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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Maestrale class frigate - photo US Navy

Maestrale class frigate - photo US Navy


July 12, 2013: Strategy Page


The Philippines has decided to buy two newly built Italian two Maestrale class frigates for $208 million each. Italy has some older Maestrales for sale at a much lower price but the Filipino navy is full of second hand ships and the government wants some new ones to help persuade China to back off from claiming many shoals and uninhabited islands off the Filipino coast.


The Maestrales are 3,100 ton ships each armed with four anti-ship missiles, short range anti-aircraft missiles, a 127mm gun, two autocannon for defense against missiles and eight torpedo tubes. Two helicopters can be carried. These ships are well equipped for anti-submarine operations. Top speed is 59 kilometers an hour and crew size is 225.


The United States recently sold the Philippines two refurbished Hamilton class Coast Guard cutters. The first of these 3,200 ton, ocean going patrol ships will be the flagship of the Philippine Navy, replacing a World War II era destroyer escort. Built in the late 1960s, the Hamiltons have been well maintained, but worked hard since they entered service over four decades ago. The Hamiltons are armed with a 76mm gun, two 25mm autocannon and two Phalanx 20mm anti-missile gun systems. The ship has a top speed of 52 kilometers an hour, endurance of 45 days and a crew of 167. The Philippines is paying $15 million for each ship, but this will mostly cover the cost of some refurbishment and upgrades that will be done in the United States before the ship is delivered.


For most of the last decade, the Philippines military has been energetically seeking hand-outs and second-hand weapons. One of the poorest nations in the region (largely because of corruption), the armed forces have not had the money to replace aging equipment. While American training efforts have improved the combat effectiveness of army units, especially special operations and infantry units, there has been much less help for the air force and navy. To help out, the U.S. has provided dozens of cheap, or free, second-hand helicopters and aircraft. The navy has received second hand patrol ships from South Korea and the United States.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
INS Trikand Set sail for service

July 12, 2013 idrw.org (The Hiindu)


INS Trikand, the last of the three ‘Follow-On Talwar Class’ frigates built in Russia, was recently commissioned into the Indian Navy at Kaliningrad, Russia by Vice Admiral R.K. Dhowan, the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy, in a glittering ceremony that included both the Indian and the Russian navies.


The commissioning of INS Trikand marks the culmination of a three-ship contract for ‘Follow On Talwar Class’ ships built in Russia, and is therefore a milestone in the Indo-Russian military-technological cooperation. Her sister ships, INS Teg and INS Tarkash, were commissioned last year and are now undertaking operations as part of the Western Fleet. The keel of INS Trikand was laid in June 2008 and the ship was launched in May 2011. Extensive acceptance trials were conducted in the Baltic Sea in April and May 2013.


INS Trikand carries a state-of-the-art combat suite which includes the supersonic BRAHMOS missile system, advanced surface-to-air missiles Shtil, upgraded A190 medium range gun, electro-optical 30 mm Close-in Weapon System, anti-submarine weapons such as torpedoes and rockets and an advanced Electronic Warfare System.


The weapons and sensors are integrated through a Combat Management System ‘Trebovanie-M’, which enables the ship to simultaneously neutralise multiple surface, sub-surface and air threats. The ship also incorporates innovative features to reduce radar, magnetic and acoustic signatures, which have earned this class of ships the sobriquet of ‘Stealth’ frigates. The ship is powered by four gas turbines and is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship can carry an integrated Kamov 31 helicopter which is best suited for airborne early warning roles.


INS Trikand is commanded by Captain Ajay Kochhar, a gunnery and missile Warfare specialist, who was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1988. The ship has a complement of about 300 personnel, including officers. The ship will soon undertake her maiden passage to India to join her sister ships of Western Fleet.

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 07:55
Concarneau. Piriou met à l'eau l'Almak, son premier «bateau gris»

11 juillet 2013 Ouest-France


Jour important que ce jeudi pour les chantiers Piriou. Après des mois de construction, leur tout premier «bateau gris», destiné à la formation de militaires des marines étrangères, vient d'être mis à l'eau.


Pour Pascal Piriou, «ce 313e bateau est le symbole de l'évolution de l'entreprise. Un premier pas dans le secteur de la défense... Cela ne signifie toutefois pas que ce secteur remplacera celui de la pêche, même si ce dernier ne va pas bien.»


Avec ses 44 mètres de long et 9,60 m de large, le bâtiment sera exploité par Nav'Océan (filiale de DCI et de Piriou) dès que l'armement sera terminé et que les essais à quai et en mer auront été effectué. Les premiers cadets devraient embarquer fin octobre.

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 19:45
FREMM Mohammed VI photo DCNS

FREMM Mohammed VI photo DCNS

July 10, 2013 Source: DCNS


DCNS Pursues Sea Trials with FREMM Frigate for Royal Moroccan Navy


LORIENT, France --- The FREMM multi-mission frigate on order for the Royal Moroccan Navy is pursuing sea trials off the French coast in preparation for delivery later this year. In June, French naval shipbuilder DCNS successfully completed a third series of trials to test the performance of the ship’s combat system.


The crew and DCNS specialists completed the latest trials off the Brittany coast. This series of tests was designed to check the performance of the combat system’s main sensors.


Operational scenarios were executed to check the consistency of the data analysed and displayed by the combat system sensors with the results obtained during shore-based simulations. Specific tests included target engagement sequences using Aster anti-air missiles and MM40 anti-ship missiles, fire control tests for the 76-mm main gun and exhaustive testing of the multifunction radar. Other vessel capability tests involved helicopter approach control and the deployment of various towed devices.


“This third series of sea trials represents a major milestone for the overall programme and more particularly for the ship’s combat system. Our crews thoroughly tested the full suite of combat system hardware and software that makes FREMM frigates among the most versatile and advanced on the world market”, says Gilles Raybaud, DCNS's FREMM programme manager for Morocco.


