APril 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Beginning this week, the skies of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, will resonate with the noise of the jet engines of naval aviation. However, the sound will be not just the familiar “melody” of the FA-18 Hornets and Super Hornets but also the roar of the French Rafale, the multimission combat aircraft of French Naval Aviation. A French Navy E-2C Hawkeye—identical to its U.S. counterparts—also will add its voice to the recognizable humming of the U.S. Navy Hawkeyes. This deployment is called “Chesapeake Mission 2018.”

Babcock has marked a key milestone in the build programme for the delivery of a fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Irish Naval Service as it successfully floated the 90 metre vessel currently under construction at its Appledore facility, North Devon. The ship when completed will be formally named and commissioned into the Irish Naval Service as LÉ George Bernard Shaw.

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $126.1 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Navy’s Columbia-class submarine and the Royal Navy’s Successor-class ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Local media reports and official documentation suggest that the Defense Ministry’s Acquisition and Technology Logistics Agency (ATLA) is making steady progress on operationalizing a new supersonic anti-ship missile, the ASM-3 (formerly known as the XASM-3). As Navy Recognition has previously reported, MOD plans to begin mass production of the weapon in 2018 after having completed development at the end of 2017.

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN or TLDM for Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia) plans to procure another submarine in the 14th Malaysia Plan (2031 – 2035) and one more in the 15th Malaysia Plan (2036 – 2040) as part of its "15 to 5" Transformation Plan. The announcement was made recently by Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman, the Chief of the RMN, during a change of command at the RMN’s Submarine Command Headquarters in Kota Kinabalu (the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo).

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