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National Defense Authorization Act Signed into Law

The White House said that President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 4986). This is a modified version of the measure that the President refused to sign at the end of 2007. The offending provision, which dealt with lawsuits for Iraqi war crimes, was materially changed. Other provisions, including those relating to operations of the Maritime Administration (MarAd) and various changes to the recent codification of Title 46, US Code (Shipping), were not altered in this modification. Source: HK Law


Ghost Fleet Ship to Become Artificial Reef

It has been a troop carrier, a missile-tracking ship, and a starred in a Hollywood movie. Now the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg will become an artificial reef off Key West, Fla. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton approved the transfer of the Vandenberg to the state of Florida, which plans to turn the 63-year old vessel into an artificial reef later this year. “Reefing is an excellent way to dispose of our obsolete ships,” said Connaughton


This Day in Navy History

September 19 1915 - SECNAV Josephus Daniels organizes the Naval Consulting Board to mobilize the scientific resources of U.S. for national defense. 1957 - Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches record depth of 2 miles 1992 - Joint Task Force Marianas stands down after providing assistance to Guam after Typhoon Omar September 20 1911 - Navigational instruments first requested for naval aircraft.


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 19

From the Navy News Service 1915 - Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels organizes the Naval Consulting Board to mobilize the scientific resources of the United States for national defense. 1957 - Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches record depth of two miles. 1992 - Joint Task Force Marianas stands down after providing assistance to Guam after Typhoon Omar


MSC Squadron Completes Maldives Port Call

Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button

Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS SGT William R. Button left the port of Male, Republic of the Maldives, today after completing a four-day port visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. The stop included bilateral meetings with senior Maldives National Defense Force officials, cultural exchange activities and a community relations event.   Button is the flagship of Diego Garcia-based Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Two


U.S.-Australian Defence Chiefs Strategic Dialogue

The Australian Chief of Defense Force, General David Hurley, and the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, joined senior Australian and U.S. military leaders for the first U.S.-Australian Defense Chiefs’ Strategic Dialogue (DCSD) discussions at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. The inaugural DCSD including the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs; the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison; the Chief of Air Force


MARAD Announces Office Realignments

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced an organizational realignment that it said will strengthen the Agency’s ability to ensure the nation has sufficient capability to meet sealift needs during conflicts or national emergencies. Former Office of National Security is now the Office of Strategic Sealift, with three areas of focus: •    Federal Sealift continues to be responsible for Ready Reserve Force vessels


V-Adm. Drew Robertson Heads Canadian Navy

Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson assumed command January 17 during a ceremony in Ottawa, replacing Vice-Admiral Bruce MacLean as chief of Maritime staff. The ceremony was presided over by General Rick Hillier, chief of Defense staff. Adm. Robertson has served in the Canadian Forces for 32 years in a variety of key positions, including command of the destroyers Annapolis and Athabaskan. He also led the first Canadian task group during its six-month Operation Apollo anti-terrorism deployment in 2001


Proposal to Extend MSP

The House Armed Services Committee issued a Press Release


China Ranked 3rd with 12 Million DWT in 2005

China’s shipbuilding capacities have reached 12 million dead weight tonnages (DWT) in 2005, up 36 percent year-on-year, to be ranked third largest worldwide, according to the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense, as reported by www.chinaknowledge.com. The commission said China received record high shipbuilding orders of 15 million DWT last year. The sales revenue of all the country’s shipbuilding companies reached a total of about $12 billion with an industry


Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

  The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R


Yellowstone to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

USS Yellowstone (Photo: National Parks Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior)

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the USS Yellowstone - a National Defense Reserve Fleet non-retention vessel is scheduled to depart the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, Virginia for recycling at ESCO Marine, Inc. in Brownsville, Texas.   


USCG Welcomes Cutter Hamilton to Fleet

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, the first national security cutter homeported on the East Coast, entered into active service today at Union Pier Terminal in downtown Charleston.   The commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard’s largest and newest 418-foot cutter was presided by Vice Adm


How Difficult is it to Obtain a Jones Act Waiver?

The American Salvage Association’s Jon Waldron provides the ultimate cabotage primer. There always seems to be constant chatter about waiving the Jones Act. In reality, it is a simple task to demystify the thought that it is easy to obtain such waivers


NUWC Newport Holds Change of Command

Capt. Howard Goldman , right, reports that he has assumed command of Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport to Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander of NUWC (center), as the former commander of NUWC Newport, Capt. Todd Cramer,  looks on.

Capt. Howard Goldman relieved Capt. Todd Cramer as commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during a change of command ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14. A naval submariner originally from Baltimore, Md., Goldman is a 1987 graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas


National Security Cutter Munro Keel Authenticated

Roderick P. Funches, a structural welder at Ingalls Shipbuilding, welds the initials of Julie Sheehan on a ceremonial keel plate that will be welded to WMSL 755, the National Security Cutter named in honor of her great uncle, Douglas A. Munro. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Munro (WMSL 755). "At this stage of construction, the NSC 6 is more complete and has better cost performance than any previous NSC


European VIPs Visit USS George H.W. Bush

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Suez Canal. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S.

  U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa hosted 23 distinguished visitors from multiple European countries aboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as a part of the Navy's Distinguished Visitor (DV) Embark program, Oct. 30. The DV program is a unique experience that allows civilian


MARAD Tests Alternative Power for Ships

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is testing state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient technology onboard the Training Ship (TS) Kennedy.   The National Defense Reserve Fleet vessel was provided to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy by MARAD for Cadet training


General Dynamics to Upgrade Peruvian Navy Helicopters

General Dynamics to Upgrade Peruvian Navy Helicopters

  General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to upgrade four SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters with an integrated mission system to enhance the operational capability of the Peruvian Navy and its ability to meet the demands of modern maritime missions.


India Braces as Cyclone Hurtles Towards East Coast

V olunteers, disaster management officials and aid workers conducted mock evacuation drills in hundreds of villages along India's east coast on Friday as a powerful cyclone approached, threatening devastation to farmland and fishing hamlets.


USCG Leaders to Discuss Emerging Challenges

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John Kelly will host a program titled “Emerging Challenges in the Western Hemisphere” at the Abraham Lincoln Hall Auditorium at Fort Lesley J. McNair on Oct. 7, 2014, at 1 pm.


Ingalls Delivers NSC Hamilton to USCG

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias (right) presents a ceremonial key to the National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) to Rear Adm. Bruce D. Baffer, the U.S. Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer, during a delivery ceremony. Also pictured is Capt. Douglas Fears (right), the ship’s prospective commanding officer. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) to the U.S. Coast Guard today. The ship will be commissioned in Charleston, S.C., on Dec. 6. "Our performance on the National Security Cutter program is a blueprint


MARAD, ABS Sign MOA for NDRF Class and Survey

Cape Ray (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Transportation)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), establishing policies and procedures for the survey and classification of MARAD’s National Defense Reserve


ABS President Wiernicki Signs New MARAD Agreement

 Christopher J. Wiernicki: Photo ABS

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) informs that it has entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing the policies and procedures regarding the survey and classification of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The agreement expands the working relationship that has existed


HII Completes Sea Trials on Fourth National Security Cutter

Fourth National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today the successful completion of builder’s sea trials for the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). The ship, built by HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division






 
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