November 2017 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Republic of Singapore Navy Commissions Littoral Mission Vessels RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity
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Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at the commissioning ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity at RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base today. The commissioning of RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity marks a significant milestone in the RSN's continued transformation to strengthen its capabilities, as the two LMVs join the rest of the Navy to safeguard Singapore's waters, protect its sea lines of communication and contribute to regional peace and security.

PIRIOU sets up in Senegal
Following the establishment of a naval shipyard in Nigeria in 2004, then in Vietnam in 2006 and in Algeria in 2013, the PIRIOU group carries on its international development and sets up in Senegal.

China's CSIC Unveils Three New Submarine Designs for Export
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Chinese shipbuilding group China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) unveiled three new submarine designs at the Defense & Security 2017 defense exhibition held last week in Bangkok. The three designs are dedicated to the export market as they were showcased by the export arm of CSIC: China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC).

Three US Navy Carrier Strike Groups Transiting the Western Pacific with JMSDF Ships
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The U.S. Navy released pictures showing USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Groups in transit in the Western Pacific with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JS Ise (DDH-182) and two Takanami-class destroyers. The U.S. 7th Fleet is conducting a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific, Nov 11-14.

Egypt Received a Former ROK Navy Pohang-class Corvette from South Korea
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A former Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) Pohang-class corvette was transferred to Egypt last month. ROKS Jinju was decommissioned in December 2016, overhauled and then donated to the Egyptian Navy. The vessel reached Alexandria on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

First Project 22800 Karakurt-class Corvette Uragan in Outfitting Stage at Pella Shipyard
Project 22800 Karakurt class Corvette Uragan
Recent photos have surfaced showing Russia’s first Project 22800 corvette Uragan pier-side at Pella Shipyards being outfitted. Russia’s first serial-produced Project 22800 corvette (and second in the series) Taifun will be launched in November 2017, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.

Northrop Grumman Delivers First Operational MQ-4C Triton UAS to US Navy
MQ 4C Triton UAS US Navy Northrop Grumman Corp. delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton aircraft to the U.S. Navy facility at Point Mugu, providing the service with unparalleled endurance and 360 degree coverage that allows for a vastly expanded maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

ROK Navy to Procure 12 Additional Naval Helicopters
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South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced this week that a tender for twelve naval helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) will be issued in 2018. The ROK Navy acquired eight AW159 last year in two batches in June and December, respectively. The first four were deployed in February with Incheon-class frigates.

UAE Navy Orders Two Gowind Corvettes from France
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French President Emmanuel Macron announced today that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered two Gowind corvettes from French shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS). President Macron made the announcement during a press conference in Dubai.

Video: Thales SMART-L radar proves BMD capability during Formidable Shield 2017
Thales SMART L Formidable Shield
Thales’s SMART-L radar detected and tracked a Terrier Oriole ballistic missile well outside the earth’s atmosphere. This unique achievement was the highlight in Formidable Shield 2017, an integrated air and missile defence exercise organized by the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet in the Hebrides test range in the Atlantic Ocean.

DSME Right on Track with Royal Thai Navy Frigate
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South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) is showcasing a scale model of the DW3000 Frigate ordered by the Royal Thai Navy at the Defense & Security 2017 defense exhibition currently held in Bangkok. Thailand ordered the 3,650 tons frigate in August 2013 under a contract worth US$410 million.

Russia Discussing Gepard-5.1 Frigate Loan With Sri Lanka
Russia and Sri Lanka are planning to agree on a draft of the intergovernmental agreement on a loan for a Russian-made Gepard-5.1 frigate before the yearend, Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Mikhail Petukhov said. Petukhov made this statement at the Defense & Security 2017 exhibition.

Russia Starts Development of Project 955B Borei-B SSBN Submarine
SSBN Yuri Dolgoruky project 955 Russia
Russia has started building Borei-B class strategic nuclear-powered submarines, chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ General Staff Valery Gerasimov said. "Work to create the advanced Borei-B nuclear-powered missile underwater cruiser has started," he said at a Defense Ministry Board meeting.

Babcock and BMT Sign Cooperation Agreement for Type 31 Frigate Programme
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Babcock and BMT have signed a cooperation agreement, which outlines the principles of a strategic relationship that will see the companies collaborate to support the Design, Build, Construction and Support of future classes of Surface Ships for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other international projects.

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