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

HII Awarded $564 Million Contract for Submarine Engineering and Industrial Work

HII Awarded $564 Million Contract for Submarine Engineering and Industrial Work
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support on U.S. Navy submarines, special mission submersibles, submarine support facilities and related programs. If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract will be $564 million.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division was awarded a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support on U.S. Navy submarines, special mission submersibles, submarine support facilities and related programs. If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract will be $564 million.
 

Lockheed Martin & Marinette Marine Corporation Launches The Future USS Little Rock LCS 9

Lockheed Martin & Marinette Marine Corporation Launche The Future USS Little Rock LCS 9
 
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's ninth littoral combat ship (LCS), Little Rock, into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) shipyard on July 18. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Janee Bonner, christened Little Rock (LCS 9) with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's ninth littoral combat ship (LCS), Little Rock, into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) shipyard on July 18. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Janee Bonner, christened Little Rock (LCS 9) with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.
 

Russia to develop a new self-propelled coastal defense gun based on 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV howitzer

Russia to develop a new self-propelled coastal defense gun based on 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV howitzer
 
Our colleagues from Army Recognition reported that Russia is developing a new self-propelled coastal defense gun, based on the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV system. The announcement came from Burevestnik Design Bureau chief, Georgy Zakamennykh. The Russian naval command plans to outline the technical characteristics of the new system within the next two months.
Our colleagues from Army Recognition reported that Russia is developing a new self-propelled coastal defense gun, based on the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV system. The announcement came from Burevestnik Design Bureau chief, Georgy Zakamennykh. The Russian naval command plans to outline the technical characteristics of the new system within the next two months.
 

India Issued a Letter of Request for "IAC-2" 65,000 Tons Aircraft Carrier With EMALS

India Issued a Letter of Request for "IAC-2" 65,000 Tons Aircraft Carrier With EMALS
 
According to several Indian newspapers, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched its project to build a 65,000-tonne sea-borne aircraft carrier, nammed "indigenous aircraft carrier number 2", or IAC-2. A Letter of Request (LoR) was sent to at least four foreign companies: BAE Systems, DCNS, Lockheed Maritn and Rosoboronexport.
According to several Indian newspapers, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched its project to build a 65,000-tonne sea-borne aircraft carrier, nammed "indigenous aircraft carrier number 2", or IAC-2. A Letter of Request (LoR) was sent to at least four foreign companies: BAE Systems, DCNS, Lockheed Maritn and Rosoboronexport.
 

Japan's JMSDF May Patrol South China Sea to Limit China's Claims and Island Expansions

Japan's JMSDF May Patrol South China Sea to Limit China's Claims and Island Expansions
 
Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of the Japanese military (and former Chief of Navy), declared that China’s unwavering stance on various territorial disputes and the number of artificial islands it is constructing have led Japan to consider patrolling the South China Sea and conducting surveillance there. Japan’s top military commander is on an official visit to Washington.
Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff of the Japanese military (and former Chief of Navy), declared that China’s unwavering stance on various territorial disputes and the number of artificial islands it is constructing have led Japan to consider patrolling the South China Sea and conducting surveillance there. Japan’s top military commander is on an official visit to Washington.
 

Russia & China to Conduct the 1st Joint Amphibious Assault Drill in Sea of Japan

Russia & China to Conduct the 1st Joint Amphibious Assault Drill in Sea of Japan
 
According to Russian news agency TASS, Russian and Chinese Navy signed in Vladivostok on Friday a protocol on the Join Sea-2015 drills. These maneuvers will for the first time involve a joint amphibious assault drill in Russia’s Primorsky territory with the participation of carrier-based aircraft, said Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Roman Martov.
According to Russian news agency TASS, Russian and Chinese Navy signed in Vladivostok on Friday a protocol on the Join Sea-2015 drills. These maneuvers will for the first time involve a joint amphibious assault drill in Russia’s Primorsky territory with the participation of carrier-based aircraft, said Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Roman Martov.
 

