June 2015 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

Canada accepts six CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters
 
The Canadian Armed Forces is a major step closer to operating a new world-class maritime helicopter fleet with the official acceptance of six CH-148 Cyclones. The six helicopters were accepted as per the schedule set out in January 2014, and have the operational capability to allow the Forces to begin retiring the Sea Kings.
 

US Navy uses SM-6 to intercept medium-range supersonic target from 'over-the-horizon'
 
The U.S. Navy's USS Desert Ship (LLS-1) crew fired a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6 at a medium-range supersonic target, successfully engaging the simulated 'over-the-horizon' threat. This mission was the next in a test series for Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air (NIFC-CA), a program designed to link U.S. Navy ships and airborne sensors into a single network.
The U.S. Navy's USS Desert Ship (LLS-1) crew fired a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6 at a medium-range supersonic target, successfully engaging the simulated 'over-the-horizon' threat. This mission was the next in a test series for Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air (NIFC-CA), a program designed to link U.S. Navy ships and airborne sensors into a single network.
 

General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Lewis B. Puller MLP 3 AFSB
 
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, delivered the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller Mobile Landing Platform (MLP 3) afloat forward staging base (AFSB). The ship is named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Marine and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses. Construction on the USNS Lewis B. Puller began in 2013.
General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, delivered the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller Mobile Landing Platform (MLP 3) afloat forward staging base (AFSB). The ship is named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Marine and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses. Construction on the USNS Lewis B. Puller began in 2013.
 

Diehl & Saab Complete Operational Test of RBS15 Mk3 Missile with German Navy K130 Corvette
 
The German-Swedish anti-ship missile RBS15 Mk3 completed its operational test successfully thereby achieving qualification. Operational capability was proved with the German Navy´s Braunschweig class (K-130) corvette “Magdeburg” at a test site in Swedish territorial waters at the end of April. The operational test comprises the entire performance record ranging from target assignment, mission planning to missile launch and striking the target.
The German-Swedish anti-ship missile RBS15 Mk3 completed its operational test successfully thereby achieving qualification. Operational capability was proved with the German Navy´s Braunschweig class (K-130) corvette “Magdeburg” at a test site in Swedish territorial waters at the end of April. The operational test comprises the entire performance record ranging from target assignment, mission planning to missile launch and striking the target.
 

DCNS delivers multi-mission frigate Provence, the second FREMM for the French Navy
 
On June 12th in Brest, DCNS delivered the FREMM multi-mission frigate Provence to the French Navy, as stipulated in the contract. This frigate is the second of the series ordered by OCCAR on behalf of the DGA (French armament procurement agency). Delivery of the FREMM multi-mission frigate Provence is the result of a design and construction process managed by DCNS in close cooperation with the French Navy, DGA and OCCAR teams.
On June 12th in Brest, DCNS delivered the FREMM multi-mission frigate Provence to the French Navy, as stipulated in the contract. This frigate is the second of the series ordered by OCCAR on behalf of the DGA (French armament procurement agency). Delivery of the FREMM multi-mission frigate Provence is the result of a design and construction process managed by DCNS in close cooperation with the French Navy, DGA and OCCAR teams.
 

Russia's Yantar Shipyard Held Keel Laying for Second Landing Ship Project 11711 "Pyotr Morgunov"
 
Yantar Shipyard based in Kaliningrad held an official keel laying ceremony for the second Ivan Gren class Landing Ship (Project 11711) for the Russian Navy: The Pyotr Morgunov. Construction the vessel actually started in December last year as we reported at the time.
Yantar Shipyard based in Kaliningrad held an official keel laying ceremony for the second Ivan Gren class Landing Ship (Project 11711) for the Russian Navy: The Pyotr Morgunov. Construction the vessel actually started in December last year as we reported at the time.
 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Unveiled 30FF or DEX Next Generation Vessel Concept for the JMSDF
 
In its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) unveiled a new surface combatant concept. Not much information is available but this new concept may be MHI's vision for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) next generation 3000 tons class Frigate known as "30FF" or FFX.
In its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) unveiled a new surface combatant concept. Not much information is available but this new concept may be MHI's vision for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) next generation 3000 tons class Frigate known as "30FF" or FFX.
 

