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June 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to information released by the US Navy on June 10, 2020, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) departed San Diego to continue her scheduled deployment, June 10. The ship is scheduled to return to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to continue its mission in support of SOUTHCOM Enhanced Counter Narcotics Operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.

On June 10, 2020, the F125 "Nordrhein-Westfalen" was officially commissioned – due to the current corona pandemic, the ceremony took place on a small scale. The "Nordrhein-Westfalen" is the second out of a total of four frigates after the "Baden-Württemberg" to become available to the German Navy. The ships are the most modern and powerful frigates ever built in Germany.

According to information released by the British Government on June 8, 2020, over the next week, HMS Kent frigate and minehunter HMS Ramsey will sail alongside 26 other vessels and 29 aircraft as 3,000 personnel from 17 NATO nations and two NATO partner nations strengthen their combined maritime capabilities and demonstrate their collective resolve to safeguard security in the Baltic Sea Region.

According to information released by the Australian Navy on June 9, 2020, HMAS Anzac frigate has joined HMAS Arunta as the second Anzac Class Frigate to undergo the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade. Anzac recently sailed to her homeport of Fleet Base West, Garden Island, Western Australia, where she was joined by her sister ship Arunta who completed the program, known as AMCAP, in 2019.

According to news published by the Russian press agency TASS on June 10, 2020, the Russian Navy Northern fleet is preparing to accept the cruise missile submarine Arkhangelsk latest Yasen-M-class SSGN (Ship Submersible Guided Nuclear) of project 885M. The commander will be appointed by the end of the year and the crew formed. The submarine is to join a division of the Russian Navy Northern fleet.

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that the United States Army and Navy have ordered in total more than 160 of the company’s Centaur unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), plus related spares and accessories. The two contracts, totalling $23.5 million, are being sourced through the Army’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II program.

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