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NAVAL NEWS MAY 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to information published by the US Department of Defense on May 18, 2021, the U.S. Navy declared initial operational capability for the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) on May 4, signaling the system’s ready to provide precision approach and landing capabilities to tactical carrier aircraft at sea in support of naval aviation operations worldwide.

According to a press release published by Huntington Ingalls Industries on May 21, 2021, the company announced the debut of the Proteus unmanned surface vessel (USV) for testing and development of autonomy capabilities. The 27-foot Proteus USV was outfitted with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy system and completed a successful demonstration on Friday, May 14 off the coast of Panama City, Florida.

According to a tweet published by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on May 20, 2021, the US firm General Dynamics Corporation launched Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided-missile destroyer USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) during the weekend. The company transferred the destroyer from the Land Level Transfer facility to the Kennebec River.

According to a press release published by Airbus on May 20, 2021, the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160s for the French Navy. These aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, in the south of France.

According to a press release published by Hensoldt on May 21, 2021, the first of the Navy’s IFF system’s antenna and pedestals from Canberra Class vessels has been overhauled at HENSOLDT Australia’s new overhaul facilities and workshops in Canberra. This is the first of four antennas and pedestals that will undergo repair and deep level maintenance in Australia.

According to information published by the Department of Defense on May 20, 2021, Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wisconsin, is awarded a $553,891,420 fixed-price incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-20-C-2300 to exercise options for detail design and construction of one Constellation-class guided-missile frigate, future USS Congress (FFG 63), and integrated digital environment support.

According to a press release published by Navantia on May 20, 2021, the Royal Australian Navy’s second Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, NUSHIP Stalwart, departed for Australia from Pier 12 in Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard.

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on May 20, 2021, the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and its strike group departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) to support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

According to information published by Sputnik on May 19, 2021, Russia could build more Borei-A class strategic ballistic missile submarines after the ten submarines planned in accordance with the current contracts, Vladimir Pospelov, member of the Military-Industrial Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation.

According to information published by Tass on May 18, 2021, the Krasnodar diesel-electric submarine of project 636.3 of the Black Sea fleet passed the L-1 qualification mission, which provides the initial permission for submariners to fulfill the assigned missions, the Defense Ministry said.

According to a press release published by the Australian Government on May 19, 2021, the Australian Department of Defence is partnering with Australian companies to strengthen maritime research skills by delivering a new regional Australia-built defence science research vessel.

According to information published by Tass on May 18, 2021, the crews of the Caspian Flotilla’s ships will hold joint drills with the naval forces of Kazakhstan in the Caspian Sea to practice providing security of shipping and fighting terrorism, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported.

According to information published by the Royal Navy on May 17, 2021, the fifth of the Silent Service’s Astute-class submarines sits in the water as she enters the final stages of construction and commissioning. HMS Anson was rolled out of her home for the past decade before being lowered into the water at BAE’s yard in Barrow during a delicate two-day operation.

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