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  • Philippines seals deal for frigates

    10/24/2016 10:47:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Shephard ^ | 23rd October 2016 | Gordon Arthur
    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 24 October that it had won a contract to build two frigates for the Philippine Navy (PN). The lot 1 contract covers the ship platform and launchers. This contract for the most advanced vessels the PN has ever operated was signed during a ceremony in Manila. A notice of award worth PHP15.7 billion (US$337 million) for these South Korean-built warships was delivered last month. HHI offered its HDF-3000 design as the basis for the PN requirement, upon which South Korean Incheon-class frigates are also based. The company said in a press release, ‘The frigates...
  • BELH@RRA and FTI, the New-Generation Digital Frigate Class from France

    10/19/2016 6:26:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defense Update ^ | October 18, 2016 | Tamir Eshel
    The French shipbuilder DCNS presented today the BELH@RRA frigate design – a new heavily-armed frigate made for the international market. The new design was unveiled today at the Euronaval Exhibition in Paris-Le Bourget. The new BELH@RRA class renews the heavily-armed 4,000-tonne frigate segment. It follows the company’s La Fayette-class frigates, of which over twenty units were built and are operational with four navies around the world. The BELH@RRA design is positioned between the 6,000-tonne FREMM multi-mission frigate segment and that of the 2,500- to 3,000-tonne GOWIND corvettes. This size class is suitable for navies looking for a compact frigate, capable...
  • Crucial fleet of global-combat frigates is indefinitely delayed (U.K.)

    07/20/2016 10:32:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Guardian, U.K. ^ | July 20, 2016 | Richard Norton-Taylor and Libby Brooks
    A new fleet of frigates, described as “global combat ships” designed to play crucial roles, has been delayed indefinitely, the Ministry of Defence has said in testy exchanges with MPs over huge financial and technical problems facing the navy’s surface vessels. Delays in building the Type 26 frigates – a project promised by David Cameron before the 2014 Scottish independence referendum – is threatening shipbuilding jobs on the Clyde in Scotland. The project’s problems come on top of serious mechanical failures in the navy’s new fleet of Type 45 destroyers. Key tasks of the navy’s frigates and destroyers include protecting...
  • Cloudy with the chance of a passing Chinese frigate…

    06/17/2016 1:46:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy News ^ | 17 June 2016
    HMS Somerset escorted the brand-new Chinese frigate Xiangtan through the Dover Strait as the Far Eastern warship made for Germany. During the several hours in company together, the Brits provided the Xiangtan with a weather forecast to help them on their way to Kiel for that city’s annual maritime spectacular. Picture: LA(Phot) Guy Pool SO AS a Brit, what do you do when you encounter a stranger and need to pass the time? That’s right, you chat about the weather. HMS Somerset met up with brand-new Chinese warship Xiangtan and escorted the frigate through the Dover Strait as it headed...
  • Russian Black Sea Fleet Gets First New Frigate Since Cold War

    06/09/2016 6:58:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 9, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    Russian Admiral Grigorovich frigate. Sputnik Photo The first in a new class of Russian guided missile frigate arrived on Thursday to Sevastopol marking the first time the Black Sea Fleet has seen a new blue water warship since the end of the Cold War. The Project 11356-class Admiral Grigorovich arrived in Crimea, the first of several new surface ships the Russian Navy intends to base in the Black Sea. “This is the first vessel for distant water operation, which the Black Sea Fleet has received over the past 35 years,” fleet spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachyov told the TASS news service. The...
  • Navy Builds New Frigate Capable of Hitting N. Korean Targets

    06/03/2016 12:03:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    KBS WORLD Radio ^ | 2016-06-02
    The Navy said Thursday that it has launched a new guided missile frigate capable of hitting North Korean targets on the ground. The Navy held a launch ceremony for the 28-hundred ton frigate named "Daegu" on Geoje Island at 2 p.m. The ship boasts formidable firepower to conduct antiaircraft, antiship and antisubmarine operations and even ground warfare. It is also South Korea's first warship with a hybrid propulsion system using both gas turbines and diesel generators. Gas turbines will be used to shore up speed in combat situations while diesel generators will operate in normal patrol missions. The frigate will...
  • Pictures: German Navy’s First F125 Frigate Baden-Württemberg Begins Sea Trials

