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November 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


Austal Delivers First Guardian-class Patrol Boat for Papua New Guinea

Austal today delivered the first Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence and then in a handover ceremony, presented the vessel to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government. The “Ted Diro” is the first of 21 GCPBs to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste under the Commonwealths Pacific Maritime Security Program.

Jamaica Defence Force Commissions Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) saw the addition of a new member to its fleet this month; A Beechcraft King Air 350 WR maritime surveillance aircraft was commissioned into service along with two recently acquired Bell 429 helicopters at a ceremony held on Wednesday November 14,2018.

Work on China's Third Aircraft Carrier Type 003 Officially Confirmed

China has launched work on building its third aircraft carrier (known as Type 003), Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. In an article published on its WeChat account, Xinhua said that as the nation's second, and the first domestically designed, carrier has undergone sea trials, a "new-generation carrier" is being constructed at the shipyard as per schedule.

Repairs to Admiral Kuznetsov Aircraft Carrier to Cost 1 Million USD

The Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier of project 11435 received 52 damages in the floating dock accident on October 30. The cost of removing them will amount to almost 70 million rubles (1 million U.S. Dollars), Alexei Rakhmanov, the head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation , told TASS.

Fincantieri Lays Keel of First Doha-class Air Defence Corvette for Qatar

The keel laying ceremony of the first “Doha” class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program,took place today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia).

POLA Sigma 10514 ARM Reformador Frigate Launched for Mexican Navy

The first Damen SIGMA 10514 frigate for the Mexican Navy was launched on November 23, 2018 at The Astillero de Marina No. 20 Mexican Naval Shipyard (ASTIMAR-20) in Salina Cruz (Oaxaca). In the Mexican Navy, this ship is officially referred to as the "long-range ocean patrol ship" (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance - POLA). The vessel is called POLA 101 Reformador ("Reformer").

Leonardo DRS Announces Successful Delivery of 100th LM2500 Gas Turbine

Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it successfully delivered its 100th LM2500 Gas Turbine Package to GE in August, which will be installed on a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer. The delivery milestone represents a long relationship between the two companies that have provided the U.S. and international navies with reliable and high-efficiency naval power.

Japan Set to Procure F-35B STOVL Aircraft for JMSDF Izumo-class 'helicopter destroyer'

The Japanese government has decided to procure the F35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) stealth fighter aircraft as part of the new defense plan to be outlined next month. This information was reported by Japanese media Nippon News Network (NNN).

Rolls-Royce to supply MTU generator sets for refurbishment of UK Type 45 naval vessels

Rolls-Royce is to supply 18 MTU Series 4000 diesel generator sets to BAE Systems as part of the Power Improvement Project (PIP) to increase the resilience of the power and propulsion system in all six Type 45 destroyers. The two existing diesel gensets are to be replaced by three MTU gensets per vessel. The three MTU gensets will complement two existing Rolls-Royce WR21 gas turbines also supplying power to the electric propulsion system.

Saab and Lockheed Martin Selected for RAN Hunter-class Frigate Combat System

Saab Australia has been selected by BAE Systems to be part of a team, including Lockheed Martin Australia, to deliver the combat system integration for the Hunter class frigate.

HHI Launched First Auxiliary Training Ship 'Hansando' for ROK Navy

On Friday, November 16, 2018 in Ulsan, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched HANSANDO (ATH-81), the first training ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). It set to be commissioned in early 2021.

Russia & India Sign Deal for Four Project 11356 Frigates

Russia has signed contracts with India on the construction of four project 11356 frigates for the Indian Navy, Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said.

Sevmash Shipyard Continues Overhaul of Admiral Nakhimov Cruiser

Sevmash Shipyard continues to overhaul the heavy nuclear Marshal Nakhimov cruiser of project 11442M. A major volume of hull work has been done and the shaft line is prepared for installation, the shipyard said.

Beriev plant hands over another upgraded Tu-142MK to Russian Navy

The Beriev Aircraft Plant in Taganrog (TANTK) handed over to the naval aviation another overhauled antisubmarine Tu-142MK aircraft, the enterprise said.

Russian Navy & Industry Considering More Project 22350 Gorshkov-class Frigates

The Russian Navy and the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) are considering a possibility to build several more guided missile frigates of project 22350, FlotProm online publication said quoting industry sources.

United States Clears SM-3 Missiles FMS to Japan

The U.S. State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of eight (8) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B Missiles and thirteen (13) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A Missiles for an estimated cost of $561 million. These are intended to be deployed aboard the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) AEGIS destroyers.

Future USS Michael Monsoor and HMS Queen Elizabeth Conduct PHOTOEX

Two of the world’s most technologically sophisticated warships, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), conducted a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and RFA Tidespring (A136), a Tide-class replenishment tanker of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), Nov. 11.

US Navy CSG in Intense Live Fire Exercise to Increase Fleet Lethality and Tactical Proficiency

Warships from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG), along with other Norfolk-based cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) units, participated Nov. 5 in a Live Fire With A Purpose (LFWAP) missile exercise (MSLEX) off the East Coast of the U.S. demonstrating enhanced lethality, capability and readiness.

U.S. Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship 11 'Sioux City'

The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Sioux City (LCS 11) – the nation’s sixth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – at the United States Naval Academy today. This milestone places the ship, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), into active service.

Construction of First 'Russian LCS' Project 20386 Corvette Delayed

The supply of the superstructure for the Derzky lead corvette of project 20386 is delayed because of untimely financing, FlotProm online publication said quoting Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard which has to produce the superstructure for Severnaya verf Shipyard.

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