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OCTOber 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Leonardo signed a contract with the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr, the German Federal Office in charge of defence acquisitions, to provide seven OTO 76/62 Super Rapid systems that will equip the new K130 corvettes of the German Navy. The contract also includes training and spare parts supply.

Work has commenced on the refurbishment and modification of the NATO Seasparrow Missile System (NSSMS) platform and MK 132 Guided Missile Launching System located at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD). The surface-to-air ship defense system is being upgraded to support deployment of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2, which employs an active- and semi-active guidance system to meet current and anticipated future threats.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, a U.S. aircraft carrier entered the Arctic Circle Oct. 19 to conduct operations in the Norwegian Sea. Accompanied by select ships from Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) traveled north to demonstrate the flexibility and toughness of U.S. naval forces through high-end warfare training with regional allies and partners.

On Oct. 16 British sailors and members of the F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, completed a successful opening phase of the First of Class Flight Trials being conducted this fall aboard the UK’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, near the U.S. eastern seaboard.

Canada’s Combat Ship Team (Lockheed Martin Canada Inc.) has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) design. The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have notified Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. If all requirements are met, up to 15 Type 26 Frigates will join the Royal Canadian Navy. The design will be commissioned by the UK Royal Navy (8 frigates) and the Royal Australian Navy (9 frigates) as well.

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division officially started fabrication of the America-class amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8) on Monday. The start of fabrication signifies that the shipyard is ready for sustained production and ready to move forward with the construction of the ship.

KONGSBERG has landed its largest ever simulator contract in a SGD 21.2 million deal with the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs. The contract, executed by Kongsberg Digital Maritime Simulation, will see the delivery in Q1 2020 of four advanced K-Sim Tactical Boat Handling and Firing Simulators with a 10 year comprehensive maintenance agreement to the Singapore Police Coast Guard.

The F-35B conducted the first ever shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) this weekend aboard UK’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The UK is the only nation currently planning to use the manoeuvre, which will allow jets to land on board the carrier with heavier loads, meaning they won’t need to jettison expensive fuel and weapons before landing.

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