OCTOBER 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to a press release published on October 7, 2020, French company Naval Group has announced the first sea trials for the ninth ship FREMM DA Alsace designed for the French Navy. On October 5, 2020, the multi-mission frigate FREMM Alsace went out for her first sea trial. She is the first of two air defense frigates designed for the French Navy as part of the FREMM program. Alsace benefits from the same anti-submarine warfare performances as the previous units but with enhanced air defense capabilities.

According to a press release published on October 5, 2020, Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for surface vessels, announces that it has been awarded a multi-year Other Transaction (OT) agreement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop a prototype of autonomous VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing ) aircraft replenishment vessels.

According to a press release published by the British Royal Navy on October 5, 2020, the Britsh Royal Navy’s new Carrier Strike Group is fully operational and assembled for the first time. HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Strike Group are currently exercising alongside allied nations in the North Sea, as part of NATO’s largest annual exercise, Joint Warrior.  

According to information released by the Russian Press Agency TASS, on October 2, 2020, air defense crews of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Admiral Makarov Project 11356 frigate (NATO reporting name: Krivak V) operating as part of the Navy’s permanent formation deployed on the high seas have practiced repelling a simulated enemy’s aerial attack during an exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.

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