July 2017 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

HII Completes Sea Trials for DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart Destroyer Ralph Johnson
Burke class Ralph Johnson DDG 114 Builder Sea Trials
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced today the successful completion of builder’s sea trials on the guided missile destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). The Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyer spent more than three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat and other ship systems.

US Navy & Air Force Award Lockheed Martin 1st Production Lot for LRASM Anti-Ship Missile
US Navy & Air Force Award Lockheed Martin 1st Production Lot for LRASM Anti-Ship Missile
Lockheed Martin received an $86.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy and Air Force for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) production. The contract marks the first production award for the air-launched variant of LRASM, and includes 23 missiles and engineering support. Low-rate initial production Lot 1 is the first of several expected annual production lots that will deliver next-generation anti-ship missiles to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

Project 22160 Patrol Ships to be Equipped with Kamov Ka-29 Assault Transport Helicopters
Russian Chinese drills Naval Interaction 2017 Baltic Sea Russia’s newest Project 22160 patrol ships will be reinforced with Ka-29 assault/transport helicopters, the newspaper Izvestia reports. Each rotorcraft can be equipped with guided missiles, unguided rockets, bombs and aircraft guns and also carry 16 marines in full kit. Previously, the Ka-29 was stationed only on ground airfields and deployed aboard large landing ships and the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

First Two NOPVs Shachi and Shruti Launched by Reliance Defence for Indian Navy
First Two NOPVs Shachi and Shruti Launched by Reliance Defence for Indian Navy 2
Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) today launched the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat. The ships are part of a five ship project being constructed for the Indian Navy. The two NOPVs, Shachi and Shruti were launched by Smt. Preeti Luthra, wife of Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC; the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command at the RDEL Shipyard Pipavav, Gujarat.

Sea Breeze 2017 Takes Anti-submarine Warfare Training to Advanced Level
Sea Breeze 2017 Ay class SSK Turkey P 8A MPA US Navy 1
The Turkish Ay-class submarine TCG Batiray (S-349) and a U.S. P-8A Poseidon from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, took anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training to an advanced level during exercise Sea Breeze 2017. Sea Breeze 2017, a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea, is designed to enhance the interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security in the region.

Russian Cruiser Pyotr Veliky & SSBN Dmitry Donskoy to take part in parade in St. Petersburg
Russian Cruiser Pyotr Veliky CGN Kirov class The Russian Northern Fleet’s missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Kirov-class) and nuclear-powered submarine Dmitry Donskoy (Project 941 Typhoon-class) will take part in a parade to be held in St. Petersburg on July 30 on the occasion of Navy Day, fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.

Video: ONR Demonstrates Multi-Shot Salvo with Electromagnetic Railgun
Video: ONR Demonstrates Multi-Shot Salvo with Electromagnetic Railgun
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a video showing a demonstration of the U.S. Navy's electromagnetic railgun initial rep-rate fires of multi-shot salvos at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. The revolutionary railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles – and at speeds that exceed Mach 6.

Vishnya-class Intelligence Ship Karelia rejoined the Russian Pacific Fleet
Intelligence ship Karelia Russia Pacific Fleet The Dalzavod Ship Repair Center has completed the builders’ sea trials of the Karelia medium intelligence ship following comprehensive repair and retrofit. After that, it was handed over to the Pacific Fleet, Dalzavod’s press service reported to the online agency Flotprom.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Develops New Coating for Surface Vessels
NRL develops new paint coating for warships 2
Recently, a novel coating developed by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships went beyond small area testing to covering the entire freeboard of an amphibious assault ship. Until April of 2017, NRL’s single-component (1K) polysiloxane coating had only been tested on 400-800 sq.ft. areas of ships due to limited production quantities and the typical size of topside paint repairs conducted by their crews.

US President Donald Trump Commissions Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78
President Trump Commissions USS Gerald R Ford CVN 78 1
President Donald J. Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at a commissioning ceremony July 22. A commissioning is a day of celebration, and honors the dedication, team work, and collaboration of Sailors, legislators, shipbuilders, program managers, and the ship's sponsor in delivering the ship to the fleet.

Presidential Decree Calls for More Cruise Missiles and Balanced Fleet for Russian Navy
Presidential Decree Calls for More Cruise Missiles and Balanced Fleet for Russian Navy Long-range precision-guided sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs) will be the main armament of the Russian Navy’s surface ships and submarines until 2025. This is stated in Presidential Decree No. 327 "On the approval of the Fundamentals of the Russian Federation’s state policy in the field of naval activities for the period until 2030," published on the official legal information website on July 20, 2017.

Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation Showcasing Kh-59MK Anti-Ship Missile at MAKS 2017
Kh 59MK anti ship missile Russia MAKS 2017 1 Two export guided missiles, being among advanced products from JSC Raduga State Engineering Design Bureau named after A. Ya. Bereznyak, Dubna, near Moscow, are on display in Tactical Missiles Corporation’s pavilion at MAKS-2017 Air Show. Russia’s leading developer and exporter of anti-ship and anti-radar missiles, which are in service with 20 countries around the world, is showcasing its Kh-59MK and Kh-58UShKE missiles in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region.

US Navy Commander Carrier Strike Group 2 Visited French Navy Frigate Chevalier Paul
CCSG 2 Visits French Frigate Chevalier Paul
Commander, Carrier Strike Group 2 (CCSG-2) Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell visited French frigate FS Chevalier Paul (D621), July 14. The visit, held on Bastille Day, promoted interoperability and U.S.-French commitment to stability in the Europe and Africa regions during Operation Inherent Resolve.

Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation Unveils APR-3ME Grif Air Launched Torpedo
Tactical Missiles Corporation APR 3ME Grif torpedo 2 JSC Region State Research and Production Enterprise, part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (TMC), has developed a new APR-3ME Grif airborne anti-submarine missile, which is a modernized version of the APR-3E missile. The new system was unveiled at the MAKS 2017 airshow currently held in Russia.

US Navy NAVAIR Briefed French Navy on EMALS and AAG for Aircraft Carriers
US Navy NAVAIR Briefed French Navy on EMALS and AAG for Aircraft Carrier
Representatives from the French (Marine Nationale) and U.S. navies met to discuss interoperability during a site visit to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) on the Lakehurst side of base July 12. Members of the France/U.S. Senior Acquisition Review / Senior National Naval Representative (SAR/SNNR) team met to review action items and present briefings as part of an ongoing partnership between the two nations.

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