NOVEMBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to a statement released by the OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation), on November 12, 2019, PPA1, named after “Paolo Thaon di Revel”, sailed its first nautical miles in the blue waters of the Gulf of La Spezia on 12th November 2019. The First Sea Going (FSG) is a crucial contractual milestone towards the delivery of the ship to the Italian Navy (FOAR), scheduled for May 2021.

The Gremyashchy corvette of project 20385 built by Severnaya verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg arrived in the Belomorskaya naval base of the Northern fleet for acceptance trials, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Gremyashchiy-class corvettes are very large multipurpose vessels, designed to complement the Steregushchiy class already being commissioned with the Russian Navy. They have been designed to have improved habitability for higher endurance missions, and are able to launch cruise missiles.

According to Novinite news agency, the Council of Ministers has approved a draft contract between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the purchase of two minehunters for the amount of EUR 1 996 000 excluding VAT, the government press service announced.

Leonardo has proven the submarine-hunting capabilities of its new ULISSES acoustic sensor system in a live sea trial off the coast of Italy, meaning that development is on track for completion by the end of 2019. Production will now take place in 2020 for deliveries the same year and Leonardo is in talks with a number of potential domestic and international customers.

The military naval exercise Dugong 2019 started in Australia bringing together countermeasure and explosive ordnance disposal professionals from five countries. Dugong 2019 brings mine warfare and dive teams from United States of America, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand together for two weeks to practice contemporary mine warfare and dive salvage techniques and procedures in the vicinity of Garden Island.

Israel Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Israel Shipyards Ltd. for the design of the next Israel Navy new and advanced combat vessel – the “Reshef” Class. Replacing the reliable above-20-years-in-service SA’AR 4.5, the new vessel is to successfully withstand the new and evolving threats and challenges the force will face.

Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today that the Company has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Navy’s Guided Missile Frigate FFG(X) Program Executive Office (PEO) for Unmanned and Small Combatants as they design, procure, and build the Navy’s next multi-mission Small Surface Combatant

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