July 2015 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

Royal Australian Navy's MRH90 Taipan Multi Role Helicopters Proving Indispensable

Royal Australian Navy's MRH90 Taipan Multi Role Helicopters Proving Indispensable
 
Personnel from HMAS Albatross' 808 Squadron have ably supported the Royal Australian Navy's role in the recent Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, embarked in HMAS Choules. Commanding Officer Choules Commander Chris Aulmann said that the reliable and flexible MRH90 helicopters operated by the Squadron provided essential logistical support, in both a ship-to-ship, and ship-to-shore environment.
Personnel from HMAS Albatross' 808 Squadron have ably supported the Royal Australian Navy's role in the recent Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, embarked in HMAS Choules. Commanding Officer Choules Commander Chris Aulmann said that the reliable and flexible MRH90 helicopters operated by the Squadron provided essential logistical support, in both a ship-to-ship, and ship-to-shore environment.
 

US Navy's new Virginia-class USS John Warner to be commissioned on Saturday

US Navy's new Virginia-class USS John Warner to be commissioned on Saturday
 
The Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine John Warner (SSN 785) will be commissioned at US Navy's Naval Station Norfolk on August 1st, local medias announced today July 29th. The 12th Virginia-class attack submarine in the fleet is named after John Warner, a five-term Republican senator from Virginia who also served as the 61st Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. His wife Jeanne is the ship's sponsor.
The Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarine John Warner (SSN 785) will be commissioned at US Navy's Naval Station Norfolk on August 1st, local medias announced today July 29th. The 12th Virginia-class attack submarine in the fleet is named after John Warner, a five-term Republican senator from Virginia who also served as the 61st Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. His wife Jeanne is the ship's sponsor.
 

Harris Corporation to enhance US Navy's and Australia's fighter aircraft targeting capabilities

Harris Corporation to enhance US Navy's and Australia's fighter aircraft targeting capabilities
 
The U.S. Navy has awarded Harris Corporation a two-year, $29 million full-rate production contract to provide key avionics components that will enhance flight crews' targeting capabilities on the U.S. Navy's and Australia's F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft and EA-18G Growler electronic attack platform.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Harris Corporation a two-year, $29 million full-rate production contract to provide key avionics components that will enhance flight crews' targeting capabilities on the U.S. Navy's and Australia's F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft and EA-18G Growler electronic attack platform.
 

Pakistan reportedly reached deal with China for the purchase of eight submarines

Pakistan reportedly reached deal with China for the purchase of eight submarines
 
According to local medias, Pakistan and China on Thursday July 24th agreed to a multi-billion dollar deal that would see Beijing provide eight submarines to the Pakistan Navy. The deal is expected to be one of China’s biggest arms sales. Eventough the details on the exact type of submarine to be procured by the Pakistani Navy are still scarce, Navy Recognition strongly believes it will be S20 submarines.
According to local medias, Pakistan and China on Thursday July 24th agreed to a multi-billion dollar deal that would see Beijing provide eight submarines to the Pakistan Navy. The deal is expected to be one of China’s biggest arms sales. Eventough the details on the exact type of submarine to be procured by the Pakistani Navy are still scarce, Navy Recognition strongly believes it will be S20 submarines.
 

French Navy Took Delivery of Two Rafale M Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft in Latest F3 Standard

French Navy Took Delivery of Two Rafale M Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft in Latest F3 Standard
 
On April 2 and July 9 respectively, two Rafale M in the latest "F3" standard (the M42 and the M43) were delivered by Dassault Aviation to the French Navy "Base d'aéronautique navale" (Naval Air Station) of Landivisiau in Brittanny. The M42 was assigned to Flottile (Fighter Squadron) 12F while the M43 will soon join Flottile 11F.
On April 2 and July 9 respectively, two Rafale M in the latest "F3" standard (the M42 and the M43) were delivered by Dassault Aviation to the French Navy "Base d'aéronautique navale" (Naval Air Station) of Landivisiau in Brittanny. The M42 was assigned to Flottile (Fighter Squadron) 12F while the M43 will soon join Flottile 11F.
 