Laying down Ceremony for the 8th FREMM (General Purpose) Frigate for the Italian Navy

Laying down Ceremony for the 8th FREMM (General Purpose) Frigate for the Italian Navy
 
The 8th Italian FREMM ship was laid down on the 12th July 2015 at the Riva Trigoso shipyard. The ceremony marks an important milestone in the OCCAR FREMM Programme after the first steel cutting of this frigate on the 25th February 2015. This new FREMM ship will be in the General Purpose configuration and will be delivered to the Italian Navy at the beginning of 2019.
The 8th Italian FREMM ship was laid down on the 12th July 2015 at the Riva Trigoso shipyard. The ceremony marks an important milestone in the OCCAR FREMM Programme after the first steel cutting of this frigate on the 25th February 2015. This new FREMM ship will be in the General Purpose configuration and will be delivered to the Italian Navy at the beginning of 2019.
 

Indian Navy Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya Finally Fitted with Defensive Weapon Systems

Indian Navy Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya Finally Fitted with Defensive Weapon Systems
 
The Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya was upgraded with Barak-1 air defense systems and Russian made AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS). "INS Vikramaditya will sail out of the harbour in Karwar after its first short refit and join the Navy in a week" said Vice-Admiral P. Murugesan, Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff. Vikramaditya, acquired from Russia for $2.3 billion, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November 2013 without air-defence systems.
The Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya was upgraded with Barak-1 air defense systems and Russian made AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS). "INS Vikramaditya will sail out of the harbour in Karwar after its first short refit and join the Navy in a week" said Vice-Admiral P. Murugesan, Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff. Vikramaditya, acquired from Russia for $2.3 billion, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November 2013 without air-defence systems.
 

Islamic State Attacked Egyptian Coast Guard Swiftships 26M Patrol Craft with Kornet ATGM

Islamic State Attacked Egyptian Coast Guard Swiftships 26M Patrol Craft with Kornet ATGM
 
On Thursday morning, Islamic State affiliate Walayat Sinai has claimed its responsibility for a guided missile attack against an Egyptian Coast Guards vessel which was set ablaze. Egypt confirmed the attack but did not give details about the incident.
On Thursday morning, Islamic State affiliate Walayat Sinai has claimed its responsibility for a guided missile attack against an Egyptian Coast Guards vessel which was set ablaze. Egypt confirmed the attack but did not give details about the incident.
 

First 7 "Green" Merlin Mk3 Helicopters Updated to IHC3 Standard Ahead of Transfer to Royal Navy

First 7 "Green" Merlin Mk3 Helicopters Updated to IHC3 Standard Ahead of Transfer to Royal Navy
 
The United Kingdom achieved the modification of the first seven AgustaWestland HC3/3A "Merlin" to the IHC3 standard. These Royal Air Force helicopters are being transferred to the Royal Navy. They will gradually replace the current Westland Sea King HC.4 "Commando" by spring 2016 in the Royal Navy.
The United Kingdom achieved the modification of the first seven AgustaWestland HC3/3A "Merlin" (Mk3) to the IHC3 standard. These Royal Air Force helicopters are being transferred to the Royal Navy. They will gradually replace the current Westland Sea King HC.4 "Commando" by spring 2016 in the Royal Navy.
 

Russia Chooses Indian Shipyard Pipavav for Joint Construction of Upgraded Talwar Class frigates

Russia Chooses Indian Shipyard Pipavav for Joint Construction of Upgraded Talwar Class frigates
 
Russia has chosen the private shipyard Pipavav in India for the joint construction of Upgraded Talwar class frigates (Project 11356) India’s Economic Times newspaper reported on Thursday. A government source told the publication that the "naval frigate order is likely to exceed $3 billion, making it the private sector's biggest-ever warship-building project."
Russia has chosen the private shipyard Pipavav in India for the joint construction of Upgraded Talwar class frigates (Project 11356) India’s Economic Times newspaper reported on Thursday. A government source told the publication that the "naval frigate order is likely to exceed $3 billion, making it the private sector's biggest-ever warship-building project."
 

