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

Fincantieri Lays Keel of New LSS – Logistic Support Ship for Italian Navy
 
The keel laying ceremony of the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) was held today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Sestri Levante, Genoa). Construction works continue on the first unit of the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet, which has been commissioned to Fincantieri. The vessel will be delivered in 2019.
The keel laying ceremony of the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) was held today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Sestri Levante, Genoa). Construction works continue on the first unit of the renewal plan of the Italian Navy’s fleet, which has been commissioned to Fincantieri. The vessel will be delivered in 2019.
 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) Commissioned its Fourth Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer "Yinchuan"
 
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the fourth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Yinchuan (hull number 175), was just commissioned on July 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the fourth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Yinchuan (hull number 175), was just commissioned on July 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
 

Indian Navy Complains about MiG-29K/KUB Jets & Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier Performance
 
India reports several troubles with the performance and maintenance of its MiG-29K/KUB (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) naval multirole fighters, as well as with Vikramaditya (former "Admiral Gorshkov"/Kiev-class) aircraft carrier. The fighters built by Russia`s RSK-MiG corporation (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation, Russian acronym: OAK) come short of Indian Navy`s (IN) requirements, a source in India`s Defense Ministry said.
India reports several troubles with the performance and maintenance of its MiG-29K/KUB (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) naval multirole fighters, as well as with Vikramaditya (former "Admiral Gorshkov"/Kiev-class) aircraft carrier. The fighters built by Russia`s RSK-MiG corporation (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation, Russian acronym: OAK) come short of Indian Navy`s (IN) requirements, a source in India`s Defense Ministry said.
 

V-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor Aircraft Tested Aboard French Navy Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle
 
On July 6th, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale - CEPA 10S) and the crew of Charles de Gaulle tested for the first time a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft aboard the French aircraft carrier.
On July 6th, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale - CEPA 10S) and the crew of Charles de Gaulle tested for the first time a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft aboard the French aircraft carrier.
 

North Korea Launched a KN-11 SLBM From its Sinpo-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
 
North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast on Saturday, but the missile failed in its initial flight stage, according to Yonhap News Agency citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). The missile was fired from waters southeast of the coastal port city of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, at around 11:30 a.m., according to the military.
North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast on Saturday, but the missile failed in its initial flight stage, according to Yonhap News Agency citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). The missile was fired from waters southeast of the coastal port city of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, at around 11:30 a.m., according to the military.
 

nEUROn goes naval – UCAV demonstrator flight tested alongside French Navy Aircraft Carrier
 
The nEUROn unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator made several low altitude vertical passes above French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. These tests which took place July 6, 2016 were conducted by the French Procurement Agency (DGA) in conjunction with the French Navy and Dassault Aviation. They are part of a test campaign which objective is to study the use of a UCAV in a naval environment involving several vessels of the French Navy.
The nEUROn unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator made several low altitude vertical passes above French Navy (Marine Nationale) aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. These tests which took place July 6, 2016 were conducted by the French Procurement Agency (DGA) in conjunction with the French Navy and Dassault Aviation. They are part of a test campaign which objective is to study the use of a UCAV in a naval environment involving several vessels of the French Navy.
 

Taiwan Started Designing its Own Diesel-Electric SSK Submarines
 
The Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) Navy said on Thursday it has started design work on its domestic attack submarine programme, hoping to complete it in 2024. Navy Command Headquarters Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mei Chia-shu told a legislative committee session: “We plan to complete the design by 2019 and complete the construction by 2024.”
The Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) Navy said on Thursday it has started design work on its domestic attack submarine programme, hoping to complete it in 2024. Navy Command Headquarters Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mei Chia-shu told a legislative committee session: “We plan to complete the design by 2019 and complete the construction by 2024.”
 

Mexican Navy selects Rockwell Collins to deliver Transportable Blackhawk Operations Simulator
 
Rockwell Collins will deliver one Transportable Blackhawk Operations Simulator (T-BOS) and associated services to the Mexican Navy in Veracruz, Mexico, making this delivery the seventeenth T-BOS delivered to domestic and international customers for the UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter.
Rockwell Collins will deliver one Transportable Blackhawk Operations Simulator (T-BOS) and associated services to the Mexican Navy in Veracruz, Mexico, making this delivery the seventeenth T-BOS delivered to domestic and international customers for the UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter.
 

Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR prepares for live target testing
 
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) delivered the first AN/SPY-6(V)
Raytheon Company delivered the first AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar array to the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii ahead of schedule. The array is now being installed according to plan, in preparation for first radar light-off in early July. SPY-6(V) is the next-generation integrated air and ballistic missile defense radar for the U.S. Navy, filling a critical capability gap for the surface fleet.
 

All large Russian Navy ships of 1st and 2nd rank may get nuclear power plants
 
Defense contractors and the Russian Navy are looking into the feasibility of fitting all 1st- and 2nd-rank warships with nuclear main propulsion plants, according to the Lenta.ru online news agency. The decision is owing to Russia’s developing and making its own nuclear power plants, thus being independent of their import.
Defense contractors and the Russian Navy are looking into the feasibility of fitting all 1st- and 2nd-rank warships with nuclear main propulsion plants, according to the Lenta.ru online news agency. The decision is owing to Russia’s developing and making its own nuclear power plants, thus being independent of their import.
 

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract to Continue Victoria Class Submarine Fire Control Support
 
The Government of Canada has awarded Lockheed Martin a $14.5 million contract to provide long-term, full-spectrum support for the Submarine Fire Control System (SFCS) installed on all four Victoria-class submarines and land based team trainers. The scope of the contract will contain in service and field service support, obsolescence management, and technical investigations as requested by the Department of National Defence.
The Government of Canada has awarded Lockheed Martin a $14.5 million contract to provide long-term, full-spectrum support for the Submarine Fire Control System (SFCS) installed on all four Victoria-class submarines and land based team trainers. The scope of the contract will contain in service and field service support, obsolescence management, and technical investigations as requested by the Department of National Defence.
 

PZL-Swidnik Handed Over First Two Upgraded W-3RM Anakonda Helicopters to Polish Navy
 
PZL-Swidnik, a Leonardo-Finmeccanica company, handed over of the first two out of five modernized W-3RM Anakonda helicopters to the Polish Navy on June 27th. PZL-Swidnik developed and produced W-3RM Anakonda helicopter, which is in service of the Polish Navy. Polish seamen use six such machines and two W-3 helicopters in transport version.
PZL-Swidnik, a Leonardo-Finmeccanica company, handed over of the first two out of five modernized W-3RM Anakonda helicopters to the Polish Navy on June 27th. PZL-Swidnik developed and produced W-3RM Anakonda helicopter, which is in service of the Polish Navy. Polish seamen use six such machines and two W-3 helicopters in transport version.
 

Chilean Navy Upgrading its Type 23 Frigates with RIM-162 ESSM Missile & Mk41 VLS
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Chile for Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSMs), equipment, training, and support. Three Chilean Navy Type 23 frigates should be upgraded with the MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) and ESSM.
The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Chile for Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSMs), equipment, training, and support. Three Chilean Navy Type 23 frigates should be upgraded with the MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) and ESSM.
 

Liquid Robotics USV Swims Long Distance After Helping to Fight Illegal Fishing in the South Pacific
 
Liquid Robotics®, the leader in long-duration, unmanned ocean robots, announced that a Wave Glider® swam 2,808 nautical miles (5200 km) to the Big Island of Hawaii after successfully completing a 4-month patrol mission of the Pitcairn Island Marine Sanctuary for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). This achievement represents a fundamental enabling capability for unmanned systems as it proves the feasibility and flexibility of autonomous mission deployment...
Liquid Robotics®, the leader in long-duration, unmanned ocean robots, announced that a Wave Glider® swam 2,808 nautical miles (5200 km) to the Big Island of Hawaii after successfully completing a 4-month patrol mission of the Pitcairn Island Marine Sanctuary for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). This achievement represents a fundamental enabling capability for unmanned systems as it proves the feasibility and flexibility of autonomous mission deployment...
 