PLAN conducts coordinated training in West Pacific Over Bashi Channel with H-6G J-11BH & Vessels
 
The naval aviation force of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) sent its Shenyang J-11BH and Xian H-6G aircraft on June 10 to the airspace over the sea area in east of the Bashi Channel, West Pacific Ocean, to conduct a coordinated training exercise with a Chinese naval taskforce cruising in that sea area, Chinese Navy Spokesperson Liang Yang said on Wednesday.
The naval aviation force of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) sent its Shenyang J-11BH and Xian H-6G aircraft on June 10 to the airspace over the sea area in east of the Bashi Channel, West Pacific Ocean, to conduct a coordinated training exercise with a Chinese naval taskforce cruising in that sea area, Chinese Navy Spokesperson Liang Yang said on Wednesday.
 

U.S. Navy and ROK Navy Strengthening their Anti-Submarine Warfare Skills with Silent Shark 2015
 
The U.S. and the Republic of Korea navies are participating in Exercise Silent Shark 2015 in the vicinity of Guam, June 8-12. The exercise integrates U.S. and Republic of Korean anti-submarine warfare assets to bolster relations and interoperability.
The U.S. and the Republic of Korea navies are participating in Exercise Silent Shark 2015 in the vicinity of Guam, June 8-12. The exercise integrates U.S. and Republic of Korean anti-submarine warfare assets to bolster relations and interoperability.
 

India's First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant Undocked by Cochin Shipyard
 
India on June 10th undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in the South West of the country. The ship, built at CSL, will now undergo final outfitting followed by a series of sea trials before its induction into the Indian Navy.
India on June 10th undocked its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in the South West of the country. The ship, built at CSL, will now undergo final outfitting followed by a series of sea trials before its induction into the Indian Navy.
 

United States Approves Sale of 3 AEGIS Ship Sets for Republic of Korea Navy
 
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for Aegis Combat Systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.91 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for Aegis Combat Systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.91 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
 

French Shipyard Piriou to Build a Polar Logistics Support Vessel for the French Navy & State
 
French Minister of Overseas announced that a 50 Millions Euros contract was awarded to Piriou shipyard for the construction of one Polar Logistics Support Vessels (Navire Logistique Polaire or PLV). This contract was awarded through the collaboration between several French ministries: Overseas, research and defense. The PLV will replace the existing L'Albatros patrol vessel and L'Astrobale ice braker.
French Minister of Overseas announced that a 50 Millions Euros contract was awarded to Piriou shipyard for the construction of one Polar Logistics Support Vessel (Navire Logistique Polaire or PLV). This contract was awarded through the collaboration between several French ministries: Overseas, research and defense. The PLV will replace the existing L'Albatros patrol vessel and L'Astrobale ice braker.
 

U.S. Navy Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Team Arrives At NSF Deveselu in Romania
 
The first group of Sailors charged with manning Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) Romania recently arrived at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, bringing the site one step closer to operational status. NSF Deveselu is the host installation for Phase 2 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense. The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System has many of the same components used at sea on guided-missile destroyers and cruisers, to include the Aegis Weapon System, Vertical Launch System, and SPY-1 radar, but it can only fire the Standard Missile-3 (SM3).
The first group of U.S. Navy Sailors charged with manning Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) Romania recently arrived at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, bringing the site one step closer to operational status. NSF Deveselu is the host installation for Phase 2 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense. The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System has many of the same components used at sea on guided-missile destroyers and cruisers...
 

BMT Secures Research Grant for Australia's Next-Generation Submarine
 
BMT Design & Technology (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, in collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), has secured funding through the Australian Defence Science Institute's Collaboration Research Grant Scheme which, this year, attracted more than 30 high quality research proposals seeking over $1.4 million in funding.
BMT Design & Technology (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, in collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), has secured funding through the Australian Defence Science Institute's Collaboration Research Grant Scheme which, this year, attracted more than 30 high quality research proposals seeking over $1.4 million in funding.
 

