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

Austal Lays Keel of Manchester (LCS 14) While Jackson (LCS 6) Completes Acceptance Trials

Austal Lays Keel of Manchester (LCS 14) While Jackson (LCS 6) Completes Acceptance Trials
 
Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction. This ship is the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3.5 billion block buy contract awarded to Austal in 2010. The U.S. Navy also announced that future USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully concluded acceptance trials June 26, after completing a series of...
Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction. This ship is the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3.5 billion block buy contract awarded to Austal in 2010. The U.S. Navy also announced that future USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully concluded acceptance trials June 26, after completing a series of...
 

Vietnam Navy received its 4th Russian-made project 636 Kilo class diesel electric submarine

Vietnam Navy received its 4th Russian-made project 636 Kilo class diesel electric submarine
 
The fourth of a total of six Varshavyanka class submarines of Project 636.1 that Vietnam ordered from Russia has been delivered to Cam Ranh Port in the central part of the country on Tuesday. The Da Nang submarine was transported by the Dutch heavy load carrier vessel Rolldok Star. Its unloading and the submarine’s putting afloat will be carried out within the next two days after all the necessary administrative formalities and customs documentation execution are completed.
The fourth of a total of six Varshavyanka class submarines of Project 636.1 that Vietnam ordered from Russia has been delivered to Cam Ranh Port in the central part of the country on Tuesday. The Da Nang submarine was transported by the Dutch heavy load carrier vessel Rolldok Star. Its unloading and the submarine’s putting afloat will be carried out within the next two days after all the necessary administrative formalities and customs documentation execution are completed.
 

British Company WFEL Built The Land Based Ski Jump Used For F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Tests

British Company WFEL Built The Land Based Ski Jump Used For F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Tests
 
WFEL has played a vital role in the inaugural launch of the F-35B Lightning II, which has made aviation history after it took off from a WFEL ski jump in the US, piloted by British BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete 'Wizzer' Wilson. The land-based test was carried out above the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Patuxent River, Maryland, and marks the first time that an F-35 Lightning II has taken off from a ski jump. Ski-jump ramps provide an aircraft with an upward flight path, meaning the aircraft can take off from a shorter runway with a heavier payload.
WFEL has played a vital role in the inaugural launch of the F-35B Lightning II, which has made aviation history after it took off from a WFEL ski jump in the US, piloted by British BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete 'Wizzer' Wilson. The land-based test was carried out above the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Patuxent River, Maryland, and marks the first time that an F-35 Lightning II has taken off from a ski jump. Ski-jump ramps provide an aircraft with an upward flight path...
 

Saab Signs Contracts with Sweden for A26 Submarines and Upgrade for Gotland-Class Submarines

Saab Signs Contracts with Sweden for A26 Submarines and Upgrade for Gotland-Class Submarines
 
Saab Signs Contracts with Sweden for A26 Submarines and Upgrade for Gotland-Class Submarines
Swedish company Saab has signed contracts with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines and a mid-life upgrade for two Gotland-class submarines. The orders, signed with FMV on June 30, cover the period 2015-2024 and the total order value is $1.04 billion (€934 million).
 

Orbital ATK Successfully Launched Two GQM-163A Coyote Targets for the U.S. Navy

Orbital ATK Successfully Launched Two GQM-163A Coyote Targets for the U.S. Navy
 
Orbital ATK, Inc. a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched two GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Target Vehicles for the U.S. Navy, marking the 47th and 48th mission of Coyote program since its inception 15 years ago. “The recent flight test showcases the robustness of the Coyote target and the commitment of our team to the success of our customer’s mission,” said Keven Leith, Orbital ATK’s Senior Director of Navy Programs. “We are proud to provide an important capability to the Navy that is critical to the defense of this country.”
Orbital ATK, Inc. a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched two GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Target Vehicles for the U.S. Navy, marking the 47th and 48th mission of Coyote program since its inception 15 years ago. “The recent flight test showcases the robustness of the Coyote target and the commitment of our team to the success of our customer’s mission,” said Keven Leith, Orbital ATK’s Senior Director of Navy Programs.
 

