Naval Group to Design Future French Navy OPVs

The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) notified Naval Group on October 5, 2021 of the contract relating to the preliminary and detailed design of the Oceanic Patroller (PO) program. This notification follows on from the signing of the framework agreement carried by the DGA on October 23, 2020 for the study, development, construction and maintenance in initial operational condition of…

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SWRMC Completes Waterborne Rudder Overhaul of USS Rushmore

Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) successfully completed a waterborne rudder overhaul onboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47) recently. This was the first-ever waterborne dock landing ship (LSD) rudder overhaul for SWRMC—this waterborne solution involved SWRMC engineers, divers, and waterfront operations team collaborating with industry partners from Epsilon and Bay City Marine. This project was an emergent work item and included work…

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Grimbaldi Group Takes Part in Exercise Mare Aperto 2021

On 12 October 2021, as part of the training activity of the Navy called Mare Aperto 2021, an exercise was carried out that actively involved the merchant ship “Eurocargo Malta” of the Grimaldi Group, the Italian Shipowners’ Confederation (CONFITARMA), the Command in Chief of the Naval Squad (CINCNAV) with its Operations Center and the FREMM frigate “Carabiniere”. The Navy has…

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NATO Fleet Launches Explosives Tour in the North Sea

From today, NATO mine countermeasures vessels will sail the North Sea in search of explosives from the First and Second World War. The mines and bombs pose a danger to fisheries in particular. Just yesterday, the navy brought Zierikzee in position to clear a 1,000-pounder for the harbor loop of Rotterdam. This had previously been fished up by a fishing…

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Royal Navy Launches Missile from a MADFOX USV

The Royal Navy launched a missile from its autonomous boat MADFOX during NATO’s biggest autonomous war games. The navy’s innovation experts NavyX deployed to Portugal with uncrewed technology for the annual experimentation exercise. The two-week exercise aimed to test the integration of NATO systems and explore existing and new military roles for autonomy. At the centre of the Royal Navy’s…

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th US Navy AN/WSN-7 INS

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the 500th WSN-7 ring laser gyroscope inertial navigation system (INS) to the U.S. Navy. “Installed across the U.S. Navy Fleet, Northrop Grumman continues to support U.S. and NATO surface and submarine naval platforms around the world,” said Todd Leavitt, vice president, naval and oceanic systems, Northrop Grumman. Beginning with the first gyroscope installed on USS…

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FS Courbet Begins Long Trials Program After Modernization

On September 13, 2021, the Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) took delivery of the new installations of the first renovated La Fayette (FLF) -type Frigate, the Courbet , after a sea trial campaign. This program will see three ships modernized: Courbet followed by La Fayette and then Aconit. Fourth class member Surcouf is now part of the Mission Jeanne d’Arc…

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Nuclear-Powered Submarines Welcomed

Former Royal Navy (RN) nuclear submarine executive officer, Captain Henry Finnis (ret’d), sees the benefits of Australia acquiring the vessels as he reflects on his career as a submariner. On September 16, the Prime Minister announced a new trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and United States, called AUKUS. Despite being surprised by the Australian Government’s announcement to…

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California Steamin’ for Pacific Duo HMS Tamar and Spey

THE Royal Navy’s first permanent Pacific presence in a quarter of a century have arrived in San Diego. Task Group 326.03 – Her Majesty’s Ships Tamar and Spey – sailed into the US Navy’s principal West Coast base bringing some dazzle to the Californian sunshine. The distinctively-painted duo – each ship has adopted the wartime ‘dazzle paint’ camouflage scheme to…

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Divers “Raise” White Ensign to Mark Royal Oak Tragedy

A fresh White Ensign today ‘flies’ on the Royal Oak after Navy divers completed their sacred duty in Scapa Flow. Clearance Divers from the Northern Diving Group in Faslane returned to the wreck of the battleship to survey the sunken leviathan – and replace the White Ensign attached to the upturned hull. Some 835 sailors – many of them boys…

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