U.S. Marine Corps proves F-35B’s capability at sea, looks over horizon to IOC
 
Ships from 17 NATO and partner countries, comprising the BALTOPS 2015 force, sailed from Gdynia to start training in a number of warfare areas, June 8. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability in order to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability.
The Marine Corps F-35B operational test (OT-1) successfully concluded aboard a U.S. Navy amphibious ship, USS Wasp (LHD-1), on May 29, 2015. Setting off from Norfolk, Virginia on May 18, USS Wasp cut an arc between 50 and 100 miles off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, as Marine Corps pilots safely conducted 100 short takeoff and vertical landing sorties from the ship.
 

BALTOPS 2015 Ships Sail from Gdynia, Poland to Start Warfare Training
 
Ships from 17 NATO and partner countries, comprising the BALTOPS 2015 force, sailed from Gdynia to start training in a number of warfare areas, June 8. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability in order to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability.
Ships from 17 NATO and partner countries, comprising the BALTOPS 2015 force, sailed from Gdynia to start training in a number of warfare areas, June 8. BALTOPS is an annual multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability in order to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability.
 

Helibras Delivered the Fifth H225M Helicopter to the Brazilian Navy
 
Helibras delivered last month the 16th H225M helicopter to the Brazilian military as part of the contract for 50 helicopters purchased by the Defense Ministry to the Armed Forces. The helicopter, belonging to the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil), is the program's first aircraft delivered this year and the fifth unit for the navy.
Helibras delivered last month the 16th H225M helicopter to the Brazilian military as part of the contract for 50 helicopters purchased by the Defense Ministry to the Armed Forces. The helicopter, belonging to the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil), is the program's first aircraft delivered this year and the fifth unit for the navy., and can be operated in SAR missions (search and rescue), transportation and for general use.
 

BAE Systems Begins Construction on Second River Class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessel
 
The UK Secretary of State formally started construction of HMS MEDWAY, the second of three River Class Batch 2 vessels, by operating the plasma steel-cutting machine at an event attended by representatives from the Royal Navy, the local community and BAE Systems employees.
The UK Secretary of State formally started construction of HMS MEDWAY, the second of three River Class Batch 2 vessels, by operating the plasma steel-cutting machine at an event attended by representatives from the Royal Navy, the local community and BAE Systems employees.
 

Russian Ministry of Defence Awards Ilyushin Contract For Second Batch of Il-38N MPA
 
Russian plane maker Ilyushin announced it has received a contract from the Russian Ministry of Defence for the modernization of a second batch of IL-38 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to IL-38N standard. The exact number on it modernized aircraft was not specified. In March 2014, Ilyushin CEO Viktor Livanov said that the Russian Ministry of Defense plans to upgrade 28 IL-38 to the Il-38N standard until 2020.
Russian plane maker Ilyushin announced it has received a contract from the Russian Ministry of Defence for the modernization of a second batch of Il-38 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Il-38N standard. The exact number on it modernized aircraft was not specified. In March 2014, Ilyushin CEO Viktor Livanov said that the Russian Ministry of Defense plans to upgrade 28 Il-38 to the Il-38N standard until 2020.
 

Babcock Started HMS Albion LPD Refit and Upgrade at Devonport Royal Dockyard
 
The two year maintenance period will include a number of key upgrades which will greatly enhance the ship’s capability to perform as a key asset to the Royal Navy in future challenging and demanding operational situations. Over 100 alterations and additions will be completed as part of the upkeep.
The two year maintenance period will include a number of key upgrades which will greatly enhance the ship’s capability to perform as a key asset to the Royal Navy in future challenging and demanding operational situations. Over 100 alterations and additions will be completed as part of the upkeep.
 

First Flight Test of Next Gen Standard Missile-3 Block IIA SM-3 Anti-Ballistic Missile Complete
 
The Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), Japan Ministry of Defense, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, announced the successful completion of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA flight test from the Point Mugu Sea Range, San Nicolas Island, California. The interceptor's bigger rocket motors and more capable kill vehicle will engage threats sooner and protect larger regions from short to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.
The Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), Japan Ministry of Defense, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, announced the successful completion of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA flight test from the Point Mugu Sea Range, San Nicolas Island, California. The interceptor's bigger rocket motors and more capable kill vehicle will engage threats sooner and protect larger regions from short to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.
 

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