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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.
 

DCNS Conducting the Overhaul of the Jean Bart Frigate with the French Navy
 
Navy Recognition recently had the opportunity to witness the overhaul operations (also referred as refit) of French Navy Cassard class frigate Jean Bart. This operation takes place in a dry dock located inside the French naval base of Toulon in Southern France.
Navy Recognition recently had the opportunity to witness the overhaul operations (also referred as refit) of French Navy Cassard class frigate Jean Bart. This operation takes place in a dry dock located inside the French naval base of Toulon in Southern France.
 

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.
 

Turkish Navy Future LHD Model Showcased with F-35B STOVL Aircraft at IDEF 2015
 
At IDEF 2015, the International Defence Industry Fair currently held in Istanbul, Turkey, local shipyard "Sedef Shipbuilding" is showcasing a model of the future Turkish Navy Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) with the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets on board. The same model is showcased on the Turkish Navy booth.
At IDEF 2015, the International Defence Industry Fair currently held in Istanbul, Turkey, local shipyard "Sedef Shipbuilding" is showcasing a model of the future Turkish Navy Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) with the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets on board. The same model is showcased on the Turkish Navy booth.
 

New Video Details Chinese Navy (PLAN) J-15 Operations On Board Liaoning Aircraft Carrier
 
State television broadcaster in mainland China CCTV 13 (China Central Television) recently conducted a report on board People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) aircraft carrier Liaoning (CV16). The video report shows "at sea carrier operations" with J-15 Flying Shark fighter jets.
State television broadcaster in mainland China CCTV 13 (China Central Television) recently conducted a report on board People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) aircraft carrier Liaoning (CV16). The video report shows "at sea carrier operations" with J-15 Flying Shark fighter jets.
 

Pictures and videos: Interoperability between US Navy and Marine Nationale CSG in the Gulf
 
The current deployment in the Gulf region of two carrier strike groups (CSG): A U.S. Navy one with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) USS Carl Vinson a French Navy (Marine Nationale) one with CVN Charles de Gaulle is the occasion for the two allied navies to test, implement and improve their interoperability while on theatre and while actively engaged in combat missions.
The current deployment in the Gulf region of two carrier strike groups (CSG): A U.S. Navy one with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) USS Carl Vinson a French Navy (Marine Nationale) one with CVN Charles de Gaulle is the occasion for the two allied navies to test, implement and improve their interoperability while on theatre and while actively engaged in combat missions.
 

Exclusive Interview With The French Navy On The Barracuda SSN Program
 
On January 22, 2015, six US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) divers participated in an exchange of know-how with the crew of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) anti-aircraft frigate Jean Bart. For the past 3 months Jean Bart is deployed with aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Carrier Strike Group One for escort mission. In order to share their know-how and to strengthen interoperability, 6 US clearance divers were airlifted to the Jean Bart for an "EOD day".
Between 2017 and 2027, Barracuda-type nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN) will replace the Marine Nationale (French Navy's) current-generation Rubis/Améthyste-class SSNs. Navy Recognition recently had the unique opportunity to ask to the French Navy's Barracuda program manager & officer a few questions on the next generation submarine of the French Navy.
 

Focus: U.S. Navy’s Mobile Landing Platform Demonstrates Key Capabilities
 
Over months of at-sea testing, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), the first ship of the U.S. Navy’s class of Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) demonstrated exceptional capabilities and inherent flexibility during her participation in a series of Post-Delivery Tests and Trials (PDT&T) events. These events, held in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, successfully evaluated and demonstrated the performance of the ship and her systems. We applaud the ship and her crew.
Over months of at-sea testing, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), the first ship of the U.S. Navy’s class of Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) demonstrated exceptional capabilities and inherent flexibility during her participation in a series of Post-Delivery Tests and Trials (PDT&T) events. These events, held in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, successfully evaluated and demonstrated the performance of the ship and her systems. We applaud the ship and her crew.
 

Exclusive: New Details on the Kongsberg Vertical Launch Joint Strike Missile (VL JSM)
 
Navy Recognition was the first to reveal images and (limited) details on the Vertical Launch Joint Strike Missile project when our team stumbled upon a scale model of the anti-ship missile project on the Kongsberg's booth in October last year during the AUSA show. You can read about it here. Kongsberg has since got back to Navy Recognition with some fresh details and an illustration.
Navy Recognition was the first to reveal images and (limited) details on the Vertical Launch Joint Strike Missile project when our team stumbled upon a scale model of the anti-ship missile project on the Kongsberg's booth in October last year during the AUSA show. You can read about it here. Kongsberg has since got back to us with some fresh details and an illustration.
 

