January 2014 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

Construction of Type 001A, China's second Aircraft Carrier has started
 
The Secretary of Liaoning province Communist Party, Min Wang, confirmed that China was at work on a home-built aircraft carrier at a shipyard in Dalian. This aircraft carrier would be based on Chinese Navy (PLAN) existing one (16 Liaoning) but modified and improved to best match the PLAN's needs. This new aircraft carrier is reportedly called Type 001A.
The Secretary of Liaoning province Communist Party, Min Wang, confirmed that China was at work on a home-built aircraft carrier at a shipyard in Dalian. This aircraft carrier would be based on Chinese Navy (PLAN) existing one (16 Liaoning) but modified and improved to best match the PLAN's needs. This new aircraft carrier is reportedly called Type 001A.
 

USNS John Glenn (MLP 2) Successfully Completes Builder's Trials
 
The USNS John Glenn (MLP 2) successfully completed Builder's Sea Trials Jan. 13. During the week of sea trials the shipbuilder, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate the performance of all of the ship's major systems.
The USNS John Glenn (MLP 2) successfully completed Builder's Sea Trials Jan. 13. During the week of sea trials the shipbuilder, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate the performance of all of the ship's major systems.
 

Joint High-Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead departs on Maiden Deployment
 
The U.S. Navy's first joint high-speed vessel departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story today on its maiden deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility. USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) is expected to remain in U.S. 6th Fleet until May 2014 and sail to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility through the end of fiscal year 2014. While deployed, the ship will undergo planned experimentation and testing to determine the ship's capabilities.
The U.S. Navy's first joint high-speed vessel departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story today on its maiden deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility. USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) is expected to remain in U.S. 6th Fleet until May 2014 and sail to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility through the end of fiscal year 2014. While deployed, the ship will undergo planned experimentation and testing to determine the ship's capabilities.
 

Saab's Sea Giraffe Radar now called AN/SPS-77(V)1 in U.S. Navy Service
 
Saab Defense and Security USA (SDAS) announced that Saab's Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy. The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system's official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1.
Saab Defense and Security USA (SDAS) announced that Saab's Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy. The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system's official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1.
 

The MU90 lightweight torpedo acclaimed by the Royal Australian Navy
 
On 14 August 2013, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) successfully conducted the world’s first firing of a “war shot” MU90 Lightweight Torpedo. The MU90 torpedo is developed by the European Economic Interest Group EUROTORP (formed by DCNS, Thales and WASS). ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Stuart fired the torpedo which detected, classified and then engaged the submerged target, representing a small displacement submarine.
On 14 August 2013, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) successfully conducted the world’s first firing of a “war shot” MU90 Lightweight Torpedo. The MU90 torpedo is developed by the European Economic Interest Group EUROTORP (formed by DCNS, Thales and WASS). ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Stuart fired the torpedo which detected, classified and then engaged the submerged target, representing a small displacement submarine.
 

Raytheon & L-3 demonstrate new ship protection system with TALON laser-guided rocket
 
Raytheon Company and L-3 Communications successfully fired Raytheon TALON laser-guided rockets from an L-3 remote weapon station using an LAU-68 launcher. The test demonstrated that the lightweight remote weapon system can provide protection for small ships by incorporating the currently fielded launcher, sensor systems and TALON missiles.
Raytheon Company and L-3 Communications successfully fired Raytheon TALON laser-guided rockets from an L-3 remote weapon station using an LAU-68 launcher. The test demonstrated that the lightweight remote weapon system can provide protection for small ships by incorporating the currently fielded launcher, sensor systems and TALON missiles.
 

Damen (DSNS) starts steel cutting for SIGMA 10514 PKR Frigate for Indonesia Navy (TNI AL)
 
In June 2012, the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) signed the contract for the first SIGMA 10514 PKR Frigate. In accordance with the agreed planning for the construction of this frigate, the Steel Cutting Ceremony took place simultaneously on 15 January 2014 at PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya (Indonesia) and DSNS in Vlissingen (the Netherlands).
In June 2012, the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) signed the contract for the first SIGMA 10514 PKR Frigate. In accordance with the agreed planning for the construction of this frigate, the Steel Cutting Ceremony took place simultaneously on 15 January 2014 at PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya (Indonesia) and DSNS in Vlissingen (the Netherlands).
 