Russian Navy Slava cruiser Moskva launched Anti-Ship and Air Defense Missiles West of Angola

Russian Navy Slava cruiser Moskva launched Anti-Ship and Air Defense Missiles West of Angola
 
The Black Sea Fleet surface combat squadron including Moskva cruiser (Project 1164 Atlant / Slava class), Krivak II-class (Project 1135 M) frigate Pitlivy, Shakhter rescue tug and Ivan Bubnov tanker moved to the Eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean for training after making a portcall in Luanda (Republic of Angola).
The Black Sea Fleet surface combat squadron including Moskva cruiser (Project 1164 Atlant / Slava class), Krivak II-class (Project 1135 M) frigate Pitlivy, Shakhter rescue tug and Ivan Bubnov tanker moved to the Eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean for training after making a portcall in Luanda (Republic of Angola).
 

Indian Navy Announced its Readiness to Test Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System

Indian Navy Announced its Readiness to Test Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System
 
The Indian Navy announced its readiness to test the Barak-8 air and missile defense system. The missiles will be fired from the Indian Navy newest destroyer INS Kolkata sometime this summer, during the monson season. The goal is to qualify the system ahead of its deployement accross several vessels in the Indian Navy fleet.
The Indian Navy announced its readiness to test the Barak-8 air and missile defense system. The missiles will be fired from the Indian Navy newest destroyer INS Kolkata sometime this summer, during the monson season. The goal is to qualify the system ahead of its deployement accross several vessels in the Indian Navy fleet.
 

Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat Maritime Helicopter Test Fired Sting Ray Torpedo for the 1st Time

Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat Maritime Helicopter Test Fired Sting Ray Torpedo for the 1st Time
 
Northrop Grumman along with the U.S. Navy have successfully conducted the critical design review (CDR) for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aerial Refueling (AR) system. "The AR team continues to put outstanding effort into bringing this much needed capability to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye," said Capt. John Lemmon, program manager, E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office (PMA-231). "Aerial Refueling will enable the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye to provide longer on-station times at greater ranges."
The Royal Navy’s newest helicopter has fired a torpedo for the first time, dropping a Sting Ray into the waters of Falmouth Bay. An AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat of 825 Naval Air Squadron decamped from Yeovilton to Culdrose for two days on the ranges off the Lizard Peninsula to ‘play with’ the Fleet Air Arm’s main sub-hunting weapon.
 

Certification Campaign for H225M Caracal CSAR Helicopter Aboard FREMM Frigate Aquitaine

Certification Campaign for H225M Caracal CSAR Helicopter Aboard FREMM Frigate Aquitaine
 
The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) started qualification trials of the Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal Combat Search and Resue (CSAR) with the latest addition to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) fleet: the head of FREMM Frigate class Aquitaine delivered in November 2012 by DCNS.
The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) started qualification trials of the Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) with the latest addition to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) fleet: the head of FREMM Frigate class Aquitaine delivered in November 2012 by DCNS.
 

DCNS Unveils the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A for Australia's Future Submarine Tender

DCNS Unveils the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A for Australia's Future Submarine Tender
 
DCNS will propose the world’s most advanced conventionally powered submarine – named the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A – as its pre-concept design for Australia’s future submarine Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP). The submarine takes its name from the Shortfin Barracuda, an indigenous species of the Barracuda found in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
DCNS will propose the world’s most advanced conventionally powered submarine – named the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A – as its pre-concept design for Australia’s future submarine Competitive Evaluation Process (CEP). The submarine takes its name from the Shortfin Barracuda, an indigenous species of the Barracuda found in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
 