    04/08/2016 9:39:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | April 08, 2016 | Stelios Kanavakis
    German Navy’s (Deutsche Marine) first F125 frigate has begun sea trials on 6 April. The “Baden-Württemberg” has sailed from the shipyard in Hamburg to Cuxhaven. With a crew of 60 men and women, the vessel will assume a series of tests for the systems, subsystems and weapons of the platform. The F125 frigate "Baden-Württemberg" at sea (source: 2016 Bunde Wehr / Alexander Gottschalk) The F125-class frigates are built by ARGE F125 consortium, lead by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and supplemented by Blohm + Voss, Nordsweerke and Lurssen Werft. A total of four vessels will be built for the German Navy. The...
  • Indian firm offers lowest bid for P16-B Navy frigates project (Philippines)

    04/01/2016 7:54:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies ^ | April 1, 2016 | Alexis Romero
    MANILA, Philippines — An Indian company has offered the lowest bid for the purchase of two frigates for the Philippine Navy, one of the biggest projects in the military's modernization program. Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., a state-run firm, has been declared the lowest bidder for the multi-billion peso frigate acquisition project, Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo told The STAR in a recent interview. Garden Reach offered to supply the ships for P15.047 billion, about P950 million lower than the P16 billion approved budget for the project. A total of four firms joined the bidding for the project last month....
  • Navy frigates in a $30bn race to the future (Australia)

    03/18/2016 2:42:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    THE AUSTRALIAN ^ | MARCH 17, 2016 | Cameron Stewart
    Per Hesselberg leans forward in his chair, a portrait of his queen ­behind him, and explains why Denmark should design our new fleet of warships. “We are the country of Lego,’” the Danish navy captain says with a smile. “And our frigates are like Lego frigates … they are built from blocks and are flexible, multi-role ships, so that you can pluck and play with and create exactly the warship you want.” Outside Hesselberg’s office, winter rain sweeps across the ­Korsor Naval Base in a remote pocket of ­Denmark, almost obliterating the giant grey frigate moored in the distance. If...
  • Lockheed Frigate Design to Use Proven Systems to Increase Affordability

    03/17/2016 10:51:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | March 15, 2016 | Allyson Versprille
    Lockheed Martin plans to use proven components from existing ships when it sets out to compete for the Navy's upcoming frigate program. Doing so will make its offering more affordable, a company executive said March 15. The frigate will be a follow-on vessel to the service’s littoral combat ship, which currently exists in two variants — the Freedom-class manufactured by Lockheed and the Independence-class built by Austal USA. In a December memorandum Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter directed the Navy to reduce its combined procurement of littoral combat ships — and the more heavily-armed frigates to follow — from 52...
  • Project 11356M Admiral Grigorovich Frigate Handed Over to Russian Navy

    03/11/2016 12:20:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | March 2016
    The Baltic Shipyards shipbuilding plant (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, OCK) has handed over 'Admiral Grigorovich' Project 11356 frigate (Krivak-V/Admiral Grigorovich-class type ship) to Russian Navy, according to the plant`s official spokeperson, Sergei Mikhailov. The Admiral Grigorovich class is the latest class of frigates ordered by the Russian Navy for the Black Sea Fleet. Picture: Yantar Shipyard "The chairperson of the ship`s state inspection, Gennady Dmitriev signed the ship acceptance certificate on the board of the 'Admiral Grigorovich' frigate", Mikhailov said. According to Dmitriev, the ship "fully confirmed the claimed specifications during the sea trials". The OCK`s Vice-President...
  • Navy Sinks Former Frigate USS Reuben James in Test of New Supersonic Anti-Surface Missile

