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January 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to Thales, at the end of 2018, the first ship from the Mexican Navy’s new POLA (Patrullera Oceanica de Largo Alcance) class, ARM Reformador, was launched at the ASTIMAR-20 shipyard in Salina Cruz, Mexico. Thales joins with the Mexican Navy in celebrating this key milestone and is proud to support the Mexican Navy in its ambition to safeguard Mexican territorial waters.

The newest minesweeper Ivan Antonov of project 12700 (Aleksandrit) has finished state trials. The ship’s crew is getting ready for a ceremony of hoisting the St. Andrew’s flag of the Russian Navy scheduled for January 26. All the acceptance documents on the completion of state trials were signed earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The US Navy plans to change the way their fleet have been developing since the Cold War. Their actual objective is to construct smaller ships that are cheaper to maintain and to upgrade, and unmanned ships could be the key. An other option could be the conversion of civil ships into missile ships.

As reported on its website, Saab is pleased to announce the launch of its laser warning system portfolio in the U.S., which includes mature technologies for both land and naval domains, and is ready to meet the specific needs and requirements of the U.S. Armed Forces. Multiple technology demonstrations are planned in 2019.

According to Lockheed Martin, The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Wichita (LCS 13) – the nation's seventh Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – at Naval Station Mayport on January 12 2019, before a crowd including active-duty and veteran sailors. This milestone places the ship, built by the Lockheed Martin (LMT)-led team into active service.

The U.S. Navy appears to test brand new combat groups, combining an Alreigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer with a San Antonio-class Landing Platform Dock, to adapt itself to the Chinese Navy in their conflict emerging in the South China Sea.

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