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OCTOber 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit for a Vessel Construction Manager (VCM) to deliver a new class of training ships referred to as a National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV). The VCM selected by MARAD will contract with a qualified shipyard to ensure that commercial best practices are utilized in delivering the NSMV on time and on budget.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) approved the first metal part created by additive manufacturing (AM) for shipboard installation, the command announced Oct. 11. A prototype drain strainer orifice (DSO) assembly will be installed on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in fiscal year 2019 for a one-year test and evaluation trial. The DSO assembly is a steam system component that permits drainage/removal of water from a steam line while in use.

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) celebrated today the 500th patrol of a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) at the base of l'Île Longue, Britanny, home of the four French SSBNs. The event was attended by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, and Admiral Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy.

Russia started using P-700 Granit (NATO reporting name: SS-N-19 'Shipwreck') supersonic antiship missiles launched from submarines to train S-400 air defense. The training was introduced after the Syrian experience was analyzed. It showed that in littoral area the air defense is highly likely to face unexpected missile launches from under the water. Drills began and the Tomsk submarine was the first to hold them, the Izvestia daily writes.

Leonardo and Fincantieri, as part of the collaborative relationship and the preferred partnership launched in October 2014, have established the guiding principles of an agreement in the field of naval ships to better seize the new challenges on international markets, in order to present joint solutions in an increasingly competitive and demanding sector.

To meet the increasing demand from navies and other professional maritime operators, in 2016 ECA Group and MAURIC joined forces to combine their respective areas of expertise, and have developed an innovative product range enabling drones and robots to be integrated on board naval vessels. This is how OCTOPODA came to see the light of day; a range of ships with specifications similar to those of patrol boats or OPVs, but specifically adapted for mine clearance missions at sea using drones and robots systems.

A steel cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday to start construction of Royal Australian Navy’s new generation of offshore patrol vessels. The first bolt has also been locked down on the steelwork at the country’s largest ship assembly hall at Civmec’s massive new $85 million facility at Henderson. Two ships are being built at Osborne in SA by ASC Shipbuilding and another ten at Civmec in WA.

Navy Recognition saw for the first time an image showing the future nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). The programme called "SNLE 3G" (for 3rd generation SSBN) is set to replace the current fleet of SSBN (Triomphant-class) in about 15 years. We saw the image last week at a Naval Group site in Brest, as we were taking part in the Euronaval 2018 press trip.

ECA Group unveiled a new USV design, the INSPECTOR 120, as a part of its range of robotic and autonomous systems for naval applications, including mine counter measures. ECA Group has been designing and delivering unmanned surface vehicles (USV) for 15 years. After supplying INSPECTOR Mk1 to the DGA in 2008, ECA Group has developed and supplied to several navies with its unmanned surface vehicle INSPECTOR 90.

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