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

Ingalls Shipbuilding Launched the 1st Burke Class Flight IIA Restart Destroyer John Finn DDG 113

Ingalls Shipbuilding Launched the 1st Burke Class Flight IIA Restart Destroyer John Finn DDG 113
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the company’s 29th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), at first light on Saturday.
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the company’s 29th Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), at first light on Saturday.
 

Larsen & Toubro Awarded Contract for Design & Construction of 7 OPV for the Indian Coast Guard

Larsen & Toubro Awarded Contract for Design & Construction of 7 OPV for the Indian Coast Guard
 
Indian Shipbuilder Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded a contract valued at Rs 1,432 crores by the Ministry of Defence for the design and construction of seven Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Indian Shipbuilder Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded a contract valued at Rs 1,432 crores by the Ministry of Defence for the design and construction of seven Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
 

Raytheon Receives $109 Million For SM-6 and SM-2 Surface-to-Air Missile Parts

Raytheon Receives $109 Million For SM-6 and SM-2 Surface-to-Air Missile Parts
 
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company $109,583,490 million to purchase the long-lead materials needed to meet Standard Missile-6 full-rate production requirements and Standard Missile-2 sustainment. This award was booked in the first quarter 2015.
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company $109,583,490 million to purchase the long-lead materials needed to meet Standard Missile-6 full-rate production requirements and Standard Missile-2 sustainment. This award was booked in the first quarter 2015.
 

IAI to Supply Four Super Dvora Mk3 Fast Patrol Boat to an African Military Customer

IAI to Supply Four Super Dvora Mk3 Fast Patrol Boat to an African Military Customer
 
IAI recently received a contract worth tens millions of dollars to supply four Super Dvora Mk3 Fast Patrol Boat to an African military customer.All four boatswill be built at IAI Ramta's facilities in Israel, and will be delivered during 2016. These newly ordered Super Dvoras are stated to be used for coastal defense, EEZ and HLS missions.
IAI recently received a contract worth tens millions of dollars to supply four Super Dvora Mk3 Fast Patrol Boat to an African military customer.All four boats will be built at IAI Ramta's facilities in Israel, and will be delivered during 2016. These newly ordered Super Dvoras are stated to be used for coastal defense, EEZ and HLS missions.
 

ST Marine Celebrates the Naming for Royal Navy of Oman Second Al Ofouq Class Patrol Vessel

ST Marine Celebrates the Naming for Royal Navy of Oman Second Al Ofouq Class Patrol Vessel
 
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Naming Ceremony today for the second Patrol Vessel (PV), RNOV Shinas cum the interim delivery for the first vessel RNOV Al Seeb, built for Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi.
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Naming Ceremony today for the second Patrol Vessel (PV), RNOV Shinas cum the interim delivery for the first vessel RNOV Al Seeb, built for Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah al-Raisi.
 

Mexican Navy (SEMAR) becomes launch customer for new Airbus C295W equipped with winglets

Mexican Navy (SEMAR) becomes launch customer for new Airbus C295W equipped with winglets
 
The Mexican Navy (Semar) has become the launch customer of the latest version of the market-leading Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft - the new C295W equipped with winglets.
The Mexican Navy (Semar) has become the launch customer of the latest version of the market-leading Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft - the new C295W equipped with winglets.
 

DCI wins European Defence Agency Contract for Naval Operations Training Sessions

DCI wins European Defence Agency Contract for Naval Operations Training Sessions
 
DCI has just won the “Train the Trainers course for naval operations room personnel” call for bids launched by the European Defence Agency (EDA). This contract is about conducting naval operations training sessions.
DCI has just won the “Train the Trainers course for naval operations room personnel” call for bids launched by the European Defence Agency (EDA). This contract is about conducting naval operations training sessions.
 

First Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ Flight Simulator Commissioned

First Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ Flight Simulator Commissioned
 
The Australian Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, and the Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, announced on March 27 that the first of two Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ flight simulators had been commissioned into service.
The Australian Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, and the Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, announced on March 27 that the first of two Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ flight simulators had been commissioned into service.
 

USMC MV-22B Osprey Made First Landing On Board ROK Navy Amphibious Assault Ship Dokdo

USMC MV-22B Osprey Made First Landing On Board ROK Navy Amphibious Assault Ship Dokdo
 
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its first ever landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship off the coast of the Korean peninsula, March 26, 2015. The Osprey departed from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) nearby and landed on the ROK ship Dokdo (LPH-6111).
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its first ever landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship off the coast of the Korean peninsula, March 26, 2015. The Osprey departed from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) nearby and landed on the ROK ship Dokdo (LPH-6111).
 