Echo Seeker: Boeing's newest unmanned underwater vehicle goes deep, goes long

Echo Seeker: Boeing's newest unmanned underwater vehicle goes deep, goes long
 
Go deep. Go long. That's what Boeing's newest autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle, Echo Seeker, is designed to do. It's a follow up to Echo Ranger, and its capabilities allow it to perform longer missions at greater depths than other unmanned submersibles. Check out the video to see Echo Seeker go through the paces at Boeing’s Huntington Beach facility.
Go deep. Go long. That's what Boeing's newest autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle, Echo Seeker, is designed to do. It's a follow up to Echo Ranger, and its capabilities allow it to perform longer missions at greater depths than other unmanned submersibles. Check out the video to see Echo Seeker go through the paces at Boeing’s Huntington Beach facility.
 

Project 636.3 Varshavyanka class SSK Submarines to revive Russia Black Sea Fleet Sub Forces

Project 636.3 Varshavyanka class SSK Submarines to revive Russia Black Sea Fleet Sub Forces
 
The Russian Black Sea Fleet submarine forces will be revived, as it was planned, in 2016. It was stated by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov during the meeting with the Main Navy Command in Saint Petersburg dedicated to the implementation of the State Defence Order in the sphere of shipbuilding
The Russian Black Sea Fleet submarine forces will be revived, as it was planned, in 2016. It was stated by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov during the meeting with the Main Navy Command in Saint Petersburg dedicated to the implementation of the State Defence Order in the sphere of shipbuilding
 

HMS Artful 3rd Royal Navy Astute Class SSN Submarine Will Set Sail for Sea Trials this Summer

HMS Artful 3rd Royal Navy Astute Class SSN Submarine Will Set Sail for Sea Trials this Summer
 
The UK Defence Secretary confirmed the news as he visited the home of the UK’s submarine manufacturing industry in Cumbria today. Artful, which will provide the Royal Navy with its most technologically advanced submarine, is currently preparing to leave the construction yard in Barrow-in-Furness for sea trials, before joining the Royal Navy fleet around the end of this year. The seven Astute Class submarines support the jobs of 3,700 workers and 400 supply companies across the UK supply chain.
The UK Defence Secretary confirmed the news as he visited the home of the UK’s submarine manufacturing industry in Cumbria today. Artful, which will provide the Royal Navy with its most technologically advanced submarine, is currently preparing to leave the construction yard in Barrow-in-Furness for sea trials, before joining the Royal Navy fleet around the end of this year. The seven Astute Class submarines support the jobs of 3,700 workers and 400 supply companies across the UK supply chain.
 

Russian Navy to Test a New Trimaran Vessel Concept Similar to LCS by Zelenodolsk Design Bureau

Russian Navy to Test a New Trimaran Vessel Concept Similar to LCS by Zelenodolsk Design Bureau
 
Russia's "Zelenodolsk Design Bureau" (ZPKB) developped a trimaran vessel concept that Russian Navy is ready to test as "proof of concept" in a scale model. The concept is based on a civilian vessel designed by ZPKB, the "RUSICH-2.2".
Russia's "Zelenodolsk Design Bureau" (ZPKB) developped a trimaran vessel concept that Russian Navy is ready to test as "proof of concept" in a scale model. The concept is based on a civilian vessel designed by ZPKB, the "RUSICH-2.2".
 

Russian Navy Naval Aviation Units in Major ASW Training with Tu-142, Be-12, Il-38 and Ka-27

Russian Navy Naval Aviation Units in Major ASW Training with Tu-142, Be-12, Il-38 and Ka-27
 
Russian Navy Naval Aviation Crews from all over Russia gathered at the Northern Fleet base in Severomorsk for a major anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise. For the first time ASW aircraft have arrived at the airfields of the Northern Fleet. Tu-142 (Pacific Fleet) and Be-12 (Black Sea Fleet) have arrived jointly with maintenance specialists.
Russian Navy Naval Aviation Crews from all over Russia gathered at the Northern Fleet base in Severomorsk for a major anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise. For the first time ASW aircraft have arrived at the airfields of the Northern Fleet. Tu-142 (Pacific Fleet) and Be-12 (Black Sea Fleet) have arrived jointly with maintenance specialists.
 

