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  • 9 November 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Norway’s AEGIS frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad has spent the night on the rocks after sustaining a gashing hole in her hull following a collision with a commercial tanker on November 8. In their latest update, the Norwegian Navy said the frigate remained in place on the rocks in Hjeltefjorden where she was intentionally grounded in […]

  • 9 November 2018
    Vessels

    BAE Systems Australia has shared a video of the installation of a new mast on board the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta. The Anzac-class frigate is currently undergoing Mid Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) at Henderson facility. The new mast was manufactured by BAE Systems as part of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) between BAE […]

  • 9 November 2018
    Equipment & technology

    Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) has supported the testing of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) off Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), Kaneohe, Hawaii, on the Island of Oahu. In October 2018, the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at the University of Hawaii, with funding […]

  • 7 November 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond recently joined a Royal Navy submarine and a range of fighter jets and aircraft for two weeks of training in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The destroyer made extensive use of the facilities and equipment at Britain’s bases in Cyprus for the evolutions. The variety of aircraft using the […]

  • 7 November 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Australian Navy has awarded Kongsberg Digital a contract to deliver and support a suite of K-Sim Navigation ready ship’s bridge simulators. The contract will enable the Royal Australian to increase its training capacity and reduce costs associated with qualifying bridge watch keepers and other staff before going to sea. The simulators will be […]

  • 7 November 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from US Navy’s Kearsarge amphibious ready group (ARG) have wrapped up the three-week composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). The ARG’s COMPTUEX focused on simultaneous missions and enhanced realism to test the capabilities of the Kearsarge ARG and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prior to their upcoming deployment. The exercise included embarked Marine Medium […]

  • 6 November 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    US Navy cruisers and destroyers assigned to the carrier strike group assembled around aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and other Norfolk-based units got underway from Naval Station Norfolk for the surface warfare advanced tactical training (SWATT) exercise on November 2. SWATT is the Surface Force’s premier advanced tactical training exercise developed and led […]

  • 6 November 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The US Navy has awarded Sikorsky a $717 million performance-based contract for supply and logistics support for the entire fleet of US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon and Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters. The scope of the performance-based logistics contract includes repairs, overhauls, spares, obsolescence mitigation and asset management services over four years. The expanded […]

  • 5 November 2018
    Authorities

    The US Navy has deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) with embarked Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31 to the vicinity of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in support of Typhoon Yutu recovery efforts. The USS Ashland arrived November 3 while marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and […]

  • 2 November 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigates will be maintained by three different shipyards following a government contract announcement on Thursday. The contract was held by Irving Shipbuilding since 2011 but the company will now have to share work on the frigates with Chantier Davie Canada Inc. and Seaspan Victoria Shipyards. The combined value of the three contracts […]

  • 31 October 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Germany’s defense procurement agency BAAINBw has awarded Italian defense technology company Leonardo a contract to provide seven OTO 76/62 Super Rapid gun systems for the navy’s five new K130 corvettes. Leonardo says the contract also includes training and spare parts supply. The company also delivered gun systems for integration on the first batch of five corvettes. […]

  • 30 October 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) has started work on the refurbishment and modification of the NATO Seasparrow missile system (NSSMS) platform and MK 132 guided missile launching system. The surface-to-air ship defense system is being upgraded to support deployment of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2, which employs […]

  • 30 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the US Navy’s Ronald Reagan carrier strike group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JSMDF) Murasame-class destroyer JS Kirisame (DD 104) on October 28 concluded seven days of maritime operations during a cooperative deployment in the Philippine Sea. Ronald Reagan strike group units and Kirisame conducted multiple exercises including ship maneuvering, communications, […]

  • 26 October 2018
    Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development, Vessels

    French shipbuilder and submarine specialists has unveiled a new submarine concept at the Euronaval show in Paris with which it prepares for future imagined threats, needs and constraints. The concept is a digital submarine adapted to the future generations. SMX 31 builds on the SMX 30 (introduced by the company in 2016) which displaced 3,000 […]

