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December 2013 Maritime Defense Industry and Naval Forces News
 
 

"HMS Duncan" Royal Navy’s 6th Type 45 Destroyer enters service four months ahead of schedule

"HMS Duncan" Royal Navy’s 6th Type 45 Destroyer enters service four months ahead of schedule
 
The ship was scheduled to enter service in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready to take up duties now. The 7,500 tonne vessel will now embark on a programme of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment.
The ship was scheduled to enter service in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready to take up duties now. The 7,500 tonne vessel will now embark on a programme of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment.
 

US Navy orders 200 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOWs) from Raytheon

US Navy orders 200 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOWs) from Raytheon
 
Raytheon Company received an $80.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOWs). The contract also includes associated support equipment and one performance characterization test.
Raytheon Company received an $80.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOWs). The contract also includes associated support equipment and one performance characterization test.
 

Indian Navy to purchase 262 Barak-I Naval Point Defense Missile System for its fleet

Indian Navy to purchase 262 Barak-I Naval Point Defense Missile System for its fleet
 
Indian Defense Ministry recently cleared a proposal to buy 262 Barak-I Point Defense Missiles from Israel for the Indian Navy. The Barak-1 missile is already in use onboard 14 Indian Navy warships, including the Shivalik-class frigates and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. The system is also planned to be fitted on the newest Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
Indian Defense Ministry recently cleared a proposal to buy 262 Barak-I Point Defense Missiles from Israel for the Indian Navy. The Barak-1 missile is already in use onboard 14 Indian Navy warships, including the Shivalik-class frigates and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. The system is also planned to be fitted on the newest Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
 

Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Commissions New Type 052C Destroyer "Zhengzhou"

Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Commissions New Type 052C Destroyer "Zhengzhou"
 
The commissioning, naming, and flag-presenting ceremony for the new-type guided missile destroyer “Zhengzhou” was held at a destroyer flotilla of the East China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN), marking the new destroyer’s commission.
The commissioning, naming, and flag-presenting ceremony for the new-type guided missile destroyer “Zhengzhou” was held at a destroyer flotilla of the East China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN), marking the new destroyer’s commission.
 

Turkey selects Navantia's Juan Carlos LHD design as winner of its LPD tender

Turkey selects Navantia's Juan Carlos LHD design as winner of its LPD tender
 
Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) just announced via press release that it selected Sedef shipyard as winner of its LPD tender and that final contract negotiations with this shipyard can now begin. Sedef shipyard in Turkey offers a design based on Juan Carlos LHD under the collaboration with Spain's Navantia.
Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) just announced via press release that it selected Sedef shipyard as winner of its LPD tender and that final contract negotiations with this shipyard can now begin. Sedef shipyard in Turkey offers a design based on Juan Carlos LHD under the collaboration with Spain's Navantia.
 

Landing Ship Project 11711 "Ivan Gren" to join Russian Navy in 2015

Landing Ship Project 11711 "Ivan Gren" to join Russian Navy in 2015
 
The Yantar shipyard in the Russia’s western-most region, Kaliningrad, said Tuesday that the delivery of a new large landing ship to the Russian navy had been delayed until 2015. “The mooring trials are expected to begin in August-September of 2014, while the delivery of the ship to the navy is planned for 2015,” said Yantar spokesman Sergei Mikhailov.
The Yantar shipyard in the Russia’s western-most region, Kaliningrad, said Tuesday that the delivery of a new large landing ship to the Russian navy had been delayed until 2015. “The mooring trials are expected to begin in August-September of 2014, while the delivery of the ship to the navy is planned for 2015,” said Yantar spokesman Sergei Mikhailov.
 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) tests Liaoning Aircraft Carrier combat capability

Chinese Navy (PLAN) tests Liaoning Aircraft Carrier combat capability
 
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has conducted more than 100 tests and training tasks since early December, when it began a training mission in the South China Sea, the navy said on Sunday. "The Liaoning successfully performed several tests of the combat system today and organized for the first time comprehensive combat training," the People's Liberation Army navy said in a statement. "Through this operation, we tested the carrier's combat capability and tried the performance of its propulsion and seaworthiness."
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has conducted more than 100 tests and training tasks since early December, when it began a training mission in the South China Sea, the navy said on Sunday. "The Liaoning successfully performed several tests of the combat system today and organized for the first time comprehensive combat training," the People's Liberation Army navy said in a statement.
 

