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August 2017 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

BAE Systems Submits bid for Australian Navy SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program
BAE Type 26 SEA5000
BAE Systems today announced that it has submitted its bid to the Australian Government for the nation’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. The bid is to partner with the Government to develop a long-term ship building strategy in Australia for complex warships and to offer a proposal to build nine Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy.

HMS Queen Elizabeth met up with US Navy carrier group off Scottish coast
HMS Queen Elizabeth met up with US CSG 2
Ahead of her first entry to Portsmouth, HMS Queen Elizabeth has met up with the USS George HW Bush and her carrier strike group off the coast of Scotland. The Nimitz-class US carrier has more than 60 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines on board, who have been working with their US counterparts to hone carrier strike skills ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth's entry into service.

MARSS Group NiDAR C2 Systems Installed on Flotilla of Fast Interceptor Boats
MARSS NiDAR RIB full crew
MARSS Group have announced an important new contract with the installation of NiDAR command and control system on a flotilla of Zodiac Hurricane RIB fast patrol vessels. The contract with Zodiac Milpro, is valued at over USD 2million and was for the supply and installation of anexpeditionaryversion of NIDAR command and control system and the complete sensors package. The NiDAR X(eXpeditionary) is to be fitted to a flotilla of 11m Hurricane RIB fast patrol and intercept vessels for an undisclosed special forces unit.

GUAMEX ASW Exercise kicked off in Guam with MPAs from the US New Zealand and Japan
Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft from Japan, New Zealand and the U.S. are participating in a multinational anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise off the coast of Guam, July 31 - Aug. 12. Exercise GUAMEX 2017 is aimed at increasing proficiency and interoperability between Asia-Pacific countries.

Russia, Indonesia still discussing delivery terms for Project 636 submarines
Russia, Indonesia still discussing delivery terms for Project 636 submarines Indonesia is still in talks with Russia on the purchase of Project 636 diesel-electric submarines equipped with the Kalibr (NATO reporting name: SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile, Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Wahid Supriyadi said in an interview with Rambler News Service.

Qatar Confirms Order for Air Defence Corvettes, LPD and OPVs from Fincantieri
Fincantieri air defence corvette Qatar
Qatar confirmed today its order for seven vessels from Italian shipbulder Fincantieri following the signing of a preliminary contract in June 2016. The deal consists in four air defence corvettes of over 100 meters in length, one amphibious vessel (LPD - Landing Platform Dock acting as mobile radar station for the corvettes), and two patrol vessels (OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel)

New 6000 Tons Ocean Going Tug Boat Commissioned with PLAN North Sea Fleet
6000 Tons Ocean Going Tug Boat Commissioned PLAN
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) commissioned the first vessel of a new class of ocean going tug boat. The Bei Tuo (hull number 739) vessel displacing 6,000 tons was commissioned on July 20th with the PLAN North Sea Fleet during a ceremony held at the Qingdao naval base, in north China’s Shandong province.

Video: Japan's XASM-3 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Test Launch
XASM 3 F2 Japan JASDF anti ship missile launch ATLA small
Japan's Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) released for the first time footage showing the XASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile during a test launch. ATLA is a branch of Japan's MoD created in 2015 to "ensure technological superiority and respond to operational needs smoothly and quickly".

Hyundai Heavy Industries Delivers Second LST-II Landing Ship to ROK Navy
ROK Navy LST II class landing ship Cheon Ja Bong
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced that the second LST-II class Landing Ship Tank "Cheon Ja Bong" was delivered today to the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). The LST is the second of four vessels set to be built by 2018 as part of South Korea's the next generation landing ship project. The first ship, the "Cheon Wang Bong", was delivered to the ROK Navy in November 2014.

Historic EMALS Launch and AAG Recovery Firsts Aboard USS Gerald Ford CVN 78
First Ford launch
With the first successful launch and recovery of a fighter jet aboard the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the U.S. Navy made history during a brief test event July 28. The newly commissioned ship’s Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) and Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems (EMALS) figured prominently in the flight operations, which comprised four arrestments and four launches.

US, Japan conclude mine countermeasures exercise 2JA
US Japan conclude mine countermeasures exercise 1
U.S. naval forces and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force concluded 2JA mine countermeasures exercise (MCMEX) after 10 days of unit-level and combined MCM-related drills on July 28. 2JA MCMEX is an annual bilateral exercise held between the U.S. and Japan to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies in mine countermeasures operations. This year marks the 100th time that the U.S. and the Japanese have conducted bilateral mine countermeasures together, often conducting them twice a year, since bilateral exercises of this type began in 1962.

General Atomics New 10 MJ Railgun System Moves to Dugway for Testing
General Atomics New 10 MJ Railgun System Moves to Dugway for Testing
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that its new 10 Mega Joule (MJ) medium range multi-mission railgun system has completed final assembly and factory acceptance test in preparation for transport to Dugway Proving Ground in Utah to begin testing. The 10 MJ railgun system has been designed and built by GA-EMS to provide multi-mission, multi-domain capability with greater flexibility and a smaller footprint for ship, land and mobile platforms.

Russian Navy Contract for two Lada-class non-nuclear Submarines not yet signed
Russian Navy Contract for two Lada-class non-nuclear Submarines not yet signed The contract for the construction of two Lada-class non-nuclear submarines has not yet been signed, Alexander Buzakov, CEO of Admiralty Shipyard, from which the Defense Ministry plans to order these submarines, said at the keel-laying ceremony for the submarine on Friday.

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