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  • Pirates attack U.S. Navy

    Yes.  Hard to believe, but true.  In an attempt that clearly demonstrates the boldness of the Somalian pirates, the USNS John Lenthall, a fleet oiler, was forced to fire warning shots to repel suspected pirates.  This clearly emphasized the need for an even greater naval presence in the area to counter the drastic increase in […]

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  • LRIT – Are you ready?

    If you own or operate a vessel over 300 GRT, a passenger ship including high speed passenger craft, or a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU), which is engaged in an international voyage, then you need to be ready for Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).  In particular, you need to be ready by December 31, […]

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  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy Launches Free Online Education Program

    The Maritime Executive reports: Massachusetts Maritime Academy Launches FREE Online Education Program Thursday, September 4th, 2008 BUZZARDS BAY, MA – Massachusetts Maritime Academy was recently awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s “Seafarer’s Environmental Education Fund” to develop and launch the Academy’s first online courses. The grant allows the program to initially […]

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  • Russians watch U.S. very closely

    This report from the AP: US unloads aid to Georgia, Russians eye every move By STEVE GUTTERMAN – 4 hours ago ABOARD THE USS MOUNT WHITNEY (AP) — As nearby Russian forces watched intently, a U.S. Navy ship unloaded 17 tons of humanitarian aid to a strategic Georgian port that was devastated in last month’s […]

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  • Black Sea remains interesting

    On Wednesday, the U.S. command ship MOUNT WHITNEY, the flagship of the Sixth Fleet sailed into the Black Sea loaded with 17 tons of humanitarian supplies bound for Georgia.   Meanwhile the first U.S. ship to enter the area, the guided missile destroyer USS McFaul has departed the Black Sea.  Also, the civilian manned U.S. […]

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  • Examining the issues: Gulf of Aden Piracy

    For many in the U.S. and other modern and prosperous countries, the reaction to the news of modern pirates attacking merchant ships large and small in remote corners of the globe is part disbelief, and part an exotic story from a far away land.  For Merchant Mariners who carry the goods and commodities that make […]