Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry

According to information published by Tass on March 29, 2021, three Russian nuclear-powered submarines simultaneously surfaced from under the ice at a distance of up to 300 meters from each other for the first time in history during Arctic drills, Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The aircraft carrier Cavour, the flagship of the Italian Navy, returning to the port of Norfolk on March 26, 2021, after its complete sea trials for the operational use of the F-35B, the fifth-generation combat aircraft of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program with short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) capabilities, soon to be supplied to the Italian Navy to replace the AV8B-plus.

According to information published by UK Navy on March 24, 2021, the first Merlin ‘Crowsnest’ helicopter – which scours the heavens with its radar looking for potential foes – will now begin operational training, ahead of the maiden deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth this spring.

According to information published by Raytheon Missiles & Defense on March 26, 2021, the firm has delivered the first Tomahawk Block V cruise missile to the U.S. Navy. The weapon is equipped with improved navigation and communications systems. A multimode seeker is in development that will allow Tomahawk to engage moving targets at sea.

According to information published by Indian Ministry of Defense on March 25, 2021, Indian Naval Ship INS Shardul made a port call at Antsiranana, Madagascar as part of First Training Squadron’s (1TS) Overseas Deployment from 21 – 24 Mar 21. Officer trainees of the 99th Integrated Officer Training Course are embarked onboard during the ship’s visit.

According to information published by Royal Canadian Navy on March 24, 2021, an adapted version of the German Navy’s Berlin-class auxiliary ship, the new JSS will replace Canada’s now-decommissioned supply ships Protecteur and Preserver. Germany began construction of its fleet of auxiliary ships in the early 2000s, with its third and last ship commissioned into service in 2013.

According to information published by U.S. Department of Defense on March 24, 2021, Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, is awarded a $194,474,563 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-15-C-4301 for continued execution of the fiscal 2018 USS Columbus (SSN 762) engineered overhaul.

Northrop Grumman Australia and Leonardo Australia’s team has been shortlisted to proceed to the next phase of the SEA129 Phase 5 program for the acquisition of a maritime unmanned aerial system (MUAS) designed to deliver a deployable intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capability to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The Northrop Grumman and Leonardo proposal will enhance capability effects and tactical decision-making during RAN maritime operations.

According to a tweet published by Japan Ministry of Defense on March 24, 2021, Defense state Minister Nakayama attended the commission ceremony for the new submarine Toryu, the 12th submarine of Soryu-class and instructed to the crew.

According to information published by Xinhua on March 23, 2021, Iran's Defense Ministry will equip the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) with light and semi-heavy indigenous submarines, Rear-Admiral Amir Rastegari, head of the Marine Industries Organization of the ministry, said.

According to information published by The Pioneer on March 24, 2021, Indian Coast Guard ship Vajra, the sixth offshore patrol vessel to enhance coastal security, was formally commissioned into service.

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