UK Defense Minister Stuart Andrew Makes P-8A Announcement

January 31, 2019 – Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced the first fuel tanks supporting the UK’s new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft have rolled off the line in Cambridge. The major milestone comes after the first cohort of RAF aircrew commenced their training for the program earlier this month, marking the start of a vital enhancement of the UK’s military capabilities in the maritime environment. The P-8A Poseidon is a new aircraft for the RAF designed to operate for long durations over water in maritime patrol roles, in particular…

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Baltic Fleet Ka-27PLs Conduct ASW Training

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The crews of decked anti-submarine helicopters Ka-27PL of the naval aviation of the Baltic Fleet, as part of the planned exercise, completed the tasks of searching, tracking and destroying the enemy submarine in the sea range According to the plan of the exercise, an unidentified submarine was located in the sea lanes area, the crew of which was assigned the task of disrupting the sea lanes of the Baltic Fleet. To detect the target, naval aviation helicopters of the Ka-27PL fleet were sent to…

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U.S., Australia Set to Kick Off 2019 Exercise Sea Dragon

January 11, 2019 – Located at the southernmost point of the Northern Marianas Islands and the United States’ westernmost point, Guam will serve as the location of 2019 Exercise Sea Dragon, which is slated to kick off Jan. 14. “Exercise Sea Dragon is an exciting opportunity to enhance maritime patrol relationships in the Western Pacific and focus on building anti-submarine warfare (ASW) proficiency and increase warfighting lethality,” said Capt. Brian Erickson, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72. “In future Sea Dragon exercises, I am excited to expand ally and partner nation…

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Navy Accepts Final Component for LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package

December 4, 2018 – The Navy took delivery of the final component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package Nov. 30, following the successful completion of a rigorous acceptance test regime at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The Raytheon-developed Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System and ASW Mission Package will significantly increase ASW capabilities within the U.S. Navy, bringing the ability to maneuver active and passive sonars above and below the thermocline layer. “The DART Mission System is an essential component of the LCS ASW Package,…

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HMS St Albans and HMS Astute Practice ASW Skills

November 30, 2018 – Two of the Royal Navy’s heavyweight anti-submarine weapons have pitted their wits against each other. Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans and hunter-killer sub HMS Astute have been operating alongside each other, honing their Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) skills. But it was also an opportunity for them to go up against each other, testing their ability to deal with the threat one another brings to the battlefield. “To be the best at what we do, it is essential that we train both against and alongside the very…

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Philippines to Receive First Ever ASW Helicopters Early 2019

November 27, 2018 – The Philippine Navy (PN) announced the arrival in the first quarter of 2019 of its first-ever anti-submarine warfare helicopters. In an interview, Navy spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata said with the arrival of two Agusta Westland AW159 Wildcat helicopters, the PN will now have the capability of securing not only the country’s surface waters but also underwater. He said the helicopters which are equipped with sensors and weapon systems, can track/detect and counter submarines. “It’s a big leap essentially dahil (because) with this capability we now have…

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Sub-hunting Merlin to develop tactics with American Navy

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy Aviators, currently deployed on HMS Queen Elizabeth, will take part in submarine-hunting tests with the US Navy. 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are sending a team and two of their Merlin Mk2 helicopters to the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, to take part in tactical development and training alongside their colleagues from the US Navy. 820 NAS are currently supporting the F35 flying trials onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth off the East Coast of the USA, and will bring their considerable ASW expertise to…

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Caspian Flotilla Conducts MCM & ASW Training

October 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – Combining the ships guarding the water area of ​​the Caspian Flotilla together with aviation carried out anti-submarine and anti-mine search operations. During the exercise, the ship group consisting of small anti-submarine ships and minesweepers with the support of the Su-24M bomber link, the Be-12 aircraft and Ka-27 helicopters carried out a control search of enemy submarines and anti-ship mines on the fairway of the main ship fleet fleet. combat mission. In addition, the crews of anti-submarine ships carried out combat shooting at air and…

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RFS Onega & Naryan-Mar Conduct ASW Training in White Sea

October 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, as part of a planned combat training, a shipboard anti-submarine strike group of ships of the White Sea Naval Base conducted a test tactical exercise in the White Sea to defend naval forces at sea and at points of permanent deployment. During the exercise, the crews of the small anti-submarine ships Onega and Naryan-Mar fulfilled the tasks of organizing the protection and defense of the convoy of ships, the role of which was performed by the hydrographic ships GS-192 and GS-297. The crews…

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Sonar Trials and Testing Facility in Tasmania

Thales Australia is looking to make Tasmania the home of a state-of-the-art trials and test facility for submarine and surface ship sonar systems. Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College and AMOG Consulting today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to investigate the establishment of the facility. The potential locations being investigated for the facility are located in the federal seat of Braddon and will create jobs and develop world leading expertise for the region. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, who witnessed today’s…

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LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package Completes Two Testing Milestones

Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants announced the successful completion of two Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package testing milestones, July 16. The first was a 10-day Dockside-1 test event on the Dual-mode ARray Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Florida. The second was a full-power, in-water test of the active array at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachment’s test facility in Dresden, New York. “The Seneca Lake Test was a huge step forward for the DART System…

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ERAPSCO Protests Navy Decision to Exclude it from GFY19-23 Q-125A Sonobuoy Solicitation

Sparton Corporation (NYSE: SPA) today announced the filing of a bid protest by ERAPSCO with the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) challenging the recent competitive range exclusion of ERAPSCO under United States Navy (Navy) Solicitation No. N00019-19-R-0002 for the GFY19-23 AN/SSQ-125A Production Sonobuoy. ERAPSCO is a joint venture between Sparton DeLeon Springs, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sparton Corporation (Sparton), and Undersea Sensor Systems, Inc. (USSI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (Ultra). The protest challenges on a number of bases the Navy’s decision to exclude ERAPSCO…

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US ASW Exercise Begins in Norwegian Sea

Naval forces from Europe and North America gathered in Bodo, Norway, May 9, 2018, to participate in the pre-sail conference for an upcoming multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Norwegian Sea. The exercise, led by the U.S., is designed to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiencies of ASW forces from Canada, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “This exercise is a key opportunity for U.S. and allied partners to practice ASW skills in a tactically challenging environment,” said Capt. Roger E. Meyer, commander, Task Force 69, the…

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Tigers roam over Scotland

Navy’s ability to track and hunt submarines is being put to the test in a high-end warfare exercise off the coast of Scotland. Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 2018 has seen 816 Squadron join one of the world’s largest and most challenging exercises in anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The exercise is a NATO-run anti-submarine warfare activity, involving eleven nations. Three submarines, two conventional and one nuclear, are the main focus, along with more than thirty surface assets and multiple ASW helicopters and Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Commanding Officer 816 Squadron, Commander Anthony Savage said…

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UK and Norway defence ministers plan sub hunting cooperation

The UK and Norway advanced their plans for international Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) co-operation in the North Atlantic, as the nations’ defence ministers flew in an American P-8A Poseidon from RAF Lossiemouth today. Defence Minister Guto Bebb hosted Secretary Tone Skogen, State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Defence, on her visit aboard a US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft – equipment which both the UK and Norway will soon own themselves. The allies ramped up discussions around how the nations will work together and might deploy their submarine-hunting aircraft fleet in…

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