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  • 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 Hervť 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) Ė 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 (Frťgate de Taille Intermťdiaire 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 Peopleís 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 (śĚéŚĖúśėé). 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...
  • LCS VERSUS THE DANISH STRAWMAN

    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 Navyís new class of frigates and slow a planned modernization effort of Russiaís northern fleet, according to a Monday report in Janeís Defence Weekly. Russiaís 4,500 ton Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates (Project 22350) is powered Ė in part Ė 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. ďUnder the Russian governmentís 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
    AL.com ^ | 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 Russiaís Navy Chief Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov. ďWe 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,Ē Chirkov said. He recalled that Admiral Gorshkov, the first warship of the project, is already at sea trials. ďI hope that the Northern Fleet will...
  • Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navyís 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 ó 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 Hagelís 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 ó It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of todayís 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 ó almost relentlessly clean. ďWe clean the ship every day,Ē said Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Jensen, the shipís operations officer. ďItís easier to keep a clean ship clean than to clean a dirty ship.Ē The Nils Juel is the Danish Navyís newest warship, handed over only in August. Itís 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 Janeís 360, the Chinese Peopleís 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, JaneĎs cites a Ē PLA-linked media report on 11 NovemberĒ as noting that a vessel named the Zhuzhou has been inducted into the PLANís 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¬ís Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday. The Singaporean soldiers sent to China are from ¬ďProject Starlight,¬Ē an agreement reached between former president Chiang Kai-shek (ŤĒ£šĽčÁü≥) and then-Singaporean prime minister Lee Kwan Yew (śĚéŚÖČŤÄÄ) in 1974 and ratified in 1975 under which Taiwan¬ís 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. ďNegotiations on the third set of three...
  • Will Huntington Ingalls Build the Navy's New Super-Frigate?

    10/05/2014 10:23:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Fool.com ^ | October 04, 2014 | Motley Fool
    The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed Huntington Ingalls will not be building its new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters -- and great is the lamentation in Newport News, Va. Huntington Ingalls won't get to build a new Offshore Patrol Cutter for the Coast Guard. But its National Security Cutter just might fit Navy needs for a new Small Surface Combatant. Photo: Huntington Ingalls . For years, Huntington Ingalls has been the Coast Guard's go-to builder for building its multiple coastal and deepwater patrol vessels . News that Huntington didn't even make the short list in February, however -- and that...
  • Dockyard attackers planned to hijack Navy frigate (Pakistan)

    09/13/2014 2:33:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Dawn, Pakistan ^ | 9/13/2014 | Fahim Zaman | Naziha Syed Ali
    KARACHI: While the Navy continues to remain tight-lipped about the attack on its dockyard in West Wharf on Sept 6, having issued a bare-bones statement 48 hours after the incident, further details have been obtained by Dawn that reveal the extent of radicalisation within the Navy. According to informed sources, the attack was carried out entirely by serving Navy personnel, along with Owais Jakharani, a former Navy cadet who could have been given access inside without too much trouble. ďIt seems the intention was to hijack PNS Zulfiqar [a frigate purchased from China and inducted in July 2009],Ē said one...
  • Britain's High-Tech New Plan to Rule the Waves

    08/14/2014 12:03:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.14.14 | Bill Sweetman
    The Royal Navy is in the midst of a radical rebootóand thatís on top of the secret edge theyíve got on every other fleet. After too many years of hearing senior U.S. Navy officers gripe about budget cuts and political interference, itís refreshing to hear a flag officer sounding optimistic. Britainís First Sea Lordóthe Royal Navyís senior officeróis Sir George Zambellas, educated as an aeronautical engineer, a helicopter pilot by specialty and a confessed ďantisubmarine warfare guy.Ē He was in Washington late last month, in part, on a mission to boost the Royal Navyís capabilities, which former defense secretary Bob...
  • PLA constructing more Type 054A frigates