DARPA Issues RFI for ACTUV and Future Unmanned Surface Vessel Programs

DARPA Issues RFI for ACTUV and Future Unmanned Surface Vessel Programs
 
To help augment ACTUV’s capability for sensing and classifying other vessels, and to reduce reliance on radar as ACTUV’s primary sensor, DARPA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) about currently available technologies that could help ACTUV and future unmanned surface vessels perceive and classify nearby ships and other objects.
To help augment ACTUV’s capability for sensing and classifying other vessels, and to reduce reliance on radar as ACTUV’s primary sensor, DARPA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) about currently available technologies that could help ACTUV and future unmanned surface vessels perceive and classify nearby ships and other objects.
 

Australian Minister for Defence Approves ANZAC class Frigates Air Search Radar Replacement

Australian Minister for Defence Approves ANZAC class Frigates Air Search Radar Replacement
 
The Australian Government had provided "First Pass approval" for project SEA 1448 Phase 4B – ANZAC Air Search Radar Replacement. The project intends to replace the ageing long-range radar onboard the ANZAC class frigates with significantly more capable radar, with integrated and upgraded IFF capability, currently under development by CEA Technologies in Canberra.
The Australian Government had provided "First Pass approval" for project SEA 1448 Phase 4B – ANZAC Air Search Radar Replacement. The project intends to replace the ageing long-range radar onboard the ANZAC class frigates with significantly more capable radar, with integrated and upgraded IFF capability, currently under development by CEA Technologies in Canberra.
 

Royal Navy's New "Green" Merlin Mk3 Helicopter Started Trials at Sea with RFA Lyme Bay LSD

Royal Navy's New "Green" Merlin Mk3 Helicopter Started Trials at Sea with RFA Lyme Bay LSD
 
A "Green" Merlin Mk3 which was recently transferred from the Royal Air Force to the Royal Navy “Junglie” Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) started trials at sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay LSD.
A "Green" Merlin Mk3 which was recently transferred from the Royal Air Force to the Royal Navy “Junglie” Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) started trials at sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay landing ship dock (LSD).
 

MDA to deliver Naval Tactical Information Trainer to the Royal Navy

MDA to deliver Naval Tactical Information Trainer to the Royal Navy
 
MDA’s Information Systems group announced today that it has been awarded a contract from BAE Systems (BAE) to deliver a further naval tactical information solution to the Royal Navy that will be used to train naval officers from international navies. This solution leverages MDA’s track record of success in the provision of high-fidelity computer-based training systems for naval personnel.
MDA’s Information Systems group announced today that it has been awarded a contract from BAE Systems (BAE) to deliver a further naval tactical information solution to the Royal Navy that will be used to train naval officers from international navies. This solution leverages MDA’s track record of success in the provision of high-fidelity computer-based training systems for naval personnel.
 

Thales wins French - UK « Maritime Mine Counter Measures » MMCM contract SLAM-F/MHC

Thales wins French - UK « Maritime Mine Counter Measures » MMCM contract SLAM-F/MHC
 
On behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in France and UK MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, OCCAr has awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract to Thales, in collaboration with BAE Systems and their partners in France (ECA) and in the UK (ASV, Wood & Douglas, SAAB). Initiated in 2012 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM programme develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices (UWIEDs).
On behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in France and UK MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support organisation, OCCAr has awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract to Thales, in collaboration with BAE Systems and their partners in France (ECA) and in the UK (ASV, Wood & Douglas, SAAB). Initiated in 2012 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM programme...
 

US Navy Warfare Center Division Conducts Production Acceptance Test of Tomahawk Cruise Missile

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US Navy Warfare Center Division Conducts Production Acceptance Test of Tomahawk Cruise Missile
 
Navy Warfare Center Division Conducts Production Acceptance Test of Tomahawk Cruise Missile
The US Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile underwent a successful production acceptance test March 19 using functional ground test (FGT) capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's (NSWC IHEODTD) Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Maryland.
 

UK Ministry of Defence Awards Royal Navy Helicopter Support Contract to AgustaWestland

UK Ministry of Defence Awards Royal Navy Helicopter Support Contract to AgustaWestland
 
The UK MOD has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK. The deal, worth over half a billion pounds, will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140 million savings over that time.
The UK MOD has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK. The deal, worth over half a billion pounds, will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140 million savings over that time.
 

MDA marks milestone delivering advanced Submarine Command Team Training to RCN

MDA marks milestone delivering advanced Submarine Command Team Training to RCN
 
MDA’s Information Systems group today announced that it has achieved a major milestone with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for its delivery of advanced Victoria Class submarine command team training.
MDA’s Information Systems group today announced that it has achieved a major milestone with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for its delivery of advanced Victoria Class submarine command team training.
 

