost all participating units will operate using an approved alternate-fuel blend.
Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2016 will be led by U.S. Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), who will serve as the Combined Task Force (CTF) Commander. Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Scott Bishop will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Koji Manabe as the vice commander. Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Malcolm Wise of the Royal Australian Navy, who will command the maritime component; Brig. Gen. Blaise Frawley of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who will command the air component; and the amphibious task force will be led by Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore James Gilmour.
Due to unforeseen scheduling commitments, Brazil is unable to participate in RIMPAC '16. We value our partnership with the Brazilian Navy and look forward to them taking part in RIMPAC 2018.
Orbital ATK, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced the completion of the expansion of its Northridge, California, facility, integrating engineering and production of the AAR-47 Missile Warning System and Common Munition Bit Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE) product lines. The occasion was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by 30th Congressional District U.S. Representative Brad Sherman, customers, state officials, community leaders and employees. Orbital ATK transitioned its AAR-47 and CMBRE production lines from Clearwater, Florida, to its new facility in Northridge, California, where it also produces the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) system for the U.S. Navy.
“Successfully completing the First Article Build and acceptance testing on the new manufacturing line enables us to support our customers with this important system for many years to come.”
“We are committed to delivering systems with the highest quality and reliability to the warfighter while providing engineering and manufacturing synergies that ensure best value for our customers,” said Cary Ralston, Vice President and General Manager of the Defense Electronic Systems division of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group. “Successfully completing the First Article Build and acceptance testing on the new manufacturing line enables us to support our customers with this important system for many years to come.”
"With the completion of the First Article Inspection, the AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems from the new Northridge production line are ready for deployment to the front lines," said Ron Tucker, AAR-47 Lead for the U.S. Navy's Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office, PMA-272. "The continued protection of the warfighter and their aircraft is a direct result of the successful collaboration between Orbital ATK and the government during this facility expansion and product line transition."
Orbital ATK's AAR-47 Missile Warning System with Hostile Fire Indication is a low-cost, lightweight, combat-proven electronic warfare system designed to protect helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from surface-to-air threats. The AAR-47 missile warning system is installed on multiple fixed and rotary-wing platforms flown by the U.S. and its allies in more than 16 countries.
To expand on Orbital ATK’s legacy of providing affordable threat detection and protection systems, the development of an advanced hostile fire warning capability for unguided rockets and small arms fire is complete and production transition has been initiated. Termed “Shotfinder,” the system is being readied for deployment with U.S. partner countries in the Middle East.
Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-, and land-based systems.
All photos courtesy of navsource.org
|Cape Gibson AK 5051 1968 C5-S-75a|
|Cape Lobos AKR 5078 1972 Dsl/Canada|
|Equality State ACS 8 1962 C6-S-MA1xb|
|Observation Island AGM 23 1954 C4-S-1a|
|Sumner AGS 61 1992|
|Tripoli LPH-10 1966|
|Cape Alava AK 5012 1962 C4-S-58a|
|Cape Alexander AK 5010 1962 C4-S-58|
|Cape Archway AK 5011 1963 C4-S-58a|
|Cape Johnson AK 5075 1962 C4-S-1u|
|Simon Lake AS-33 1964|
|Cape Blanco AK 5060 1965 C4-S-66a|
|Cape Borda AK 5058 1967 C4-S-66a|
|Cape Breton AK 5056 1967 C4-S-66a|
All photos courtesy of navsource.org
96 Crowley Vessels Honored with Jones F. Devlin Awards in Recognition of 639 Combined Years of Safe Operations
June 21, 2016 - Ninety-six Crowley Maritime Corporation owned or managed vessels recently received the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA)’s annual Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of their outstanding safety records in 2015. Each year the CSA grants Devlin Award certificates to manned merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without incurring a Lost Time Injury (LTI), specifically highlighting the skills and dedication of the crewmembers responsible for safe vessel operations.
Crowley’s 2015 Devlin Award-worthy vessels together have achieved an impressive total of 639 years of service without an LTI. Of the 96 awarded, 23 have gone without incident for 10 or more consecutive years, including the following notable vessels: Valdez Star, 25 years, and Gus E, MV Chief, MV Guide and Roger G, each with 17 years; MV Aku, MV Veteren, MV Vigilant and Tug Nanuq, each with 16 years and Cape Edmont with 15 years. Crowley’s vessels have earned Devlin Awards annually since 2005.
