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Almost 4,000 thousand servicemen aboard twelve ships are in New York Harbor to take part in the 2017 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships.

Five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and one Royal Canadian Navy ship will be present for the opening ceremony on May 24.

Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), from Norfolk, Virginia, will be stealing the show, with several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, embarked.

As flagship, Kearsarge is scheduled to render a 7-gun salute as the ship passes Fort Hamilton on Long Island. Fort Hamilton will conduct a 15-gun salute in return.

Other ships in the review will include Legend-class cutter USCGC Hamilton; Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay; four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland; oceanographic research ship RV Neil Armstrong; Ticonderoga-class cruisers USS San Jacinto and USS Monterey (CG 61); Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen; Keeper-class cutter USCGC Katherine Walker; Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Zephyr and Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Yuma.

The ships can be seen along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge.

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The ship’s company of Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Newcastle exercised Freedom of Entry during a recent visit to their namesake city.

In addition to the Freedom of Entry, the officers and sailors took part in traditional Anzac Day dawn service and march and a range of community activities.

Commanding officer Newcastle Commander Mark Sirois said the ship’s company were delighted and honoured by the warm welcome received from the community.

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The Chilean Navy has selected Lockheed Martin Canada to upgrade combat management systems on its Type 23 frigates.

The company will provide its CMS 330 system which will now be featured on four different warship classes – New Zealand Navy Anzac-class frigates, and Canadian Navy AOPS and Halifax-class ships.

Lockheed Martin was selected as prime contractor following a tender that saw four competitors shortlisted.

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German Navy frigate FGS Brandenburg has completed repairs and returned to sea following a grounding incident in Greece, in April this year.

The frigate ran aground on the morning of April 17 while departing the port of Piraeus, Greece.

FGS Brandenburg collided with a jetty and damaged her rudder and both propellers and was only partially operational.

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German Navy’s fourth and final 125 class frigate (F125) ‘Rheinland-Pfalz’ was christened at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ Hamburg site on May 24.

The frigate ‘Rheinland-Pfalz’ is scheduled to be handed over to the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw in spring 2020.

Malu Dreyer, premier of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate after which the frigate has been named, performed the christening ceremony in the presence of high-level representatives from government, the German Navy and the companies involved.

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Austrian unmanned air system manufacturer showcased its CAMCOPTER UAS to Norwegian defense forces and security agencies earlier this month at the Andøya Test Center (ATC).

The event, held approximately 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, was attended by the Norwegian Coastguard, Royal Norwegian Navy, Royal Norwegian Airforce, Norwegian Coastal Administration and Police Directorate.

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From the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center to New Year's Eve in Times Square, New York’s time-honored traditions are some of the most well-known around the world. Arriving today as part of another New York tradition, a “parade of ships” from several branches of the U.S.


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The OOCL France has set a new record as the largest ship to transit the Expanded Panama Canal since its inauguration nearly one year ago. The new record comes less than a month after the COSCO Development became the first 13,000 TEU containership to use the expanded waterway. The vessel went on to set the soon-to-be-broken […]

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Maersk Drilling says it has been awarded a 150-day contract extension by ExxonMobil for the ultra-deepwater drillship Maersk Viking at a significantly lower day rate compared to the original long-term contract. The company said the estimated value of the contract extension is $22.5 million, which corresponds to a day rate of approximately $150,000 per day. […]

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