Live-Fire Exercise in Caribbean Tests Skills in Water, Air

first_img View post tag: fire View post tag: Naval View post tag: air View post tag: skills Six countries participated in a helicopter live-fire exercise in the Caribbean Sea, Sept. 25, during UNITAS, an annual multinational exercise that involves naval forces from 13 partner nations to promote interoperability and cooperation with each other and is hosted by U.S. 4th Fleet.Participants included aviators and sailors from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States.“We engaged a remote control high speed mobile target with six different helicopters, one at a time, each deployed from one of six different ships,” said Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Conniff, officer in charge of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 74, Detachment (DET) 1 “Honey Badgers” attached to USS Gravely (DDG 107).Six ships maintained a column formation and deployed their aircraft one at a time to a marshaling point where the helicopters “stacked”vertically and hovered while waiting for their turn to engage the waterborne remote-control target.The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate ship and helicopter capability in tracking and engaging a remote moving target during a live-fire exercise.“We were at the top of the holding pattern waiting for everyone to execute their attack runs. When it was our turn, the target was dead in the water,” said Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Steven Coutu. “Our mission was to locate the target and deploy as many rounds as possible to sink it.”The aircraft searched for the target at 500 feet. Once the target was located, Lt. Jim Stachura, assistant officer-in-charge of HSM 74, DET 1, circled the helicopter around it and then dropped to 100 feet above the water. “Once I had the word from the pilots, I started shooting,” Coutu said. “The exercise went well,” said Stachura, who took part in the planning process. “It was coordinated well based on the number of different nations especially given the language barrier. A lot of things we thought might go wrong didn’t. Everything was flawless.”Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Michael Blackshear, senior anti-surface anti-submarine tactical air controller (ASTAC) onboard Gravely agreed. “On rare occasions we do get to work with foreign navies as a team,”Blackshear said. “All the forces worked well together. There were no distractions or mistakes. The objectives were met and no one was injured. Today’s exercise was a successful evolution.”UNITAS is the longest-running and largest maritime exercise in this hemisphere and is hosted by Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, Commander of U.S. 4th Fleet. The 12-day exercise will entail a variety of operations intended to enhance inter-operability between the partner nations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 28, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Tests View post tag: Live View post tag: Caribbean View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Live-Fire Exercise in Caribbean Tests Skills in Water, Air Training & Education Live-Fire Exercise in Caribbean Tests Skills in Water, Air View post tag: Navy View post tag: Exercise View post tag: water September 28, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

CR-13 Exercise to Test US Navy’s Preparedness for Natural Disaster

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: usa View post tag: Preparedness View post tag: test View post tag: Natural View post tag: Citadel CR-13 Exercise to Test US Navy’s Preparedness for Natural Disaster View post tag: Defence View post tag: Disaster Commander, U.S. Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conduct Citadel Rumble 2013 (CR-13) exercise Aug. 20 – 22.CR-13 is a fully integrated, annual capstone disaster preparedness response and recovery exercise designed to evaluate Navy shore-based commands and installation emergency preparedness in response to an all hazards scenario.Navy Regions Midwest (NRMW), Northwest (NRNW) and Southwest (NRSW) are participating in this exercise.CR-13 is designed to provide a focused training environment for afloat and shore-based commands to exercise damage assessment, evacuation plans, personnel accountability, disaster preparedness, recovery and consequence management plans and procedures.All U.S. Navy commands with personnel in these regions will participate. This participation will include reviewing and exercising disaster instructions and procedures, as well as fully accounting for Sailors and Navy families in the affected regions through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System.[mappress]Press Release, August 14, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense Training & Education August 14, 2013 View post tag: Rumble Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today CR-13 Exercise to Test US Navy’s Preparedness for Natural Disaster View post tag: Exercise View post tag: News by topic View post tag: CR-13 View post tag: Naval View post tag: USlast_img read more

FGS Hessen Talks Piracy Challenges with Iranian Seafarers

first_imgBeam17.44m January 29, 2014 View post tag: Hessen Complement 230 crew + 13 aircrew View post tag: meets FGS Hessen detected the three dhows drifting in the waters and contacted them via radio to ask if they needed any assistance.Crewmembers of the dhows invited the FGS Hessen’s team onboard to talk about piracy in the region. They said that they were happy with the presence of the EU Navfor warships, which made them feel safer at the sea, having in mind their previous experiences.FGS Hessen joined EU Navfor Operation Atalanta on December 3rd 2013. She is patrolling the seas off the Somali coast ever since. View post tag: Navy Length 143.0m Speed 29 knots Draft 6.0m View post tag: Naval [mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 29, 2014; Image: EU Navfor Back to overview,Home naval-today FGS Hessen Talks Piracy Challenges with Iranian Seafarers Displacement 5.800tonscenter_img View post tag: Dhows View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense Training & Education View post tag: Iranian FGS HESSENCrewmembers of the German Navy ship FGS Hessen, attached to EU Naval Force Operation Atalanta, boarded three Iranian flagged dhows in the Gulf of Aden last week. SACHSEN-CLASS FRIGATE SPECIFICATIONS Range 4,000+ nautical miles at 18 kn (7,400+ km at 33 km/h) View post tag: Defence FGS Hessen Talks Piracy Challenges with Iranian Seafarers View post tag: FGS Share this articlelast_img read more

