Members of HMAS Toowoomba and PNS Alamgir Swap Duties During Gulf of Oman Drill

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Members of HMAS Toowoomba and PNS Alamgir Swap Duties During Gulf of Oman Drill View post tag: during View post tag: Gulf of Oman Members of HMAS Toowoomba and the Pakistan Navy’s PNS Alamgir swapped duties for a day during a recent exercise in the Gulf of Oman region of the Middle East.Between 17 and 18 August 2011, naval personnel from the two countries showcased their mariner skills and interoperability.The Commanding Officer of HMAS Toowoomba, Commander Andrew Quinn said the opportunity to “cross-deck” allowed two Royal Australian Navy​ (RAN) Officers and three Petty Officers each day to experience the battle space on PNS Alamgir while reciprocal Pakistan Navy ranks had a similar opportunity on Toowoomba.“Given the vast patrol areas that Coalition warships operate within the Middle East it is a rare opportunity that tasked warships can actively exercise and demonstrate capability with other coalition partners,” Commander Quinn said.“Despite the cultural differences, the experience highlighted the number of similarities faced by nations whilst conducting operations within the Middle East.”Representatives with specialisations in Warfare, Marine Engineering, Communications and Supply were provided comprehensive tours of respective ships while also being able to view helicopter operations, boarding exercises and Officer of the Watch manoeuvres.“The serials highlighted that there is considerable good-will amongst the coalition of nations that are working to counter piracy and terrorism in the region. The two days of combined operations was also testament to the adaptability and willingness of coalition forces to share their knowledge.“The exercise highlighted the welcoming nature of our partners and the focus we all have on the mission at hand irrespective of cultural differences and beliefs.“For personnel not physically visiting the respective ships the benefits of operating in close proximity to each other fostered the interaction of systems, procedures and the opportunity to conduct serials in line of sight.HMAS Toowoomba is presently deployed in support of Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) assigned to Combined Maritime Forces and will continue its patrol until mid October after which it will return to Australia.[mappress]Source: navy, August 30, 2011; August 30, 2011 View post tag: Drill View post tag: PNS Alamgir View post tag: members View post tag: HMAS Toowoomba View post tag: Duties Training & Education View post tag: swap Share this article View post tag: middle east Members of HMAS Toowoomba and PNS Alamgir Swap Duties During Gulf of Oman Drilllast_img read more

Burial-at-Sea for Two Former Crew Members of USS George Washington

first_imgThe U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) held a burial-at-sea for retired Lt. j.g. Paul Shivell and retired Chief Mess Management Specialist Peter Schiavo Sept. 14.The two burials consisted of a religious ceremony held in accordance with the deceased’s spiritual affiliation and was officiated by the ship’s command chaplains, followed by full military honors.“Burials-at-sea are conducted in recognition of and in appreciation for distinguished service to our nation,” said Capt. Kenneth Reynard, George Washington’s executive officer. “Each is regarded as a solemn and sacred obligation.”Naval traditions like this are a unique occasion for the crew of George Washington, which rarely hosts ceremonies of this nature due to the difficulty of transporting remains from the U.S. to the Asia-Pacific region.“Ships based at Norfolk typically conduct more than one-thousand burials-at-sea a year,” said Cmdr. Dan Mode, George Washington’s command chaplain. “It’s a great honor to do something like this, and more importantly, it brings closure to the families.”Capt. William Shivell and Capt. Sandra Schiavo attended the ceremony and participated in the traditional “Committal to the Sea” of their fathers’ ashes in a wooden urn provided by the ship.“Being the crusty Sailor that he was, my father made it clear to me that he wanted to be cremated and buried at sea,” said Schiavo. “He actually told me that he wanted to be put into a Navy-issue coffee can and be committed while the ship was underway.”Both Schiavo and Shivell expected a much simpler ceremony and were surprised to see that a full 21 gun salute, funeral detail, specially hand-crafted urn and playing of taps were provided for the occasion.“I wasn’t expecting a full detail or taps at all. It was so touching that the chaplain and the crew would do all of this for me and my family,” said Shivell. “I know my sisters and the rest of my family will appreciate the video and pictures so much.”Lt. j.g. Shivell enlisted in the Navy in 1939; while deployed to the Western Pacific area in 1941, Shivell’s ship was bombed by Japanese aircraft two months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was accepted into an aviation commissioning program in 1942 and flew patrol aircraft until the end of World War II.“He was extremely proud of his service to the Navy and I loved being able to share this one last tradition with him,” said Shivell.Chief Schaivo was drafted into service in 1956. According to Capt. Schaivo, his brothers urged him to avoid joining the Army and he jumped at the chance to become a Sailor. He retired as a chief petty officer 24 years later.“I feel that the chaplains and staff went above and beyond,” said Schaivo. “Everything came together so well and I think he would’ve loved this.”The family members will be given a letter of condolence with a National Ensign, photographs and video of the ceremony, the empty shell-casings of the 21-gun-salute and navigational chart of where the burial-at-sea took place.George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 17, 2012; Image: Navy September 17, 2012 View post tag: George View post tag: Burial-at-Sea View post tag: crew View post tag: News by topic View post tag: members View post tag: two View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Burial-at-Sea for Two Former Crew Members of USS George Washington Burial-at-Sea for Two Former Crew Members of USS George Washington Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Former View post tag: USS View post tag: Washington Share this articlelast_img read more

