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NAVAL NEWS FEBRUARY 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to a press release published by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, installation of the U.S. Navy’s AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar has begun on the service’s new Aegis Flight III guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125). The four arrays that comprise the highly advanced radar system, built by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, are being installed on the ship at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

Naviris (the 50/50 joint venture company between Fincantieri and Naval Group in charge of development of cooperation programs)  and Navantia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enlarging the industrial cooperation for the European Patrol Corvette (EPC) program, the most important naval initiative within the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project.

Airbus Defence and Space mini UAS subsidiary SURVEY Copter signed a contract with French DGA Armament general directorate to provide the French Navy with 11 systems, (22 aircraft), of the electrically powered fixed-wing Aliaca maritime version UAS (officially called SMDM / “Systèmes de Mini Drones aériens embarqués pour la Marine” by French authorities), including training and integrated logistic support. First deliveries are expected in 2021.

According to a news published by Fars News Agency on February 11, 2021, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy in a ceremony at Bandar Abbas port in Southern Iran on Monday received 340 new speedboats with the capability to fire different missiles and rockets and support diving operations.

According to a news published by Fincantieri on February 11, 2021, the keel-laying of the forward section of “Jacques Chevallier”, the first of four logistic support units LSS (Logistic Support Ship) ordered by Chantiers de l’Atlantique to Fincantieri under the FLOTLOG program (“Flotte logistique”), took place at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard.

The Netherlands and Belgium are jointly replacing the current M-class frigates. Both countries will each receive two ASW Fregates. The intention was that these ships would be identical, but there will now be a (provisional) difference, Jaime Karremann reports on marineschepen.nl: the Belgian ships will not be equipped with 16 launch cells for missiles, but with 8, the Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder announced on February 10.

According to information published by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on February 7, 2021, the Chinese Navy has conducted maritime coordinated training exercises with Z-8 transport helicopters performing long-distance transport of landing troops and day-and-night helicopter take-off and landing on Type 071 Yuzhao-class amphibious dock landing ship Wuzhishan (987).

According to a news published by Royal Navy on February 10, 2021, the carrier’s crew and battle staff are playing out a simulated crisis and how HMS Queen Elizabeth and her task force would respond to it in the real world. The two-week-long Virtual Warrior is one of two final assessments the ship and command staff must come through before the 65,000-tonne warship leads her task force on deployment.

According to a press release published by United States Department of Defense on February 10, 2021, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), and a U.S. Navy P-8A from Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 participated in joint air and surface exercises with Turkish frigates TCG Orucreis (F 245) and TCG Turgutreis (F 241), and two Turkish F-16 fighters alongside reconnaissance aircraft in the Black Sea.

According to a press release published by L3Harris Technologies on February 8, 2021, has been awarded a contract by Fincantieri Marinette Marine for the shipboard integration and production of major subsystems onboard the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile frigate FFG 62. L3Harris is prepared to support the Navy’s plans to build at least 10 ships. The value of the L3Harris program could exceed $300 million if all design, development, and production options are awarded.

According to information published by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service on February 9, 2021, a Test Pilot of the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) and vertical landing (STOVL) training in an F-35B aircraft 23 Salty Dogs, conducts day-into-night training in an F-35B variant aircraft from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

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