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Video & Pictures: DCNS Delivers FREMM Frigate Languedoc to the French Navy
 
On 16 March 2016, DCNS delivered the FREMM frigateLanguedoc intended for the French Navy, on the occasion of the acceptance ceremony by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation)on behalf of the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement). This event once again demonstrates the industrial success of the largest European naval defence programme. The FREMM frigates are amongst some of the highest-performance latest-generation combat vessels on the market and have already won over three client Navies.
On 16 March 2016, DCNS delivered the FREMM frigate Languedoc intended for the French Navy, on the occasion of the acceptance ceremony by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) on behalf of the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement). Navy Recognition was attending and we bring you video and picture coverage of the event. The FREMM frigates are among some of the highest-performance latest-generation surface combatant...
 

Comparison: Russian Navy Slava-class and US Navy Ticonderoga-class Cruisers in Combat
 
Military expert Konstantin Sivkov, a member of the Russian Academy of Rocket, Missile and Artillery Sciences, Ph.D. (military sciences), has assessed a hypothetical battle between a Russian Navy Project 1164 Atlant-class (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) missile cruiser and a US Navy Ticonderoga-class cruiser. The calculation has been performed for each of the compared ships. It has covered all of the missions considered and possible courses of...
Military expert Konstantin Sivkov, a member of the Russian Academy of Rocket, Missile and Artillery Sciences, Ph.D. (military sciences), has assessed a hypothetical battle between a Russian Navy Project 1164 Atlant-class (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) missile cruiser and a US Navy Ticonderoga-class cruiser. The calculation has been performed for each of the compared ships. It has covered all of the missions considered and possible courses of...
 

Australia's Latest White Paper Prioritizes Naval Forces with Submarines Frigates Destroyers & MPAs
 
Australia unveiled its latest defense white paper, the third one in seven years. The Australian government has announced its plans to spend an additional 29.9 billion Australian Dollars on defence over the next decade. A majority of this investment will be for the Royal Australian Navy, in a move to answer China's military rapid expansion as well as rising tensions in South East Asia.
Australia unveiled its latest defense white paper, the third one in seven years. The Australian government has announced its plans to spend an additional 29.9 billion Australian Dollars on defence over the next decade. A majority of this investment will be for the Royal Australian Navy, in a move to answer China's military rapid expansion as well as rising tensions in South East Asia.
 

French Navy Carrier Strike Group Concludes Operations in the Gulf, Heads To Mediterranean
 
On February 22, 2016, French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle left the Persian Gulf to sail back to the Mediterranean. U.S. Navy aicraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman took command on Febrary 14th of the naval forces in the coalition against Daech, the Task Force 50.
On February 22, 2016, French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle left the Persian Gulf to sail back to the Mediterranean. U.S. Navy aicraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman took command on Febrary 14th of the naval forces in the coalition against Daech, the Task Force 50.
 

Analysis: Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet Capabilities in Case of Conflict Against NATO
 
The Russian-Turkish relations are deteriorating. Turkey along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with tacit support by the United States, is gearing up for an invasion of Syria. The United States and United Kingdom may commit their land forces to Syria too, in the opinion of Konstantin Sivkov, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Rocket, Missile and Artillery Sciences. The risk of a military conflict between Russian and Turkey is rather high against this backdrop.
The Russian-Turkish relations are deteriorating. Turkey along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with tacit support by the United States, is gearing up for an invasion of Syria. The United States and United Kingdom may commit their land forces to Syria too, in the opinion of Konstantin Sivkov, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Rocket, Missile and Artillery Sciences. The risk of a military conflict between Russian and Turkey is rather high against this backdrop.
 

In Pictures: French Navy Carrier Strike Group With Two New Generation FREMM Frigates
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) has released a series of nice pictures showing the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group (CSG) underway in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. The French CSG is currently is currently deployed in the area in support of coalition operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) has released a series of nice pictures showing the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group (CSG) underway in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. The French CSG is currently is currently deployed in the area in support of coalition operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
 

The Impressive Commissioning Pace of the Chinese Navy (PLAN) in 2015
 
2015 was a record year for the the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) in terms of new vessels procurement. Let's take a look back at the impressive number of units that joined the PLAN's fleet last year.
2015 was a record year for the the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) in terms of new vessels procurement. No less than 3 destroyers, 4 frigates and 5 corvettes were commissioned into the Chinese fleet. Let's take a look back at the impressive number of units that joined the PLAN's fleet last year.
 

