FOI responses published by MOD: week commencing 26 February 2018

Documents Copy of named electrical documents relating to Land Rover Defender Ref: DE&S 2017/09738PDF, 1.5MB, 62 pages Documents relating to changes of right for Cadet Force under List B Commission Ref: Army 2017/13086PDF, 5.34MB, 39 pages Number of UK Forces Personnel in York and North Yorkshire as at 1 October 2017 Ref: Defence Statistics 2018/02751PDF, 461KB, 3 pages Information on scurvy read codes within The Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP) Ref: Defence Statistics 2017/13216PDF, 322KB, 2 pages Information on United Kingdom Hydrographic Office social media Ref: UKHO 2018/01367PDF, 233KB, 3 pages Information on veterans in receipt of pensions and compensation Ref: HOCS 2018/00308PDF, 42.3KB, 2 pages Information…

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Departure of the mission Jeanne d’Arc 2018

Google Translation On February 26, 2018, Vice-Admiral Béraud, Major General of the Navy, went to Toulon for the departure of the mission Jeanne d’Arc 2018. This mission will mobilize for 5 months an amphibious group composed of the building of projection and command (BPC) Dixmuide, the La Fayette frigate (FLF) Surcouf, an Alouette III and a British Royal Navy detachment with two Wildcat helicopters. During the departure ceremony of the group, he was accompanied by Rear-Admiral Vandier, Deputy Commander of the Maritime District of the Mediterranean, Rear-Admiral Velly, Chief of…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 28, 2018

The Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University (ARL/PSU), State College, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $1,070,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research, development, engineering and test and evaluation for programs throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). This contract provides research and development in the core competency areas approved for ARL/PSU by DoD which include guidance, navigation and control of undersea systems; advanced thermal propulsion concepts and systems for undersea vehicles; advanced propulsors and other fluid machinery for marine systems; materials technology and manufacturing technology to meet the unique requirements of…

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Binational Mistral Transit of Suez Canal

Google Translation On February 25th, the “Tonere” projection and command building (BPC) and its Egyptian sistership the BPC “Anwar El Sadat” traveled together the Suez Canal between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. They were escorted respectively by the Gowind “El Fateh”, which led the march, and by the Air Defense Frigate (FDA) “Chevalier Paul”. This is the first time that two PCBs have been traveling in the same convoy via the Suez Canal. This joint crossing marked for the amphibious task group 473.01 (composed of the two ships…

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US Navy Flag Officer Announcements

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations: Navy Vice Adm. Christopher W. Grady for appointment to the rank of admiral, and for assignment as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Grady is currently serving as commander, Sixth Fleet; commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe, Naples Italy. Navy Vice Adm. Charles A. Richard for reappointment to the rank…

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Vard Marine Joins South African Navy’s Project Hotel Program

Vard Marine is pleased to congratulate Durban-based Southern African Shipyards (SAS) on being selected for the design and construction of the South African Navy’s new hydrographic survey vessel, which will replace the SAS Protea. The winning bid is based on Vard Marine’s VARD 9 105 science vessel concept, a well-proven design that has been specifically tailored to South Africa’s unique requirements and designed to incorporate the latest hydrographic and oceanographic sensor suite. Vard Marine was contracted earlier this week to complete the Basic Design and support SAS through detailed design…

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USNS Salvor, MDSU Divers Team Up with DPAA to Recover WWII Pilot’s Remains Near Palau

A recovery team aboard Military Sealift Command’s USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) completed an excavation, Feb. 25, of multiple aircraft losses shot down in 1944 near Ngerekebesang Island, Republic of Palau. Although remains potentially associated with the losses were recovered by the team, the identity of those remains will not be released until a complete and thorough analysis can confirm positive identification and the service casualty office conducts next of kin notification. The project was headed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), which deployed an Underwater Recovery Team (URT) comprised…

