Pakistan Naval Ship visits Portsmouth

PNS Aslat, a Zulfiquar-class frigate from the Pakistan Navy, and her 280-crew entered Portsmouth July 18th to visit the Royal Navy. Over the next few days the ships company will be conducting numerous engagement activities with Royal Navy personnel and be introduced to the Royal Navy training facilities on the base and at HMS Excellent. Captain Bill Oliphant, the Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base said, “It’s fantastic to welcome the Pakistan Navy to Portsmouth – this is the first time we have seen them in the city for 13 years…

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Austal Opens San Diego Office

Austal USA announced the official opening of its new San Diego operations office here July 17th. The move is another milestone in the company’s growing service and support business. “Today’s opening is a direct reflection of the company’s commitment to provide the U.S. Navy, not only exceptional ships, but outstanding service and support for the life of the ship,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “With nine Expeditionary Fast Transport ships and eight Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships delivered to the Navy, and many more to follow, this expansion increases our…

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USS Montgomery (LCS 8) Completes Combat System Ship Qualification Trials

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) successfully completed Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT), July 1. During the qualification, the crew conducted several trials to validate the performance of their combat systems suite, involving firing exercises and using their 57mm gun against a fast attack craft. The exercise is designed to test the ship’s ability to track and disable high-speed maneuvering surface targets. “The entire Montgomery team has put a lot of hard work and dedication into completing all the required inspections and trials,” said Cmdr. Wayne Liebold, commanding officer and a…

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Taylor Bros Marine signs OPV contract

In a win for Tasmanian defense industry, Taylor Bros Marine has today announced the signing of a major contract with Lurssen Australia. Taylor Bros will be involved in the design, production and installation of the accommodation spaces on Australia’s 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels. “I’m pleased Lurssen Australia has brought Taylor Bros Marine on board for the 12 vessels,” Minister Pyne said. “This marks the ongoing involvement of Taylor Bros in Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding enterprise which has seen the company work on projects such as the LHD Amphibious Assault Ships…

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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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Singapore Navy’s Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat Visits INS Teg in Djibouti

A delegation led by the Commander Combined Task Force (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Saw Shi Tat, Republic of Singapore Navy, visited INS Teg (presently berthed at Djibouti) on 16 Jul 18. During the interaction, various aspects of anti-piracy operations including CTF 151 modus operandi were discussed. The Indian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Anurag Srivastav, and Nalin Kothari, Consulate General, Djibouti also visited the ship at Djibouti 16 Jul 18. The Ambassador walked around the ship and was given a presentation on IN activities and operations in Gulf of Aden. Subsequently, the…

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LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package Completes Two Testing Milestones

Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants announced the successful completion of two Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package testing milestones, July 16. The first was a 10-day Dockside-1 test event on the Dual-mode ARray Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Florida. The second was a full-power, in-water test of the active array at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachment’s test facility in Dresden, New York. “The Seneca Lake Test was a huge step forward for the DART System…

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Frank E. Petersen (DDG 121) Launched in Pascagoula

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division successfully launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) July 13th. “This is the one of the most significant milestones in the life of any ship,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Our shipbuilders implement such an organized launch plan, and they have once again executed it in a quality manner. We are proud to have DDG 121 one step closer to completion and look forward to presenting this invaluable asset to the Navy fleet in the…

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Defence Minister announces new prosperity framework between UK & Lockheed Martin

Under a new Prosperity Framework, the UK Government and Lockheed Martin will work together to identify new opportunities to generate value to the UK and to Lockheed Martin. The Framework will work on the creation and exploitation of innovative ideas and technologies; strengthening supply chains; and supporting the development of the advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. This will bring considerable benefits to the wider defense, aerospace and space sectors of the UK economy, creating and sustaining high-level technology jobs and skills in key industries. Supported by investment of £38 million…

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One last RIMPAC for Battle Tanker

With 32 years of service behind her, HMAS Success is at sea for her 11th and final Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in Hawaii. The auxiliary oiler – also known as Navy’s ‘Battle Tanker’ – sailed from Pearl Harbor along with HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne and Toowoomba for the sea phase of RIMPAC off the Hawaiian coast. Now in its 26th iteration, RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. Success first participated in RIMPAC 30 years ago, providing combat support to warships from around the world in…

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Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of the Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy visiting India from 16 to 19 July 2018

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of the Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy is visiting India from 16 to 19 July 2018 along with a four member Nigerian Navy delegation. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and Nigeria, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. During his visit, the Chief of the Naval Staff of the Nigerian Navy will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy. The Nigerian Navy Chief is also…

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Terma and MASS partner to deliver global EWLS solution

Terma, a Denmark-based Aerospace, Defence & Security Group, and UK-based MASS, a Cohort plc company, have partnered to deliver a global Electronic Warfare Life cycle Support (EWLS) solution. Independently, Terma and MASS are experts in their own areas of the EW domain. By teaming the companies’ capabilities, an “all inclusive”, EWLS solution emerges that can support any fleet. These services range from countermeasure development, mission data generation, flight data replay and debrief, completing the EWLS cycle and supporting the next round of countermeasure development. Working together, Terma and MASS can…

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Enhanced ship-defense missile aces first guided flight test

The U.S. Navy completed the first successful guided flight test of Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) ESSM® Block 2 intermediate-range, surface-to-air missile. The Block 2 variant was fired from the Navy’s self-defense test ship and scored a direct hit on an aerial target off the coast of southern California. The ESSM Block 2 missile will feature a new guidance system with a dual mode active and semi-active radar. The latest flight evaluation follows two successful test firings last year. “This guided test takes the ESSM into a new era,” said Todd…

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USS Chief Pulls into Hakodate

USS Chief (MCM 14) pulled into Hakodate, Japan, July 14, for a goodwill port visit and training. Chief, an Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship, is crewed by roughly 90 Sailors. Port visits like this one gives the Sailors aboard an opportunity to interact with the people of Hakodate, who have not received a port visit from the U.S. Navy since 2016. “I have not been to Hakodate in ten years,” said Lt. Cdr. Frederick Crayton, Chief’s commanding officer. “I look forward to seeing how much the city has changed, and letting…

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