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OCTOBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos on Thursday signalled Greece’s willingness to launch talks for the acquisition of two new navy frigates in talks with his French counterpart Florence Parly in Paris.

South Korea's Navy is looking to build 2 nuclear-powered submarines and has assigned a task force to study the project. South Korean chief Admiral Sim Seung-seob said that nuclear-powered submarines would be “most effective in finding and destroying North Korean submarines equipped with submarine-launched ballistic missiles,”.

Israel’s submarine corps is a tiny force with a big open secret: in all likelihood, it is armed with nuclear weapons. The five Dolphin-class submarines represent an ace in the hole for Israel, the ultimate guarantor of the country’s security, ensuring that if attacked with nukes, the tiny nation can strike back in kind.

On 26th September 2019, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command and Aker Arctic Technology Inc signed a contract for the design, delivery and integration of complete propulsion lines to four Pohjanmaa-class multi-role corvettes for the Finnish Navy. Construction of the vessels is scheduled to begin in 2022 and the four-strong squadron will achieve operational readiness in 2028.

After participating in a Baltic Sea NATO exercise aimed at enhancing Allied interoperability while contributing to Alliance assurance measures in this region, the minehunter "Croix du Sud" conducted a bilateral co-operation action with the Estonian Navy and conducted a series of exercises in cooperation with the Swedish Navy's HSWMS Trossö.

iXblue, a global high-tech company specialising in the design and manufacturing of advanced navigation technologies, and L3Harris Technologies, an agile global aerospace and defence technology innovator, just signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening iXblue's support system throughout the Australasian region.

As part of Indian Navy's Overseas Deployment, four indigenously built ships of Indian Navy's First Training Squadron, Indian Naval Ships Tir, Sujata and Shardul and Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi, arrived at Mombasa Kenya, on 07 October 2019 for a three-day visit. The Senior Officer of First Training Squadron is Captain Varun Singh, who is also Commanding Officer of INS Tir.

Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83), which is carrying out a two-month ocean-going training and visit the mission, arrived at the Port of Dili, East Timor, for a four-day friendly visit on October 6, local time. This is the first time that the vessel visits East Timor and the third time that Chinese naval vessels visit East Timor.

The naval exercise Griffin Strike 19 began its tactical sequence on Monday, October 07, 2019 following the build-up of the force. Until October 18, the joint assets of the French Navy and the Royal Navy, associated with those of the French and British armies and the Royal Air Force, are mobilized off Glasgow. Approximately 2,000 soldiers are training to qualify the Maritime Combined Command (MCC), the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF).

The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky diesel-electric submarine of project 636.3 built by the Admiralty Shipyard sailed to the Baltic Sea for acceptance trials, the USC said. "The acceptance team will check the main parameters and systems, mechanisms and equipment, including the acoustic complex and navigational devices," it said.

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