UPDATED 11:00 EST: Active Shooter at NAS Pensacola

December 6, 2019 – Officials at Naval Air Station Pensacola report that an active shooter incident occurred this morning on the base. Four people are confirmed dead, including the shooter, and there are multiple injuries. The base is still in lockdown as first responders secure the scene. Base security and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are currently investigating. The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Saudis Chinese counterpart conduct Exercise Blue Sword 2019 in Jeddah

November 17, 2019 – The Royal Navy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Special Forces of the Western Fleet in Jeddah, and its counterpart of the Chinese People’s Navy carried out today a mixed naval exercise titled “Blue Sword 2019”, in the presence of the Commander of the Western Fleet Vice Admiral Faleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Faleh and the Chinese Military Attaché to the Kingdom, Senior Colonel Lin Li, at King Faisal Naval Base. The exercise aims at building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy…

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Navantia Lays Keel for First Saudi Corvette

October 1, 2019 (Google Translation) – Navantia has carried out, in its San Fernando shipyard facilities, the official keel-laying act of the first of the five corvettes it is building for the Saudi Arabian Navy (RSNF). The first block of this structure, construction 546 and weighing more than 76,000 kilos, has been placed in the San Fernando shipyard and represents the first effective milestone in the execution of the first of the five ships that are part of the contract , which will be named AL-JUBAIL. During the month of…

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Saudis Join International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation

Saudi Arabia has decided to join the International Alliance for the Safety and Protection of Maritime Navigation and ensure the safety of sea lanes, an official source at the Ministry of Defense said. This international alliance aims to protect merchant ships by providing safe navigation to ensure free shipping and international trade and to protect the interests of participating countries, thereby enhancing the security and safety of merchant ships passing through the corridors. The IOSCO’s area of ​​operation covers the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, the Sea of ​​Oman and…

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First Two Combattante FS56 Launched in Cherbourg

July 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the presence of the Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Lieutenant General Fahd bin Abdullah Al Ghafaili and a number of military officials from the Saudi and French sides, the Ministry of Defense, represented by the Saudi Royal Navy, will celebrate the landing of the first and second boats of the speedboat project in the French city of Cherbourg. The agreement with CMN includes the manufacture of 39 fast boats, part in France and the other in the Kingdom. The agreement comes…

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Saudi Exercise Joint Island Shield 10

February 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – The arrival of the military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries along with the Saudi forces, participants in the joint island shield exercise 10, which will start on Saturday in the eastern region. The Commander of the Eastern Region Commander of the joint force in the exercise of the Shield of the island joint 10 Major General Abdullah bin Saeed Al-Qahtani that everyone is ready to start the exercise with brothers from the Gulf Cooperation Council, and will be training on a number…

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ITS Carlo Margottini Makes Port Call to Dammam, Saudi Arabia

February 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – From today until 25 February the European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM) Carlo Margottini will be parked in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the fourth leg of the naval campaign in the Middle East and the Arabian Sea (MOMA) which sees the Naval unit of the Marina Militare carry out activities of presence and surveillance in the area, to protect the lines of maritime traffic of national interest. The campaign is also part of the activities carried out in the field of international cooperation and dialogue between the…

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Vicente Fernández: “The shipyard of San Fernando will be an international reference in new technologies”

November 7, 2018 (Google Translation) – The president of the State Industrial Participations Society (SEPI), Vicente Fernández Guerrero, said today, during his appearance at the Congress, Industry, Commerce and Tourism Committee, that the construction of the corvettes will allow the San Fernando shipyard to become “An international example regarding the use of the most advanced technology in the naval sector”. The program with Saudi Arabia will start at the beginning of next year in the Cadiz shipyard, once the contract has entered into full force. In his first parliamentary appearance…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 16, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a $282,085,646 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-18-C-2301 for long-lead-time material and detail design in support of the construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships (MMSC). The MMSC is a lethal and highly maneuverable surface combatant capable of littoral and open-ocean operation. This contract involves foreign military sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Marinette, Wisconsin (55 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (23 percent); Herndon, Virginia (11 percent); Moorestown, New Jersey (6 percent); Manassas, Virginia (1 percent);…

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U.S. Government Awards Lockheed Martin Contract to Begin Production of Multi-Mission Surface Combatant for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The U.S. government awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) award for the production of the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Lockheed Martin is being awarded a contract totaling $450 million to begin the detailed design and planning for construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatants (MMSC) that will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will acquire four Multi-Mission Surface Combatants as part of a larger agreement between the United States and KSA to…

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The contract with Saudi Arabia will benefit all Navantia shipyards

Google Translation The Government of Saudi Arabia has signed the contract for the construction of five corvettes, an operation that amounts to 1,800 million euros and represents the largest in the history of Spanish public shipyards with a foreign client. This contract strengthens the immediate future of NAVANTIA and will benefit all the shipyards of the company. The signing of this contract with Arabia will benefit the entire NAVANTIA staff, the local industry with which it collaborates and, especially, the entire Bay of Cádiz, which explains that it has received…

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia Form Joint Venture ‎

Under the high patronage of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, and in the presence of Mariano Rajoy Spanish Prime Minister, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia S.A. today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to create a joint venture (JV) April 12th in Madrid. The JV will manage and localize any naval combat systems activity including integration and installation. Both parties also inked a Letter of Intent (LoI) to design and build 5 Avante…

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Lockheed Martin awards Gibbs & Cox contract for Functional Design for the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant

Lockheed Martin recently awarded Gibbs & Cox, the nation’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, a contract to support the Functional Design of Saudi Arabia’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC). A derivative of the Freedom-variant, Lockheed Martin’s MMSC was selected to fulfill the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF) multi-mission surface combatant requirement. In May 2017, the United States Navy and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for four MMSCs. This agreement represents the first sale of a U.S.-built surface combatant to another nation…

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Chinese ocean-going naval task group ends visits to 20 countries

A Chinese naval task group on an ocean-going visit mission came back to a naval port in Zhoushan City , Zhejiang Province of East China, on Oct 15, after completing its mission of visiting 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The task group consisted of the guided-missile destroyer Changchun, the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Chaohu. The 176-day-long mission, with a navigational distance of more than 31,000 nautical miles, covered two oceans and three continents. Since its departure on April 23, the Chinese naval task group…

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Kratos Announces $46 Million Single Award Training Contract To Support Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced September 6th that it received a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) sole-source, three-year, single award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide training-related products and services in a variety of disciplines to Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), the Naval Force of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The award, issued by Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), is contained in a U.S. FMS agreement with a potential value to Kratos of $100 million, depending on the number of task orders issued and…

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