To acquaint them with shipboard operations, members of the crew that will take over once the vessel enters service with the Royal Moroccan Navy participated in the trials. Working in tandem with the French Navy crew, they took part in activities ranging from bridge and propulsion watchkeeping to safety exercises and platform management. The Moroccan crew members had previously completed simulation-based training at DCNS’s Lorient and Le Mourillon centres to familiarise them with the FREMM platform management systems.


Vice-Admiral Laghmari, inspector-general of the Royal Moroccan Navy, toured the future Mohamed VI FREMM at Lorient, meeting members of the Moroccan crew assigned to the trials and congratulating them on the tasks already completed. He encouraged them to continue to familiarise themselves with the new ship prior to delivery, and indicated that he was fully satisfied with the programme’s progress and the results of the sea trials.


The first series of sea trials, conducted in April, demonstrated the full compliance of the ship’s propulsion and navigation systems with the relevant performance requirements.


FREMM, a major programme for DCNS and partners


The French FREMM programme calls for 12 ships – 11 for the French Navy and one for the Royal Moroccan Navy.


DCNS delivered the Aquitaine, the first FREMM multimission frigate, to the French Navy in November 2012.


In accordance the contractual provisions, the second-of-type is scheduled for delivery to the Royal Moroccan Navy by the end of this year. The ship will be named the Mohammed VI.


DCNS is currently working on four FREMM frigates at different stages of completion:

- third-of-type FREMM frigate Normandie will begin sea trials later this year and is scheduled for delivery to the French Navy in 2014

- fourth-of-type FREMM frigate Provence is approaching completion and scheduled to be floated out of her building dock later this year

- the fifth and sixth of type are at earlier stages of construction.


FREMM technical data


These heavily armed warships are being built under DCNS prime contractorship to deploy state-of-the-art weapon systems and sensors including the Herakles multifunction radar, MdCN cruise missiles, Aster anti-air missiles, Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles and MU90 torpedoes.

•Length overall: 142 m

•Beam: 20 m

•Displacement (approx.): 6,000 tonnes

•Max. speed: 27 knots

•Complement: 108 (including helicopter crew)

•Accommodation:145 men and women

•Range: 6,000 nm (at 15 knots)



DCNS designs and builds submarines and surface combatants, develops associated systems and infrastructure, and offers a full range of services to naval bases and shipyards. The Group has also expanded its focus into civil nuclear engineering and marine renewable energy. The DCNS Group employs 13,200 people and generates annual revenues of €2.9 billion

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 18:40
La Russie remet en service le sous-marin diesel Kaluga

11 juillet 2013 Par Rédacteur en chef. PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


La Russie a remis en service le sous-marin classique Kaluga qui a subi des réparations et une modernisation.


C’est la première fois en 20 ans qu’un sous-marin classique est réparé dans les chantiers de Severodvinsk. Le Kaluga restera en service jusqu’en 2023.


Le sous-marin est considéré comme l’un des plus silencieux de la marine russe et présente de nombreux autres avantages.


« Le Kaluga mérite des éloges. En hiver, lorsque nous accostions à Severodvinsk, il pouvait briser une glace de presque 30 cm d’épaisseur sans aucun dégât. C’est un sous-marin très fiable, » a commenté son commandant, Oleg Mijolap.


Le sous-marin était arrivé à Severodvinsk en 2002 pour subir une modernisation, mais les travaux n’ont commencé qu’en 2010 à cause de la situation financière.


Un autre sous-marin classique, le Vladikavkaz, se trouve actuellement dans les chantiers de Severodvinsk pour une modernisation.


Référence : RIA Novosti (Russie)

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 12:50
Photo Jonathan Bellenand - Marine Nationale

Photo Jonathan Bellenand - Marine Nationale

11 juillet 2013 Par Rédacteur en chef.PORTAIL DES SOUS-MARINS


Une source militaire a confirmé mercredi les articles parus dans le Cyprus Daily selon lequel Nicosie pourrait acheter 2 frégates à la France.


Le Cyprus Daily avait indiqué que le ministère chypriote de la défense envisageait d’acheter 2 frégates FREMM conçues pour la lutte anti-aérienne, anti-sous-marine et anti-surface, mais aussi de mener des frappes en profondeur contre des cibles terrestres.


La décision d’acheter les frégates intervient dans le cadre de réformes conduite par le ministre de la défense, Fotis Fotiou, destinées à renforcer la marine chypriote alors que des forages pétroliers se déroulent dans les eaux chypriotes au milieu de menaces de la Turquie.


Cette semaine, Fotiou a donné son feu vert à la constitution d’un comité spécial qui doit conduire une étude de faisabilité sur l’achat des frégates.


Mais les efforts du ministère sont aussi limités par la crise économique qui touche actuellement Chypre.


Mardi, lors d’une rencontre entre le ministre Fotiou et l’ambassadeur de France à Chypre, Jean-Luc Florent, la question des 2 frégates a été abordée selon une source militaire.


« Au de cet entretien prévu de longue date, destiné à discuter du renforcement des relations entre les 2 gouvernements et de la sécurité de la zone économique exclusive de Chypre, l’ambassadeur a aussi mentionné les articles parus dans le Cyprus Daily à propos de l’achat des frégates. »


« L’ambassadeur a informé le ministre que le gouvernement français était ouvert à toutes discutions sur le sujet, » a indiqué la source officielle.


La même source a poursuivi en indiquant que, bien qu’un achat en pleine propriété des frégates — qui peuvent couter jusqu’à 30 millions € [1] — puissent être hors de question pour le ministère dans les conditions actuelles, les 2 gouvernements pourraient conclure un accord dans lequel les frégates « seraient louées » à Chypre.


« La priorité est maintenant d’obtenir des équipements modernes, à la pointe de la technologie, qui seront achetés dans les limites que nous permettent nos budgets, afin que nous puissions au moins être prêts pour tout incident possibles ou, au minimum, patrouiller et préserver correctement notre zone économique exclusive, » a déclaré le ministre Fotiou.


Notes :

[1] Le chiffre cité dans la presse est de 630 millions € pour celles achetées par la marine nationale.


