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

All Eight ROK Navy AW159 Wildcat Naval Helicopters Now Operational
ROK Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopter ASW exercise frigate Gwangju 1
The Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) announced that four more of its newly acquired AW159 Wildcat maritime helicopters are now operational, meaning the entire fleet is now ready for combat operations. The ROK Navy acquired eight AW159 last year in two batches in June and December, respectively. The first four were deployed in February with Incheon-class frigates.

French Navy 3rd FREMM Frigate Languedoc & 3rd B2M Multi-Mission Vessel now on Active Duty
FREMM Languedoc long cruise Arctic French Navy 1
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that the Aquitaine-class Frigate Languedoc, the third FREMM (Multi Mission Frigate) of the class, and the D'Entrecasteaux-class B2M (for bâtiment multi-missions or multi-mission vessel) Champlain, are now both on "Active Duty" and able to conduct operational missions following a ceremony held July 4th in presence of the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Admiral Prazuck.

French President Macron Aboard Marine Nationale's SSBN Le Terrible
Macron Le Terrible SSBN submarine French Navy 2
French President Emmanuel Macron spent a few hours underway and underwater aboard "Le Terrible" (S619), a Le Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Macron's move intended to signal his commitment to France's nuclear deterrent.

HII Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials For Amphibious Transport Dock Portland LPD 27
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Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced today that the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) has completed her first set of sea trials. Ingalls’ test and trials team spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico operating the 11th San Antonio-class ship and demonstrating its systems.

Improved Variant of Russian Project 22350 Frigates Could Operate as Destroyers
Upgraded project 22350 frigate Russia IMDS 2017 Modernized frigates of project 22350 have more powerful armaments and can operate as destroyers, United Shipbuilding Corporation Vice President for military shipbuilding and Northern Shipyard Director General Igor Ponomarev told TASS during the IMDS 2017 naval show.

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launched LCS 15 Future USS Billings
Lockheed Martin LCS 15 Splashdown
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the 15th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on July 1. Ship sponsor Sharla D. Tester christened LCS 15, the future USS Billings, in Navy tradition by breaking a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.

Successful First Test Firing for MBDA Sea Venom / ANL Anti-ship Missile
ANL Sea Venom Test MBDA DGA 1 French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and MBDA teams successfully completed the first launch of the Antinavire Léger (ANL / Sea Venom ) missile on 21 June 2017 on the Mediterranean site of the DGA Missile Testing Center. The test was conducted from the DGA's Panther test helicopter.

Turkey Launch its Final MILGEM-class Corvette & Start Construction on First Istanbul-class Frigate
TCG Kinaliada MILGEM Ada class Turkey Turkey yesterday launched its fourth and final MILGEM (Ada) class corvette, TCG Kinaliada (hull number F-514) during a ceremony held in presence of President Erdogan. The event also officially marked the start of the construction of the first Istanbul-class Frigate.

China's 25th Type 054A Frigate Commissioned with PLAN North Sea Fleet
Type 054A Frigate Wuhu PLAN China 1
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) commissioned its 25th Type 054A Frigate (Jiangkai II-class) "Wuhu" (hull number 539). The Commissioning ceremony took place on June 29th at Lvshun Kou naval base (Dalian province). The frigate joins the PLAN North Sea Fleet. This comes just six days after the commissioning of the 24th vessel of the class.

Second Project 20386 Corvette / Russian LCS Slated to be Laid Down in 2018
Project 20386 Corvette Derzky Russia 1 The second Project 20386 guided missile corvette is scheduled to be keel-laid in St. Petersburg in 2018, Alexander Shlyakhtenko, CEO of the Almaz Central Design Bureau, told TASS. "It is scheduled for the next year," he said, answering the question concerning the timing of laying down the second ship.

Registration for Euronaval 2018 is now Open
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Registration for Euronaval 2018, the large naval defence exhibition (23-26 October 2018) opened last week. In 2018 the EURONAVAL exhibition celebrates its 50th anniversary and is being renewed.

HII Awarded $218 Million Advance Procurement Contract for LPD 29 Amphibious Transport Dock
HII Contract for LPD 29
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $218 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract from the U.S. Navy to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for LPD 29, the 13th amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class.

Rostec Launched Pantsir-ME air defense missile/gun system launched at IMDS 2017
Pantsir ME IMDS 2017
The naval weapon systems Pantsir-ME and its forerunners Kashtan and Kashtan-M developed by the Tula KBP (part of the High Precision Systems Holding of Rostec State Corporation) are the only systems in the world that combine a powerful artillery armament, an effective multimode missile armament and an integrated radar-optical armament control system in a single turret mount. Equipped with two types of armament (which is already a considerable advantage), these systems have better characteristics of each individual armament type as compared to their analogues.

Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV Demonstrated its Operational Capabilities in Belgian Navy MCM Trials
Seagull Belgian North Sea MCM Trials
Seagull, Elbit Systems’ groundbreaking Multi-Mission USV, participated in the bi- national MCM trials for unmanned maritime systems that were organized by the Directorate General of Material Resources (DGMR) of the Belgian Defence Ministry. Taking part in the trials conducted at the beginning of June off the Belgian Zeebrugge Naval Base, were several companies operating different types of unmanned underwater and surface vehicles.

Saab to Modify and Upgrade Swedish Navy Corvettes Gävle and Sundsvall
HMS Gavle Sweden Saab
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the modification and upgrading of the Swedish Marine’s Gävle-class corvettes. The order value amounts to BSEK 1.249 and the work will be carried out during the period of 2017-2020.

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