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August 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) becomes sixth US Navy vessel deployed off Syria

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) becomes sixth US Navy vessel deployed off Syria
 
A sixth ship of the U.S. Navy is now located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, not far from the Syrian coast, where five destroyers of the U.S. Navy are already deployed.
A sixth ship of the U.S. Navy is now located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, not far from the Syrian coast, where five destroyers of the U.S. Navy are already deployed.
 

DCNS, Thales, MBDA win billion-euro defense contract to upgrade Royal Saudi Navy vessels

DCNS, Thales, MBDA win billion-euro defense contract to upgrade Royal Saudi Navy vessels
 
According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, France just signed a defense contract (valued at more than 1 billion Euros) for the upgrade and modernization of 4 Al Medinah class Frigates and 2 Boraida class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels.
According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, France just signed a defense contract (valued at more than 1 billion Euros) for the upgrade and modernization of 4 Al Medinah class Frigates and 2 Boraida class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels.
 

As Russian warships head towards Eastern Mediterranean, US Navy deploys a fifth Destroyer

As Russian warships head towards Eastern Mediterranean, US Navy deploys a fifth Destroyer
 
Russia has just deployed the Admiral Panteleyev, an Udaloy I class (Project 1155R Fregat) anti-submarine destroyer, and two Ropucha-class (project 775) landing ships the Minsk and the Novocherkassk to the Syrian coasts. At the same time, the US Navy is deploying a fifth Arleigh Burke class Destroyer, the USS Stout.
Russia has just deployed the Admiral Panteleyev, an Udaloy I class (Project 1155R Fregat) anti-submarine destroyer, and two Ropucha-class (project 775) landing ships the Minsk and the Novocherkassk to the Syrian coasts. At the same time, the US Navy is deploying a fifth Arleigh Burke class Destroyer, the USS Stout.
 

French Navy Air Defense Destroyer Chevalier Paul (D621) deploys to the Syrian coasts

French Navy Air Defense Destroyer Chevalier Paul (D621) deploys to the Syrian coasts
 
The French Navy is deploying one of its two Horizon class Air Defense Destroyers to the Eastern Mediteranean according to French weekly Le Point. The Chevalier Paul will join the four US Navy Guided Missile Destroyers and an undisclosed number of US and UK submarines already in the area. The role of the French Destroyer would be to provide air defense for the fleet, as well as air cover for coalition warplanes should they get involved in an air assault.
The French Navy is deploying one of its two Horizon class Air Defense Destroyers to the Eastern Mediterranean according to French weekly Le Point. The Chevalier Paul (D621) will join the four US Navy Guided Missile Destroyers and an undisclosed number of US and UK submarines already in the area. The role of the French Destroyer would be to provide air defense for the fleet, as well as air cover for coalition warplanes should they get involved in an air assault.
 

Boeing Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrates Significant Stealth, Range Improvements

Boeing Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrates Significant Stealth, Range Improvements
 
During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that make the jet much harder for radar to detect and give it significantly more combat range.
During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that make the jet much harder for radar to detect and give it significantly more combat range.
 

Northrop Grumman JIB Antenna to Support Ship Identification Capability for Canada's RCM

Northrop Grumman JIB Antenna to Support Ship Identification Capability for Canada's RCM
 
Small, lightweight JIB antennas from Northrop Grumman Corporation's Astro Aerospace business unit will help provide a new maritime identification capability for Canada's three RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) Earth observation satellites planned for launch in 2018.
Small, lightweight JIB antennas from Northrop Grumman Corporation's Astro Aerospace business unit will help provide a new maritime identification capability for Canada's three RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) Earth observation satellites planned for launch in 2018.
 

Future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials

Future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials
 
The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials Aug. 23, after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for later this fall.
The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials Aug. 23, after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for later this fall.
 

French Navy deploying Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier in the Mediterranean

French Navy deploying Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier in the Mediterranean
 
According to French weekly Challenges citing a French MoD source, France is about to deploy its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the Syrian coasts. The aircraft carrier and its battle group will join several US Navy vessels already deployed in the area: USS Gravely, USS Barry, USS Mahan and USS Ramage.
According to French weekly Challenges citing a French MoD source, France is about to deploy its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the Syrian coasts. The aircraft carrier and its battle group will join several US Navy vessels already deployed in the area: USS Gravely, USS Barry, USS Mahan and USS Ramage.
 

