January 2014 Maritime Defense Industry and World Naval Forces News
 
 

DCNS delivers multimission frigate Mohammed VI to Royal Moroccan Navy
 
DCNS delivers multimission frigate Mohammed VI to Royal Moroccan Navy
The handover ceremony was held in Brest in the presence of His Excellency Prince Moulay Rachid El Alaoui, brother of the King of Morocco, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Minister of Defence and Patrick Boissier, Chairman & CEO of DCNS. The Mohammed VI, named in honour of the Moroccan sovereign, is the first vessel from the Group’s FREMM range of multimission frigates to be acquired by an international customer.
 

Dutch Navy to buy tugboats in cooperation with FMV Sweden
 
The Defence Material Organisation of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of five Harbour and Seagoing tugs. The contract has been made in cooperation with its Swedish counterpart: Swedish Försvarets Materielverk (FMV). Responding to current and future developments in emission reduction and environmentally friendly shipping, the RNLN has opted for a new Damen design: the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid. The FMV has opted for another fit-for-purpose design: the ice-classed ASD Tug 3010 ICE.
The Defence Material Organisation of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of five Harbour and Seagoing tugs. The contract has been made in cooperation with its Swedish counterpart: Swedish Försvarets Materielverk (FMV). Responding to current and future developments in emission reduction and environmentally friendly shipping, the RNLN has opted for a new Damen design: the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid. The FMV has opted for another fit-for-purpose design: the ice-classed ASD Tug 3010 ICE.
 

First P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel for Nigerian Navy launched at shipyard in China
 
On January 27, 2014 the first of two P-18N offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Nigerian Navy was launched at the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC) at Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China. CSOC is part of the part of the State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).
On January 27, 2014 the first of two P-18N offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Nigerian Navy was launched at the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC) at Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China. CSOC is part of the part of the State Shipbuilding Corporation, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).
 

Iran to fit its new "Sayyad (Hunter) 2" surface to air missile on Mowdge class vessels
 
Fars News Agency, quoting Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh, announced that the new Sayyad 2 Surface to Air Missiles would be modified in order to be fitted on Iran's Navy Mowdge class "Destroyers" (Frigate in western standards).
Fars News Agency, quoting Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh, announced that the new Sayyad 2 Surface to Air Missiles would be modified in order to be fitted on Iran's Navy Mowdge class "Destroyers" (Frigate in western standards).
 

Future USS Coronado (LCS 4) on its way to commissioning
 
The Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4), departed from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 27, en route to her commissioning site in Coronado, Calif. Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, and the second LCS of the aluminum, trimaran Independence variant. It is scheduled to be commissioned April 5, and will be homeported in San Diego, Calif.
The Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4), departed from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 27, en route to her commissioning site in Coronado, Calif. Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, and the second LCS of the aluminum, trimaran Independence variant. It is scheduled to be commissioned April 5, and will be homeported in San Diego, Calif.
 

Royal Australian Navy Officially Inducts MH-60R Seahawk Romeo Maritime Helicopter
 
The first two MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters were accepted by the Royal Australian Navy at an ‘In Service Date’ ceremony conducted by NUSQN 725 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida on the 24th January. The first two of twenty-four airframes on order from Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, were delivered to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in early December 2013.
The first two MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters were accepted by the Royal Australian Navy at an ‘In Service Date’ ceremony conducted by NUSQN 725 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida on the 24th January. The first two of twenty-four airframes on order from Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, were delivered to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in early December 2013.
 

Willard Marine Supplies Fast Rescue Boats For Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry
 
Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has delivered two rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). Under the contract, Willard Marine is supplying two U.S. Coast Guard-approved SEA FORCE(R) 670 SOLAS fast rescue boats (FRBs) for the 418-ft. passenger/ro-ro ferry M/V Columbia.
Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has delivered two rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). Under the contract, Willard Marine is supplying two U.S. Coast Guard-approved SEA FORCE(R) 670 SOLAS fast rescue boats (FRBs) for the 418-ft. passenger/ro-ro ferry M/V Columbia.
 

