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NAVAL NEWS MAY 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to a press release published by Navantia on May 31, 2021, the company has committed to the delivery of 4 new frigates for the Hellenic Navy fleet and the modernization of the Hydra Class within the highly demanding Hellenic Navy schedule. The new frigates include their latest smart frigate design, the F-110, set to become the backbone of the Spanish Navy.

According to information published by the Royal Netherlands Navy on May 30, 2021, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Paul Ignatius intercepted SM-3 surface-to-air missile using the SMART-L MM radar of De Zeven Provincien frigate from the Royal Netherlands Navy during At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield.

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on May 28, 2021, Huntington Ingalls Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is awarded a $302,642,828 hybrid cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee with a special performance incentive, and cost-only-type contract for planning yard support for LPD 17 amphibious transport dock ships, LHD 1/LHA 6 amphibious assault ships, LSD 41/49 dock landing ships and LCC 19 amphibious command ship.

According to information published by the U.S. Navy on May 27, 2021, U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) successfully conducted a test of the First Stage Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) on May 27th in Promontory, Utah as part of the development of the U.S. Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) offensive hypersonic strike capability and the U.S. Army’s Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW).

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense on May 28, 2021, Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $112,690,243 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract to perform Navy transition to production efforts for RAM Block 2B Sea-Based Air Defense System and exercise options for fiscal 2021 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Egypt for the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 guided-missile round pack (GMRP).

According to a press release published by Naval Group on May 28, 2021, the firm submitted as part of the French Team with MBDA and Thales a new offer for the modernization of the surface fleet of the Hellenic Navy. The French Team’s offer includes 4 FDI HN (3 built-in Greece and the 1st in service by 2025 along with a Gap filler solution of 2 frigates available in early 2022), the modernization of the MEKO frigates in Greece, and a Hellenic Industry Participation (HIP).

According to a press release published by the French Navy on May 28, 2021, as part of the international force deployed for At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield, the French anti-air warfare frigate Forbin is assigned a simulated mission to protect the priority maritime facilities of an Allied country. In this scenario, the crew is at battle stations and the surface-to-air missile defence system, PAAMS is ready to fire.

According to a tweet published by DefenceHub on May 28, 2021, the Armed Unmanned Marine Vehicle (SIDA), the prototype platform of the ULAQ series developed in cooperation with Turkish defense industry companies, fired a guided missile and successfully hit its target in the DENİZKURDU-2021 Exercise.

According to information published by the U.S. Navy on May 27, 2021, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) joined the French Navy Charles de Gaulle Strike Group (CDG CSG), in the Mediterranean in support of joint operations and interoperability training, demonstrating a mutual commitment to stability and security throughout the European Region.

According to a press release published by Eastern Shipbuilding Group on May 26, 202, ESG hosted the keel authentication ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard’s future Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), USCGC CHASE (WMSM916), at the Nelson Street facility.

According to information published by Asia Pacific Defence Reporter on May 2021, Australia will replace the two Landing Craft Mechanized, Mark 8 (LCM-8) by Land 8710 Army Littoral Manoeuvre Phase 1. The Request for Tender for the LCM8 replacement is planned to be issued in the 3rd quarter of 2021.

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