NAVAL NEWS JUNE 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to information published by U.S. Navy on June 2, 2021, Naval Station Everett was designated as the Navy's future homeport for the initial ships of the next generation of guided-missile frigates, the Constellation class, a new and improved class of small surface combatant ships.

According to information published by Global Times on June 2, 2021, a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla with the Type 052D guided-missile destroyer Taiyuan, the Type 054A guided-missile frigate Xiangtan and the Type 903A comprehensive supply ship Chaohu reportedly entered the Pacific Ocean for exercises via the Osumi Strait, after US-Japanese naval drills in the Pacific.

According to a press release published by Elbit Systems Ltd on June 3, 2021, the Israeli company announced that following competitive technical evaluations it was awarded an approximately $80 million contract by a country in Asia-Pacific to supply SPECTROTM XR multi-spectral electro-optic (“EO”) systems for maritime forces. The contract will be performed over a period of four years.

According to information published by the UK Navy on June 2, 2021, for the first time, the Navy has driven a fast stealth boat in the Solent, controlling it remotely from land. Commanded by a laptop, tablet, and two sailors in a tent overlooking the water at Browndown Beach in Gosport, the MADFOX autonomous boat was used to test the theory – and practice – of operating a boat from ashore, using it to monitor Solent shipping from afar.

According to a press release published by Damen on June 3, 2021, Damen Shipyards Galati has performed the keel-laying ceremony on the Combat Support Ship (CSS) Den Helder. This marks an important milestone in the construction of this new supply ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The keel-laying ceremony was performed by the Director Defence Material Organisation (DMO), vice admiral Arie Jan de Waard and vice-admiral Rob Kramer, Commander Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).

According to information published by Murcia Plaza on June 2, 2021, the Spanish Ministry of Defense commissioned Roro Reina Ysabel A06 in Cartagena. The vessel named originally Galicia and built in 2003, was renamed by the Navy.

According to a press release published by General Dynamics Mission Systems on June 2, 2021, the firm announced the award of a multi-million-dollar firm-fixed-price contract from Northrop Grumman to provide Reduced Weight Basic Operating Assembly (RWBOA) containers for U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on June 2, 2021, Royal Danish Navy guided-missile frigate-FFG HDMS Iver Huitfeldt participates in exercise At-Sea-Demonstration Formidable Shield 2021 led by STRIKFORNATO, on behalf of U.S. 6th Fleet.

According to a press release published by Hensoldt UK on June 2, 2021, the firm is pleased to announce the supply of radar sensor suites consisting of Kelvin Hughes Mk11 S and X Band SharpEye radar systems to the South African Navy (SAN) for three Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels built by the Damen Shipyards Cape Town, South Africa.

According to information published by the Royal Navy on June 2, 2021, HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group met up with allies in an exercise that saw 19 ships and more than 5,000 personnel come together. Ships and units from 11 countries joined up off the coast of Portugal for phase one of Exercise Steadfast Defender.

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