NZDF to Strengthen Engagement in Asia-Pacific

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has deployed Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana to the Asia-Pacific over the next five months, as it seeks to strengthen engagement with countries in the region. Commander Lisa Hunn, the Commanding Officer of Te Mana, said the ship would take part in several international exercises as part of its deployment. “Participating in joint military exercises provides great training opportunities for the ship’s crew members and also helps build trust through cooperation with other regional military forces,” she said. In the first…

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Saab Shows Full Scale Model of the SLWT Torpedo at UDT 2018

Saab will be exhibiting at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition and conference which takes place 26-28 June at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. During UDT Saab will showcase the latest products in the underwater segment, including a full size model of the new light weight torpedo (SLWT). The main focus for Saab during UDT will be the SLWT torpedo with a full size model as well as a new animation and a 360 degree VR-video. Saab continues the development of the new light weight torpedo system…

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Keel-laying ceremony for Swedish SIGINT ship built at Polish Naval Shipyard

The keel-laying ceremony for the new Swedish signals intelligence ship took place June 15th at the Naval Shipyard, located in Gdynia, Poland. The event was attended by representatives from Saab, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and invited guests. Saab was awarded the contract to design and build the ship, which will replace the Swedish Navy’s existing H(SW)MS Orion, by the Swedish Material Defence Administration FMV in 2017. Subsequently it selected Nauta Shiprepair Yard, belonging to PGZ Group, to perform the construction, launch and early sea trials of the vessel. Cooperation…

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Latest Landing Ship from COTECMAR Launched

Google Translation Ten months lasted the construction of the new Amphibious Disembarkation Ship Rapid Reaction Unit built in Cartagena by Cotecmar that will be released to the sea on Friday morning, June 15 at the shipyard facilities located in the Mamonal industrial zone in Cartagena. This is the fifth ship built for the Colombian National Navy and the sixth ship produced in the country in the last 5 years. In September of last year a ship of the same range was delivered to the Naval Force of Honduras, constituting a…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 15, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $503,228,000 for a not-to-exceed modification to a previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 0584 placed against basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020).  This modification provides for air vehicle initial spares, to include F-35Lightning II deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages, and associated consumables required to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, California (9.1 percent); Owego, New…

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US Navy Contracts Announcements June 14, 2018

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $1,517,403,626 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for system configuration sets and associated services in support of the life cycle upgrades of F/A-18A/B, C/D, E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and foreign military sales (FMS) customers.  Deliverables and services to be provided include FMS unique system configuration sets (two each); system improvement and demonstration products (six each); laboratory upgrades, studies and analysis (120 each); system configuration sets (2,400,000 hours); software integration laboratory (60 months); and on-site engineering (60 months).  Work will be performed in…

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Amphibious forces join for major exercise

Navy’s amphibious focus has shifted into top gear with two Task Groups now deployed across the region. While the Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group continues its successful deployment in the South West Pacific, a major exercise has concluded off the north Queensland coast. Exercise SEA EXPLORER was one of a series of exercises, providing an opportunity for both Navy and Army to participate in community events in the town of Bowen. Amphibious operations are among the most complex, required for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, non-combatant evacuation, and joint combat operations.…

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US, Thailand Continues to Expand Partnership with 24th CARAT Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and Royal Thai Navy began the 24th iteration of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Pattaya, Thailand, June 14. The multi-nation exercise series is organized in bilateral phases with regional nations and is designed to enhance capabilities in a broad spectrum of naval operations. The exercise series features cooperative evolutions that highlight the ability of partner nations to work together towards the common goal of ensuring a free, open, and stable Indo-Pacific maritime security environment. “Twenty-four years of engagement through…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 13

Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, OBE, Royal Navy, deputy commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, traveled to the Gabya-class frigate TCS Gediz (F-495) to meet with her crew. A German P-3 Orion, United States P-8 Poseidon and E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) conducted a combined anti-submarine exercise with Sdermanland-class submarine HSwMS Sdermanland. Mine countermeasure drills finished today with ships from the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group (SNMCMG) 1 completing all exercise mine hunting requirements. The Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship FGS Frankfurt…

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Thales Sonar Upgrades to Extend Collins Class Capability

Australia’s strategic priority on enhancing its submarine capability will be supported by Thales through major upgrades of the sonar systems on all six Collins class submarines. The A$230million contract with Thales is part of a A$542million project approved by the Australian Government for the upgrade of the Collins class sensor capabilities, the key to extending the life and the regional superiority of the Collins fleet. Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said the Collins sonar upgrades continued a 30 year history of support for the Collins program since the original transfer…

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French Mediterranean Fleet Conduct Exercise Gabian 18.2

Google Translation From June 11 to 15, 2018, 6 naval aeronautical surface and air force combat ships train together off Toulon as part of the GABIAN collective training. The objective of this deployment is to train the crews of surface ships belonging to the Naval Action Force * and naval aircraft, and thus to allow sailors to prepare jointly for their future operational missions. It is also a means of maintaining and developing the individual and collective know-how of the sailors of each of these combat units. The program of…

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Russian Navy Conducts PASSEX with Philippine Navy After Manila Departure

On April 14th, a Pacific Fleet task force composed of the major ASW ships Admiral Tributs, Admiral Vinogradov and middle sea tanker Pechenga completed its unofficial visit to Manila, which began June 9th. During the visit, the detachment commander Captain 1 Rank Oleg Korolyov met with the Commander of the Navy and Commander of the Coast Guard of the Philippines. Igor Khovayev, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Palau and Federated States of Micronesia, the detachment commander and commanding…

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RFS Makhachkala to Visit Iran

The small artillery ship Makhachkala is preparing to sail off for her mission. During the cruise, the ship will call at ports of Iran with a friendly visit. The ship crew will ensure security for maritime economic activity of the Russian Federation in the Caspian Sea. During the 30-day cruise, the Russian seamen will pay a friendly visit to the port of Iran in order to improve and strengthen international cooperation. The ship will sail off on June 15 to cover more than 1,000 nautical miles in the Caspian Sea.…

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National Museum of the Royal Navy marks 50 years since Britain’s first at-sea nuclear deterrent

A new exhibition will open at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport on 15 June to mark 50 years since Britain’s first at-sea nuclear deterrent. “Silent & Secret” will explore the history of the British nuclear at-sea deterrent and reveal the challenging nature of working in these submarines. The exhibition will highlight the experiences of those men who served and give an insight into life on board the “Silent & Secret” Polaris submarines. Visitors will be able to hear stories and see documents and personal possessions of those who…

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