Lockheed Martin and Airbus DS to Upgrade German Navy P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fleet

Lockheed Martin and Airbus DS to Upgrade German Navy P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fleet
 
SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been awarded a contract modification to provide the United States Navy two (2) additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB). The contract modification exercises the options available on the second Mk VI procurement contract, which was awarded to SAFE Boats in June of 2014. This brings the total number of Mk VI boats to be built by SAFE Boats to 12.
Officials from the German government, Lockheed Martin, and Airbus Defense and Space GmbH signed a contract in ceremonies in Koblenz, Germany, on 22 July 2015 for the upgrade of the German Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft fleet.
 

SAFE Boats International receives order for two additional Mk VI Patrol Boats from U.S. Navy

SAFE Boats International receives order for two additional Mk VI Patrol Boats from U.S. Navy
 
SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been awarded a contract modification to provide the United States Navy two (2) additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB). The contract modification exercises the options available on the second Mk VI procurement contract, which was awarded to SAFE Boats in June of 2014. This brings the total number of Mk VI boats to be built by SAFE Boats to 12.
SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been awarded a contract modification to provide the United States Navy two (2) additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB). The contract modification exercises the options available on the second Mk VI procurement contract, which was awarded to SAFE Boats in June of 2014. This brings the total number of Mk VI boats to be built by SAFE Boats to 12.
 

U.S. Navy Orders Nine Mk20 Electro-Optical Sensor Systems EOSS from L-3

U.S. Navy Orders Nine Mk20 Electro-Optical Sensor Systems EOSS from L-3
 
L-3 KEO has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract option from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for nine Mk20 Electro-Optical Sensor Systems (EOSSs), the company announced in a July 22 release.
L-3 KEO has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract option from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for nine Mk20 Electro-Optical Sensor Systems (EOSSs), the company announced in a July 22 release.
 

US Navy Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead Experimented Deployment of UAS

US Navy Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead Experimented Deployment of UAS
 
USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), completed Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) period two from July 15 - 22. Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 FLEX phase 2 explored JHSV's ability to support broader maritime C2 capabilities, by supporting the organic deployment of two un-manned aerial systems (UAS), Scan Eagle and RQ-20A (Puma).
USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), completed Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) period two from July 15 - 22. Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 FLEX phase 2 explored JHSV's ability to support broader maritime C2 capabilities, by supporting the organic deployment of two un-manned aerial systems (UAS), Scan Eagle and RQ-20A (Puma).
 

Aselsan STOP 25mm Remote Weapon Stations for Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker Project

Aselsan STOP 25mm Remote Weapon Stations for Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker Project
 
Turkish defense company Aselsan announced that an agreement regarding the Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker Project for the need of the Pakistan Navy Forces, has been signed between with Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.S. (STM), valuing Euro 4.685.000,-. Within this context, Aselsan will develop, produce and deliver Stabilized Gun System (STOP) and Communication Switch System (MAS) by 2016.
Turkish defense company Aselsan announced that an agreement regarding the Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker Project for the need of the Pakistan Navy Forces, has been signed between with Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.S. (STM), valuing Euro 4.685.000,-. Within this context, Aselsan will develop, produce and deliver Stabilized Gun System (STOP) and Communication Switch System (MAS) by 2016.
 

Australian Government Gifts Two Ex-RAN Balikpapan Class Landing Craft to the Philippines

Australian Government Gifts Two Ex-RAN Balikpapan Class Landing Craft to the Philippines
 
Chief of Royal Australian Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, was joined at HMAS Cairns today by his Philippine counterpart, Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, at a ceremony to gift two decommissioned Australian Balikpapan class landing craft to the Government of the Philippines.
Chief of Royal Australian Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, was joined at HMAS Cairns today by his Philippine counterpart, Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, at a ceremony to gift two decommissioned Australian Balikpapan class landing craft to the Government of the Philippines.
 

U.S. Customs, Navy & Coast Guard Intercept Semi-Submersible Vessel with 8 Tons of Cocaine

U.S. Customs, Navy & Coast Guard Intercept Semi-Submersible Vessel with 8 Tons of Cocaine
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents along with U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard personnel intercepted a semi-submersible craft carrying more than 16,870 pounds of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean on July 18.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents along with U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard personnel intercepted a semi-submersible craft carrying more than 16,870 pounds of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean on July 18.
 

