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

Frontex takes 1st step towards a European Coast Guard with OPVs from Finland Romania & France
Frontex European Coast Guard
Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has called on EU member states and Schengen Associated Countries to provide officers for the newly adopted European Coast Guard Functions Officer profile, paving the way for the deployment of multi-national crews in the agency’s maritime operations.

USS Mason & Charles De Gaulle Strike Group leaders meet in Eastern Mediterranean
USS Mason and Charles De Gaulle Strike Group
Leadership from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) and French officials from the Charles de Gaulle Strike Group (CDGSG) met while operating together in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Nov. 25, 2016. Cmdr. Christopher J. Gilbertson of Minneapolis, Mason’s commanding officer, met Rear Adm. Olivier Lebas, commander of the CDGSG, and other French officials to solidify strategies and tactics in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

Russia Develops Fugu Glider UUV Designed for Communications Between Submarines & Navy HQ
MAKO Group Fugu underwater robotics system UUV
Russia’s military industry has developed the Fugu (Фугу) advanced submersible robotic system designed for communications between Russian Navy submarines and higher headquarters and for keeping the submarine crews abreast of the situation in their patrol areas, according to the Izvestia daily.

Video: Northrop Grumman Passes Key Development Milestones on DARPA/US Navy Tern Program
NGC DARPA US Navy Tern Program
A future with highly autonomous unmanned aircraft conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), targeting and strike missions from small-deck U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps ships gained momentum recently when Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully passed two key milestones for the Tern program.

Royal Canadian Navy Received HMCS Toronto, the Last Modernised Halifax-class Frigate
HMCS Toronto Halifax class RCN Canada
A a ceremony was held yesterday at Irving Shipbuilding marking the completion of the Halifax-class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension (HCM/FELEX) project, which provided state-of-the-art upgrades, allowing Canada’s fleet of 12 Halifax-class frigates to meet 21st century threats.

SEA Commences Combat System Upgrade on Chilean Navy Type 23 Frigates
Almirante Lynch Chile SEA
The upgrade on the Chilean frigates Almirante Cochrane, Almirante Condell and Almirante Lynch follows a similar obsolescence upgrade carried out on the UK Royal Navy's 13 Type 23 ships. SEA has a support contract covering the Combat Systems Highway (CSH) for UK Royal Navy frigates and also supports CSHs for various defence Primes.

Yantar Shipyard in west Russia builds hull of Second Project 11711 landing ship Pyotr Morgunov
Ivan Gren LST at sea The Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad in west Russia has built the hull of the Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov, the shipyard’s newspaper reported. "The hull of the large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov has been built. Work to furnish the ship with required equipment has begun," according to the newspaper.

Leidos Commences Operational Testing Of DARPA ACTUV System
Sea Hunter ACTUV DARPA US Navy
Leidos, a global science and technology solutions company, announced today that it is beginning operational testing of the technology demonstration vessel it is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. Testing will occur off the coast of San Diego, Calif., and follows the successful completion of performance trials from the summer.

Russia’s Northern Fleet receives two Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats
Project 21980 Grachonok anti sabotage ship
Two advanced Project 21980 Grachonok anti-sabotage boats have arrived for Russia’s Northern Fleet, fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said. "These are the 11th and the 12th Project 21980 boats. They are currently undergoing running and state trials at the main base of the Northern Fleet’s submarine forces in Gadzhiyevo," Serga said.

Northrop Grumman Delivers 1st LWWAA hardware for US Navy Block IV Virginia Class Submarine
Northrop Grumman LWWAA Block IV Virginia Class Submarine US Navy 1
Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the first shipset of Light Weight Wide Aperture Array (LWWAA) hardware for Block IV of the Virginia Class Submarine (VCS) to the U.S. Navy. This represents the 19th shipset that Northrop Grumman has supplied for the VCS program.

HHI Launched "Soyang" First 10,000 Tons AOE-II class Fast Combat Support Ship for ROK Navy
Soyang AOE II Fast Combat Support Ship ROK Navy HHI 1
South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries launched the first AOE-II 10,000-ton fast combat support ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) during a ceremony held today in Ulsan, about 410 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The new combat support vessel will be delivered to the ROK Navy next year following sea trials. It is expected to become operational in the first half of 2018.

