July 2016 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

BAE Systems awarded contract to provide Mk 45 naval gun systems for Royal Navy Type 26 Frigate
 
BAE Systems has received a $245 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the gun system, known as the Maritime Indirect Fires System (MIFS), for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. This award follows the MOD’s announcement of BAE Systems as the preferred bidder last year after a competitive process.
BAE Systems has received a $245 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the gun system, known as the Maritime Indirect Fires System (MIFS), for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. This award follows the MOD’s announcement of BAE Systems as the preferred bidder last year after a competitive process.
 

Lockheed Martin Delivers Final MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter for Royal Australian Navy
 
Lockheed Martin has delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy in support of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The milestone delivery took place during a July 27 ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York facility.
Lockheed Martin has delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy in support of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The milestone delivery took place during a July 27 ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York facility.
 

South Korea's Navy launches new Chamsuri-211 fast patrol boat
 
According to the local news agency Yonhap, South Korea's Navy launched a new fast patrol boat to help counter North Korea's hovercraft force along its maritime demarcation line, the military said Thursday July 28, 2016.
 

Russia’s Navy receives An-140 transport planes
 
The Aviakor Aircraft-Manufacturing Enterprise in Samara in the Volga area, part of Russian Machines Corporation, has delivered a batch of Antonov An-140 transport planes to Russia’s Navy, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said.
The Aviakor Aircraft-Manufacturing Enterprise in Samara in the Volga area, part of Russian Machines Corporation, has delivered a batch of Antonov An-140 transport planes to Russia’s Navy, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said during a visit to the enterprise.
 

Leidos completes initial performance tests of highly autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel
 
Leidos, a U.S. security, health, and infrastructure solutions company, announced on July 25, that on June 22, it completed initial performance trials of the technology demonstration vessel it is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. The at-sea tests took place off the coast of San Diego, California.
Leidos, a U.S. security, health, and infrastructure solutions company, announced on July 25, that on June 22, it completed initial performance trials of the technology demonstration vessel it is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. The at-sea tests took place off the coast of San Diego, California.
 

Vympel Shipyard in central Russia launched the second Project 21980 anti-sabotage boat
 
The Vympel Shipyard in Rybinsk in central Russia has floated out the second Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boat, the shipyard’s press office said. "A solemn ceremony of floating out the Project 21980 boat (factory number No. 01222) took place at the shipyard. This is the second out of four anti-sabotage boats the Vympel Shipyard is currently building under a contract signed with the Defense Ministry," the press office said.
The Vympel Shipyard in Rybinsk in central Russia has floated out the second Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boat, the shipyard’s press office said. "A solemn ceremony of floating out the Project 21980 boat (factory number No. 01222) took place at the shipyard. This is the second out of four anti-sabotage boats the Vympel Shipyard is currently building under a contract signed with the Defense Ministry," the press office said.
 

Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin & HAI Launch P-3B Orion Modernization and Upgrade Program
 
TThe Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony today at HAI's facilities here to recognize the official launch of the Hellenic Navy P-3B maritime patrol aircraft modernization and upgrade program. On July 13, the first of two Hellenic Navy P-3B Orions were successfully transferred from Elefsis Air Base to HAI's facilities at Tanagra, Greece, north of Athens. Attending today's ceremony were leaders representing the Hellenic Defense Ministry, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, the Hellenic Navy, the Hellenic Air Force, the GDDIA, the US Embassy in Greece, Lockheed Martin and HAI, as well as local authorities.
The Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony today at HAI's facilities here to recognize the official launch of the Hellenic Navy P-3B maritime patrol aircraft modernization and upgrade program. On July 13, the first of two Hellenic Navy P-3B Orions were successfully transferred from Elefsis Air Base to HAI's facilities at Tanagra, Greece, north of Athens.
 

Newly Built PLAN Type 052D Destroyers Getting Fitted with Larger H/PJ-11 CIWS
 
Based on pictures that have just been released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) next in-line Type 052D Destroyers (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) will be fitted with the H/PJ-11 close-in weapon system (CIWS) instead of the smaller H/PJ-12 currently fitted on existing vessels of the class.
Based on pictures that have just been released by Chinese spotters, it appears that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) next in-line Type 052D Destroyers (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) will be fitted with the H/PJ-11 close-in weapon system (CIWS) instead of the smaller H/PJ-12 currently fitted on existing vessels of the class.
 

