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

U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Completes Operational Assessment

U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Completes Operational Assessment
 
The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) built for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully completed Operational Assessment (OA). Pending final data analysis, the completion of this milestone signals the maturity of the system and paves the way for a positive Milestone C decision. Milestone C will transition Triton into low rate initial production.
The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) built for the U.S. Navy by Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully completed Operational Assessment (OA). Pending final data analysis, the completion of this milestone signals the maturity of the system and paves the way for a positive Milestone C decision. Milestone C will transition Triton into low rate initial production.
 

Fincantieri Cuts 1st Steel of New LSS – Logistic Support Ship for Italian Navy

Fincantieri Cuts 1st Steel of New LSS – Logistic Support Ship for Italian Navy
 
The steel cutting ceremony of the LSS logistic support unit’s bow section was held today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. Construction works, therefore, officially started on the first unit, as provided in the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet, which has been commissioned to Fincantieri.
The steel cutting ceremony of the LSS logistic support unit’s bow section was held today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. Construction works, therefore, officially started on the first unit, as provided in the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet, which has been commissioned to Fincantieri.
 

Q&A with Lockheed Martin Canada Regarding the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program

Q&A with Lockheed Martin Canada Regarding the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Program
 
Signalling an exciting stage of maturity for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Project, Lockheed Martin Canada is announcing several important program milestones.
The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the Royal Canadian Navy procurement program that will replace the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates with up to 15 new ships in about the mid-2020s as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Following the recent SNA 2016 show held in Washington D.C, Navy Recognition got in touch with Lockheed Martin Canada...
 

Zelenodolsk Shipyard to Lay Down 3rd Project 22160 Patrol Ship for Russian Navy

Zelenodolsk Shipyard to Lay Down 3rd Project 22160 Patrol Ship for Russian Navy
 
The Zelenodolsk Shipyard in the Volga area will lay down the third Project 22160 patrol ship Pavel Derzhavin on February 18, shipyard spokesman Andrei Spiridonov told TASS on Monday. "The shipyard will hold a solemn ceremony of laying down the Project 22160 patrol ship Pavel Derzhavin developed by the Severnoye Design Bureau in St. Petersburg [in northwest Russia]," the spokesman said.
The Zelenodolsk Shipyard in the Volga area will lay down the third Project 22160 patrol ship Pavel Derzhavin on February 18, shipyard spokesman Andrei Spiridonov told TASS on Monday. "The shipyard will hold a solemn ceremony of laying down the Project 22160 patrol ship Pavel Derzhavin developed by the Severnoye Design Bureau in St. Petersburg [in northwest Russia]," the spokesman said.
 

Raytheon's JSOW C-1 Variant Gliding Weapon Scores Direct Hit in First Operational Test

Raytheon's JSOW C-1 Variant Gliding Weapon Scores Direct Hit in First Operational Test
 
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy have conducted a successful operational test of the new Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 gliding, precision-guided weapon. Conducted in a challenging flight environment, the test further demonstrated the capabilities of JSOW C-1 against a broad set of land targets.
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy have conducted a successful operational test of the new Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 gliding, precision-guided weapon. Conducted in a challenging flight environment, the test further demonstrated the capabilities of JSOW C-1 against a broad set of land targets.
 

Irish Coast Guard Perform More than 1,000 SAR Missions in 2015 with Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Fleet

Irish Coast Guard Perform More than 1,000 SAR Missions in 2015 with Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Fleet
 
The Irish Coast Guard in partnership with CHC Helicopter completed more than 1,000 search and rescue (SAR) missions in 2015 with a fleet of five Sikorsky S-92® helicopters. The milestone, an increase of 12 percent on the previous year, tops the 2014 record of 914 missions, and is the first time since 1991 that the Irish Coast Guard achieved 1,000 missions in a single year. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company.
The Irish Coast Guard in partnership with CHC Helicopter completed more than 1,000 search and rescue (SAR) missions in 2015 with a fleet of five Sikorsky S-92® helicopters. The milestone, an increase of 12 percent on the previous year, tops the 2014 record of 914 missions, and is the first time since 1991 that the Irish Coast Guard achieved 1,000 missions in a single year. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company.
 

