Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry

According to Defense Studies, a U.S. bicameral delegation in Hanoi on April 8 said that both the U.S. National Assembly and the Government of this country support upgrading the relationship with Vietnam from a comprehensive partnership to a strategic one. In this framework, the US has provided two coast guard ships to Vietnam, and will soon, after completing detailed procedures, provide one more ship, in the spirit of supporting Vietnam to strengthen security at sea.

According to a PR published by Austal on April 14, 2023, the Australian part of the firm and Saildrone Inc. have entered an exclusive Teaming Agreement to jointly identify opportunities to collaborate on the manufacture of the 20-metre Saildrone Surveyor, in Australia, for deployments in the Indo-Pacific region.

According to information published by the US DoD on April 12, 2023, Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, is awarded an $18,675,412 fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-6322 for retrofit of the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV).

According to information published by New Zealand Herald on April 14, 2023, the French Floreal class frigate Vendémiaire class was spotted by chance by the coast guard near the coast of New Zealand. However, the information is surprising, as the frigate Vendémiaire has been in New Zealand since January for a refit.

Balikatan 2023 sees over 17,600 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the U.S. military participating in an annual bilateral exercise between the two allies. It is the largest iteration of Balikatan to date, with both allies contributing a significant number of troops. The exercise is currently taking place from April 11 to 28.

According to a PR published by HII on April 11, 2023, the firm announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $567.6 million subcontract modification from General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.

According to a PR published by Bollinger Shipyards on April 11, 2023, the U.S. Navy has awarded the Lockport-based shipbuilder the detailed design and construction contract for the sixth Auxiliary Personnel Lighter–Small (APL(S)) 67 Class berthing and messing barge.

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