Kelvin Hughes To Supply SharpEye Radar Systems for Offshore Facilities In Azerbaijan
 
Kelvin Hughes, a world leader in the design and supply of coastal surveillance and VTS radar and navigation and surveillance systems, is delighted to announce that it has been contracted by VisSim, a leading VTMS system provider and integrator, to supply a total of 11 SharpEye™ radar sets for the protection of offshore facilities in Azerbaijan.
Kelvin Hughes, a world leader in the design and supply of coastal surveillance and VTS radar and navigation and surveillance systems, is delighted to announce that it has been contracted by VisSim, a leading VTMS system provider and integrator, to supply a total of 11 SharpEye™ radar sets for the protection of offshore facilities in Azerbaijan.
 

"Jieyang", tenth Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class), commissioned in Chinese Navy (PLAN)
 
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new "Jieyang" corvette (locally designated guided missile frigate) of the Chinese Navy (PLAN) was held on the morning of January 26, 2014 at a naval port in Shantou of south China’s Guangdong province, marking that the ship is officially commissioned to the South China Sea Fleet of the PLAN. "Jieyang" is the Tenth Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class).
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new "Jieyang" corvette (locally designated guided missile frigate) of the Chinese Navy (PLAN) was held on the morning of January 26, 2014 at a naval port in Shantou of south China’s Guangdong province, marking that the ship is officially commissioned to the South China Sea Fleet of the PLAN. "Jieyang" is the Tenth Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class).
 

New Professional Partnership Between Republic of Singapore Navy and IMarEST
 
The Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) training pipeline has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) to establish a streamlined route for marine engineers and technologists which maps each individual’s professional qualifications against IMarEST membership from Technician to Chartered Status.
The Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) training pipeline has been accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) to establish a streamlined route for marine engineers and technologists which maps each individual’s professional qualifications against IMarEST membership from Technician to Chartered Status.
 

Northrop Grumman-Built Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator Surpasses 10,000 Combat Flying Hours
 
The Northrop Grumman Corporation built unmanned demonstrator aircraft used for maritime surveillance missions by the U.S. Navy surpassed 10,000 combat flying hours supporting intelligence-gathering missions in the Middle East. The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstration (BAMS-D) aircraft are currently flying 15 missions a month and allow fleet commanders to identify and track potential targets of interest using a specialized suite of surveillance sensors.
The Northrop Grumman Corporation built unmanned demonstrator aircraft used for maritime surveillance missions by the U.S. Navy surpassed 10,000 combat flying hours supporting intelligence-gathering missions in the Middle East. The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstration (BAMS-D) aircraft are currently flying 15 missions a month and allow fleet commanders to identify and track potential targets of interest using a specialized suite of surveillance sensors.
 

U.S. Navy Accepts General Dynamics-built MUOS Ground Stations
 
The U.S. Navy has accepted three General Dynamics C4 Systems-built ground stations for the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). General Dynamics C4 Systems led the development and delivery of the ground systems and MUOS communications waveform; Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the entire MUOS system. Navy personnel will now operate the stations.
The U.S. Navy has accepted three General Dynamics C4 Systems-built ground stations for the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). General Dynamics C4 Systems led the development and delivery of the ground systems and MUOS communications waveform; Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the entire MUOS system. Navy personnel will now operate the stations.
 

Vietnamese homemade mini-submarine passed first trials successfully
 
On the morning of January 15, 2014 in the Vietnamese naval base in Cam Ranh Bay , took place the commissioning ceremony of the Vietnamese Navy large diesel - electric submarine (SSK) HQ-182 "Hà Nôi" (Project 636 Kilo/Varshavyanka class). It is the first unit of six SSK built in Russia by JSC "Admiralty Shipyards" under a 2009 contract. In a ceremony attended by Navy Commander of the Vietnam People's Navy (VNA), Vietnam Deputy Defence Minister Admiral Nguyen Van Hien and Deputy Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral VNA Pham Ngoc Minh.
After one week on trial, a private mini-submarine made by a Vietnamese mechanic can now work perfectly with its full functions. Nguyen Quoc Hoa, the one who performed the mini-submarine production, said on Local Lao Dong (Labor) online newspaper Thursday that machinery parts inside the mini-submarine operates well as originally designed.
 