Northrop Grumman, US Navy Celebrate Legacy of EA-6B Prowler, Future of EW Partnership

Northrop Grumman, US Navy Celebrate Legacy of EA-6B Prowler, Future of EW Partnership
 
The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971. On Saturday, June 27, the longest serving carrier-based aircraft in history passed that electronic attack baton to its successor, the EA-18G Growler, with a ceremonial final take-off and flyaway from its longtime home base...
The U.S. Navy's venerable EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft, designed and built by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been a fixture at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and in the nation's carrier-based strike forces since 1971. On Saturday, June 27, the longest serving carrier-based aircraft in history passed that electronic attack baton to its successor, the EA-18G Growler, with a ceremonial final take-off and flyaway from its longtime home base...
 

Rostec and OPK New Glider-T Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Can Navigate Without GLONASS

Rostec and OPK New Glider-T Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Can Navigate Without GLONASS
 
At "Army-2015” International Military-Technical Forum, Russia's United Instrument Corporation unveiled the Glider-T Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) which can navigate without GLONASS, the Russian version of GPS (Global Position System). The AUV will be able to locate passing ships by their sound, carry out radio-location warfare tasks, imitate false targets, interfere with the operation of enemy hydro-location and other hydro-acoustic equipment, according to Sputnik International.
At "Army-2015” International Military-Technical Forum, Russia's United Instrument Corporation unveiled the Glider-T Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) which can navigate without GLONASS, the Russian version of GPS (Global Position System). The AUV will be able to locate passing ships by their sound, carry out radio-location warfare tasks, imitate false targets, interfere with the operation of enemy hydro-location and other hydro-acoustic equipment, according to Sputnik International.
 

French Navy ATL2 MPA Can Now Self Designate GBU-12 Laser-Guided Bombs With MX-20 System

French Navy ATL2 MPA Can Now Self Designate GBU-12 Laser-Guided Bombs With MX-20 System
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that on 18 June 2015, two Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol crews were qualified to GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb shooting procedures with self-designation. This flight marked the end of a training course which confronted crews to modern technologies used in air-to-ground support missions thanks to the Wescam MX-20D electro-optical turret fitted on ATL2 Standard V.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that on 18 June 2015, two Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol crews were qualified to GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb shooting procedures with self-designation. This flight marked the end of a training course which confronted crews to modern technologies used in air-to-ground support missions thanks to the Wescam MX-20D electro-optical turret fitted on ATL2 Standard V.
 

Yugoimport unveiled the Premax 39 Multirole Fast Patrol Boat at Partner 2015 defense fair in Serbia

Yugoimport unveiled the Premax 39 Multirole Fast Patrol Boat at Partner 2015 defense fair in Serbia
 
At the International Defense Exhibition in Serbia, Partner 2015, which took place from the 23 to 26 June in Belgrade, Serbian State Defense Company Yugoimport unveiled the Premax 39, a Multirole Fast Patrol Boat especially designed to be used in rivers, lakes as well as littoral water.
At the International Defense Exhibition in Serbia, Partner 2015, which took place from the 23 to 26 June in Belgrade, Serbian State Defense Company Yugoimport unveiled the Premax 39, a Multirole Fast Patrol Boat especially designed to be used in rivers, lakes as well as littoral water.
 

Video: RAN Frigate HMAS Melbourne Firing a RIM-162 ESSM Missile from Mk41 VLS

Video: RAN Frigate HMAS Melbourne Firing a RIM-162 ESSM Missile from Mk41 VLS
 
The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (RIM-162 ESSM), reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills. The missile firings were conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 24 June against an unmanned aerial target launched from the Beecroft Range at Jervis Bay.
The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (RIM-162 ESSM), reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills. The missile firings were conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 24 June against an unmanned aerial target launched from the Beecroft Range at Jervis Bay.
 

