RFA Lyme Bay Attends International Shipping Week in London

September 13, 2019 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Lyme Bay sailed up the River Thames for London International Shipping Week. The amphibious support ship spent time anchored off Greenwich Pier this week – sailing under Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, past the O2 Arena and arriving near 19th Century sailing ship Cutty Sark. For commanding officer Captain Angus Bissell, the vessel’s presence in London highlighted the importance of the RFA to the Royal Navy and the wider maritime scene. “It is amazing to be here in London,” he said. “It’s…

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General Dynamics Appoints Graney as President of Electric Boat; Carver as President of NASSCO; Geiger to Retire

September 13, 2019 – General Dynamics has appointed General Dynamics NASSCO president Kevin Graney as president of General Dynamics Electric Boat, effective October 1. David J. Carver, NASSCO’s vice president and general manager of repair, will succeed Graney as president of General Dynamics NASSCO. Jeffrey S. Geiger, who has served as president of Electric Boat since 2013, will retire effective September 30. “Kevin Graney’s leadership, nuclear propulsion expertise and proven track record with submarine and surface shipbuilding will be essential to Electric Boat as it expands operations to build both…

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HMAS Canberra Says Ahoy Way Down Under

September 13, 2019 – One of Australia’s largest warships, HMAS Canberra, docked at Macquarie Wharf on Wednesday for a five-day port visit. It’s the first time the 230 metre long Landing Helicopter Dock ship has returned to Hobart since 2016, and coincides with Australian Defence Force commemorations for the Battle of Britain. Commanding Officer Captain Terry Morrison said the ship’s busy schedule so far this year meant some respite in Hobart was most welcome. “Hobart is a beautiful city, with a community who are always very supportive of the Australian…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 13, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $57,462,554 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-6327 to exercise options for engineering support services for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment One Block One (I1B1) Systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare program office. This option exercise is for Engineering Support Services for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) to introduce new technologies; address diminishing material and depot repairs to keep JCREW systems viable for future production; and maintain operational…

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USS Louisiana Arrives Bremerton for Major Overhaul

September 12, 2019 – Settling into its temporary home for the next two and a half years, USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) docked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in preparation for an extended maintenance availability Sept. 11. The availability, an Engineered Refueling Overhaul, will see the project team focus on refueling, preserving and modernizing the Ohio-class submarine. This will include preservation of the hull, superstructure and tanks as well as modernizing the boat’s reverse osmosis system and performing the enlisted women in submarines alteration. “We have assembled a…

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September 12: Naval Industry Day

September 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – On September 12, 1961, the President of the Nation Arturo Frondizi signed a decree that promoted an ambitious plan to renew merchant ships. It contemplated the development of the ELMA company, which provided for the construction of ships in the country to strengthen its fleet. The naval industry should grow at the pace of the production of national iron and steel and, in addition, maritime trade should be served by the National State. The Argentine flag ships carried almost 8 million tons in their…

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HMAS Melbourne Pays Final Visit to Namesake

September 13, 2019 – HMAS Melbourne has arrived in the City of Melbourne for her final port visit before she is decommissioned next month. The 138-metre-long warship berthed alongside Station Pier today, ahead of a four-day port visit to say goodbye to the city where she was built. Melbourne’s crew of more than 180 officers and sailors will exercise their Freedom of Entry to the city tomorrow at 11am, by marching up Swanston Street towards Town Hall. Commanding Officer Commander Marcus Buttler said the visit would be bittersweet with the…

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Marine Nationale Atlantique 2 Deploys to Mali Region

September 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, 3 September, an ATLANTIC 2 (ATL2) landed on the runway of the planned air base (BAP) of Niamey for a mission to the benefit of the Barkhane force. This Navy aircraft is regularly deployed over the Sahel-Saharan strip (SSB). Weighing more than 40 tons, this aircraft is initially designed for maritime patrols and anti-submarine missions. Versatile, it is an excellent vector for probing the depth of a desert area like BSS. Alongside the REAPER and MIRAGE 2000 drones, this aircraft complements the…

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French ISR Detachment in Operation Inherent Resolve Returns Home

September 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – An Atlantic 2 detachment of the French Navy, deployed since last July on the projected air base (BAP) in the Levant, disengaged on 07 September. These two aircraft succeeded one another in conducting 21 reconnaissance and surveillance missions with more than 190 hours of flight time. Usually dedicated to maritime missions, and in particular anti-submarine warfare, this maritime patrol aircraft is perfectly suited to ISR ( Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance ) missions whose objective in this theater is to detect and identify activities of…

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Raytheon Anschütz WINBS for Type 31e

September 12, 2019 – Raytheon Anschütz is partnering with Babcock and Thales to deliver its Warship Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems, or WINBS, to the United Kingdom Royal Navy’s new Type 31e frigates. With WINBS on the Type 31e, Raytheon Anschütz is now the bridge systems provider for all new Royal Navy combatants. The WINBS designed for the Type 31e Arrowhead 140 is the latest in Integrated Navigation and Bridge System technology for warships. It can be scaled to specific customer needs, in terms of both capital expenditure and potential…

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Atlantique 2 Operations During Operation Chammal

September 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Engaged at the proposed air base (BAP) in the Levant in the “support” pillar of the Chammal operation, the Atlantic Marine 2 detachment of the French Navy actively participated in the fight against Daech during a recent 8-hour mission. On the eve of the mission, Lieutenant Laurent, Captain of the Atlantic 2 Detachment and Captain, assembled the crew for the pre-flight briefing. In support of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), a BAP Rafale strike is scheduled to destroy a cache used by a terrorist…

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General Dynamics Mission Systems Introduces New Autonomous Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

September 11, 2019 – General Dynamics Mission Systems today released the new Bluefin-12 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle at Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019. This new vehicle builds upon the proven Bluefin autonomy and uses shared Bluefin Robotics’ core capabilities, increased mission modularity and embedded intelligence to complete users’ long endurance, high-consequence and changing missions. The base Bluefin-12’s extended modularity supports the integration of user-designated sensors and payloads to deliver new mission-critical capabilities. The Bluefin Robotics core autonomy with Standard Payload Interfaces (SPI), open-architecture compatibility and greater than 4,000…

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LCA (Navy) makes successful arrested landing

September 13, 2019 – Today, the First ever arrested landing of LCA (Navy) at the shore-based test facility, INS Hansa Goa took place which will pave the way for this Indigenous platform to undertake Aircraft Carrier landing demonstration on board the Indian Naval Aircraft Carrier, Vikramaditya. After several years of flight testing and four campaigns of dedicated testing at Shore Based Test facility Goa, today the LCA (Navy) Flight Test Team led by Cmde J A Maolankar (Chief Test Pilot), Capt Shivnath Dahiya (LSO) & Cdr J D Raturi (Test…

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RGO Expedition to Raise Former USS Herring

September 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Russian Geographical Society (RGO) will conduct an expedition to raise an American submarine, USS Herring, that sank off the coast of the Kuril Islands during the Second World War, and hopes for the participation of American colleagues in this. This was stated by the President of the Russian Geographical Society, the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Army General Sergei Shoigu at the opening ceremony of the IV Festival of the Russian Geographical Society in the Zaryadye Park. “Next year we are…

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