    03/07/2016 9:36:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 7, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    The former frigate USS Reuben James (FFG-57) was sunk in January during a test of the Navy’s new anti-surface warfare (ASuW) variant of the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 (SM-6), company officials told USNI News on Monday. The adaptation of the SM-6 was fired from guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32) and hit James during the Jan. 18 test at the U.S. Pacific Missile Range Facility off the coast of Hawaii, a Raytheon spokeswoman told USNI News. “The test was a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s concept of ‘distributed lethality,’ employing ships in dispersed formations to increase the offensive...
  • Is this China's message to the US? Chinese missile frigate enters service in East China Sea

    02/25/2016 10:58:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Thursday, 25 February, 2016 | Zhen Liu
    The Chinese navy has put into service a domestic-made advanced missile frigate in the East China Sea, upgrading the force’s combat capabilities amid rising maritime tensions. Xiangtan, named after Mao Zedong’s hometown, entered service with the East Sea Fleet on Wednesday in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province. The Type 054A frigate, which has a displacement of more than 4,000 tonnes, has long range surveillance and strong air defence capabilities, according to state news agency Xinhua. The news came a day after a senior US military official said China was “militarising” the South China Sea. Although the new ship will be stationed in...
  • French Navy Appointed the First Female Officer to Command a Frigate

    01/29/2016 10:29:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 January, 2016
    The French Navy (Marine Nationale) appointed Capitaine de Frégate (Frigate Captain or Commander) Claire Pothier as the commanding officier aboard La fayette class Frigate Guéprate (F714). CDR Pothier becomes the first woman to command a combatant ship in the French Navy. On Friday, January 15, 2016 Squadron Vice-Admiral Denis Beraud, Commander of the French Navy Naval Action Force (ALFAN) appointed Commander Claire Pothier as the Commanding Officer aboard frigate Guépratte in Toulon naval base. Picture: A.Groyer©Marine Nationale CDR Pothier was previously detached to the United States Central Command Headquarters in Tampa, Florida. She graduated as valedictorian (highest ranking student) of...
  • SNA 2016: Lockheed Martin Showcasing its LCS Frigate in Royal Saudi Navy Configuration

    01/19/2016 5:12:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 14 January 2016 | Xavier Vavasseur
    At the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium currently held near Washington DC, Lockheed Martin is showcasing for the first time a scale model representative of the MMSC (Multi-Mission Surface Combatant) being offered to the Royal Saudi Navy as part of a modernization program of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet called SNEP II (Saudi Naval Expansion Program) LCS Frigate / MMSC scale model in Royal Saudi Navy Configuration as showcased by Lockheed Martin during SNA 2016. Back in October 2015, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced via press release that the U.S. State Department gave its green light...
  • Goodnight, INS Godavari: India's first indigenously-designed warship to be decommissioned

    12/23/2015 1:28:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    PTI ^ | Dec 23, 2015
    New Delhi: India's first indigenously designed and built warship INS Godavari will be decommissioned tomorrow in Mumbai, thirty-two-years after it was inducted into the Indian Navy. Over the past three decades, Godavari has successfully been deployed in numerous operations including Operation Jupiter - 1988 (Sri Lanka), Operation Shield and Operation Bolster - 1994 (de-induction of Indian Army from Somalia) and Patrol of Gulf of Aden (PoG) - 2009 and 2011 (anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden). In 1988, in an operation called 'Operation: Cactus', India successfully thwarted a coup detat against Maldivian Government, a Navy official said. Godavari and...
  • Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Project 22350 Tested its Cruise Missiles in White Sea

    11/27/2015 5:16:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 26 November 2015
    The latest Russian Navy frigate, the Admiral Gorshkov (lead ship of Project 22350), has practiced launching cruise missiles against coastal and sea targets as part of its trials, Northern Fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said on Thursday. The first ship of the new Russian Navy frigate project 22350 class "Admiral Gorshkov" sailing out for its first sea trials in November 2014. "The launches of various cruise missiles were conducted as part of the final stages of the ship’s armament and equipment state trials," the spokesman said. According to Serga, the ship’s crew has already tested the cold start...
  • Hanwha Thales Unveiled the Integrated Mast System for the Future ROK Navy FFX Batch III Frigate

