June 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to information released by the U.S. Navy on June 7, 2020, the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 embarked on U.S. Navy USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier logged significant milestones this week during Post Delivery Test and Trials (PDT&T) operations at sea. The Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8), is a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The air wing is attached to the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

Photos of the Shenyang J-31 twin-engine fifth-generation fighter jet, have been frequently released on Chinese social media since May, leading to considerable speculation that the aircraft could be set to enter service in the PLA sometime this year. Now painted in a silver-grey coating, its development is making smooth progress, experts said on Monday.

On June 4, 2020, U.S. Navy has released pictures showing a Ford-class and Nimitz- class aircraft carrier together on the sea. The Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transit the Atlantic Ocean, June 4, 2020, marking the first time a Ford-class and a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier have operated together underway.

According to a contract released by the U.S. Defense Government on June 6, 2020, Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is awarded a $56,450,644 firm-fixed-price contract for a 210-calendar day split shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of the hospital ship U.S. Naval USNS Ship Mercy (T-AH 19). Work will be performed in Portland, Oregon, and is expected to be complete by August 2021.

Fairbanks Morse, a leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward, has completed the build and testing of the two main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s offshore patrol cutter (OPC) #1. Fairbanks Morse was awarded contracts by the prime contractor, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, to build the two MPDE engines for both the OPC #1 and OPC #2.

On June 5, Serbian Minister of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin, attended the demonstration of a part of the River Flotilla’s capabilities at Belgrade's Ušće (the confluence of Sava and Danube Rivers), which was performed by members of the Second River Detachment, on the subject of "River Task Force attacking armed terrorist boats".

According to a press release published on June 5, 2020, BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, on June 5, 2020, signed a contract with Australian company BlueScope Steel AIS to provide steel plates for new Hunter Class Frigates of Australian Navy. Under the $2.6 million contract, BlueScope Steel AIS will deliver more than 1500 tones of steel plate to ASC Shipbuilding.

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