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March 2014 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

Third Italian FREMM frigate “Carlo Margottini” was delivered by OCCAR to the Italian Navy

Third Italian FREMM frigate “Carlo Margottini” was delivered by OCCAR to the Italian Navy
 
On the 27th February 2014 in La Spezia shipyard, the third Italian frigate, named after the World War II Italian hero “Carlo Margottini”, was delivered by OCCAR to the Italian Navy.
On the 27th February 2014 in La Spezia shipyard, the third Italian frigate, named after the World War II Italian hero “Carlo Margottini”, was delivered by OCCAR to the Italian Navy.
 

Fincantieri launched Frigate “Carabiniere”, fourth FREMM for Italian Navy

Fincantieri launched Frigate “Carabiniere”, fourth FREMM for Italian Navy
 
On March 29th at the Riva Trigoso (Genoa) Fincantieri launched frigate “Carabiniere”, the fourth in a series of 10 FREMM - European Multi-Mission Frigates, commissioned from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy under the international cooperation between Italy and France, with the coordination of OCCAR, the joint organization for European cooperation in the field of armaments.
On March 29th at the Riva Trigoso (Genoa) Fincantieri launched frigate “Carabiniere”, the fourth in a series of 10 FREMM - European Multi-Mission Frigates, commissioned from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy under the international cooperation between Italy and France, with the coordination of OCCAR, the joint organization for European cooperation in the field of armaments.
 

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft joins the U.S. Navy Fleet

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft joins the U.S. Navy Fleet
 
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye officially became ready for tasking with Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field, March 27.
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye officially became ready for tasking with Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field, March 27.
 

MBDA to develop FASGW(H)/ANL, next generation anglo-french anti-ship missile

MBDA to develop FASGW(H)/ANL, next generation anglo-french anti-ship missile
 
MBDA welcomes the signature of the Demonstration and Manufacture contract for the FASGW(H)/ANL (Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy)/ Anti Navire Léger) missile on 27th March 2014. This jointly funded Anglo-French contract, valued at more than £500 million (€600 million) has been awarded to MBDA by the UK DE&S (Defence Equipment & Support) on behalf of the French and UK MODs and will be managed as part of MBDA’s Team Complex Weapons Portfolio.
MBDA welcomes the signature of the Demonstration and Manufacture contract for the FASGW(H)/ANL (Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy)/ Anti Navire Léger) missile on 27th March 2014. This jointly funded Anglo-French contract, valued at more than £500 million (€600 million) has been awarded to MBDA by the UK DE&S (Defence Equipment & Support) on behalf of the French and UK MODs and will be managed as part of MBDA’s Team Complex Weapons Portfolio.
 

Damen-built Joint Support Ship Karel Doorman commissioned for the Royal Netherlands Navy

Damen-built Joint Support Ship Karel Doorman commissioned for the Royal Netherlands Navy
 
On Saturday, March 8th, Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert ceremonially named the Karel Doorman, the new Joint Support Ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ceremony took place in Vlissingen at the shipyard operated by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. With a length of 204.7 metres, the Karel Doorman is the biggest ship in the Dutch navy.
On Saturday, March 8th, Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert ceremonially named the Karel Doorman, the new Joint Support Ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ceremony took place in Vlissingen at the shipyard operated by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. With a length of 204.7 metres, the Karel Doorman is the biggest ship in the Dutch navy.
 

Chinese Army Z-10 Attack Helicopter conducts trials at sea with Navy Type 072A Landing Ship

Chinese Army Z-10 Attack Helicopter conducts trials at sea with Navy Type 072A Landing Ship
 
The Chinese Army (PLA) released some interesting pictures showing a Z-10 attack helicopter conducting deck trials at sea with a Chinese Navy (PLAN) Type 072A-class landing ship (NATO designation Yuting-III-class). The helicopter reportedly belongs to the 5th helicopter brigade of the 1st Army of the Nanjing Military Region while the vessel is from the East Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy (hull number 913 "Baxian Shan").
The Chinese Army (PLA) released some interesting pictures showing a Z-10 attack helicopter conducting deck trials at sea with a Chinese Navy (PLAN) Type 072A-class landing ship (NATO designation Yuting-III-class). The helicopter reportedly belongs to the 5th helicopter brigade of the 1st Army of the Nanjing Military Region while the vessel is from the East Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy (hull number 913 "Baxian Shan").
 

Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall & IAI/ELTA successfully test MASS & NavGuard ship protection systems

Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall & IAI/ELTA successfully test MASS & NavGuard ship protection systems
 
The Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and the Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Group have successfully tested the MASS and NavGuard ship protection systems. The trials took place under the aegis of the German Navy in Howachter Bay in the Baltic at the end of October 2013. Also taking part in the trials was 2 Company, 92 Mechanized Infantry Battalion, a German Army unit based in Munster.
The Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and the Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) ELTA Group have successfully tested the MASS and NavGuard ship protection systems. The trials took place under the aegis of the German Navy in Howachter Bay in the Baltic at the end of October 2013. Also taking part in the trials was 2 Company, 92 Mechanized Infantry Battalion, a German Army unit based in Munster.
 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissions "Kunming" first Type 052D class Destroyer

Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissions "Kunming" first Type 052D class Destroyer
 
A a new Type 052D guided missile destroyer was delivered and commissioned to the People's Liberation Army Navy (Chinese Navy) on Friday. The warship "Kunming" with hull number 172, was officially handed over at a ceremony held at the port of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) CO., Ltd in Shanghai.
A new Type 052D guided missile destroyer was delivered and commissioned to the People's Liberation Army Navy (Chinese Navy) on Friday. The warship "Kunming" with hull number 172, was officially handed over at a ceremony held at the port of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) CO., Ltd in Shanghai.
 

DRS Technologies to Supply Hybrid Electric Drive System to ROK Navy FFX Batch II frigate-class

DRS Technologies to Supply Hybrid Electric Drive System to ROK Navy FFX Batch II frigate-class
 
DRS Technologies Inc. announced today a contract award to design and produce a Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) propulsion system for the Republic of Korea Navy's future Incheon-class multipurpose frigate known as FFX Batch II (FFX-II).
DRS Technologies Inc. announced today a contract award to design and produce a Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) propulsion system for the Republic of Korea Navy's future Incheon-class multipurpose frigate known as FFX Batch II (FFX-II).
 

Royal Navy of Oman Second Khareef class Corvette 'Al Rahmani' reaches homeport

Royal Navy of Oman Second Khareef class Corvette 'Al Rahmani' reaches homeport
 
The Royal Navy of Oman on March 17th 2014 held a ceremony to mark the arrival of Al Rahmani vessel. Al Rahmani is the second of three 99 metres Khareef class corvettes built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy of Oman.
The Royal Navy of Oman on March 17th 2014 held a ceremony to mark the arrival of Al Rahmani vessel. Al Rahmani is the second of three 99 metres Khareef class corvettes built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy of Oman.
 

Philippine Navy to procure two 2 AW-159 Anti-Submarine Helicopters

Philippine Navy to procure two 2 AW-159 Anti-Submarine Helicopters
 
Philippine's Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday announced that it has allocated P5.4 billion to fund the acquisition of two brand-new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters for the Philippine Navy.
Philippine's Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday announced that it has allocated P5.4 billion to fund the acquisition of two brand-new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters for the Philippine Navy.
 

Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) orders a new Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel Trimaran

Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) orders a new Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel Trimaran
 
According to Indonesian media JakartaGreater, citing the Chief of Indonesian Navy, a new 63 meters Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel (FMPV) trimaran will be ordered from shipbuilder North Sea Boats. The first vessel, KRI Klewang-625, was destroyed in a fire in September 2012 shortly after its launch.
According to Indonesian media JakartaGreater, citing the Chief of Indonesian Navy, a new 63 meters Stealth Fast Missile Patrol Vessel (FMPV) trimaran will be ordered from shipbuilder North Sea Boats. The first vessel, KRI Klewang-625, was destroyed in a fire in September 2012 shortly after its launch.
 

Royal Navy’s Wildcat maritime helicopter lands for the first time on a Type 45 destroyer at sea

Royal Navy’s Wildcat maritime helicopter lands for the first time on a Type 45 destroyer at sea
 
A Wildcat, the Royal Navy's next-generation helicopter, has landed for the first time on the flight deck of a Type 45 destroyer at sea. The Royal Navy’s Wildcat, the maritime attack variant of the Lynx helicopter, is currently undergoing extensive trials with 700W Naval Air Squadron. As part of those trials, the aircraft has been working at the MOD’s aerial range in Cardigan Bay.
A Wildcat, the Royal Navy's next-generation helicopter, has landed for the first time on the flight deck of a Type 45 destroyer at sea. The Royal Navy’s Wildcat, the maritime attack variant of the Lynx helicopter, is currently undergoing extensive trials with 700W Naval Air Squadron. As part of those trials, the aircraft has been working at the MOD’s aerial range in Cardigan Bay.
 