    06/29/2014 5:27:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-06-29
    The Yueyang, a Type 054A guided-missile frigate of the People's Liberation Army Navy, is participating in the ongoing RIMPAC 2014 joint naval exercise held in Hawaii, and the country is already underway constructing more frigates of the same class, reports the state-run China News Service. The Yueyang is in fact the 14th vessel among its other sister ships. With 575 as its hull number, the vessel was launched on May 10, 2012, and began its sea trials in September of that year before eventually entering the PLA Navy in March, 2013. The Yueyang, like other ships of its class, is...
  • Future Frigates todayís challenge (Australia)

    05/30/2014 8:25:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | MAY 31, 2014 | JULIAN KERR
    THE notoriously long gestation period of a major military capability means considerable effort has already been directed at the so-called Future Frigate that will replace the RANís eight Anzac-class workhorses sometime in the next decade. Although the Sea 5000 program has yet to complete the ≠requirements definition phase, there has been no shortage of ≠debate on capability and construction issues within both Defence and industry ó until recently. One-on-one discussions in Sydney last year between ≠Defenceís Capability Development Group and major industry players were to have been followed by a strong Defence team visiting ship designers in Europe and possibly...
  • Bring on the Frigate: LCS Is Outgunned, Outclassed

    03/06/2014 6:14:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | March 6, 2014 | William A. Price
    The future of the littoral combat ship is anything but certain. In January, Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox issued a classified memo ordering the Navy to reduce planned purchases of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from 52 to 32. In a preview of the FY15 defense budget proposal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel backed that decision saying he was ďconcerned that the Navy is relying too heavily on the LCS to achieve its long-term goals for ship numbers.Ē Hagel directed that the Navy begin studying ďalternative proposals to procure a capable and lethal small surface combatant, consistent with the...
  • Defence system could earn billions (Australian radar)

    02/16/2014 9:33:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 15, 2014 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    LAST year, during a naval exercise off California, a dummy missile fired at an American warship roared through the cruiserís defences and slammed into its superstructure, starting a fire and injuring two sailors. The dummy missile, with no warhead fitted, punched a hole half a metre wide in the port side of the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorville, which returned to port for repairs. When a similar American missile was fired at the Australian frigate HMAS Perth in an exercise off Hawaii, the Australian crew shot it down using technology developed in the suburbs of Canberra and Adelaide. The Australian...
  • Morocco set to receive new frigate

    01/30/2014 11:27:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 23 January 2014 | Victor Barreira
    The Royal Moroccan Navy will take possession of its FREMM frigate on 30 January. (DCNS) The Royal Moroccan Navy is scheduled to commission its FREMM multimission frigate Mohammad VI (D 601) on 30 January 2014 in a ceremony to be held in Brest, France. The ceremony will be attended by Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid, Inspector General of the Royal Moroccan Navy Vice Admiral Mohamed Laghmari, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and French Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Bernard Rogel. The ship will sail to Morocco about four weeks after it is commissioned. The ceremony was initially scheduled for 25...
  • La Fayette frigates' missile upgrade set for 2017

    11/04/2013 12:40:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013/11/04 | By Claudia Liu and Jay Chen
    La Fayette frigates' missile upgrade set for 2017 Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) The surface-to-air missiles on the Navy's fleet of La Fayette Class frigates will be replaced with a more advanced system starting in 2017, a senior Naval officer said Monday. The U.S.-made RIM-72C Sea Chaparral missiles will be replaced with Taiwan's own Sky Sword IIs, Navy Chief of Staff Kao Tien-chung said when answering questions at the Legislative Yuan's Foreign and National Defense Committee. The ship-based Sky Sword II, or Tien Chien II, is a variant of the radar guided air-to-air missile developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science...
  • Russian Navy to Get New Missile Systems Next Year

    09/24/2013 9:44:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 23/09/2013
    Russian Navy to Get New Missile Systems Next Year MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) Ė The Russian navy will receive new advanced surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems next year, a defense industry executive said Monday. Shtil vertical-launch modular air-defense systems are designed for a series of six Project 11356 frigates now under construction, and can effectively engage any existing and future combat aircraft, Maxim Kuzyuk, general director of the Aviatsionnoye Oborudovaniye (Aircraft Equipment) holding, told RIA Novosti. One of the systemís principal features is its high firing rate: It fires missiles every two seconds, he said, adding that each module consists...
  • French Offer FREMM Class Frigate For Canadian Surface Combatant

