China-built aircraft carrier to embark on second sea trial

Outfitting work was completed on China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, Type 001A, on Thursday, making the ship ready for its second sea trial. The carrier’s first sea trial was from May 13 to 18. A military expert said this proves the first sea trial was successful, and that the process could be accelerated. After a five-day sea trial, the carrier returned on May 23 to the Dalian Shipyard, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, to finish its remaining outfitting work. A report from wenweipo.com said the carrier has been moved out…

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded $85 Million Contract to Support U.S. Navy’s Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier Program

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $85 million to provide main propulsion steam turbines and auxiliary equipment for the U.S. Navy’s Ford-class aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). The award was received from Huntington Ingalls, Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) to support planned ship construction. “We are pleased to have been awarded this important naval defense contract, underscoring Curtiss-Wright’s long-standing relationship with the U.S. Navy and continued support of their critical platforms which continue to receive strong Congressional support,” said David C. Adams, Chairman and CEO of…

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Nimitz Commences 15 Month Drydocking

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) shifted from its homeport pier at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton to a dry dock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton site, March 1. “I’ve seen this ship come full circle,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jordan Manuel, from San Jose, California. “I got to the boat in the middle of Nimitz’s last maintenance availability so I got to experience all the work-ups and underway periods that led up to our previous deployment, and now we’re back in the yards getting ready for…

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Speculation grows over China’s first homemade aircraft carrier

“China can make aircraft carriers of any type,” Hu Wenming, general director of construction of China’s first homemade aircraft carrier said in November, bringing the topic under the spotlight once again after the ship reportedly hit the water in April. Military enthusiasts were thrilled by Hu’s remarks, speculating that China may be building a nuclear-powered carrier equipped with an electromagnetic catapult system for launching fighter jets. The ship, which began construction in 2013, will be China’s first homemade carrier. The country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, was rebuilt from a Soviet…

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What are the differences between China’s two aircraft carriers?

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is expected to start blue-water trials soon, according to state media and mainland military websites. The 001A, which started preliminary trials in Dalian in the northeast of China in November after its launch on April 26, has a similar design to the country’s first carrier the Liaoning. That ship started life as the Varyag, an unfinished Admiral Kuznetsov class carrier that China bought in 1998 from Ukraine – which inherited the ship after the break-up of the Soviet Union – and…

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China’s aircraft carriers to get new propulsion system

Chinese engineers have developed a new propulsion system for the country’s second home-made aircraft carrier, which could equip the conventionally powered warship with the world’s most advanced jet launch system along with newer weapons, according to Chinese military experts. A research team led by the country’s top naval engineer, Ma Weiming, have developed a medium-voltage, direct-current transmission network to replace the older alternating current system for the country’s second domestically-built Type 002 carrier, which could provide more power for its electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), Hong Kong-based South China Morning…

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4th JWGACTC meeting in India 29 Oct to 03 Nov 17

The 4th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Co-operation (JWGACTC), constituted under the auspices of the Indo – US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative, was organised in India from 29 Oct to 03 Nov 17. A 13 member US delegation, headed by Rear Admiral Brian Antonio, Program Executive Officer Aircraft Carriers, visited the Shore Based Test Facility at Goa, Naval Base at Karwar, INS Vikramaditya at sea, Mazagaon Dock Limited and Headquarters Western Naval Command. The concluding session of the Joint Working Group Meeting was held…

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PLA makes huge strides

China’s military has been developing rapidly in the past five years and is attracting global attention, which experts said is necessary to protect the country and its people. “The structure of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) armament has been completed and rationalized in the past five years since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, meeting the requirements of a large country,” Li Jie, a naval military expert, told the Global Times on Sunday. The PLA has modernized, and has completed its systematization and informatization, Song Zhongping,…

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Royal Navy relies on Thales’s communications support for Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers

As a leading provider of intelligence systems , smart connectivity and associated services to the UK MoD, Thales has secured a seven year contract to provide through-life support for communications systems of the Royal Navy’s fleet.   Key Points  Thales has won a 7 year £100m contract with the UK Royal Navy to provide communications systems support to the fleet Thales’s communications systems are critical to the new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers coming into service The contract secures 40 jobs in the UK The £100m contract provides an intelligent, unified…

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Faster-than-imagined aircraft carrier construction sparks speculation of an earlier sea test

It will not be long before China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, starts its sea test, at least according to online speculation, judging from the latest advancements in its construction, but experts argue that according to the rules, an official sea trial will not come soon. Recently, photos of a radar mast being constructed on the carrier were posted online. Li Jie, an aircraft carrier expert, said the ship will be ready for a sea trial at or around the beginning of 2018, because usually it will be…

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John C Stennis aims for excellence during operational pause

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and crew took a pause from their normal training and maintenance Aug. 25, to focus on safe and efficient operations. The operational pause was directed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson in the wake of several U.S. Navy vessel mishaps, including the collisions of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) with civilian vessels and seeks to address issues which may have led to these mishaps. “Recent events indicate these tragic incidents are not limited occurrences but part…

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Ceremonial Steel-Cut for Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) at Newport News Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries today cut a 35-ton steel plate at its Newport News Shipbuilding division to kick off advance construction of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80). The steel plate will become part of the foundation of Enterprise, the ninth U.S. Navy ship to bear the legendary name. Ship’s sponsors and U.S. Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky gave the order to cut the steel during a ceremony that marks the first construction milestone in the life of the ship. Other ceremony participants included Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.;…

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Homegrown aircraft carrier ahead of schedule

China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier is very likely to start its first sea trials in autumn, as its manufacturer announced that it will present key achievements as a tribute to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corp (DSIC) of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the manufacturer of the Type 001A, posted details of a meeting on its website on August 18. Hu Wenming, the head and Party chief of the CSIC who visited the DSIC in Dalian, northeastern China’s Liaoning…

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Royal Navy Divers pay their respects to HMS Hermes

Two hundred feet below the surface of the Bay of Bengal the Royal Navy’s standard ‘flies’ on HMS Hermes for the first time in 75 years. Not since April 9, 1942 have Royal Navy sailors seen the outline of Britain’s first purpose-built carrier. Three quarters of a century after she was sunk by Japanese bombers, taking punishment no warship could survive, a ten-strong team of Royal Navy divers paid their respects on the battered hull of the Hermes. Joint training with the Sri Lankan Navy finally gave the experts from…

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Truman Completes CART II

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) completed the Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II, Aug. 18. During this four-day event, the Afloat Training Group Atlantic (ATG) assessed Truman’s needs for the rest of the training cycle in preparation for deployment. “ATG conducted a comprehensive review of the ship’s programs, qualifications and casualty control capabilities in order to assess our readiness,” said Lt. Cmdr. Damon Sumerall, Truman’s training officer. ATG’s evaluation looked at various administrative requirements as well, including plans for watch team replacement, watch quarter and station bills…

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