Passing of Control Between Frigates in Bergen

February 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – As it begins the second half of its long-term deployment, FREMM Normandy has found in Bergen (Norway), the anti-submarine frigate (FASM) La Motte-Picquet also deployed on a mission. Berthed as a couple and for the first time in the history of FREMM and FASM, the two frigates joined the Norwegian port as part of…

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People’s Liberation Army Navy lased a U.S. Navy P-8A in unsafe, unprofessional manner

February 27, 2020 – A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was lased by People’s Republic of China (PRC) navy destroyer 161 on Feb. 17 while flying in airspace above international waters approximately 380 miles west of Guam. The P-8A was operating in international airspace in accordance with international rules and regulations. The PRC navy destroyer’s actions were unsafe…

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Ford’s Advanced Weapons Elevators Closer to Certification

February 27, 2020 – USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) reached another milestone this week with the commencement of combined testing of its first Lower Stage Weapons Elevator on Feb. 24. Engineers of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division (NNS) and assessors with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) began phase 2 of testing…

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Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2020 Deploys

February 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – On February 26, 2020, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Mistral and the La Fayette-type frigate (FLF) Guépratte sailed from Toulon to carry out the Jeanne d’Arc mission , a demanding and qualifying mission. On board, 138 student officers will complete their training during a long, long and crewed operational deployment. The departure ceremony, chaired…

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Nivôse Patrols Iles Keruelen EEZ

February 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – From February 7 to 17, 2020, the surveillance frigate (FS) Nivôse patrolled the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Kerguelen Islands with a view to exercising its sovereignty missions, more particularly in areas of world heritage in the humanity, and to control possible acts of illegal, unreported and unauthorized fishing (IUU), within the framework…

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FS La Motte-Picquet and Normandie Train With NATO off Norway

February 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – At the beginning of February 2020, the anti-submarine frigate La Motte-Picquet and the multi-mission frigate Normandie participated in exercises Dynamic Guard and TG 20.1 with various NATO allied units (German, Danish , Dutch and Norwegian) as well as SNMG1 (Standing NATO Maritime Group 1). These large-scale exercises organized in Norway within the framework of…

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Fincantieri Launches Corvette Al Zubarah for Qatar

February 27, 2020 – The technical launch of corvette “Al Zubarah,” the first of the class ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program, took place today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia). The vessel, which will be delivered in 2021, is designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules. She will be a…

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TKMS to 3D Print Submarine Components

February 27, 2020 – thyssenkrupp Marine Systems plans to use 3D printers increasingly in manufacturing submarine parts. This offers decisive advantages over conventionally produced components. The corresponding quality and safety approvals have already been granted. Through acquisition of the thyssenkrupp TechCenter Additive Manufacturing (in Mülheim an der Ruhr, North Rhein-Westphalia), the required technology and expertise will now come to the…

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