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

GD Bath Iron Works Awarded Contract to Continue DDG 51 Lead Yard Services & Flight III Design
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The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, a $59 million contract for the continuation of Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Lead Yard Services and Flight III Upgrade design efforts. This contract extends the services for engineering, technical support, special studies and Flight III design work for Arleigh Burke-class ships through December 2017. The Flight III upgrades include a more powerful missile defense radar, increased shipboard power production and hull enhancements.

Austal Rolls Out First Cape Class Patrol Boat For Royal Australian Navy
Austal Cape class RAN Australia
Austal is pleased to announce the successful roll out prior to launch of Hull 380, the ninth Cape-class patrol boat designed and constructed by Austal and the first of two to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 2017.

BAE Systems Australia to support Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers into service
Royal Australian Navy Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart
BAE Systems Australia welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne to award a five year contract worth $70m for the sustainment of the three Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers as they are delivered and transitioned into service.

ECA Group equips French Navy AUVs A9-M with long range communication capabilities
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ECA Group will proceed to an update of six AUVs A9-M vehicles delivered in 2013 to the French Navy. These AUVs will be integrating new long range communication capabilities. Following three years of operational use, the six Autonomous Underwater Vehicles AUV A9-M delivered in 2013 to the French Navy mine disposal divers (GPD) of Toulon and Brest, will be improved through the integration of new long range communication capabilities.

US, French Carrier Group Commanders Meet in Eastern Mediterranean
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Leadership from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and French Charles de Gaulle Battle Group met while operating in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Dec. 6. Rear Adm. Jim Malloy, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10, flew from aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) onto French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) to meet with Rear Adm. Olivier Lebas, commander, Task Force 473, to discuss coalition efforts to counter...

UK Orders Two More River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels for Royal Navy
BAE Systems OPV Royal Navy 1
BAE Systems welcomed Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement to its Govan shipyard in Glasgow today to announce the £287m manufacturing contract for two further River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and support services for the five ship programme, taking the total value to £635m.

MAKO Penguin UUV / USV System in trials with Russia's Secret Services FSB
MAKO Penguin USV UUV Russia 2
Russian secret services are testing the Penguin self-contained surface/submersible robotized system designed to protect high-value installations, including the bridge across the Kerch Strait, against commandos, terrorists and improvised explosive devices, according to the Izvestia newspaper.

Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) 1st Restart Arleigh Burke Destroyer Delivered to U.S. Navy by HII
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the completion of the first round of sea trials for the guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). The Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) ship, built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, spent three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship’s main propulsion system and other ship systems.
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) on the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7. HII delivered DDG 113 after successfully completing three sets of at-sea and in-port trials which proved the ship's operational readiness.

German Navy NH90 Sea Lion Naval Helicopter Performs Maiden Flight
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On Thursday, the NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter took off on its on-schedule maiden flight at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland; Ralph Herzog, Director in the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, Chief of the German Navy welcomed this important milestone in the programme.

Russia Developing VTOL UAV for Russian Navy Vessels
Radar mms GSV 500 VTOL UAV
Russia is creating a reconnaissance helicopter-type drone for the Navy, a source in the Russian military-defense complex told TASS. "The helicopter-type reconnaissance and targeting drone is created for the Russian Navy aviation," he said.

Australia & France Sign Classified Information Sharing Treaty in Support of Future Submarine
DCNS welcomes the signature of the first operational contract for the Australian Future Submarine Program and the selection of Lockheed Martin as the program Combat System Integrator.
Yesterday, the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean Yves Le Drian, signed an agreement that will improve sharing of classified information between the two countries and strengthen existing protections.

Russian Navy Su-33 fighter crashed during landing on Aircraft Carrier 'Admiral Kuznetsov'
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A Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) fighter jet crashed in the Mediterranean Sea during landing at the 'Admiral Kuznetsov' heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser, the pilot ejected himself from the plane, Russia`s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a message on Monday.

Saab Signs Torpedo Integration Contract with FMV for Swedish Navy A26 SSK & Visvy Corvettes
Saab Torpedo Integration
GDefence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and production of Torpedo Integration Systems (TIS) for the Swedish Navy´s A26 submarines. The order also includes upgrade of existing systems on the Visby-class corvettes and Gotland-class submarines. Deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2020.

Russian Navy about to receive its first eight upgraded Ka-27M helicopters
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Russia’s Naval Aviation will receive the first eight upgraded Kamov Ka-27M (NATO reporting name: Helix) shipborne helicopters, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the Navy Igor Dygalo said. "The Naval Aviation is planned to receive the first eight upgraded Ka-27M helicopters in December 2016," Dygalo said.

US Navy eyes more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to deal with shortage of carrier-borne fighters
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The US Navy plans to buy dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets to deal with a shortage of fighters aboard its carriers, Reuters said on Saturday Dec. 3, quoting a Navy official. This plan, which still has to be finalized, coud be implemented in the fiscal year 2018 budget alongside the procurement of the F-35C carrier variant.

General Atomics Advanced Arresting Gear System Successfully completes 1st Aircraft Recovery
Advanced Arresting Gear AAG first recovery
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system successfully completed the first fly-in aircraft recovery of an F/A-18E Super Hornet on October 13, 2016 at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) at Joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The F/A-18E fly-in recovery follows more than 200 successful roll-in test arrestments at the site since March, and more than 1,300 dead-load arrestments.

French Navy FREMM Frigate Languedoc Returned From 104 Days-Long Deployment
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The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that the Aquitaine-class Frigate Languedoc, the third FREMM (Multi Mission Frigate) of the class, returned to Toulon naval base on November 24th after a long period deployment. The Frigate set sail on August 12th for the a long cruise which took her to the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

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