Ukraine: Chernomorsky Shipyard Builds Corvette Vladimir Veliky Ahead of Schedule

first_img View post tag: Vladimir View post tag: builds View post tag: Schedule View post tag: Corvette View post tag: shipyard View post tag: Navy Industry news Corvette Vladimir Veliky is being build for Ukrainian Navy at Chernomorsky Shipyard ahead of schedule, said executive director…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, November 30, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Ukraine: Chernomorsky Shipyard Builds Corvette Vladimir Veliky Ahead of Schedule View post tag: Naval View post tag: ahead View post tag: News by topic November 30, 2012 View post tag: Veliky Share this article Ukraine: Chernomorsky Shipyard Builds Corvette Vladimir Veliky Ahead of Schedule View post tag: Chernomorskylast_img read more

American SECNAV Completes Visit to Doha, Qatar

first_img American SECNAV Completes Visit to Doha, Qatar Back to overview,Home naval-today American SECNAV Completes Visit to Doha, Qatar Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus completed a visit to Doha, Qatar, Nov. 20.The visit was designed to build upon an existing relationship with Qatar, an important partner in the Middle East region.“Qatar is and remains a very valuable American partner,” said Mabus. “In our cooperation on a wide range of issues, it has proven itself repeatedly to be a positive and innovative force.”Mabus met with Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense, Maj. Gen. Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah, Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Ghanim Shaheen al-Ghanim, the Commander, Qatari Emiri Navy, Maj. Gen. Muhammad bin Nasir Mubarak Shakiri al-Muhannadi and the Commander, Qatari Emiri Air Force, Maj. Gen. Mubarak Mohammed Al Kumait al-Khayarin.During the meetings, Mabus expressed his desire for continued military cooperation with Qatar’s armed forces.“We look forward to collaborating with Qatar on our shared goals of stability and prosperity in the region,” said Mabus.Mabus also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Susan Ziadeh, and Marines assigned to the embassy in Doha, expressing his thanks and support for their efforts.“We remain committed to the region despite any fiscal challenges,” said Mabus. “The President’s defense strategy, in part, calls for us to concentrate on the Arabian Gulf, and that is what we have done and will continue to do.”Mabus’ stop in Qatar is part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. European, Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility focused on reinforcing existing partnerships and visiting Sailors and Marines providing forward presence.[mappress]Press Release, November 21, 2013; Image: US Navy Training & Educationcenter_img November 21, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

US Coast Guard Welcomes New Master Chief Petty Officer

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard Welcomes New Master Chief Petty Officer View post tag: Navy View post tag: coast View post tag: welcomes View post tag: Guard During the ceremony, overseen by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., Cantrell relieved Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt to become the 12th MCPOCG.At the conclusion of the change-of-watch ceremony, Leavitt, who assumed duties as the 11th MCPOCG on May 21, 2010, retired after over 32 years of Coast Guard service. He plans to relocate with his family to his home state of Idaho.“I was able to accomplish far more than I thought was possible, and I give credit to those great Coast Guardsmen past and present who have led and continue to lead with strong conviction, who coached and guided me and others in learning our craft,” said Leavitt. “That’s our history, our heritage and our tradition.”“Today, I can tell you that our future is bright. Throughout my 32 years, I have never seen such dedicated, motivated, and highly dedicated men and women.”Cantrell is reporting from his previous assignment as command master chief of Coast Guard Atlantic Area.“To the men and women of the world’s best Coast Guard — I am proud to wear the same uniform as all of you,” said Cantrell. “And, I am honored to be afforded the opportunity to be your voice.”“To Master Chief Leavitt, I would like to say thank you. Thank you, both Mike and Deb, for your years of service and sacrifice. I wish you and your family fair winds and calm seas in the next chapter of your lives.”[mappress]Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image: USCG May 23, 2014 US Coast Guard Welcomes New Master Chief Petty Officer Training & Education View post tag: New View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Officer Master Chief Petty Officer Steven W. Cantrell assumed the duties of the master chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard during a change-of-watch ceremony Thursday morning at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. View post tag: Master View post tag: chief View post tag: Petty View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

