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August 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


“In the 2020 Force Structure Plan announced by the Prime Minister and I on July 1, we have set out plans to enhance our regional anti-submarine warfare capabilities, including the provision of training subsystems. This capability will improve the ADF’s Anti Submarine Warfare proficiencies for more complex operations and environments.”

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics a contract worth $107 million for USS Bataan maintenance, modernization and repair. The company will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair and modernization for USS Bataan (LHD 5). Work is expected to be completed by December 2021.

The Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), a P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from Patrol Squadron VP-47, four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Mildenhall, England, and an MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2, Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, conducted a joint training mission in the Black Sea, Aug. 2, 2020.

The Royal Navy has shown its clear intent for the greater use of autonomous and un-crewed technology in future operations during an event co-hosted by the Chief Technology Officer with Deputy Director Naval Aviation. Attendees were called on explicitly to consider how technology and innovation could transform the way the navy operates in the skies now and into the future.

According to information released by the U.S. Navy on July 30, 2020, U.S. Navy USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications with Strike Fighter Squadron 106. F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the "Gladiators" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 have conducted flight operations on July 30, 2020.

According to a press release published by Bollinger Shipyards on July 30, 2020, the company has delivered the USCGC OLIVER HENRY Sentinel-class cutter, also known as Fast Response Cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Florida. This is the 163rd vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 40th Fast Response Cutter (“FRC”) delivered under the current program.

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