    10/25/2015 7:56:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 25 October 2015
    During the Marine Week 2015 exhibition which was held October 20 - 23 in Busan, South Korea, Hanwha Thales unveiled for the first time the Integrated Mast (I-MAST) system currently in development for the future third batch FFX frigate of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). New Integrated Mast System for a potentional FFX Batch III Frigate unveiled by Hanwha Thales According to Hanwha Thales, the system in development is a multi-function digital multi-beam radar. It combines four planar active phased array multifunction radar antennas as well as four Infra-red search and track (IRST) sensors. Based on the FFX...
  • Russian Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Goes to White Sea for Final Trials

    10/20/2015 7:24:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Tass-Defense ^ | Oct 20, 2015
    MOSCOW --- The Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov has gone to the White Sea to complete state trials of its weapons and equipment, Northern Fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said late on Monday. "Apart from the ship’s crew, representatives of industrial enterprises are also on board the frigate to observe the trials. The ship completed its passage from Baltiysk to Severodvinsk on September 30 and temporarily joined the Northern Fleet’s Belomorsk naval base forces. During its passage, the frigate’s navigation systems, communications equipment and radars were checked," Serga said. The final stages of the state trials will...
  • 'Shotgun' for Roosevelt - Malabar war games

    10/17/2015 7:50:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | Oct 18, 2015 | Sujan Dutta
    On board the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Bay of Bengal, Oct. 17: An Indian warship played "shotgun" for this US super-carrier during an air defence drill last night, about 150 nautical miles east-southeast of Chennai during the latest edition of the Malabar war games, which also include a Japanese destroyer. "The 'shotgun' role will be shared by the Indians and the Japanese in this exercise," said Captain Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the carrier. On Sunday, an Indian fleet tanker is expected to pull alongside and feed the carrier in a hostile scenario described as "opposed replenishment at sea"....
  • Navy’s Future Frigate Will Be Optimized For Lethality, Survivability; Will Not Retain LCS’s Speed

    10/15/2015 7:12:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Whereas a high sprint speed was a driving factor in designing the Littoral Combat Ship, the follow-on frigate will instead be optimized for lethality and survivability, the Navy’s frigate program manager said Thursday. As the LCS program transitions to a multimission frigate, the 40-knot sprint speed requirement will go away to allow for more armor, more weapons, an over-the-horizon missile and full-time anti-torpedo protection, Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer said at an American Society for Naval Engineers event. This change, he said, is a recognition of simple physics. “If we don’t change anything [in the hull design] and add...
  • Tough Little Ships That Could: Remembering The Perry-Class Frigates

    10/05/2015 7:01:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    In September, the Navy decommissioned USS Simpson (FFG 56), the last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in service. This ended 38 years of this service from this class of 51 vessels in the United States Navy, but for those 38 years, the Navy got one heck of a ship. Displacing 4,100 tons, the Perry-class frigates were equipped with a Mk 13 missile launcher that held RIM-66B SM-1 surface-to-air missiles and RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, the Mk 75 76mm gun, a Mk 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, two banks that held three 324mm anti-submarine torpedoes, and two helicopters (either SH-2 Sea Sprites...
  • USS Simpson decommissioned after 30 years marking end of an era for America's naval fleet

    10/01/2015 5:37:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    mail Online ^ | 29 September 2015 | MIA DE GRAAF
    The USS Simpson has been decommissioned, marking the end of an era in America's naval fleet. The 30-year-old vessel was the last modern warship to sink an enemy target during battle. Built in 1984, the Simpson down Iran's Joshan gunboat in the Persian Gulf in 1988 - America's only maritime battle since the Second World War. But now, as the Department of Defense grapples for funds to complete the new zumwalt-class fleet, the Simpson's days have come to an end. It will be towed to a port in Philadelphia and possibly sold to a US ally. The ship was built...
  • Mexican Navy (Armada de México) Looking to Procure Six New Frigates by 2024