STM Fast Attack Craft "FAC-55" About to Sail the World Seas
STM Fast Attack Craft FAC 55
Innovatively designed, Fast Attack Craft, ‘FAC-55’, was introduced by STM in Qatar and Azerbaijan earlier this year and drew great interest at the IDEAS 2016 Defense Fair in Pakistan. Designed completely in Turkey by STM, FAC-55 impresses with her warfare capabilities…

Royal Navy leads US Navy Task Force 50 for the first time
Royal Navy leads US Navy Task Force 50 for first time
The Royal Navy has taken command of US Task Force 50 in the Gulf – the first time it has led a US task force in the Middle East. Commodore Andrew Burns, the Royal Navy’s Commander Amphibious Task Group, has taken charge of the US task force while currently embarked on HMS Ocean. It represents a significant development in combined maritime operations between the UK and US.

Russia’s upgraded Il-38N Maritime Patrol Aircraft receives lightweight electrical power supply units
Il 38N antisubmarine aircraft ASW MPA Russia
The upgraded Russian-made Ilyushin Il-38N (NATO reporting name: May) antisubmarine warfare plane has received advanced electrical power supply system units manufactured by Tekhnodinamika Group, the group’s press office said. Tekhnodinamika Group is a subsidiary of Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec.

Norway to Replace Ageing P-3 MPA & DA-20 Falcon EW Aircraft with Five Boeing P-8A Poseidon
P 8A Poseidon MPA US Navy
The Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Friday that it intends to replace its ageing fleet of six P-3 Orion (four P-3C for ASW & two P-3N for SAR) and its three Dassault DA-20 ECM aircraft with five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

Fourth ex-Danish Navy Flyvefisken-class Patrol Vessel Transferred to Lithuanian Navy
fourth danish patrol ship transfered to lithuania navy
On November 23 patrol ship P15 the Lithuanian Armed Forces had bought from Denmark was transferred to the Lithuanian Navy at a ceremony in Korsør port in Denmark. The new ship will replace 50 years old Storm-class LNS Selis (P32) built in Norway that currently use serving in Patrol Ships Division of the Lithuanian Navy. The P15 is scheduled to sail into Klaipeda in December and to be christened in January 2017.

Russian Navy Naval Aviation to Receive Six New Su-30SM Fighters and Two Il-38 MPA by Year End
Su 30SM russian navy fighter aircraft irkut
The seaborne aviation of the Russian Navy will receive some two dozen aircraft and helicopters, including six multipurpose Su-30SM fighter jets and two Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft in November-December, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolev told a meeting of the military council.

Sixth Project 636.3 SSK Submarine "Kolpino" Handed Over to the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet
diesel submarine project 636.3 kolpino russia
The sixth diesel-electric Kolpino submarine of project 636.3 for the Black Sea fleet was passed over to the Russian Navy, TASS correspondent reported. St. Andrew's colors were hoisted on the submarine at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg where the whole series of the submarines was built for the Black Sea fleet.

Geospectrum Awarded Contract To Supply TRAPS Variable Depth Sonar To Royal Canadian Navy
TRAPS sonar VDS curtiss wright
GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that is has received a contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. Defence Research and Development Canada will test the TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) variable depth ASW sonar on Royal Canadian Navy ships.

Video: First Mi-8AMTSh-VA Arctic Helicopter Transferred to Russian Navy Naval Aviation
Mi 8AMTSh VA Helicopter russian navy
The first Mil Mi-8AMTSh-VA (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopter accepted by the Russian Navy shall be fielded with a unit in the Kamchatka Peninsula, Alexei Nikolaichuk, deputy commander for aviation engineering service, Naval Air Station 7060, has told journalists.

Albanian Navy Ship ALS Oriku Joins NATO Maritime Mission for the First Time
The Albanian navy joined it’s first-ever NATO maritime mission with the addition of ALS Oriku to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 on Monday. The vessel will support NATO activities in the Aegean Sea as part of the international efforts to stop illegal trafficking and migration.

Russia to Launch Second Project 18280 Intelligence Ship Ivan Khurs in 2017
Project 18280 intelligence ship Yury Ivanov AGI
The Project 18280 intelligence ship Ivan Khurs will be floated out in 2017 rather than in the fourth quarter of 2016 as it was reported earlier, spokeswoman for Russia’s Northern Shipyard Olga Danilevskaya said. Danilevskaya made this statement in an interview with the Flotprom online media organization.

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