General Dynamics Awarded $122 Million for Virginia-Class SSN Submarine Procurement

General Dynamics Awarded $122 Million for Virginia-Class SSN Submarine Procurement
 
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
 

Russian Navy commissioned its second Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, Alexander Nevsky

Russian Navy commissioned its second Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, Alexander Nevsky
 
The second Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, officialy joined the Russian navy during a ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard on December 23. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern city of Severodvinsk.
The second Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, officialy joined the Russian navy during a ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard on December 23. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern city of Severodvinsk.
 

US Navy’s redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest reaches key milestone

US Navy’s redesigned Aircrew Endurance Survival Vest reaches key milestone
 
Lighter than its bulky predecessor, the Navy’s redesigned Aircrew Endurance (AE) Survival Vest recently attained initial operational capability (IOC), a key milestone in the development of the life-saving equipment, the service announced Dec. 18.
Lighter than its bulky predecessor, the Navy’s redesigned Aircrew Endurance (AE) Survival Vest recently attained initial operational capability (IOC), a key milestone in the development of the life-saving equipment, the service announced Dec. 18.
 

Raytheon awarded contract for Airborne Low Frequency Sonar spares for the Royal Australian Navy

Raytheon awarded contract for Airborne Low Frequency Sonar spares for the Royal Australian Navy
 
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $42,589,944 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacture and delivery of AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar spares for the Royal Australian Navy.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $42,589,944 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacture and delivery of AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar spares for the Royal Australian Navy.
 

Future USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) completes builder's sea trials

Future USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) completes builder's sea trials
 
The future USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), completed builder's sea trials at the Austal USA shipyard on Dec. 13, in Mobile, Ala. Successful completion of builder’s trials marks the end of the first phase of a set of rigorous trials during which all of the ship’s systems and capabilities are evaluated to ensure they are in accordance with its plans and specifications.
The future USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3), completed builder's sea trials at the Austal USA shipyard on Dec. 13, in Mobile, Ala. Successful completion of builder’s trials marks the end of the first phase of a set of rigorous trials during which all of the ship’s systems and capabilities are evaluated to ensure they are in accordance with its plans and specifications.
 

Fincantieri delivers Second Italian FREMM Frigate “Virginio Fasan”

Fincantieri delivers Second Italian FREMM Frigate “Virginio Fasan”
 
The delivery of the Italian FREMM “Virginio FASAN”, the first in ASW configuration, was held yesterday at the FINCANTIERI shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia). The FASAN was delivered to the Customer with an outstanding state of readiness. All the scheduled complex and meaningful operations were performed in due time. Within the current framework of the FREMM Programme for Italy eight vessels are included and an option for additional two, which has still to be exercised.
The delivery of the Italian FREMM “Virginio FASAN”, the first in ASW configuration, was held yesterday at the FINCANTIERI shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia). The FASAN was delivered to the Customer with an outstanding state of readiness. All the scheduled complex and meaningful operations were performed in due time. Within the current framework of the FREMM Programme for Italy eight vessels are included and an option for additional two, which has still to be exercised.
 

São Paulo catapult: A DCNS team on the bridge of the Brazilian Navy aircraft carrier

São Paulo catapult: A DCNS team on the bridge of the Brazilian Navy aircraft carrier
 
At the request of the Brazilian Navy, DCNS performed a ship check on the forward catapult of the aircraft carrier São Paulo. The steam catapult, which already performed over 5000 launches, is a key element for the aircraft carrier capability. The goal of this intervention was to perform diagnostics and trials for the Brazilian Navy to restore the catapult’s potential.
At the request of the Brazilian Navy, DCNS performed a ship check on the forward catapult of the aircraft carrier São Paulo. The steam catapult, which already performed over 5000 launches, is a key element for the aircraft carrier capability. The goal of this intervention was to perform diagnostics and trials for the Brazilian Navy to restore the catapult’s potential.
 

