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  • Italian Ship Alpino Begins Naval Campaign in North America

    05/03/2018 8:42:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Italian Navy ^ | May 02, 2018
    The Italian Navy has sent a Fremm frigate, ITS Alpino, on a two-month cruise of North America intended to promote the ship’s design as a leading candidate in the US Navy’s FF(X) future frigate competition. (IT Navy photo) Today, the Italian Navy’s European multi-mission frigate (FREMM) ITS Alpino sailed from the Mar Grande naval base in Taranto for a naval campaign that will take it to North America for the next two months. ITS Alpino is the fifth FREMM ship delivered to the Italian Navy on 30 September 2016, the fourth in the "anti-submarine" version and fitted out with state-of-the-art...
  • Italy’s Fincantieri Australia’s best bet for combat frigates

    04/13/2018 9:26:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 04/14/2018 | GREG SHERIDAN
    “I said to the governor of Wisconsin that getting Fincantieri to invest in our states was the best thing we ever did as governors,” says Jennifer Granholm, who was a two-term governor of Michigan until she left office in 2011. Her story, and that of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in America, which now builds the US Navy’s littoral combat ships and has been “down selected” (as the military puts it) to the final shortlist to build the navy’s new frigates, is acutely relevant to one of the most important decisions the Turnbull government will make. In the coming month or six...
  • Inverted-Bow Warships Back in the Aegean Sea ?

    04/04/2018 8:42:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 31 MARCH 2018 | D-Mitch
    Navy Recognition is pleased to welcome guest writer D-Mitch, operations research analyst and creator of the famous (if you don't know his blog yet, you should definitely check it out as it really is top quality!). D-Mitch looks at the potential return of "inverted bow warships" in the Aegean sea as the Hellenic Navy is reportedly looking closely at the Belh@arra frigate by French shipbuilder Naval Group. He also gives us his take on the design and features of this next generation frigate. By D-Mitch, operations research analyst and creator of Today, the Greek Navy (Hellenic Navy) is...
  • One Of These Five Ships Will Become The U.S. Navy's Next Frigate

    02/19/2018 6:03:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Navy has moved forward with funding five potential designs that could fulfill its future guided missile frigate FFG(X) requirement. At least 20 of these vessels will be built, and as we have discussed in detail before, the project is among the Navy's most important initiatives. Fielding a highly capable surface combatant that can pick up many missions currently being conducted by over-tasked and far more expensive destroyers will be essential to providing a more flexible and sustainable fleet in the decades to come. The $15M contracts were awarded to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Fincantieri Marine, Huntington Ingalls, Austal...
  • Frigate Design Awards By April; $950M Max, VLS Mandatory

    01/10/2018 7:58:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | January 09, 2018 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    Lockheed Martin model of their proposed frigate design, based on the Littoral Combat Ship, on display at the 2018 Surface Navy Association conference. Note VLS hatches on foredeck, behind turret and flanked by OTH launchers. UPDATED with CNO comment on importance of program CRYSTAL CITY: By the end of March, the Navy will award four to six contracts for “conceptual” designs of a future frigate. That ship that must cost under $950 million, have “Grade A shock hardening” on key systems to survive blasts, and carry at least 16 Vertical Launch System cells to defend itself and nearby vessels, program...
  • The German Navy Decided To Return Their Bloated New Frigate To The Ship Store This Christmas

    12/24/2017 8:18:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 23, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    ARGE F125/Lerssen-Defence Just weeks ago we told the story of Germany's puzzling Baden-Wurttemberg class Type 125 (F125) frigate program. Not only did we discuss the ship's odd mission and design features, but we also highlighted some of the troubling post-delivery issues with the lead ship in the class. These problems include a persistent list to starboard and the fact that the ship is dramatically overweight, which would limit its performance, increase its cost of operation, and most importantly, negatively impact the Deutsche Marine's ability to add future upgrades to the somewhat sparsely outfitted vessel. Now the German Navy has officially...
  • The Curious Case Of Germany's Massive New But Relatively Toothless Type 125 "Frigates"