Joint Maritime Security Exercise for ITS Carabiniere & French Navy Floreal Frigates

Joint Maritime Security Exercise for ITS Carabiniere & French Navy Floreal Frigates
 
Deployed since October 2015 in the Indian Ocean as EU counter-piracy Operation Atalanta flagship, in recent days ITS Carabiniere conducted a joint exercise with French frigate FS Floreal. The exercise, held in international waters, was aimed at enhancing units’ interoperability and operational effectiveness, in order to ensure safer shipping lanes across these equatorial seas which are constantly threatened by piracy.
Deployed since October 2015 in the Indian Ocean as EU counter-piracy Operation Atalanta flagship, in recent days ITS Carabiniere conducted a joint exercise with French frigate FS Floreal. The exercise, held in international waters, was aimed at enhancing units’ interoperability and operational effectiveness, in order to ensure safer shipping lanes across these equatorial seas which are constantly threatened by piracy.
 

Thales Modernises German Navy’s Tactical Trainer

Thales Modernises German Navy’s Tactical Trainer
 
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in Source Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Thales with the modernisation of the German Navy's tactical and procedural trainer (TVTM 1) at the naval training centre (MOS) in Bremerhaven. After more than ten years of almost unmodified operation, the IT infrastructure has become outdated and is no longer sustainable. As a result, the regeneration of the simulators is scheduled to be completed by August 2018.
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and in Source Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Thales with the modernisation of the German Navy's tactical and procedural trainer (TVTM 1) at the naval training centre (MOS) in Bremerhaven. After more than ten years of almost unmodified operation, the IT infrastructure has become outdated and is no longer sustainable. As a result, the regeneration of the simulators is scheduled to be completed by August 2018.
 

Future USS Portland (LPD 27) Amphibious Vessel Launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard

Future USS Portland (LPD 27) Amphibious Vessel Launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard
 
The future USS Portland (LPD 27) was successfully launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard Feb. 13. The ship was transferred from the land level facility to the drydock, which was then flooded allowing her to float off the blocks.
The future USS Portland (LPD 27) was successfully launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard Feb. 13. The ship was transferred from the land level facility to the drydock, which was then flooded allowing her to float off the blocks.
 

Russian Black Sea Fleet Project 21631 Buyan-M Class Corvette Deploy to Mediterranean Sea

Russian Black Sea Fleet Project 21631 Buyan-M Class Corvette Deploy to Mediterranean Sea
 
The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Project 21631 small missile ship Zelyony Dol and the ocean-going mine-sweeper Kovrovets have left Sevastopol in Crimea to accomplish scheduled tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Monday.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Project 21631 small missile ship Zelyony Dol and the ocean-going mine-sweeper Kovrovets have left Sevastopol in Crimea to accomplish scheduled tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Monday.
 

Russian Sukhoi Su-34 Strike Fighter Spotted with New Kh-35U Anti-Ship Missile

Russian Sukhoi Su-34 Strike Fighter Spotted with New Kh-35U Anti-Ship Missile
 
The range of Su-34 (NATO reproting name: Fullback) bomber`s weapons has been complemented with a new munition, namely, Kh-35U (AS-20 Kayak) air-launched anti-ship missile (ASM), according to a broadcast by Russia Today channel. At least, one Kh-35U missile was shown, being mounted on the bomber`s port-side underwing hardpoint.
The range of Su-34 (NATO reproting name: Fullback) bomber`s weapons has been complemented with a new munition, namely, Kh-35U (AS-20 Kayak) air-launched anti-ship missile (ASM), according to a broadcast by Russia Today channel. At least, one Kh-35U missile was shown, being mounted on the bomber`s port-side underwing hardpoint.
 

NATO Standing Maritime Group 2 to Patrol Aegean Sea Against Migrant Traffickers

NATO Standing Maritime Group 2 to Patrol Aegean Sea Against Migrant Traffickers
 
NATO Defence Ministers agreed that NATO will provide support to assist with the refugee and migrant crisis on Thursday (11 February 2016). “The goal is to participate in the international efforts to stem the illegal trafficking and illegal migration in the Aegean,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
NATO Defence Ministers agreed that NATO will provide support to assist with the refugee and migrant crisis on Thursday (11 February 2016). “The goal is to participate in the international efforts to stem the illegal trafficking and illegal migration in the Aegean,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
 

Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) Completes Total Ship Survivability Trial

Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) Completes Total Ship Survivability Trial
 
Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed the U.S. Navy's Total Ship Survivability Trial (TSST) off the coast of California, Jan. 28. During the test event, the crew handled realistic damage simulations, including fire, smoke, electrical failure, flooding, ruptured piping and structural failure. The scenarios benefitted the crew by offering realistic damage control training in preparation for Coronado's maiden deployment later this year.
Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed the U.S. Navy's Total Ship Survivability Trial (TSST) off the coast of California, Jan. 28. During the test event, the crew handled realistic damage simulations, including fire, smoke, electrical failure, flooding, ruptured piping and structural failure. The scenarios benefitted the crew by offering realistic damage control training in preparation for Coronado's maiden deployment later this year.
 

