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September 2012 Maritime Defense Industry and Naval Forces News
 
 

Fire destroys brand new North Sea Boats 63m Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel

Fire destroys brand new North Sea Boats 63m Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel
 
A fire destroyed the Indonesian Navy's KRI Klewang-625 at the naval port in Banyuwangi, East Java on Friday just weeks after its official launch ceremony. The Fast Missile Patrol Vessel (FMPV) was officialy launched on Friday 31st August, 2012 at PT Lundin’s shipyard facility in Banyuwangi, East Java.

A fire destroyed the Indonesian Navy's KRI Klewang-625 at the naval port in Banyuwangi, East Java on Friday just weeks after its official launch ceremony. The Fast Missile Patrol Vessel (FMPV) was officialy launched on Friday 31st August, 2012 at PT Lundin’s shipyard facility in Banyuwangi, East Java.

 

China's first aircraft carrier "Liaoning" (ex-Varyag) commissioned

China's first aircraft carrier "Liaoning" (ex-Varyag) commissioned
 
China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Tuesday, according to report by National Defense Ministry's official website.

China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Tuesday, according to report by National Defense Ministry's official website.

 

Algeria looking to procure two additional Improved Kilo Project 636M Diesel Submarines from Russia

Algeria looking to procure two additional Improved Kilo Project 636M Diesel Submarines from Russia
 
Algeria may order two additional diesel electric submarines of project 636M considered one of the best selling products of the Russian defense industry from Russia. A source in the Russian Defense Ministry reported that Rosoboronexport received an application from Algeria for purchase of two diesel electric submarines of project 636M (Kilo according to NATO classification).

Algeria may order two additional diesel electric submarines of project 636M considered one of the best selling products of the Russian defense industry from Russia. A source in the Russian Defense Ministry reported that Rosoboronexport received an application from Algeria for purchase of two diesel electric submarines of project 636M (Kilo according to NATO classification).

 

U.S Navy awards boeing a $1.9 Billion Contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft

U.S Navy awards boeing a $1.9 Billion Contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
 
The U.S. Navy on Sept. 21 awarded Boeing a $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will take the total fleet to 24 and bolster the service's anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

The U.S. Navy on Sept. 21 awarded Boeing a $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft, which will take the total fleet to 24 and bolster the service's anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

 

DCNS wins €221m support contract for Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier

DCNS wins €221m support contract for Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier
 
DCNS has signed a contract with the French Navy’s Fleet Support Service (SSF) to provide through-life support services over the next four years for nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

DCNS has signed a contract with the French Navy’s Fleet Support Service (SSF) to provide through-life support services over the next four years for nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

 

Third Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Commissioned in US Navy

Third Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) Commissioned in US Navy
 
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) commissioned at the Port of Galveston in Galveston, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 22. The ship was officially placed in service by Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III.

USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) commissioned at the Port of Galveston in Galveston, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 22. The ship was officially placed in service by Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III.

 

French Navy Rafale M test fires a live AM39 Block2 Mod2 Exocet Anti-ship missile for the first time

French Navy Rafale M test fires a live AM39 Block2 Mod2 Exocet Anti-ship missile for the first time
 
On September 19, 2012, a French Navy (Marine Nationale) Rafale M was launched from the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulles (R91) and fired an Exocet anti-ship missile according to the French aerospace magazine Air & Cosmos.

On September 19, 2012, a French Navy (Marine Nationale) Rafale M was launched from the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) and fired an Exocet anti-ship missile according to the French aerospace magazine Air & Cosmos.

 

Raytheon's JLENS Aerostat, SM-6 Missile Work Together to Protect Ships

Raytheon's JLENS Aerostat, SM-6 Missile Work Together to Protect Ships
 
On Sept. 21, 2012, on an isolated test range in New Mexico, Raytheon’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System JLENS aerostat provided targeting information to a Standard Missile-6, enabling the weapon to successfully engage an anti-ship cruise missile target.

On Sept. 21, 2012, on an isolated test range in New Mexico, Raytheon’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System JLENS aerostat provided targeting information to a Standard Missile-6, enabling the weapon to successfully engage an anti-ship cruise missile target.

 

Bath Iron Works Awarded $39 Million for DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Services

Bath Iron Works Awarded $39 Million for DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Services
 
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a business unit of General Dynamics (GD), a $38.9 million modification to a previously awarded contract to perform class and engineering services associated with the detail design and construction of DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class ships.

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a business unit of General Dynamics (GD), a $38.9 million modification to a previously awarded contract to perform class and engineering services associated with the detail design and construction of DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class ships.

 

Royal Thai Navy to modernize HTMS Naruesuan frigate to Datalink with Air Force Gripens

Royal Thai Navy to modernize HTMS Naruesuan frigate to Datalink with Air Force Gripens
 
The Thai cabinet has approved a 3.29 Billion Baht budget for the Royal Thai Navy to modernize its frigate HTMS Naruesuan´s computer systems and enable it to link up with RTAF Gripens, according to the Bangkok Post.

