MARCH 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

The U.S. Navy announced on March 6 the establishment of Program Executive Office Columbia (PEO CLB) to focus entirely on the Navy’s number one acquisition priority. PEO CLB will provide oversight of the construction of 12 Columbia-class submarines (SSBN) that will help the Navy maintain a credible, survivable and modern sea-based strategic deterrent into the 2080s.

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has disclosed plans to get a new passive offboard decoy system to provide soft-kill anti-ship missile defense for Royal Navy ships. The Naval Passive Off-Board Decoy (N-POD) system is the new equipment intended to replace the actual Outfit DLF(3b) system in RN service. Outfit DLF(3b) is a passive radio frequency (RF) countermeasure using a floating inflatable corner reflector.

High-speed transport and assault boats BK-16 of project 02510 of the Russian Guard sailed from Sevastopol to Kerch, the law enforcement agency said. "The boats were handed over to the maritime unit of the Russian Guard in a gala atmosphere under the supervision of the head of the maritime protected facilities department Rear Admiral Andrey Shatayev," it said.

India and Russia signed a US$3 billion deal for the lease of a third nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) which is likely to be in Indian waters by 2025 at the earliest. While the exact lease period of the new submarine is not known, sources indicated that it will be in service with India for at least 10 years. The Akula-class Russian submarine will be named Chakra III after its predecessors, and will be fitted with Indian systems.

On February 27, Turkey launched the largest maritime drill of its history, testing its war fighting capabilities in the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea, and in the eastern Mediterranean simultaneously. The drill will end on March 8 and totalises 103 military vessels and thousands of soldiers.

GE Marine will provide gas turbine auxiliary equipment for the LM2500 engines that will power the Indian Navy’s new P17A frigates. This contract is with India-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), GE reported last week at the Aero India trade exhibition.

As part of the tender process for the introduction of the new British Type 31e frigate generation, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the selected suppliers in the final design and offer phase in a consortium led by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK. This consortium includes ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, British shipyards Harland & Wolff and Ferguson Marine Engineering.

The US Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, March 2, at Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina.

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