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

Russian Navy Baltic Fleet’s air arm received its first Su-30SM fighter jet
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The aircraft inventory of the Baltic Fleet’s naval air station in the Kaliningrad Region has been beefed up with its first Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) multirole fighter jet, Baltic Fleet Spokesman Roman Martov told journalists.

Australia and France Sign Future Submarine Inter-Governmental Agreement
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Australia’s Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and France’s Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, today welcomed the signing of an Agreement on Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement establishes the framework between the Governments of Australia and France required for the development of the Royal Australian Navy’s new fleet of submarines.

Russia’s Project 877 SSK Komsomolsk-on-Amur completes builders sea trials
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The upgraded Project 877 B-187 diesel-electric submarine Komsomolsk-on-Amur has completed builders sea trials, the Amur Shipyard’s press office said. "On December 10, the submarine Komsomolsk-on-Amur arrived at the Amur Shipyard’s acceptance base in Bolshoi Kamen [in Russia’s Far East] after its builders sea trials," the press office said.

GD Bath Iron Works to Continue Providing Modernization Services for DDG 51 Ships
USS John paul jones ddg 53 US navy
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $126 million contract extension to manage ongoing post-delivery modernization activities for Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers. The contract extension runs through December, 2017, with options for an additional six months.

Russia’s Oscar-II SSN K-150 Tomsk Received "Best in Fleet" Awards for Missile Drills & Combat Skills
K 150 Tomsk Oscar II Russian Navy
The Russian Navy Pacific Fleet’s Project 949A (Oscar-II class) nuclear-powered attack submarine Tomsk has been recognized as the best Russian Navy submarine in a cruise missile live-firing exercise, Russian Eastern Military District spokesman for the Pacific Fleet Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev told TASS.

DARPA's AMEBA Program Could Allow Underwater Radio Communication
DARPA ameba underwater radio
Here’s something easy to forget when you are chatting on your cell phone or flipping channels on your smart TV: although wireless communication seems nothing short of magic, it is a brilliant, reality-anchored application of physics and engineering in which radio signals travel from a transmitter to a receiver in the form of electric and magnetic fields woven into fast-as-light electromagnetic waves. That very same physics imposes some strict limits...

Cobham launches first CL-604 SAR jet aircraft for Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Cobham CL 604 AMSA Australia
The world's most technologically advanced civil search-and-rescue aircraft was launched today by Cobham for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The first of four specially-modified Bombardier Challenger CL-604 aircraft commences operations today on the first day of Cobham's 12-year contract with AMSA.

France UK to Launch Concept Phase & Feasibility Studies for Future Anti-Ship Missile in March 2017
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MBDA will start working on its next gen anti-ship missile, currently known as the Future Cruise and Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) / in French: Future Missile Anti-Navire Future Missile de Croisiere (FMAN/FMC), in March 2017. The announcement was made December 16th in a joint statement by UK's Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin and Laurent Collet-Billon, the head of France's defence procurement agency (DGA).

Fincantieri Opens Office in Australia While Italian Navy FREMM Will Deploy in Support of SEA5000
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Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and short-listed by the Australian Government to bid to design and build nine, new frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has established its local company, Fincantieri Australia, and will open a new Australian headquarters in Canberra soon.

US Navy Grounds All F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets & EA-18G Growlers Following Incident
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A U. S. Navy E/A-18G Growler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 experienced an on-deck emergency at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island at approximately 1100 (PST), December 16th. The aircraft was damaged and both aircrew sustained injuries and were transported by a NAS Whidbey Island SAR helicopter to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation. The cause of the emergency is under investigation.

Royal Navy's 4th Astute-class SSN Attack Submarine Formally Named Audacious
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The Royal Navy's fourth Astute Class attack submarine has been formally named. The new submarine was named Audacious in a traditional ceremony at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness. Marking the momentous milestone in the vessel’s journey towards joining the Royal Navy’s fleet, Lady Elizabeth Jones, the wife of First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones, formally christened the submarine in the classic tradition...

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye with New Aerial Refueling Capability Successfully Completes First Flight
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Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the first flight of an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye equipped with aerial refueling (AR). Under a 2013 engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) contract award, Northrop Grumman designed, developed, manufactured, and tested several sub-system upgrades necessary to accommodate an aerial refueling capability.

U.S. Navy Announces Need for 355-ship with More CVN, DDG, SSN, Amphibs & Auxiliary Vessels
US Navy FSA 355 Ships plan
The U.S. Secretary of the Navy announced the results of the 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA), a year-long effort which began in January that was conducted to evaluate long-term defense security requirements for future naval forces today at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The new fleet goal calls for 1 more aircraft carrier, 16 more large surface combatant and 18 more attack submarines...

Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet air arm receives three Su-30SM fighters
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Three brand-new Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) fighter jets have been taken on strength by the air branch of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet, the fleet’s spokesman, Vyacheslav Trukhachov, told journalists.

Video: U.S. Navy ONR Testing Autonomous Swarmboats in "Safe Harbor" Demonstration
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Autonomous unmanned swarming boats were put through their paces in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay—with results that show dramatic new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions. Using a unique combination of software, radar and other sensors, officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR)—together with partners from industry, academia and other government organizations...

Admiral Kuznetsov experience in Syria to help build new Russian aircraft carrier
Russia aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
Participation of Russia’s aircraft carrier The Admiral Kuznetsov in combat operations in Syria will help design and build another such carrier for the Russian Navy, chairman of the State Duma defense committee and former Airborne Commander Vladimir Shamanov told TASS.

MDA & USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) Conduct MRBM intercept test with SM-6 & Aegis 9.C1
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The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), an Aegis baseline 9.C1 equipped destroyer, today successfully fired a salvo of two SM-6 Dual I missiles against a complex medium-range ballistic missile target, demonstrating the Sea Based Terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability and meeting the test's primary objective.

Video: Italian Navy Naval Exercise Mare Aperto 2016
Italian Navy Naval Exercise Mare Aperto 2016
Exercise Mare Aperto (Open Sea) ended on 25 November. This training activity takes place annually in Central Mediterranean, involving a variety of air, naval and amphibious assets , with the aim of testing the operational effectiveness of the naval commands involved and assigned forces.

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