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Navy Railgun Lines Named for Two Electromagnetic Railgun Visionaries at Ceremony

The Navy dedicated and named its electromagnetic railgun lines in honor of two public servants who envisioned, nurtured, and laid the foundation for the U.S. Navy’s Electromagnetic Railgun Program at a ceremony held in their honor, Feb. 22. Posters and plaques commemorating the naming of the railgun lines for Adm. James Hogg (ret.) and Dr. Hans Mark were unveiled at the event and will be on permanent display to honor their efficacy and vision as the Navy continues working to push this revolutionary warfighting capability forward. “These visionary men had…

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Exercise Cobra Gold strengthens interoperability, regional relationships

Some 5,800 U.S. service members, working in Thailand alongside forces from 29 partner nations, have wrapped up one of the largest security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters today that Cobra Gold 18, which ended Feb. 23, sought to improve participants’ capability to plan and conduct combined and joint operations, to build relationships among participating nations across the region, and to improve interoperability over a range of activities, including enhancing maritime security and responding to large-scale natural disasters. Three Phases to Success…

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Vimpel Shipyard Christening Ceremony for Project 21980 Valery Fedyanin

Google Translation On February 24, in Severomorsk in the Murmansk region, a solemn lifting ceremony of the flag took place and the designation number 21980 “Grachonok” of the factory number 01224, built on the JSC “GCC” Vympel “, was hoisted. The anti-diversion boat entered the Northern Fleet at the end of 2017 and became part of the Kola Flotilla of the various fleet forces. The boat was named after Colonel Valery Fedyanin, commander of the Marine Corps Brigade of the Northern Fleet, who died while fulfilling his military duty in…

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Canberra tests anti-ship missile defence

Amphibious ship HMAS Canberra has tested one of its key defensive capabilities off the south coast of New South Wales. Upgrades to the Nulka anti-ship missile decoy system have been tested with the use of civilian aircraft including an underslung Nulka payload carried by helicopter and a Learjet simulating an incoming anti-ship missile. The cutting edge capability was tested as part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018 and in collaboration with Defence industry partners. Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Mark Williams said the trial was an integral part in ensuring…

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Kratos Delivers Virtual Machine-Based Satellite Ground Communications Architecture for Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary, Kratos RT Logic, delivered a virtual machine software satellite ground communications solution that commands the payload of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) SATCOM satellites. Boeing’s Global SATCOM Configuration Control Element (GSCCE) Evolution program chose Kratos’ virtual solution to replace an older command and control technology. The delivery includes virtual machine software versions of Kratos’ Front End Processor (vFEP) and Gateway (vGTW) systems. The vFEPs and vGTWs are installed and run in Virtual Machines (VMs) on customer supplied classified and…

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Practice makes perfect

Personnel in HMAS Canberra have wasted no time in honing their seamanship skills ahead of Navy’s premier war fighting activity. The ship sailed side-by-side with Western Australian-based Auxiliary Oiler HMAS Sirius for a Replenishment at Sea (RAS), an evolution which enables the transferring of personnel, stores and fuel. Safety supervisor for the RAS, Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Ritson Carr, said the training allowed sailors recently posted to the ship to gain valuable experience in a fundamental seamanship evolution. “For my sailors it’s their job to conduct line handling and take…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 27, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $158,268,935 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N0001918F2476) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for program management, nonrecurring engineering, recurring engineering, site support and touch labor in support of modification and retrofit activities for delivered air systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is…

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US Navy Contract Announcements February 26, 2018

Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $48,061,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0030 under previously awarded contract N00104-11-D-ZD43 as an undefinitized contractual action for performance-based logistics support of the Phalanx close-in-weapon system in managing the systems by furnishing repaired and new units for 1041 line items under prescribed performance metrics in response to Fleet requisitions.  Work will be performed in Louisville, Kentucky, and work is to be completed by August 2019.  Fiscal 2018 working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $23,549,890 will be obligated at…

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