Latest AEGIS Combat System Interoperability Tested Between DDG 51 and Spanish Navy Frigate
 
The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish Navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System, July 20-21. This event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9.C1 with a foreign ship, but also the first combined Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trial with that country's navy since 2007. The destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and the Spanish frigate Cristobol Colón (F 105) participated in the testing.
The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish Navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System, July 20-21. This event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9.C1 with a foreign ship, but also the first combined Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trial with that country's navy since 2007. The destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and the Spanish frigate Cristobol Colón (F 105)...
 

French Shipyard OCEA Launched the OPV 190 MKII "Fouladou" for the Navy of Senegal
 
French Shipyard OCEA launched a new type of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), the OPV 190 MKII, for the navy of Senegal on July 21st, 2016 in Sables d'Olonne (Western France). For over 30 years, OCEA is specialized in the design, construction, marketing and support of aluminum vessels up to 85 meters.
French Shipyard OCEA launched a new type of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), the OPV 190 MKII, for the navy of Senegal on July 21st, 2016 in Sables d'Olonne (Western France). For over 30 years, OCEA is specialized in the design, construction, marketing and support of aluminum vessels up to 85 meters.
 

Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Test-Fired its 3K55 Bastion Anti-Ship Missile System
 
The Russian Navy Pacific Fleet coastal forces’ missile formation troops conducted the first launch of their new 3K55 Bastion coastal defense mobile anti-ship missile systems (NATO reporting name: SSC-5 Stooge) in the Far East Primorsky Territory, the Eastern Military District’s Pacific Fleet spokesman said Friday.
The Russian Navy Pacific Fleet coastal forces’ missile formation troops conducted the first launch of their new 3K55 Bastion coastal defense mobile anti-ship missile systems (NATO reporting name: SSC-5 Stooge) in the Far East Primorsky Territory, the Eastern Military District’s Pacific Fleet spokesman said Friday.
 

Russian Navy Baltic Fleet Conducts Amphibious Assault Exercise
 
The Project 775 (NATO reporting name: Ropucha I-class) Korolyov and Alexander Shabalin amphibious assault ships of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet landed Russian Marines on an austere beachhead in an amphibious assault exercise, the fleet’s spokesman, Andrei Bespaly, has told journalists.
The Project 775 (NATO reporting name: Ropucha I-class) Korolyov and Alexander Shabalin amphibious assault ships of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet landed Russian Marines on an austere beachhead in an amphibious assault exercise, the fleet’s spokesman, Andrei Bespaly, has told journalists.
 

French Navy Horizon-class DDG leads combined anti-terrorism mission with 2 US Navy Destroyers
 
In another example of the high interoperability between the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and the US Navy, the Horizon-class AAW Destroyer Forbin (classified as "Frigate" in the French Navy) is currently at the head of a combined mission with US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Roosvelt (DDG 80) and USS Mason (DDG 87).
In another example of the high interoperability between the French Navy (Marine Nationale) and the US Navy, the Horizon-class AAW Destroyer Forbin (classified as "Frigate" in the French Navy) is currently at the head of a combined mission with US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Mason (DDG 87) with the occasional presence of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61) as well.
 

USSOCOM to Use New Lockheed Martin Undersea Vehicle for Long-Distance Missions
 
Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Submergence Group LLC, will manufacture Dry Combat Submersibles (DCS) that will transport personnel to their mission sites while submerged. These vehicles have longer endurance and operate at greater depths than swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV) in use.
Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Submergence Group LLC, will manufacture Dry Combat Submersibles (DCS) that will transport personnel to their mission sites while submerged. These vehicles have longer endurance and operate at greater depths than swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV) in use.
 

US Navy EA-18G Growlers joined USAF B-1 Bombers for Electronic Attack Training
 
This summer, U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers joined B-1 bombers in the skies around Ellsworth Air Force Base for electronic attack training in June, and now again July 11 through 22, 2016. This marked the first time the Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 129, stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, traveled to Ellsworth to conduct training in its local airspace.
This summer, U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers joined B-1 bombers in the skies around Ellsworth Air Force Base for electronic attack training in June, and now again July 11 through 22, 2016. This marked the first time the Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron 129, stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, traveled to Ellsworth to conduct training in its local airspace.
 

French Navy Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle to be Deployed Against ISIS in October
 
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) will be deployed again to conduct stikes against the Islamic State (ISIS also called Daech) in October. French President Francois Hollande gave a "fall" time frame, the Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian later said the deployment would take place in October. This will be the third time in two years that the flagship of the French Navy is deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of operation "Chammal".
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) will be deployed again to conduct stikes against the Islamic State (ISIS also called Daech) in October. French President Francois Hollande gave a "fall" time frame, the Defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian later said the deployment would take place in October. This will be the third time in two years that the flagship of the French Navy is deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of operation "Chammal".
 

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