Italian Navy Addresses New Shipbuilding Programmes

Italian Navy Addresses New Shipbuilding Programmes
 
Following an announcement earlier this year by the Italian Navy's chief admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, the service's head of ship design is preparing to elaborate on plans and partnership potential at the annual Surface Warships conference being held in the UK this January.
Following an announcement earlier this year by the Italian Navy's chief admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, the service's head of ship design is preparing to elaborate on plans and partnership potential at the annual Surface Warships conference being held in the UK this January.
 

French Navy tests S-100 Camcopter VTOL UAV at sea with L'Adroit OPV

French Navy tests S-100 Camcopter VTOL UAV at sea with L'Adroit OPV
 
French Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel L'Adroit conducted in December at sea trials with a Schiebel S-100 Camcopter UAV. The French Navy planned the acquisition of multi-sensor rotary wing UAVs (SDAM Project). The recent test campaign is part of this project and helps to take into account new technologies and their feedback.
French Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel L'Adroit conducted in December at sea trials with a Schiebel S-100 Camcopter UAV. The French Navy planned the acquisition of multi-sensor rotary wing UAVs (SDAM Project). The recent test campaign is part of this project and helps to take into account new technologies and their feedback.
 

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launches Future USS Milwaukee (Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship)

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launches Future USS Milwaukee (Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship)
 
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Milwaukee, into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard. The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Sylvia M. Panetta, christened Milwaukee with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Milwaukee, into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard. The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Sylvia M. Panetta, christened Milwaukee with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.
 

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Monmouth Escorted Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya through Channel

Royal Navy Frigate HMS Monmouth Escorted Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya through Channel
 
The 4,900 tonne frigate met up with the newest Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya – weighing in at a massive 45,000 tonnes and helped her safely through the busy English Channel. Originally built for the Russian Navy as a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier, called Baku in 1987, India procured her in 2004 and she was accepted by the Indian Navy in a commissioning ceremony in November 2013.
The 4,900 tonne frigate met up with the newest Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya – weighing in at a massive 45,000 tonnes and helped her safely through the busy English Channel. Originally built for the Russian Navy as a modified Kiev class aircraft carrier, called Baku in 1987, India procured her in 2004 and she was accepted by the Indian Navy in a commissioning ceremony in November 2013.
 

Upgraded AB212 Helicopter of the Spanish Navy’s 3rd Squadron takes flight

Upgraded AB212 Helicopter of the Spanish Navy’s 3rd Squadron takes flight
 
On December 17, the helicopter used as prototype in the AB212 Helicopter Life Extension Program of the Spanish Navy (PEVH-AB212) took to the air for its first test flight. This flight is the first in a series of tests approved by the INTA (National Institute for Aerospace Technology), which were authorized through special experimental airworthiness certification (CAE in its Spanish acronym).
On December 17, the helicopter used as prototype in the AB212 Helicopter Life Extension Program of the Spanish Navy (PEVH-AB212) took to the air for its first test flight. This flight is the first in a series of tests approved by the INTA (National Institute for Aerospace Technology), which were authorized through special experimental airworthiness certification (CAE in its Spanish acronym).
 

Raytheon awarded $75 million for DDG 1000 Zumwalt class Destroyer program

Raytheon awarded $75 million for DDG 1000 Zumwalt class Destroyer program
 
Raytheon Company has been awarded $75 million to complete remaining hardware and electronics for DDG 1000 and 1001, the first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers. The award reflects exercised options under a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract.
Raytheon Company has been awarded $75 million to complete remaining hardware and electronics for DDG 1000 and 1001, the first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers. The award reflects exercised options under a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract.
 

