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NAVY RELEASES RESULTS OF RIVERINE COMMAND BOAT, FARSI ISLAND INVESTIGATION
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Source: US Navy

WASHINGTON - The Navy released the results of the investigation into the seizure of two riverine boats and the detention of 10 U.S. Navy personnel by Iranian forces today in a press conference at the Pentagon.

On January 12, 2016, two riverine boats left Kuwait for a 259 nautical mile transit to Bahrain. After deviating from their intended plan of movement, one of the riverine boats suffered an engine malfunction. Both riverine boats subsequently stopped to troubleshoot. After briefly attempting to communicate with Iranian forces patrol craft that intercepted them, the riverine boats and their crews were taken into Iranian custody. As a result of diplomatic negotiations, the riverine boats and their crews were released the following morning.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy Vice Admiral John C. Aquilino spoke to members of the Pentagon press corps about the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.

"The goal of this investigation was to conduct a thorough review of what U.S. Navy actions may have contributed to this incident," said Richardson. "We conduct these investigations to learn what we can in order to prevent similar events from occurring; and where necessary to hold our people accountable where they failed to follow procedures and meet expectations."

Additionally, Richardson noted that "the investigation concluded that Iran violated international law by impeding the boats' innocent passage transit and they violated our sovereign immunity by boarding, searching and seizing the boats and by photographing and video recording the crew."

Conclusions of the investigation centered on poor leadership and disregarded risk management and mission planning standards by those directly involved in planning the riverine boat missions.

The extensive report was subjected to comprehensive reviews before the public release in order to ensure that classified information, protected personally identifying information, and other non-releasable information remains protected. The names of the service members involved were redacted from the released materials to protect the privacy of the individuals and because some of them remain assigned to overseas, sensitive or routinely deployable units.

The report also noted that while the investigation did expose particular issues in relation to the training and day-to-day practices of a particular unit, it did not identify a significant problem in the overall Navy methodology and approach to training units and their leaders. Rather, the investigation highlights the importance of proper leadership and the adherence to sound naval doctrine.

Aquilino gave an overview of the event to include actions in theatre that lead to the eventual detainment and release of the RCB crews and what the Navy has done since the incident to mitigate similar occurrences.

"In order to maintain the bonds of trust and confidence amongst ourselves, and with the American people, we have an obligation to continuously examine our personal and professional conduct to ensure we always execute our mission and behave with integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness," said Richardson.

Source:  US Navy
Associated URL: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=95458
Source Date: June 30, 2016
Posted: 06/30/2016

 
 
AF INTRODUCES FIRST FULLY BUILT HH-60G OPS LOSS REPLACEMENT HELICOPTER

Source: US Air Force

WASHINGTON - The Air Force introduced the first of 21 fully built HH-60G Pave Hawk Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) helicopters June 28 at a ceremony in Huntsville, Alabama.

The HH-60G is used to conduct combat search and rescue operations. The OLR program will restore the service’s HH-60G fleet to its authorized size, replacing aircraft lost in nearly 15 years of deployed combat operations since 9/11.

The Air Force acquired 21 UH-60Ls and added a comprehensive kit of modifications and additional equipment to convert them into HH-60Gs. The service ensured the baseline helicopters they received from the Army were well-maintained, structurally sound aircraft with no systemic maintenance problems.

"The criteria we set for the helicopters we received was comprehensive and thorough," said Brig. Gen. Eric Fick, the director of Global Reach Programs with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. "The result is the HH-60G OLR, a completely re-missionized helicopter that is fully capable of successfully executing the combat rescue mission."

The Air Force worked with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to contract Science and Engineering Services LLC (SES) to modify the initial UH-60L aircraft. This effort began in October 2012 and required the program office and SES to integrate all of the modifications implemented on the HH-60G fleet throughout its more than 30-year history into a single technical data package. As a result, the aircraft introduced June 28 will have several systems upgrades that are only now beginning to reach the rest of the HH-60G fleet.

Units scheduled to receive the re-missionized helicopters will see a marked improvement in sustainability from the aircraft they’re currently flying, as numerous aging and obsolescent systems were modernized to match today’s state-of-the-art capabilities. These include color weather radar, a digital symbol generator, improved tactical air navigation, new radar warning receivers, an automatic direction finder, and a digital intercommunication system.

The Air Force will use the OLR program as part of an overall fleet management strategy. Air National Guard rescue units in California, Alaska, and New York will receive OLR aircraft in fiscal year 2018 after initial testing, while former Guard aircraft will re-flow to active units with the highest number of flight hours. The OLR aircraft will cut the Guard’s average fleet age in half.

The Air National Guard units receiving the OLR aircraft are the 210th Rescue Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; the 101st RQS at Gabreski Field, New York; and the 129th RQS at Moffett Federal Airfield, California.

Augmenting the fleet with the OLR helicopters ensures the service is ready to conduct personnel recovery and combat search and rescue missions until the modernized combat rescue helicopter enters service after 2020.

Source:  US Air Force
Associated URL: http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/816471/af-introduces-fir
Posted: 06/30/2016

 
 
AUSTAL USA AWARDED FULL SHIP SHOCK TRIALS SUPPORT FOR USS JACKSON (LCS-6)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Source: U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON - Austal USA, of Mobile, Alabama, has been awarded an $11,239,032 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order modification against the previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00024-15-G-2304), from the United States Navy, to provide emergent availability planning and execution for full ship shock trials support (FSST) for the Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS-6).

Austal USA will provide advance planning and accomplishment in support of in-between shot repairs during the FSST event; and the FSST repair period including work specifications and execution to correct damage sustained during the FSST event and FSST instrumentation removal.

Work will be performed in Mayport, Florida (80 percent); San Diego, California (10 percent); and Mobile, Alabama (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2016.

Fiscal 2015 and 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) in the amount of $11,180,045 will be obligated at time of award, with $6,095,381 expiring at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/820261
Source Date: June 29, 2016
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 06/30/2016

 

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