Dassault Falcon 2000 MRA: The 21st Century Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft
 
The new UK Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 set the ground for the future Royal Navy’s force structure. The force structure is outlined in an end-to-end strategic document, as it offers a complete view on UK’s strategic interests, objectives and the means to achieve them. After years of withdrawal from major global policy issues, Britain is looking into covering the lost ground and moving ahead, in an effort to better position itself for the upcoming challenges.
At the recent Dubai Airshow 2015, Dassault Aviation was showcasing a new scale model of its Falcon 2000 MRA. Navy Recognition had the opportunity to learn more about the French aircraft manufacturer's latest Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft (MRA) and future projects.
 

An Overview of the Royal Navy’s Light Frigate Programme Following SDSR 2015
 
The new UK Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 set the ground for the future Royal Navy’s force structure. The force structure is outlined in an end-to-end strategic document, as it offers a complete view on UK’s strategic interests, objectives and the means to achieve them. After years of withdrawal from major global policy issues, Britain is looking into covering the lost ground and moving ahead, in an effort to better position itself for the upcoming challenges.
The new UK Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 set the ground for the future Royal Navy’s force structure. The force structure is outlined in an end-to-end strategic document, as it offers a complete view on UK’s strategic interests, objectives and the means to achieve them. After years of withdrawal from major global policy issues, Britain is looking into covering the lost ground and moving ahead, in an effort to better position itself for the upcoming challenges.
 

Kalibr-NK Cruise Missiles Combat Record Underlines Need for it to Equip Russian Navy ships
 
MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The performance of the Kalibr-NK system’s (NATO reporting name: SS-N-Sizzler) 3M-14 cruise missile in attacks on terrorists in Syria highlighted the need for the en masse introduction of the type to equip the Navy’s in-service and in-construction surface combatants and submarines, military expert Maxim Klimov writes in the Military Industrial Courier weekly.
MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The performance of the Kalibr-NK system’s (NATO reporting name: SS-N-Sizzler) 3M-14 cruise missile in attacks on terrorists in Syria highlighted the need for the en masse introduction of the type to equip the Navy’s in-service and in-construction surface combatants and submarines, military expert Maxim Klimov writes in the Military Industrial Courier weekly.
 

French CVN Now Operational Off Syria to be Joined by FREMM Frigates & SF ECUME for 1st Time
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its Carrier Strike Group reached the area of operation in the Eastern Mediteranean today and is now fully operational. According to the French Navy two FREMMs, the latest addition to the fleet, are part of the CSG. These new generation frigates built by DCNS bring in new capabilities such as land attack cruise missiles and special forces support.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its Carrier Strike Group reached the area of operation in the Eastern Mediterranean today and is now fully operational. According to the French Navy two FREMMs, the latest addition to the fleet, will join the CSG. These new generation frigates built by DCNS bring in new capabilities such as land attack cruise missiles and special forces support.
 

Video: U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft from VP-45 at Dubai Airshow 2015
 
Navy Recognition had the chance to conduct a video walkaround of the U.S. Navy latest Maritime Patrol Aicraft (MPA) at Dubai Airshow. The Executive Officer (XO) of the aircraft belonging to Patrol Squadron 45 (VP-45) Pelicans gave us his personnal feedback.
Navy Recognition had the chance to conduct a video walkaround of the U.S. Navy latest Maritime Patrol Aicraft (MPA) at Dubai Airshow. The Executive Officer (XO) of the aircraft belonging to Patrol Squadron 45 (VP-45) Pelicans gave us his personnal feedback.
 

Oto Melara, Bofors and BAE Systems Inc all in Technical Talks with DCNS Regarding FTI Frigates
 
While attending various defense exhibitions this Fall, it was brought to Navy Recognition's attention that the leading naval gun manufacturers all have started technical talks with DCNS on the future FTI frigates. The FTI will be a 4,000 tons class multi-role frigate developed from the design stage to answer French Navy needs as well as export customer requirements. According to DCNS, the FTI will benefit from the most advanced technology solutions, including planar array radar.
While attending various defense exhibitions this Fall, it was brought to Navy Recognition's attention that the leading naval gun manufacturers all have started technical talks with DCNS on the future FTI frigates. The FTI will be a 4,000 tons class multi-role frigate developed from the design stage to answer French Navy needs as well as export customer requirements. According to DCNS, the FTI will benefit from the most advanced technology solutions, including planar array radar.
 

