Naval Group and Royal IHC Partnership for the Netherlands Submarine Replacement

February 7, 2019 – Royal IHC and Naval Group signed their agreement to become core partners in the bid for the Netherlands submarine replacement project. Together they form a robust core team in which both partners bring in their complementary experience and expertise in designing and manufacturing complex maritime and defence systems. This partnership is an important step in building an excellent group of companies with the best capabilities to design and build the new submarines while sustaining and further developing the Dutch maritime cluster and submarine capability for the…

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Naval Group Signs Australian Strategic Partnering Agreement

February 11, 2019 – A significant milestone has been achieved today with the signing of the Future Submarine Program Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) and Naval Group. The agreement was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, The Hon. Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence and Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces. The agreement sets out the principles of cooperation between the two partners for the Attack class Submarine Program which will see: the delivery of 12 regionally superior submarines to Australia…

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Wayne Thomas Nelson’s New Book “The Pig in Peace” is a Memoir of Naval Service Aboard a World War II Diesel-electric Fleet Snorkel Submarine During the Vietnam Conflict

January 31, 2019 – Wayne Thomas Nelson, a retired graphic designer, commercial animator, and ordained minister in the Church of Scientology who served four years in the US Navy and now lives in Prescott Valley, Arizona with his wife, Vicky, and their seven rescue cats, has completed his book “The Pig in Peace”: a fascinating and entertaining true story of service, sacrifice, and camaraderie on a World War II-era submarine. Wayne shares, “Submarine stories have a long and rich tradition of harrowing escapes and the sinking of enemy ships .…

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DAC Approval for Indigenous Construction of Six Project 75(I) Submarines

January 31, 2019 – The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in a landmark decision today, also approved indigenous construction of six submarines for the Indian Navy at a cost of over Rs. 40,000 crores. This is the second project under the MoD’s ambitious Strategic Partnership (SP) model that aims at providing a significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ program. SP model envisages indigenous manufacturing of major defense platforms by an Indian Strategic Partner, who will collaborate with foreign OEM to set up production facilities in the country. The model…

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New Swedish Submarines Named

January 15, 2019 – It will be Skåne and Blekinge who will name the two new submarines that FMV will deliver to the Swedish Navy 2024 and 2025. Providing submarines names by coastal landscape is a tradition where the names are proposed by the Navy and approved by the king, in the form of a so-called appreciation. The final decision is made by the naval manager. The production of the new submarines is in full swing at the supplier Saab’s shipyard in Karlskrona. The design for A26 is based on…

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Submarine Rescue Exercise is hosted at HM Naval Base Clyde

December 18, 2018 – Personnel from France, Norway and the United Kingdom gathered at HM Naval Base Clyde to take part in a NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) training exercise. Over 110 people participated in the week-long event – the largest evacuation exercise ever to be planned at Faslane – bringing together military and civilian staff including submariners, divers, medics and Babcock personnel. The NSRS, which is jointly owned by France, Norway and the UK, is in three main parts – an Intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (IROV), a Submarine Rescue…

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Rankin Home for Christmas

December 16, 2018 – After nearly seven months away on deployment, the crew of HMAS Rankin has returned to Fleet Base West, to be met by the sight of familiar faces. Arriving just in time for Christmas, the crew were welcomed by friends, family and representatives of the Submarine Force. Rankin’s return to her home port comes after several busy months at sea, the highlight being her involvement in the multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 18. Life goes on and being away for such a long period saw…

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Navy’s future submarine class named

December 13, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy’s future submarines will be named the Attack class, with the first submarine being named HMAS Attack. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Noonan AO RAN, said the name ‘Attack’, represents the inherent stealth, long-range endurance and lethality of a submarine. “The future submarine project is a major part of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, and, it is appropriate that the class name be established now given the significant effort already underway to introduce this critical capability that will protect Australia’s security and prosperity for…

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The Quiet Waters of Southeast Alaska

By Kelley Stirling NSWC Carderock Division December 11, 2018 – Most people tire of their long commutes to work. Driving in a car in stop-and-go traffic for an hour can get old, but it’s something that most people just get used to. In Ketchikan, Alaska, the commute to the Navy’s Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) is a little different; a 20-minute car ride, followed by a 10-minute boat ride to Back Island is what a person has to get used to. “Rather than planes, trains and automobiles, it’s planes,…

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DSME to Build New Submarine Rescue Ship for South Korean Navy

December 7, 2018 (Google Translation) – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (CEO Jung Sung-lip) announced on July 7 that it has concluded a detailed design and construction contract for the new type submarine structure (ASR-II) of the ROK Navy. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering will complete the construction by the end of 2022 and deliver it to the ROK Navy. The new submarine rescue vessel, which has been awarded this time, is equipped with the latest diving system capable of diving up to 300 meters and a new…

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Submarine skills for the future: £25m submarine academy opens in Barrow-in-Furness

December 6, 2018 – The Academy for Skills and Knowledge, at BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was officially opened today by the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson. The state of the-art £25m training academy covers 89,340 sq. ft. and was built to develop the world-class engineering skills required to design, build and deliver complex submarine programs to the Royal Navy. Featuring classrooms, workshops, a virtual reality suite and scale-model sized submarine units, the academy will provide bespoke training to almost 9,000 employees including nearly 800 apprentices.…

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Leslie Controls Awarded Contract for Virginia-Class Submarine Valves

December 4, 2018 – Leslie Controls, a CIRCOR International brand, and a worldwide manufacturer of valves for the power generation, industrial, marine and oil and gas markets for over a century, announces that it has been awarded a $5.65 million-dollar contract to provide valves to the United States Navy for ten Block V Virginia-class submarines. With authorization to begin material acquisition immediately, the schedule calls for delivering two shipsets worth of equipment each year for the next five years. Leslie Controls’ early procurement strategies for material consolidation will aid the…

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Sea Trials Commence of Upgraded Submarine Gotland

October 23, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Friday October 19 His Swedish Majesty Ship (HSwMS) Gotland started its sea trials at the Saab shipyard in Karlskrona, after a comprehensive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) to ensure its operational service to Sweden beyond 2025. HSwMS Gotland is the first of two submarines being upgraded with the mid-life modifications, which consist of upgrades of onboard systems and technology, sustaining the submarine’s operational capability to meet future naval challenges. “The sea trials mark an important phase in the MLU project. This is the first time…

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Indian Navy Augments Submarine Rescue capability

October 17, 2018 – The Indian Navy’s submarine rescue capability got a boost with the successful completion of trials of the newly-inducted deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV). The Western Naval Command has successfully concluded maiden trials of its Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV), ushering in a niche capability to the Indian Navy. The DSRV, which is operated by a crew of three, can rescue 14 personnel from a disabled submarine at one time. On 15 Oct 2018, The DSRV carried out the first under water mating with a bottomed submarine,…

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