The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) returned from Builder's Sea Trials to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on April 14 after seven days at sea.
During this initial at-sea period, Ford's crew, representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy's CVN 78 Program Office, the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair and various technical subject matter experts demonstrated many of the ship's capabilities including tracking aircraft using the Dual Band Radar, conducting "no load" cycles using the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) and small boat operations.
Today the transfer of the Naval Group of Beach of its present homeport to the Arsenal of the Carraca in San Fernando has been published.
The Naval Group of Beach is the unit that groups to the LCM (mechanized landing craft) that support the amphibious ships of the Spanish Navy. It had its homeport in the Naval Station of Puntales, in the city of Cadiz. Its new homeport will be located in the Arsenal of La Carraca, in San Fernando. This transfer will be carried out progressively until its effective date on April 1, 2017. Thanks to the liberalization of space in the Arsenal of La Carraca can move the entire Naval Group of Beach and thus be located the unit in its center Logistical support and be located near the main unit of use, Spanish Marine Corps.
The Naval Group of the Beach is the unit whose mission is to support the landing forces in the ship-shore movement and that it carries out this task from the ships of the class Galicia (Galicia L-51 and Castilla L-52) and from the LHD Juan Carlos I (L-61). Each of these ships has the capacity to operate with four LCM (mechanized landing craft) from its flood dam.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Japan Ministry of Defense and U.S. Navy successfully used a ship-launched Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile target for the first time on Friday night in Hawaii.
In the Feb. 3 test, conducted at about 10:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (3:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Feb. 4), a target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, according to a MDA statement. USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) detected and tracked the target missile with its AN/SPY-1D(V) radar and Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C2 system. The ship fired a SM-3 Block IIA – being jointly developed by the U.S. and Japan – and intercepted the target.
Source: USNI News
The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was decommissioned during a ceremony held in the ship's hangar bay, Feb. 3.
The ceremony not only marked the end the ship's nearly 55-year career, it also served as the very first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
Capt. Todd Beltz, commanding officer of the Enterprise, addressed the ship's company, former commanding officers and distinguished visitors and spoke of where the true spirit of "The Big E" comes from.
On day 10, the Offshore Patrol Boat "Tarifa" (P-64) of the Spanish Armada return to Cartagena after finishing the inspection and monitoring fishing in EU waters fura territorial waters of Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Ireland, within the framework of the international campaign "Quadripartite 2016"
The Patrol Boat "Tarifa" (P-64) participated in an international campaign as vessel assigned by the European Union, meeting the objectives of controlling fishing for species such as monkfish, hake and megrim, and ensure resource conservation fisheries conservation in this area. During the campaign has sailed more than 5,500 miles, equivalent to just over 10,000 kilometers fulfilling the objectives of controlling fishing for species such as monkfish, hake and megrim, and ensure the conservation of fishery resources in the conservation area . During the campaign has sailed more than 5,500 miles, equivalent to just over 10,000 kilometers.
As a result of the agreements between the Secretaría General de Pesca Marítima and Spanish Navy, the patrol boat 'Tarifa' fundamental mission "monitoring, inspection and support for international fisheries fishing fleet and national fishery".
The Offshore Patrol Boat ‘Tarifa’
In addition to campaigns monitoring and inspection of fishing in national fisheries, Patrolman 'rate' falls in the international scheme of fisheries inspection and monitoring and inspection vessel assigned by the European Union (EU) and as a contracting party, is campaigning between 45 and 60 days NAFO fisheries (Newfoundland), NEAFC (Iceland), or in the conservation of bluefin tuna, both in the Gran Sol and the Mediterranean.
The complete system consists of four ScanEagle, of a launcher Mark 4, a collection system SkyHook and ground control station from which you can control up to 8 vehicles.
The AOR "Cantabria" (A-15) departs Ferrol towards the British Isles to integrate into the SNMG-2 (Standing NATO Maritime Group 2).
The AOR "Cantabria" participate in the multinational exercises "Joint Warrior".
It is the second time in just over a year that the ‘Cantabria’ integrates into SNMGs. The auxiliary oiler has just successfully undergone a series of ship qualification trials to test and certify its readiness state to operate with these multinational naval forces.
Commissioned in the Lista Oficial de Buques de la Armada (Official List of Spanish Navy Ships) the Transportable hydroggraphic lauch (YGS) "Sondaleza" with numeral A-93.
On Friday April 1, the AOR "Cantabria" (A-15) arrived to Ferrol after a two month deployment with the Standing NATO Maritime Group - 1 (SNMG-1).
During the two months deployed the AOR "Cantabria" has been the supply ship of integrated units in that group. During this time he has participated in international exercises NOR TG / DG and Cold Response units realized with SNMG-1 and other units of different NATO countries.
During deployment the AOR "Cantabria" visited the ports of London (UK), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bergen (Norway), Trondheim (Norway), Oslo (Norway), Kiel (Germany), Warnemünde (Germany) and Riga (Latvia).
During their integration has coincided with another Spanish ship as the frigate "Alvaro de Bazan" also it acts as a command ship of the group.