  • 26 October 2018
    Authorities

    The UK defense ministry has awarded Thales UK a £93 million contract to upgrade the Royal Navy’s new Martlet missile which will be carried by Wildcat helicopters. The Martlet upgrade is part of a broader effort called Future Air Defence Availability Project which will see Thales UK in Belfast work to ensure the enhancements are ready […]

  • 26 October 2018
    Authorities

    US Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) became the newest ship to join the Pacific area of operations, after concluding a homeport shift from Virginia to San Diego. Grasp arrived in San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday, following an 18-day trip from its former home in Little Creek, Va. The trip included […]

  • 25 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The navies of Australia and Brunei have completed the 18th series of bilateral exercise Penguin which took place off Brunei. The four-day exercise concluded October 22. Exercise Penguin was joined by Royal Brunei Navy’s Darussalam-class OPV KD Darulaman and Itjihad-class inshore patrol vessel KD Berkat while the Australian Navy deployed Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Launceston. Various […]

  • 24 October 2018
    Authorities, Industry news

    Italy’s Fincantieri and French Naval Group have outlined plans for a possible future joint venture at the Euronaval conference taking place in Paris, France. The latest agreement is the result of a year’s work during which the two sides looked at ways of creating “a more efficient and competitive” European shipbuilding industry and to reinforce […]

  • 23 October 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Swedish Navy submarine HSwMS Gotland got underway from the Saab shipyard in Karlskrona to start sea trials after undergoing her mid-life upgrade. Gotland embarked on sea trials after being relaunched in June this year. On Friday October 19 His Swedish Majesty Ship (HSwMS) Gotland started its sea trials at the Saab shipyard in Karlskrona, after […]

  • 23 October 2018
    Equipment & technology

    French defense technology company Naval Group has unveiled a new Li-ion batteries system which will provide its conventional submarines with improved operational capabilities, as well as an optimized immersion period and reloading time. The system was developed in close technical partnership with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and in close cooperation between Saft, CEA […]

  • 23 October 2018
    Authorities

    The Royal Navy’s upgraded Mk.8 naval gun fired a 4.5” shell out to sea from shore in a recent test at a Cumbrian range. The trial, part of a £41 million contract with Babcock signed in May 2016 to improve the gun and extend its service life, involved the first land-based firing of a fully-turreted 4.5” gun since […]

  • 19 October 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The navies of Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands have signed a contract with Thales for the delivery of new Mode 5 and Mode S identification friend or foe (IFF) systems for their Karel Doorman-class frigates. The upgrade to the latest NATO IFF standard will enable the vessels to perform military missions with increased dependability and […]

  • 16 October 2018
    Industry news

    Australian shipbuilder ASC said it is cutting up to 63 jobs as work on the Royal Australian Navy’s Air Warfare Destroyers comes to a close. ASC is currently in the process of delivering ‘Sydney’ – the final of three destroyers in the class and the company said it was reducing the shipbuilding workforce “to reflect […]

  • 15 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships assigned to the Kearsarge amphibious ready group (ARG) departed Naval Station Norfolk on October 13 to start the composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is the final pre-deployment exercise that certifies the ARG’s abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit through joint planning […]

  • 15 October 2018
    Authorities

    Days after wrapping up the deployment’s first Fiji port call, US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) returned to Suva, Fiji, on October 14. USS Shoup previously arrived in Suva as part of the ship’s Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment on October 3. The US Navy did not provide specific information as to why […]

  • 12 October 2018
    Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    The Norwegian/Finnish aerospace and defense group Nammo has released video footage of its 30 mm Swimmer (APFSDS-T MK 258 Mod 1) supercavitating ammunition that swims through water. The company says the projectile was developed in cooperation with the US Navy. According to Nammo’s design engineer Jan Hasslid, the Swimmer is unique because of the combination of powerful […]