September 2016 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launches U.S. Navy's Future USS Wichita LCS 13
 
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the 13th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on Sept. 17. Ship sponsor, Kate Lehrer, christened LCS 13, the future USS Wichita, in Navy tradition by breaking a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the 13th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on Sept. 17. Ship sponsor, Kate Lehrer, christened LCS 13, the future USS Wichita, in Navy tradition by breaking a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.
 

Austal Awarded U.S. Navy Contract For Expeditionary Fast Transport EPF Ships 11 & 12
 
Austal USA was awarded a $326 million contract for the 11th and 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF) by the U.S. Navy late yesterday. This new contract supplements the 2008 fully-funded EPF 10-ship block-buy agreement bringing Austal’s current build to a 12 ship program valued at $1.9 billion. These ships grow Austal’s order book, extending the company’s production under contract into 2022.
Austal USA was awarded a $326 million contract for the 11th and 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport ships (EPF) by the U.S. Navy late yesterday. This new contract supplements the 2008 fully-funded EPF 10-ship block-buy agreement bringing Austal’s current build to a 12 ship program valued at $1.9 billion. These ships grow Austal’s order book, extending the company’s production under contract into 2022.
 

DCNS Launched its 7th FREMM multi-mission frigate, the Future Bretagne, for the French Navy
 
On 16 September 2016, DCNS floated the FREMM multi-mission frigate Bretagne in Lorient, France. The achievement of this industrial milestone marks an important step in the construction of the vessel. It once again underlines the dynamism of DCNS and its capacity to deliver six FREMM frigates to the French Navy before mid-2019, in accordance with the Military Programming Law 2014-2019.
On 16 September 2016, DCNS floated the FREMM multi-mission frigate Bretagne (Brittany) in Lorient, France. The achievement of this industrial milestone marks an important step in the construction of the vessel. It once again underlines the dynamism of DCNS and its capacity to deliver six FREMM frigates to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) before mid-2019, in accordance with the Military Planing Law 2014-2019.
 

Second Indian Navy Project 15B Destroyer Mormugao Launched at MDL Shipyard in Mumbai
 
Another significant milestone in the annals of the Indigenous Warship design and construction programme of India was achieved with the launch of Guided Missile Destroyer, Mormugao, second ship of Project 15B, on 17 Sep 16, at Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai. With a launch weight of 2844 tonnes, the vessel made its first contact with water at 11:58 AM with full fanfare during the launching ceremony graced by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba as the Chief Guest.
Another significant milestone in the annals of the Indigenous Warship design and construction programme of India was achieved with the launch of Guided Missile Destroyer, Mormugao, second ship of Project 15B, on 17 Sep 16, at Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai. With a launch weight of 2844 tonnes, the vessel made its first contact with water at 11:58 AM with full fanfare during the launching ceremony graced by Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba as the Chief Guest.
 

DCNS delivers the 2nd Mistral-class LHD to the Egyptian Navy, the Anwar El Sadat
 
On 16 September 2016, DCNS delivered the second of two helicopter carriers acquired by the Arab Republic of Egypt in October 2015, the LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) Anwar El Sadat. The flag transfer ceremony took place in the presence of the two Chiefs of Staff of the Egyptian and French navies, Admiral Rabie and Admiral Prazuck, the chairman and CEO of DCNS, Hervé Guillou, and the president of STX France, Laurent Castaing, together with senior French and Egyptian officials. By 2020, DCNS will have supplied seven combat vessels to Egypt, thus contributing to the modernisation of the Arab Republic of Egypt's defence system.
On 16 September 2016, DCNS delivered the second of two helicopter carriers acquired by the Arab Republic of Egypt in October 2015, the LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) Anwar El Sadat. The flag transfer ceremony took place in the presence of the two Chiefs of Staff of the Egyptian and French navies, Admiral Rabie and Admiral Prazuck, the chairman and CEO of DCNS, Hervé Guillou, and the president of STX France, Laurent Castaing, together with senior French and Egyptian officials..
 

DCNS to supply the SYLVER A50 Vertical Launch Systems (VLS) for Italian Navy's PPA Patrol Vessels
 
French naval defence and shipbuilding group DCNS announced that they signed a contract with MBDA Italia for the supply of SYLVER vertical launch system cells. The contract signed during Eurosatory defense exhibition in June is for the delivery of VLS to be fitted aboard five of the future multi role patrol vessels of the Italian Navy (Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura or PPA).
French naval defence and shipbuilding group DCNS announced that they signed a contract with MBDA Italia for the supply of SYLVER vertical launch system cells. The contract signed during Eurosatory defense exhibition in June is for the delivery of VLS to be fitted aboard five of the future multi role patrol vessels of the Italian Navy (Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura or PPA).
 

U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations to Host World's Largest Maritime Conference ISS-22
 
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson will host the 22nd International Seapower Symposium (ISS-22) Sept. 21-23 at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. Senior representatives from more than 110 countries, including many of their senior-most navy and coast guard officers, are expected to attend this biennial event.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson will host the 22nd International Seapower Symposium (ISS-22) Sept. 21-23 at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. Senior representatives from more than 110 countries, including many of their senior-most navy and coast guard officers, are expected to attend this biennial event.
 

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Selected to Build United States Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters
 
After conducting a thorough evaluation of proposals submitted by competing shipyards, the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded the largest vessel procurement contract in Coast Guard history to Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida. Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected to finalize its design and construct the first series of Nine Offshore Patrol Cutters to replace the Medium Endurance Cutters currently in service. The contract is initially for Nine vessels with options for Two additional vessels. The Coast Guard program goal is to build Twenty Five Offshore Patrol Cutters having a potential total contract value in excess of Ten billion dollars. Initially, Eastern has been awarded the detail design effort with a value of approximately One Hundred Ten million dollars. Construction of the first vessel is expected to commence in 2018.
After conducting a thorough evaluation of proposals submitted by competing shipyards, the U.S. Coast Guard has awarded the largest vessel procurement contract in Coast Guard history to Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida. Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected to finalize its design and construct the first series of Nine Offshore Patrol Cutters to replace the Medium Endurance Cutters currently in service. The contract is initially for Nine vessels...
 