Kelvin Hughes Achieves Multiple Wins In Asia for Sharpeye™ And Naval Mantadigital™ Radar

Kelvin Hughes Achieves Multiple Wins In Asia for Sharpeye™ And Naval Mantadigital™ Radar
 
Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, is pleased to announce multiple successes in Asia for its SharpEye™ and Naval MantaDigital™ technologies. Kelvin Hughes Surveillance is a division of Kelvin Hughes that focuses on naval, coastal and military markets to supply surveillance radar technologies into land and sea environments. Since the launch of SharpEye™, the advanced solid state radar is increasingly preferred by Navies throughout Asia.
Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, is pleased to announce multiple successes in Asia for its SharpEye™ and Naval MantaDigital™ technologies. Kelvin Hughes Surveillance is a division of Kelvin Hughes that focuses on naval, coastal and military markets to supply surveillance radar technologies into land and sea environments. Since the launch of SharpEye™, the advanced solid state radar is increasingly preferred by Navies throughout Asia.
 

US Navy, PLAN Conduct Joint Counter Piracy Exercise in Gulf of Aden

US Navy, PLAN Conduct Joint Counter Piracy Exercise in Gulf of Aden
 
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)), Aug. 24-25. Mason joined Chinese destroyer Harbin (DDG 112) and Chinese auxiliary replenishment oiler Weishanhu (AO 887) to conduct a series of evolutions including combined visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), live-fire proficiency, and aviation operations to enhance bilateral interoperability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy) (PLA(N)), Aug. 24-25. Mason joined Chinese destroyer Harbin (DDG 112) and Chinese auxiliary replenishment oiler Weishanhu (AO 887) to conduct a series of evolutions including combined visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS), live-fire proficiency, and aviation operations to enhance bilateral interoperability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
 

Iran Navy to Upgrade its Ship Launched Mid-Range SAM Missiles

Iran Navy to Upgrade its Ship Launched Mid-Range SAM Missiles
 
Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam said the Navy is currently conducting different tests to improve the performance of its mid-range missiles. “We have gained good results from our tests on the mid-range Mehrab and Ra’d missiles in previous wargames and these missiles have been mounted on Navy warships,” Khadem Biqam told FNA, reiterating the new tests are being conducted "to upgrade Mehrab and Ra’d missiles".
Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam said the Navy is currently conducting different tests to improve the performance of its mid-range missiles. “We have gained good results from our tests on the mid-range Mehrab and Ra’d missiles in previous wargames and these missiles have been mounted on Navy warships,” Khadem Biqam told FNA, reiterating the new tests are being conducted "to upgrade Mehrab and Ra’d missiles".
 

U.S. Navy Increasing its Destroyers Presence in the Mediterranean following recent events in Syria

U.S. Navy Increasing its Destroyers Presence in the Mediterranean following recent events in Syria
 
The U.S. Navy has decided to maintain the USS Mahan (DDG-72 Flight II Arleigh Burke-class destroyer) in the Mediterranean. The move aims at strengthenin U.S. Navy presence in the region after new allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria. USS Mahan was originally to sail back to its home port in Norfolk, Virginia. In total, four Burke class destroyers of the U.S. Navy Sixth fleet are curretly deployed in the Mediterranean waters: USS Gravely, USS Barry, USS Mahan and USS Ramage.
The U.S. Navy has decided to maintain the USS Mahan (DDG-72 Flight II Arleigh Burke-class destroyer) in the Mediterranean. The move aims at strengthenin U.S. Navy presence in the region after new allegations of use of chemical weapons in Syria. USS Mahan was originally to sail back to its home port in Norfolk, Virginia. In total, four Burke class destroyers of the U.S. Navy Sixth fleet are curretly deployed in the Mediterranean waters: USS Gravely, USS Barry, USS Mahan and USS Ramage.
 

