December 2015 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security
 
 

Following Modernization Severnaya Verf Shipyard Will Build Project 23560 Leader Class Destroyers
 
Following modernization, the Severnaya Verf Joint-Stock Company /Northern Shipyard, incorporated by the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC/ will be able to build advanced Project 23560 /codename Leader/ destroyers and, if some conditions are met, even an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy, USC President Aleksei Rkhmanov said at the opening ceremony of the facility reconstruction.
Following modernization, the Severnaya Verf Joint-Stock Company /Northern Shipyard, incorporated by the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC/ will be able to build advanced Project 23560 /codename Leader/ destroyers and, if some conditions are met, even an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy, USC President Aleksei Rkhmanov said at the opening ceremony of the facility reconstruction.
 

Navantia Completes the Lengthening of Four Spanish Navy S-80 class Submarines
 
The first step to ensure that the four Spanish Navy S-80 class diesel-electric submarines (SSK) can float has been completed at the Navantia shipyard of Cartagena. The information comes from Spanish daily newspaper La Verdad. Each submarine has been stretched with a 10 meters ring to better distribute the weight of the submarine and prevent it from sinking.
The first step to ensure that the four Spanish Navy S-80 class diesel-electric submarines (SSK) can float has been completed at the Navantia shipyard of Cartagena. The information comes from Spanish daily newspaper La Verdad. Each submarine has been stretched with a 10 meters ring to better distribute the weight of the submarine and prevent it from sinking.
 

Finnish Navy Issues RFI for Four New Corvette-Size Fighting Ships Suited for Ice Conditions
 
Finnish Minister of Defence, Jussi Niinistö, has given the Defence Forces a mandate to start the Finnish Navy project, Squadron 2020. The aim of the Squadron 2020 project is to construct four new corvette-size fighting ships for year-round operation in the special weather and ice conditions at the Baltic Sea.
Finnish Minister of Defence, Jussi Niinistö, has given the Defence Forces a mandate to start the Finnish Navy project, Squadron 2020. The aim of the Squadron 2020 project is to construct four new corvette-size fighting ships for year-round operation in the special weather and ice conditions at the Baltic Sea.
 

Fincantieri to Collaborate with Indian Shipyards MDL and GRSE on P-17A Stealth Frigate Project
 
Fincantieri has signed a contract with Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), one of the most important Indian shipyards, controlled by the Ministry of Defence and specialized in the building of naval and offshore units, to provide technical advice within the Project 17A. This project envisages the construction of 7 stealth frigates ordered this year in February by the Indian Navy to the two shipyards MDL and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). This important agreement allows the group to establish a long-term cooperation with the two shipyards and to consolidate its commercial presence in the country.
Fincantieri has signed a contract with Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), one of the most important Indian shipyards, controlled by the Ministry of Defence and specialized in the building of naval and offshore units, to provide technical advice within the Project 17A. This project envisages the construction of 7 stealth frigates ordered this year in February by the Indian Navy to the two shipyards MDL and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).
 

French Navy Rafale M Fighters May Conduct Combat Missions From a US Navy CVN in 2017
 
French Navy (Marine Nationale) Rafale M carrier-based multirole fighters may conduct combat missions against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier as soon as January 2017. The information comes from French TV channel TF1. According to TF1 this subject was discussed between US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and French Navy Rear Adm. Rene-Jean Crignola, Commander Task Force (CTF) 50.
French Navy (Marine Nationale) Rafale M carrier-based multirole fighters may conduct combat missions against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier as soon as January 2017. The information comes from French TV channel TF1. According to TF1 this subject was discussed between US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and French Navy Rear Adm. Rene-Jean Crignola, Commander Task Force (CTF) 50.
 

US Navy Forces Central Command NAVCENT Welcomes French Navy Charles de Gaulle to 5th Fleet
 
The commander of U.S. Navy Forces Central Command visited his task force commander aboard the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) Dec. 19, highlighting a crucial international partnership as well as the increasing importance of maritime cooperation in the fight against ISIL.
The commander of U.S. Navy Forces Central Command visited his task force commander aboard the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) Dec. 19, highlighting a crucial international partnership as well as the increasing importance of maritime cooperation in the fight against ISIL.
 

US Defense Secretary Carter Visits French Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle in Persian Gulf
 
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian yesterday before visiting the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle for the first time. The flagship of the French Navy is now stationed in the Persian Gulf and launching strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian yesterday before visiting the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle for the first time. The flagship of the French Navy is now stationed in the Persian Gulf and launching strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
 

Fincantieri Launched the Sixh FREMM Frigate “Luigi Rizzo” for the Italian Navy
 
The launching ceremony of the frigate “Luigi Rizzo”, the sixth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates – took place today at the Riva Trigoso shipyard (Genoa). The 10 FREMM vessels have been commissioned to Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program under the coordination of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).
The launching ceremony of the frigate “Luigi Rizzo”, the sixth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates – took place today at the Riva Trigoso shipyard (Genoa). The 10 FREMM vessels have been commissioned to Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French cooperation program under the coordination of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement, the international organization for cooperation on arms).
 

U.S. Navy Creates System to Test Sonobuoys from KC-130T Hercules Aircraft
 
U.S. Navy engineers, technicians and others from three Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) laboratories and the Anti-submarine Warfare Systems program office (PMA-264) rapidly developed a new sonobuoy launching system in the summer and fall of 2015 and completed delivery in late November.
U.S. Navy engineers, technicians and others from three Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) laboratories and the Anti-submarine Warfare Systems program office (PMA-264) rapidly developed a new sonobuoy launching system in the summer and fall of 2015 and completed delivery in late November.
 