Textron Systems Unveiled its Advanced Amphibious Craft for US Army MSV(L) and US Navy SC(X)R
 
AUSA 2015 (Association of the US Army annual convention) may be an army event (which our affiliate website Army Recognition was covering) an eminently naval product was showcased for the first time, at the Textron Systems booth: The Advanced Amphibious Craft.
AUSA 2015 (Association of the US Army annual convention) may be an army event (which our affiliate website Army Recognition was covering) an eminently naval product was showcased for the first time, at the Textron Systems booth: The Advanced Amphibious Craft.
 

Modernization of French Strategic Oceanic Force: Le Triomphant SSBN Now Fitted with M51 SLBM
 
On August 4, 2015, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) took over full responsibility and the effective command of ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant. This transfer of responsibility is an important milestone following the refit period started in May 2013 for maintenance, repairs, modernization and adaptation to the M51 new generation submarine launched ballistic missile (SLMB). Le Triomphant will now start some trials at sea before returning in the operational cycle.
On August 4, 2015, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) took over full responsibility and the effective command of ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant (S616). This transfer of responsibility is an important milestone following the refit period started in May 2013 for maintenance, repairs, modernization and adaptation to the M51 new generation submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Le Triomphant will now start some trials at sea before returning in the operational cycle.
 

Photo report: 24 Hours Aboard a PLAN (Chinese Navy) Type 052C Luyang II class Destroyer
 
Journalists from a Chinese naval magazine were able to spent some time aboard People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 052C Destroyer Changchun (hull numer 150). They published an interesting photo report with one picture every hour during an entire day (24 hours) showing the life of the crew on board a PLAN destroyer. Pictures were taken in July 2015 while the vessel was deployed in the western Pacific ocean.
Journalists from a Chinese naval magazine were able to spent some time aboard People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN or Chinese Navy) Type 052C Destroyer Changchun (hull numer 150). They published an interesting photo report with one picture every hour during an entire day (24 hours) showing the life of the crew on board a PLAN destroyer. Pictures were taken in July 2015 while the vessel was deployed in the western Pacific ocean.
 

US Navy successfully tests modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on LCS
 
Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships (LCS) were successfully conducted in June the US Navy reported July 30. Integration of the Longbow Hellfire missile system, designated the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), will increase the lethality of the Navy's fleet of littoral combat ships. The SSMM is expected to be fully integrated and ready to deploy on LCS missions in late 2017.
Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships (LCS) were successfully conducted in June the US Navy reported July 30. Integration of the Longbow Hellfire missile system, designated the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), will increase the lethality of the Navy's fleet of littoral combat ships. The SSMM is expected to be fully integrated and ready to deploy on LCS missions in late 2017.
 

Exclusive: DCNS Working on Electric Propulsion Variant of the BRAVE Replenishment Tanker
 
Navy Recognition learned that DCNS and its partner STX France recently received a risk assessment contract from the French procurement agency (DGA) to study a fully electric variant of its BRAVE replenishment tanker design. Unveiled at Euronaval 2010, DCNS updated the design of the support ship for Euronaval 2012. BRAVE served as the basis for the study contract won by DCNS and STX in 2012 as part of the future FLOTLOG program which aims at replacing the Durance class in the French Navy.
Navy Recognition learned that DCNS and its partner STX France recently received a risk assessment contract from the French procurement agency (DGA) to study a fully electric variant of its BRAVE replenishment tanker design. Unveiled at Euronaval 2010, DCNS updated the design of the support ship for Euronaval 2012. BRAVE served as the basis for the study contract won by DCNS and STX in 2012 as part of the future FLOTLOG program which aims at replacing the Durance class in the French Navy.
 