Référence : Cyprus Daily

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 12:35
Mark 54 Torpedo photo US Navy

Mark 54 Torpedo photo US Navy

Jul 11, 2013 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on July 1, 2013 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of up to 100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $83 million.


The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of 100 MK 54 All-Up-Round Torpedoes, 13 MK 54 Exercise Sections, 13 MK 54 Exercise Fuel Tanks, 5 Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes, support and test equipment for Maintenance Facility upgrade to MK 695 Mod 1 capability, spare and repair parts, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.


Australia is an important ally in the Western Pacific that contributes significantly to ensuring peace and stability in the region. Australia’s efforts in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations have made a significant impact on regional, political and economic stability and have served U.S. national security interests.


Australia will use the MK 54 torpedo on its MH-60R helicopters and intends to use the torpedo on a planned purchase of the P-8A Increment 2 Maritime Patrol and Response aircraft. Australia, which currently has MK 54 torpedoes in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional torpedoes into its armed forces.


The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.


The principal contractor will be Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Keyport, Washington. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.


Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Australia.


There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.


This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 11:40
Mistral: la poupe expédiée en France

MOSCOU, 8 juillet - RIA Novosti


La poupe du premier porte-hélicoptère russe de classe Mistral, le Vladivostok, a été envoyée en France depuis Saint-Pétersbourg, a annoncé dimanche le service de presse du Groupe unifié de construction navale russe (OSK) dans un communiqué.


"Aujourd'hui, la poupe du porte-hélicoptère Vladivostok a été envoyée à Saint-Nazaire (France). De la sorte, les constructeurs russes se sont acquittés de leurs engagements dans le cadre du contrat pour la construction du premier porte-hélicoptère de classe Mistral", indique le communiqué.

Mistral: la poupe expédiée en France

La poupe devrait arriver en France d'ici 17 jours. Le porte-hélicoptère devrait être mis à l'eau en octobre 2013 et partira pour la Russie, où il sera équipé d'armements, selon le communiqué.


La cérémonie de mise en cale sèche du premier des deux Mistral commandés par la Russie s'est tenue aux chantiers navals de Saint-Nazaire, en France, le 1er février dernier. La Russie assurera 20% des travaux de construction de son premier BPC et 40% des travaux pour le second Mistral. Un responsable du Groupe unifié de construction navale russe (OSK) a annoncé en février que la Russie avait déjà produit les 30 premiers petits blocs de la poupe du BPC, qui seront envoyés en France.


D'une longueur maximale de 210 mètres, d'un déplacement de 22.000 tonnes et d'une vitesse supérieure à 18 nœuds, le BPC Mistral est capable de porter 16 hélicoptères, quatre vedettes de débarquement ou deux navires sur coussin d'air de faible tonnage. Son pont d'envol permet la mise en œuvre simultanée de 6 hélicoptères. Sa distance franchissable est de 20.000 milles nautiques. Le navire peut embarquer, outre ses 160 hommes d'équipage, un commando de 450 hommes.

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11 juillet 2013 4 11 /07 /juillet /2013 07:55
Zodiac Milpro Wins Euros 7.8 M of Orders from French Military

Jul 10, 2013 ASDNews Source : Zodiac Milpro International


Zodiac MILPRO has won a blanket order to supply over 700 rigid and semi-rigid inflatable boats to all branches of the French armed forces in a deal worth up to €7.8 million (US$ 10.25 million). The orders follow the acceptance of 10 out of 14 individual tenders submitted to the Central Directorate of Equipment and relate to the supply of boats ranging in size from four to 7.5 metres.


The orders are for a variety of boats from the Zodiac MILPRO range that have each been chosen to meet a specific operational need in the French armed forces. These include some of Zodiac MILPRO’s newest models that will be assigned to tasks that include patrolling the Ile de Longue nuclear submarine base, for use by the French coastguard on operational patrols and vessel interception, training missions for French commandos, workboats for airborne delivery by the Air Force and others for supporting navy divers during mine clearance operations. A large number of inflatable boats will also be supplied to the Army for amphibious operations and will be added to the service’s existing stock of more than 500 craft.


The contracts will include the purchase of two of Zodiac MILPRO’s newest and most innovative boats for use at the French commando training centre. The SRA 750 was launched in June and is unlike any other Zodiac MILPRO boat. It features an exceptionally strong aluminium hull enclosed by inflatable D-Shape collars that combine buoyancy with extra interior space. This design gives the boat outstanding sea-keeping in extreme conditions along with a spacious interior capable of carrying substantial loads or large numbers of passengers or a stretcher. This versatility is further enhanced by the innovation of deck tracks that enable the mounting of armament or the seating configuration to be changed quickly according to its mission.  This versatility is also expected to make the new boat attractive to civilian users who will also benefit from its military-grade quality.


The development of the SRA-750 is being seen as a direct benefit of the company’s take-over by Oaktree Capital Management in February this year. Commenting on this and the military contracts Marc Lavorata, managing director of Zodiac MILPRO said; “The creativity of our engineers and designers has been encouraged by the confidence that we have gained from our new owners. This is clearly being recognised by our customers who are showing their willingness to place significant orders for our products. There are more new products to follow soon and these will benefit Zodiac MILPRO as well as our customers who can look forward to an even wider range of boats and equipment to choose from.”

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Illustration of Royal Navy's MARS tanker. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.

Illustration of Royal Navy's MARS tanker. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.

10 July 2013 naval-technology.com


Designers have completed plan for the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary's (RFA) new fleet of Tide-class military afloat reach and sustainability (MARS) tankers, which will serve at least 25 years.


The four Tide-class MARS tankers, comprising Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce, will enter service with the Royal Navy to boost its capabilities by delivering fuel, water, spare parts and other supplies.


In cooperation with the Royal Navy and RFA, BMT Defence Services has completed design for the four next-generation tankers with hundreds of design drawings and plans.