Yemen crisis: Saudi blocus on Bab El-Mandab strait and Egyptian vessels en route to Yemen

Yemen crisis: Saudi blocus on Bab El-Mandab strait and Egyptian vessels en route to Yemen
 
Yemen crisis: Saudi blocus on Bab El-Mandab strait and Egyptian vessels en route to Yemen
The Saudi-led Decisive Storm coalition has imposed a naval blockade on Bab El-Mandab strait which connects the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean, sources told Ahram Online. The Saudi navy's western fleet has also secured Yemen's main ports including Aden and Midi. In the same time, four Egyptian naval vessels have crossed the Suez Canal en route to Yemen to secure the Gulf of Aden.
 

Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISV) Commissioned At Visakhapatnam by Indian Navy

Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISV) Commissioned At Visakhapatnam by Indian Navy
 
Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISV) Commissioned At Visakhapatnam for Indian Navy
The second batch of three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs), comprising T-38, T-39 and T-40 were commissioned today, 24 March 2015 by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command at an impressive ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. Immediate Support Vessel (ISV) is a type of light and armed patrol boat.
 

Austal's Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Trenton Completes Acceptance Trials

Austal's Fifth Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Trenton Completes Acceptance Trials
 
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce that Joint High Speed Vessel 5 (JHSV 5), USNS Trenton, has successfully completed US Navy acceptance trials. The trials, the last significant milestone before delivery, were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved comprehensive testing of the vessel’s major systems and equipment by the US Navy.
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce that Joint High Speed Vessel 5 (JHSV 5), USNS Trenton, has successfully completed US Navy acceptance trials. The trials, the last significant milestone before delivery, were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved comprehensive testing of the vessel’s major systems and equipment by the US Navy.
 

Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Diamond Upgrade Completed

Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Diamond Upgrade Completed
 
The crew of HMS Diamond have been reunited with their ship after spending months ashore while it received a multi-million pound upgrade. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has undergone extensive maintenance and improvements since it returned from operations last July.
The crew of HMS Diamond have been reunited with their ship after spending months ashore while it received a multi-million pound upgrade. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer has undergone extensive maintenance and improvements since it returned from operations last July.
 

Ballistic Missile Defense Capable Destroyer USS Paul Hamilton Reinforces US Navy Fifth Fleet

Ballistic Missile Defense Capable Destroyer USS Paul Hamilton Reinforces US Navy Fifth Fleet
 
The guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), March 22. Paul Hamilton is an independent ballistic missile defense (BMD) ship that will be involved in a variety of operations in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).
The guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), March 22. Paul Hamilton is an independent ballistic missile defense (BMD) ship that will be involved in a variety of operations in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).
 

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Commissioned DDH183 Izumo Helicopter Destroyer

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Commissioned DDH183 Izumo Helicopter Destroyer
 
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter carrier DDH138 Izumo was commissioned today in Yokosuka naval base according to a statement on the JMSDF website. Izumo will become the flagship of the JMSDF fleet and is the largest warship built by Japan since World War II. The 248-meter-long and 19,500-ton helicopter carrier was unveiled for the first time in August 2013 in Yokohama.
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter carrier DDH138 Izumo was commissioned today in Yokosuka naval base according to a statement on the JMSDF website. Izumo will become the flagship of the JMSDF fleet and is the largest warship built by Japan since World War II. The 248-meter-long and 19,500-ton helicopter carrier was unveiled for the first time in August 2013 in Yokohama.
 

Bangladesh to Procure Former Italian Navy Minerva class Corvettes for its Coast Guard

Bangladesh to Procure Former Italian Navy Minerva class Corvettes for its Coast Guard
 
According to BSS, the national news agency of Bangladesh, the local government will procure four ex-Italian Navy Minerva class vessels for Bangladesh Coast Guard to gear up its activities in the coastal areas. The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) today gave nod to the procurement proposal of the vessels.
According to BSS, the national news agency of Bangladesh, the local government will procure four ex-Italian Navy Minerva class vessels for Bangladesh Coast Guard to gear up its activities in the coastal areas. The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) today gave nod to the procurement proposal of the vessels.
 

Tern Progress Toward Enabling Small Ships to Host their own Unmanned Air Systems (UAS)

Tern Progress Toward Enabling Small Ships to Host their own Unmanned Air Systems (UAS)
 
Tern Progress Toward Enabling Small Ships to Host their own Unmanned Air Systems (UAS)
DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
 

GRSE Launched Indian Navy's Third Mk IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Vessel

GRSE Launched Indian Navy's Fourth Mk IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Vessel
 
Adding yet another milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in sophisticated shipbuilding, the fourth ship in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk IV project - Yard 2095 - for the Indian Navy was launched at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, here today (23 Mar 2015).
Adding yet another milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in sophisticated shipbuilding, the fourth ship in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk IV project - Yard 2095 - for the Indian Navy was launched at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, here today (23 Mar 2015).
 

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