Project 20180 Academician Kovalyov Armament Support Ship Commissioned in Russian Navy
 
The Project 20181 armament support ship Academician Kovalyov has joined Russia’s Northern Fleet, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene on Friday. The St. Andrew’s flag was solemnly raised on the vessel berthed at the Zvyozdochka Shipyard. The Project 20181 armament support ship Academician Kovalyov and other vessels of the same type will enhance the Russian Navy’s operational capabilities considerably, Northern Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said while signing the acceptance report.
The Project 20181 armament support ship Academician Kovalyov has joined Russia’s Northern Fleet, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene on Friday. The St. Andrew’s flag was solemnly raised on the vessel berthed at the Zvyozdochka Shipyard. The Project 20181 armament support ship Academician Kovalyov and other vessels of the same type will enhance the Russian Navy’s operational capabilities considerably, Northern Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said...
 

7th Borei class SSBN Emperor Alexander III will Join Russian Navy Pacific Fleet
 
The seventh Project 955 Borei-class (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), Emperor Alexander III, was laid down by Russia’s major defense shipyard, Sevmash, in Severodvinsk, TASS reported from the keel laying ceremony. The SSBN will join the Pacific Fleet, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief for Armament Viktor Bursuk said on Friday.
The seventh Project 955 Borei-class (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), Emperor Alexander III, was laid down by Russia’s major defense shipyard, Sevmash, in Severodvinsk, TASS reported from the keel laying ceremony. The SSBN will join the Pacific Fleet, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief for Armament Viktor Bursuk said on Friday.
 

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Conducted First Aircraft Carrier Test of Nulka Decoy System
 
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) completed the first successful carrier launch of the MK 234 Nulka countermeasure fired from the MK 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS), Dec. 16. Nulka, an Australian Aboriginal word meaning to "be quick," is a rapid-response active expendable decoy (AED) capable of providing highly effective defense for ships against modern anti-ship missiles (ASM).
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) completed the first successful carrier launch of the MK 234 Nulka countermeasure fired from the MK 53 Decoy Launching System (DLS), Dec. 16. Nulka, an Australian Aboriginal word meaning to "be quick," is a rapid-response active expendable decoy (AED) capable of providing highly effective defense for ships against modern anti-ship missiles (ASM).
 

Russia to Continue Development and Test Work on New Lada Class SSK Submarine (Project 677)
 
Developmental and test operation of non-nuclear submarine Saint Petersburg, Project 677 /codename Lada/ lead boat, will be continued in 2016, Igor Vilnit, the head of the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering, the developer of the submarine, has reported.
Developmental and test operation of non-nuclear submarine Saint Petersburg, Project 677 /codename Lada/ lead boat, will be continued in 2016, Igor Vilnit, the head of the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering, the developer of the submarine, has reported.
 

Pictures: First Operational Deployment for French Navy's Newest Frigate Aquitaine (FREMM)
 
The latest and most modern addition to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) fleet, the Aquitaine Frigate (head of the class and first FREMM frigate built by DCNS), set sailed yesterday to join the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the Persian Gulf. This first operational deployment happens just two weeks after the French Navy officially declared the vessel to be in "Active Duty".
The latest and most modern addition to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) fleet, the Aquitaine Frigate (head of the class and first FREMM frigate built by DCNS), set sailed yesterday to join the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in the Persian Gulf. This first operational deployment happens just two weeks after the French Navy officially declared the vessel to be in "Active Duty".
 

Future Burke-class Destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) Achieves Aegis Combat System Light Off
 
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) achieved "light off" of its Aegis Combat System at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard Dec. 17. The Aegis system light off marks the beginning of combat system testing for the ship. These comprehensive tests will ensure all combat system equipment is operational and communicative.
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) achieved "light off" of its Aegis Combat System at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard Dec. 17. The Aegis system light off marks the beginning of combat system testing for the ship. These comprehensive tests will ensure all combat system equipment is operational and communicative.
 

Airbus Helicopters delivers the first Swedish NH90 for Anti-Submarine Warfare
 
Today, Airbus Helicopters delivered the first Swedish NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV (Försvarets Materielverk). The fully-qualified rotorcraft has an entirely customized mission system including underwater sonar, tactical radar and high cabin for improved interior space.
Today, Airbus Helicopters delivered the first Swedish NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV (Försvarets Materielverk). The fully-qualified rotorcraft has an entirely customized mission system including underwater sonar, tactical radar and high cabin for improved interior space.
 

DCNS Details Bid for Australia's SEA1000 Submarine Program
 
The Future Submarine Program will deliver Australia an affordable, regionally superior, conventional submarine capability, sustainable into the foreseeable future. Australia must have the ability to operate, sustain, maintain and upgrade Australia’s submarine force on an enduring basis. Australia’s Future Submarines project will be the biggest defence acquisition in Australia’s history, valued at $50 billion. Building the submarines will be a mammoth task – at least twice the size of the Collins Class program. On completion, the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A will be the most technically complex artefact in Australia.
The Future Submarine Program will deliver Australia an affordable, regionally superior, conventional submarine capability, sustainable into the foreseeable future. Australia must have the ability to operate, sustain, maintain and upgrade Australia’s submarine force on an enduring basis. Australia’s Future Submarines project will be the biggest defence acquisition in Australia’s history, valued at $50 billion.
 

U.S. Navy Proves Amphibious Ready Group Capability with LHD Conducting UNREP with LSD
 
Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) transferred fuel to dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during an underway replenishment, Dec. 10. This event was unique in that Boxer is the only ship in the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the capability to provide fuel as well as receive it.
Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) transferred fuel to dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during an underway replenishment, Dec. 10. This event was unique in that Boxer is the only ship in the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the capability to provide fuel as well as receive it.
 

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