Ten Year from Today, DCNS Must Remain The European Champion in Naval Defense

Ten Years from Today, DCNS Must Remain The European Champion in Naval Defense
 
European leader for the military naval sector, DCNS benefits from first-rate advantages to develop on its markets. With its almost 400 years of history and the skills of its teams, DCNS is willing to develop within 10 years a sustainable and profitable business in France, in Europe and internationally. The whole company is committed to reaching these goals thanks to its Progress Plan.
European leader for the military naval sector, DCNS benefits from first-rate advantages to develop on its markets. With its almost 400 years of history and the skills of its teams, DCNS is willing to develop within 10 years a sustainable and profitable business in France, in Europe and internationally. The whole company is committed to reaching these goals thanks to its Progress Plan.
 

U.S. Navy Awards GD-MS Contract to Continue Modernizing Submarine Tactical Weapons Systems

U.S. Navy Awards GD-MS Contract to Continue Modernizing Submarine Tactical Weapons Systems
 
General Dynamics received a $20 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue modernizing the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion and Advanced Processing Build software for U. S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines. The AN/BYG-1 software analyzes and tracks submarine and surface-ship contact information, providing tactical, situational awareness for submarine crews including the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles.
General Dynamics received a $20 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue modernizing the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion and Advanced Processing Build software for U. S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines. The AN/BYG-1 software analyzes and tracks submarine and surface-ship contact information, providing tactical, situational awareness for submarine crews including the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles.
 

Lockheed Martin Receives Additional Electronic Warfare Contract to Protect the U.S. Navy’s Fleet

Lockheed Martin Receives Additional Electronic Warfare Contract to Protect the U.S. Navy’s Fleet
 
The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $154 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles. Under this low-rate initial production contract for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will provide additional systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32 systems on U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are tracking the ship.
The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $154 million contract to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare defenses against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles. Under this low-rate initial production contract for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will provide additional systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32 systems on U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships...
 

DCNS salutes the departure from France of the FREMM Tahya Misr of the Egyptian Navy

DCNS salutes the departure from France of the FREMM Tahya Misr of the Egyptian Navy
 
On 22 July 2015 the FREMM Tahya Misr of the Egyptian navy left the Brest naval base for its home port in Alexandria, Egypt. The Egyptian navy is now the third navy to operate this exceptional latest-generation warship. With the FREMM developed and built by DCNS, the Egyptian navy has the most modern front-line ship of the 21st century.
On 22 July 2015 the FREMM Tahya Misr of the Egyptian navy left the Brest naval base for its home port in Alexandria, Egypt. The Egyptian navy is now the third navy to operate this exceptional latest-generation warship. With the FREMM developed and built by DCNS, the Egyptian navy has the most modern front-line ship of the 21st century.
 

Video: Chinese Navy in Large Amphibious Exercise With Zubr class LCAC for the First Time

Video: Chinese Navy in Large Amphibious Exercise With Zubr class LCAC for the First Time
 
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) South Sea Fleet started 10 days of military training in the waters near eastern Hainan Island in the South China Sea. The exercise involves several amphibious assets of the PLAN such as the Type 071 LPD and their Type 726 LCAC, but also Project 12322 Zubr large LCAC. It is the first time the Zubr is shown in operation with the PLAN. Chinese state television CCTV released a video for the occasion.
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) South Sea Fleet started 10 days of military training in the waters near eastern Hainan Island in the South China Sea. The exercise involves several amphibious assets of the PLAN such as the Type 071 LPD and their Type 726 LCAC, but also Project 12322 Zubr large LCAC. It is the first time the Zubr is shown in operation with the PLAN. Chinese state television CCTV released a video for the occasion.
 

Lockheed Martin OMS payload on board U-2 Spy Plane Used to Dynamically Retarget LRASM

Lockheed Martin OMS payload on board U-2 Spy Plane Used to Dynamically Retarget LRASM
 
Lockheed Martin demonstrated the ability of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane with an Open Mission Systems (OMS) payload to act as a communication gateway between a mission control station, an F-22 Raptor and F-18 E/F Super Hornets to dynamically re-target a simulated Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) in a recent flight trial.
Lockheed Martin demonstrated the ability of a U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane with an Open Mission Systems (OMS) payload to act as a communication gateway between a mission control station, an F-22 Raptor and F-18 E/F Super Hornets to dynamically re-target a simulated Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) in a recent flight trial.
 

Ingalls Shipbuilding Begins Fabrication of Burke Class Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Begins Fabrication of Burke Class Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut. Delbert Black will be the 4th of 8 planned Flight IIA "technology insertion" ships, which will contain elements of the Flight III ships projected to begin with DDG-124.
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut. Delbert Black will be the 4th of 8 planned Flight IIA "technology insertion" ships, which will contain elements of the Flight III ships projected to begin with DDG-124.
 