    12/14/2017 9:06:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 13, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Ein Dahmer/wikicommons The German Navy's Baden-Wurttemberg class Type 125 (F125) frigate sure doesn't look like a frigate. The vessel displaces a whopping 7,200 tons, making it more destroyer sized, but its mission and armament are far from that of a top-end surface combatant. Even the ship's crew size, concept of operations, and the way sailors interact with the vessel's systems are unique. And depending on who you ask, the whole idea behind the controversial F125 frigate program is either one of genius based in stark reality or a largely illogical, misguided, and wasteful mess of an endeavor. Four of these...
  • Exclusive: Consortium offers Canada a deal on a new fleet of frigates that could save $32 billion

    12/03/2017 9:43:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | November 30, 2017 | David Pugliese
    OTTAWA — In a surprise twist in Canada’s shipbuilding saga, a foreign consortium is offering the country a way to build a fleet of warships at a guaranteed price of $30 billion — a potential savings of $32 billion. Fincantieri of Italy and Naval Group of France — major forces in international shipbuilding — don’t believe the current $62-billion Canadian Surface Combatant program, already beset with delays and increasing costs, will be successful, industry sources told Postmedia. Instead, the French and Italian governments have proposed that Canada’s chosen contractor, Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, build 15 ships based on the consortium’s FREMM...
  • For smarter shipbuilding, Canada should look to Denmark

    10/23/2017 7:26:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    MACLEAN'S ^ | October 23, 2017 | Ken Hansen
    An Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate. (Odense Maritime Technology) Ken Hansen, who retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 2009 at the rank of Commander, is an independent defence analyst and owner of Hansen Maritime Horizons. He is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for Atlantic Oceans Research Enterprise, and a contributor to the Security Affairs Committee for the Royal United Services Institute. When it was first announced in 2011, Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy immediately became the most expensive capital procurement in the history of the country. Initially estimated to cost $38.6 billion, the 25-year plan more than doubles the amount...
  • Warship designers scramble to assemble boatload of supporting documents for bids (Canada)

    10/11/2017 10:21:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    CBC News ^ | October 11, 2017 | Murray Brewster
    Companies bidding to design Canada's new warships have to throw in specifications for everything — including the kitchen sink and the paperwork to prove it works. That is one of about 600 technical requirements in the design stage of the $60-billion frigate replacement program — the myriad tiny details that some of the 12 companies in the competition say are excessive. One section of the bid documents, obtained by CBC News, lists the appliances and expectations for the ship's galley. It is an extensive list, including a 40-litre mixing machine, one four-rack convection oven, a single two-compartment steamer cooker, two...
  • Europe's biggest shipbuilder reveals plans for major Australian navy project

    09/28/2017 4:01:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2017-09-28
    CANBERRA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Europe's largest shipbuilder has promised to list itself on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) if given a 27 billion U.S. dollar navy frigate contract. Italy's Fincantieri on Thursday released the details of its bid for the 27.4 billion U.S. dollar Future Frigates project which will see nine new vessels built for the Australian Navy, the first of which will be launched in the late 2020s. Fincantieri is one of three international companies bidding for the contract alongside Spain's Navantia and the Britain's BAE Systems, all of which are proposing different designs. A bid by Western...
  • Navy Secretary Says Perry Class Frigates Could Be Brought Back On The Cheap Without Upgrades

    09/20/2017 8:16:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Drive ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    On its mission to field a 355 ship fleet, the US Navy has been looking at what it has in storage to help make that goal a reality. Even the carrier USS Kitty Hawk has been put forward as a possible candidate for regeneration, although the reality of what it would take to truly make such an endeavor successful puts it firmly in the unlikely category. But the seven Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates now sitting in mothballs tell another story. Now Secretary of Navy Richard Spencer is saying these ships could be regenerated very cheaply and without any major...
  • DSEI: Royal Navy Wants to Pitch Type-31e Frigate Design to U.S., Export Market

    09/13/2017 8:32:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | Sep 13 2017 | Jon Rosamond
    BMT Defence bid for the Royal Navy Type 31E Frigate LONDON — The Royal Navy’s planned Type-31e light frigate will transform the dismal export record of U.K.-based shipbuilders, a senior government minister told attendees at the DSEI exhibition in London. U.K. defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon said that Britain’s shipyards have not built a frigate for another country since the 1970s. “We’re changing all that”, he declared in a keynote speech on Wednesday. “This frigate will rock the exports boat and it’s a model for the way we will approach shipbuilding in future.” The U.S. Navy is among potential overseas...
  • What Rivals Will Britain’s New T31e Corvette be Facing?