US Navy joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) Participates in Exercise Saharan Express

US Navy joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) Participates in Exercise Saharan Express
 
The U.S. Navy's first joint, high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), participated with 12 West African and European partner nations in the fourth year of Exercise Saharan Express in the waters off West Africa, March 10-14.
The U.S. Navy's first joint, high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), participated with 12 West African and European partner nations in the fourth year of Exercise Saharan Express in the waters off West Africa, March 10-14.
 

Successful Sea Acceptance Trials of Colombian Almirante Padilla class frigates

Successful Sea Acceptance Trials of Colombian Almirante Padilla class frigates
 
Thales and DCNS announce the comprehensive modernisation programme of the Colombian Navy’s four Almirante Padilla class frigates has been concluded with a successful Sea Acceptance Test of the class’s fourth ship. The contract with the Colombian authorities was signed early 2009, with DCNS acting as prime contractor and Thales as the lead systems integrator for the combat system and communications suite.
Thales and DCNS announce the comprehensive modernisation programme of the Colombian Navy’s four Almirante Padilla class frigates has been concluded with a successful Sea Acceptance Test of the class’s fourth ship. The contract with the Colombian authorities was signed early 2009, with DCNS acting as prime contractor and Thales as the lead systems integrator for the combat system and communications suite.
 

US Navy Awards GD Bath Iron Works $643 Million Construction Contract for DDG 51 Class Destroyer

US Navy Awards GD Bath Iron Works $643 Million Construction Contract for DDG 51 Class Destroyer
 
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a contract valued at $642.5 million to construct an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The award brings the total number of ships to be constructed by Bath Iron Works under a multi-year procurement to five, and the total value of the contract to approximately $3.4 billion. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics.
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a contract valued at $642.5 million to construct an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The award brings the total number of ships to be constructed by Bath Iron Works under a multi-year procurement to five, and the total value of the contract to approximately $3.4 billion. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics.
 

NAVANTIA SYSTEMS gets a new contract with the ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY

NAVANTIA SYSTEMS gets a new contract with the ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
 
One more success for Navantia, that has not only consolidated in naval Construction, but also in systems área. The Royal Australian Navy has contracted an extension of the supply of the Integrated Platform Management System, with the target of incorporating an advanced training system on board: On Board Training System (OBTS).
One more success for Navantia, that has not only consolidated in naval Construction, but also in systems área. The Royal Australian Navy has contracted an extension of the supply of the Integrated Platform Management System, with the target of incorporating an advanced training system on board: On Board Training System (OBTS).
 

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics contract for MLP 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics contract for MLP 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base
 
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $128.5 million contract for the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics.
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $128.5 million contract for the detail design and construction of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) 3 Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics.
 

"Weihai", eleventh Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class), commissioned in Chinese Navy (PLAN)

"Weihai", eleventh Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class), commissioned in Chinese Navy (PLAN)
 
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new "Weihai" corvette (locally designated guided missile frigate) of the Chinese Navy (PLAN) was held was held at 10:45 of March 15, 2014 at a naval port in a base under the North China Sea Fleet of the PLAN, marking that the “Weihai” ship is officially commissioned to the North China Sea Fleet of the PLAN. "Weihai" is the eleventh Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class).
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new "Weihai" corvette (locally designated guided missile frigate) of the Chinese Navy (PLAN) was held was held at 10:45 of March 15, 2014 at a naval port in a base under the North China Sea Fleet of the PLAN, marking that the “Weihai” ship is officially commissioned to the North China Sea Fleet of the PLAN. "Weihai" is the eleventh Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class).
 

First Project 11356 frigate Admiral Grigorovich Launched by Yantar shipyard

First Project 11356 frigate Admiral Grigorovich Launched by Yantar shipyard
 
The Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad on Friday floated out the first in a series of six Project 11356 frigates being built for the Black Sea Fleet, the company said.
The Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad on Friday floated out the first in a series of six Project 11356 frigates being built for the Black Sea Fleet, the company said.
 