Egypt is About to Procure an NH90 NFH Maritime Helicopter for its New FREMM Multi-Mission Frigate

Egypt is About to Procure an NH90 NFH Maritime Helicopter for its New FREMM Multi-Mission Frigate
 
According to several Middle Eastern news outlets, Egypt is about to procure an NH90 NFH Maritime Helicopter for its newly acquired FREMM multi-mission frigate Tahya Misr (originally intended for the French Navy and formerly nammed Normandie). The NH90 NFH (for NATO Frigate Helicopter) is fully operational with the French Navy. According to many, the FREMM/NH90 combo is one of the most potent anti-submarine warfare tool available today.
According to several Middle Eastern news outlets, Egypt is about to procure an NH90 NFH Maritime Helicopter for its newly acquired FREMM multi-mission frigate Tahya Misr (originally intended for the French Navy and formerly nammed Normandie). The NH90 NFH (for NATO Frigate Helicopter) is fully operational with the French Navy. According to many, the FREMM/NH90 combo is one of the most potent anti-submarine warfare tool available today.
 

HII Delivers Virginia-Class Submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the US Navy Ahead of Schedule

HII Delivers Virginia-Class Submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the US Navy Ahead of Schedule
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy yesteday. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy yesteday. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.
 

DCI is Going to Train the First Indian Navy Scorpene class (Project 75) Submarine Crew

DCI is Going to Train the First Indian Navy Scorpene class (Project 75) Submarine Crew
 
DCI is announcing the signature of a contract with the Indian state shipyard named MDL (Mazagon Docks Limited) to train the first two Indian crew operating SCORPENE type submarines. 100 sailors will be trained by DCI (36 per crew, one spare and some Indian would-be instructors who will train the next crew).
DCI is announcing the signature of a contract with the Indian state shipyard named MDL (Mazagon Docks Limited) to train the first two Indian crew operating SCORPENE type submarines. 100 sailors will be trained by DCI (36 per crew, one spare and some Indian would-be instructors who will train the next crew).
 

Royal Navy Echo Class Survey Vessel HMS Enterprise to Conduct Intelligence Mission In Mediterranean

Royal Navy Echo Class Survey Vessel HMS Enterprise to Conduct Intelligence Mission In Med.
 
The Royal Navy Echo class survey vessel HMS Enterprise will replace Albion class assault ship HMS Bulwark in the Mediterranean sea and shift focus on intelligence gathering role to disrupt the smuggling networks and the criminal gangs running the illegal migration operations.
The Royal Navy Echo class survey vessel HMS Enterprise will replace Albion class assault ship HMS Bulwark in the Mediterranean sea and shift focus on intelligence gathering role to disrupt the smuggling networks and the criminal gangs running the illegal migration operations.
 

General Atomics Awarded Production Contract for EMALS & AAG Systems for Future CVN 79

General Atomics Awarded Production Contract for EMALS & AAG Systems for Future CVN 79
 
General Atomics (GA) was awarded an undefinitized contract action for the production of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the future CVN 79 aircraft carrier to be named John F. Kennedy. This contract is for the production of equipment to support installation of EMALS and AAG into CVN 79, the second of the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers. CVN 79 is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2022.
General Atomics (GA) was awarded an undefinitized contract action for the production of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the future CVN 79 aircraft carrier to be named John F. Kennedy. This contract is for the production of equipment to support installation of EMALS and AAG into CVN 79, the second of the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers. CVN 79 is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2022.
 