    04/18/2013 11:01:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | April 18, 2013 | David Pugliese
    French Offer FREMM Class Frigate For Canadian Surface Combatant By David Pugliese Defence Watch Defence Minister Peter MacKay will tour the visiting French Navy frigate Aquitaine at Canadian Forces Base Halifax on Saturday. The French are European shipbuilder DCNS is offering the FREMM Class frigate to Canada as a choice for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program. The ship is at the port until April 23. French Navy representatives will visit with Canadian Naval officials and provide the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian industry with the opportunity to tour the FREMM. The CSC program is part of Canadaís NSPS. Irving...
  • Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group

    04/05/2013 12:50:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Navy News Service ^ | 4/3/2013 | Lt. Timothy Gorman
    Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group By Lt. Timothy Gorman ABOARD FGS HAMBURG (F220) AT SEA (NNS) -- The German Sachsen-class frigate Hamburg (F220) is the first German ship to fully integrate and deploy with an American carrier strike group, and April 3 marks her second week of operating in the North Arabian Sea with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE). The Hamburg will stay a part of the strike group until the group's completion of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Both Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, commander CSG 8, and...
  • Leaked Navy memo says $440 million LCS lack firepower, need review

    03/28/2013 9:48:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    AL.com ^ | March 28, 2013 | Ellen Mitchell
    Leaked Navy memo says $440 million LCS lack firepower, need review The Littoral Combat Ship, a vessel intended to replace aging vessels in the U.S. Navy and be small and speedy for use in shallow waters, lacks the firepower it needs, a top U.S. Navy commander said in a classified memo, according to Bloomberg. Vice Admiral Tom Copeman, the commander of naval surface forces, said the Navy should consider a ship with more offensive capability after the first 24 vessels are built, according to a Navy official who asked not to be identified discussing the confidential document, Bloomberg reported. Admiral...
  • Russian Frigates to Get Advanced Missile Systems

    03/18/2013 2:44:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 18/03/2013
    Russian Frigates to Get Advanced Missile Systems ST. PETERSBURG, March 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will install Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile systems on three of its Project 11356 frigates, the Baltic shipbuilding plant said on Monday. The plant, affiliated with the United Shipbuilding Corporation, will manufacture the missile systems for the Yantar shipyard before the end of 2014. ďUnder an existing contract, the Baltic plant will install Kalibr systems on the first troika of frigates,Ē the plant said, adding that the next three frigates are also expected to be equipped with Kalibr missiles. The Kalibr is capable of effectively engaging...
  • Royal Navy's new radar revealed

    03/06/2013 12:43:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Sky News, Australia ^ | March 6, 2013
    Royal Navy's new radar revealed Updated: 06:42, Wednesday March 6, 2013 A new radar that can detect a tennis ball travelling at three times the speed of sound from more than 15 miles away has been fitted to a UK Royal Navy warship. The Artisan system, which was developed by BAE Systems, was installed on HMS Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate. BAE says the medium range 3D surveillance radar is five times more efficient than any other radar currently used by the fleet. HMS Iron Duke is the first ship in the class to have received the new radar...
  • China offers Type 054 to meet Thai frigate requirement

    02/03/2013 9:39:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    IHS Jane's ^ | 1/30/2013 | Jon Grevatt
    China offers Type 054 to meet Thai frigate requirement By Jon Grevatt 1/30/2013 China has offered Thailand its Type 054-class Jiangkai frigate to meet a requirement to procure multipurpose frigates for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), thus potentially putting Beijing and Washington head to head in a large-scale international procurement programme. Sources have confirmed to IHS Jane's that preliminary discussions between Thailand and China have commenced over the potential deal, in which China has said it is prepared to sell to the RTN three Type 054-class vessels at a cost that will meet the programme's budget of USD1 billion. While...
  • USS Curts decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego

