May 2016 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

PLAN Latest Type 052D Destroyer Hefei Conducted its First Exercise in South China Sea
 
A People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) taskforce belonging to the South Sea Fleet conducted a round-the-clock anti-submarine warfare exercise in waters of the South China Sea from May 25 to 26. The taskforce entered the South China Sea via the Bashi Channel after conducting maritime drills in the West Pacific.
A People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) taskforce belonging to the South Sea Fleet conducted a round-the-clock anti-submarine warfare exercise in waters of the South China Sea from May 25 to 26. The taskforce entered the South China Sea via the Bashi Channel after conducting maritime drills in the West Pacific.
 

Royal Australian Navy LHD HMAS Canberra in Deck and Handling Trials with Chinook Helicopters
 
Amphibious ship, HMAS Canberra has conducted deck and handling trials with two Chinook helicopters alongside in Sydney recently. The aircraft, from the 5th Aviation Regiment, based in Townsville will go on to conduct first of class flight trials with Canberra's sister ship, HMAS Adelaide.
Amphibious ship, HMAS Canberra has conducted deck and handling trials with two Chinook helicopters alongside in Sydney recently. The aircraft, from the 5th Aviation Regiment, based in Townsville will go on to conduct first of class flight trials with Canberra's sister ship, HMAS Adelaide.
 

First Littoral Mission Vessel LMV Independence Joins the Republic of Singapore Navy Fleet
 
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) welcomed a new addition to its fleet as Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) Independence finished its sea trials and cruised to its new home at Tuas Naval Base on 26 May. LMV Independence is one of the eight LMVs that will replace the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs). The new ships will be more efficient than their predecessors in areas such as speed and versatility.
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) welcomed a new addition to its fleet as Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) Independence finished its sea trials and cruised to its new home at Tuas Naval Base on 26 May. LMV Independence is one of the eight LMVs that will replace the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs). The new ships will be more efficient than their predecessors in areas such as speed and versatility.
 

Kirov-class Nuclear Powered Missile Cruiser Pyotr Veliky in Barents Sea for Northern Fleet drills
 
Russia’s Northern Fleet has started an exercise in the Barents Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Friday. The maneuvers involve ten warships and support vessels, including the Project 11442 heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, and planes and helicopters of the Northern Fleet’s Air and Air Defense Army, the press office added.
Russia’s Northern Fleet has started an exercise in the Barents Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Friday. The maneuvers involve ten warships and support vessels, including the Project 11442 heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, and planes and helicopters of the Northern Fleet’s Air and Air Defense Army, the press office added.
 

South Korea's DAPA Selects HHI for KDX-III Batch II Destroyer Design & Construction
 
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced last week that Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) was selected as contractor for “KDX-III Batch-II Design and construction of the first hull”. The existing 7,600-ton KDX-III Batch I Aegis destroyers of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) are based on the DDG 51 class of the US Navy.
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced last week that Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) was selected as contractor for “KDX-III Batch-II Design and construction of the first hull”. The existing 7,600-ton KDX-III Batch I Aegis destroyers of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) are based on the DDG 51 class of the US Navy.
 

Israeli Navy Tests Iron Dome Air Defence System at Sea from Sa’ar 5 Corvette
 
The Israeli Navy has taken the Iron Dome air defence system to the sea and recently completed a live test fire. The naval version of the system will be used to protect strategic assets at sea, such as oil/natural gas rigs. Israel’s hydrocarbons fields and drilling installations in the East Mediterranean Sea have increased the requirements for security.
The Israeli Navy has taken the Iron Dome air defence system to the sea and recently completed a live test fire. The naval version of the system will be used to protect strategic assets at sea, such as oil/natural gas rigs. Israel’s hydrocarbons fields and drilling installations in the East Mediterranean Sea have increased the requirements for security.
 

Raytheon and MDA SM-3 flight test validates rocket motor upgrade
 
Raytheon Company and the Missile Defense Agency completed a successful flight test of an improved Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB third stage rocket motor. The mission confirmed effective in-flight performance of the upgrade, which previously succeeded in all ground testing. The upgrade will be integrated into the current missile production line.
Raytheon Company and the Missile Defense Agency completed a successful flight test of an improved Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB third stage rocket motor. The mission confirmed effective in-flight performance of the upgrade, which previously succeeded in all ground testing. The upgrade will be integrated into the current missile production line.
 

