Monday, July 28, 2014

DOD Identifies Navy Casualty

Washington July 28, 2014 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Boatswain's Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea.

Iraq Extradites Fugitive Defense Contractor to U.S. to Face Fraud Charges

Metin Atılan oğluna 2 milyon dolara daire aldı!
Washington July 28, 2014 - A Las Vegas-based former Department of Defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face fraud and conspiracy charges for attempting to bribe U.S. officials in order to secure government contracts for his companies.   
Metin Atilan, 54, is the first person extradited from Iraq to the United States pursuant to the U.S.-Iraq extradition treaty signed on June 7, 1934 and entered into force in 1936.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart of the Southern District of Ohio, Special Agent in Charge Kevin Cornelius of the FBI’s Cincinnati Office and Resident Agent in Charge Bret Flinn of the Defense Criminal Investigation Service (DCIS) made the announcement.
“This historic extradition from Iraq to the United States is an example of our cooperation with law enforcement worldwide to bring fugitives to justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “Atilan’s return to the United States, after more than six years on the run, sends a clear message to fugitives: no matter where in the world you try to hide, we will find you, and we will prosecute you.”
“This case is a tremendous example of a successfully organized and cooperative law enforcement effort put forth by the FBI, DCIS, Interpol and the Iraqi government,” said Special Agent in Charge Cornelius.  “I commend the work of the FBI’s Legal Attaché  Office and the U.S. Embassy Country Team in Iraq. They have garnered a superior level of law enforcement cooperation between the FBI and Iraqi officials. Without their support, this extradition would not have been possible.”
Atilan, a dual U.S. and Turkish citizen, is scheduled to appear today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz of the Southern District of Ohio.
Atilan was charged by indictment on June 10, 2008, with conspiracy to engage in contract fraud, conspiracy to engage in wire fraud, and wire fraud.   According to court documents, Atilan is p resident and chief executive officer of PMA Services Ltd. of Las Vegas and Kayteks Ltd. of Adna, Turkey.   In 2006 through 2008, Atilan offered bribes and kickbacks in order to secure contracts for businesses he owned in connection with services and construction associated with U.S. military operations in Iraq.   Some of the Defense Department contracting officials who Atilan is accused of trying to bribe were stationed in Dayton at the time.
Atilan was first arrested in Las Vegas on May 23, 2008.  Atilan was placed on electronic monitoring pending his formal hearing before a federal judge in Dayton, Ohio.   On June 15, 2008, Atilan allegedly violated the terms of his pretrial release by cutting off his electronic bracelet and fleeing the country.   The government sought his extradition, and Atilan arrived in Dayton, Ohio on July 27, 2014.
An indictment is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the FBI and DCIS.   The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Keller of the Southern District of Ohio with assistance from Trial Attorney Dan E. Stigall of the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and Department of Justice Attaché Ellen Endrizzi.   The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs also provided assistance.

Raytheon Anschütz launches ShipGuard at SMM

July 25, 2014 - In view of an increasing demand for security of merchant ships and maritime trade, Raytheon Anschütz, a German-based leading manufacturer of Integrated Bridge Systems, has developed ShipGuard as an efficient shipborne security solution. ShipGuard will be presented for the first time ever at SMM 2014 in Hamburg. 
ShipGuard efficiently integrates the vessels existing navigation systems such as AIS and radar with a suite of commercial surveillance cameras. ShipGuard is available as a stand-alone system to upgrade existing or bridge system installations or as a functional task on Raytheon Anschütz’ Synapsis multifunctional workstations. 
With ShipGuard, shipowners can significantly increase vessel security and maritime situational awareness onboard. In its basic configuration ShipGuard offers the crew early detection and identification of approaching contacts, intuitive classification and efficient alarm zone monitoring as well as easy monitoring of own and friendly units such as support vessels or tender boats. Built on the flexible and advanced Synapsis system architecture, ShipGuard can be easily configured and integrated with individual components to meet individual requirements best.
ShipGuard can be used onboard various ships for multiple purposes including: 

  • perimeter protection, privacy protection and tender tracking solutions onboard megayachts;   
  • oil rig and wind farm protection tasks performed by offshore or wind farm service ships; and
  • anti-piracy solutions required by cruise and cargo ships.

For safety-sensitive markets, ShipGuard can be easily enhanced with advanced options such as Geo-Tiff maps, additional radars or sonars, a marine small target tracker, data links for ship-to-ship or ship-to-shore data exchange, integrated search light control or even integrated control of effectors such as acoustic devices, water cannons, or laser dazzlers.

Rockwell Collins sells military ground-based satellite communications portfolio

Cedar Rapids IA July 25, 2014 – Rockwell Collins, Inc. today announced it has completed the sale of its satellite communications business. The business, which designs, manufactures and services ground-based satellite communication systems primarily for military customers, will be renamed DataPath, Inc.
“This transaction is part of a strategy to reshape our Government Systems portfolio to align with the changing dynamics of the defense environment, and focus on core products that will fuel future growth for the company,” said Rockwell Collins CEO and President Kelly Ortberg.
The sale includes operations in Duluth, Georgia, and Stockholm, Sweden, and includes approximately 365 employees.

Foss Hired to Tow Carriers to Brownsville

Lauren Foss towed ex-USS Forrestal to Brownsville for scrapping. Foss photo.

Corbin Foss will be towing ex-USS Constellation from Bremerton to Brownsville via Cape Horn. Foss photo.

Vessel Name LOA (ft) Breadth (ft) Draft BHP Propulsion        Bollard Pull (Ahead)
Lauren Foss 149.8 40 19.5                         8,000 Twin Screw, Kort Nozzle 216,342 SOLAS
Corbin Foss 149.8 40 19.5                       8,000 Twin Screw, Kort Nozzle 212,900 SOLAS

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What Ships Were Used in Filming of the The Last Ship?

Have you been wondering which Arleigh Burke class destroyer were being used in the filming of this ship? USS Halsey and the USS Dewey were recruited for the shoot and became filming locations as the fictional USS Natham James (DDG 151) earlier this year while in dock in San Diego, reports the LA Times.

USS Halsey

USS Dewey


Friday, July 25, 2014

Parent Project 677 submarine will remain in the Northern Fleet - CKB "Rubin"

Parent Project 677 submarine will remain in the Northern Fleet - CDB
MOSCOW, July 25. (ARMS-TASS). Parent non-nuclear submarines of Project 677 (code "Lada") "St. Petersburg" after completion of trial operation will remain in the Northern Fleet (NF). In an interview with Itar-Tass General Director of OAO "CKB" Rubin "Igor Villeneuve. 
"Complete program pilot operation planned for this year, then head" Harmony "will go into battle fleet. As far as we know, she should stay in the Northern Fleet," - he said.
Now the first "Lada" continues testing program approved by the North and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Navy Command of the schedule.
"Pass the extra work with the complexes that could not be fully work in the shallow Baltic, required depth of the northern seas," - said Villeneuve.
Submarines series "Harmony" project 677 belong to the fourth generation of NNS. Developed of "CDB" Ruby. "Possess greater stealth and advanced systems near deep compared with third-generation submarines.
Compared with 636 submarines project (code "Varshavyanka") surface displacement "Lada" reduced almost 1.3 times - from 2300 to 1765 tons Full submerged speed increased from 19 to 21 knots. Number of crew members - 36 submariners, autonomy - up to 45 days. Boats of this type are characterized by a very low noise level and high level of automation.