    01/26/2013 2:00:55 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS ^ | Jan 25, 2013
    The guided-missile frigate USS Curts was decommissioned Friday in a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. The vessel, dubbed ".38 Special" by its first crew, served in Operation Desert Storm and deployed on anti-smuggling missions. The nickname is derived from its hull number, FFG 38. In the Persian Gulf War, crew members captured an Iraqi garrison on Qaruh Island, taking 51 Iraqi prisoners. The Curts crew also destroyed mines, sank an Iraqi minelayer and supported combat helicopter operations during the Battle of Bubiyan Island. ... The Navy is gradually paring down the numbers of Oliver Perry-class frigates in favor of...
  • US considers granting missile ships to Turkey

    12/28/2012 10:10:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | December/25/2012
    US considers granting missile ships to Turkey WASHINGTON / ANKARA As Turkey plans developing its national naval vehicles, a US bill to the House of Representatives suggests granting guided missile frigates to Turkey. The bill angers a particular Hellenic-US group A recent bill has been submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize President Barack Obama to grant the provision of guided missile-firing naval vessels to Turkey, along with several other countries, including Thailand and Mexico. Under the motion, Turkey may receive the USS Halyburton (FFGĖ40) and the USS Thach (FFGĖ43) ships. USS Halybutron is the 34th ship...
  • DCNS to unveil new FREMM Frigate variant, updated BRAVE supply ship design at Euronaval 2012

    10/06/2012 2:26:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 04 October 2012
    DCNS to unveil new FREMM Frigate variant, updated BRAVE supply ship design at Euronaval 2012 At the 23rd EURONAVAL show to be held from 22 to 26 October 2012 at the Paris-le Bourget exhibition center, DCNS will unveil several new designs of submarines and surface vessels. Among them are the new FREMM-ER (for Extend Range) Frigate dedicated to Air Defense missions and an updated design for the BRAVE replenishment ship which was first unveiled two years ago at Euronaval 2010. The new FREMM ER (Extended Range) Frigate dedicated to Air Defense missions (Picture: DCNS) The FREMM-ER was designed with a...
  • Russian Border Patrol Ship Opens Fire on Chinese Poachers

    07/17/2012 4:50:38 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 31 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 18 July 2012 | Staff
    A Russian border patrol ship in the Sea of Japan opened fire on a schooner poaching under the Chinese flag, a news report said Tuesday. The crew of the Dzerzhinsky spotted the Chinese vessel Monday within Russia's exclusive economic zone and attempted to contact it, a border patrol spokesman told RIA-Novosti. But the ship did not respond and attempted to escape, prompting a three-hour pursuit in which Russian border guards first fired warning shots, then collided with the vessel and fired on it directly as the crew of the schooner tried to resist being boarded by Russian troops.
  • Pak-China friendship: Pakistan to get four more F-22p Frigates

    05/08/2012 8:46:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The News Tribe ^ | May 8th, 2012 | Abdullah Zafar
    Pak-China friendship: Pakistan to get four more F-22p Frigates Karachi: Pakistan is going to obtain four F-22P Frigates to be built in Pakistan in collaboration with China as part of countryís efforts to strengthen its navy. Recently Pakistan was has got three frigate from China while fourth is being built. Previously, China also handed over four frigates to Pakistan. According to a report, published in Daily Jang, the leading Urdu daily of the country, Pakistan was happy over getting the fighters at low price and got booked orders for four new ships. The report said that the Chinese frigate costs...
  • Taiwan plans to buy 'four warships from US'

    04/22/2012 5:47:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Taiwan plans to buy 'four warships from US' Taiwan plans to purchase four warships from the United States as part of the island's efforts to modernise its forces and offset the perceived military threat from China, local media reported on Sunday. The defence ministry briefed President Ma Ying-jeou on the proposed arms deal during a meeting last month and is prepared to set aside the budget next year, the United Daily News said, without specifying the cost. The ministry declined to comment on the report. If finalised, the arms deal will increase to 12 the total number of such warships...
  • Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy

    04/08/2012 9:20:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    defence management ^ | 05 April 2012
    Type 26: The future backbone of the Royal Navy 05 April 2012 Brian Johnson, UK business development director at BAE Systems, answers questions about the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Can you provide some detail on the size and makeup of the team involved, their experience levels and the overall working approach to the design process? The team working on the Type 26 programme is currently around 250 strong. The team is centred in Bristol but a large design team is also based at BAE Systems' facility at Scotstoun in Glasgow. The team is a genuine 'rainbow' team comprising of...
  • Industry view: Why the Navy needs a ĎPatrol Frigateí

    03/29/2012 8:24:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | March 28th, 2012 | Philip Ewing
    Industry view: Why the Navy needs a ĎPatrol Frigateí In this commentary, Huntington-Ingalls Industriesí corporate director of customer relations, Patrick H. Stadt, makes the case for a U.S. Navy version of the companyís National Security Cutter. The fourth of eight planned National Security Cutters is currently in production at Huntington Ingalls Industriesí Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. The first three cutters have been delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard and are already proving themselves as highly capable, multi-mission ships. The NSCís capabilities not only support the traditional U.S. Coast Guard missions of search and rescue, fisheries enforcement and counter narcotic...
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding Highlighting Patrol Frigate Derivative of National Security Cutter at DIMDEX

    03/26/2012 8:45:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 69+ views
    Ingalls Shipbuilding Highlighting Patrol Frigate Derivative of National Security Cutter at DIMDEX DOHA, Qatar, Mar 26, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries /quotes/zigman/4475302/quotes/nls/hii HII +1.84% will participate in Doha's International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) this week, highlighting the new patrol frigate derivative of the company's proven U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter. The patrol frigate could be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. "The Ingalls patrol frigate design has already proven its seaworthiness in U.S. Coast Guard service," said Dan Holloway, HII's corporate vice president for customer relations. "Our analysis has shown...
  • France to Sell Frigates to Greece in Controversial Deal

    10/17/2011 4:29:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    France to Sell Frigates to Greece in Controversial Deal Berlin is unhappy about a weapons deal in which France plans to supply warships to highly indebted Greece free of charge for the first five years, and at a big discount when payment comes due. Firms and politicians in Germany say taxpayers may end up paying for part of the deal, and they want Chancellor Angela Merkel to intervene. A huge arms deal is threatening to put French-German relations under strain. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, France wants to deliver two to four new frigates to the Greek navy and...
  • Spainís Aegis Frigates Could Join Europeís Missile Defense Shield

    10/14/2011 8:56:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | October 13, 2011 | Lajos F. Szaszdi
    Spainís Aegis Frigates Could Join Europeís Missile Defense Shield Lajos F. Szaszdi October 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm A week ago, the Spanish government of Socialist Prime Minister Josť Luis RodrŪguez Zapatero agreed to Spainís participation in NATOís European missile defense system by allowing four U.S. Navy Aegis guided-missile destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class to be stationed at the naval base of Rota, in southwestern Spain. These destroyers are armed with the Standard SM-3 surface-to-air missile (SAM) designed to intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The U.S. Navy destroyers will be based in Rota beginning in 2013, along with...
  • DCNS launches Moroccan FREMM frigate

    09/14/2011 9:27:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    DCNS ^ | September 14, 2011
    DCNS launches Moroccan FREMM frigate 18:57 GMT, September 14, 2011 Lorient | On 14 September 2011, DCNS launched the FREMM multimission frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy. The launch took place at DCNS's Lorient shipyard in the presence of senior Moroccan and French officials and is a major milestone in the construction of the vessel, scheduled for delivery in 2013. DCNS today launched the FREMM multimission frigate for Morocco. The event at the Group's Lorient shipyard was attended by Admiral Laghmari, Inspector General of Royal Moroccan Navy, Admiral Verwaerde of the French Navy and Patrick Boissier, Chairman & CEO of...