The company has also developed and tested scale models in the gigantic water tank at Haslar in Gosport, where Tidespring vessel also successfully refuelled HMS Queen Elizabeth in various sea conditions.

"A Range Rover's fuel tank connected to all four 7in hoses on the starboard size of a Tide tanker would be full in 0.12 seconds."


The future tanker project naval architect Mark Lewis said: "A Range Rover's fuel tank connected to all four 7in hoses on the starboard size of a Tide tanker would be full in 0.12 seconds."


Following completion of a £450m quartet design of the 37,000t ships, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) will draw up detailed plans to begin construction on the ships next year at Okpo-dong in south-east South Korea.


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a contract to DSME in 2012 for the construction of four MARS tankers to replace the existing RFA's single hulled tankers, with the first ship of the class due to be delivered in October 2015, with the final vessel due in April 2017.


The new double-hulled tankers will be designed to meet International Maritime Organization pollution (MARPOL) regulations, an International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 and the protocol of 1978, as well as European Commission environmental regulations.

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10 juillet 2013 3 10 /07 /juillet /2013 12:35
India’s Muddled Carrier Plans

July 10, 2013 by Robert Farley - Flashpoints


At long last, the delivery of INS Vikramaditya, the former Russian Admiral Gorshkov finally appears imminent. Vikramaditya is currently undergoing sea trials with a mixed Russian-Indian crew, and a transfer to Indian service is scheduled for the autumn.  The delivery comes several years late, but still perhaps in time for the Indian Navy to use the carrier as a test-bed for INS Vikrant, its first indigenous carrier, scheduled for commissioning in 2018.

However, while the delayed delivery of Vikramaditya has surely proven problematic for the Indian Navy, the program has an altogether broader set of problems. Unlike the PLAN, the Indian Navy has a long history of carrier operations, running from the Majestic class INS Vikrant to the former Centaur class INS Viraat.

But India’s carrier heritage may be less of an asset than it seems.  India doesn’t appear interested in achieving greater efficiency in many areas— even in terms of common training and operational procedures— with this path of carrier fleet development. 

With the arrival of Vikramaditya, the Indian Navy will be flying new aircraft off of a new carrier of largely unfamiliar design. Although the Indian Navy has experience with both carriers and with Russian vessels, its previous carriers have been of British design, and it has never operated a ship this large. 

Furthermore, no Kiev class carrier has been put to sea in an operational sense since the early 1990s, and the modifications to Vikramaditya make her a virtually new vessel in any case.  Even after delivery, Vikramaditya will require considerable practice and time to become an effective, operational unit. The MiG-29K is also relatively new to carrier operations, with the first aircraft entering service in 2011. 

Operational tempo in Russian service has thus far been slow, meaning that many of the kinks with the carrier-based version of the veteran fighter will have to be worked out in Indian service.  If India follows through on plans to build INS Vishal as a CATOBAR carrier, the Navy will again have to learn an entirely new set of procedures, presumably with a new generation of aircraft, in the next decade.

The most interesting points to watch will be Indian collaboration with other carrier-operating navies.  The obvious candidate is Russia, but Russia owns only one carrier, which operates at a relatively low temp and may shortly re-enter a prolonged refurbishment period.  The only other navy to operate a similar carrier will, ironically, be the PLAN, which is unlikely to share many of its developing operational procedures with the Indian Navy. 

The risk of duplication of effort can surely be overstated; some of the tacit knowledge of naval aviation operations will carry over from the STOVL Viraat to the STOBAR Vikramaditya and Vikrant to the CATOBAR Vishal. However, “knowledge efficiency” and modularity do not appear to be strongly valued by the Indian Navy; beginning in 2018, it will operate three carriers of radically different age, design, and capability, and will likely maintain that state of affairs into the medium term (even after Vishal replaces Viraat).

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9 juillet 2013 2 09 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
Estonian Defence Forces sign new Thales naval support contract

Jul 8, 2013 ASDNews Source : Thales Group


Thales UK has signed a contract with the Estonian Defence Forces to provide an additional four years of technical support and maintenance to two former Royal Navy (RN) mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) now serving with the Estonian fleet.


The contract provides a framework to achieve cost savings while accessing a wider range of support activities than previously provided.  Thales offers a complete range of services and support packages to suit specific operational and maintenance requirements.


The two former RN Sandown-class vessels – HMS Sandown and HMS Inverness – were decommissioned and sold to Estonia in 2006. The vessels were re-named ENS Admiral Cowan and ENS Sakala.


As part of a programme to return the two ships to operational service, Thales originally signed a contract in 2006 to provide operational support to the ships in service and upgrades to Thales UK’s highly-successful Sonar 2093 system. This new contract now extends the support programme until December 2016.


Estonian Defence Forces sign new Thales naval support contract

Sonar 2093 is a variable-depth sonar system and is designed for the detection and classification of bottom and moored mines. It is optimized for littoral (coastal) and open-ocean waters and is effective against all known mine types.


The system is in service with the RN’s remaining Sandown-class MCMVs, and existing export contracts include Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Italy and the Republic of Korea.


Ed Lowe, head of Thales UK’s naval business, said: “We greatly value our relationship with the Estonian Navy and Defence Forces, and see this new contract as a key to providing their ships with the best and most cost-effective long term support that will enable them to meet their important national and NATO commitments.”


Neeme Kass, Director of the Procurement Service in Estonia, said: “This signed agreement is a result of effective cooperation with Thales and is significant for Estonian Defence Forces because our goal is to establish long-term partnerships with professional companies.”

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5 juillet 2013 5 05 /07 /juillet /2013 16:20
Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Victoria SSK 876 source Strategy Page

Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Victoria SSK 876 source Strategy Page

04/07/2013 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca


Le gouvernement du Canada a exercé une option lui permettant de prolonger de cinq ans le contrat qui le lie à Babcock Canada Inc. pour la remise en état et l’entretien des quatre sous-marins de classe Victoria de la Marine royale canadienne.


