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June 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to information released by the U.S. Navy on June 17, 2020, The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) began its northbound international strait transit en route to the Black Sea June 17, 2020, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness, and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the region.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense on June 15, 2020, U.S. Marines with Marine Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 367 joined forces with U.S. Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 have conducted an integrated maritime strike exercise off the coast of the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Hawaii, June 8-10, 2020, using AH-1Z attack helicopter and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter.

According to information released by Raytheon on June 15, 2020, American Company Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business (NYSE: RTX), completed the first guided release of a StormBreaker® smart weapon from an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which will become the second fighter jet to add the weapon when the program reaches initial operational capability later this year.

According to information released by the Russian press agency TASS on June 16, 2020, three latest frigates Admiral Gorshkov class of Project 22350 will join the Russian Navy Pacific fleet. Admiral Amelko will be the first one. The frigates will create a powerful modern force in the region and will carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles in the future. No other navy in the world is armed with such weapons, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to information released by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command on June 16, 2020, the U.S. Navy’s next generation landing craft, Ship to Shore Connector (SSC), Land Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101, concluded acceptance trials the week of June 8, 2020, after successfully completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

On June 15, 2020, the Department of National Defence of Canada has released a statement to announce, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public , Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced that Canada has taken an important step toward delivering the RCN’s future fleet, by awarding a performance-based contract to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards for the full construction of two joint support ships (JSS). Valued at $2.4 billion (including taxes), this contract will allow the transition to full-rate construction of the first ship, the construction of early blocks for which began in June 2018, and then the second ship.

According to information released by the British Navy on June 15, 2020, the crew of the British Navy HMS Kent frigate conducts different types of military exercises during Baltops 2020. The frigate is one of two Royal Navy warships joining more than two dozen vessels, a similar number of aircraft and upwards of 3,000 military personnel in the annual international test of naval and air power, in 2020 in its 49th year.

Russian Navy Yasen and Yasen-M-class SSGN (Ship, Submersible, Guided Missile, Nuclear) submarines of projects 885 and 885M are able to fire cruise missiles in the Arctic. The Northern fleet held an exercise and the Severodvinsk submarine trained cruise missile fire in the Arctic. It was previously believed that only SSBN can do it. Experts said the engagement of submarines capable of destroying adversary objects on the ground will considerably expand Navy capabilities, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense on June 11, 2020, American Company Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $368,194,942 not-to-exceed, undefinitized contract modification (P00036) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-17-C-0001. This modification provides for the procurement of five F-35A Lightning II lot 14 aircraft, one F-35B lot 14 combat aircraft and associated red gear for the government of Italy.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense on June 10, 2020, American Company General Dynamics Mission Systems, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is awarded a $104,214,429 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-no-fee contract (N00030-20-C-0003) for fiscal 2020-2023 Columbia (US01) and Dreadnought ballistic missile submarine class development, production and installation requirement.

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