USA Delivered the Last Two Ambassador MK III Fast Missile Craft (Ezzat Class) to Egyptian Navy

USA Delivered the Last Two Ambassador MK III Fast Missile Craft (Ezzat Class) to Egyptian Navy
 
On June 17, the United States delivered the last two (of four) Fast Missile Craft naval vessels to the port of Alexandria in support of Egypt’s security and the Egyptian people. The two Fast Missile Craft, built by VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, arrived in Alexandria on board a U.S. transport ship, and will be integrated into the Egyptian Naval fleet in the coming weeks. This delivery effectively doubles Egypt’s total fleet of Ambassador MK III (Ezzat class) Fast Missile Craft from two to four.
On June 17, the United States delivered the last two (of four) Fast Missile Craft naval vessels to the port of Alexandria in support of Egypt’s security and the Egyptian people. The two Fast Missile Craft, built by VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, arrived in Alexandria on board a U.S. transport ship, and will be integrated into the Egyptian Naval fleet in the coming weeks. This delivery effectively doubles Egypt’s total fleet of Ambassador MK III (Ezzat class) Fast Missile Craft from two to four.
 

Canadian Government Announces Interim Supply Ship Capability Until Joint Support Ships

Canadian Government Announces Interim Supply Ship Capability Until Joint Support Ships
 
The Government of Canada will enter into preliminary discussions with Chantier Davie Canada Incorporated to pursue an interim supply ship capability, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced on June 23rd. These discussions with Chantier Davie will help determine if it can provide an interim solution at a cost, time, and level of capability acceptable to Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Should the Government of Canada decide to pursue a provision of service contract agreement, it would provide the required standard of service to bridge the gap until the first Joint Support Ship (JSS) is anticipated to be operational, in 2021.
The Government of Canada will enter into preliminary discussions with Chantier Davie Canada Incorporated to pursue an interim supply ship capability, Defence Minister Jason Kenney announced on June 23rd. These discussions with Chantier Davie will help determine if it can provide an interim solution at a cost, time, and level of capability acceptable to Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Should the Government of Canada decide to pursue a provision of service contract agreement...
 

F-35B Lightning II STOVL Aircraft Completed First Ski Jump Launch

F-35B Lightning II STOVL Aircraft Completed First Ski Jump Launch
 
An F-35B Lightning II completed the first ramp-assisted short take off to test the aircraft’s compatibility with British and Italian aircraft carriers. “This test was a success for the joint ski jump team," said Peter Wilson, BAE Systems F-35 test pilot and U.K. citizen, who flew the June 19 mission at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. "The aircraft performed well and I can't wait until we're conducting F-35 ski jumps from the deck of the Queen Elizabeth carrier.”
An F-35B Lightning II completed the first ramp-assisted short take off to test the aircraft’s compatibility with British and Italian aircraft carriers. “This test was a success for the joint ski jump team," said Peter Wilson, BAE Systems F-35 test pilot and U.K. citizen, who flew the June 19 mission at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. "The aircraft performed well and I can't wait until we're conducting F-35 ski jumps from the deck of the Queen Elizabeth carrier.”
 

Royal Australian Navy's NUSHIP Adelaide LHD embarks for sea trials

Royal Australian Navy's NUSHIP Adelaide LHD embarks for sea trials
 
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, 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.
 

DCNS Transfered the FREMM Frigate Tahya Misr to the Egyptian Navy

DCNS Transfered the FREMM Frigate Tahya Misr to the Egyptian Navy
 
France handed over the FREMM Multi-Missions frigate Tahya Misr (meaning Long Live Egypt) with hull number 1001 to the Egyptian Navy during a ceremony held June 23rd at the DCNS shipyard of Lorient in Brittany. Egypt becomes the second FREMM export customer for DCNS following Morocco which commissioned the Mohammed VI frigate in 2014.
France handed over the FREMM Multi-Missions frigate Tahya Misr (meaning Long Live Egypt) with hull number 1001 to the Egyptian Navy during a ceremony held June 23rd at the DCNS shipyard of Lorient in Brittany. Egypt becomes the second FREMM export customer for DCNS following Morocco which commissioned the Mohammed VI frigate in 2014.
 

