US Commissions First Navy Warship in Foreign Port

Sadik Shaikh
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USS Canberra was officially inaugurated during Sydney, Australia’s biennial Talisman Sabre military exercises, symbolizing force and solidarity against China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Admiral Emory S. Land presided as chairman of this commission, which also established the United States Maritime Service to train seagoing ship’s officers and issue licenses for sailing vessels.

USS Canberra

Canberra was named after being Australia’s capital city after more than 160 years, and its naming recognizes and reinforces enduring ties between Australia and the US. On this day in Sydney’s Royal Australian Naval Base ceremony was attended by dignitaries such as Governor-General David Hurley AD DSC DSC Governor-General Richard Marles DPM Richard Marles DPM; more than 2000 people also witnessed it all!

Canberra was laid down at Quincy, Massachusetts by Bethlehem Steel Corp. on 3 September 1941 and launched on 19 April 1943; sponsored by Lady Alice Dixon – wife of Australian Ambassador Sir Owen Dixon; upon commissioning she became part of the Pacific Fleet.

On 17 March 1956, she escorted President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Bermuda before sailing the following month for the International Naval Review at Hampton Roads; acting as reviewing ship alongside Boston (CAG-1) which served as ceremonial flagship during this ceremony to select Unknown Servicemen from World War II and Korea.

Canberra resumed westPac operations after her reviews. On 18 September, she left San Diego for her fifth WestPac deployment; stopping at Cochin [Kochi], India; Karachi in British Protectorate of Pakistan; Aden, Egypt and Leghorn and Fiumicino Italy as well as Athens Greece and Istanbul Turkey on her journey towards Yokosuka Japan.

Canberra completed an Operational Readiness Inspection during this time, before sailing to Atlantic Fleet operating area and conducting local operations, participating in individual ship exercises, Navy League cruises, and individual ship drills. On 22 October 1961 she entered Long Beach Naval Shipyard for two and one half month yard period.

Canberra received an Engineering Excellence Award in June 1964, returning to Norfolk later that fall for refresher training and Fleet Exercise activities. On January 5, 1960 she served as Commander’s Flagship during a luncheon hosted by Armed Forces Policy Council and Unified Specified Commanders.

Australia’s ‘seahorse hotels’ aim to save endangered species

Seahorses are among the world’s most endangered marine mammals, so an Australian project has undertaken to give these tiny marine mammals a fighting chance of survival. Researchers have set up “hotels” in Sydney harbor, providing refuge to these aquatic mammals while they recover and reproduce, according to AP. This effort is being coordinated between SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and several government agencies.

These hotels are designed to resemble abandoned crab traps that serve as natural seahorse habitats. Scientists have observed seahorses moving into these structures as homes; hotels are installed a month prior to them coming inside so algae, sponges, and other marine fouling can develop on them over time, turning them into semi-natural reefs.

Once the seahorses have become comfortable in their hotels, they will be released into Sydney Harbor where they should begin mating with wild seahorses and reproducing. This project forms part of an effort to rebuild Australia’s native population of White’s seahorses which have seen their numbers decrease by nearly 90% due to habitat loss and pollution from ocean traffic and coastal development projects over the past decade.

Scientists are developing ways to make the ocean more welcoming for seahorses by building reefs and implementing cleaning programs. In addition, they’re testing new methods of attracting animals such as using bright lights to lure males.

Although they’re small in size, seahorses serve as powerful indicators of waterway health. Their numbers show whether or not their ecosystem is healthy. According to researchers, seahorse hotels have proven successful so far; researchers have observed many young seahorses making themselves at home there and plan on tracking how the animals fare after they’re released into the wild – each animal marked with its own ID will allow scientists to monitor progress after release as well as any potential issues like disease or predators that arise after being set free into nature – an invaluable way of tracking that allows scientists can identify issues before any potentially arise affecting seahorses would pose problems later that need further.

AUKUS pact strengthens U.S.-Australian defense ties

Canberra will become the first Australian capital to acquire nuclear-powered submarines under an unprecedented defense pact between the United States, Australia and Britain that will increase deterrence against China. Under AUKUS project, US and UK submarines will start rotating through HMAS Stirling naval base in Western Australia from 2027 onward. Furthermore, Washington plans on selling Canberra three Virginia-class subs with options to purchase two more between 2027-2030; Australian navy sailors will travel both ways for training on how to operate these advanced subs.

Washington, Canberra and London’s joint initiative is remarkable as it showcases their plans to deepen technological integration, expand industrial capacity across their countries and coordinate strategic planning more closely. Furthermore, it sends a clear signal to Beijing that they won’t tolerate its increase in power or assertiveness within the region.

Although Beijing protests otherwise, no one — not even Chinese themselves — doubt that AUKUS aims to contain China. By further unifying their industrial bases and strengthening interoperability between them, United States, Australia, and Britain hope they can advance a strategy of collective deterrence more rapidly than many expected.

Pillar II of AUKUS calls for cooperation on advanced capabilities like drones, cyber security and quantum computing — technologies the Chinese are actively pursuing. Unfortunately, this initiative could face numerous hurdles to its success; these include US export controls that impede technology transfer between members; an unwillingness of legislators on Capitol Hill to support an additional budget to fund AUKUS; and limited allocations of funds needed.

The Obama administration is seeking a series of interim executive branch actions and legislative proposals to ease AUKUS’ implementation, such as streamlining regulations on technology transfers, expanding defense industrial base coverage and permitting Pentagon funding sources to pay for subs out of existing funds rather than needing new appropriations appropriations.

The ship’s commissioning ceremony

The United States Navy is one of the world’s premier military forces. Deployed worldwide to respond to crises, its reach extends from protecting American trade routes during peacetime to projecting power internationally – it serves as an integral component of America’s foreign and defense policies. Led by civilian leadership under Secretary of the Navy who sits on Joint Chiefs of Staff – their highest officer being Chief of Naval Operations who reports directly to Secretary of the Navy.

Before 1790, the United States did not possess a navy, leaving merchant ships open to attack by Barbary pirates. With passage of the Naval Act of 1794 came a permanent fleet and gunpowder-and-torpedo-armed revenue cutters capable of repelling pirate attacks while blocking enemy ports – not forgetting recruiting and training sailors and officers into its ranks!

By the 1890s, rapid construction of steel-hulled battleships enabled the United States to quickly catch up with European naval powers. This technology led to the legendary “Great White Fleet,” which circled the globe in 1907. Spain’s defeat in 1898 during the Spanish-American War led them to cede Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to America as part of a peace treaty agreement.

On Saturday in Sydney, Australia, the USS Canberra became part of the active Navy fleet through a ceremony in its honor in Australia’s city of Canberra – for their heroism during World War II’s pivotal Battle of Savo Island naval battle fought there. The ceremony marked the first time any U.S. Navy ship had ever been commissioned there! It also marks a first for littoral combat ships of any sort being launched from foreign ports! This littoral combat ship is named in tribute to Canberra because of heroism during World War II naval battle which involved major American forces during World War II’s Pacific theater battle for control of Savo Island; its namesake makes reference to Canberra city.

All commissioned naval vessels bear names starting with USS, standing for “United States Ship.” Non-commissioned Navy vehicles and vessels typically receive names selected by the secretary of the Navy to honor notable individuals or places.

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