Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ships in UNITAS Brazil 2015


Admiral Guilhobel R 25
Amazonas P 120

Benavente P 61
Constituticao F 42

Greenhalgh F 46

Gurupá P 46

Liberal F 43

Tapajó S 33

Tritao R 21


FF-18 "Almirante Riveros"
Almirante Riveros 18


Baja California PO 162

Quiñones FM 58


Gold Rover A 271


George Washington CVN 73

Chafee DDG 90

McFaul DDG 74
Big Horn T-AO 198

All photos official unless otherwise note.

General Dynamics Awarded $103 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class Submarine Work

Groton November 25, 2015 - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $102.8 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Under the contract, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technology to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships.
This modification brings the cumulative value of the contract, initially awarded in 2010, to $1.1 billion.
This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 4,400 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

NZDF-Hosted International Exercise Begins

NZDF personnel and equipment come ashore in Akaroa Harbour during an amphibious landing, as part of Exercise Southern Katipo 2013.

November 20, 2015 - More than 2,000 military personnel from New Zealand and eight other countries will take part in a month-long international exercise hosted by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) starting this week in the South Island.
Exercise Southern Katipo 15 (SK15) aims to test and evaluate the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) ability to plan and conduct joint operations involving a range of naval, land, and air assets. It also involves military personnel from Australia, Canada, Fiji, France, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
“Unlike previous iterations of this exercise, we are treating SK15 as one of several operations that we manage and supervise,” said Major General Tim Gall, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand.
“This approach is more realistic because if an emergency arose in the Southwest Pacific now, that will be exactly how things will play out,” he added.
Run every two years, SK15 is being held this year in the Buller, Tasman, and Marlborough districts in the South Island.
The exercise scenario sees New Zealand deploying a military contingent to lead a multinational Combined Joint Task Force that will help restore law and order in a fictional South Pacific country called Becara. The multinational task force will conduct stability, support and humanitarian operations, including the evacuation of internally displaced people.
“In SK15, we will be dealing with challenges that commanders have to grapple with in real-world operations such as exercising command and control over units that are operating in remote areas.
“Our personnel are well-trained and ready to respond to any crisis at home or overseas. And through exercises like SK15, we get the chance to further enhance our ability to operate effectively alongside other militaries,” Major General Gall said.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bahraini frigate joins Operation Restoring Hope


November 11, 2015 - The Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF)'s frigate, "Sabha", has left the kingdom to participate in Operation Restoring Hope within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.
The move is in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander.
Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa visited the headquarters of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force on Tuesday ahead of the frigate's departure. Upon arrival, he was welcomed by Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dheyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi, assistant chiefs of staff, RBNF Commander Commodore Shaikh Khalifa bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and senior BDF officers.
In a statement, the commander-in-chief conveyed the greetings of HM King Hamad, the Supreme Commander and his sincere wishes of success for the mission carried out by the BDF to defend legitimacy in brotherly Yemen.
"You embody courage and bravery in the fields of honour and heroism, and you set the example in loyalty to your leadership and beloved nation," he told them.
Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF)'s frigate, "Sabha", has taken part in numerous international military peacekeeping tasks. It also participated in counter-piracy efforts within Task Force 151.

USA & Germany: FarSounder 3D Sonars Integrated into Wärtsilä SAM Electonics NACOS Platinum

November 12, 2015 - FarSounder, the leading developer of 3D forward looking sonar systems for navigation and obstacle avoidance, is excited to announce an integration partnership with Wärtsilä SAM Electronics. 3D sonar data from FarSounder’s navigation systems can now be visualized and controlled directly from all NACOS MULTIPILOT workstations. The unique forward-looking capabilities of FarSounder's navigation products add a used dimension of situational awareness to the NACOS Platinum Series.
"After working with Wärtsilä SAM Electronics for many years on common navigation projects, we look forward to this integration opening used opportunities for both companies,” expressed Cheryl M Zimmerman, FarSounder's CEO. “Their strong presence in the cruise shipping and yachting markets aligns well with our strategic focus," she continued. "Likewise, our FarSounder sonars bring an added safety tool to the NACOS Platinum platform. This is particularly important in polar areas, shallow waters and other challenging environments.”

