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Analysis: Russian Navy Tests Tor-M2KM air defense missile system from Admiral Grigorovich Frigate
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Video: Russian Navy Tests Tor-M2KM air defense missile system from Admiral Grigorovich Frigate
The Russian Navy is testing the Tor (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The military is trying to plug the holes in ship air defense with the advanced small-size SAM system, expert Sergei Ishchenko writes in an article on the Svobodnaya Pressa news website.
 

Russian Military Deploying SOSUS-like global Maritime Surveillance System named Garmoniya
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The Russian Defense Ministry has started the deployment of an underwater hydroacoustic surveillance system capable of detecting all ships, submarines and even low-flying planes and helicopters aircraft in large areas of the ocean, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

Latest Edition of "Combat Fleets of the World" Naval Reference Book Now Available
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The last (2016 edition) of Combat Fleets of the World (Flottes de Combat in French) is now available worldwide. It is one of the most complete and comprehensive reference book of its kind with 1450 pages and over 6,000 pictures, technical drawings and illustrations. A "must have" book for all navy staff, sailors, diplomats, naval engineers, journalits, historians or shiplovers...
 

French Nuclear Deterrent, Episode 2: The SSBN, a "System of Systems"
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Designer, prime contractor and whole warship architect for nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) at all stages of the vessel’s lifecycle, DCNS is developing know-how and critical competencies within an economic model that has been shaped by the significant constraints encountered in the field of nuclear deterrent. Discover the second episode of our summary of the study¹ published in October 2016 by the FRS (Foundation for Strategic Research).
 

French Nuclear Deterrent, Episode 1: The Key to Independence
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A study¹ performed by the FRS (Foundation for Strategic Research) underlines the importance of the industrial sector for the credibility of the oceanic component of the French nuclear deterrent, in terms of technological potential, competencies but also economic activities and jobs. To place this study into its context, it is useful to first recall the basics of this area.
 

Video Report: At Sea Aboard French Navy Air Defense Destroyer Chevalier Paul
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We recently had the rare chance to spent two days at sea aboard French Navy (Marine Nationale) Horizon-class air defence destroyer Chevalier Paul. It was a long wait (we made the request to cover this type of vessel over two years ago) but it was well worth it in the end as the experience we had was truly unique.
 

Navy Recognition's Top Stories of 2016
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As 2016 comes to an end, here is an overview of the top ten naval defense stories we published this year, based on the number of readers for each story. As you can see, next generation anti-ship missiles from Russia, China and the United States drew a lot of interest among Navy Recognition readers. Future procurement programmes in Canada (CSC) and Australia (SEA5000) were other topics that drew a lot of attention.
 

Experts Deem Latest SSN, Frigate & Cruise Missile Most Dangerous Weapons of Russian Navy
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US Navy experts believe the Russian Navy’s most dangerous weapons systems are the Project 885 Yasen-class (NATO reporting name: Severodvinsk-class) nuclear-powered attack submarine, Project 22350 (Admiral Gorshkov-class) frigate and Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) sea-launched cruise missile system and the future Tsirkon hypersonic missile system as well, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

Russia continues to develop naval version of Tor-M2U air defense missile system
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JSC IEMZ Kupol (Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant affilitated to Almaz-Antey the designer and builder of the system) in the city of Izhevsk carries on developing a naval version of the Tor surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, expert Vladimir Tuchkov writes in an article published by the Svobodnaya Pressa news agency.
 

Expert Opinion on Future Russian Navy Project 23560 Leader-class Nuclear-Powered Destroyers
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Russia’s defense industry continues the development of the Project 23560 (codename Leader) advanced guided missile destroyer. Experts approached by the Defence.ru news portal have assessed the prospects of the ship. Ilya Kramnik, a columnist with Lenta.ru, believes Russia needs a navy capable of operations on high seas, which implies the availability of big ships.
 

French DGA Engineer Developed the Innovative "FLIGHTEX" Non Skid Flight Deck Coating
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During the "Forum DGA Innovation", a symposium organized by DGA (the French defence procurement agency) focusing on defence innovation, a DGA engineer was showcasing its innovative FLIGHTEX non skid flight deck coating. Flight deck coatings are essential to ensure carrier operations at sea (launch, recovery and movement of aircraft on the deck). They require high performances and unique properties because of the mechanical and chemical stress they endure.
 

Interview with US Navy CNO Admiral Richardson and Chief of French Navy Admiral Prazuck
 
Navy Recognition had the rare opportunity to conduct a joint interview with Admiral John Richardson, US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy (CEMM). This exclusive interview sheds light on the close cooperation between the United States Navy and the Marine Nationale.
Navy Recognition had the rare opportunity to conduct a joint interview with Admiral John Richardson, US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy (CEMM). This exclusive interview sheds light on the close cooperation between the United States Navy and the Marine Nationale.
 

DCNS Launched the First GOWIND 2500 Corvette for the Egyptian Navy
 
On September 17 2016, DCNS launched the very first GOWIND 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy. The float out took place at the Lorient naval shipyard one day after the launch of FREMM Bretagne for the French Navy. First steel cut of the Egyptian Navy corvette took place on April 16 2015. The delivery of the vessel is set for 2017 (less than four years after the signature of the contract).
On September 17 2016, DCNS launched the very first GOWIND 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy. The float out took place at the Lorient naval shipyard one day after the launch of FREMM Bretagne for the French Navy. First steel cut of the Egyptian Navy corvette took place on April 16 2015. The delivery of the vessel is set for 2017 (less than four years after the signature of the contract).
 

