German-Dutch Investigation Team to Combat Piracy in Somali Waters

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today German-Dutch Investigation Team to Combat Piracy in Somali Waters Share this article View post tag: team The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is participating in a new German-Dutch investigation team set up to combat piracy in Somali waters. The establishment of this team was announced by the National Public Prosecutor’s Office on 17 November 2011.The team will focus primarily on identifying the organisers, financiers and negotiators involved in hijacking merchant shipping. In general, the ships and their crews are only released after many months of negotiations between ship owners and pirates and after payment of ransoms amounting to millions of dollars. The investigation team will also try to discover where this money goes.The Joint Investigation Team is an initiative of the Dutch National Public Prosecutor’s Office and the German Public Prosecutor’s Office in Osnabrück. In addition, the National Criminal Investigation Service, the State Investigation Bureau of Lower Saxony, the Federal Investigation Bureau in Berlin, Eurojust and Europol are also taking part. Last week, representatives from the Dutch National Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Osnabrück and Eurojust signed the cooperation agreement. The joint investigation team has been set up provisionally for one year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 24, 2011; Image: defensie View post tag: German-Dutch View post tag: waters November 24, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Combat View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Somali View post tag: Naval View post tag: piracy View post tag: Investigation German-Dutch Investigation Team to Combat Piracy in Somali Waterslast_img read more

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Pacific Fleet Unit Visits Seychelles for Anti-Piracy Campaign

first_img View post tag: visits View post tag: Campaign December 22, 2011 Share this article View post tag: Unit View post tag: Pacific View post tag: piracy View post tag: africa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Anti Pacific Fleet (PF) task unit headed by large ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev attending the international anti-piracy campaign in the Gulf of Aden on Dec 19 arrived in the capital city of Seychelles Victoria paying informal visit.The warship was met on the pier by Russian ambassador to Republic of Seychelles Mikhail Kalinin. Later on that day, an official delegation visited Russian diplomatic mission.On Dec 20, PF mariners paid a visit to the president of Seychelles James A. Michel, national military command and coast guard authorities.During the visit, Russian sailors will give a banquette on board Admiral Panteleyev; crewmembers plan to meet with Russian diaspora living on the islands, and to take local press on board.Besides, as an exchange of anti-piracy experience, Russian servicemen on Dec 23 will hold a demonstration drill off the port of Victoria. Representatives of Seychelles’ armed forces will watch search operation on a vessel suspected of pirate activity.Recall, it is the sixth PF anti-piracy task unit formed in Aug 2011. The seventh PF task unit led by large ASW ship Admiral Tributs left Vladivostok on Dec 10 to shift their predecessors.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 22, 2011 Pacific Fleet Unit Visits Seychelles for Anti-Piracy Campaign View post tag: Seychelles Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Fleet Unit Visits Seychelles for Anti-Piracy Campaign View post tag: fleetlast_img read more

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INS Sindhurakshak to Leave Workshop on June 23th

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: 23th June 14, 2012 View post tag: Leave View post tag: INS View post tag: Navy View post tag: June View post tag: Sindhurakshak View post tag: News by topic Industry news Being repaired and modernized by JSC Zvezdochka shipyard, Indian diesel electric submarine INS Sindhurakshak will be withdrawn from covered slipway on June 23…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, June 14, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Sindhurakshak to Leave Workshop on June 23th INS Sindhurakshak to Leave Workshop on June 23th View post tag: workshop Share this articlelast_img

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HMS Northumberland Arrives in Bahrain

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMS Northumberland Arrives in Bahrain Authorities View post tag: Bahrain View post tag: Northumberland Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Northumberland Arrives in Bahrain View post tag: Navy February 20, 2013 View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Arrives Share this article While halfway through her eight-month deployment to the Middle East HMS Northumberland arrived in Bahrain for her first port visit to the kingdom.As part of her role supporting the Combined Task Force 152 along with partner navies, the Type-23 frigate has been conducting maritime security patrols to ensure the stability and security of the Gulf waterways.While alongside they welcomed onboard the UKMCC Commodore Simon Ancona who has dual responsibility as Deputy Commander of the 27 nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), and Brigadier General Ahmed Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa, Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force. Cdre Ancona said: “HMS Northumberland has come alongside fresh from providing valuable and direct support to Combined Maritime Forces.“She is operating in a challenging environment and it’s obvious the ship’s company have risen to the challenge.”No port visit is complete without the opportunity to get kitted out for a game of Rugby and the Bahrain Rugby Club were very willing to test their skills against the Northumberland team.It was an impressive performance but HMS Northumberland sadly lost 21-12 to the local side.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 20, 2013; Image: Royal Navylast_img read more