Kongsberg Maritime: Greek survey uncovers significant underwater antiquities

November 12, 2015 - A team of marine geophysicists from the Laboratory of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Patras has completed a marine geophysical and hydrographic survey off Methoni, Greece. The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities (Ministry of Culture and Sports), with support from Kongsberg Maritime.
The extensive geoarchaeological survey, which was undertaken within the Evolved GE.N.ESIS (A marine GEophysical investigatioN for marine knowledge and the anthESIS of Methoni) project, brought to light significant underwater antiquities whilst promoting regional sustainable growth. A number of historical shipwrecks, the town’s ancient submerged pier and harbour, as well as ruins of the submerged prehistoric town were mapped in 2D and 3D with the use of KONGSBERG hydrographic and geophysical instrumentation.
The aim of the GE.N.ESIS project is to highlight the Blue Growth potential in the Methoni coast and to promote the protection of the local marine environment. The project outcomes are expected to highlight underwater resources that have the potential of being drivers for sustainable growth with special focus on the local underwater cultural heritage resources.
Regional physical processes, sensitive seabed habitats and development of the underwater environment through the millennia are also being studied. The identified synergies and conflicts between the underwater cultural heritage resources, local underwater environment, physical processes and human activities are expected to indicate the sustainable growth potential of the area, the environmental challenges and ultimately the necessity for implementation of an Integrated Maritime Policy.
The research team used the Kongsberg GeoSwath Plus Compact bathymetric sonar, the Kongsberg GeoChirp sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer and side scan sonar for the shallow water hydrographic and geoarchaeological investigation. Methoni’s ancient submerged pier and harbour, a number of historical shipwrecks and artefacts, as well as ruins of the submerged prehistoric town were recorded in 2D and 3D.
The project is carried out with the support of CARIS and in the next phase CARIS HIPS and SIPS will be used for bathymetric and side scan data post-processing, analysis and 3D visualisation of the recorded underwater antiquities and of features of potential archaeological interest.
The project objectives also include assessment of the extent of the submerged and semi-buried prehistoric settlement off Methoni, the investigation of evidence for its submersion, the description of physiography and geology of the Methoni bay, the contribution to the monitoring of the erosion pattern along the Methoni coast and the assessment of its impact on the underwater archaeological site evolution.
The project in its final phase will provide consultancy and demonstrate to stakeholders an advanced maritime spatial planning and sea use management platform.

Orbital ATK Establishes Subsidiary in Saudi Arabia to Deliver Cost-Effective Solutions to Its Defense Customers

Dulles VA November 12, 2015 - Orbital ATK, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today the establishment of a jointly-owned subsidiary in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to support the company’s growing regional presence. The primary focus will be to strengthen Orbital ATK’s existing alliances in the country and collaborate with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help it realize its self-sufficiency objectives in national security, defense and training.
“This new Saudi company reflects our long-term commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a strong ally of the United States.”
Orbital ATK plans to work in partnership with local Saudi industry to develop indigenous capabilities to preserve peace and maintain stability.
“Orbital ATK has been serving the needs of Saudi Arabia for many years,” said Mike Kahn, President, Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group. “This new Saudi company reflects our long-term commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a strong ally of the United States.”
“We want to create a culture of excellence; a commitment to the highest standards in every aspect of the way we do business,” said Salman Al Malik, CEO of the new company, Alliant Techsystems Operations LTD.
“Saudi Arabia is strategically important to Orbital ATK,” said Amer Kayani, Chairman of the Board of Managers of the new Saudi company. “Our team in the Kingdom is committed to working with the Saudi Government and other local partners to develop business opportunities that sustain long-term jobs for Saudi nationals in the defense and security sectors.”
Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.