The Thai cabinet has approved a 3.29 Billion Baht budget for the Royal Thai Navy to modernize its frigate HTMS Naruesuan´s computer systems and enable it to link up with RTAF Gripens, according to the Bangkok Post.

 

Vigor Industrial introduces its new Offshore Patrol Cutter with Ulstein X-BOW

Vigor Industrial introduces its new Offshore Patrol Cutter with Ulstein X-BOW
 
In response to the U.S. Coast Guard's demanding Offshore Patrol Cutter requirements, Vigor Industrial looked beyond the conventional. With the Ulstein X-BOW®, the Vigor OPC delivers unmatched seakeeping and endurance. The Ulstein X-BOW is an inverted bow designed by Ulstein Group to improve handling in rough sea, and to lower fuel consumption by causing less hydrodynamic drag.

In response to the U.S. Coast Guard's demanding Offshore Patrol Cutter requirements, Vigor Industrial looked beyond the conventional. With the Ulstein X-BOW®, the Vigor OPC delivers unmatched seakeeping and endurance. The Ulstein X-BOW is an inverted bow designed by Ulstein Group to improve handling in rough sea, and to lower fuel consumption by causing less hydrodynamic drag.

 

Royal Netherlands Navy tests NH90 helicopter and Holland class OPV in bad weather

Royal Netherlands Navy tests NH90 helicopter and Holland class OPV in bad weather
 
Royal Netherlands Navy crews of the NH90 helicopter and HNLMS Holland Offshore Patrol Vessel conducted deck landings with winds up to Force 8 and waves up to 4 meters high last week in the North Sea.

Royal Netherlands Navy crews of the NH90 helicopter and HNLMS Holland Offshore Patrol Vessel conducted deck landings with winds up to Force 8 and waves up to 4 meters high last week in the North Sea.

 

Indian Carrier INS Vikramaditya troubles due to flaw in boilers according to Russian Shipyard

Indian Carrier INS Vikramaditya troubles due to flaw in boilers according to Russian Shipyard
 
Sea trials of an Indian Navy aircraft carrier refitted by a Russian shipyard were unsuccessful due to design failures in the vessel's boilers, Russian daily Vedomosti wrote on Tuesday quoting the shipyard's former director Oleg Shulyakovsky.

Sea trials of an Indian Navy aircraft carrier refitted by a Russian shipyard were unsuccessful due to design failures in the vessel's boilers, Russian daily Vedomosti wrote on Tuesday quoting the shipyard's former director Oleg Shulyakovsky.

 

Russian Navy Plans to Assign 30 Kamov Helicopters to Each Mistral class LHD

Russian Navy Plans to Assign 30 Kamov Helicopters to Each Mistral class LHD
 
Each of the two Mistral class amphibious assault ships being built in France for the Russian Navy will have air wings consisting of 30 Ka-52K and Ka-29 helicopters, Izvestia newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Each of the two Mistral class amphibious assault ships being built in France for the Russian Navy will have air wings consisting of 30 Ka-52K and Ka-29 helicopters, Izvestia newspaper reported on Wednesday.

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded Modernization Contract for Ticonderoga-Class Cruisers

Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded Modernization Contract for Ticonderoga-Class Cruisers
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the amphibious transport dock Anchorage (LPD 23) to the U.S. Navy. It is the seventh ship of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class built at Ingalls.

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded an $83.3 million cost-plus-award-fee contract from the U.S. Navy for continued life-cycle engineering, modernization and support services on the U.S. Navy's fleet of USS Ticonderoga-class (CG 47) Aegis guided missile cruisers. The contract is the first of five options which, if exercised, would place the total value of the contract at $468.2 million.

 

APKWS® semi- active laser-guided rocket to be integrated on MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV

APKWS® semi- active laser-guided rocket to be integrated on MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV
 
For the first time, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS®) will be integrated onto an unmanned aerial vehicle, BAE Systems announced today. The company, which designed and manufactures the guidance section of the laser-guided rocket, was recently awarded a U.S. Navy contract to add the APKWS onto the MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV.

For the first time, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS®) will be integrated onto an unmanned aerial vehicle, BAE Systems announced today. The company, which designed and manufactures the guidance section of the laser-guided rocket, was recently awarded a U.S. Navy contract to add the APKWS onto the MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV.

 

Kelvin Hughes to supply equipment for 4 MARS tankers vessels for Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Kelvin Hughes to supply equipment for 4 MARS tankers vessels for Royal Fleet Auxiliary
 
Kelvin Hughes Surveillance has secured an agreement to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) and helicopter control radars for four fleet tankers being built for the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).

