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NAVAL NEWS APRIL 2021

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According to a press release published by BAE Systems on April 2, 2021, the British company will retain its key role supporting the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, with the Company securing two contracts as part of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP) competition. The contracts, worth up to £1.3 billion over five years, will commence on 1 October 2021 following a transition period.

According to information published by Austal USA on April 2, 2021, the firm launched USS Canberra into the Mobile River. This is the first Navy ship that Austal has launched in 2021 and the first one to launch from Austal's recently acquired drydock. USS Canberra is an Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS), one of 19 that the Navy has contracted Austal to build. The next step is sea trials and then delivery.

According to information published by Nation Thailand on March 29, 2021, the Royal Thai Navy has anointed two new patrol boats, T114 and T115 in a ceremony at its Sattahip base in Chonburi. Admiral Chatchai Sriworakhan, the commander of the Navy, presided over this ceremony.

According to information published by Indian Navy on March 31, 2021, French Naval ships, Tonnerre (Amphibious Assault Ship) and Surcouf (Frigate Class Ship) are on a two-day goodwill visit to Kochi, the headquarters of Southern Naval Command. The ships arrived at Cochin Port Trust on 30 March 2021 and were received by Senior Naval Authorities in the background of fanfare by the naval band.

According to information published by U.S. Department of Defence on March 31, 2021, BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, is awarded a $76,875,610 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-20-C-5380 to exercise options to procure MK 41 Vertical Launching System canisters and ancillary hardware.

According to a press release published by Schiebel on April 1, 2021, the firm has won another significant contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Schiebel, with its CAMCOPTER® S-100, is yet again one of the service providers for EMSA’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operations carrying out ship emission monitoring and general maritime surveillance for EU member states.

According to information published by the Royal Navy on April 1, 2021, the Netherlands will be fully integrated into the UK sovereign Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment later this year, Defence ministers have confirmed.

According to a press release published by Boeing on March 31, 2021, the U.S. Navy today awarded Boeing a $1.6 billion production contract for the next 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Nine aircraft will join the U.S. Navy fleet and two will go to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a cooperative partner in the P-8A joint program since 2009. The contract brings the total number of U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft under contract to 128 and the RAAF total to 14.

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