Chinese Navy (PLAN) conducts amphibious drills on Paracel Islands
 
A PLAN flotilla centered around a Type 071 LPD (Yuzhao-class Landing Platform Dock) has completed a two-day amphibious drill off the Paracel Islands (also called Xisha Islands in Chinese and Hoàng Sa Islands in Vietnamese) on Wednesday. The flotilla undertook a "three-dimensional" patrol of several islets, using surface vessels, Type 726 LCAC (Yuyi class) and Z-8 helicopters.
A PLAN flotilla centered around a Type 071 LPD (Yuzhao-class Landing Platform Dock) has completed a two-day amphibious drill off the Paracel Islands (also called Xisha Islands in Chinese and Hoàng Sa Islands in Vietnamese) on Wednesday. The flotilla undertook a "three-dimensional" patrol of several islets, using surface vessels, Type 726 LCAC (Yuyi class) and Z-8 helicopters.
 

USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Successfully Completes Sea Trials
 
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) completed a nine-day scheduled sea trials on Jan. 17, after coming out of a 13-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). During the nine-day underway period, Makin Island crew members tested a number of shipboard systems, including communication circuits, damage control systems, navigation systems and propulsion plant. The crew also conducted full-power runs of the ship, ballasting demonstrations and flight operations.
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) completed a nine-day scheduled sea trials on Jan. 17, after coming out of a 13-month Phased Maintenance Availability (PMA). During the nine-day underway period, Makin Island crew members tested a number of shipboard systems, including communication circuits, damage control systems, navigation systems and propulsion plant. The crew also conducted full-power runs of the ship, ballasting demonstrations and flight operations.
 

Vietnam accepted the second project 636 SSK and officially commissioned the first one
 
On the morning of January 15, 2014 in the Vietnamese naval base in Cam Ranh Bay , took place the commissioning ceremony of the Vietnamese Navy large diesel - electric submarine (SSK) HQ-182 "Hà Nôi" (Project 636 Kilo/Varshavyanka class). It is the first unit of six SSK built in Russia by JSC "Admiralty Shipyards" under a 2009 contract. In a ceremony attended by Navy Commander of the Vietnam People's Navy (VNA), Vietnam Deputy Defence Minister Admiral Nguyen Van Hien and Deputy Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral VNA Pham Ngoc Minh.
On the morning of January 15, 2014 in the Vietnamese naval base in Cam Ranh Bay , took place the commissioning ceremony of the Vietnamese Navy large diesel - electric submarine (SSK) HQ-182 "Hà Nôi" (Project 636 Kilo/Varshavyanka class). It is the first unit of six SSK built in Russia by JSC "Admiralty Shipyards" under a 2009 contract. In a ceremony attended by Navy Commander of the Vietnam People's Navy (VNA), Vietnam Deputy Defence Minister Admiral Nguyen Van Hien and Deputy Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral VNA Pham Ngoc Minh.
 

China Ship-building Industry Corporation to develop first 10,000-ton Coast Guard Ship
 
The China Ship-building Industry Corporation has confirmed it has accepted a contract to develop and build the world's first 10,000-ton class marine surveillance ship. The contract is valued at 280 million Yuan, or over 46 million US dollars, and includes the construction of another 4,000-ton surveillance ship. Tests for the ship's marine clutch have so far been successful.
The China Ship-building Industry Corporation has confirmed it has accepted a contract to develop and build the world's first 10,000-ton class marine surveillance ship. The contract is valued at 280 million Yuan, or over 46 million US dollars, and includes the construction of another 4,000-ton surveillance ship. Tests for the ship's marine clutch have so far been successful.
 

Polish Navy launched technical dialogue with DCNS, Navantia, TKMS & Kockums for 3 Submarines
 
According to the Polish MOD, invitations to start technical dialogue were sent to several submarine builders in late 2013. The Polish MOD just announced that four companies answered the invitations: France's DCNS, German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, Kockums from Sweden (in partnership with government agency FMV Forsvarets Materielverk.) and Navantia of Spain.
According to the Polish MOD, invitations to start technical dialogue were sent to several submarine builders in late 2013. The Polish MOD just announced that four companies answered the invitations: France's DCNS, German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, Kockums from Sweden (in partnership with government agency FMV Forsvarets Materielverk.) and Navantia of Spain.
 

U.S., French Naval Aviators Cross Skies, Decks Together
 
U.S. and French aircraft embarked on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) began conducting combined flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Jan. 14. The flight operations are part of an ongoing period of overall combined operations between the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) and French Task Force 473.
U.S. and French aircraft embarked on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) began conducting combined flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Jan. 14. The flight operations are part of an ongoing period of overall combined operations between the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HST CSG) and French Task Force 473.
 

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