Exclusive: Pictures of the First LRASM Surface Launch Test at Sea
 
Navy Recognition obtained from Lockheed Martin some exclusive pictures showing the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch test at sea. The pictures show the LRASM being launched from a Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS). Lockheed Martin first issued a press release about this test in July this year.
Navy Recognition obtained from Lockheed Martin some exclusive pictures showing the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch test at sea. The pictures show the LRASM being launched from a Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS). Lockheed Martin first issued a press release about this test in July this year.
 

Pictures Showing China's Type 055 Next Gen Destroyer Under Construction in Shanghai
 
Recent pictures from China confirm that the first hull of the next generation Type 055 Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) entered final assembly stage at the Jiangnan Changxing naval shipyard located near Shanghai. The information is reported from our colleagues from East Pendulum.
Recent pictures from China confirm that the first hull of the next generation Type 055 Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) entered final assembly stage at the Jiangnan Changxing naval shipyard located near Shanghai. The information is reported from our colleagues from East Pendulum.
 

Video: Last Flight of the French Navy Super Etendard Modernisé Strike Fighter
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) naval aviation officially retired the Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft one week ago (July 12, 2016) during a ceremony at Landivisiau Naval Air Base in Brittany. Navy Recognition attended the event.
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) naval aviation officially retired the Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft one week ago (July 12, 2016) during a ceremony at Landivisiau Naval Air Base in Brittany. Navy Recognition attended the event.
 

Analysis: The Norwegian Navy under the 2017-2020 Long Term Defence Plan
 
The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has published its latest Long Term Defence Plan (LTDP) 2017-2020. The latest plan outlines Norway’s strategic priorities, the security environment and the naval force structure of the next five years. The country remains committed to NATO, considering it as the best way to deter external threats. An increased defence budget will provide the financial means to make short-term changes that will set the ground for the long-term investments.
The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has published its latest Long Term Defence Plan (LTDP) 2017-2020. The latest plan outlines Norway’s strategic priorities, the security environment and the naval force structure of the next five years. The country remains committed to NATO, considering it as the best way to deter external threats. An increased defence budget will provide the financial means to make short-term changes that will set the ground for the long-term investments.
 

Analysis: Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov Refit and Upgrade
 
The 35th Shipyard, an affiliate of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC), is starting its preparations for upgrading the Project 11435 (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) heavy through-deck cruiser, according to the Izvestia daily.
The 35th Shipyard, an affiliate of the Zvyozdochka Shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC), is starting its preparations for upgrading the Project 11435 (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) heavy through-deck cruiser, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

DCNS Confident its FREMM is the Right Solution for the Royal Canadian Navy CSC Program
 
The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the Royal Canadian Navy procurement program that will replace the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates with up to 15 new ships in about the mid-2020s. Navy Recognition contacted DCNS Canada's head, Olivier Casenave-Péré, to see where the French shipbuilder chances stand as the Canadian Government is considering changing course on the CSC program.
The Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) is the Royal Canadian Navy procurement program that will replace the Iroquois class Destroyers and Halifax class Frigates with up to 15 new ships in about the mid-2020s. Navy Recognition contacted DCNS Canada's head, Olivier Casenave-Péré, to see where the French shipbuilder chances stand as the Canadian Government is considering changing course on the CSC program.
 

Q&A With Raytheon on Combat System Integration for Australia's Future Submarines
 
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Raytheon.
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Raytheon.
 

Q&A With Lockheed Martin on Combat System Integration for Australia's Future Submarines
 
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Lockheed Martin.
While the Australian Government selected DCNS and its Shortfin Barracuda block 1A for the SEA1000 future submarine platform last month, a competition is still ongoing for the Combat System Integrator (CSI). Navy Recognition contacted Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to learn more about the strength of the two competitors. These are the answers from Lockheed Martin.
 

Analysis: 3K22 and 3M22 Zircon, the Next Generation Hypersonic Missile of the Russian Navy
 
Work to create the latest 3K-22 multi-service missile complex armed with Tsirkon 3M-22 missiles and designed by NPO Mashinostroeniya Military-Industrial Corporation in the town of Reutov in Moscow region has been ongoing since 2011. The Military-Industrial Courier newspaper said the 3M-22 complex is armed with an anti-ship missile which is a continuation of heavy missiles Bazalt, Granit, and Onyx to destroy surface-going naval and ground targets at a distance of 300-400 kilometers.
Work to create the latest 3K-22 multi-service missile complex armed with Tsirkon 3M-22 missiles and designed by NPO Mashinostroeniya Military-Industrial Corporation in the town of Reutov in Moscow region has been ongoing since 2011. The Military-Industrial Courier newspaper said the 3M-22 complex is armed with an anti-ship missile which is a continuation of heavy missiles Bazalt, Granit, and Onyx to destroy surface-going naval and ground targets at a distance of 300-400 kilometers.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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