Submarines – a ‘worthy’ force

The requirement to traverse both in and on the waters of the greater region creates significant complexity for the enterprise that gets Australian submarines to sea. The sum of all the parts is called ‘seaworthiness’ and looks at the physical condition of submarines as well as the status and training of the personnel that are required to crew and support them. So who deems a submarine ‘worthy’? This year, four Royal Australian Navy Commodores with a wealth of experience and knowledge provided an assurance, based on evidence supplied, that the…

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$500,000 grant to help find HMA Submarine AE1

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government would match private investment to fund an expedition to search for the First World War submarine, HMA Submarine AE1. Minister Payne said the government would provide $500,000 to allow Find AE1 Limited to proceed in its attempt to find the submarine and its crew. “HMAS (SIC) AE1 is one of the world’s great maritime mysteries and this expedition will be one of the most comprehensive searches for the submarine,” Minister Payne said. HMAS AE1 was lost without a…

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Well deserved break for Waller

Spending 106 days away from home, with 75 days underway and many of those underwater, is something Australian Navy submariners take in their stride, but keeping a boat at sea takes some special skills. HMAS Waller was recently able to achieve an ambitious program without losing a single day at sea thanks largely to her high performing Marine Engineering department. Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Wesley North, said he was extremely proud of his team. “As issues arose we were able to overcome them thanks to a combination of a solid…

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Colombian Navy Celebrates 45 Year Anniversary

Google Translation oday the Submarine Force of Colombia celebrates its 45th anniversary at the service of the country. On November 6, 1973 the ARC submarine “Intrepido, of class SX 506, sailed for the first time in immersion with a Colombian crew in the vicinity of Bocahica, for this reason this date was chosen as the day of the Underwater Force. The crew of the ARC “Intrepido” was made up of: Navy Lieutenant Rafael Díaz Russi Frigate Lieutenant Héctor Useche Escobar Corvette Lieutenant Humberto Cubillos Padilla Second Officer Jorge Bermudez Díaz…

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USS Tucson visits Chinhae during Western Pacific Deployment

USS Tucson (SSN 770) arrived at U.S. Fleet Activities Chinhae, Oct. 7, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.  With a crew of approximately 150, Tucson can conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiencies of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.  “The Korean-American relationship is very important and our visit to Chinhae gives us the opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea,” said Cmdr. Chad Hardt, commanding officer. “My crew and I are looking…

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Wreck of WW2 submarine Narwhal found after 77 years

This is HMS Narwhal, sent to lay mines off German-occupied Norway in late July 1940. Sitting upright on the seabed about 300ft down around 150 miles east of Edinburgh, she was discovered by Polish deep-sea explorers who were looking to solve one of their nation’s greatest maritime mysteries. In 1939 the submarine ORP Orzeł escaped the German invasion of Poland and internment in Estonia and fled to the UK. She conducted half a dozen patrols – including taking part in the Norwegian campaign – before disappearing on her seventh tour…

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Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development

The Navy awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21. The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment. “The Columbia class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This contract…

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General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Colorado

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Colorado (SSN 788) to the U.S. Navy September 21st. Colorado is the 15th ship of the Virginia Class, which provides the Navy with the capabilities required to retain undersea dominance well into the 21st century. Colorado is also the fifth of the eight-ship group of Virginia-class submarines known as Block III. These ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to reduce costs while increasing capabilities through an initiative comprising a multi-year procurement strategy, improvements in construction practices and the Design For…

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Local Businesses Approved For Submarine Supply Chain

Turnbull Government and Naval Group Australia confirmed August 30th that 126 local businesses to date have been pre-qualified as eligible to take part in the supply chain for the $50 billion Future Submarine Program. Over the last twelve months, these businesses have been thoroughly assessed and deemed as capable of delivering the quality products, parts or services needed to deliver this vital project. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that this clearly shows the Government is setting a cracking pace in ensuring maximum Australian industry involvement,…

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NNSY and PHNSY complete valve/piping replacement on San Francisco conversion 13 days early

Two shipyards separated by 5,000 miles collaborated on a major valve and piping replacement project aboard the USS San Francisco (SSN 711) conversion, completing the work 13 days early Aug. 12. San Francisco arrived at NNSY Jan. 25 for its conversion from an operational fast-attack submarine into a Moored Training Ship (MTS), the second of two next-generation MTS’s slated to train nuclear officers and Sailors at Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Charleston, South Carolina. The collaboration between the two shipyards began in 2016 after the NNSY project team identified a…

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General Dynamics Awarded $115 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-Class Submarine Work

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $115.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract modification, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technologies to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships, including the Virginia Payload Module. The contract was initially awarded…

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Welcome to Saab´s Submarine Seminar

Defence and security company Saab is pleased to invite media, financial analysts and investors to the annual submarine seminar in Stockholm, Sweden, on 31 August 2017. Join the seminar for an update on the current status of the A26 program. The world´s most modern submarine program is developing as planned in the south of Sweden. The submarine seminar will, among other things, give an update of the program and a market view from a Saab perspective. Speaker: Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab Kockums. Time: Thursday 31 August 2017 at 8.30…

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Public getting unusual glimpse into one of the military’s most closely guarded branches

August 24, 2017 – The public got a rare glimpse into one of the most secret branches of China’s military forces on Sunday when the People’s Liberation Army Navy released a video of the training and exercises of its nuclear submarine force. The video, called Things About the PLA Navy’s Nuclear Submarines, shows crew members taking an oath while standing atop the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, officers operating equipment within submarines as well as a submarine firing a torpedo. The force’s attack and ballistic missile submarines are shown sailing on…

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Washington (SSN 787) Successfully Completes Initial Sea Trials (Video)

April 3, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the newest Virginia-class submarine (VCS), Washington (SSN 787), successfully completed its initial sea trials on Sunday. Sea trials test the submarine’s capabilities at sea. Washington was built as part of a teaming agreement between HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and General Dynamics Electric Boat.  The Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN 787) successfully completed its initial sea trials on Sunday. Photo by Ashley Major/HII The Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN 787) successfully completed its initial sea trials on Sunday. Photo by Ashley Major/HII “The ship and its crew performed…

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50 years ago: The origins of NATO concerns about the threat of Russian strategic nuclear submarines

Today we see the contours of a re-emerging debate and focus on Russia’s naval capabilities in the High North and the North Atlantic – not on the Arctic per se, which has been heavily debated for more than a decade, but rather on the global role of the Russian navy and its nuclear deterrent. Concerns about Russian strategic nuclear submarines (SSBNs) first came to the fore in NATO 50 years ago, with the advent of the Yankee class SSBN. This development received great attention in the 1967 annual intelligence reporting…

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