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USS Constitution Sailors Hold Anti-Terrorism Exercise

first_img Share this article USS Constitution Sailors Hold Anti-Terrorism Exercise View post tag: hold February 27, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Anti-Terrorism Training & Education View post tag: Constitutioncenter_img View post tag: sailors View post tag: Exercise USS CONSTITUTIONUSS Constitution Sailors conducted a multi-agency anti-terrorism training exercise on the morning of Feb. 25 in Charlestown Navy Yard. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS The exercise, conducted in conjunction with the National Park Service, Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department and Boston Emergency Medical Services, incorporated scenarios including an active shooter, a hostage situation, mass evacuation and multiple casualties. The drill took place near Constitution’s berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and aboard Constitution itself.“This was a scripted event designed to create a high-stress emergency environment for our crew and draw out secondary and tertiary responses from multiple external agencies,” said Cmdr. Sean Kearns, Constitution’s 73rd commanding officer. “It’s thanks to (Constitution’s) long-standing partnerships with the National Park Service, City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts that we can work together to further refine how we train to handle emergency situations while facilitating these inter-agency responses.”Though considered a stand-alone event, Constitution’s drill was intended to coincide with SOLID CURTAIN-CITADEL SHIELD 2014, an annual U.S. Navy Force Protection exercise developed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel on all Navy installations in the contiguous United States and establish a learning environment for security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities.All Constitution crew members are required to become qualified security watch standers soon after their arrival to America’s Ship of State, which made Tuesday’s training exercise an all-hands effort. Crew members played the roles of watch standers, civilians, hostages and the active shooter during the exercise, working together with external agencies to grasp a better understanding of how to effectively overcome extreme emergency situations. “The most interesting thing about the drill was seeing how everything came together, and how the agencies worked together with (Sailors) to help bring order to the chaos,” said Seaman Adam LaMantia, a Constitution crew member and drill participant. “As more agencies became involved, the pace slowed down, even as the stakes went up. I realized how much we rely on the other agencies to help complete our mission, and how we need the other agencies to fulfill their roles as much as we must fulfill ours.”Though Constitution Sailors only periodically run drills of such a large scale, they continue to train regularly to effectively handle any future emergency situations that may arise.“We are only as strong as the relationships that we maintain with federal, state and local agencies and the emergency response that comes from those relationships,” said Lt. Julien Geiser, Constitution’s operations officer and drill coordinator. “This exercise allowed us not only to push our limits as individual agencies, but more importantly, it strengthened our ability to coordinate our efforts and work toward better protecting Constitution and ensuring the safety of her Sailors and all her visitors.”USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.[mappress]Press Release, February 27, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Constitution Sailors Hold Anti-Terrorism Exercise last_img read more

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USS Oscar Austin Docks in Gdynia, Poland

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: docks View post tag: USS Oscar Austin July 2, 2014 The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) arrived in Gdynia, Poland, for a scheduled port visit, July 1. View post tag: Gdynia View post tag: Naval Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: poland View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Oscar Austin Docks in Gdynia, Poland USS Oscar Austin Docks in Gdynia, Poland The port visit in Gdynia is part of an ongoing effort by U.S. military forces to strengthen ties with NATO allies and regional partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the Baltic region.While in Gdynia, Oscar Austin will host several Polish government and military dignitaries for an on board reception as well as host ship tours.“It’s been two years since a U.S. ship has moored in Gdynia and I can tell you that the crew, including myself, is excited to be here today,” said Cmdr. Brian Diebold, commanding officer of Oscar Austin. “Oscar Austin Sailors, as with all U.S. Sailors, love working with their Polish brothers-in-arms.”Oscar Austin, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, is deployed in a multi-mission role to enhance regional maritime security and build interoperability with NATO and regional partners in the Baltic region.U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.[mappress]Press Release, July 02, 2014; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: americas Share this articlelast_img read more

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Naval Forces Conclude SIFOREX

first_img View post tag: americas Naval Forces Conclude SIFOREX View post tag: SIFOREX Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval Forces Conclude SIFOREX Naval forces from four partner nations concluded Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX) 2014 in Lima, Peru, Oct. 7. View post tag: BRAZIL Follow @navaltoday Authorities View post tag: Colombia View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic October 8, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Peru SIFOREX is a biennial Naval exercise that focuses on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) proficiency. Naval forces from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the U.S participated in SIFOREX 2014.SIFOREX 2014 was hosted by the Peruvian navy, and took place in the Southern Pacific beginning September 29. The exercise immediately followed UNITAS, the U.S. Navy’s longest running multinational maritime exercise, where 14 partner nations cooperated in a vast array of maritime scenarios.This year’s U.S. participants included USS Ingraham (FFG 61), P-8 Poseidon from VP-45 and P-3 Orion from VP-26, and Commander Destroyer Squadron 40 (COMDESRON40) staff.“SIFOREX has been a great opportunity for the Sailors to operate with a live submarine,” said Senior Chief Sonar Technician-Surface Paul Dammon, of the USS Ingraham (FFG 61). “The fact that it is a diesel submarine provides an added challenge; it is not every day that my Sailors have the chance to search for and track live sub-surface contacts, especially alongside our partner nations. It has been a great opportunity to strengthen interoperability with partner nation navies.”For most of the sonar technicians on board, this was the first time they had ever worked with foreign submarines. In SIFOREX 2014, Peru engaged with three proficient diesel submarines.The ships relied on standard tactical signals to communicate with each other, as well as maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters to locate and track subsurface contacts.SIFOREX has been recurring since 2001. The next SIFOREX is planned for 2016.[mappress]Press Release, October 08, 2014; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: USlast_img read more