U.S. Navy Issues Request for information (RFI) for New Frigate Anti-Surface Missile

U.S. Navy Issues Request for information (RFI) for New Frigate Anti-Surface Missile
 
The Navy has issued a call to industry for options for an over-the-horizon anti-surface missile for the service’s future frigate design, according to a notice from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The request for information (RFI) — issued on June 15 — asks industry for options for a complete systems that includes the munitions, the fire control system and the launch system for the future missile destined for the frigate with an upward weight limits of 22,500 pounds, according to the notice.
 

Caterpillar Marine to Power 16 Korean Navy Patrol Boats

Caterpillar Marine to Power 16 Korean Navy Patrol Boats
 
Caterpillar Marine to Power 16 Korean Navy Patrol Boats
Caterpillar Marine has announced Cat power solutions have been selected to power 16 new build Patrol Boats for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each Patrol Boat will be equipped with two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines and two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators. The first Patrol Boats will be constructed at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) shipyard in Korea.
 

High-Speed Landing Craft BC-16 (Project 02510) Showcased During Army 2015 Exhibition

High-Speed Landing Craft BC-16 (Project 02510) Showcased During Army 2015 Exhibition
 
Russian Shipyard "Rybinsk Shipyard" (in Yaroslavl region) was showcasing its BC-16 new high-speed landing craft (project 02510) for the Russian Navy during the large defense exhibition "Army 2015" held last week near Moscow. The BC-16 shares many similar design features with the famous CB90-class fast assault craft designed by Sweden's Dockstavarvet.
Russian Shipyard "Rybinsk Shipyard" (in Yaroslavl region) was showcasing its BC-16 new high-speed landing craft (project 02510) for the Russian Navy during the large defense exhibition "Army 2015" held last week near Moscow. The BC-16 shares many similar design features with the famous CB90-class fast assault craft designed by Sweden's Dockstavarvet.
 

UK Dual Mode Paveway IV Bombs Tested with F-35B STOVL Aircraft

UK Dual Mode Paveway IV Bombs Tested with F-35B STOVL Aircraft
 
A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States.
The F-35 Lightning II program made aviation history June 12 as Royal Air Force (RAF) Test Pilot Squadron Leader Andy Edgell released two inert 500-pound dual mode Paveway IV precision-guided bombs from aircraft BF-03 over the Atlantic Test Ranges.
 

NHI Congratulates the French Navy for Its Operational Achievements with the NH90 NFH

NHI Congratulates the French Navy for Its Operational Achievements with the NH90 NFH
 
NHI celebrated during the Paris Air Show 2015 the operational achievements of the French Navy with the NH90 NFH “Caiman” Marine. This event took place in the NHI Pavilion in presence of vice-admiral de Tarlé vice-chief of the French Navy, and Rear Admiral Thouvenin commanding the French Fleet Air Arm in presence of the NHI Board.
NHI celebrated during the Paris Air Show 2015 the operational achievements of the French Navy with the NH90 NFH “Caiman” Marine. This event took place in the NHI Pavilion in presence of vice-admiral de Tarlé vice-chief of the French Navy, and Rear Admiral Thouvenin commanding the French Fleet Air Arm in presence of the NHI Board.
 

USMC MV-22 Osprey Landed Aboard Royal Netherlands Navy JSS Karel Doorman

USMC MV-22 Osprey Landed Aboard Royal Netherlands Navy JSS Karel Doorman
 
The Joint Logistic Support Ship (JSS) Karel Doorman was officially put into service in the Royal Netherlands Navy on 29 April. The largest ship of the Dutch navy is now called His Majesty (Zr. Ms.) Karel Doorman. "The Karel Doorman is impressive in size, but also because of the number of functionalities. This ship is literally a multi-tool, "said Commander of Naval Forces lieutenant-general Rob Verkerk at commissioning.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. -- Spirits ran high aboard the Karel Doorman, a warship with the Royal Netherlands Navy, as U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 made the first MV-22 Osprey landing aboard a Dutch ship during an interoperability test conducted near Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, June 12.
 

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