Cameroon Navy receives new ARESA patrol vessels, landing craft

Cameroon Navy receives new ARESA patrol vessels, landing craft
 
Spanish shipbuilder Grup Aresa Internacional has delivered two patrol craft and a landing craft in a boost to the offshore capabilities of the Cameroon Navy. The Cameroon Navy has taken delivery of two new 24-meter ARESA 2400 CPV Defender and one new 23-meter ARESA 2300 LD Craft to help the force safeguard their maritime domains.
Spanish shipbuilder Grup Aresa Internacional has delivered two patrol craft and a landing craft in a boost to the offshore capabilities of the Cameroon Navy. The Cameroon Navy has taken delivery of two new 24-meter ARESA 2400 CPV Defender and one new 23-meter ARESA 2300 LD Craft to help the force safeguard their maritime domains.
 

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK to deliver Bow and Towed Sonar systems for new Royal Thai Navy frigate

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK to deliver Bow and Towed Sonar systems for new Royal Thai Navy frigate
 
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH has been commissioned by the Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) with the supply and integration of a bow sonar (ASO) as well as a low-frequency active towed array sonar (ACTAS) for a new frigate of the Royal Thai Navy. Delivery of the systems is planned to take place early in 2016.
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH has been commissioned by the Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) with the supply and integration of a bow sonar (ASO) as well as a low-frequency active towed array sonar (ACTAS) for a new frigate of the Royal Thai Navy. Delivery of the systems is planned to take place early in 2016.
 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) Type 056 Corvette test fires YJ-83 anti-ship missile

Chinese Navy (PLAN) Type 056 Corvette test fires YJ-83 anti-ship missile
 
The People's Liberation Army Navy (Chinese Navy) released some pictures showing one of its newer Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao Class) test firing a YJ-83 anti-ship missile. The ship involved in the test is first of class corvette Bengbu (hull number 582) which was commissioned in March 2013. Corvette Bengbu is deployed with the PLAN's East Sea Fleet (Homeport: Zhoushan naval base).
The People's Liberation Army Navy (Chinese Navy) released some pictures showing one of its newer Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao Class) test firing a YJ-83 anti-ship missile. The ship involved in the test is first of class corvette Bengbu (hull number 582) which was commissioned in March 2013. Corvette Bengbu is deployed with the PLAN's East Sea Fleet (Homeport: Zhoushan naval base).
 

BAE Systems awarded first Successor SSBN programme contracts, reveals first image of submarine

BAE Systems awarded first Successor SSBN programme contracts, reveals first image of submarine
 
BAE Systems has been awarded contracts totalling £79m by the UK Ministry of Defence to begin procuring its first long lead items for the Vanguard Successor programme which will carry the nation’s nuclear deterrent capability from 2028.
BAE Systems has been awarded contracts totalling £79m by the UK Ministry of Defence to begin procuring its first long lead items for the Vanguard Successor programme which will carry the nation’s nuclear deterrent capability from 2028.
 

USS Freedom (LCS 1) Littoral Combat Ship Maiden Deployment Nears End

USS Freedom (LCS 1) Littoral Combat Ship Maiden Deployment Nears End
 
Cmdr. Roger D. Heinken assumed command of USS Freedom (LCS 1), the U.S. Navy's first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), during a change of command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec 15.
Cmdr. Roger D. Heinken assumed command of USS Freedom (LCS 1), the U.S. Navy's first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), during a change of command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Dec 15.
 

Poland finally moving forward with Gawron (Rook) class Corvette Project (Projekt 621)

Poland finally moving forward with Gawron (Rook) class Corvette Project (Projekt 621)
 
Polish Procurement Agency concluded on the 12th of December two contracts worth about 100 million euros with the companies under the brand Thales to supply equipment for building OPV-class ship Slazak (Silesian). The agreements cover the supply by Thales of an Integrated Combat System and an Integrated Communications System.
Polish Procurement Agency concluded on the 12th of December two contracts worth about 100 million euros with the companies under the brand Thales to supply equipment for building OPV-class ship Slazak (Silesian). The agreements cover the supply by Thales of an Integrated Combat System and an Integrated Communications System.
 

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