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June 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


Damen Shipyards Group and the Mexican Navy, via the Directorate General of Shipbuilding, are currently working together to build the Long Range Ocean Patrol (POLA (from its initials in Spanish)), the most technologically advanced vessel in Latin America. With this, the Mexican Navy will join the long list of navies around the world that have Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding vessels in their fleets.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that on May 24th, the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system successfully completed its first C-2A Greyhound aircraft arrestment at the Runway Arrested Landing Site (RALS) in Lakehurst, N.J. The next day, AAG successfully completed its first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye arrestment, with the E-2C+ Hawkeye following on June 8. GA-EMS, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy, is conducting AAG Performance Testing for the C-2A, E-2C+, and E-2D aircraft at RALS in preparation for the commencement of testing aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division today delivered the newest nuclear-powered fast attack submarine to the U.S. Navy. The future USS Indiana (SSN 789) is the 16th Virginia-class submarine built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat and the eighth delivered by Newport News.

Britain's flagship of tomorrow can now strike out across the Seven Seas after refuelling ‘on the go’ for the first time. After a dry run earlier in the year, HMS Queen Elizabeth successfully took on fuel in the North Atlantic, receiving ‘amber gold’ from RFA Tidespring, the tanker purpose built to support the new aircraft carrier on her global operations.

The Canadian Forces have awarded Rheinmetall an important follow-on contract. The Canadian Navy plans to expand the MASS countermeasure systems installed on its Halifax-class frigates. The order is worth about CAD20 million (€12 million). MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles.

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