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Northrop Grumman Tests Mine Hunting System

first_img September 14, 2015 Northrop Grumman Tests Mine Hunting System View post tag: mine hunting system View post tag: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Northrop Grumman Tests Mine Hunting System center_img View post tag: AQS-24B View post tag: Northrop Grumman Authorities In a U.S. Navy field test, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s AQS-24B mine hunting system successfully demonstrated the ability to perform synthetic aperture sonar processing at 18 knots in real time.The AQS-24B was developed at Northrop Grumman’s Undersea Systems campus in Annapolis. The field testing took place at the U.S. Navy Central Command in Bahrain, May 19-28. The AQS-24B finished 12 for 12 in successfully executing missions during the test exercise. During separate Tactics Development trials in Panama City, Florida, the AQS-24B achieved a record long single sortie tow duration of 16.25 hours from a surface ship.The AQS-24B has significantly improved image resolution, as well as the speed of real-time sonar processing.Vice president of Undersea Systems business unit, Northrop Grumman, Alan Lytle said:The AQS-24B represents a significant advancement of the U.S. Navy’s mine hunting capability, on both the MH-53E helicopters as well as the Mine Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessels (MHUs).The U.S. Navy can detect, classify and localize modern-day mine threats through the AQS-24B’s enhanced mine hunting sonar.[mappress mapid=”16919″]Image: Northrop Grummanlast_img read more

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NAVAIR completes sensor testing aboard TigerShark UAV

first_img View post tag: US Navy US Navy completes sensor testing aboard TigerShark UAV View post tag: TigerShark Equipment & technology View post tag: UAV The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command completed integration tests of the Logos Technologies’ Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard a TigerShark tactical unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (NASC).The flight was conducted in Yuma, Arizona, and demonstrated Redkite’s interoperability with different platforms, Logos Technologies said.“We’ve had Redkite on planes and helicopters, and just recently we tested an integrated version of the WAMI sensor inside the payload bay of a Group 3 unmanned aircraft system (UAS),” said John Marion, president of Logos Technologies. “Now we’ve integrated a Redkite pod to the underside of a TigerShark wing.”During the demonstration with TigerShark, sensor operators used Redkite to collect real-time wide-area motion imagery, geo-register it, and stream it down to the tablets held by mobile users on the ground.Marion says that, during the demonstration, operators on the ground got the imagery on their mobile devices without any problems. “The test went exceptionally well,” he said. “We showed that Redkite is ready to go on TigerShark as well as any other similarly sized platform.”center_img July 13, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy completes sensor testing aboard TigerShark UAV View post tag: Logos Technologies Share this articlelast_img read more

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NATO’s SNMCMG1 set for ordnance disposal ops off France

first_img Share this article View post tag: historic ordnance View post tag: NATO Ships from NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) are heading to France for a scheduled port visit and ordnance disposal operations.The ships are scheduled to arrive in Cherbourg on October 20 where they will coordinate with the French Navy in preparation for historical ordnance disposal operations (HOD Ops) off the French coast, resupply the ships and get a break from life at sea.Over the last three months the ships of SNMCMG1, their crews and the command staff took part in exercises Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea and Joint Warrior in British waters North-West of Scotland. Prior to these exercises, SNMCMG1 took part in HOD Ops in Latvia and Estonia clearing waters of explosives remaining from two World Wars.The exercises provided an opportunity for all personnel to refresh and train on a wide range of naval warfare skills. Some of these skills are put to use in the real world during the HOD Ops to make waters safer for navigation and fishing by neutralizing found historical explosives (mines and torpedoes).SNMCMG1 has previously visited ports in five Baltic Sea region countries including Finland and Sweden, which are important partners of NATO, and two ports in the United Kingdom.SNMCMG1 is currently composed of the NATO group flagship, Latvian coastal minelayer and command ship LVNS Virsaitis, German minehunter FGS Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Norwegian minesweeper HNoMS Rauma, Belgian minehunter BNS Primula and Dutch minehunter HNLMS Makkum. SNMCMG1 is under the leadership of Commander Gvido Laudups of the Latvian Navy. NATO’s SNMCMG1 set for ordnance disposal ops off France View post tag: SNMCMG1 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO’s SNMCMG1 set for ordnance disposal ops off France October 19, 2017last_img read more

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