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December 2016 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Qatar Coast Guard ARES Shipyard-Built Ships to be Fitted with ASELSAN Muhafiz and Stamp RWS
Aselsan Muhafiz RCWS 30mm Qatar coast guard
An agreement regarding the procurement of Remote Controlled Weapon System for the needs of the Qatar Coast Guard Command has been signed between ASELSAN and ARES Shipyard on 28.12.2016, valuing EUR 20.000.000,-. Within the context of this agreement the deliveries will be completed in 2018.

Upgraded Slava-class Cruiser Marshal Ustinov Returns to Northern Fleet’s Base
Slava class cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV Russia Navy post refit 1
The Project 1164 (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has returned to the Northern Fleet’s Naval Station Severomorsk after five-year absence, according to the fleet’s press office. The cruiser has been repaired and upgraded by the Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk since 2011.

U.S. Navy Orders 214 Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missiles & Spares for Royal Navy From Raytheon
Type 054A Frigate Binzhou PLAN China
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $303,749,820 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 214 Tomahawk Block IV All-Up-Round vertical launch system missiles and spares. 214 missiles and spares for the U.S. Navy and spares for the government of the United Kingdom.

U.S. Navy Orders Long-Lead Components for 6 CMV-22B Osprey From Bell Boeing
V 22 Carrier Onboard Delivery 1
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $15,674,000 advance acquisition contract for long-lead components for the manufacture and delivery of six Lot 22 CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the U.S. Navy. The CMV-22B is the Carrier Onboard Delivery (commonly referred to as COD) of the V-22 Osprey.

China's 23rd Type 054A Frigate & 5th Type 082II MCM Vessel Commissioned in PLAN
Type 082II MCM vessel Donggang PLAN China
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) commissioned today its 23rd Type 054A Frigate (Jiangkai II-class) "Binzhou" (hull number 515) and an additional Type 082II (Wozang-class) mine countermeasure vessel "Donggang" (hull number 814). The Type 054A Frigate commissioning ceremony took place at Zhoushan naval base. The frigate joins the PLAN East Sea Fleet. The MCM vessel joins the PLAN North Sea Fleet. Its commissioning ceremony took place at Dalian naval base (in Northeast China).

2nd DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart - the Future USS Rafael Peralta Completes Acceptance Trials
DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart USS Rafael Peralta
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 16 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine. The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while underway. INSURV evaluates the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications and is the governing body that recommends the ship be delivered to the Navy.

Russia’s Navy Receives First Batch of Overhauled Ka-29 helicopters
Kamov Ka 29 Helix B Russia
Russian Helicopters Group, a subsidiary of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec, has delivered a batch of Kamov Ka-29 (NATO reporting name: Helix-B) shipborne transport rotorcraft to the Defense Ministry, the group’s press office said.

China's 30th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet
Type 056 corvette Ningde 510 PLAN China
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Ningde (hull number 510) Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly today at the Xiamen Naval Base (a port city on China’s southeast coast, across a strait from Taiwan). The event means the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Ningde is the thirtieth Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet.

Pella Shipyard Laid Keel of 4th Project 22800 Karakurt-class Corvette for Russian Navy
project 22800 corvette almaz
The Pella Shipyard in St. Petersburg laid the keel of the fourth small missile boat of project 22800 (Karakurt-class). The vessel will be named Burya. "It is difficult to underestimate the importance of the warship for the Navy. The small boat construction experience is inherited from the Soviet Union which provided the best price-efficiency ratio for such warships," Navy Chief-of-Staff Vice Admiral Andrei Volozhinsky said at the ceremony.

Hyundai Heavy Industries to Start Planing & Design Work on FFX Batch III Frigates for ROK Navy
South Korea's defense procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) today signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy & Industries for planing and design work on the future FFX Batch III Frigates for the Republic of Korean Navy (ROK Navy). One week ago, DAPA ordered early two Daegu-class (FFX Batch II or FFX-II) Frigates from the same shipbuilder.

Sevmash Shipyard Laid Keel of Eighth Borey-class Project 955A SSBN Submarine for Russian Navy
Borey class Project 955A SSBN
The Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk laid the keel of the eighth nuclear submarine with ballistic missiles Prince Pozharsky of project 995A (code Borey-A), TASS correspondent reported from the shipyard. The plaque with the name of the submarine and the date of the event was fixed to the submarine by Deputy Navy Commander-in-Chief for armaments Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk and First Vice President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Leonid Strugov.

PLAN Liaoning Aircraft Carrier CSG Crossed the First Island Chain & Entered South China Sea
PLAN Liaoning aircraft carrier first islands chain west pacific 1
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escort entered today in the South China Sea after passing south of Taiwan, for what Beijing presents as a routine exercise. The Liaoning aircraft carrier, escorted by five vessels sailed 90 nautical miles from the southern tip of Taiwan via the Bashi Strait that separates Taiwan from the Philippines.

Final Batch of AW159 Wildcat Maritime Helicopters Delivered to ROK Navy
ROK Navy AW159 Wildcat
AgustaWestland (Leonardo Helicopters) delivered the last batch of four AW159 Wildcat maritime helicopters to the Republic of Korean Navy (ROK Navy) in late November. The ROK Navy selected the Wildcat to meet its Maritime Operational Helicopter requirement and signed a contract for eight units in January 2013. A first batch of four helicopters were delivered in July this year.

Jiangnan Shipyard in China Launched the Twelfth Type 052D Destroyer for the PLAN
12th Type 052D Kunming class Destroyer PLAN China
Pictures published by spotters in China show that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) twelth Type 052D Destroyer (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) was launched on December 26 2016 at the Jiangnan-Changxing naval shipyard near Shanghai.

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