Après une première période de cinq ans (2008-2013), cette prolongation d’une valeur de 531 millions $ est la première qu’exerce le Canada et la durée du contrat pourrait aller jusqu’à 15 ans, pour une valeur maximale d’environ 1,5 milliard $.

«La prolongation de ce contrat constitue un investissement important visant à soutenir une capacité opérationnelle majeure pour nos Forces armées canadiennes, a déclaré la ministre associée de la Défense nationale, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay. Il s’agit d’un autre investissement important qui stimulera la création d’emplois qualifiés dans l’industrie navale canadienne. En effet, cet investissement permettra de créer et de maintenir plus de 400 emplois hautement qualifiés à l’échelle du Canada, dont plus de 200 dans la seule région d’Esquimalt.»

Tous les travaux d’entretien de grande envergure compris dans le contrat de soutien en service seront effectués sur les chantiers de Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd, à Esquimalt (Colombie-Britannique). Les travaux couverts par le contrat comprennent la planification et la gestion des périodes de remise en état des sous-marins; l’acquisition de matériel; toutes les activités de maintenance, y compris des périodes de grand carénage, et des services techniques. Le grand carénage comprend l’entretien complet, la réparation, la remise en état et la modernisation de chacun des quelque 200 systèmes que compte le sous-marin.

Au moment de l’attribution du contrat, deux sous‑marins faisaient déjà l’objet de grands travaux de modernisation et d’entretien, le NCSM Victoria et le NCSM Windsor.

Canadian Submarine Management Group, maintenant connu, depuis 2011, sous le nom de Babcock Canada Inc., a commencé à exécuter la première période de grand carénage sur le NCSM Chicoutimi en 2010, dans les installations de son principal sous-traitant, Victoria Shipyards, à Esquimalt (Colombie-Britannique). Les travaux exécutés sur le NCSM Chicoutimi devraient prendre fin en 2013, et Babcock Canada Inc. prévoit entreprendre les travaux sur le NCSM Corner Brook en 2014.

À la fin de travaux de remise en état du NCSM Corner Brook, l’entreprise continuera de procéder aux grands carénages des quatre sous‑marins de la classe Victoria, de façon cyclique.

À l’heure actuelle, les NCSM Victoria et Windsor sont fonctionnels. Le NCSM Chicoutimi achèvera sa période de carénage plus tard cette année et entreprendra ses essais en mer par la suite. Ce contrat de soutien en service vise à s’assurer que la flotte a, en tout temps, trois sous-marins entièrement fonctionnels d’ici 2014.

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Babcock International Group PLC est une société cotée au FTSE 250 affichant un revenu de 3,1 milliards de livres sterling (4,91 milliards $) et un bénéfice avant impôts de 329 millions de livres sterling (521 millions $) en 2012, et comptant plus de 25 000 employés répartis dans le monde entier.

Babcock Canada inc. est la société de capitaux numéro un en matière de fourniture de soutien en service aux quatre sous-marins de classe Victoria pour le compte de la Marine royale canadienne. Le projet repose sur un contrat de 15 ans conclu avec le gouvernement canadien relativement à la prestation de services de gestion et de soutien dans les domaines de la gestion de projets, de la gestion de configuration, de la logistique, de l’ingénierie et de la maintenance de ces équipements hautement spécialisés.

Babcock Canada inc. compte 175 employés situés à Ottawa, Victoria, et Halifax.

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5 juillet 2013 5 05 /07 /juillet /2013 11:35
Raytheon Mk 54 Torpedoes For Australia

04/07/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


The US DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency) has advised US Congress of plans to supply Australia with a maximum of 100 Mk 54 torpedoes in a deal valued at $83 million.


The planned Mk 54 LHT (Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo) contract would encompass the weapons themselves, along with 13 mock torpedoes (for training purposes), test and support equipment, training and technical support.


If the deal is approved, the torpedoes will be manufactured by US defence contractor Raytheon.


Australian Mk 54 Torpedoes Sale


In a statement on the proposed Australian Mk 54 torpedoes sale, the DSCA describes Australia as 'an important ally in the Western Pacific that contributes significantly to ensuring peace and stability in the region'. It adds: 'The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.'


It is Australia's intention to fit these torpedoes to its in-service Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, along with its yet-to-be-acquired Boeing P-8A Poseidons.


It now falls to US Congress to consider the proposition and give its approval, all being well.


Raytheon Mk 54 Torpedoes For Australia

Mark 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo


The Mark 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo is the product of a Raytheon and US Navy partnership established to produce a Mk 46 and Mk 50 torpedoes replacement.


The Mk 54 combines elements of both its predecessors - namely the Mk 46's power system and the Mk 50's warhead. Development got underway in 1999 and, five years later, the design entered series production.


The Mk 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo is compatible with the majority of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and, when deployed on ships, can be launched in two ways: either from vertical launchers or torpedo tubes


Using what Raytheon terms 'sophisticated processing algorithms to analyse the information, edit out false targets or countermeasures, and then pursue identified threats', the Mk 54 is a 'low-cost weapon that meets all performance requirements for littoral warfare'.

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4 juillet 2013 4 04 /07 /juillet /2013 07:35
INS Vikramditya, India's second aircraft carrier, out at sea again

July 03, 2013 by Sudhi Ranjan Sen - ndtv.com


New Delhi: The INS Vikramditya, India's second aircraft carrier, is out at sea again. By this time tomorrow, the 45,550-ton vessel built at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, north Russia, will be sailing through the Barents Sea.


Over the next two months at least, the ship will be put through stringent testing in the Barents Sea and the White sea. "If all goes well, the Indian tri-colour will be flying atop the INS Vikramaditya this November, after which it will start its journey to India," a senior Navy officer told NDTV.


The INS Vikramditya, formerly known as Admiral Gorskhov, was to have joined the Indian Navy last year. However, the insulation tiles of its boilers cracked during full power trials, which entail pushing the ship to maximum speed at sea and then testing all systems for accuracy and endurance.


The fire-brick lining - made of special ceramic to help maintain optimum temperature in the boilers - on the inside of the insulation had come off. A senior official told NDTV that the entire insulation was ripped off and a new one has been installed.


