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February 2017 News - Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Fincantieri CNIM & Oshkosh Defense Submit US Army Maneuver Support Vessel - Light Proposal
Charles de Gaulle mid life refit Fincantieri Marine Group announced on February 7th the submission of its proposal for the United States Army Maneuver Support Vessel - Light (MSV-L). Fincantieri leads an elite industry team comprised of CNIM, the designer of the Catamaran Landing Craft (L-CAT); Oshkosh Defense, a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life sustainment services; and other specialist partners...

Pictures: Indian Navy Major Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise TROPEX 17 Underway
Indian Navy TROPEX 17 5 The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX) got underway on 24 Jan 17. The month long exercise will have ships and aircraft of both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands, as also assets from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard exercising together. The exercise is being conducted off the Western Seaboard. The last edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2015.

Austal's Expeditionary Fast Transport 8 (EPF 8) Completes Acceptance Trials
Austal Expeditionary Fast Transport EPF vessel US Navy USNS Yuma Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce that Expeditionary Fast Transport 8 (EPF 8), USNS Yuma has successfully completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials. The acceptance trials, conducted by the US Navy in the Gulf of Mexico, are the last significant milestone before delivery and involve comprehensive testing of the vessel’s major systems and equipment.

Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Adm. Kuznetsov Syrian experience to be used in new carrier design
Project 23000E Aircraft Carrier Krylov 1 The Syrian experience of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and other warships of the Russian Navy will be used in the design and construction of new warships, Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Korolev told navymen and pilots who returned from Syria.

South Korea speeds up delivery of new hovercraft to boost local industry
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South Korea will push forward the delivery of two landing ships by one year to bolster the Navy's defense capabilities and help the struggling ship building sector, the state defense procurement agency said Thursday.In December, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) placed a US$130 million order with Hanjin Heavy Industries Co. to build two hovercraft landing ships, with a goal of delivering them to the Navy by 2020, not by the originally 2021 date, DAPA said in a statement.

French Navy Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle in Dry Dock for Mid-Life Refit & Upgrade
Charles de Gaulle mid life refit Charles de Gaulle, the French Navy's (Marine Nationale) sole nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, entered a dry dock this week at Toulon naval base following 15 years of operational deployments during which it was involved in most of the international conflicts in which France took part (Afghanistan, Libya, Levant) and in particular three times since January 2015.

DARPA's SideArm Prototype successfully captures full-size high-speed UAS
DARPA SideArm Prototype successfully capture full size high speed UAS 640 001 Few scenes capture the U.S. Navy’s prowess as effectively as the rapid-fire takeoff and recovery of combat jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier. The ability to carry air power anywhere in the world, and both launch those aircraft to flight speed and bring them to a stop over extremely short distances, has been essential to carriers’ decades-long dominance of naval warfare.

Russian Navy to Upgrade All Operational Il-38 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Il-38N by 2025
IL 38N MPA Russian Navy Russia’s Navy is planning to upgrade all operational Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO reporting name: May) antisubmarine warfare planes before 2025, Russian Naval Aviation Chief Igor Kozhin said. "The upgrade program runs through 2025. Thus, we are planning to upgrade virtually all Il-38 planes before 2025," Kozhin said.

GD BIW Delivers 2nd DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart - the Future USS Rafael Peralta - to the US Navy
USS Rafael Peralta DDG 115 first DDG 51 Flight IIA Restart The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) during a ceremony on Feb. 3. Rafael Peralta is the first Arleigh Burke class destroyer constructed at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard since the program was restarted in 2010. DDG 115 is the second re-start ship to deliver to the Navy, following delivery of the future USS John Finn (DDG 113) from Huntington Ingalls Industries in December 2016.

China Started Serial Production of New Type 726A LCAC for PLAN
PLAN Type 726A LCAC China 3 Our partner East Pendulum is reporting that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) is in the process of starting mass production of its equivalent to the US Navy's LCAC, the Type 726A, at the Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard in Shanghai. This observation is based on satellite images from December 9, 2016.

US Navy Decommissioned the First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)
US Navy Decommissions aircraft carrier USS Enterprise CVN 65 The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was decommissioned during a ceremony held in the ship's hangar bay, Feb. 3. The ceremony not only marked the end the ship's nearly 55-year career, it also served as the very first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Capt. Todd Beltz, commanding officer of the Enterprise, addressed the ship's company, former commanding officers and distinguished visitors and spoke of where the true spirit of "The Big E" comes from.

US MDA & Japan MoD Successfully Conduct First SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test
The US SM-3 antimissile can intercept ballistic missiles at the initial stage of their flight path, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Lieutenant-General Viktor Poznikhir said. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii.

HII Received Contract to Kick Off Advance Fabrication of Aircraft Carrier Enterprise (CVN 80)
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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $25.5 million modification to an existing advance planning contract in support of advance fabrication of the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN 80) on Tuesday. The initial structural fabrication and shop work on the third Gerald R. Ford-class carrier will be performed at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division through March 2018.

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