China May Have Started Construction of Next Generation Destroyer Type 055 for the PLAN
 
A picture has just emerged on the Chinese internet showing that construction of the first Type 055 destroyer may have started. The Type 055 guided missile destroyer is the next generation destroyer designed for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy).
A picture has just emerged on the Chinese internet showing that construction of the first Type 055 destroyer may have started. The Type 055 guided missile destroyer is the next generation destroyer designed for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy).
 

Meet the new CCM Mk1 naval special warfare craft of the US Special Forces
 
One year from now, the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will commission its first Combatant Craft Medium Mark 1 (or CCM Mk1): A new generation of special warfare craft that is set to replace the ageing fleet of Special Operation Command’s Mark V boats as well as RHIBs for select missions. Navy Recognition contacted the USSOCOM to learn more about the CCM Mk1, the US Special Forces craft of the 21st century.
One year from now, the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will commission its first Combatant Craft Medium Mark 1 (or CCM Mk1): A new generation of special warfare craft that is set to replace the ageing fleet of Special Operation Command’s Mark V boats as well as RHIBs for select missions. Navy Recognition contacted the USSOCOM to learn more about the CCM Mk1, the US Special Forces craft of the 21st century.
 

Visit at PIRIOU shipyard: Update on Almak training ship, B2M programme and new designs
 
As part of the EURONAVAL Press Tour, Navy Recognition visited Piriou shipyard in Concarneau. About one year following the christenning of Almak training ship, we asked a DCI representative about the first return of experience. We also witnessed the good progress on the first hull of the French Navy's future B2M ship. Finally we were shown some of the new patrol vessel designs that will be unveilled by Kership (a joint Piriou-DCNS company) during Euronaval 2014.
As part of the EURONAVAL Press Tour, Navy Recognition visited Piriou shipyard in Concarneau. About one year following the christenning of Almak training ship, we asked a DCI representative about the first return of experience. We also witnessed the good progress on the first hull of the French Navy's future B2M ship. Finally we were shown some of the new patrol vessel designs that will be unveilled by Kership (a joint Piriou-DCNS company) during Euronaval 2014.
 

MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missile Production Started and Program is Progressing Well
 
As part of the EURONAVAL Press Tour, Navy Recognition had the chance to visit the MBDA site of Selles Saint Denis last week. This “missile factory” is the European Missile Integration Center. During our tour, we got the chance to see the production lines of the Exocet family of anti-ship missiles, Mica and Aster anti-air missiles and Scalp cruise missiles. But the highlight of the visit was by far when MBDA showed us two freshly assembled Naval Cruise Missile (NCM or MdCN in French).
As part of the EURONAVAL Press Tour, Navy Recognition had the chance to visit the MBDA site of Selles Saint Denis last week. This “missile factory” is the European Missile Integration Center. During our tour, we got the chance to see the production lines of the Exocet family of anti-ship missiles, Mica and Aster anti-air missiles and Scalp cruise missiles. But the highlight of the visit was by far when MBDA showed us two freshly assembled Naval Cruise Missile (NCM or MdCN in French).
 

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye: The Sixth Sense of the XXIst Century U.S. Navy Fleet
 
Navy Recognition recently visited the Northrop Grumman facility in Melbourne, Florida. This was the occasion to meet with Jay Mulhall, Director of Business Development for the E-2/C-2 programs and with Fred Shelton, manager of international business development for the E-2C/D programs. So here is what we learned about the next generation airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) of the U.S. Navy: The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
Navy Recognition recently visited the Northrop Grumman facility in Melbourne, Florida. This was the occasion to meet with Jay Mulhall, Director of Business Development for the E-2/C-2 programs and with Fred Shelton, manager of international business development for the E-2C/D programs. So here is what we learned about the next generation airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) of the U.S. Navy: The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
 

Lockheed Martin is developing next gen naval gun ammunition for DDG 1000 and DDG 51 classes
 
During a recent visit to a Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) facility in Florida, Navy Recognition learned that the company is working with BAE Systems and the U.S. Navy, on a new generation of naval guns and naval guided ammunition: BAE is the prime contractor for the Navy’s Advanced Gun System (AGS) for the Navy’s newest Destroyer, the DDG1000, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire control is the prime contractor for the projectile, the 155mm Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP).
During a recent visit to a Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) facility in Florida, Navy Recognition learned that the company is working with BAE Systems and the U.S. Navy, on a new generation of naval guns and naval guided ammunition: BAE is the prime contractor for the Navy’s Advanced Gun System (AGS) for the Navy’s newest Destroyer, the DDG1000, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire control is the prime contractor for the projectile, the 155mm Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP).
 

