SEPTEMBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Vigor held a keel-laying ceremony yesterday marking the first milestone in the construction of the Army’s next-generation landing craft, the maneuver support vessel (light) or MSV-L. The prototype is named in honor of SSG Elroy F. Wells, an Army watercraft operator killed in action in 1970 in Vietnam.

The Admiral Nakhimov heavy nuclear cruiser of project 11442M overhauled and upgraded by Sevmash Shipyard is 50 percent ready. It will join the Navy in late 2022, Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said.

In service in the French army since 2018, the MMP is to date the only 5th generation land combat missile of the world to be deployed in military theatres of operations. To meet a wide range of naval requirements, MBDA can offer the same highly versatile MMP missile that is already in operational service with land forces.

The Royal Canadian Navy is making a port call at Laem Chabang in the eastern province of Chon Buri to strengthen diplomatic ties with Thailand as part of its effort to deepen engagement in Asia-Pacific. HMCS Ottawa, a Halifax-class frigate under the captaincy of Commander Alexander Barlow, docked on Sunday and will remain in port until Thursday.

The Indian Navy’s frigate INS Tarkash is currently visiting Walvis Bay, Namibia, as part of its overseas deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia. INS Tarkash arrived in Walvis Bay on 15 September for a three-day visit in what the Indian Ministry of Defence called a demonstration of India’s warm ties with Namibia and its commitment to enhance operational reach, maritime security and its solidarity with friendly nations.

Babcock Team 31 has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder to deliver its new Type 31 frigates. Led by Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, and in partnership with the Thales Group, the T31 general-purpose frigate program will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship.

Page 3 of 4