Borey-A Class SSBN Vladimir Monmakh

October 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – Strategic missile submarine cruiser (SSBN) Vladimir Monmakh of the Borey-A project successfully performed test torpedo firing at the Northern Fleet combat training grounds in the White Sea. Shooting was carried out on the target vessel from an underwater position. Its implementation was provided by the forces of the White Sea naval base. Earlier, on October 29, the crew of the Prince Vladimir RPKSN performed the first test launch of the Bulava, an intercontinental ballistic missile from the White Sea, at the Kura training ground…

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INS Sahyadri Visits Viet Nam

October 30, 2019 – Indian naval ship, INS Sahyadri, under the command of Capt Ashwin Arvind, docked at the central city’s Tien Sa Port on Tuesday, starting a three-day friendly visit from October 29 to November 1. The ship’s visit is part of ongoing operational deployment of the Indian Navy to Southeast Asia, and there will be professional interaction between personnel of both navies including tours and sports events. India-Viet Nam relations have grown stronger in recent years due to a vibrant economic engagement and growing convergence on political, regional…

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NATO ships test next generation of electronic warfare defences

October 31, 2019 – Thirteen NATO countries are taking part in simulated air and missile defence drills off the United Kingdom’s southern coast from Thursday (31 October 2019). The 6-day Naval Electro Magnetic Operations – or “NEMO” – trials will test how allied navies can defend themselves against anti-ship cruise and hypersonic missiles using state-of-the-art electronic defences. “NEMO 19 shows how Allies are working together to protect NATO forces from the threat of cruise and hypersonic missiles,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “This is NATO’s largest maritime electronic warfare exercise…

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RH Marine allows future naval officers to train more realistically and extensively

October 31, 2019 – Future naval officers being trained at the Dutch Royal Institute for the Navy (KIM) in Den Helder can from now on train their navigation skills more realistically and extensively. In addition to the KIM, the Navy Sailing School also makes use of the navigation simulators. The new Rhodium WECDIS trainer provided by RH Marine makes it possible to practice several scenarios with multiple students at the same time in the training station. Thanks to the collaboration with VSTEP Simulations, this takes place in a virtual environment.…

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HMAS Brisbane commences combat system trials in US

November 1, 2019 – In a first for the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy, HMAS Brisbane has completed a live missile engagement. Using remote sensor data from the USS Stockdale and the Cooperative Engagement Capability, the combat system was tested against a range of challenging targets and tactical situations. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the trials which were held in the US over the past month, mark a ground-breaking milestone for Australia. “This missile firing demonstrates the very highest levels of interoperability…

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Blue Canyon Technologies Joins Forces with the Naval Research Laboratory and the UK Ministry of Defence for Space Weather Demonstration Mission

October 31, 2019 – Small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) today announced that it has been selected by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to support a combined initiative between the US Department of the Navy and the UK Ministry of Defence for a demonstration mission called CIRCE. CIRCE, which stands for Coordinated Ionospheric Reconstruction CubeSat Experiment, will utilize two 6U CubeSats flying in tandem formation in low-Earth orbit (LEO) to measure the ionosphere and radiation environment space from multiple vantage points. The BCT-built CubeSats will…

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USS The Sullivans CNO Availability Completed On Time

October 30, 2019 – USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) successfully completed sea trials and her Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availability Oct. 24, one day ahead of schedule, despite the project losing two weeks in September due to Hurricane Dorian. “Planning and teamwork were instrumental,” said Capt. John Lobuono, Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) commanding officer. “All the stakeholders, including our industry partners BAE Systems and Jacksonville Ship Repair, came together right after the contract was awarded, and their continuous dialogue and teamwork allowed the team to resolve issues quickly…

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First Poseidon aircraft delivered to the RAF

October 31, 2019 – The MOD is investing £3 billion in nine state-of-the-art jets which will enhance the UK’s tracking of hostile maritime targets, protect the British continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and play a central role in NATO missions across the North Atlantic. Following an unveiling ceremony in Seattle, the aircraft was flown to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida where RAF personnel are being trained to operate the aircraft. On arrival Michelle Sanders, DE&S Delivery Team Leader, signed the paperwork to formally transfer the aircraft, named Pride of Moray,…

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HNLMS Groningen Intercepts 330 Kilo Cocaine Shipment

October 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Groningen intercepted a drug transport in the early morning of 19 October. To the west of Aruba, the patrol ship managed to stop a so-called go fast-speed boat with 330 kilograms of cocaine on board. A Dash-8, maritime patrol aircraft of the coastguard, discovered the fast motorboat on a well-known smuggling route. The Groningen was then called in. He traced the drug boat with the help of his fast FRISC interception boat. On board was a combined team of the US Coast Guard…

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Indian Navy Preparedness for Cyclone Maha

October 31, 2019 – The Deep Depression over the Maldives-Comorin areas has intensified into Cyclonic Storm Maha. Naval Officer-in-Charge (NOIC) Lakshadweep & Minicoy (L&M) and INS Dweeprakshak at Kavaratti are taking all precautions in co-ordination with Union Territory Lakshadweep (UTL) Administration to ensure safety of men and material. The Cabinet Secretary (CS) Shri. Rajiv Gauba reviewed the preparedness of UTL administration on 30 Oct 19 through video conference. The CS was informed by representative of Indian Navy (IN) about preparedness of IN at Lakshadweep and Southern Naval Command’s readiness to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 30, 2019

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $69,247,177 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 931,200 man hours of installation and certification technical support to the Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Webster Outlying Field and Patuxent River in support of the Navy and the governments of Japan, South Korea and Australia. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (80%); and Rockville, Maryland (20%), and is expected to be completed in April 2025. No funds will be obligated…

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Keel Laid for First-in-Class T-ATS

October 31, 2019 – Gulf Island Shipyard held a keel laying ceremony on Oct. 30 for the future USNS Navajo (T-ATS 6), the lead ship of the Navy’s new class of Towing, Salvage, and Rescue vessels. The ceremony was held at the Houma Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, Louisiana. A keel laying is the ceremonial recognition of the start of a ship’s construction and the joining of the ship’s modular components. The keel serves as the symbolic backbone of the ship and is said to be “truly and fairly laid”…

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