Launch of the intermediate size frigate program (FTI)

Google Translation In accordance with the decision taken by the Minister at the end of March in the Ministerial Investment Committee, Jean-Yves Le Drian launches today the construction of five ” Belharra  ” class intermediate frigates (FTI)  . The contract was notified to DCNS by the Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA). This contract will enable the French forces to dispose of 15 first-class frigates by 2030 in accordance with the military planning law. This format will also be provided by eight multi-mission frigates (FREMM) and two Horizon air defense frigates. The…

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US Coast Guard to base two new cutters in Astoria, Oregon

April 28, 2017- The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday it will homeport two of the service’s new Sentinel-Class 154-foot Fast Response Cutters (FRC) in Astoria, Oregon, starting in 2021. These two ships have not yet been named, but the FRCs are named after enlisted Coast Guard personnel who distinguished themselves in the line of duty. Each of the two Astoria-based FRCs will provide the coastal maritime community with a 30 percent increase in annual operating hours on regional waters over the Coast Guard’s legacy 110-foot Island class patrol boats like…

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Coast Guard Force Readiness Command holds change of command

April 25, 2017 – Rear Adm. Keith Smith relieved Rear Adm. David Throop as Commander, Force Readiness Command, during the ceremony.The Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command held a change-of-command ceremony, Thursday. Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support in Yorktown, Va., presided over the ceremony. Throop has been the Commander for the Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command for two years where he was responsible for the readiness of the Coast Guard’s more than 50,000 current active duty and reserve service members.

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HMAS Wollongong deploys to the South West Pacific

April 30, 2017 – HMAS Wollongong has embarked on a voyage to the South West Pacific as part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) enduring commitment to assist with building security capacity in the region. Wollongong’s South West Pacific deployment will see the Armidale-class patrol boat visit Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia. Through the course of the deployment Wollongong will work with each country to enhance fisheries protection and maritime surveillance capability, and to develop interoperability with the ADF. Acting Chief of Joint Operations, Major General Stuart Smith,…

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New Zealand – P-8A Aircraft and Associated Support

April 28, 2017 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand for P-8A aircraft and associated support. The estimated cost is $1.46 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017. New Zealand has requested the potential sale of up to four (4) P-8A Patrol Aircraft. Each includes: commercial engines, Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS), Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) MX-20HD, AN/AAQ-2(V)1 Acoustic System, AN/APY-10 Radar, ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures….

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USS Sterett visits Hong Kong during SAG deployment

April 30, 2017 – USS Sterett arrived in Hong Kong, April 29, the first foreign port visit of the group’s Western Pacific deployment. The command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 and the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), along with an embarked helicopter detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, departed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 14. USS Dewey (DDG 105) and an embarked helicopter detachment from HSM 78 are conducting operations off the coast of Guam during Sterett’s Hong Kong visit. During the transit from Hawaii…

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Scottish shipyards begin building Royal Navy s latest patrol ship

April 21, 2017 – Tony Douglas, Chief Executive Officer for Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the UK’s Defence procurement organisation, pressed the button to cut the first sheet of steel for the HMS Spey at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard on the Clyde today. Like her four sister ships HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Trent and HMS Tamar, which are all either under construction or preparing for sea trials, HMS Spey will be built at Govan before she is transferred to the Scotstoun yard, where she will be fitted out for operations….

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BWXT Subsidiary Awarded $141.7 Million in Contract Options from Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program

April 27, 2017 – BWX Technologies, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program exercised contract options in Q1 2017 with BWXT’s subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS) totaling approximately $141.7 million for fuel manufacture, development activities, and decommissioning work in support of the nation’s nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. .@BWXTech awarded $141.7M in contract options from Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Work under these contracts has already commenced, and the vast majority of it will be completed during the remainder of 2017. “NFS is dedicated to providing fuel and services…

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USS Jackson successfully completes missile test

  April 27, 2017 – Littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully fired a SeaRAM missile against an aerial drone, destroying the target in a test off the Southern California coast, April 22. The drone was simulating an anti-ship missile as part of a Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) event to demonstrate the self-defense capability of the ship against an aerial target. “I couldn’t be more proud of my crew and all the hard work we have put forth in preparing for and accomplishing the CSSQT events,” said…

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Floating Nuke Plant Nears Completion in St. Petersburg

April 21, 2017 – Russian environmentalists are demanding more information about a plan to fuel a floating nuclear power plant within sight of central St. Petersburg. “The historical center is densely populated. We have to exclude even the thought of an accident,” Rashid Alimov of Greenpeace Russia told RFE/RL. The law requires the city to approve the fueling, and to draw up evacuation plans in case of an accident, Alimov said. The reactor-carrying ship Akademik Lomonosov has been under construction at St. Petersburg’s Baltic Shipyard since 2008. The shipyard says it…

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India and Republic of Korea sign Inter-Governmental MOU for Defence Industry Co-Operation in Shipbuilding

April 21, 2017 –  India and the Republic of Korea (RoK) signed an Inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Defence Industry Co-operation in Shipbuilding here today. The MoU was signed by Secretary (Defence Production), Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta from the Indian side and Minister of Defence Acquisition and Programme Administration (DAPA), Mr. Chang Myoung-Jin from the RoK side. The MoU will help the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India. The salient points of the MoU are as follows: • Develop and strengthen defence industry co-operation between Republic…

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Standard Missile-6 passes rigorous graduation tests

April 27, 2017 – After a complex series of U.S. Navy flight tests, Standard Missile-6 proves it’s ready to reach its final stage of the acquisition process: full operational capability. Reaching FOC is a kind of graduation exercise that signifies the weapon’s sea worthiness—no more testing required. SM-6, produced by Raytheon Company, is the only missile in the world that can perform anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and terminal ballistic missile defense. “The U.S. Navy began deploying SM-6s four years ago, but we’ve continued to give it software upgrades and test…

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China-made large amphibious aircraft finishes first glide test

May 1, 2017 – China’s large amphibious aircraft AG600 on Saturday successfully conducted its first glide test in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai as it is preparing for its maiden flight. Other tests and check-ups are under way, according to the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. Designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the 37-meter AG600, with a wingspan of 38.8 meters, has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes. It can collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds, and transport up to 370 tonnes…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana at Newport News Shipbuilding

April 29, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division today celebrated the christening of Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th Virginia-class submarine. With a single swing, ship’s sponsor Diane Donald performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine’s hull. Donald is the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. “It’s the honor of a lifetime to be here today,” said Donald. “While the size of the submarine alone is stunning, the complexity inside sets it apart…

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B.A.P. Pisco, pride of PERU

Google Translation Peruvian Navy recently participated in a new historical event for our country, the Baptism and Bouncing of the Multipurpose Ship B.A.P. “Pisco”, a high-speed vessel whose purpose will be to respond adequately to the needs of our country in case of natural disasters, transporting humanitarian aid material and which has been built entirely by our company SIMA PERU. The ceremony of Baptism and Botadura was attended by the highest authorities of the Navy and the State: the President of the Republic, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; The Minister of Defense, Jorge…

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