Kelvin Hughes Surveillance has secured an agreement to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) and helicopter control radars for four fleet tankers being built for the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding Delivers Amphibious Transport Dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Delivers Amphibious Transport Dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23)
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the amphibious transport dock Anchorage (LPD 23) to the U.S. Navy. It is the seventh ship of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class built at Ingalls.

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the amphibious transport dock Anchorage (LPD 23) to the U.S. Navy. It is the seventh ship of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class built at Ingalls.

 

General Dynamics Electric Boat awarded contract for USS Miami (SSN 755) fire restoration

General Dynamics Electric Boat awarded contract for USS Miami (SSN 755) fire restoration
 
General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $94 Million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order for level-of-effort man-hours and material for advance planning and preliminary execution efforts for the USS Miami (SSN 755) fire restoration.

General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $94 Million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order for level-of-effort man-hours and material for advance planning and preliminary execution efforts for the USS Miami (SSN 755) fire restoration.

 

Second Astute class submarine (HMS Ambush) sets sail on sea trials

Second Astute class submarine (HMS Ambush) sets sail on sea trials
 
The 7,400 tonne attack submarine left the site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria this morning for Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde, Faslane, which will become its operational base. This major milestone in the submarine programme is the point at which Ambush will begin to test its range of capabilities, under the control of Ambush Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Green and his crew.

The 7,400 tonne attack submarine left the site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria Saturday 15 September for Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde, Faslane, which will become its operational base. This major milestone in the submarine programme is the point at which Ambush will begin to test its range of capabilities, under the control of Ambush Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Green and his crew.

 

First Australian Navy Hobart Class Destroyer blocks head for Adelaide

First Australian Navy Hobart Class Destroyer blocks head for Adelaide
 
Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that the first three Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks fabricated by Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs Engineering have started their journey to Adelaide.

Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that the first three Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks fabricated by Newcastle shipbuilder Forgacs Engineering have started their journey to Adelaide.

 

DCNS & TERMA combine their expertise to multiply the operational capabilities of L'Adroit OPV

DCNS & TERMA combine their expertise to multiply the operational capabilities of L'Adroit OPV
 
Designed and built by DCNS in less than 24 months, if the Gowind® OPV L’Adroit is a major industrial and technological achievement, Terma also made a commitment to deliver an affordable but highly capable radar package to DCNS within a very short timeframe.

Designed and built by DCNS in less than 24 months, if the Gowind® OPV L’Adroit is a major industrial and technological achievement, Terma also made a commitment to deliver an affordable but highly capable radar package to DCNS within a very short timeframe.

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding Starts Fabrication on Aegis Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113)

Ingalls Shipbuilding Starts Fabrication on Aegis Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113)
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries has started fabrication on the U.S. Navy's next Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113). The ship will be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division and will be the 29th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at Ingalls.

Huntington Ingalls Industries has started fabrication on the U.S. Navy's next Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113). The ship will be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division and will be the 29th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at Ingalls.

 

US Navy tests New expeditionary RQ-21 Tactical UAV at China Lake

US Navy tests New expeditionary RQ-21 Tactical UAV at China Lake
 
The US Navy successfully launched its newest small unmanned aircraft without using a runway Sept. 10 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. A little more than two years into its engineering, manufacturing and development phase, the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) entered developmental test at China Lake, beginning with a 66-minute flight Monday.

The US Navy successfully launched its newest small unmanned aircraft without using a runway Sept. 10 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. A little more than two years into its engineering, manufacturing and development phase, the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) entered developmental test at China Lake, beginning with a 66-minute flight Monday.

 

General Dynamics NASSCO Completes First Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Hull Ahead of Schedule

General Dynamics NASSCO Completes First Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Hull Ahead of Schedule
 
The shipbuilders of General Dynamics NASSCO have completed the structural assembly and weld-out of 26,241 metric tons of steel to erect the entire structure of the first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) for the U.S. Navy. Construction of the ship is progressing on schedule and under budget, with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.

The shipbuilders of General Dynamics NASSCO have completed the structural assembly and weld-out of 26,241 metric tons of steel to erect the entire structure of the first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) for the U.S. Navy. Construction of the ship is progressing on schedule and under budget, with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.

 

Transfer and Commissioning of the Third SIGMA Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy

Transfer and Commissioning of the Third SIGMA Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy
 
On 8 September 2012, the SIGMA Class Frigate, Allal Ben Abdellah, built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen, was transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy. For this occasion DSNS had the unique opportunity to let the ceremony take place in Rotterdam, during the 35th edition of the “World Port Days”.

On 8 September 2012, the SIGMA Class Frigate, Allal Ben Abdellah, built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Vlissingen, was transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy. For this occasion DSNS had the unique opportunity to let the ceremony take place in Rotterdam, during the 35th edition of the “World Port Days”.

 

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