Russia's Pacific Fleet Maritime Patrol Aircraft Hold ASW Drill in Sea of Japan

Russia's Pacific Fleet Maritime Patrol Aircraft Hold ASW Drill in Sea of Japan
 
Naval aircraft of Russia’s Pacific Fleet have practiced searching for a simulated enemy’s submarine in the Sea of Japan during anti-submarine defense drills, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman Roman Martov said on Thursday. "Ilyushin Il-38 [NATO reporting name: May], Il-38N and Tupolev Tu-142MZ [Bear-F Mod 4] anti-submarine aircraft are accomplishing various flight tasks both in the daytime and at night," Martov said.
Naval aircraft of Russia’s Pacific Fleet have practiced searching for a simulated enemy’s submarine in the Sea of Japan during anti-submarine defense drills, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman Roman Martov said on Thursday. "Ilyushin Il-38 [NATO reporting name: May], Il-38N and Tupolev Tu-142MZ [Bear-F Mod 4] anti-submarine aircraft are accomplishing various flight tasks both in the daytime and at night," Martov said.
 

F-35 Lightning II worldwide fleet exceeds 50,000 flying hours

F-35 Lightning II worldwide fleet exceeds 50,000 flying hours
 
F-35 Lightning II aircraft operating at 12 different locations worldwide surpassed the 50,000 flight hour mark this month. The first flight hour was achieved by an F-35B aircraft, BF-01, June 1, 2008. The 25,000 flight hour milestone occurred in December 2014, six years and six months later. As a sign of program growth and maturity, the second 25,000 flight hours were reached only one year and two months later.
F-35 Lightning II aircraft operating at 12 different locations worldwide surpassed the 50,000 flight hour mark this month. The first flight hour was achieved by an F-35B aircraft, BF-01, June 1, 2008. The 25,000 flight hour milestone occurred in December 2014, six years and six months later. As a sign of program growth and maturity, the second 25,000 flight hours were reached only one year and two months later.
 

Raytheon continues its strong performance for the Zumwalt-class destroyer program

Raytheon continues its strong performance for the Zumwalt-class destroyer program
 
Raytheon Company, the prime mission-systems equipment integrator for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program, continues its strong performance, supporting the government-industry team as ships progress toward delivery.
 

French Navy FREMM Provence and Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Defender Underway Side by Side

French Navy FREMM Provence and Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Defender Underway Side by Side
 
In early February 2016, the French Navy's (Marine Nationale) Aquitaine class multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Provence and the Royal Navy Daring class (Type 45) Destroyer HMS Defender sailed in formation for more than two days off Sri Lanka. Both vessels were together part of the Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group in the Gulf.
In early February 2016, the French Navy's (Marine Nationale) Aquitaine class multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Provence and the Royal Navy Daring class (Type 45) Destroyer HMS Defender sailed in formation for more than two days off Sri Lanka. Both vessels were together part of the Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group in the Gulf.
 

Russian Navy Ivan Gren Class Landing Ship (Project 11711) in Degaussing Ahead of Sea Trials

Russian Navy Ivan Gren Class Landing Ship (Project 11711) in Degaussing Ahead of Sea Trials
 
Recent images show the Russian Navy Project 11711 Ivan Gren tank landing ship in degaussing operations at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad. Degaussing or deperming is a procedure for erasing the permanent magnetism from ships and submarines to camouflage them against magnetic detection vessels and marine mines.
Recent images show the Russian Navy Project 11711 Ivan Gren tank landing ship in degaussing operations at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad. Degaussing or deperming is a procedure for erasing the permanent magnetism from ships and submarines to camouflage them against magnetic detection vessels and marine mines.
 