Ukraine to supply 50 BTR-4 armoured personnel carriers to Naval Forces of Indonesia (TNI AL)

Ukraine to supply 50 BTR-4 armoured personnel carriers to Naval Forces of Indonesia (TNI AL)
 
In the end of 2014 in Djakarta the negotiations between Spectechnoexport management and representatives of Ministry of Defense and Naval Infantry of the Naval Forces of Indonesia were conducted. Within the negotiations the fundamental terms of the contract for the BTR-4 supply in quantity of 5 units were discussed. As a reminder, Spectechnoexport has won the tender for the purchasing armored vehicles for the purposes of Naval Forces of Indonesia offering BTR-4 manufactured by Kharkiv Morozov Machne-Building Design Bureau.
In the end of 2014 in Djakarta the negotiations between Spectechnoexport management and representatives of Ministry of Defense and Naval Infantry of the Naval Forces of Indonesia were conducted. Within the negotiations the fundamental terms of the contract for the BTR-4 supply in quantity of 5 units were discussed. As a reminder, Spectechnoexport has won the tender for the purchasing armored vehicles for the purposes of Naval Forces of Indonesia offering BTR-4 manufactured by Kharkiv Morozov Machne-Building Design Bureau.
 

ROC Navy christens its first Catamaran Corvette "Tuo River"

ROC Navy christens its first Catamaran Corvette "Tuo River"
 
Taiwan's first unit in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes was christened Friday, The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.
Taiwan's first unit in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes was christened Friday. The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.
 

Thales to supply mission suite for Polish Patrol Vessel ORP SLAZAK

Thales to supply mission suite for Polish Patrol Vessel ORP SLAZAK
 
The Polish Ministry of National Defenceand Thales have signed a contract for the delivery of the integrated combat system and related acceptance activities on board the ORP SLAZAK Patrol Vessel. The system will be fully operational in 2016. The vessel is the successor of the GAWRON multipurpose corvette programme.
The Polish Ministry of National Defenceand Thales have signed a contract for the delivery of the integrated combat system and related acceptance activities on board the ORP SLAZAK Patrol Vessel. The system will be fully operational in 2016. The vessel is the successor of the GAWRON multipurpose corvette programme.
 

Nexter Narwhal 20mm Remote Weapon System fitted onboard FREMM Frigate Normandie

Nexter Narwhal 20mm Remote Weapon System fitted onboard FREMM Frigate Normandie
 
The latest images of FREMM Normandie sea trials released by DCNS show for the first time the Narwhal Remote Weapon System installed on a French Navy FREMM. Building on its experience gained with light naval mounts for small craft (15A/15B) and with technologies implemented for turreted canon for helicopters, Nexter Systems developed the remote-controlled naval gun mount known as Narwhal in the 20mm configuration.
The latest images of FREMM Normandie sea trials released by DCNS show for the first time the Narwhal Remote Weapon System installed on a French Navy FREMM. Building on its experience gained with light naval mounts for small craft (15A/15B) and with technologies implemented for turreted canon for helicopters, Nexter Systems developed the remote-controlled naval gun mount known as Narwhal in the 20mm configuration.
 

General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS John Glenn Mobile Landing Platform (MLP 2)

General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS John Glenn Mobile Landing Platform (MLP 2)
 
General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named after the Honorable John Glenn for his exceptional and decorated service as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator. Construction of the USNS John Glenn began in April 2012.
General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named after the Honorable John Glenn for his exceptional and decorated service as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator. Construction of the USNS John Glenn began in April 2012.
 

DCNS takes stock of the first three series of sea trials for the FREMM multi-mission frigate Normandie

DCNS takes stock of the first three series of sea trials for the FREMM multi-mission frigate Normandie
 
The FREMM Normandie returned to port on Saturday 8 March on the DCNS site in Lorient, at the end of its third series of sea trials. This frigate is the second of the series ordered by the French DGA (General Directorate for Armament) for the French Navy. OCCAR[1] is the contracting agency for the FREMM program on behalf of France and Italy.
The FREMM Normandie returned to port on Saturday 8 March on the DCNS site in Lorient, at the end of its third series of sea trials. This frigate is the second of the series ordered by the French DGA (General Directorate for Armament) for the French Navy. OCCAR is the contracting agency for the FREMM program on behalf of France and Italy.
 

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