    08/10/2015 4:42:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 10 August 2015
    According to Mexican media, the Ministry of Treasury and Public Finance of Mexico announced an official request by the Mexican Ministry of the Navy: Allocation of about US $ 355.7 million to start consutrction of a new Frigate for the Mexican Navy frigate new type in a national shipyard. Gowind 2500 Corvette. Image: DCNS The amount of appropriations should be distributed over three years (2016-2018). It is expected that the frigate will be launched by 2018 and handed over to the Mexican Navy in 2020. According to the same local media, by 2024 the Navy of Mexico expect to get...
  • Australia to build new naval fleet in US$65 billion package

    08/04/2015 6:01:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Tuesday, 04 August, 2015
    Australia on Tuesday announced a A$89 billion (US$65 billion) shipbuilding package to construct new frigates and patrol boats locally, with a decision on an international supplier for replacement submarines made “in coming months”. The “continuous shipbuilding” proposal, which involves the replacement of frigates, patrol boats and submarines over two decades, is expected by the government to keep up to 2,500 jobs in the sector in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said was “a very historic announcement”. “Previous Australian governments have announced that individual ships or classes of ships will be built here in Australia,” Abbott said at a press conference....
  • The ghost of Gorshkov (Russian ships for India)

    07/20/2015 11:54:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | July 20, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    The Indian Navy, clearly, has an appetite for punishment. One might imagine that the nightmarish experience of refurbishing the Gorshkov - now the aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya - in a Russian shipyard would be enough to forestall any more such warship building projects. But no! Although the Gorshkov took more than twice the contracted time (118 months instead of 52 months) and almost thrice the contracted cost ($2.3 billion instead of $947 million), the navy now wants to involve itself in building three Russian Talwar-class frigates. Frigates are versatile, multi-role warships of 4,000-6,000 tonnes that can deal with threats from...
  • Powerful German built MEKO A-200 AN Frigate for Algerian Navy to Start Sea Trials

    07/20/2015 4:43:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 July 2015
    The first of two MEKO Frigates built by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel appears ready to start her first sea trials according to ship spotter pictures. The vessel, designated MEKO A-200 AN Frigate, was launched in early December 2014. Algeria ordered two frigates (with an option for two more) in March 2012. The weapons fit selected by the Algerian Navy is quite powerfull for this type of vessel. Picture showing the first MEKO A-200 AN frigate for Algeria with most of its systems fitted (except for the anti-ship missiles) and ready to start sea trials. Picture taken on...
  • Vietnam to Procure 2 more Gepard 3.9 class Frigates & Considering 4 Tarantul-class Corvettes

    07/11/2015 1:15:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 11 July 2015
    Vietnam and Russia are in the final stages of negotiation for the sale of two Gepard-3.9 class (Project 11661) light stealth frigates. The Vietnam People's Navy is also considering the procurement of 4 more Tarantul-class (Project 1241.8). Vietnames People's Navy Gepard 3.9 class (Project 1166.1E) Frigate (picture: Zelenodolsk) Vietnam already has two Russian-made Gepard 3.9 class light frigates, with two more currently undergoing final systems outfitting. The extra procurement of two more frigates would bring the total inventory to 6 vessels of this class in the Vietnam People's Navy fleet. According to its builder, Zelenodolsk shipyard, the Vietnamese Gepard 3.9...
  • DCNS Transfers the FREMM Tahya Misr to the Egyptian Navy (French warship)

    06/24/2015 5:23:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    DCNS ^ | June 23, 2015
    LORIENT, France --- On Tuesday, 23 June a ceremony took place to transfer the FREMM Tahya Misr to the Egyptian flag, a major step for the continuation of the training of the crew and seal trials. The ceremony took place in presence of General Sedki Sobhy, the Ministry of Defense of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Ministry of Defense, Admiral Osama Rabie, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel, the French Chief of Navy and Hervé Guillou, Chairman & CEO of DCNS. This important event marked the transfer of ownership of the...
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Unveiled 30FF or DEX Next Generation Vessel Concept for the JMSDF

