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

US Navy Awards Bath Iron Works Funding for Two Flight III DDG 51-Class Destroyers
ddg flight III Jack H Lucas DDG 125
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works funding for the planning and construction of two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, DDG 126 and DDG 127. The contract modification fully funds the two ships. The contract modification includes funding for the Flight III upgrades on DDG 126.

Overhaul and in-depth Upgrade of Russian Cruiser Admiral Nakhimov is on Schedule
Admiral Nakhimov Cruise CGN Upgrade Russia
Overhaul and a major upgrade of the Project 11442 heavy nuclear-powered cruiser Admiral Nakhimov to the Project 11442M configuration will be completed by 2021, Rear Admiral Igor Zvarych, head of the Russian Navy’s Technical Department, said following a working meeting on repair and servicing of the Navy ships, chaired by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Vladimir Korolev.

HMCS Halifax returns to service after successful docking work period at Halifax Shipyard
HMCS Halifax in Harbour
To the applause of the workforce at Halifax Shipyard, the Ship’s Company of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Halifax eagerly marched to Halifax Shipyard today to accept their frigate following her successful docking work period (DWP). HMCS Halifax entered the graving dock at Halifax Shipyard on October 20, 2016, for a DWP that included routine maintenance and upgrades to ensure the longevity of the vessel.

French Navy Guyana-based Light Patrol Vessel PLG La Résolue is Now on Active Duty
French Navy Guyana based Light Patrol Vessel PLG LaRésolue 1
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that "La Résolue" PLG (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais or French Guyana-based Light Patrol Vessel) is now on "Active Duty" and able to conduct operational missions. Its sister ship "La Confiance" entered active duty in May.

Upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B Helicopter Makes Successful Maiden Flight
Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B helicopter
Leonardo is pleased to announce the successful maiden flight of the first of eight upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters at its Yeovil facility, in southwest England, on 28th September 2017. The upgraded Lynx helicopters will give Brazil’s Naval Aviation a significant improvement in its capabilities, with much increased aircraft performance and mission effectiveness.

ST Marine Launched the Fifth Littoral Mission Vessel for the Republic of Singapore Navy
fifth littoral mission vessel indomitable RSN Singapore ST Marine
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the fifth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Indomitable, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

Sea Trials of Russia's Third Project 11356 Frigate Admiral Makarov Completed
Sea Trials of Russia's Third Project 11356 Frigate Admiral Makarov Completed
The main official sea trials program for the Project 11356 frigate Admiral Makarov is completed, but the timeframe for handing over the ship to the Russian Navy has not yet been determined, Baltic Yantar Shipyard spokesman Sergey Mikhailov told TASS.

Second Royal Navy City-class Type 26 Frigate to be Named HMS Belfast
Manufacture Begins for First of Royal Navy City class Type 26 Frigates - HMS Glasgow
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon unveiled the name of one of the new Type 26 frigates as HMS Belfast during a trip to Northern Ireland. The second to be named in the City Class of eight brand new, cutting-edge, anti-submarine warfare frigates, HMS Belfast will provide advanced protection for the likes of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The Defence Secretary revealed the name at Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff, which built the Royal Navy’s last HMS Belfast, in 1938.

Launch of a French-Italian roadmap to strengthen naval defence cooperation
Launch of a French-Italian roadmap to strengthen naval defence cooperation
Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri will take control of STX France under a shared ownership agreement. The agreement was made following a Franco-Italian summit held yesterday in Lyon in central France. According to the agreement, Fincantieri will take a 50 percent stake in STX France. The French state will hold 34.34 percent, Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) 10 percent, STX personnel 2 percent and STX local suppliers 3.66 percent.

Orbital ATK Wins Advanced Anti-Radar Guided Missile Production Contract
AARGM Firing F18
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, has been awarded a contract worth as much as $350 million from the U.S. Navy to continue full-rate production (FRP) of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM). With an initial award of $157 million for FRP Lot 6 U.S. Navy missiles, this contract will deliver advanced capability to our warfighters. The contract also includes an option for FRP Lot 7 missiles.

SEA Succesfully Links Ship/Air Interface Simulation Capability with Chinook Simulator
Cohort company SEA is providing modelling and simulation support to the UK MoD Chinook project team as a method of assessing key aircraft handling qualities, prior to sea trials of the Chinook helicopter operating from the new Tide Class Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Tanker ship.

South Korea's HHI Launched the Final KSS-2 Type 214 Submarine for ROK Navy
ROK Navy KSS II Submarine Sin Dol Seok Type 214
South Korea has launched its ninth and final KSS-2 submarine, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), at Ulsan Shipyards on September 7th. The Son Won-il class submarine was named Sin Dol Seok, after a Korean admiral who led the country's fight against Japanese aggression in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

Russia's Northern Fleet Cruise Missile Exercise Ended in the Arctic
Russia Cruiser Pyotr Veliky Peter the Great launching P 700
The Northern Fleet has completed a series of scheduled exercises held in the Arctic, the fleet’s press service reported. "During live-fire episodes in the Barents Sea, White Sea and Laptev Sea areas, 13 sea- and land-based cruise missiles were launched, including from two submerged nuclear submarines," the fleet said.

Chinese Shipyard Launched the 28th Type 054A Frigate for the PLAN
China 28th Type 054A Frigate for PLAN 1
Our colleagues from East Pendulum are reporting that the Huangpu Shipyard of the Chinese naval group CSSC launched a Type 054A frigate for People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) on September 22nd. This is the 14th frigate of this class (designated Jiangkai II-class by NATO) built in this shipyard, located near the city of Guangzhou in southern China, and the 28th overall in the series. The 27th Type 054A was launched less than 6 months ago, showing once again the fast pace of China's naval shipbuilding industry.

French Navy Mistral-class LHD Tonnerre Taking Part in Disaster Relief Ops Following Hurricanes
French Navy Mistral class LHD Tonnerre Relief Irma 1
Following the recent Irma, José and Maria which impacted several of the French territories in the Carribbeans, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Mistral-class LHD Tonnerre and its EDAR/L-CAT landing catamaran were sent to St Martin island to participate in disaster relief operations and provide humanitarian assistance.

Contract for Five More German Navy K130 Braunschweig-class Corvettes Awarded to Shipyards
Contract for Five More German Navy K130 Braunschweig-class Corvettes Awarded to Shipyards On September 12 2017, the procurement agency of the German Ministry of Defence Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) awarded a contract valued at nearly 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) to a consortium of shipbuilders for five additional Braunschweig class (K-130) corvettes to be delivered to the German Navy (Marine) from 2022 to 2025.

French Navy to Receive an Additional Light Patrol Vessel PLG for Antilles
French Navy Guyana-based Light Patrol Vessel PLG La Confiance is Now on Active Duty
On September 24 2017, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced that a PLG (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais or French Guyana-based Light Patrol Vessel) will be ordered in the coming weeks for delivery "as soon as possible" by 2019. The patrol vessel will be based in the French Antilles likely homeported in Martinique where the French Navy (Marine Nationale) has a permanent naval base.

Lockheed Martin & Fincantieri Marinette Marine deliver future USS Little Rock to U.S. Navy
USS Little Rock US Navy LCS
Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine delivered the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 25. The future USS Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, is scheduled to be commissioned in Buffalo later this year. She will be the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake.

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