Raytheon delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missile to US Navy
 
Raytheon Company delivered the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the U.S. Navy as part of its ninth Block IV full-rate FY12 production contract. The U.S. Navy continues to purchase Tomahawk missiles via the FY13 budget, and negotiations are ongoing for next year's production contract.
Raytheon Company delivered the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the U.S. Navy as part of its ninth Block IV full-rate FY12 production contract. The U.S. Navy continues to purchase Tomahawk missiles via the FY13 budget, and negotiations are ongoing for next year's production contract.
 

Lockheed Martin Completes Critical Milestone To Upgrade US Navy’s Electronic Warfare Defenses
 
Lockheed Martin recently completed a milestone test on the U.S. Navy’s evolutionary Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 system. This test further validated the system’s ability to protect the Navy’s fleet from evolving anti-ship missile threats.
Lockheed Martin recently completed a milestone test on the U.S. Navy’s evolutionary Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 system. This test further validated the system’s ability to protect the Navy’s fleet from evolving anti-ship missile threats.
 

U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Moves Underscore Pacific Rebalance Strategy
 
The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon Company an undefinitized contract action (UCA) valued at $156 million for the procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles.
The U.S. Navy announced today that the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will replace USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Japan and become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) in Yokosuka, Japan. As part of the rebalance strategy to increase the Navy's presence in the Pacific Fleet, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) will move from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego.
 

Lockheed Martin Longbow Missiles Demonstrate Littoral Attack Capability
 
The U.S. Army and Navy, with assistance from Lockheed Martin, recently conducted Longbow missile demonstration firings to showcase the missile’s ability to counter littoral threats, making the weapon an effective candidate for potential use in operational shipboard launches.
The U.S. Army and Navy, with assistance from Lockheed Martin, recently conducted Longbow missile demonstration firings to showcase the missile’s ability to counter littoral threats, making the weapon an effective candidate for potential use in operational shipboard launches.
 

Raytheon resumes work on U.S. Navy Air & Missile Defense Radar (AMDR)
 
Raytheon Company has received a resume work order from the U.S. Navy to commence development of the new Air and Missile Defense Radar. The order followed the official Government Accountability Office update of its database to reflect the status of the AMDR contract award protest as withdrawn.
Raytheon Company has received a resume work order from the U.S. Navy to commence development of the new Air and Missile Defense Radar. The order followed the official Government Accountability Office update of its database to reflect the status of the AMDR contract award protest as withdrawn.
 

Two Project 21631 Buyan-M Corvettes to enter Russian Navy service in Caspian Sea
 
A pair of new missile corvettes have completed acceptance trials and will enter service in Russia’s Caspian Flotilla in the first quarter of this year, the Southern Military District said Monday. The two ships, the Grad Sviyazhsk and Uglich, are the first in the new Buyan-M class and are equipped with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles.
A pair of new missile corvettes have completed acceptance trials and will enter service in Russia’s Caspian Flotilla in the first quarter of this year, the Southern Military District said Monday. The two ships, the Grad Sviyazhsk and Uglich, are the first in the new Buyan-M class and are equipped with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles.
 

USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) Christened - One of seven vessels currently under construction at Austal
 
Austal christened United States Naval Ship Fall River (JHSV 4) this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Fall River is the fourth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship contract worth over $1.6 billion.
Austal christened United States Naval Ship Fall River (JHSV 4) this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Fall River is the fourth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship contract worth over $1.6 billion.
 

New Sail Training Vessel for Royal Navy of Oman launched at Damen Shipyards Galati
 
The new Sail Training Vessel (STV) for the Ministry of Defence of Oman has been officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania). This stunning 87 m vessel, named RNOV ‘Shabab Oman’, is destined to become the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman to continue the role of the current STV of the same name in promoting cultural interaction and to help ‘spread peace and harmony amongst nations’. Shabab Oman is a full square rigger and will have an amazing 2,700 m² sail area.
The new Sail Training Vessel (STV) for the Ministry of Defence of Oman has been officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania). This stunning 87 m vessel, named RNOV ‘Shabab Oman’, is destined to become the flagship of the Royal Navy of Oman to continue the role of the current STV of the same name in promoting cultural interaction and to help ‘spread peace and harmony amongst nations’. Shabab Oman is a full square rigger and will have an amazing 2,700 m² sail area.
 

