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

Four US Navy F-35Cs Lightning II Multirole Fighters Arrived in California for Permanent Basing
Four F 35C NAS Lemoore VFA 125 US Navy
A new chapter in Navy history began today when four F-35Cs arrived at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, joining the VFA-125 Rough Raiders and reestablishing them as a training squadron. Nearly 400 sailors, families and local civic leaders witnessed the arrival and the accompanying ceremony marking the occasion. NAS Lemoore is the first west coast naval installation to have F-35Cs permanently assigned and is the Navy’s only west coast Master Jet Base. By the end of 2017, the base will have 10 F-35Cs, building to more than 100 jets in the early 2020s.

Video: Royal Navy HMS St Albans & RAF Typhoons Monitoring Kuznetsov CSG Through the Channel
Royal Navy HMS St Albans RAF Typhoons Monitoring Kuznetsov CSG
Royal Navy warship HMS St Albans is escorting the Russian Admiral Kuznetsov carrier task group back through the Channel today. The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate is keeping watch on the Russian aircraft carrier, which is being accompanied by a cruiser and a salvage tug, as it passes close to UK territorial waters on its way home from operations in Syria.

U. S. Navy awards Raytheon $235 million for Standard Missile-6 production
USS John Paul Jones MRBM intercept test SM 6 Aegis 9.C1 1
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company $235 million for Standard Missile-6 all-up round production missiles and spares. Raytheon will begin delivery in 2018. The missiles will be deployed on Aegis cruisers and destroyers to support U.S. Navy fleet operations. The award funds the fourth year of full-rate production for the multi-mission missile, which recently accomplished significant testing milestones and achievements.

Russian Navy to Order Another 20 Project 12700 Alexandrit-class MCM Vessels Imminently
Project 12700 mine sweeper Alexander Obukhov
The Russian Navy is planning to order 20 more Project 12700 fiberglass mine sweepers in the imminent future, Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said. "About 20 Project 12700 mine sweepers are planned to be built for Russia’s Navy in the imminent future," Dygalo said, without specifying the timeframe.

Russia Delivered Sixth and Final Project 636 SSK Submarine to Vietnam
Sixth Project 636 SSK Submarine Vietnam
The sixth and final Project 636.1 (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo-class) diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has been delivered to Cam Ranh in central Vietnam from the Admiralty Wharfs Shipyard in St. Petersburg onboard the Dutch-registered vessel Rolldock Storm.

ECA Group to develop an innovative ultra-deep Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
coral auv project ifremer eca group
Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) has chosen ECA Group to develop an ultra-deep Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) reaching 6000 meters water depth. By choosing ECA Group through an international call for tender, Ifremer is establishing the CORAL ALliance (Cooperative Off-Shore Robotics ALliance), facilitating project development with selected industrial partners.

Russia's Third Project 11356 Frigate Admiral Makarov Returns to Shipyard Following Shtil SAM Tests
Admiral Makarov Project 11356 frigate
The Project 11356 (NATO reporting name: Admiral Grigorovich-class) Admiral Makarov frigate has returned to the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad following another sortie, during which its Shtil (NATO reporting name: SA-N-12 Grizzly) air defense missile system was test-fired, the shipyard’s spokesman, Sergei Mikhailov, told TASS.

Satellite Image Show a Third Type 055 Destroyer Under Construction in China
Type 055 Destroyer China PLAN Satellite Dalian
Satellite imagery from November 2016 seem to indicate that a 3rd Type 055 destroyer is being built at Dalian shipyard in Northern China. The first two hulls are currently under construction at Jiangnan Changxing naval shipyard new Shanghai. Type 055 is the next generation class of Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy).

Servowatch to supply two more Royal Navy OPVs with its most advanced IPMS
BAE Systems OPV Royal Navy 1
As military vessels become even more complex it becomes critical that integrated systems work under the strictest of conditions and are proven and extremely reliable. Servowatch, a leading UK supplier of advanced integrated ship control systems, is supplying its Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) to the initial three River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) built by BAE Systems Naval Ships...

South Korea’s DSME Launched Tha Chine DW3000 Frigate for the Royal Thai Navy
DSME Launched DW3000 Frigate Royal Thai Navy 2
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) held a ceremony yesterday for the delivery of the DW3000 Frigate ordered by the Royal Thai Navy. Thailand ordered the 3,650 tons frigate in August 2013 under a contract worth US$410 million.

Curtiss-Wright to Present its Manual Aircraft Straighten & Traverse (MAST) Aircraft Handling System
Curtiss Wright MAST Aircraft Handling System
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that its INDAL business unit will give a presentation on its innovative low-cost, single operator Manual Aircraft Straighten and Traverse (MAST) Aircraft Handling System (AHS) at Surface Warships 2017. MAST is designed to provide a safe, secure method of maneuvering and traversing helicopters onboard ships.

Royal Navy New Artisan Radar Completed Three Years of Trials and Assessment
Type 23 frigates HMS Iron Duke HMS Sutherland Artisan radar Royal Navy
The Royal Navy’s ‘3D eyes’ have completed three years of trials and assessment and are fully ready to look out for threats to the Fleet by sea and air. First installed on HMS Iron Duke (which has since deployed with the system), all 19 Artisan radar sets have now rolled off the production line at BAE Systems’ Cowes works as part of a £105m deal to upgrade the Fleet.

Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group Battle Staff put to the test
future UK Carrier Strike Group
Royal Navy warships have been learning how to work as part of a battlegroup with the nation’s new aircraft carriers. The Commander UK Carrier Strike Group (COMUKCSG) battle staff has been conducting transatlantic exercises ahead of the arrival in Portsmouth later this year of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

China's Fifth Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer "Xining" Commissioned in PLAN North Sea Fleet
Type 052D Kunming class Destroyer Xining PLAN China 1
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the fifth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Xining (hull number 117), was commissioned today with China's North Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Qingdao Naval Base located in North East China’s Shandong province.

Service Life Extension of Project 667BDR & 667BDRM Submarines Makes No Sense - Rubin CEO
Project 667BDR Delta III SSBN Submarine k433 Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets Russia
The extension of the Project 667BDR and Project 667BDRM submarines’ service life makes no sense as they do not meet future requirements, CEO of Russia’s Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Igor Vilnit said. Vilnit made this statement in an interview with Rambler News Service.

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