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Maritime Risk Symposium 2024 – Great Power Competition and Gray Zone Engagement

access to data and transition away from current organization-centric data architecture? What steps can we take today to break down these barriers and enhance collaboration between GMCOI members?Panel 3 – Marine Board: Maritime Policy vis a vis the National Maritime StrategyFocus: Since 2014 Congress has tasked the administrations to develop a national maritime strategy to ensure the nation has sufficient U.S. flagged vessels, mariners and shipbuilding capacity to meet future military sealift requirements, which is critical to our national security. To date, the efforts have not produced the

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Newport News Authenticates Keel of Virginia-class Attack Submarine Oklahoma

.“This time-honored tradition celebrates the hard work of thousands of shipbuilders from HII who have been working on Oklahoma, the first Block V Virginia-class submarine,” said Cmdr. Aaron Stutzman, commanding officer of the pre-commissioning unit. “This important step brings to life Congress’ charge in our constitution to maintain a Navy. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be Oklahoma’s first commanding officer, training our sailors to work alongside the shipyard community building Oklahoma and to be ready to take the world’s most technologically-advanced submarine

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Happy to be Blue

. And of course, not my area at all. I sit in those meetings as the ocean person, and I listen to all sorts of jargon and discussion that I barely can understand, but it’s fascinating.Q: Lastly, I wanted to touch on something I heard you discuss during a keynote speech at the International Congress on Maritime Museums here in Halifax last September. You mentioned the importance of “deep blue carbon.” Can you explain what this is and why we should care?Dr. Waite: As you know, I believe that the carbon budget and climate change are the single most pressing issue that we face. The

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USV Projects Awarded Funding Under US Dept of Defense Accelerator Program

operations.APFIT funding is helping to deliver war-winning capability 1-2 years earlier than scheduled, while contributing to the health of the US Industrial base through investments in small business and/or nontraditional defense developed capabilities, the Department of Defense said. Congress appropriated $150 million for APFIT in FY23.  “I am thrilled to see the increased support from Congress for the APFIT program,” said Heidi Shyu, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “This flexible funding is helping to transform the way the Department quickly

File photo: The U.S. Navy's Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) at Naval Station Norfolk, in 2021. (Photo: Alfred A. Coffield / U.S. Navy)

US, Australia to Unveil Submarine Pact to Counter China

but ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) prevents the types of cooperation that is needed," said Greenwalt, referring to U.S. export rules.A State Department spokesperson said the United States was working to streamline the defense trade process.Australian workers to the U.S. The U.S. Congress has been briefed in recent weeks on the AUKUS deal to garner support for the legal changes needed to smooth out technology transfer issues for the highly secret nuclear propulsion and sonar systems that will be aboard Australia’s new submarines, a congressional source said on condition of

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Lobsters Versus Right Whales

Lobsters versus right whales: The latest chapter in a long quest to make fishing more sustainableMaine lobster fishermen received a Christmas gift from Congress at the end of 2022: A six-year delay on new federal regulations designed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.The rules would have required lobstermen to create new seasonal nonfishing zones and further reduce their use of vertical ropes to retrieve lobster traps from the seafloor. Entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with many types of ships are the leading causes of right whale deaths.Maine’s congressional

ASL’s David Fissel was named a Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). Photo courtesy ASL

ASL’s Fissel Named a Fellow of CMOS

.      This reality was apparent in his directorship roles on numerous university, government and private sector organizations’ advisory and collaborative panels as well as his executive positions, including President, of the CMOS from 2009–2012 and leading the CMOS Congress 2021 organizing team.Since 2017, he has carried on at ASL on a part time basis as a Senior Scientist while continuing to reside in Brentwood, B.C. with his wife Bernadette and faithful dog, Meena except when he is travelling to check up on his four offspring or the Toronto Bluejays baseball team

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Insights from the 50th International Congress of Maritime Museums

and commerce. In a decade where ocean health and climatic events have become a primary focus, museums have the added challenge of sharing the urgency of marine conservation while engaging and educating through storytelling and immersive experiences. How do they do it all at once?The International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM) was recently held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to tackle this assignment. The gathering was special, achieving multiple historical markers simultaneously as the first since the pandemic, the 50th Congress since its formal inception in 1972, and coinciding with the 500th anniversary

Walter Munk (center) with the author (left) and his wife Mary (right) at Scripps in 2018. Photo courtesy the Author

Opinion: A Call for the USNS Walter Munk to Honor America’s Greatest Oceanographer

In the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress established a commission to rename several military bases and ships that commemorate members of the Confederacy.  One of these is the Naval oceanographic ship USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), named after oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury, who resigned his commission in the U.S. Navy to join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the American Civil War. The USNS Maury is an asset of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), which I led from 2014-2017. I attended the ship’s commissioning in 2017, where I praised Maury’s

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