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NAVAL NEWS APRIL 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to a press release published by BAE Systems on April 19, 2021, the forward section of HMS GLASGOW which contains the bridge, operations room and accommodation spaces, was manoeuvred into position on the hardstand at Govan yard where it will be joined by the aft section in the coming weeks in a move that lasted 90 minutes.

According to information published by the Nigerian Ministry of Defense on 15 April, 2021, the Navy took delivery of its first-ever purpose-built Offshore Survey Vessel, NNS LANA in Saint Nazaire, France. Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo stated that the new vessel was conceived as a replacement to the previous NNS LANA, a survey ship that was decommissioned about 10 years ago.

According to a tweet published by the Greek Minister of Defence and a tweet published by Dimitris Mitch on April 16, 2021, the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Greece presented their proposal regarding the new multi-role frigate for the Hellenic Navy.

According to information published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on April 15, 2021, the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently conducting dynamic interface testing operations off the coast of Southern California. The operations are tests for compatibility usage of variants of the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Seahawk with the ship’s new flight deck, and the first time a V-22 has landed on an MSC hospital ship.

According to information published by U.S. Department of Defense on April 12, 2021, Lockheed Martin is awarded a $447,230,778 firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This order provides for the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R aircraft for the government of the Republic of Korea.

According to information published by the French Armed Forces on April 16, 2021, Naval Group delivered the FREMM DA Alsace at the French Navy during a ceremony with the French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly. FREMM Alsace D656 is the first of the two air defense frigates of the FREMM program. It also incorporates several capability upgrades in response to rapidly changing technologies (communications, cyber defense, etc.).

According to information published by the Royal Malaysian Navy on April 14, 2021, Jerong-class KD Jerong which is one of the ships in the Fast Attack Craft (FAC), is the fifth ship to complete a modernization program involving the propulsion system.

According to information published by the French Ministry of Armed Forces on April 15, 2021, Florence Parly, has announced that the Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed an order to purchase a second VSR700 prototype which is an unmanned aerial system being developed for the French Navy in partnership with Naval Group.

According to information published on April 14, 2021, Egypt has become the 34th member of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) which is an enduring multinational coalition committed to upholding the International Rules Based Order by countering illicit non-state actors on the high seas and promoting security, stability and prosperity.

According to a press release published by Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam on April 15, 2021, after a six-week period of maintenance, the firm has handed the HNLMS Evertsen back to the Royal Netherlands Navy. The shipyard worked hard to prepare the Air Defence and Command frigate for deployment on, among other things, the voyage of nearly 40,000 kilometres that she will soon be making to Japan together with the UK Carrier Strike Group.

According to information published by the Egyptian Ministry of Defense on April 14, 2021, ENS Bernees 1003, FREMM Carlo Bergamini-class, constructed by Italian company Fincantieri arrived at the Alexandria Naval Base to join the Egyptian Navy’s fleet.

According to information published by Defense Studies on April 15, 2021, for the fiscal year of 2022, the Royal Thai Navy may be able to supply a new offshore patrol vessel or OPV, priced at 6.5 billion baht.

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