April 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

The Russian Navy and the Chinese Navy will hold joint Naval Interaction-2019 exercises in late April - early May, the Russian Defense Ministry recently said in a statement. This annual bilateral drill will be about joint manoeuvring, organization of communication, missile and artillery firing, as well as search and rescue support.

The Indian Navy has initiated the process to acquire six submarines under Project-75, TimesNowNews reports. The tender process has been initiated by the Navy and the initial Expression of Interest has been issued to foreign vendors who wish to take part in this programme.

Writing in Australian Defense Magazine published on April 4, Nigel Pittaway quoted a representative of BAE Systems as saying the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier design was being offered to India. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is in service with the Royal Navy and is said to be the most powerful aircraft carrier after the US Navy's nuclear-powered carriers, the Indian newspaper The Week comments.

The Russian industry, suppliers and the Navy are working to obtain engines under the sanctions regime. Russia is eyeing Asian producers instead of western ones. Thus, KAMPO-produced boats of project 23370M were equipped with Korean Doosan diesel engines. They are likely to be installed on Raptor-class export boats of project 03160 designed and produced by Pella Shipyard, Mil.Press FlotProm reported quoting two industry sources.

Two ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in Odesa, Ukraine, on 1st April. Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto and Spanish frigate ESPS Santa Maria arrived in Odesa after patrolling in the Black Sea with fellow SNMG2 ships for the last several days. While in Odesa, the ship captains will meet with local military and elected officials, work with Ukrainian Navy personnel and welcome local Ukrainian civilians aboard during scheduled open ship periods.

BAE Systems has received a $41.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to perform routine maintenance and modernization of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23). The Anchorage will undergo 12 months of restorative work at BAE Systems’ shipyard in San Diego. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $48.4 million.

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