A 500-member Indian Navy team, which was training on-board the Admiral Gorshkov then had spotted the problem with the warship's boilers, especially when the vessel hit top speed of about 30 knots (around 55 kmph).


The repairs delayed delivery of the ship by a year. "Tests carried out in the dry docks have also been successful," the official said.


India and Russia had signed a $2.3-billion (Rs. 14,000 crore approximately at present valuation) contract for refitting the aircraft carrier, which served in the erstwhile Soviet Navy. The first contract was signed in 2004, when no other country was ready to sell such technology to India.


During the sea trails now, all systems of the ship, including its sensor and weapon and propulsion system will be tested and full power trails will be conducted again. A contingent of Indian Navy officials are on board to oversee and inspect the trials.

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3 juillet 2013 3 03 /07 /juillet /2013 17:20
EMALS begins phase two aircraft launch tests

Jul 3, 2013 ASDNews Source : Naval Air Systems Command


The U.S. Navy successfully launched an EA-18G Growler on June 25, kicking off the second phase of manned aircraft launch tests using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).


The new aircraft carrier catapult system, which is replacing steam catapults beginning with the new Gerald R. Ford-class carriers, commenced aircraft compatibility testing (ACT) phase two from the land-based test site at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.


“As we move into the second phase of aircraft testing, I’m confident we’ll continue to see the breadth of EMALS’ robust design and operational capability,” said Capt. James Donnelly, program manager for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251) who oversees the EMALS.


George Sulich, EMALS integrated test team lead, said this phase of testing will simulate various carrier situations, including off-center launches and planned system faults to demonstrate that the aircraft can meet end-speed and validate launch-critical reliability.


The team expects to conduct more than 300 launches this year, Sulich said.


“During ACT 2, we will launch every aircraft currently utilizing today’s carrier catapults, with the exception of the E-2C Hawkeye,” Sulich said.


The EMALS team completed the first phase of aircraft compatibility testing fall 2011 with 133 manned aircraft launches, comprising the F/A-18E Super Hornet, T-45C Goshawk, C-2A Greyhound, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. The team also had an early opportunity to launch the F-35C Lightning II to evaluate any technical risks.


This was the first EMALS launch for the Growler, an electronic attack variant of the Block II F/A-18F Super Hornet and Navy replacement for the EA-6B Prowler. This year, the F/A-18 family of aircraft is celebrating its marks the 35th anniversary.


“We’ve now launched each of the Navy’s newest aircraft using EMALS,” Donnelly said. “The system is definitely demonstrating its ability to meet fleet requirements by expanding the launch envelope.”


EMALS is a complete carrier-based launch system. It delivers necessary higher launch energy capacity; substantial improvements in system maintenance; increased reliability and efficiency; and more accurate end-speed control. Its technologies allow for a smooth acceleration at both high and low speeds, increasing the ability to launch aircraft with less stress on the ship and its systems.


EMALS is designed to expand the operational capability of the Navy’s future carriers to include all current and future carrier air wing platforms – lightweight unmanned to heavy strike fighters.

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3 juillet 2013 3 03 /07 /juillet /2013 10:50
The Fincantieri shipyard at Riva Trigoso, near Genoa, on June 29 launched the Italian navy’s third FREMM multipurpose frigate, the future Carlo Margottini. (FINC photo)

The Fincantieri shipyard at Riva Trigoso, near Genoa, on June 29 launched the Italian navy’s third FREMM multipurpose frigate, the future Carlo Margottini. (FINC photo)

(Source: Fincantieri; issued June 29, 2013)


RIVA TRIGOSO, Italy --- Today Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard celebrated the launch of the frigate “Carlo Margottini”, the third of a series of Fremm vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates - ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation.


Godmother to the ship was Ms. Stefania Portaccio, granddaughter of Captain Carlo Margottini. The frigate was named in honour of Captain Carlo Margottini, who was decorated for military valour after the sinking of Nave Artigliere in 1940.


Present at the ceremony were, among others, Roberta Pinotti, Italian Under Secretary of Defence, Claudio Burlando, Governor of Liguria, Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli, Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff, Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, Chief of the Italian Navy, and Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.


The vessel, which is due for delivery in early 2014 in Muggiano (La Spezia), will feature a high degree of flexibility, capable of operating in all tactical situations. 144 metres long with a beam of 19.7 metres, the ship will have a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tonnes. The “Carlo Margottini” will have a maximum speed of over 27 knots and will provide accommodation for a crew of 200.


The ships in the FREMM program constitute state of the art vessels of European and Italian defence in the Mediterranean and will replace the “Lupo” and “Maestrale” class frigates built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.


Participating in the initiative as prime contractor for Italy is Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, 49% Finmeccanica) and, as prime contractor for France, Armaris (DCNS + Thales).


The cooperation has drawn of the highly positive experience of the previous Italo-French program “Orizzonte” under which two frigates were built for the Italian Navy, the ”Andrea Doria” and the “Caio Duilio”.

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2 juillet 2013 2 02 /07 /juillet /2013 18:20
Modern warships are now largely built in a series of pre-fabricated, complete hull sections rather than a single keel, so the actual start of the shipbuilding process is now considered to be when the first sheet of steel is cut and is often marked with a ceremonial event.

Modern warships are now largely built in a series of pre-fabricated, complete hull sections rather than a single keel, so the actual start of the shipbuilding process is now considered to be when the first sheet of steel is cut and is often marked with a ceremonial event.

Jul 02, 2013 (SPX)


Marinette WI - A Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's ninth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation.


The industry team is building the Freedom-variant LCS for the U.S. Navy on budget, has delivered two ships with four others under construction and two in the early material procurement stages.


With the nation's first LCS, USS Freedom, currently on its maiden deployment to Southeast Asia, the Lockheed Martin-led team is addressing the Navy's need for an affordable, highly-networked and modular ship unlike any other in the world, designed to conduct a variety of missions including anti-surface, mine and submarine warfare.