Pictures and Video: Chinese Navy (PLAN) Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Donghaidao
 
State television broadcaster in mainland China CCTV released a TV report on the latest addition to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy): a new class of vessels with allegedly similar capabilities as the US Navy's new Mobile Landing Platform or MLP. The first vessel of the class is nammed Donghaido with hull number 868.
State television broadcaster in mainland China CCTV released a TV report on the latest addition to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy): a new class of vessels with allegedly similar capabilities as the US Navy's new Mobile Landing Platform or MLP. The first vessel of the class is nammed Donghaido with hull number 868.
 

Details on the FREDA: The Future Air-Defense FREMM Frigates of the French Navy
 
According to the recent update to the French Military Planning Law, the French Navy is set to receive two FREDA (frégate de défense aérienne or air defense frigate) by 2022. Not much information was available so far on the FREDA besides the fact they would be based on the DCNS FREMM (Aquitaine class), get a modified Thales Herakles radar and would likely deploy MBDA's ASTER 30 long range surface-to-air missiles. Navy Recognition contacted both DCNS and Thales to learn more.
According to the recent update to the French Military Planning Law, the French Navy is set to receive two FREDA (frégate de défense aérienne or air defense frigate) by 2022. Not much information was available so far on the FREDA besides the fact they would be based on the DCNS FREMM (Aquitaine class), get a modified Thales Herakles radar and would likely deploy MBDA's ASTER 30 long range surface-to-air missiles. Navy Recognition contacted both DCNS and Thales to learn more.
 

Exclusive: Latest Details on Kongsberg NSM-SL (Submarine Launch) Weapon System
 
Kongsberg is still working on a submarine launched variant of its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and is cooperating with Babock and Nammo for this project. The information was confirmed to Navy Recognition by a Kongsberg official. We first revealed the existence of this project last year during Balt Military Expo, a maritime defense exhibition held every two years in Poland.
Kongsberg is still working on a submarine launched variant of its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and is cooperating with Babock and Nammo for this project. The information was confirmed to Navy Recognition by a Kongsberg official. We first revealed the existence of this project last year during Balt Military Expo, a maritime defense exhibition held every two years in Poland.
 

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Contenders for Australia's Submarine Replacement Programme
 
Plans to replace the existing Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Collins-class submarines began in 2007 with the launch of "SEA 1000" also known as the Future Submarine Programme. In February this year, the Australian Government announced the acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program and invited three countries: France, Germany and Japan to participate in a competitive evaluation process. Here is our analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each contender:
Plans to replace the existing Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Collins-class submarines began in 2007 with the launch of "SEA 1000" also known as the Future Submarine Programme. In February this year, the Australian Government announced the acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program and invited three countries: France, Germany and Japan to participate in a competitive evaluation process. Here is our analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each contender:
 

Video: French Navy FREMM Frigate Aquitaine fires MBDA's MdCN Naval Cruise Missile
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) has released a video showing the first launch of an MdCN (Missile de Croisiere Navale) Naval Cruise Missile from a FREMM Frigate. On May 19, frigate Aquitaine (head of the class and first unit in the multi-mission frigate program FREMM) successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This event marked the first time a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) has released a video showing the first launch of an MdCN (Missile de Croisière Navale) Naval Cruise Missile from a FREMM Frigate. On May 19, frigate Aquitaine (head of the class and first unit in the multi-mission frigate program FREMM) successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This event marked the first time a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile.
 

Video report: Defense Conseil International (DCI) New Military Diving School for EOD Divers
 
Navy Recognition brings you a video report on Defense Conseil International (DCI) Military Diving School which specializes in training Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and mine clearance divers. DCI took possession of brand new and modern infrastructure to open its new international military diving school (CIFPM) in Saint-Mandrier in December 2014.
Navy Recognition brings you a video report on Defense Conseil International (DCI) Military Diving School which specializes in training Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and mine clearance divers. DCI took possession of brand new and modern infrastructure to open its new international military diving school (CIFPM) in Saint-Mandrier in December 2014.
 

Video: USMC F-35B STOVL Aircraft Conducting Field Carrier Landing Practice
 
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) released a video showing F-35B (the short take-off and vertical-landing STOVL variant) pilots performing short take off and vertical landings as part of required flying field carrier landing practices (FCLP). The pilots are from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) released a video showing F-35B (the short take-off and vertical-landing STOVL variant) pilots performing short take off and vertical landings as part of required flying field carrier landing practices (FCLP). The pilots are from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.
 

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