NAVAL NEWS APRIL 2024

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According to information published by the US DoD on April 11, 2024, during a trilateral exercise involving the US, South Korea, and Japan, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Howard (DDG 83) were seen sailing next to USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

On April 10, 2024, Kongsberg Maritime was selected by the American shipbuilder Austal USA to supply their Promas propulsion systems for the fifth ship in the United States Coast Guard's new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. The vessel, named the US Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Pickering, marks the first in this class to be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

According to a PR published by Piriou on April 16, 2024, the Piriou Group delivers the third and final Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 58 S, named CAYOR, to the Senegalese Armed Forces in Concarneau, France. The delivery ceremony saw the presence of dignitaries including His Excellency El Hadji Magatte Seye, the Ambassador of Senegal to France, and Admiral Abdou Sene, Chief of Staff of the Senegalese Navy.

On April 14, 2024, Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyers deployed Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors for the first time to counter an Iranian ballistic missile attack on Israel. This operation, conducted in the Eastern Mediterranean, involved the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and USS Carney (DDG-64), which fired between four and seven SM-3s to intercept the Iranian ballistic missiles. This marks the first combat use of the SM-3 interceptors, as confirmed by defense sector sources.

On April 12, 2024, the UK Ministry of Defence announced an acceleration in the deployment of the DragonFire laser weapon systems on Royal Navy vessels. Initially scheduled for 2032, the installation of this technology will be advanced to 2027, following the implementation of new reforms in defence procurement procedures.

On April 11, 2024, The Whiskey Project Group (TWPG), an Australian manufacturer of tactical and specialized boats, announced having delivered the first two 11-meter Whiskey Bravo multi-mission reconnaissance (MMRC) boats to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) at the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton, Southern California. These vessels were officially accepted by the Marine Corps War Fighting Lab (MCWL) and are extensively utilized by reconnaissance Marines to accommodate and test various mission-specific payloads.

On April 9, 2024, Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, announced that it had conducted tests of its "Fast Adaptation and Learning for Control Online" (FALCON) control architecture on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts. These tests are part of an effort to enhance the autonomy of naval operations, focusing on underway replenishment (UNREP) and navigation in complex scenarios like the Suez Canal.

On April 11, 2024, two Sandown Class minehunter ships recently transferred from the Royal Navy to the Ukrainian Navy docked in Portsmouth to participate in a series of multinational naval exercises. The ships, renamed Cherkasy and Chernihiv, left their previous base in Scotland, marking a key step in the UK's support for the modernization of the Ukrainian Navy.

After a five-month "intermediate maintenance unavailability" [IEI], the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been ramping up its power for several weeks now. It is now ready to be deployed again with its carrier strike group [GAN or TF473]. On April 26, 2024, it will depart from Toulon for a short mission focused exclusively on the Mediterranean, deliberately avoiding the Red Sea to prevent escalation with the Houthi rebels, who target commercial traffic near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

As reported by Meta Defense on April 11, 2024, the European company MBDA is set to introduce the Aster 15 EC, an update to the original Aster 15 short- to medium-range surface-to-air missile, promising to offer twice the efficiency of its predecessor. The Aster 15 was first utilized aboard the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in 2001, marking Europe's introduction to vertical launch surface-to-air missiles.

On March 27, 2024, members from the US 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed a V-BAT unmanned aerial system (UAS) from the flight deck of the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), a dock landing ship. This event took place in the Pacific Ocean as part of routine operations conducted by the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group within the U.S. 3rd fleet's jurisdiction.

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