    06/12/2015 7:06:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 June 2015
    In its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) unveiled a new surface combatant concept. Not much information is available but this new concept may be MHI's vision for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) next generation 3000 tons class Frigate known as "30FF" or FFX. MHI surface combatant vessel concept revealed in its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" could be the JMSDF future 3000 tons class frigate known as "30FF". Source: MHI The MHI briefing document explains that this concept vessel is being designed to answer the new needs from the JMSDF for "compact"...
  • Germany set to buy four multi-role warships

    06/12/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 9, 2015
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has a budget of around 4 billion euros (2.9 billion pounds) to buy four new multi-role combat ships and plans to issue a tender open to European firms, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. The new MKS 180 warships are expected to be delivered from 2023. They are intended to be capable of attacking targets on land and underwater, and providing aerial protection to other vessels in a range of 20 km (12 miles). A ministry source said German firms, notably Luerssen, would be well placed to compete for the contract. The defence...
  • Ukrainian Engines Get the Boot From Russian Navy, Home Grown Preferred

    06/09/2015 6:30:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – New Russian Navy destroyers, originally intended to be equipped with Ukrainian gas turbine engines (GTE), will receive Russian-made engines exceeding the Ukrainian analogues, a United Shipbuilding Corporation spokesman told RIA Novosti on Monday. "The first three patrol ships of the project 11356 and the first two ships of the project 22350 are already equipped with GTEs manufactured in Ukraine. Subsequent ships of both projects will be equipped with Russian-made power units with characteristics superior to Ukrainian GTEs," the spokesman said. He added that the modernization of existing Russian GTEs has begun and will be finished in late...
  • French Defense Minister: 8 FREMM For The Navy Followed by 5 New Generation FTI Frigates

    05/29/2015 7:08:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 May 2015
    French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian detailed the naval part of the update to the French Military Planning Law today on a naval base in Brittany. The French Navy will receive 8 FREMM Frigates in total (while 11 of them were originally planned) and a new generation of frigates: the FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire or Midsize Frigate) which will start being delivered in 2023 for a total of 5 hulls. French Navy FREMM Frigate Provence arrives to Toulon naval base for the first time. Picture: Y.Bisson©Marine Nationale French Defense Minister explained during his speech today that the delivery of...
  • A friend of the American Revolution is reborn

    05/24/2015 10:40:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5-24-15
    "Freedom's Frigate" is the nickname of a sailing ship now on its way to America. It's a replica of the French vessel that helped our country win the war of independence. Before its departure, Mark Phillips went aboard: As memorials to American wars go, this one goes right back to the first one -- the Revolutionary War. And it is certainly among the most handsome and most intricate history lessons ever built. A newly-launched replica of the French frigate, Hermione, is now in mid-Atlantic, ploughing her way westward toward the U.S. East Coast. She's retracing the voyage of the original...
  • A first in Europe: French Navy FREMM Frigate Aquitaine fires MBDA's Naval Cruise Missile

    05/21/2015 6:26:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 20 May 2015
    The frigate Aquitaine, the first unit in the multi-mission frigate program (FREMM), has successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on May 19 on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This is the first time that a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile. On May 12, the frigate also successfully fired its first Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missile. The French Navy launches an MBDA Naval Cruise Missile from FREMM Frigate Aquitaine for the first time. Picture: L.Bernardin©Marine Nationale The two synthesis firings prepared by the crew of the French Navy, the DGA teams...
  • Two Chinese Warships Enter Black Sea, Reports Link Visit to Possible Chinese Frigate Sale to Russia

    05/06/2015 11:57:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    USNI News ^ | 05/05/2015 | Sam LaGrone
    Two People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) guided missile frigates entered the Black Sea on Monday in a first for the PLAN, according to photos of the ships crossing the Bosporus Strait obtained by USNI News. The pair is bound for the Russian naval base at Novorossiysk ahead of a planned visit from Chinese president Xi Jinping to Moscow to commemorate the end of World War II in Europe , according to Russian state media reports. The ships will arrive at Novorossiysk by May 9, according to press reports. Last week, Chinese officials said the pair of 4,000-ton Type 54A Jiangkai...
  • Taiwan Navy retires two Knox-class frigates