Latest Aegis Combat System Evolution Demonstrates Extended Line Of Sight Capability during Test

Latest Aegis Combat System Evolution Demonstrates Extended Line Of Sight Capability during Test
 
The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Aegis Combat System successfully completed the first live firing test that proves the system can defend beyond its line of sight by integrating data from a remote sensor to intercept a target.
The Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team’s Aegis Combat System successfully completed the first live firing test that proves the system can defend beyond its line of sight by integrating data from a remote sensor to intercept a target.
 

Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 engages first over-the-horizon targets at sea

Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 engages first over-the-horizon targets at sea
 
The U.S. Navy fired two Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6 interceptors from the USS Chancellorsville, successfully engaging two cruise missile targets (BQM-74 drones) in the missile's first over-the-horizon test scenario at sea. The SM-6 will provide U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles as part of the Naval Integrated Fire Control - Counter Air (NIFC-CA) mission area.
The U.S. Navy fired two Raytheon Company Standard Missile-6 interceptors from the USS Chancellorsville, successfully engaging two cruise missile targets (BQM-74 drones) in the missile's first over-the-horizon test scenario at sea. The SM-6 will provide U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles as part of the Naval Integrated Fire Control - Counter Air (NIFC-CA) mission area.
 

Fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol vessel for Mexican Navy


Fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol vessel for Mexican Navy
 
In the first week of August the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina) and Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract for a fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Dutch ship design and shipbuilding company will supply the Mexican Navy with the design and material package with which ASTIMAR 1 (the Mexican Navy yard in Tampico) will build the patrol vessel. In addition, Damen will assist ASTIMAR 1 with technical support in order to optimize the delivery time and quality of the vessel.
In the first week of August the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina) and Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract for a fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Dutch ship design and shipbuilding company will supply the Mexican Navy with the design and material package with which ASTIMAR 1 (the Mexican Navy yard in Tampico) will build the patrol vessel. In addition, Damen will assist ASTIMAR 1 with technical support in order to optimize the delivery time and quality of the vessel.
 

Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class Frigates Modernization and Life Extension Program

Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class Frigates Modernization and Life Extension Program
 
The 12 Halifax-class frigates, commissioned between 1992 and 1995, form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. The ships were originally designed to accomplish the Cold War missions of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, primarily in the open ocean environment.
The 12 Halifax-class frigates, commissioned between 1992 and 1995, form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. The ships were originally designed to accomplish the Cold War missions of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, primarily in the open ocean environment.
 

JSC Pella Shipyard launched first Project 03160 “Raptor” high speed patrol boat for Russian Navy

JSC Pella Shipyard launched first Project 03160 “Raptor” high speed patrol boat for Russian Navy
 
Russian shipyard Open Joint Stock Company "Pella" based in Leningrad launched the first Project 03160 Raptor high speed patrol boat for the Russian Navy on 15 August 2013. The vessel was entirely built by Open JSC “Pella”.
Russian shipyard Open Joint Stock Company "Pella" based in Leningrad launched the first Project 03160 Raptor high speed patrol boat for the Russian Navy on 15 August 2013. The vessel was entirely built by Open JSC “Pella”.
 

General Dynamics’ Acoustic Processor Selected for Republic of Korea P-3 Aircraft Upgrade Program

General Dynamics’ Acoustic Processor Selected for Republic of Korea P-3 Aircraft Upgrade Program
 
General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide next-generation acoustic processing systems as part of the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft upgrade program. Under the contract, prime contractor Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. will acquire 10 Vpx ENhanced Open architecture Multi-static (VENOM) sonobuoy processors to replace the existing acoustic systems under the “Lot I” P-3C aircraft upgrade program.
General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide next-generation acoustic processing systems as part of the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft upgrade program. Under the contract, prime contractor Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. will acquire 10 Vpx ENhanced Open architecture Multi-static (VENOM) sonobuoy processors to replace the existing acoustic systems under the “Lot I” P-3C aircraft upgrade program.
 