Krylov: Russian Navy needs four general-purpose LHD amphibious assault ships
 
The Russian Navy is in need of four versatile amphibious assault ships, of which one is needed for the standing naval force in the Mediterranean, Yuri Yeryomin, chief, Military-Technical Cooperation Dept., Krylov State Research Center, believes.
The Russian Navy is in need of four versatile amphibious assault ships, of which one is needed for the standing naval force in the Mediterranean, Yuri Yeryomin, chief, Military-Technical Cooperation Dept., Krylov State Research Center, believes.
 

U.S. Navy F/A-18E & Italian Air Force KC-767A test aerial refueling capability
 
Testing for the U.S. Navy’s fighter aircraft to receive fuel from the Italian Air Force’s KC-767A aircraft is currently underway at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This six week test period is designed to meet the U.S. Central Command’s operational requirement for joint interoperability and increased air refueling capacity within that area of responsibility.
Testing for the U.S. Navy’s fighter aircraft to receive fuel from the Italian Air Force’s KC-767A aircraft is currently underway at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This six week test period is designed to meet the U.S. Central Command’s operational requirement for joint interoperability and increased air refueling capacity within that area of responsibility.
 

Russia's Krylov State Research Center Counting on India’s Aircraft Carrier Development Order
 
The Krylov State Research Center is counting on snagging an order for developing an aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy, Yuri Yeryomin, chief of the center’s Military-Technical Cooperation Department, has told TASS during the Army 2016 international military-technical forum.
The Krylov State Research Center is counting on snagging an order for developing an aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy, Yuri Yeryomin, chief of the center’s Military-Technical Cooperation Department, has told TASS during the Army 2016 international military-technical forum.
 

Sparton Corporation Successfully Demonstrated Their Maritime Payload Delivery System
 
Russia’s Almaz-Antey Corporation is currently upgrading the Kinzhal shipborne surface-to-air missile system for the Navy, a corporation spokesman said at the Army 2016 international military and technical forum.
Sparton Corporation announces the successful demonstration of their maritime payload delivery system at the ANTX (Annual Navy Technology Exercise) hosted by NUWC (Naval Undersea Warfare Center) in Newport, RI on August 16 - 18. Sparton, working closely with NUWC and industry partners, demonstrated the launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Sparton’s Hammerhead system. This technology provides the Navy with a capability not previously available.
 

Future Royal Australian Navy Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart Started Sea Trials
 
The Royal Australian Navy's future Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart started its first series of sea trials, called Builder’s Sea Trials on September 13, 2016. This phase will demonstrate the functionality of the ship’s propulsion, maneuvering, auxiliary, control and navigation systems. Following Builder’s Sea Trials, in early 2017 Hobart will undertake further trials to test and demonstrate the ship’s more advanced systems and the combat system performance.
The Royal Australian Navy's future Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart started its first series of sea trials, called Builder’s Sea Trials on September 13, 2016. This phase will demonstrate the functionality of the ship’s propulsion, maneuvering, auxiliary, control and navigation systems. Following Builder’s Sea Trials, in early 2017 Hobart will undertake further trials to test and demonstrate the ship’s more advanced systems and the combat system performance.
 

KAKADU 2016: Australia’s premier international maritime exercise underway
 
Australia’s largest international maritime exercise, Exercise KAKADU 2016, was officially launched in Darwin yesterday by the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer. Exercise KAKADU will see nations from around the Asia-Pacific region enhance interoperability, share knowledge and develop skills in responding to threats in the maritime and air domains with a multinational force.
Australia’s largest international maritime exercise, Exercise KAKADU 2016, was officially launched in Darwin yesterday by the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer. Exercise KAKADU will see nations from around the Asia-Pacific region enhance interoperability, share knowledge and develop skills in responding to threats in the maritime and air domains with a multinational force.
 

F-35 & Aegis Combat System Successfully Demonstrate Integration Potential in 1st Live Missile Test
 
Two pre-eminent weapon systems, the F-35 Lightning II and Aegis Weapon System, worked together for the first time during a live fire exercise. The joint Lockheed Martin, (NYSE: LMT) U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps exercise was the first live fire missile event that successfully demonstrated the integration of the F-35 to support Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).
Two pre-eminent weapon systems, the F-35 Lightning II and Aegis Weapon System, worked together for the first time during a live fire exercise. The joint Lockheed Martin, (NYSE: LMT) U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps exercise was the first live fire missile event that successfully demonstrated the integration of the F-35 to support Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).
 

SWARM's Project: ECA Group provides innovative AUV's for environmental recognition & sensing
 
ECA Group is currently involved in a European Project: SWARMs in order to increase the acknowledge level in underwater robotics. SWARMs (Smart and Networking Underwater Robots in Cooperation Meshes) is a wide European project started in July 2015 involving 35 partners from 10 European countries through 3 years. The total cost of this project is 17.3 M€ (EU Funding: 6.4 M€ and National Funding: 5.7 M€).
ECA Group is currently involved in a European Project: SWARMs in order to increase the acknowledge level in underwater robotics. SWARMs (Smart and Networking Underwater Robots in Cooperation Meshes) is a wide European project started in July 2015 involving 35 partners from 10 European countries through 3 years. The total cost of this project is 17.3 M€ (EU Funding: 6.4 M€ and National Funding: 5.7 M€).
 

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