Russia Increases Air Activity over Baltic Sea

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Activity Share this article View post tag: Russia December 10, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia Increases Air Activity over Baltic Sea Russia Increases Air Activity over Baltic Sea View post tag: increases View post tag: Baltic Sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: News by topic The past few days have seen unusually intense Russian air activity over the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Air activity intensified on December 6 and has continued during the first days of the week. No violations of Finnish airspace have been observed.Most Russian packages have departed from bases within Russia’s mainland and headed towards the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, to return via the same general routing. The packages have contained fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft. Aircraft types identified include the Tu-95, Tu-22M, Su-34, Su-27, Su-24, and MiG-31 along with a range of transports.Finland has stepped up the air policing of its airspace and adjusted its identification flight effort to meet the demands. The Air Force has launched F/A-18 Hornets to identify all significant targets.[mappress mapid=”14663″]Press release, Image: UK Ministry of Defence View post tag: air Authoritieslast_img read more

HOPN Orders CARIS’ Database Production Solution

first_img Share this article View post tag: europe Equipment & technology View post tag: solution HOPN Orders CARIS’ Database Production Solution View post tag: production February 12, 2015 View post tag: HOPN View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: orders View post tag: CARIS The Hydrographic Office of the Polish Navy (HOPN), responsible for navigation, hydrography, oceanography and meteorology of Polish waters and areas of operational significance for the Polish Navy, makes a change in management of their navigational data.HOPN has been using CARIS desktop applications for electronic navigational chart (ENC) and paper chart production for over 15 years and is now making the move to a database driven production solution with CARIS HPD. HOPN has in recent years gained experience with CARIS’ database solutions when implementing CARIS Bathy DataBASE for the management of their bathymetric data.HPD will enable HOPN to update product-specific features and make customizations while maintaining the source data, providing efficiencies and ensuring improved standards of consistency.A series of visits by CARIS consultants will take place over the first quarter of the year for training and consulting to aid in implementing HPD fully into the HOPN chart production workflow.All surveys, charts and publications produced by HOPN meet International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards and recommendations.Image: CARIS Back to overview,Home naval-today HOPN Orders CARIS’ Database Production Solution View post tag: Databaselast_img read more

USS John Warner Changes Command

first_img Authorities Cmdr. Burt J. Canfield relieved Cmdr. Daniel B. Caldwell as commanding officer of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Sept. 18.The event was the ship’s first change of command since its commissioning on August 1, 2015 in its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. The ship was the 12th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the Navy’s operating fleet, ready to fulfill its motto, “On a Mission to Protect Freedom.”The ship’s namesake is John Warner, a five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia who also served as 61st Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. Warner is also the only Secretary of the Navy who served as both an enlisted man and an officer, in both the Navy and the Marine Corps.The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, and will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged. It will operate for 33 years without ever refueling.[mappress mapid=”16965″]Image: US Navy USS John Warner Changes Command September 21, 2015 View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USS John Warner Changes Command View post tag: Command Share this article View post tag: USS John Warnerlast_img read more

Wasp ARG finishes ARGMEUEX

first_img View post tag: USS Wasp View post tag: ARGMEUEX Wasp ARG finishes ARGMEUEX The Wasp Amphibious Readiness Group completed its Amphibious Ready Group Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARGMEUEX), April 24.ARGMEUEX is the first event that is officially evaluated by Commander Carrier Strike Group 4.The exercise provides an opportunity for the Wasp ARG, made up of Commander Amphibious Squadron (COMPHIBRON) 6, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), to build on the relationships and routines developed during previous underway periods and training evolutions.“ARGMEUEX gives us an opportunity to rehearse missions we will be asked to do once we deploy,” said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Cory Martin, executive officer, 22nd MEU. “The training we do early on during these work-ups will better prepare us for conducting a full spectrum of operations.”During the exercise, Sailors and Marines worked together to conduct flight operations, noncombatant evacuation exercises, simulated raids and visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) drills. ARGMEUEX enables Sailors and Marines to integrate, communicate and operate together effectively.“Many of the challenges we will face on deployment are similar to the ones faced during ARGMEUEX,” said Capt. Kurt Kastner, commanding officer, USS Wasp. “These missions will require full blue-green integration and this will challenge the entire team.”The last milestone scheduled for Wasp ARG’s deployment workup cycle is Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). The three-week graded exercise will demonstrate the Wasp ARG’s ability to operate in unison through all its mission areas in preparation for deployment.Image: US Navy Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Wasp ARG finishes ARGMEUEX April 26, 2016 Training & Educationlast_img read more