New China Coast Guard patol vessel enters service amid tensions around Senkaku islands
 
A newly built patrol vessel was commissioned for the China Coast Guard (CCG) South China Sea fleet on Friday. The CCG-3401, with a displacement of 4,000 tonnes, is a multi-functional vessel equipped with advanced law enforcement facilities and is able to meet the need for marine law enforcement tasks, according to the Chinese State Oceanic Administration.
A newly built patrol vessel was commissioned for the China Coast Guard (CCG) South China Sea fleet on Friday. The CCG-3401, with a displacement of 4,000 tonnes, is a multi-functional vessel equipped with advanced law enforcement facilities and is able to meet the need for marine law enforcement tasks, according to the Chinese State Oceanic Administration.
 

French Navy's future Cruise Missile likely to be test launched from FREMM Frigate in late 2014
 
According to DCNS' FREMM Programs Manager, Anne Bianchi, "Discussions are ongoing with the state to organize a test launch of the Naval Cruise Missile, which could take place at the end of 2014. It would mark a milestone in the FREMM program". Ultimately, the new MBDA-made land attack cruise missile will provide the FREMM type frigates with a unique capability for a European surface vessel: Destroying targets located several hundrerds of kilometers inland.
According to DCNS FREMM Programs Manager, Anne Bianchi, "Discussions are ongoing with the state to organize a test launch of the Naval Cruise Missile, which could take place at the end of 2014. It would mark a milestone in the FREMM program". Ultimately, the new MBDA-made land attack cruise missile will provide the FREMM type frigates with a unique capability for a European surface vessel: Destroying targets located several hundreds of kilometers inland.
 

Operation Serval: 3,000 flight hours for French Navy ATL2 MPA over Mali
 
The French Navy announced that its ATL 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft belonging to 23F and 21F units deployed for operation in Mali just passed the 3,000 flight hours. This achievement coincides with the 1 anniversary of Operation Serval, the French military operation in Mali. Since the beginning and without interruption the "maritime patrol" component of the French Navy is fully involved above the Malian theater.
The French Navy announced that its ATL 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft belonging to 23F and 21F units deployed for operation in Mali just passed the 3,000 flight hours. This achievement coincides with the 1 anniversary of Operation Serval, the French military operation in Mali. Since the beginning and without interruption the "maritime patrol" component of the French Navy is fully involved above the Malian theater.
 

General Dynamics Receives U.S. Navy Award for Common Missile Compartment Development
 
The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $15 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $15 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

 

Italian shipyard Fincantieri launched Algerian Navy future amphibious ship (BDSL program)
 
On January 8, 2014 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Genoa) the Algerian Navy future BDSL (Batiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique) amphibious vessel was launched on a barge. According to our sources, the ship (who will be named Kalaat Beni-Abbes) will then be towed to its final completion site of the shipyard Fincantieri in Muddzhiano (La Spezia)
On January 8, 2014 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Genoa) the Algerian Navy future BDSL (Batiment de Débarquement et de Soutien Logistique) amphibious vessel was launched on a barge. According to our sources, the ship (who will be named Kalaat Beni-Abbes) will then be towed to its final completion site of the shipyard Fincantieri in Muddzhiano (La Spezia)
 

UAV integration with naval combat systems: DCNS opens a new chapter in naval aviation
 
Following sea trials conducted from 9-13 December 2013 as part of the Serval unmanned air systems (UAS) programme, the French defence procurement agency (DGA) and DCNS have validated the functional integration of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) with the combat system of a warship.
Following sea trials conducted from 9-13 December 2013 as part of the Serval unmanned air systems (UAS) programme, the French defence procurement agency (DGA) and DCNS have validated the functional integration of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) with the combat system of a warship.
 

PIRIOU and DCNS win the B2M contract for the French Navy
 
PIRIOU and DCNS have together won the contract for the supply of three multi-mission ocean-going vessels, with an option for a fourth, and the associated maintenance services. This contract, awarded by French defence procurement agency DGA, with PIRIOU as lead contractor, is part of the B2M multi-mission ship programme. It covers the design and construction of three multi-purpose ocean-going ships, 65 metres long and displacing around 1500 tons, to be delivered in 2015 and 2016. The ships are intended for operation overseas.
PIRIOU and DCNS have together won the contract for the supply of three multi-mission ocean-going vessels, with an option for a fourth, and the associated maintenance services. This contract, awarded by French defence procurement agency DGA, with PIRIOU as lead contractor, is part of the B2M multi-mission ship programme. It covers the design and construction of three multi-purpose ocean-going ships, 65 metres long and displacing around 1500 tons, to be delivered in 2015 and 2016. The ships are intended for operation overseas.
 

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