“We have been holding these annual award ceremonies since 1958,” said Kathy Metcalf, CSA President. “This was the 58th anniversary of the program. For that initial year, we honored six vessels having a total of twelve years operation with no lost-time incidents. This year, awards were conferred on 1522 vessels that operated 10,084 years without a lost-time incident. This extraordinary record is directly attributable to the professionalism of our seafarers and the dedication of shore-based company personnel to safe operation.”
Additionally, the Crowley-managed, USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) – a Military Sealift Command (MSC) Impeccable class, ocean surveillance ship - was given a Citation of Merit for heroically rescuing 11 fishermen struggling to stay afloat on a sinking vessel that had been adrift for five days in the South China Sea. Capt. Seven Gilkey, master, USNS Invincible and T-AGOS / T-AGM Port Captain and Program Manager, Capt. Jonathan "JC" Christian, accepted the award on behalf of USNS Impeccable, which is currently at sea, from Rear Admiral David Callahan, Commander, US. Coast Guard District eight.
“Safety is at the top of Crowley’s core values and strategic goals. The vessels receiving Devlin Awards exemplify this Crowley core value, because they live it every day – for themselves, their families and Crowley,” said Crowley’s Mike Golonka, vice president, government services.
The following list shows all the vessels owned or managed by the Crowley family of companies that have been recognized by CSA with the 2015 Jones F. Devlin Award, along with the consecutive number of years each has operated without an LTI:
Vessel Name Consecutive Years without LTI
CROWLEY MARINE SERVICES
GUS E 17
MV ADMIRAL 5
MV AKU 16
MV AVIK 4
MV CHIEF 17
MV GOLIAH 7
MV GUARD 2
MV GUARDIAN 12
MV GUIDE 17
MV HUNTER 3
MV KAVIK RIVER 9
MV MASTER 10
MV NACHIK 3
MV OCEAN SKY 2
MV OCEAN SUN 2
MV OCEAN WIND 2
MV PROTECTOR 3
MV PT. THOMPSON 8
MV RAMPART 6
MV RESPONSE 10
MV SCOUT 7
MV SIKU 2
MV TIOGA 3
MV TOOLIK RIVER 8
MV VALOR 8
MV VETEREN 16
MV VIGILANT 16
MV WASHINGTON 2
ROGER G 17
SEA VOYAGER 8
TUG ALERT 6
TUG ATTENTIVE 12
TUG AWARE 11
TUG BULWARK 13
TUG ENDURANCE 9
TUG NANUQ 16
VALDEZ STAR 25
CROWLEY PETROLEUM SERVICES
ATB SOUND RELIANCE/550-2 13
ATB ACHIEVEMENT/650-8 4
ATB COURAGE/650-5 7
ATB INNOVATION/650-9 2
ATB LEGEND/750-2 3
ATB LIBERTY/750-3 2
ATB LEGACY/750-1 4
ATB PACIFIC RELIANCE/650-1 2
ATB PRIDE/650-7 5
ATB RESOLVE/650-3 3
ATB SEA RELIANCE/550-1 7
ATB VISION/650-10 3
CROWLEY PUERTO RICO SERVICES
MV DEFENDER 2
MV ENSIGN 2
MV EXPLORER 2
MV MONITOR 3
MV PATRIARCH 2
MV SENTINEL 4
TUG ADVENTURER 2
TUG WARRIOR 5
CROWLEY TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT
CAPE INTREPID 10
CAPE INSCRIPTION 4
CAPE ISABEL 5
CAPE ISLAND 3
CAPE TAYLOR 6
CAPE TEXAS 7
CAPE WASHINGTON 6
CAPE WRATH 8
EMPIRE STATE 5
EVERGREEN STATE 5
GOLDEN STATE 3
NATIONAL GLORY 3
OCEAN CRESCENT 3
OCEAN FREEDOM 2
PELICAN STATE 6
SS CURTISS 5
SS WRIGHT 9
SUNSHINE STATE 6
USNS EFFECTIVE 14
USNS IMPECCABLE 13
USNS INVINCIBLE 11
USNS LCPL ROY M. WHEAT 5
USNS LOYAL 13
MARINE TRANSPORT LINES
CAPE DECISION 2
CAPE DIAMOND 6
CAPE DOMINGO 10
CAPE DOUGLAS 3
CAPE DUCATO 2
CAPE EDMONT 15
MARINE TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT
HORIZON PACIFIC 2
HORIZON SPIRIT 2
PHILADELPHIA EXPRESS 2
ST LOUIS EXPRESS 4
WASHINGTON EXPRESS 4