JULY 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Earlier this week, Gibraltar government (a British overseas territory) said it believed that the Grace 1, belonging to Iran, was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas refinery in Syria. Though, this refinery is the property of an entity subject to the European Union (EU) sanctions against Syria. In response to that, Iranian leaders threatened the UK of "retaliatory measures"

Today, on July 03, the Romanian authorities announced the selection of Naval Group and its partner Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC) for the programme to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes, to modernise the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance centre and a training centre in Romania.

More than two years after aircraft carrier INS Viraat was decommissioned, it will finally be scrapped, Indian Parliament was informed on Monday, July 01. This comes as efforts to keep it intact by converting it into a museum or other means have not been successful.

Recently, the Finish Ministry of Defence (MoD) had to admit that final contract negotiations for the procurement of a series of new corvettes, constituting the Squadron 2020, are to take more time than expected. Therefore, the timeline for the delivery of the first vessels of the class might also be revised.

After being in service for 35 years, the nuclear attack submarine (SNA) Saphir is the first of six Rubis-class SNAs to be withdrawn from the French Navy by the end of July 2019. This is part of the military programme law 2019-2025 which ensures the renewal of the Rubis-class nuclear attack submarines (SNAs). These SNAs will be replaced by Suffren-class nuclear submarines, of which the first one will be officially launched on July 12 in Cherbourg.

BAE System Technology Solutions and Services; Serco; and Scientific Research Corp., are each awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for logistics, integration, engineering, procurement, fabrication, assembly, test, inspection, zone integration and installation of integrated command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) system of systems capabilities aboard new construction aircraft carrier and large deck amphibious ships, to include refueling and complex overhaul ships.

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