ROC Navy unveils "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran" at TADTE 2013 show

ROC Navy unveils "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran" at TADTE 2013 show
 
At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) unveiled a vessel currently under construction by the Lung-De Shipbuilding Corporation dubbed the "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran (WPC)"
At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) unveiled a vessel currently under construction by the Lung-De Shipbuilding Corporation dubbed the "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran (WPC)"
 

New coastal command patrol boat with increased capability delivered to US Navy

New coastal command patrol boat with increased capability delivered to US Navy
 
The 65PB1101 coastal command patrol boat (CCB) departed Port Angeles, Wash., to transit to San Diego, Calif., Aug. 5-11. The boat was manned by a Fleet Integration Team consisting entirely of Navy Reservists. The CCB underwent developmental testing in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from April to August 2013. During testing, the boat encountered wave heights of 4-6 feet.
The 65PB1101 coastal command patrol boat (CCB) departed Port Angeles, Wash., to transit to San Diego, Calif., Aug. 5-11. The boat was manned by a Fleet Integration Team consisting entirely of Navy Reservists. The CCB underwent developmental testing in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from April to August 2013. During testing, the boat encountered wave heights of 4-6 feet.
 

Ingalls-built Amphibious Transport Dock Somerset (LPD 25) Completes Builder's Trials

Ingalls-built Amphibious Transport Dock Somerset (LPD 25) Completes Builder's Trials
 
The future USS Somerset (LPD 25) successfully completed builder's trials, Aug. 16. Somerset is the ninth ship of the LPD 17 class of amphibious transport dock ships and was constructed at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) at the Avondale shipyard.
The future USS Somerset (LPD 25) successfully completed builder's trials, Aug. 16. Somerset is the ninth ship of the LPD 17 class of amphibious transport dock ships and was constructed at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) at the Avondale shipyard.
 

ROC Navy unveils land based HF-3 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile at TADTE 2013 show

ROC Navy unveils land based HF-3 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile at TADTE 2013 show
 
At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) unveiled for the first time a land-based version of the locally designed and produced Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The mobile launcher is a 6 wheeled trailer carrying 4 canisters. Each canister can launch one HF-3 missile.
At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) unveiled for the first time a land-based version of the locally designed and produced Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The mobile launcher is a 6 wheeled trailer carrying 4 canisters. Each canister can launch one HF-3 missile.
 

US Navy/USMC Team: Testing F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1)

US Navy/USMC Team: Testing F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1)
 
Two F-35B Lightning II jets (BF-01 and BF-05) touched down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Aug. 12, kicking off week of Development Testing II (DT-II) where Wasp Sailors and Integrated Test Force (ITF) team members are testing and further validating the F-35B.
Two F-35B Lightning II jets (BF-01 and BF-05) touched down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Aug. 12, kicking off week of Development Testing II (DT-II) where Wasp Sailors and Integrated Test Force (ITF) team members are testing and further validating the F-35B.
 

Royal Australian Navy Fired Live MU90 Torpedo as part of Final Acceptance test

Royal Australian Navy Fired Live MU90 Torpedo as part of Final Acceptance test
 
The Royal Australian Navy has successfully conducted the world’s first firing of a “war shot” MU90 Lightweight Torpedo, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN announced today. ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Stuart fired the explosive warhead against a specially designed target in the East Australian Exercise Area. The successful firing was the final milestone before the torpedo is accepted for operational service across the fleet.
The Royal Australian Navy has successfully conducted the world’s first firing of a “war shot” MU90 Lightweight Torpedo, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN announced today. ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Stuart fired the explosive warhead against a specially designed target in the East Australian Exercise Area. The successful firing was the final milestone before the torpedo is accepted for operational service across the fleet.
 

New 20mm Naval Turret unveiled during TADTE 2013 defense show in Taiwan

New 20mm Naval Turret unveiled during TADTE 2013 defense show in Taiwan
 
At TADTE 2013, the Chung-Shan institute of science and technology of the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence unveiled a new short-range automated defense weapon system for naval use called XTR-101.
At TADTE 2013, the Chung-Shan institute of science and technology of the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence unveiled a new short-range automated defense weapon system for naval use called XTR-101.
 

Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for new Cape class (CCPB 03) Patrol Boat

Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for new Cape class (CCPB 03) Patrol Boat
 
Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal today hosted the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal today hosted the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
 

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