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

Polish Navy Commissioned ORP Kormoran MCM Vessel on Navy Anniversary
ORP Kormoran MCM vessel Polish Navy 1
The Polish Navy (Marynarka Wojenna) commissioned the first of a new class of mine counter measure (MCM) vessel on November 28th. The date also marked the 99th anniversary of the creation of the Polish Navy. The Inauguration Ceremony was held in Gdynia. The flag raising ceremony was attended by the minister of defence Antoni Macierewicz and several local and military authorities.

Images of Russia's Project 955A SSBN Demonstrate Design Improvements
Project 955A SSBN analysis 5
The official photographs taken during the rollout of the first Project 955A (Borey-A-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) 'Knyaz Vladimir' intended for the Navy of the Russian Federation have revealed a number of design changes from the three earlier Project 955 (Borey-class) boats, according to the experts of the IHS Jane`s think-tank.

Naval Group delivers new visual defence simulators to the French Navy
Visual defence simulator Naval Group French Navy 1
Naval Group has delivered a brand new visual defence simulator (Simdav) to the French Navy in Brest, after that delivered to Toulon at the end of 2016. Both deliveries form part of the 5-year modernisation and through-life support contract awarded by the DGA (French armament procurement agency) in December 2014. The new systems will allow the crews of the French Naval Action Force (and the Grouping of naval infantry and maritime gendarmes) to train under realistic conditions.

Russia Starting Construction of Naval Base in Kuril Islands
Kuril Islands Sea of Okhotsk map

Russia is beginning to build a naval base on the Kurile Islands. It will be located on Matua Island in the central part of the archipelago, expert Anatoly Ivanko writes in the Military-Industrial Courier. The base has a major military-strategic significance. The existing runway will get infrastructure and will be used as a jump-up airfield for Tu-22M3 bombers which will fly from there to distant areas of the Pacific Ocean.


ATLAS ELEKTRONIK completes modernization of Finnish Navy Pansio-class Minelayers
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Finland Oy as prime contractor has successfully completed the Mid-Life Upgrade program for three PANSIO class inshore minelayers of the Finnish Defence Forces. Today the third and final upgraded ship, PYHÄRANTA, was delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command. The first ship, PANSIO, was delivered in October 2016 and the second, PORKKALA, in May 2017. The contract for the mid-life upgrade was signed in May 2015.

UK's Royal Fleet Auxiliary welcomes First MARS Tanker RFA Tidespring to the fleet
Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tidespring 1
Honorary Commodore in Chief of the RFA, HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO, was in Portsmouth today to welcome RFA Tidespring to the operational fleet. The new 37,000 tonne ship, one of the four biggest tankers to be purpose built for the RFA, recently arrived at HM Naval Base Portsmouth in preparation for her official acceptance into operational service. Once in service with the RFA, she will provide fuel, food and stores for Royal Navy warships all around the world.

Thales celebrates the production of its 500th FLASH dipping sonar
NFH90 FLASH Marine Nationale
Brest, 27 November 2017 – Thales teams in Brest are proud to announce the completion of the 500th FLASH sonar system (Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopters). Thales started the development of the lightweight anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar for helicopters in the 1990s, since when the product has been continuously improved to meet naval forces’ needs across the world.

Lockheed Martin Details its Canadian Surface Combatant Proposal
Lockheed Martin CSC
Two days prior to the procurement closure date, Lockheed Martin Canada has confirmed delivery of the proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program signifying that the acquisition has moved to the next critical phase.

Lockheed Martin & Indra Extend their Collaboration for Spain's F-110 Frigate Program
Navantia and Carlos III University to Collaborate on F-110 Frigate Combat System Development
Indra and Lockheed Martin recently signed a Heads of Agreement that extends their exclusive relationship in the development of a state-of-the-art S-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Spanish Navy’s F-110 program and establishes a framework for the commercialization of this solid state radar for other anti-air warfare opportunities worldwide.

Second NH90 Sea Lion Naval Helicopter for German Navy Completes Maiden Flight
NH90 Sea Lion German Navy Marine
The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017.

China's 36th & 37th Type 056 Corvettes (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN South Sea Fleet
PLAN Type 056A ASW Corvette Suining 551 China
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) commissioned two new Type 056 Corvettes (Jiangdao class) in the past two weeks. Guangyuan (hull number 552) was commissioned on November 16th during a ceremony at Guangzhou naval base. Suining (hull number 551) was commissioned on November 28th in Guangdong province. Both vessels are Type 056A variant specialized in anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate to Deploy to Asia Pacific & Korean Peninsula
Royal Navy Merlin Type 23 HMS Sutherland

The UK will send a second warship to the Asia Pacific region to strengthen relations with allies in the area. Addressing the crew on HMS Sutherland this morning, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the ship will leave Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport in the New Year to represent UK interests across the Indian Ocean and into the Pacific.


IDF Declares Naval Iron Dome Operational with Sa’ar 5 Corvette
Israel Naval Iron Dome C Dome Operational

The Israeli's Defense Forces (IDF) declared the Naval Iron Dome system operational after an 18-monthss test campaign aboard Sa'ar 5 corvette INS Lahav. The integration of the Iron Dome air defense missile system aboard surface vessel follows the emerging need of Israel to protect strategic assets at sea, such as oil/natural gas rigs. Israel’s hydrocarbons fields and drilling installations in the East Mediterranean Sea have increased the requirements for security.


Russian Navy Hopes to get Three Project 20386 Corvette / LCS by 2025
Project 20386 Corvette Derzky Russia 1 The Russian Navy plans to get three latest corvettes of project 20386 by 2025, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief for armaments Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk said. "We plan to receive at least three warships of project 20386 by 2025," he said.

Submarine Escape Training Facility & Submarine Rescue Vehicle of the Swedish Navy
Swedish Navy 1st Submarine Flotilla Recuse Escape training URF 006

Navy Recognition recently visited the 1st Submarine Flotilla of the Royal Swedish Navy located at Karlskrona Naval Base in Southern Sweden. The 1st Submarine Flotilla is an operational level organization with the ability to act against targets both submerged and on the surface. The flotilla has the ability to perform intelligence gathering operations, surveillance operations, submarine rescue operations, diving and salvage operations and transport of special forces.


Analysis: Russia's Project 955A SSBN Design Improvements over Project 955
Project 955A SSBN analysis 1
At first sight the fourth nuclear-powered submarines with ballistic missiles (SSBN) of project 955 (codename Borei) looks like its predecessors. The Prince Vladimir (codename Borei-A) submarine of project 955A was initially designed as a submarine with higher combat capabilities, the Zvezda TV and radio broadcaster said.

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