SCANTER 6002 for RAN SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel

In May 2018 the contract signing for the SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was successfully completed between Saab Australia and Terma Singapore for the customer, the Royal Australian Navy, (RAN). Terma is contracted to deliver the SCANTER 6002 radar for all 12 OPVs over a period of 10 years. The Lürssen designed OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the existing Armidale Class Patrol Boats. The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions and the OPV will be the primary RAN asset for…

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Local companies jump on board Future Submarines

August 9, 2018 – Australian companies are showing a high level of enthusiasm to be part of the Future Submarine Program. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said more than one thousand local businesses have formally registered their interest. Naval Group, as our partner for the Future Submarines, and Lockheed Martin Australia as the combat system integrator, have held eight submarine industry days as part of ongoing engagement with local companies. “As of 1 June 2018, 873 have registered interest with Naval Group, and 227 have…

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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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Fleet Commander meets Navy RIMPAC Commanders

Sailing for the sea phase of RIMPAC 18 aboard HMAS Success there was meeting of minds when Navy’s senior leadership team met with Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead. According to RADM Mead, this is one of Navy’s single largest commitments to RIMPAC, and apart from the host United States Navy, the RAN is the longest contributor of forces to the exercise. “RIMPAC continues to be Navy’s most important military engagement and its significance can’t be underestimated. We train, practice and learn from our allies and friends in circumstances which…

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Australia’s safest ever submarine rescue system goes into service

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian Government have granted the license to operate new $A19.7 million (£11.05 m) hyperbaric equipment which means that for the first time, the whole crew of an Australian submarine can be treated at once. The equipment – a transfer under pressure chamber and recompression treatment suite – was received from JFD, the world’s leading company in submarine rescue and part of James Fisher and Sons plc as part of an existing Escape and Rescue contract at its advanced manufacturing headquarters at Bibra Lake,…

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Max Speed for Young Endeavour

The RAN-crewed brigantine STS Young Endeavour has reached her maximum design speed under sail in ideal conditions off Newcastle recently. With wind speeds of up to 45 knots and a four meter swell, the conditions were a challenge for the 21 strong youth crew who had control of the square-rigged tall ship. Despite being pummeled by wind, rain and a passing hail storm, the sailing was exhilarating for the young crew. “It was our roughest day by far, but the youth command team really stepped up,” 19-year old Patrick Kisi…

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‘It’s a game changer’ – Navy members excited by Future Frigate force

Navy people were taking in the news on Friday that UK firm BAE Systems had been selected as the preferred tenderer for the largest peacetime naval shipping construction project in Australia’s history. BAE’s Global Combat Ship – Australia has been assessed as the capability best suited for our nation, providing the Australian Defence Force with the highest levels of lethality and deterrence our major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty. Lieutenant Commander Luke Bogan watched the big announcement from his workplace, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South…

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Hunter Class Marks New Era for Navy’s Future Fleet

Navy’s future frigates will be known as ‘Hunter Class’ with the Chief of Navy confirming the first of the Hunter Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) to be commissioned in the late 2020s. In a signal to all Navy personnel, Vice Admiral Barrett said class name was chosen to reflect the tradition of naming RAN ships that promote Navy’s bond with the Nation. In this case, the first three ships of the Hunter class will proudly carry the names of three major Australian regions, all with strong historical maritime and naval…

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Thales Sonar Upgrades to Extend Collins Class Capability

Australia’s strategic priority on enhancing its submarine capability will be supported by Thales through major upgrades of the sonar systems on all six Collins class submarines. The A$230million contract with Thales is part of a A$542million project approved by the Australian Government for the upgrade of the Collins class sensor capabilities, the key to extending the life and the regional superiority of the Collins fleet. Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said the Collins sonar upgrades continued a 30 year history of support for the Collins program since the original transfer…

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Navy helps Bofors gun find a new home

A 40/60 Bofors gun has found a new home at the Aviation Heritage Museum after a combined effort from Navy, the Aviation Heritage Museum and the Western Australian Museum to prepare the gun for display. The gun was donated to the WA Museum some years ago and was held in the museums collectible storage facility. The Aviation Heritage Museum made a request of the Western Australian Museum to display the gun however, the gun whilst being inoperable required some work to bring it up to standard for display purposes. Navy…

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Navy Airborne Survey for Papua New Guinea waters

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. While operating from Rabaul LADS will undertake hydrographic surveys in the Kavieng and Rabaul regions. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all vessels. The survey will focus on the complex coastal passages at the northern end of New Ireland where Kavieng is the provisional capital. This work will help to identify passages…

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Australia passes CTF150 command to Brits

Nineteen boardings, 3.1 tonnes of heroin and 36 tonnes of hashish seized and destroyed, and over $2.7 billion AUD removed from terrorist networks. These numbers highlight the achievements of the Australian-led rotation of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) and their support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) mission. The Australian-Canadian rotation, deployed since November 2017, completed their successful tour and showed the strength like-minded nations have in combating the trans-national threat of global terrorism. CDRE Mal Wise said he was proud of the achievements made by CTF150 during the past…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 departs for South Pacific deployment

A Joint Task Group of Royal Australian Navy ships and embarked soldiers and marines has set sail from Townsville, bound for a major maritime activity to build regional security and stability in the South Pacific. HMAS Adelaide embarked vehicles, equipment and soldiers from Townsville’s 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment on Friday, for participation in Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE18). Equipment loaded into HMAS Adelaide included five Unimog trucks that will be gifted to Tonga by The Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, when the Task Group arrives in Nuku’alofa in mid-June. Representing…

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NUSHIP Brisbane completes CAT 5 trials and cooks up a storm

NUSHIP Brisbane has recently completed her Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Trials off the coast of Adelaide. During CAT 5 Sea Trials, the functional performance of the Mission System as a whole is verified. This verification is a pre-requisite to enable the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance to deliver Brisbane to the Department of Defence for provisional acceptance. During this phase of trials, testing of key components of both the platform and combat systems occurred. Achieving this key milestone represents an important step closer to becoming the RAN’s newest DDG. During…

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Arunta upgrade marks milestone for frigates

The Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance has achieved a critical milestone with the removal of HMAS Arunta’s mast during its Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP). The mast removal is required to allow for the installation of a new radar system and was conducted at BAE Systems, Henderson, Western Australia. WAMA Alliance Major Projects Implementation Manager CMDR Steve Ford said the program would incorporate the SEA 1448 Phase 4B Air Search Radar, a replacement to the aging SPS49 Long Range Air search radar. He said the new radar was…

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