Irish Navy rescues 111 in the Med. Recovers two deceased

first_img June 17, 2016 View post tag: Op Sophia Two migrants died while 111 were rescued when Irish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel LÉ Róisín located a long rubber vessel located 37 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli on June 16. The vessel’s crew started the operation early in the morning but two female migrants could not be saved, the navy said.LÉ Róisín is now proceeding towards the Port of Lampedusa where the migrants will be transferred over to Italian authorities.The ship has so far contributed to the rescue of 893 persons from the Mediterranean Sea while deployed to the EU mission Operation Sophia.LÉ Róisín departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on May 2 and began operations May 11, 2016. Authorities Irish Navy rescues 111 in the Med. Recovers two deceased View post tag: Irish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Irish Navy rescues 111 in the Med. Recovers two deceased View post tag: LE Roisin Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Abraham Lincoln launches F-35Cs during latest underway

first_img View post tag: US Navy Share this article View post tag: F-35C September 12, 2017 Authorities USS Abraham Lincoln launches F-35C Lightning during latest underway Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Abraham Lincoln launches F-35C Lightning during latest underway USS Abraham Lincoln, the first US Navy aircraft carrier capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II, welcomed the fifth-generation jet fighter on board earlier this month.The “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA 101), the training squadron for the F-35C, joined the USS Abraham Lincoln while underway on September 3.“The F-35C is still in a testing phase, so it is not fully operational yet,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Karapostoles, a pilot assigned to VFA 101. “We are the training squadron for the F-35C, so we are onboard this ship conducting our carrier qualification training, qualifying pilots, landing signal officers and maintenance crews.”The launching and recovering of the F-35Cs presented an opportunity for the crew of Abraham Lincoln to work with a new aircraft and play a role in the development of this new fighter jet.“Being part of the primary flight control team for the landing and launching of the F-35Cs was such a unique experience,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Mariana Monima. “The F-35Cs are so amazing and powerful. I feel privileged to have been a part of this historic event.”According to the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force, the F-35C should reach its initial operational capacity in 2018.“I love the F-35C,” said Karapostoles. “Compared to other jets it’s more powerful and really just a beast. Some of the controls are different, which can take a little bit of getting used to, but that’s what we have training like this for.”USS Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting training after successful completion of carrier incremental availability. View post tag: USS Abraham Lincolnlast_img read more

HMS Prince of Wales at HMNB Portsmouth for first time

first_imgHMS Prince of Wales, the Royal Navy’s second aircraft carrier, sailed into her homeport of Portsmouth for the first time on November 16.It is the second time in two years the city has welcomed one of the UK’s new carriers, following HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in August 2017.Captain Darren Houston, the Commanding Officer of HMS Prince of Wales, said: “Our first entry to Portsmouth represents the successful culmination of the build and sea trials period in which my ship’s company and industry partners have worked so closely together to bring HMS Prince of Wales into service with the fleet.The carrier sailed from Rosyth, where she was assembled, in late September with a mixed ship’s company of Royal Navy sailors (600-plus) and around 300 civilian contractors on board to take her through an autumn of trials in the North Sea.“It’s been a unique experience watching the ship transition from its initial build to an operational warship,” said Air Engineering Technician Anthony Greatorex.HMS Prince of Wales’s arrival means Portsmouth Naval Base is now home to two aircraft carriers.The yard has been modernized to accommodate the two behemoths, with £30 million spent on strengthening and upgrading the base’s Victory Jetty.HMS Prince of Wales arrives after around eight weeks of trials after sailing from Rosyth Dockyard on the Forth eight years after she was laid down.When she sailed beneath the Forth crossings – lowering her main mast to do so – it meant the two largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy were at sea simultaneously, with HMS Queen Elizabeth currently off the east coast of the USA testing her F-35 Lightning fighter jets.Following a brief pit stop in Invergordon, HMS Prince of Wales was tested in heavier seas to see how she handles in challenging weather. The carrier faced Sea State 6 (waves up to 20ft high) and carved through them relatively untroubled.Most recently, she carried out tests on her flight deck to ensure she can now host aircraft permanently on board.HMS Prince of Wales will be formally commissioned before the end of the year. View post tag: HMS Prince of Wales Share this article View post tag: Royal Navycenter_img View post tag: QE class Photo: Photo: Royal Navylast_img read more