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Naval Technology
 
 

Year 2013 in review: Newly-commissioned ships of PLA Navy
 
2013 is the harvest year of surface warships for the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN). In addition to a series of successful training of the aircraft carrier “Liaoning”, a multitude of new-type destroyers and frigates successively entered into service successively. The most in number of commissioned ships among them is the Type-056 light-weight guided missile frigate (or corvette).
2013 is the harvest year of surface warships for the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN). In addition to a series of successful training of the aircraft carrier “Liaoning”, a multitude of new-type destroyers and frigates successively entered into service successively. The most in number of commissioned ships among them is the Type-056 light-weight guided missile frigate (or corvette).
 

ADCOM Systems unveiled the first fixed wing UAV for anti-submarine warfare at Dubai Airshow
 
At the Dubai Airshow 2013, which was held in November, UAE based company ADCOM Systems which specializes in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) unveiled its “NAVY UAV”. This new UAV project is designed specifically for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). This makes it the world’s first fixed wing UAV project dedicated to ASW missions.
At the Dubai Airshow 2013, which was held in November, UAE based company ADCOM Systems which specializes in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) unveiled its “NAVY UAV”. This new UAV project is designed specifically for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). This makes it the world’s first fixed wing UAV project dedicated to ASW missions.
 

U.S. Navy Launches XFC UAV from Submerged Submarine
 
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. From concept to fleet demonstration, this idea took less than six years to produce results at significant cost savings when compared to traditional programs often taking decades to produce results.
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. From concept to fleet demonstration, this idea took less than six years to produce results at significant cost savings when compared to traditional programs often taking decades to produce results.
 

SUBSEA TECH Unveils a new USV for above and under water surveillance and reconnaissance
 
Subsea Tech, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems unveiled at Milipol 2013 (the International Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from November 19 – 22, 2013) the CAT-Surveyor, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) designed for inland and harbor waters reconnaissance.
Subsea Tech, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems unveiled at Milipol 2013 (the International Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from November 19 – 22, 2013) the CAT-Surveyor, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) designed for inland and harbor waters reconnaissance.
 

Video: F/A-18F Super Hornet takes on a full load of Harpoons Anti-ship missiles for the first time
 
On runway 24 of U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, a part of Boeing Harpoon missile history was recently witnessed when four of the proven Harpoon Block IC cruise missiles were uploaded onto a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet to undergo a rigorous flight test over the Atlantic Ocean. The test verified flight characteristics with the quad load-out; a Harpoon first.
On runway 24 of U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, a part of Boeing Harpoon missile history was recently witnessed when four of the proven Harpoon Block IC cruise missiles were uploaded onto a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet to undergo a rigorous flight test over the Atlantic Ocean. The test verified flight characteristics with the quad load-out; a Harpoon first.
 

Interview: Lockheed Martin LRASM next generation anti-ship missile
 
AUSA (which was held from 21 to 23 October 2013 in Washington D.C) is a land warfare focused exhibition, but when we learned that a Lockheed Martin representative involved in the LRASM program was attending the event, we couldn't pass the opportunity to meet with the person and get an update on the future U.S. Navy anti-ship missile.
AUSA (which was held from 21 to 23 October 2013 in Washington D.C) is a land warfare focused exhibition, but when we learned that a Lockheed Martin representative involved in the LRASM program was attending the event, we couldn't pass the opportunity to meet with the person and get an update on the future U.S. Navy anti-ship missile.
 

DCNS launch Vladivostok, Russian Navy's first Mistral class LHD
 
Vladivostok, the first of two BPC-type vessels (LHD - Landing Helicopter Dock) on order from DCNS for the Russian Federation was floated out of its building dock at STX France's Saint-Nazaire shipyard on 15 October. The event was attended by senior officials representing the French and Russian navies and shipbuilding industries. The programme has proceeded as planned since the contract came into force in late 2011, with the vessels on schedule for delivery in late 2014 and late 2015 respectively.
Vladivostok, the first of two BPC-type vessels (LHD - Landing Helicopter Dock) on order from DCNS for the Russian Federation was floated out of its building dock at STX France's Saint-Nazaire shipyard on 15 October. The event was attended by senior officials representing the French and Russian navies and shipbuilding industries. The programme has proceeded as planned since the contract came into force in late 2011, with the vessels on schedule for delivery in late 2014 and late 2015 respectively.
 