Q & A with the U.S. Navy on Lockheed Martin Hellfire missiles for Littoral Combat Ships
 
Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG) has signed a Phase III contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) to complete the development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and prepare it for integration on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This contract is valued at NOK 1.1 billion, and comes on the heels of a bridge phase contract signed on 29 November 2013, bringing the total scope of JSM development Phase III to some NOK 1.5 billion.
The United States Navy announced in April in this year that it had selected Lockheed Martin’s Longbow Hellfire AGM-114L for the surface-to-surface missile for early increments and testing for the surface warfare (SuW) mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Navy Recognition recently contacted the U.S. Navy to learn more about this new capability for both types of LCSs.
 

US Navy and US Marine Corps testing their latest amphibious equipment during RIMPAC 2014
 
Held every two years by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) and executed by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), RIMPAC is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This year's RIMPAC exercise is the occasion for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to put to the test two of their latest amphibious systems: the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) and the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC).
Held every two years by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) and executed by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), RIMPAC is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This year's RIMPAC exercise is the occasion for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to put to the test two of their latest amphibious systems: the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) and the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC).
 

LIBERVIT introduces the first underwater hydraulic cutter for combat divers and special forces
 
Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG) has signed a Phase III contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) to complete the development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and prepare it for integration on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This contract is valued at NOK 1.1 billion, and comes on the heels of a bridge phase contract signed on 29 November 2013, bringing the total scope of JSM development Phase III to some NOK 1.5 billion.
LIBERVIT, based in southern France, has over 20 years of experience studying, creating and developing hydraulic and mechanical tools for law enforcement, army and other civil or private rescue teams. Working closely with prestigious units such as RAID, GIGN or French Navy commandos, LIBERVIT identified a need and developped and launched a maritime range. As part of this new maritime range is the first hydraulic cutter and spreader in the world that may be used in deep water for the specific cutting and spreading needs of special forces.
 

Video Report: On board FREMM Normandie next generation multi-mission frigate
 
Navy Recognition recently had the unique opportunity to get onboard the French Navy's next state of the art frigate, the Normandie, while the ship was conducting sea trials off Toulon naval base in the Mediterranean. We already got the chance to get aboard Normandie while the vessel had just been floated out of dry-dock in Lorient, but this time it is a fully completed and functional frigate we got the chance to tour.
Navy Recognition recently had the unique opportunity to get onboard the French Navy's next state of the art frigate, the Normandie, while the ship was conducting sea trials off Toulon naval base in the Mediterranean. We already got the chance to get aboard Normandie while the vessel had just been floated out of dry-dock in Lorient, but this time it is a fully completed and functional frigate we got the chance to tour.
 

SMART-S Mk2 radar brings improved capabilities to French Navy anti-aircraft frigates
 
During DIMDEX 2014, one of the visiting naval ship was the French Navy Cassard class anti-aircraft frigate "Jean Bart". It was the first time we could see the frigate fitted with the new Thales SMART-S Mk2 radar. Navy Recognition took the opportunity to ask the French Navy what benefits this radar upgrade brings to the Cassard class of frigates.
During DIMDEX 2014, one of the visiting naval ship was the French Navy Cassard class anti-aircraft frigate "Jean Bart". It was the first time we could see the frigate fitted with the new Thales SMART-S Mk2 radar. Navy Recognition took the opportunity to ask the French Navy what benefits this radar upgrade brings to the Cassard class of frigates.
 

A torpedo powered by a lithium-ion battery breaks speed records in complete safety
 
Early in 2013, the first sea firings of a torpedo fitted with a Li-ion battery were completed successfully: propelled completely safely at more than 50 knots, the torpedo also benefits from an endurance that can exceed one hour. It took ten years of studies, research and testing for the DCNS Saint-Tropez personnel specialised in undersea weapons, in collaboration with electrochemists from Saft*, to give practical form to this new product.
Early in 2013, the first sea firings of a torpedo fitted with a Li-ion battery were completed successfully: propelled completely safely at more than 50 knots, the torpedo also benefits from an endurance that can exceed one hour. It took ten years of studies, research and testing for the DCNS Saint-Tropez personnel specialised in undersea weapons, in collaboration with electrochemists from Saft*, to give practical form to this new product.
 

Video: Thales Active Phased Array Radar excels in ESSM firings from new Danish Frigate
 
The trial, executed on 21 November 2013, consisted of four Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) being directed by APAR to four targets. The trial was successful: all launched missiles performed a successful intercept. In the first part of the trial, a Banshee drone was eliminated by a missile launched by the new Royal Danish Navy Frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (Iver Huitfeldt-class).
The trial, executed on 21 November 2013, consisted of four Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) being directed by APAR to four targets. The trial was successful: all launched missiles performed a successful intercept. In the first part of the trial, a Banshee drone was eliminated by a missile launched by the new Royal Danish Navy Frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (Iver Huitfeldt-class).
 