In keeping with a time-honored tradition, ship sponsor Janee Bonner authenticated the keel by having her initials welded into a sheet of the ship's steel. She was assisted by Marinette Marine Corporation's President and CEO Chuck Goddard.


"It is an honor to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Little Rock, the ninth ship in a class that's so vital to our national defense strategy," said Janee Bonner. "This marks the beginning of my commitment to support her, as well as the brave crews that will serve on the ship to defend our country."


The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team includes ship builder Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, naval architect Gibbs and Cox, as well as nearly 900 suppliers in 43 states, including approximately 30 small businesses in Wisconsin and Michigan.



"This is a great milestone for the U.S. Navy's future USS Little Rock and for the program as we continue to deliver ships," said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training.


"As we transition into serial production, we're applying lessons-learned to the construction process that our team has learned from supporting the U.S. Navy in maintaining the team's first and second ships."


Lay the keel is a shipbuilding term that marks the beginning of the module erection process, which is a significant undertaking that signifies the ship coming to life.


Modern warships are now largely built in a series of pre-fabricated, complete hull sections rather than a single keel, so the actual start of the shipbuilding process is now considered to be when the first sheet of steel is cut and is often marked with a ceremonial event.

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2 juillet 2013 2 02 /07 /juillet /2013 11:55
Le SRA-750, premier modèle d'une nouvelle gamme développée par Zodiac Milpro. crédits ZODIAC MILPRO.

Le SRA-750, premier modèle d'une nouvelle gamme développée par Zodiac Milpro. crédits ZODIAC MILPRO.

01/07/2013 meretmarine.com


La société française vient de présenter au salon SeaWork de Southampton le premier modèle d’une nouvelle gamme d’embarcations semi-rigides en cours de développement. Premier représentant de la famille SeaRib Aluminium, le SRA-750 est une embarcation de 7.5 mètres dédiée aux applications professionnelles. Elle a été conçue, selon Zodiac Milpro, pour proposer « des capacités marines exceptionnelles, y compris dans les pires conditions de navigation ».


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2 juillet 2013 2 02 /07 /juillet /2013 11:55
L'Almak de DCI/Piriou mis à l'eau le 11 juillet et opérationnel dès octobre

01.07.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense


L'Almak, le navire-école construit par DCI et Piriou, sera mis à l'eau, à Concarneau, le 11 juillet. Le 27, ce navire école de 44 m de long sera baptisé et sa marraine sera la peintre officielle de la marine Anne Smith. Elle vit dans le Morbihan et est l'auteur ou co-auteur de plusieurs livres dont "De l’Abeille à l’Abeille" (texte Hervé Hamon, éd. du Seuil).

Dès la première semaine d'octobre, L'Almak embarquera ses premiers cadets originaires du Koweït et du Qatar.

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1 juillet 2013 1 01 /07 /juillet /2013 17:40
Une frégate russe livrée à la Marine indienne

MOSCOU, 1er juillet - RIA Novosti


L'Agence russe d'exportation d'armements "Rosoboronexport" à remis aux autorités indiennes une frégate Trikland (arc) de projet 11356, le dernier des trois bâtiments commandés par la Marine indienne et construite par le chantier naval russe Iantar, a annoncé lundi à RIA Novosti un porte-parole de "Rosoboronexport".


"Des hauts représentants de l'ambassade d'Inde à Moscou et de l'Etat-major de la Marine indienne, ainsi que les dirigeants du consortium russe de construction navale (OSK), et des responsables de l'agence russe d'exportation d'armements "Rosoboronexport" ont assisté à la cérémonie de remise de la frégate",  a indiqué l'interlocuteur de l'agence.


La Marine indienne a commandé trois frégates au chantier naval Iantar, situé près de Kaliningrad. La première, la Teg (sabre) a été remise à la Marine indienne le 27 avril 2012, la deuxième, Tarkash (carquois), - le 9 novembre 2012.


Les frégates du projet 11356 sont destinées à rechercher et à détruire les sous-marins, ainsi qu'à assurer la défense anti-aérienne et anti-navire. Leur tirant d'eau  est de 4.000 tonnes, l'équipage compte 220 personnes et l'autonomie est de 5.000 milles marins. Les frégates  sont équipées  de missiles supersoniques mer-mer BrahMos, mis au point en coopération entre l'Inde et la Russie.

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1 juillet 2013 1 01 /07 /juillet /2013 16:50
ASV Wins Contract for Unmanned Boat

July 1, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: ASV; dated June 14, issued June 28, 2013)


Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) Wins Research Contract to Design and Build A Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle


Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) is leading a team having successfully won the second phase of the recent SBRI competition to develop a Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LEMUSV). Run by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratories (Dstl) the competition brief sought to develop an autonomous vehicle to gather data from the ocean over several months.


The team includes Cosworth, who are looking at generator systems, Hyperdrive Ltd who will investigate motor options and power management systems and Cranfield University who will be considering collision avoidance technologies.


ASV will undertake the detailed production design, build, commissioning and sea trials of a fully operational, open ocean going “C-Enduro 4” vessel. This second phase work will build on research and development from the phase one of the LEMUSV project. The robust vehicle design will utilise state of the art technologies from the consortium and be designed specifically capable of being deployed at sea for periods of up to three months in all weather conditions and sea states.


The C-Enduro concept centres on a ‘three pillar’ energy system providing a flexible and fault tolerant solution to energy supply. Having researched and trialled various energy sources as part of the phase one work the team has selected solar panels, a wind generator and a lightweight diesel generator as energy sources. Detailed calculations and tests show that this selection, combined with efficient power management and command and control systems packaged in a rugged self-righting vehicle, provides the greatest likelihood of meeting the performance requirements of this project.


ASV will work closely with the NERC and Dstl teams to ensure that their requirements and ideas are captured and incorporated in the detail design.


