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June 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

ASC Shipbuilding from Australia has signed a $2.6 million contract with BlueScope Steel AIS for the Hunter Class Frigate Program for the Royal Australian Navy. Under the contract announced last week, Australian company BlueScope will supply more than 1500 tonnes of steel plate to build five blocks during the prototyping phase of the shipbuilding program, which is on track to begin later this year.

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense on June 22, 2020, U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) executed a passing exercise with Tunisian naval counterparts in the Mediterranean Sea, June 13, 2020. Porter and the Tunisian vessels OPV Jugurtha 610 and FPB Hamilcar 505 participated in tactical formation sailing as well as simulated replenishments-at-sea.

US Navy's independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Kashima class-training vessel JS Kashima (TV-3508) and Shimayuki-class training vessel JS Shimayuki (TV-3513) conducted bilateral exercises while sailing together in the South China Sea, June 23 2020.

The US Naval Air Systems Command ordered two Reapers from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), of Poway, California, with a $26.9 million firm-fixed-price contract, according to the June 22 Defense Department announcement. The contract also provides for one dual-control mobile ground-control station, one modular data center and one mobile ground-control station.

On June 22, 2020, the Australian Minister of Defence has announced that the Royal Australian Navy’s latest upgrade of the Mark 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) has reached a major milestone by achieving Initial Operating Capability. Delivered on schedule, the upgraded capability is being progressively rolled out until late 2023 across Navy’s Destroyers, Amphibious Ships and new Supply Class Tankers.

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