Chinese naval fleet departs for joint drill in Russia

A Chinese naval fleet sailed from a port in Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province Wednesday for Russia’s Vladivostok to take part in a scheduled joint military exercise with the Russian navy. The fleet consists of missile destroyer “Shijiazhuang,” missile frigate “Daqing,” comprehensive supply ship “Dongpinghu,” and submarine rescue ship “Changdao.” The fleet is carrying ship-borne helicopters and deep submersible rescue vehicles.The upcoming drill, which will be held in the Sea of Japan and Okhotsk, is the second phase of an annual joint naval drill between the two countries. The…

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Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Completes Bilateral Exercise

Carl Vinson Strike Group (CVNSG) and ships from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy participated in a bilateral exercise March 16-24. CVNSG and ROK Navy conducted visit, board, search and seizure drills, tactical maneuvering, flag hoisting drills, a photo exercise and air, surface and anti-submarine warfare training.  “The purpose of the exercise was to further our partnership with the ROK Navy in the execution of defense of the Republic of Korea,” said Capt. Warren Cupps, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 deputy commander. “Carl Vinson played the role of the flagship and…

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Dutch Navy defends itself during major NATO exercise Joint Warrior

Google Translation March 27, 2017 – 32 naval ships, submarines 5, 10 helicopters, aircraft 60 and 7,600 soldiers. Together they form the participants to the major NATO exercise Joint Warrior, which started today. Netherlands joins including two frigates, a submarine, two minesweepers and EOD team. The United Kingdom maintains two times a year the exercise Joint Warrior which naval, air force and army units involved. They practice tactics and skills for an international task context. Solid scenarios The naval units face in realistic scenarios with all kinds of threats. Commander…

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F-35’s UK Arrival Moves Closer with £80m Contract Award

March 31, 2017 – Lockheed Martin has sub-contracted work worth £40m to BAE Systems and together the two companies will form a team of more than 100 skilled technicians at RAF Marham, who will provide engineering and technical expertise, deliver air-crew and ground-crew training, facilitate routine maintenance and help to manage the jets’ global supply chain. BAE Systems will take the lead sustainment role for F-35 in the UK with Lockheed Martin continuing as prime contractor for global operations. The award was announced by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon during…

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$35 billion Future Frigate Tender

March 31, 2017 – The $35 billion Future Frigate project reached a significant milestone today with the release of the Request for Tender (RFT) to the three shortlisted designers; BAE, Fincantieri and Navantia. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Future Frigate project is currently the largest frigate shipbuilding program of its kind in the world. “Today’s announcement shows the Government is on track to begin construction of the Future Frigates in 2020 in Adelaide,” Minister Pyne said. “The release of the RFT is an important…

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Navy Information Warfare to be featured at Sea-Air-Space Expo

March 31, 2017 – This year’s U.S. Navy Information Warfare (IW) pavilion at the Navy League hosted Sea-Air-Space Exposition (SAS) will demonstrate the Navy’s commitment to warfighting in the information age through the use of speakers, panels, subject matter experts and capability displays April 3-5. Commands from across the IW domain, including the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6), Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (C10F), Navy Information Forces Command (NAVIFOR) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), will come together to showcase…

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Raytheon’s AMDR Successfully Executes First Ballistic Missile Test

March 31, 2017 – Raytheon Company’s AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar searched for, acquired and tracked a ballistic missile test target during the radar’s first dedicated Ballistic Missile Defense exercise at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, Hawaii. This result followed a series of successes for AN/SPY-6, including the tracking of integrated air and missile defense targets of opportunity, satellites and aircraft. “We remain on track to deliver an unprecedented capability to the Fleet. The live testing we’ve been doing here at PMRF continues to demonstrate the maturity of…

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Defence Secretary welcomes US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to the UK

March 31, 2017 – Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomed Secretary Jim Mattis to London today for his first visit to the UK as US Defense Secretary. They reviewed a number of defence and security issues, including the need for NATO modernization and increased defence spending by all members, progress in the fight against extremism, including Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and joint equipment and defence trade programs. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: We have no closer friend than the United States and across the globe our nations are…

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China ready to enhance Arctic environmental cooperation: vice premier

March 29, 2017 (Xinhua) – China will actively participate in environmental preservation and push for environmental cooperation in the Arctic, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said here on Wednesday. He made the remarks when addressing the opening ceremony of the 4th International Arctic Forum (IAF) in Russia’s far northwestern city of Arkhangelsk. Wang said that ecological protection should be strengthened and prioritized. China will support the formation of advanced scientific research platforms to enhance Arctic scientific research capability, said the vice premier, urging the international community to deepen scientific exploration. Calling…

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Hydrographic surveys for MCA in the Shetland Islands

MMT has since 2006 been one of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency´s Civil Hydrography Programme survey providers of high resolution multi-beam bathymetry, providing hydrographic data for updating nautical charts for safe navigation and efficient maritime transport. Currently MMT UK, based in Banbury Oxfordshire, is undertaking two hydrographic surveys in the Shetland Islands on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. One survey runs from Yell to Unst and is a 45 day survey running along the coastlines. The other survey is a 90 day survey from Yell to Lerwick and…

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VARD selects Synapsis INS for an advanced research vessel

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract for the supply of a Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to an advanced research vessel. VARD Holding Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, with their subsidiary VARD Electro AS, have selected Raytheon Anschütz’ Synapsis INS for a new research vessel. The Synapsis INS is part of a large equipment and electrical installation package, which VARD Electro AS will provide to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. The INS consists of a total of six workstations for chart radar,…

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Norwegian armed forces procures HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles for NOK 155 million

March 27, 2017 – Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) for delivery of four complete HUGIN AUV systems (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) for detection, classification and identification of mines. The HUGIN AUV’s will have a depth rating of 3,000 meters, and will be equipped with advanced sensors for modern mine hunting. The deliveries include systems for planning, execution and analysis of missions, and launch and recovery systems both for the Navy’s mine hunting vessels, as well as in mobile containers. “Our job is to…

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100 Years of Underway Replenishment

The Civil Service Mariners (CIVMAR) who crew Military Sealift Command’s fast combat support ship, USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), got the ship underway from Naval Station Norfolk, March 22, to do what the U.S. Navy has done for 100 years, underway replenishments at sea (UNREP). Underway replenishments are a critical naval capability which allows U.S. Navy and allied ships to be resupplied with fuel, food and stores without pulling into a port. This capability allows naval warships to stay on station longer and continue with their mission uninterrupted. “UNREPS keep the…

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Industry invited to regional Naval Shipbuilding briefings

March 29, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Minister Pyne MP, today announced seven Naval Shipbuilding Industry briefings would be held across regional Australia. Minister Pyne said these briefings would provide regional Australians with an opportunity to learn more about the Government’s $89 billion national shipbuilding endeavor. “The industry briefings will focus on the next generation of naval surface ships; specifically the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessels, which represent a $39 billion investment by the Australian Government,” he said. “The Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs will…

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Upgrades complete for Anzac class

Published on 26 March 2017 LCDR Felicity Petrie (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer) Topic(s): MH-60R Seahawk, Frigate Helicopter (FFH), HMAS Stuart (F153) HMAS Stuart during undocking at BAE Henderson Dockyard after completing the Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade. March 26, 2017 – The last Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate to receive anti-ship missile defence upgrades is back in the water, with HMAS Stuart undocking at the Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. She will now commence trials of her state-of-the-art systems and modifications. Commander Surface Forces Commodore Christopher Smith said the overhaul had enabled the helicopter frigates to continue…

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