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract to Continue AGM-158C LRASM Integration and Test Program
 
Lockheed Martin has received a $321.8 million sole-source contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuation of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integration and test phase. The integration and test contract funds continuation of LRASM flight testing and integration onto the U.S. Air Force B-1B and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. LRASM early operational capability for the U.S. Air Force and Navy is expected in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Lockheed Martin has received a $321.8 million sole-source contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuation of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integration and test phase. The integration and test contract funds continuation of LRASM flight testing and integration onto the U.S. Air Force B-1B and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. LRASM early operational capability for the U.S. Air Force and Navy is expected in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
 

Thales to Supply Electronic Systems for Three Canadian Coast Guard OFSV Vessels
 
On March 24th, Thales in Canada signed a $35M (CAD) contract with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY), regarding the electronic systems for the construction of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Seaspan recently announced the start of production on the second OFSV. In the meantime, significant progress continues on the first OFSV with 37 of 37 blocks currently under construction.
On March 24th, Thales in Canada signed a $35M (CAD) contract with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY), regarding the electronic systems for the construction of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Seaspan recently announced the start of production on the second OFSV. In the meantime, significant progress continues on the first OFSV with 37 of 37 blocks currently under construction.
 

Russia May Resume Production of Antisubmarine Amphibious Helicopters
 
Russia’s defense industry is pondering two approaches to resuming the production of antisubmarine warfare (ASW) amphibian helicopters, one being the development of an all-new machine and the other the resumption of the Mil Mi-14’s (NATO reporting name: Haze) production, expert Svyatoslav Ivanov writes in an article on the Gazeta.ru news website.
Russia’s defense industry is pondering two approaches to resuming the production of antisubmarine warfare (ASW) amphibian helicopters, one being the development of an all-new machine and the other the resumption of the Mil Mi-14’s (NATO reporting name: Haze) production, expert Svyatoslav Ivanov writes in an article on the Gazeta.ru news website.
 

DCNS at CANSEC 2016 Exhibition in Ottawa, Canada
 
For almost four centuries, DCNS has been a world leader in naval defence, designing and building submarines and surface ships, developing associated systems and infrastructure, and offering a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group is committed to developing long-term partnership with Canada and will participate in CANSEC exhibition in Ottawa on May 25 and 26. It is a chance for DCNS to showcase its expertise in this key export market and to meet key players.
For almost four centuries, DCNS has been a world leader in naval defence, designing and building submarines and surface ships, developing associated systems and infrastructure, and offering a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group is committed to developing long-term partnership with Canada and will participate in CANSEC exhibition in Ottawa on May 25 and 26. It is a chance for DCNS to showcase its expertise in this key export market and to meet key players.
 

Lockheed Martin to Build Advanced Sonar Systems for U.S. Navy's MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedoes
 
Lockheed Martin will provide the U.S. Navy the latest advancements in sonar systems under a contract valued at up to $425 million for guidance and control systems for the MK 48 Mod 7 torpedo, part of a five-year effort to increase the inventory of the MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes for the submarine fleet.
Lockheed Martin will provide the U.S. Navy the latest advancements in sonar systems under a contract valued at up to $425 million for guidance and control systems for the MK 48 Mod 7 torpedo, part of a five-year effort to increase the inventory of the MK 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes for the submarine fleet.
 

HII Awarded Advance Planning Contract for the 3rd Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier, Enterprise (CVN 80)
 
Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a $152 million contract today for advance planning for the construction of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). The third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R. Ford class was named in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a $152 million contract today for advance planning for the construction of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). The third aircraft carrier in the Gerald R. Ford class was named in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
 

DSME & ROK Navy Lay Keel of future KSS-III (Jangbogo III) heavy diesel-electric submarine
 
The keel laying ceremony of the first KSS-III (Jangbogo III programme) heavy diesel-electric submarine took place May 17 2016 at DSME Geoje shipyard in presence of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) officers, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) representatives and DSME officials. The first steel cutting ceremony for the vessel was held in November 2014.
The keel laying ceremony of the first KSS-III (Jangbogo III programme) heavy diesel-electric submarine took place May 17 2016 at DSME Geoje shipyard in presence of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) officers, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) representatives and DSME officials. The first steel cutting ceremony for the vessel was held in November 2014.
 

Italian Navy Sixth FREMM ITS Luigi Rizzo Begins Sea Trials
 
On May 17, ITS Luigi Rizzo cast off at 7.20 a.m. from Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) for her first sea outing. This activity marks the beginning of the programme of sea trials which will continue until the completion of the ship's outfitting phase. The FREMM frigate is scheduled to be delivered to the Italian Navy in early 2017.
On May 17, ITS Luigi Rizzo cast off at 7.20 a.m. from Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) for her first sea outing. This activity marks the beginning of the programme of sea trials which will continue until the completion of the ship's outfitting phase. The FREMM frigate is scheduled to be delivered to the Italian Navy in early 2017.
 

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