U.S. Navy Awards Contract to Build New Navy SEAL Waterfront Operations Facility in Hawaii

U.S. Navy Awards Contract to Build New Navy SEAL Waterfront Operations Facility in Hawaii
 
The new aircrews of the Pacific Fleet’s Ilyushin Il-38N (NATO reporting name: May) antisubmarine warfare planes launched intensive operations from Yelizovo Naval Air Station in Kamchatka during the winter training period, the fleet’s spokesman, Roman Martov, told journalists on Wednesday.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii awarded a $19.6 million firm-fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract Jan. 25 to Bethel-Webcor JV-1, a small business in Anchorage, Alaska. The project will construct a Waterfront Support Facility for Naval Special Warfare Group 3 (NSWG-3) at Pearl City Peninsula, Oahu, Hawaii.
 

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Il-38N Maritime Patrol Aircraft Start Proactive Operations in Kamchatka

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Il-38N Maritime Patrol Aircraft Start Proactive Operations in Kamchatka
 
The new aircrews of the Pacific Fleet’s Ilyushin Il-38N (NATO reporting name: May) antisubmarine warfare planes launched intensive operations from Yelizovo Naval Air Station in Kamchatka during the winter training period, the fleet’s spokesman, Roman Martov, told journalists on Wednesday.
The new aircrews of the Pacific Fleet’s Ilyushin Il-38N (NATO reporting name: May) antisubmarine warfare planes launched intensive operations from Yelizovo Naval Air Station in Kamchatka during the winter training period, the fleet’s spokesman, Roman Martov, told journalists on Wednesday.
 

BAE Systems wins a $291 mn contract for UK Successor-class submarine design

BAE Systems wins a $291 mn contract for UK Successor-class submarine design
 
The United Kingdom MOD has today, Feb. 10, 2016, announced a US$ 291 million package to support further design work for the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear submarines. The funding will enable BAE Systems to develop the design of the submarine, including the layout of equipment and systems, and to develop manufacturing processes, including the production of early prototypes. The announcement comes ahead of the next phase of the programme later this year.
The United Kingdom's MOD has today, Feb. 10, 2016, announced a US$ 291 million package to support further design work for the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear submarines. The funding will enable BAE Systems to develop the design of the submarine, including the layout of equipment and systems, and to develop manufacturing processes, including the production of early prototypes. The announcement comes ahead of the next phase of the programme later this year.
 

Russian Navy minesweepers support main forces during combat readiness check

Russian Navy minesweepers support main forces during combat readiness check
 
Mine-sweeping groups of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla have launched operations to provide mine countermeasures support for main forces in a combat readiness check, the Defense Ministry’s press office said on Tuesday.
Mine-sweeping groups of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla have launched operations to provide mine countermeasures support for main forces in a combat readiness check, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said on Tuesday.
 

GDEB Receives U.S. Navy Contract for Ohio Replacement SSBN-X Submarine Development

GDEB Receives U.S. Navy Contract for Ohio Replacement SSBN-X Submarine Development
 
General Dynamics Electric Boat at the Navy League’s 2015 Sea-Air-Space Exposition is showcasing for the first time a detailed Ohio Replacement scale model. The Ohio Replacement design maximizes commonality with the existing Ohio and Virginia classes to reduce risk and cost.
The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $23.6 million contract modification to continue development of the U.S. Navy’s Ohio Replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
 

Kraken receives funding from Canada to develop KATFISH prototype

Kraken receives funding from Canada to develop KATFISH prototype
 
Non-Dilutive Financial Contribution of up to $495,000 From the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP); Funding Will Support Development of the Kraken Active Towed Fish (KATFISH) for High Speed, High Resolution Seabed Mapping.
Non-Dilutive Financial Contribution of up to $495,000 From the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP); Funding Will Support Development of the Kraken Active Towed Fish (KATFISH) for High Speed, High Resolution Seabed Mapping.
 

Boeing delivered a fuel cell energy storage system to the US Navy for testing

Boeing delivered a fuel cell energy storage system to the US Navy for testing
 
After 16 months of development, Boeing has delivered a fuel cell energy storage system to the U.S. Navy for testing. The cell is being tested to determine its ability to support the energy needs of military and commercial customers.
 

ECA Group Wins Two Contracts From DCNS for French Navy Barracuda Next Gen Submarine

ECA Group Wins Two Contracts From DCNS for French Navy Barracuda Next Gen Submarine
 
In November 2015, ECA Group received two contracts from the French naval defence group DCNS for the Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) program. These contracts consist in providing parts for the electric propulsion motor and the static converters of the first fourth submarines under construction.
In November 2015, ECA Group received two contracts from the French naval defence group DCNS for the Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) program. These contracts consist in providing parts for the electric propulsion motor and the static converters of the first fourth submarines under construction.
 

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