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NAVAL NEWS JANUARY 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to information published by the French Website Zone Militaire Opex360 on January 25, 2021, the French defense industry could propose a modified version of its Belh@rra FTI (Frégates de taille intermédiaire - Intermediate Size Frigate) to Hellenic Navy armed with naval cruise missiles (MdCn) in addition to the 8 Exocet MM40B3C anti-ship missile, 16 Aster 15/30 surface-to-air missiles, MU 90 torpedoes, one 76mm naval gun and the two remotely-operated weapon station armed with 25mm automatic cannon.

Vard Group A/S has selected iXblue technology to provide navigation capabilities to the Norwegian Coast Guard’s new P6615 Jan Mayen class vessels. The company’s Marins Series Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), Quadrans Gyrocompasses and Netans Navigation Data Distribution & Computation Systems (NDDCS) will thus equip the new series of vessels expected to be delivered in 2022 -2024.

According to information published by the Australian Ministry of Defense on January 25, 2021, the Australian Government will invest $1 billion to commence the early development of advanced guided weapons to enhance Australia’s maritime security. This significant commitment will modernize the Australian Navy’s platforms to project and maintain sea control.

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) entered the South China Sea January 23 to conduct routine operations. The TRCSG is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet to ensure freedom of the seas, build partnerships that foster maritime security, and conduct a wide range of operations.

According to a press release published on January 25, 2021, Saab and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, (FMV), have signed two agreements concerning the next generation of surface ships and corvettes. A Product Definition Phase for the Mid-Life Upgrades (MLU) of five Visby-class corvettes, as well as a Product Definition Phase for the next generation; Visby Generation 2 corvettes.

The U.S. Navy and NATO Air Command conducted 2021's first joint maritime and air training mission in the Black Sea on January 23. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75); one U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance aircraft from VP-46 out of Sigonella, Italy,; and NATO Air Command aircraft E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft based in Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, participated.

According to information published by the Russian press agency on January 22, 2021, the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet’s Pytlivy patrol ship (NATO reporting name: Krivak-II class) has gone to sea to hold an exercise with Bal (SSC-6 Sennight) and Bastion (SSC-5 Stooge) coastal mobile missile systems of a fleet missile/artillery large unit, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.

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