    05/01/2015 6:03:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2015/05/01 | Elaine Hou and Lu Hsin-hui
    Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Taiwan's Navy decommissioned two of its eight Knox-class frigates Friday with the intention of replacing them with two Perry-class guided missile frigates that is part of a fleet modernization effort. The two Knox-class vessels were retired from service at a ceremony in the southern city of Kaohsiung, which was presided over by Navy Commander Adm. Li Hsi-ming (李喜明). It was part of the effort to modernize the Navy's fleet of vessels and enhance the country's maritime defense capabilities. The Navy plans to decommission all eight of its 4,300-ton Knox-class frigates that were built in the early...
  • More combat ships on way from European shipyards

    04/17/2015 8:21:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 04/17/2015 | Richard Tomkins
    TRIESTE, Italy, April 17 (UPI) -- Italian shipbuilder Orizzonte Sistemi Navali and DCNS of France have announced the construction of combat vessels for the navies of Italy and Egypt. Orizzonte Sistemi Navali S.p.A. said that OCCAR, the European Union agency in charge of multinational weapons procurement projects, had notified them that the Italian Navy was exercising a contract option to obtain two FREMM frigates. The frigates would be the ninth and tenth for Italy under the Italian-French FREMM, or Multi Mission European Frigates, program. The value of the option exercise carries a value of about $818.1 million. "Considering the effort...

    02/19/2015 5:21:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | STEVEN WILLS
    Many critics have assailed the Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) program for its high cost in comparison with foreign, supposedly better armed and equipped equivalents. The Danish Iver Huitfeldt and Absalon class frigates are often cited as examples of cheaper, more capable small combatants in comparison with LCS. These claims are not well researched and are based on isolated points of data rather than any systemic analysis. Other nations may be able to build relatively cheap warships, but hidden factors not discussed by critics, rather than U.S. shipbuilding and general acquisition deficiencies make this possible. The Danish Navy, in conjunction with...
  • Ukraine Arms Embargo Could Delay Delivery of Russian Frigates

    01/28/2015 9:25:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    USNI News ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    The Ukrainian military equipment embargo to Russia could cause delays in the construction of the Russian Navy’s new class of frigates and slow a planned modernization effort of Russia’s northern fleet, according to a Monday report in Jane’s Defence Weekly. Russia’s 4,500 ton Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates (Project 22350) is powered – in part – by two M90FR gas turbines built by with Ukrainian manufacturer Zorya-Mashproekt. With the embargo in place the task has shifted to Russian manufacturer NPO Saturn without the aid of the Ukrainians. “Under the Russian government’s import substitution [program], it is understood that NPO Saturn is supposed...
  • U.S. Navy says renaming LCS ships as "frigates"

    01/15/2015 8:38:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities. Well, if it's like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?" Mabus told the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Mabus said the changed designation would apply primarily to the next 20 ships to be built, but 32 earlier Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that...
  • Report: littoral combat ship not 'significantly more survivable' after proposed military upgrades

    01/09/2015 7:58:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies ^ | January 08, 2015 | Michael Finch II
    The plans to upgrade the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship will not improve the vessel's capability to sustain an attack, according to a Bloomberg News report. Last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a plan to upgrade both versions of the ships built by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin. The report cites comments from Michael Gilmore, the military's director of operational, test and evaluation, saying "the minor modifications to the LCS will not yield a ship that is significantly more survivable." The Navy's proposal to buy another 20 ships with the upgrades to the ship's surface warfare and anti-submarine...
  • New advanced frigate set afloat in Russia

    12/14/2014 9:00:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | December 12, 2014
    The second Project 22350 frigate, the Admiral Kasatonov, was set afloat at the Northern Wharf in Russia's northern capital of St. Petersburg in the presence of Russia’s Navy Chief Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov. “We set afloat a second Project 22350 warship designed for remote sea areas to ensure Russian national interests in any part of oceans in the world. This warship has embodied all thoughts and ideas of our designers and requirements of our fleet,” Chirkov said. He recalled that Admiral Gorshkov, the first warship of the project, is already at sea trials. “I hope that the Northern Fleet will...
  • Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