New NH90 NFH and AB-212 Helicopters for EUNAVFOR MED operation SOPHIA
 
One NH90 NFH and one AB-212NLA helicopters of the Italian Navy have embarked on Board ITS GARIBALDI , operation SOPHIA’s Flagship, to increase EUNAVFOR MED air capabilities after the departure of other air assets on board. The two newly embarked helicopters enhance ship’s capability to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognition mission in the area of operations.
One NH90 NFH and one AB-212NLA helicopters of the Italian Navy have embarked on Board ITS GARIBALDI , operation SOPHIA’s Flagship, to increase EUNAVFOR MED air capabilities after the departure of other air assets on board. The two newly embarked helicopters enhance ship’s capability to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognition mission in the area of operations.
 

Fincantieri Delivers Third U212A Todaro-class Submarine Pietro Venuti to the Italian Navy
 
The submarine “Pietro Venuti” was delivered today at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano (La Spezia). It is the third of the U212A “Todaro” class, a series of four sister units which the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy.
The submarine “Pietro Venuti” was delivered July 6, 2016 at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano (La Spezia). It is the third of the U212A “Todaro” class, a series of four sister units which the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy.
 

Ka-52K as part of Admiral Kuznetsov carrier’s air wing to boost strike capabilities
 
Adding the Ka-52K Katran (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) ship-based attack/scout helicopter to the air wing of the Project 11435 (Admiral Kuznetsov-class) Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will step up the latter’s strike capabilities, according to the Izvestia daily.
Adding the Ka-52K Katran (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) ship-based attack/scout helicopter to the air wing of the Project 11435 (Admiral Kuznetsov-class) Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier will step up the latter’s strike capabilities, according to the Izvestia daily.
 

NAVSEA Awards Swiftships Four 28 Meter Coastal Patrol Craft KITs For Egyptian Navy
 
US shipbuilder Swiftships was awarded a contract involving Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to build four (4) 28-meter KITs for the Egyptian Navy (EN). The contract will allow Swiftships to produce KITs so the EN can assemble/co-produce these 28m coastal patrol craft (CPC) in Alexandria, Egypt. The 28m CPCs will include 4.7-meter rigid inflatable boats, forward looking infrared system, diagnostic equipment, and contractor engineering technical services.
US shipbuilder Swiftships was awarded a contract involving Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to build four (4) 28-meter KITs for the Egyptian Navy (EN). The contract will allow Swiftships to produce KITs so the EN can assemble/co-produce these 28m coastal patrol craft (CPC) in Alexandria, Egypt. The 28m CPCs will include 4.7-meter rigid inflatable boats, forward looking infrared system, diagnostic equipment, and contractor engineering technical services.
 

Russian Navy Slava-class Cruiser Marshal Ustinov may be transferred to Black Sea Fleet
 
The Project 1164 (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) Marshal Ustinov guided missile cruiser, which repair is nearing the end in Severodvinsk, may replace her sister ship Moskva in the Black Sea Fleet’s inventory in several years, expert Sergei Ischenko writes in the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency.
The Project 1164 (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) Marshal Ustinov guided missile cruiser, which repair is nearing the end in Severodvinsk, may replace her sister ship Moskva in the Black Sea Fleet’s inventory in several years, expert Sergei Ischenko writes in the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency.
 

Austal Awarded U.S. Navy Contract Modification for USS Jackson (LCS 6) Shock Trials Support
 
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a US$11,239,032 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide emergent availability planning and full ship shock trials (FSST) support for tests to be conducted on Littoral Combat Ship USS JACKSON (LCS 6).
Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a US$11,239,032 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide emergent availability planning and full ship shock trials (FSST) support for tests to be conducted on Littoral Combat Ship USS JACKSON (LCS 6).
 

PLAN's Fourth Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer to be Commissioned Soon
 
China's fourth Type 052D guided-missile destroyer (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) with hull number 175 should be commissioned with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) soon said Cao Weidong, a Chinese military expert, in an interview with China Center Television.
China's fourth Type 052D guided-missile destroyer (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) with hull number 175 should be commissioned with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) soon said Cao Weidong, a Chinese military expert, in an interview with China Center Television.
 

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