Pictures: Marine Nationale (French Navy) and US Navy joint Aircraft Carriers deployment
 
We gathered pictures of USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group combined operations with the French navy's Task Force 473 (with the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The picture gallery will be updated as more pictures are released by the US Navy of French Navy.
We gathered pictures of USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group combined operations with the French navy's Task Force 473 (with the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The picture gallery will be updated as more pictures are released by the US Navy of French Navy.
 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) releases First photos of Liaoning Aircraft Carrier Battle Group
 
The Chinese navy released on Wednesday the first photographs of what many military observers believe is the Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group as the nation's first aircraft carrier returned to its homeport of Qingdao, Shandong province. The photos show the Liaoning sailing with several battleships, submarines and military aircraft performing a series of drills. The navy did not disclose when and where they were taken.
The Chinese navy released on Wednesday the first photographs of what many military observers believe is the Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group as the nation's first aircraft carrier returned to its homeport of Qingdao, Shandong province. The photos show the Liaoning sailing with several battleships, submarines and military aircraft performing a series of drills. The navy did not disclose when and where they were taken.
 

Year 2013 in review: Newly-commissioned ships of PLA Navy
 
2013 is the harvest year of surface warships for the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN). In addition to a series of successful training of the aircraft carrier “Liaoning”, a multitude of new-type destroyers and frigates successively entered into service successively. The most in number of commissioned ships among them is the Type-056 light-weight guided missile frigate (or corvette).
2013 is the harvest year of surface warships for the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN). In addition to a series of successful training of the aircraft carrier “Liaoning”, a multitude of new-type destroyers and frigates successively entered into service successively. The most in number of commissioned ships among them is the Type-056 light-weight guided missile frigate (or corvette).
 

ADCOM Systems unveiled the first fixed wing UAV for anti-submarine warfare at Dubai Airshow
 
At the Dubai Airshow 2013, which was held in November, UAE based company ADCOM Systems which specializes in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) unveiled its “NAVY UAV”. This new UAV project is designed specifically for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). This makes it the world’s first fixed wing UAV project dedicated to ASW missions.
At the Dubai Airshow 2013, which was held in November, UAE based company ADCOM Systems which specializes in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) unveiled its “NAVY UAV”. This new UAV project is designed specifically for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). This makes it the world’s first fixed wing UAV project dedicated to ASW missions.
 

U.S. Navy Launches XFC UAV from Submerged Submarine
 
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. From concept to fleet demonstration, this idea took less than six years to produce results at significant cost savings when compared to traditional programs often taking decades to produce results.
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. From concept to fleet demonstration, this idea took less than six years to produce results at significant cost savings when compared to traditional programs often taking decades to produce results.
 

SUBSEA TECH Unveils a new USV for above and under water surveillance and reconnaissance
 
Subsea Tech, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems unveiled at Milipol 2013 (the International Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from November 19 – 22, 2013) the CAT-Surveyor, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) designed for inland and harbor waters reconnaissance.
Subsea Tech, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine and underwater intervention and instrumentation systems unveiled at Milipol 2013 (the International Exhibition of Internal State Security which was held in Paris from November 19 – 22, 2013) the CAT-Surveyor, an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) designed for inland and harbor waters reconnaissance.
 

Video: F/A-18F Super Hornet takes on a full load of Harpoons Anti-ship missiles for the first time
 
On runway 24 of U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, a part of Boeing Harpoon missile history was recently witnessed when four of the proven Harpoon Block IC cruise missiles were uploaded onto a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet to undergo a rigorous flight test over the Atlantic Ocean. The test verified flight characteristics with the quad load-out; a Harpoon first.
On runway 24 of U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, a part of Boeing Harpoon missile history was recently witnessed when four of the proven Harpoon Block IC cruise missiles were uploaded onto a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet to undergo a rigorous flight test over the Atlantic Ocean. The test verified flight characteristics with the quad load-out; a Harpoon first.
 

Interview: Lockheed Martin LRASM next generation anti-ship missile
 
AUSA (which was held from 21 to 23 October 2013 in Washington D.C) is a land warfare focused exhibition, but when we learned that a Lockheed Martin representative involved in the LRASM program was attending the event, we couldn't pass the opportunity to meet with the person and get an update on the future U.S. Navy anti-ship missile.
AUSA (which was held from 21 to 23 October 2013 in Washington D.C) is a land warfare focused exhibition, but when we learned that a Lockheed Martin representative involved in the LRASM program was attending the event, we couldn't pass the opportunity to meet with the person and get an update on the future U.S. Navy anti-ship missile.
 

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