A3SM: A True Game Changer for Submarines Self Defence against Threats from the Sky
 
As part of the Paris Air Show Navy Recognition was invited by DCNS to visit their factory located near Angoulême in southwestern France. The site specializes in the production of submarine equipment such as torpedo tubes and torpedo handling systems. It is also the place where the FREMM frigates' vertical launch systems are produced. The focus of the visit however was the A3SM, a new anti-air defence weapon system for submarine currently under development by DCNS and MBDA.
As part of the Paris Air Show Navy Recognition was invited by DCNS to visit their factory located near Angoulême in southwestern France. The site specializes in the production of submarine equipment such as torpedo tubes and torpedo handling systems. It is also the place where the FREMM frigates' vertical launch systems are produced. The focus of the visit however was the A3SM, a new anti-air defence weapon system for submarine currently under development by DCNS and MBDA.
 

X-47B UCAS-D First Catapult Launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) a Success
 
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia today. "Today we saw a small, but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex warfighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier," said Vice Adm. David Buss, commander, Naval Air Forces, the Navy's "Air Boss".
The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia today. "Today we saw a small, but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy as we begin integration of unmanned systems into arguably the most complex warfighting environment that exists today: the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier," said Vice Adm. David Buss, commander, Naval Air Forces, the Navy's "Air Boss".
 

Vladivostok, Russian Navy future Mistral class LHD, specificities and characteristics
 
STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire is currently assembling the bow and central sections of Vladivostok, the first Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia. First cut of steel for this head unit took place at the Russia’s Baltic Shipyard United Shipbuilding Corporation (OCK) in St. Petersburg in August 2012.
STX France shipyard in Saint Nazaire is currently assembling the bow and central sections of Vladivostok, the first Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia. First cut of steel for this head unit took place at the Russia’s Baltic Shipyard United Shipbuilding Corporation (OCK) in St. Petersburg in August 2012.
 

Models of Royal Navy future Carrier & RFA Tanker simulate Replenishment At Sea
 
Two highly-accurate one-tonne scale models of HMS Queen Elizabeth and future tanker RFA Tidespring have been tested in Europe’s largest indoor water tank in Gosport to determine how the two ships can sail safely in company. Key to any future operations by the carrier – the largest warship ever to sail under the White Ensign – will be sustaining her thousands of miles from home.
Two highly-accurate one-tonne scale models of HMS Queen Elizabeth and future tanker RFA Tidespring have been tested in Europe’s largest indoor water tank in Gosport to determine how the two ships can sail safely in company. Key to any future operations by the carrier – the largest warship ever to sail under the White Ensign – will be sustaining her thousands of miles from home.
 

DCNS Lorient Shipyard Visit and FREMM Frigates Program Update with Vincent Martinot-Lagarde
 
Navy Recognition was recently invited by DCNS to visit their Lorient (Brittany) based shipyard. The Lorient site specializes in surface vessel. It was the birthplace of many French Navy vessels such as Aviso type ships, the La Fayette class of frigates (and its export derivatives) and even several classes of cruisers before and after World War II. We also took this rare opportunity to sit down and ask a few questions to Vincent Martinot-Lagarde, FREMM Programs Manager.
Navy Recognition was recently invited by DCNS to visit their Lorient (Brittany) based shipyard. The Lorient site specializes in surface vessel. It was the birthplace of many French Navy vessels such as Aviso type ships, the La Fayette class of frigates (and its export derivatives) and even several classes of cruisers before and after World War II. We also took this rare opportunity to sit down and ask a few questions to Vincent Martinot-Lagarde, FREMM Programs Manager.
 

Q&A with BAE Systems on Type 26 Frigate Design Update at Euronaval 2012
 
During Euronaval 2012 in October last year, BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships showcased a Type 26 “Global Combat Ship” frigate model with a slightly modified design compared to the big design update unveiled during DSA 2012 in April last year. We asked a few questions to BAE Systems on the reasons behind the latest changes to the design.
During Euronaval 2012 in October last year, BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships showcased a Type 26 “Global Combat Ship” frigate model with a slightly modified design compared to the big design update unveiled during DSA 2012 in April last year. We asked a few questions to BAE Systems on the reasons behind the latest changes to the design.
 

Commonality and similarity in DAMEN SIGMA designs
 
SIGMA 9813 and SIGMA 10513 have 100% commonality in structure, propulsion and auxiliary systems, as the 10513 version in essence is just a lengthened version and has an extra compartment of 7.20 m by a parallel section in the amidships region. This extra compartment provides added functional spaces and some alternative accommodation spaces.
SIGMA 9813 and SIGMA 10513 have 100% commonality in structure, propulsion and auxiliary systems, as the 10513 version in essence is just a lengthened version and has an extra compartment of 7.20 m by a parallel section in the amidships region. This extra compartment provides added functional spaces and some alternative accommodation spaces.
By Leon Goossens MSc, Chief Naval Architect, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding
 

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