Image of the Day: Blue Angels Fly in Diamond Formation

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Blue Angels Fly in Diamond Formation The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014.The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron which was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world. The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet throughout the United States each year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 24, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Blue Angels The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in the Diamond Formation during the Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. July 24, 2014 View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: News by topic Image of the Day: Blue Angels Fly in Diamond Formation View post tag: Fly View post tag: Diamond Formationlast_img read more

USNS Spearhead Enters US 6th Fleet

first_img The U.S. Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS), Jan. 1, 2014.While on deployment, Spearhead is scheduled to visit and interact with more than 20 nations and sail more than 15,000 miles, highlighting U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet’s commitment and emphasis to partnerships and operating forward.Cmdr. Matthew Flemming, Africa Partnership Station Mission Commander, said:This deployment represents an important opportunity for the U.S. Navy to work with our African and European partners to enhance capabilities that will lead to increased maritime security in the region. We have a robust complement of maritime professionals embarked in Spearhead, who are excited to train with and learn from our counterparts in Africa.Spearhead will serve under the international capacity building program APS, working with African partner nations to enhance maritime security off the coast of West Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea.As part of APS, Spearhead will participate in U.S. Naval Forces Africa-facilitated maritime exercises Obangame Express and Saharan Express, which take place in the Gulf of Guinea and off West Africa, respectively.[mappress mapid=”14832″]Press release, Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Spearhead Enters US 6th Fleet January 5, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: africa View post tag: 6th View post tag: USNS Spearhead View post tag: americas View post tag: enterscenter_img Share this article Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US View post tag: fleet USNS Spearhead Enters US 6th Fleetlast_img read more

Colombian Navy Seizes 1.3 Tons of Cocaine in Two Ops

first_img View post tag: Tons A total of 1.3 tons of cocaine was seized in just two operation in the waters off Colombia in less than a week.In the most recent operation, the Colombian Navy seized one ton of cocaine being smuggled to Central America. Officials spotted two speedboats carrying suspicious cargo and immediately launched their pursuit. Two people were arrested and, together with the cargo, brought to the authorities. The total worth of this shipment was estimated at 25 million dollars.In a previous interdiction, the Navy seized an amount of over 360 kg of cocaine.Together with the Coast Guard units, the Colombian Navy intercepted a total of 18.5 tons of cocaine so far this year.[mappress mapid=”15812″]Naval Today Staff, Image: Colombian Navy View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Colombian Navy Seizes 1.3 Tons of Cocaine in Two Ops April 28, 2015 View post tag: Navy Colombian Navy Seizes 1.3 Tons of Cocaine in Two Ops Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Colombian Navy View post tag: 1.3 View post tag: Cocaine View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: americaslast_img read more

UK to Support Anti-Smuggling Efforts in the Med

first_img UK to Support Anti-Smuggling Efforts in the Med Authorities In an effort to help stop the smuggling activities in the Mediterranean, Britain has offered to send its warship HMS Richmond to assist in the EU’s mission.HMS Richmond, carrying a surveillance drone, a helicopter and 200 marines and sailors onboard will be used against smugglers who operate in the waters between North Africa and Europe. It will most likely be stationed off the Libyan coast where it will be operating. The ship is going to be part of a naval operation which will see European units boarding, seizing and diverting boats in the Mediterranean, reports The Guardian.Britain already has one vessel operating in the Mediterranean, HMS Enterprise, which has been involved in the first phase of operations.HMS Enterprise was sent to replace HMS Bulwark, which rescued 3,000 people from small boats operated by the gangs between North Africa and Europe in July this year.HMS Enterprise has been essential in the efforts to move the mission to its next stage. Richmond will support the operational commander in the next phase which aims to conduct operations to board and seize vessels in the southern Mediterranean, states the Ministry of Defense.[mappress mapid=”16941″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Richmond View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today UK to Support Anti-Smuggling Efforts in the Med September 17, 2015 View post tag: UK Share this article View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Mediterraneanlast_img read more

General Dynamics to christen 15th Virginia-class submarine

first_img General Dynamics Electric Boat announced it would christen the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado (SSN-788) at its shipyard on Saturday, December 3.Annie Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will be the ship’s sponsor while Secretary Mabus will be the event’s principal speaker.USS Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class submarine and the fifth of overall eight Block III submarines.Block III submarines incorporate two tubes with twelve missiles instead of twelve separate missile tubes their sister ships had. This is a feature borrowed from the Ohio-class SSGNs.Block III submarines from boat eleven onward will also feature a revised bow and a number of other changes.Electric Boat and its partner, Newport News Shipbuilding, share construction of the submarines under a teaming agreement. A total of 28 Virginia-class submarines have been delivered, are under construction or under contract. General Dynamics to christen 15th Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado December 2, 2016 View post tag: USS Colorado View post tag: GDEB View post tag: US Navycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today General Dynamics to christen 15th Virginia-class submarine USS Colorado View post tag: Virginia-Class Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more