    12/11/2014 6:55:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    PENTAGON — The Navy will beef up the weapons, armor and sensors on its two existing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in an answer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call for a tougher Small Surface Combatant (SSC), the Navy announced in a late Thursday briefing with reporters. The two variants of the ship will replace the last 20 ships in the initial plan for 52 Flight 0 Lockheed Martin Freedom-class and Austal USA Independence-class LCS hulls as part of the SSC directive the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) outlined to the Navy in a January memo....
  • Egypt would be interested in purchasing a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France

    11/26/2014 11:01:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 26 November 2014
    According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, Egypt would like to quickly procure a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France, following the deal the country has just signed with DCNS for four Gowind 2500 corvettes (the lead ship to be built in France and the 3 others to be built in Egypt as part of a transfer of technology). Egypt is reported to have requested a FREMM for as early as 2015. La Tribune is reporting that France could sell Aquitaine class Frigate Normandie which is set to be delivered to the French Navy by year end. This would come as...
  • Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    11/20/2014 7:26:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    C4ISR & Networks ^ | Nov. 20, 2014
    ABOARD HDMS NILS JUEL IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY — It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today’s warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern. And the first thing one notices after boarding this ship is how clean and spotless everything is — almost relentlessly clean. “We clean the ship every day,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Jensen, the ship’s operations officer. “It’s easier to keep a clean ship clean than to clean a dirty ship.” The Nils Juel is the Danish Navy’s newest warship, handed over only in August. It’s the...
  • New Generation Russian Navy Frigate "Admiral Gorshkov" Project 22350 Started Sea Trials

    11/20/2014 3:00:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 11/20/2014
    The new generation project 22350 frigate "Admiral Gorshkov" (hull number 417) for the Russian Navy started sea trials in the Gulf of Finland. This new class, intended to replace the soviet era Krivak class, is designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau of Saint Petersburg. The first ship of the new Russian Navy frigate project 22350 class "Admiral Gorshkov" sailing out for its first sea trials The first phase of the sea trials will focus on the navigation performance of the new vessel. Key elements such as the propulsion, steering gear, auxiliary machinery, communication, detection and navigation equipment, anchor gear etc....
  • Meet China's Submarine Hunting Frigate

    11/13/2014 8:24:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 14, 2014 | Ankit Panda
    According to a report earlier this week by IHS Jane’s 360, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its first Type 056-variant Jingdao-class corvette (Type 056A) with an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) specialization. The Type 056 corvettes entered service in the PLAN in 2012 and are stealth missile corvettes. They primarily specialize in anti-surface ship warfare. Although rumors of an ASW-focused Type 056-variant have been around for at least a year, Jane‘s cites a ” PLA-linked media report on 11 November” as noting that a vessel named the Zhuzhou has been inducted into the PLAN’s South Sea fleet as...
  • Singapore troops in China cast cloud on Taiwan military ties

    11/05/2014 8:22:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Nov 06, 2014 | Lo Tien-pin and Jake Chung
    The 40-year cooperation between the Republic of China Army and the Singapore Army may be at risk after the city-state sent 70 soldiers to China to an eight-day joint exercise with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday. The Singaporean soldiers sent to China are from “Project Starlight,” an agreement reached between former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and then-Singaporean prime minister Lee Kwan Yew (李光耀) in 1974 and ratified in 1975 under which Taiwan’s military helps train Singaporean troops in the so-called Starlight Exercises. The government will closely monitor the joint exercises between the PLA and the Singaporean troops, the...
  • Russia offers India 3 additional Talwar class frigates

    10/20/2014 3:55:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 20, 2014
    India is also looking to upgrade the first set of three Project 11356 frigates that were purchased in the early 2000s. Russia offered India three additional Project 11356 or Talwar class frigates, after New Delhi made a formal request, Vladimir Spiridopulo, the general director working on this project at the Northern Design Bureau, said. Negotiations have been taking place since this spring, TASS said. India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates Russia supplied India with two sets of three Project 11356 frigates, with the last one being the INS Trikand. “Negotiations on the third set of three...