USA & France Take Interoperability A Step Further With UMSC V22 Tests On Board Mistral Class LHD

USA & France Take Interoperability A Step Further With USMC V22 Tests On Board Mistral Class LHD
 
On July 5th, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale - CEPA) led a certification campaign of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft on the Mistral class LHD Dixmude. The tests took place off the coast of Djibouti, an East Africa country where both France and the USA have permanent bases.
On July 5th, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale - CEPA) led a certification campaign of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft on the Mistral class LHD Dixmude. The tests took place off the coast of Djibouti, an East Africa country where both France and the USA have permanent bases.
 

Successful Sea Trials Royal Australian Navy's NUSHIP Adelaide LHD

Successful Sea Trials Royal Australian Navy's NUSHIP Adelaide LHD
 
NUSHIP Adelaide will dock at BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard tomorrow following successful initial sea trials and first docking at the RAN base at Garden Island in Sydney. The sea trials were conducted from 17 to 26 June on the voyage to Sydney and then during the voyage back following the successful docking. NUSHIP Adelaide, one of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), left BAE Systems Williamstown on 17 June to begin sea trials, the company announced yesterday, June 23, 2015. After some initial trials in Port Phillip Bay, NUSHIP Adelaide will spend ten days on the water travelling to Sydney.
NUSHIP Adelaide will dock at BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard tomorrow following successful initial sea trials and first docking at the RAN base at Garden Island in Sydney. The sea trials were conducted from 17 to 26 June on the voyage to Sydney and then during the voyage back following the successful docking.
 

Vietnam to Procure 2 more Gepard 3.9 class Frigates & Considering 4 Tarantul-class Corvettes

Vietnam to Procure 2 more Gepard 3.9 class Frigates & Considering 4 Tarantul-class Corvettes
 
INTERFAX.RU - "Rosoboronexport" and Gorky Zelenodolsk plant successfully completed a contract to supply two ships to Vietnam "Gepard" and signed another contract for two such ships.
Vietnam and Russia are in the final stages of negotiation for the sale of two Gepard-3.9 class (Project 11661) light stealth frigates. The Vietnam People's Navy is also considering the procurement of 4 more Tarantul-class (Project 1241.8).
 

Ukraine Unveiled the New Armored Amphibious Assault Ship "Centaur" Design

Ukraine Unveiled the New Armored Amphibious Assault Ship "Centaur" Design
 
According toUkrainian magazine "Defense Express", Ukrainian company Mykolayiv State Enterprise (Research and Design Center of Shipbuilding) specializing in the design of new and modernization of existing vessels unveiled the technical design of a armored amphibious assault ship code nammed "Centaur".
According toUkrainian magazine "Defense Express", Ukrainian company Mykolayiv State Enterprise (Research and Design Center of Shipbuilding) specializing in the design of new and modernization of existing vessels unveiled the technical design of a armored amphibious assault ship code nammed "Centaur".
 

First Female Divers Crew and Operate HII's Proteus Dual Mode Underwater Vehicle SDV

First Female Divers Crew and Operate HII's Proteus Dual Mode Underwater Vehicle SDV
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary made history in June as its two female divers became the first women to crew and drive a dual-mode underwater vehicle (DMUV). Chloe Mallet, an ocean engineer, and Andrea Raff, a mechanical engineer, crewed and operated USG's Proteus, a submersible able to operate as a manned swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and as an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV).
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary made history in June as its two female divers became the first women to crew and drive a dual-mode underwater vehicle (DMUV). Chloe Mallet, an ocean engineer, and Andrea Raff, a mechanical engineer, crewed and operated USG's Proteus, a submersible able to operate as a manned swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and as an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV).
 

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