ASV has a proven track record in Unmanned Systems over 10 years and has delivered systems to a range of military and commercial customers with all having passed rigorous acceptance testing in accordance with ISO 9001 accreditation. This puts them in an excellent position to meet the challenges of this project. “This is a very exciting project for ASV and the companies involved and a fantastic opportunity to work closely with the NERC and Dstl,” commented Dan Hook, ASV Managing Director.


Formed in 1998 ASV provides rugged, reliable and effective unmanned systems using cutting edge marine technology. ASV is based near Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

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1 juillet 2013 1 01 /07 /juillet /2013 16:30
Rafael announces organizational re-structuring, establishes two new Divisions
01 July 2013 | Source: RAFAEL
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., designer, developer, and manufacturer of leading naval, air and land systems, is announcing a series of organizational changes and re-structuring.
These changes include the establishment of a Land & Naval Division. This division will also be responsible for the Systems Integrated Security (SIS) solutions for Critical Asset and Infrastructure on land and at sea.
Rafael's substantial investment in R&D is being bolstered with the establishment of an R&D and Engineering Division. The new division will amalgamate Rafael's entire R&D activity.
Rafael has established a new Sector, called Air & C4ISR Systems Sector. This new Sector will include Air-To-Ground Systems (SPICE), Electro-Optical Systems (Litening, Reccelite, etc.), Communications and Intelligence.
Rafael's Air Defense Directorate has been transformed into Air superiority Systems Sector, and will be responsible for Air & Missiles Defense systems along with the Air- to-Air product line.
Rafael's President and CEO, VADM (ret.) Yedidia Yaari, noted: "These changes were made in keeping with our vision to serve as a significant pillar in Israel's security, in addition to serving as its National Laboratory, while maintaining our robust financial performance, with sales of over 1.7 Billion Dollars in 2012, and an order backlog covering more than two years.
We pride ourselves in our superb scientists and engineers, who since Rafael's establishment have developed some of the world's most ground-breaking systems, such as Iron dome, TROPHY, Protector, and many others. I am happy to say that we are continuing to constantly and consistently recruit more such excellent personnel to our ranks. I am convinced that these changes will serve us in achieving our plans and goals and in meeting our future challenges."
Further to these organizational changes, Rafael announces the following appointments:
Mr. David Stemer, Deputy CEO & COO (in addition to his current role as the General Manager of Rafael's Missile and NCW Division).
Mr. Giora Katz, Executive VP and Head of the Land & Naval Division
Dr. Tuvia Ronen, Executive VP and Head of the R&D and Engineering Division
Mr. Yossi Druker, VP and Head of the Air Superiority Systems Sector

Mr. Yuval Miller, VP and Head of the Air and C4ISR Systems Sector

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1 juillet 2013 1 01 /07 /juillet /2013 15:50
The aft island of HMS Queen Elizabeth about to be lowered into place - Picture UK MoD

The aft island of HMS Queen Elizabeth about to be lowered into place - Picture UK MoD

28 June 2013 Ministry of Defence


The aft island of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been lowered into place by Aircraft Carrier Alliance workers at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife.


After an air horn sounded, a huge Goliath crane was used to lower the 750-tonne section of the aircraft carrier, known as Upper Block 14, into place.

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales promise to be the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy.

Programme Director Ian Booth said:

Moving this section into place is a momentous occasion for the programme. HMS Queen Elizabeth now has a completely unique and distinctive profile and, thanks to the dedication of thousands of workers, just a few sections remain to be assembled. She will be structurally complete by the end of this year.

The aft island was the final section of HMS Queen Elizabeth to arrive at the Rosyth assembly site and was constructed in 90 weeks by workers at BAE Systems’ yard in Scotstoun.

Rear Admiral Steve Brunton said:

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be at the centre of the UK’s defence capability for the 50 years she is expected to be in service.

She will be absolutely unique and, combined with assets across the rest of the UK’s Armed Forces, will provide this country with an unprecedented level of capability, protecting UK interests and providing humanitarian support across the globe.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the first aircraft carrier to use an innovative design of 2 islands. The forward island, which has already been erected, houses the ship’s bridge, while the 30-metre-tall aft island will house the air traffic control equipment, making it the centre of all onboard flight operations.

Apprentice Gordon Currie, who operated the horn which marked the start of the manoeuvre to lower the island, said:

It is a huge honour to sound the horn and signal the final stage in the lift. I am just one of hundreds of workers working on this incredible ship, and it is something I will always be really proud of.

The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the Ministry of Defence.

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26 juin 2013 3 26 /06 /juin /2013 16:20
MK18 Kingfish UUV Deployed to 5th Fleet

Jun 26, 2013 ASDNews Source : US Navy


The U.S. Navy has deployed the MK18 Mod 2 Kingfish underwater unmanned vehicle for operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, following more than 30 sorties over 15 days of mock deployment testing in the Gulf of Mexico, the Navy announced June 20.


Kingfish is an autonomous underwater unmanned vehicle (UUV) used by the U.S. Navy for mine detection missions with an improved endurance and area coverage rate that replaces the in-theater Swordfish system.


These UUVs are pre-programmed and designed to scan waters for targets or threats while offering sailors faster post-mission analysis using the Navy's Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Library (MEDAL) and Command Operations Interference Navy (COIN) systems.


Test lead Amanda Mackintosh said the mock deployment began May 6 and was conducted in areas over 20 nautical miles from the Panama City Beach shoreline, launching UUVs from an 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat which is how the system will be used in theater.


"Missions went very smoothly. The mock deployment was conducted in realistic environments and where there was greater risk reduction for deployment," she said. "We didn't experience any vehicle failures and we ran three and sometimes four vehicles for eight hours per day for the 15 days."


NSWC Panama City's geographic location offers scientists and fleet users distinct training, testing and evaluation opportunities as the gulf waters replicate Persian Gulf temperatures, salinity, depth and clarity as they pertain to sonar performance and thereby offer intended, real-world environment results.


NSWC PCD, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, employs more than 1,300 people and provides innovative, technical solutions to complex problems specifically in the areas of littoral and expeditionary warfare.

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