US Navy: Naval Shipyard wasted $21m on equipment, Gear and vehicles for Unauthorized Security Force

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Senior security personnel at Norfolk Naval Shipyard established an unauthorized armed police force and wasted as much as $21 million in manpower, stockpiled vehicles and other gear, including a high-speed boat, for more than a decade following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a Naval Sea Systems Command investigation. The investigation, obtained by The…

Why Do U.S. Navy Ships Keep Crashing?

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The déjà vu collision of the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker near Singapore was the Navy’s fourth serious incident in the western Pacific this year, and mirrored a similar disaster in June that claimed the lives of seven sailors off the coast of Japan. In January, the USS Antietam ran aground near Yokosuka, Japan, where the U.S.…

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral sentenced to prison

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau was sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying to investigators to conceal his illicit 20-year relationship with Leonard Glenn Francis, the owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), the foreign defense contractor at the center of a major bribery and fraud scandal. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco…

California Reminder: Auxiliary diesel engine enforcement (01 Jan. 2017)

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued its 2017 Advisory explaining how the agency will proceed with enforcement of the Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean – Going Vessels at Berth in a California Port beginning 1 January 2017. ARB’s At-Berth Regulation is intended to reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from…