    09/11/2017 10:36:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    RUSI ^ | 8 September 2017 | Peter Roberts
    The launch this week of Britain’s national shipbuilding strategy, with an order of five vessels to be designed and built in English shipyards, sees the UK’s aspiration to compete in the global warship export market. The British government this week launched a national shipbuilding strategy with an order for five new vessels for the Royal Navy to be designed and built across English shipyards. The core design of these new ships is called the Type 31 export (T31e) frigate, although there are already questions as to whether the type is a frigate or a corvette. Either way, the proposed price...
  • British frigate fleet to lack anti-ship missiles until ‘around 2030’

    09/01/2017 11:04:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    ukdj ^ | August 31, 2017 | George Allison
    Perseus, an earlier concept missile Royal Navy ships will lose anti-ship missile capability in 2018 when the Harpoon missile is withdrawn with a replacement not due until ‘around 2030’. We reported today, incorrectly, that the new frigates would more than likely have anti-ship weapons ordered to fill this gap before they enter service. We were mistaken and have since amended earlier articles to reflect what is written in this article. While the Royal Navy will still have an anti-ship capability via the submarine fleet and embarked helicopters, this will still be a significant capability gap and even then, no Royal...
  • The Royal Navy’s Next ‘Frigate’ Is Not a Frigate

    08/30/2017 5:45:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 30, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    In 2023, the Royal Navy hopes the first of its new Type 31 frigates will hit the waves to replace HMS Argyll, the first of 13 Type 23 frigates scheduled to begin retiring that year, with another to retire every year until 2035. The new vessels will add desperately needed modern warships to the United Kingdom’s depleted fleet. However, that’s the hope. It’s not realistic, according to program officials cited in a report from Defense News. The compressed timetable will likely delay the Type 31, and worse — tight budgets are forcing compromises with the vessel’s weapons and capabilities. The...
  • Britain makes pitch for massive Australia warship contract: report

    07/26/2017 4:13:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | July 26, 2017
    [SYDNEY] Britain's defence secretary on Wednesday made a strong push to build Australia's next fleet of warships, saying the frigates he proposes are best placed to hunt "Russian and Chinese submarines" amid regional tensions. Australia earlier this year detailed a massive A$89 billion (S$95.8 billion) shipbuilding strategy, including constructing new submarines and frigates, in the nation's largest peacetime naval investment. The big increase in defence spending comes as Beijing flexes its muscle in the region through a military build-up in the contested South China Sea, and as tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon made the...
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Royal Navy's New Type 26 Frigates

    07/23/2017 8:58:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 20, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    After years of delays and debate, construction of the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 frigates has officially begun at a shipyard in Scotland. The full class of eight ships will provide a number of critically needed capabilities, including acting as additional escorts for the United Kingdom’s up-coming pair of supercarriers. The first of those flattops, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is in the middle of her first sea trials in the North Sea. On July 20, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon led a ceremony to cut the first steel for the lead ship at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard...

    07/18/2017 7:54:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | 2017-07-18 | Jason Y. Osuga
    “Our history is clear that nations with strong allies thrive, and those without them wither. My key words are solvency and security to protect the American people. My priorities as SECDEF are strengthening readiness, strengthening alliances, and bring business reform to DOD.” – General James Mattis (ret.), SECDEF Confirmation Hearing, 1/11/17 At current growth rates, China may become a comparable power to the United States in economic and military terms in the not too distant future. In this future world, China will be less constrained than it is today to attempt to coerce other Asian nations to its will.[1] China’s...
  • Navy Releases Details of New FFG(X) Guided-Missile Frigate Program in Request to Industry

    07/10/2017 11:10:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 10, 2017 | Megan Eckstein
    USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) This post has been updated to include the link to the full Request for Information. The Navy released the first formal details on what it wants in its guided-missile frigate in a new request for information to industry issued today. The new ship concept outlined in the RFI in many ways resembles the Navy’s previous frigate plans but also looks at upgrades like more powerful radars and vertical-launch missile tubes. The RFI notes the Navy is still seeking industry input on a variety of capabilities – including, how to incorporate missile launchers for...