US Navy Contract Announcements May 18, 2018

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $77,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the engineering, test equipment, material and management necessary to transition Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 engineering, manufacturing and development into low-rate manufacturing, fabricating and production of ESSM Block 2 missiles.  The ESSM program is an international cooperative effort to design, develop, test and procure ESSM missiles. The ESSM provides enhanced ship self-defense.  Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (61 percent); Hengelo OV, Netherlands (9 percent); Ottobrunn, Germany (6 percent); Richmond, Australia (5 percent); Loveland, Colorado…

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More jobs created as BMT Australia opens new Adelaide office

In yet another sign of the growing local defence industry, BMT Australia has opened its doors in Adelaide. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today formally opened the company’s Adelaide office. BMT Australia, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is a maritime engineering, science and technology consultancy which has key roles in many major naval defence projects. Minister Pyne said it’s great to have a company such as BMT setting up shop in Adelaide. “It is fantastic to see BMT Australia expanding its footprint after operating in Australia…

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RAN Participation in Exercise KOMODO concludes

The third iteration of Multilateral Naval Exercise KOMODO (MNEK) has drawn to a close off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. The shore phase of the exercise saw participant nations conduct a city parade, cultural and sporting events, and engagement activities. On completion, warships joined for two days of practical exercises at sea. HMAS Anzac sailed in formation with 33 other warships, bound for the designated exercise area before a sail past on the final day marked the close of MNEK 2018. For 2018, the overarching theme of the exercise was…

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PCU Hyman G. Rickover celebrates construction milestone

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795) at General Dynamics Electric Boat, May 11. The initials of the submarine’s sponsor, Darleen Greenert, were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine. She is the wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert (retired). Adm. Frank Caldwell, Jr., director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, stated, “Adm. Rickover’s gift to our Nation’s defense – safe, reliable, and militarily superior naval nuclear propulsion…

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USS Preble Returns Home from Deployment

USS Preble (DDG 88) returns to its homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 27, after more than six months on a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. While deployed, Preble conducted security, stability and freedom of navigation operations throughout the Arabian Sea, Indo-Pacific region, and surrounding waters. The ship was underway for more than 173 days and conducted approximately 1,000 flight hours with the ship’s embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, Det. 5 Easyriders. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication…

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Saab Technology Features in Royal Navy led Information Warfare Exercise

Saab has contributed two innovations systems to the UK’s second-ever Information Warrior exercise. Saab’s 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) and TactiCall Integrated Communication System (ICS) were successfully used in the Information Warrior 18 (IW18) event, which was led by the Royal Navy and industry. The exercise was held at Royal Marine Barracks Stonehouse and British multinational defence technology company QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park and aimed to drive the future development of warfare capabilities, focusing on the computerised side of modern warfare. “IW18 has more than simply benchmarked current capability to…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 27, 2018

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is awarded $143,270,000 for modification P00018 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0034) to exercise an option to procure 100 full-rate production Lot 15 Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (24.5 percent); Walled Lake, Michigan (14.2 percent); Camden, Arkansas (11 percent); Gainesville, Virginia (8 percent); El Segundo, California (5.5 percent); Glenrothes, Scotland (4.5 percent); Clearwater, Florida (4.3 percent); Fort Wayne, Indiana (3.3 percent); Dublin, Georgia (3 percent); Midland, Ontario, Canada (2.8 percent); Spanish Fork, Utah (2.5 percent);…

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USS Ralph Johnson set to arrive at Everett homeport

The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is scheduled to arrive at its homeport of Naval Station Everett, April 27. Ralph Johnson will be the sixth U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Everett, including USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Sampson (DDG 102). Ralph Johnson was commissioned for active service on March 24 in Charleston, South Carolina. The ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Jason Patterson, leads the core crew of 314 officers and enlisted personnel.…

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US, International Partners Interdict Half Ton of Cocaine, Rescue Four Suspects

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO), coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) and ARC 07 de Agosto intercepted a low-profile go-fast vessel (LPGFV) and seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7. During a routine counter-narcotics patrol, an AMO P-3 aircraft detected an LPGFV, which is a custom made ocean-going, high-speed motor boat built by drug traffickers to smuggle large quantities of illegal drugs. The boats are primarily made of fiberglass and they travel…

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USS Lake Champlain in Peru for SIFOREX 2018

USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) anchored off the coast of Lima, Peru, April 23, after completing a combined anti-submarine training exercise with Peru and Colombia. The guided-missile cruiser participated in Silent Forces Exercise (SIFOREX) 2018, a biennial naval exercise that enabled maritime forces to practice tracking diesel submarines and other drills that promoted interoperability between the Peruvian, Colombian and U.S. navies. Lake Champlain, an embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter detachment, three P-8/A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and one Colombian submarine participated with Peruvian ships, submarines and aircraft. “My crew and…

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UK Announced Project Guardian

Known as Project Guardian, the new Air Command and Control System will support the continued early detection and rapid response to potential hostile or suspect aircraft that pose a threat to UK sovereignty, be that terrorists or state-based actors. This project will see the current systems at RAF bases in the UK and Falkland Islands replaced with the new technology. It will allow the RAF to exercise command and control of UK and NATO fighters to intercept aggressive or suspect aircraft that are a threat. The RAF routinely intercept, identify…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 19, 2018

Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Massachusetts, is awarded a $136,529,350 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-5315) to exercise an option for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) low rate initial production (LRIP).  The LRIP unit will be deployed on a DDG Flight III class ship.  Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by April 2021.  Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $136,529,350 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end…

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Vice Admiral David Johnston Named Vice Chief of Australian Defence Force

David Lance Johnston was born in 1962 and entered the Royal Australian Naval College as a junior entry Cadet Midshipman in 1978. He graduated from the RAN College in 1982 as a seaman officer, later specializing as a Principal Warfare Officer. He has served as the Commanding Officer of HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) and HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06). The latter command included deployment on Operation QUICKSTEP to Fiji in 2006. His staff appointments include Command and Control specialist staff positions in Australian Defence Headquarters, Operations Manager at Sailors’ Career Management…

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L3 Awarded A Contract for the Australian Offshore Patrol Vessel Program

L3 Technologies announced April 16th that it has been awarded a contract for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The prime contractor, Luerssen Australia Pty Ltd., has selected L3 Communications Australia Pty Ltd. to provide the integrated communications, bridge, navigation and platform management systems for all 12 OPV platforms. “This strategy enables the Australian government’s Naval Shipbuilding Strategy to further benefit from L3 Communications Australia’s advanced maritime integration and manufacturing capabilities.” “L3’s work on the OPV design and construction phase will enable us to continue…

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Red Arrows to headline RAF100 tribute at Yeovilton Air Day

Smoke on! The world-class Red Arrows will lead the Royal Air Force’s centenary involvement at this year’s RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day on Saturday 7 July. The RAF has had the Red Arrows as its official aerobatic team for over half its lifespan. Flying their nine red-painted BAe Hawk T1 jet trainers, 2018’s Red Arrows are led by a new ‘Red 1’, Squadron Leader Martin Pert. The team’s all-action routine is sure to be an Air Day highlight once more, peaking with the Synchro Pair’s breath-taking crossing maneuvers. Joining the…

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