Japan Defense Ministry Unveiled Details of "27DD" Class Railgun & Laser armed AEGIS Destroyer

Japan Defense Ministry Unveiled Details of "27DD" Class Railgun & Laser armed AEGIS Destroyer
 
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) request for proposal (RfP) to bidding contractors, the 27DD destroyers will incorporate a number of design changes compared to the first batch of Atago class guided missile destroyers.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) request for proposal (RfP) to bidding contractors, the 27DD destroyers will incorporate a number of design changes compared to the first batch of Atago class guided missile destroyers.
 

Navy of Kazakhstan Selected ECA Group's K-STER C Coastal Minewarfare Solution

Navy of Kazakhstan Selected ECA Group's K-STER C Coastal Minewarfare Solution
 
French Defense company ECA Group announced that Kazakhstan selected placed an order for K-Ster C mine neutralization vehicles. This order follows a previous contract signed in mid 2014 for the delivery of a mine warfare system.
French Defense company ECA Group announced that Kazakhstan selected placed an order for K-Ster C mine neutralization vehicles. This order follows a previous contract signed in mid 2014 for the delivery of a mine warfare system.
 

First Block III Virginia Class Submarine USS North Dakota Deployed & Recovered a REMUS UUV

First Block III Virginia Class Submarine USS North Dakota Deployed & Recovered a REMUS UUV
 
The USS North Dakota (SSN 784) returned to its homeport at U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn., July 20 after conducting groundbreaking operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Under the command of Capt. Douglas Gordon, the ship finished its first-ever mission by deploying and retrieving unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from the ship's dry deck shelter (DDS) in an operational environment.
The USS North Dakota (SSN 784) returned to its homeport at U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn., July 20 after conducting groundbreaking operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Under the command of Capt. Douglas Gordon, the ship finished its first-ever mission by deploying and retrieving unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from the ship's dry deck shelter (DDS) in an operational environment.
 

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation Received its Fifth Il-38N Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation Received its Fifth Il-38N Maritime Patrol Aircraft
 
According to Interfax citing Russia's Eastern Military District headquarters, the Yelizovo air base (located in Kamchatka Krai, in Russia's far east) received its second Il-38N maritime patrol aicraft (MPA). The Il-38N is an improved variant of the soviet era Il-38 which first flew in 1971.
According to Interfax citing Russia's Eastern Military District headquarters, the Yelizovo air base (located in Kamchatka Krai, in Russia's far east) received its second Il-38N maritime patrol aicraft (MPA) and the fifth to date for the Pacific Fleet. The Il-38N is an improved variant of the soviet era Il-38 which first flew in 1971.
 

Denmark's first Two MH-60R Romeo Maritime Helicopters Prepare for Delivery

Denmark's first Two MH-60R Romeo Maritime Helicopters Prepare for Delivery
 
Denmark is one step closer to becoming the second international customer to have the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter in its inventory. The first two aircraft arrived at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York facility for digital cockpit and integrated mission systems and sensors installation July 9 and are anticipated to be delivered to the US Navy later this yea (before transfer to the end customer).
Denmark is one step closer to becoming the second international customer to have the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter in its inventory. The first two aircraft arrived at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York facility for digital cockpit and integrated mission systems and sensors installation July 9 and are anticipated to be delivered to the US Navy later this yea (before transfer to the end customer).
 

China Starts Assembly of World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft AG-600

China Starts Assembly of World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft AG-600
 
China started the assembly its domestically developed seaplane that will be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft AG-600 in Zhuhai on July 17, which draws extensive attention.
China started the assembly its domestically developed seaplane that will be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft AG-600 in Zhuhai on July 17, which draws extensive attention.
 

Powerful German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate for Algerian Navy to Start Sea Trials

Powerful German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate for Algerian Navy to Start Sea Trials
 
The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel appears ready to start her first sea trials according to ship spotter pictures. The vessel, designated MEKO A-200 AN Frigate, was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. The weapons fit selected by the Algerian Navy is quite powerfull for this type of vessel.
The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel appears ready to start her first sea trials according to ship spotter pictures. The vessel, designated MEKO A-200 AN Frigate, was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. The weapons fit selected by the Algerian Navy is quite powerfull for this type of vessel.
 

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