November 27, 2014

Keel-Laying Ceremony for Virginia-Class Submarine Washington (SSN 787)

Huntington Ingalls press release.

Photos - Huntington Ingalls

With weld shields in place and sparks flying, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII), hosted a keel-laying ceremony Saturday for the future USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine named for the Evergreen State.

The submarine’s sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Acting as the keel authenticator, during the ceremony she chalked her initials onto a metal plate. Her initials were then welded onto the plate, which will be permanently affixed to the submarine as a symbol of her relationship with the ship, its shipbuilders and crew.

“I look forward to watching this boat come together from steel and skill,” Elisabeth said. “I look forward to christening it, I look forward to commissioning it, but most of all, I look forward to meeting the men and women who will make up the crew.”

People's Liberation Army battle equipment in winter camoflage near Kunlun mountains

Not far from Aksai Chin on the edges of the Gobi desert.

A joint campaign by the 21 Army Corps, the Lanzhou Military Region Air Force, the Second Artillery Corps, the Army Air Corps and other branches of the military plan and train on joint strategies for winning winter conflicts.

Pakistan Army Major shows photos of Taliban imagined paradise to media

Paradise photos were used to motivate suicide bombers.

Russian rebels fly drone over Pisky

India-China joint anti terrorism exercises - Hand in Hand 2014

Vietnam Navy sends two frigates on first visit to the Philippines

Vietnamese frigates Dinh Tien Hoang (HQ-011) and Ly Thai To (HQ-012) on a port call to Manila Bay.

Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships -Dinh Tien Hoang (HQ-011) and Ly Thai To (HQ-012)- in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an official said it was not trying to challenge China's superior naval forces in the South China Sea.

Vietnam Navy invited the diplomatic community to its Russian-built missile-guided frigates docked in Manila Bay at the start of a three-day goodwill visit.The two 100-metre-(330-ft-) long Russian-built warships are equipped with stealth technology to display a minimal profile on enemy radar screens. They have anti-ship missiles and anti-submarine warfare helicopters.

"We are trying to hold joint patrols and operations in the Spratlys, including search-and-rescue operations," said a Philippine naval official, referring to a disputed island chain.
"We are not trying to challenge China's naval superiority in the disputed area. We have no intention to heighten any tension. These are peaceful activities, like sharing of experiences and best practices."

USMC (1st Recon BN) repel Taliban attack in Sangin, Afghanistan after meeting with local elders

Marines from 1st Recon BN take enemy contact in Sangin after a meeting with local elders. The Marines maneuver and call in airstrikes to break the enemy attack.

Aerial views of the destruction in Ferguson, Missouri