Monday, May 2, 2016

11th Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Southeast Asia

USNS Mercy sits at anchor off the coast of Rabual, Papua New Guinea, during the 2015 mission. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Peter Reft)
San Diego May 1, 2016 - The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation forces for the 11th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin May 11. This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness while enhancing partnerships with participating nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. This year's mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and will include more than 600 military and civilian personnel from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Japan.
Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, and Vietnam are all scheduled to host this year’s Pacific Partnership mission. Japan will also lead a mission to Palau. Medical, dental, civil-engineering, and veterinary teams will partner with each host nation to conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums, and humanitarian and disaster relief (HA/DR) drills. Engagements between Pacific Partnership participants and host nations are intended to improve capacity, enhance regional partnerships, and increase multilateral cooperation for HA/DR preparedness.
“Through Pacific Partnership we foster persistent presence and enduring relationships with our allies and partners throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific,” said Rear Adm. Charles Williams, Commander, Task Force 73, the executive agent for this year’s Pacific Partnership mission. “This dynamic mission is a great example of multilateral and civil-military cooperation and serves as a model for coordination among participating nations, government agencies, and non-government organizations.”
Pacific Partnership began in response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters, the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia. The mission has evolved over the years from primarily a direct care mission to an operation focused on enhancing partnerships through host nation subject matter expert and civil-military exchanges.
Pacific Partnership 2016 will have several other distinctions:

  • A multinational command-and-control structure will be used to include a deputy mission commander from the Australian Defense Force and a mission chief of staff from the New Zealand Defense Force.
  • The visit by Mercy to Vietnam is in conjunction with the 21st anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam. Along with events such as the recently completed Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) maritime collaboration, Pacific Partnership underscores the deepening relationship between the United States and Vietnam.
  • Pacific Partnership will capitalize on the Women Peace and Security program, an international initiative designed not only to empower women, but to demonstrate that they are included in the planning and implementation of disaster preparedness and relief efforts of their respective countries.
  • This year’s mission will return to Timor Leste, where the U.S. continues to strengthen ties and cooperation with one of the world’s newest nations.

“We’ve done a lot of planning with our host nations and our mission partners over the last six months,” said Capt. Tom Williams, commodore of DESRON 23 and Pacific Partnership mission commander. “I’m very pleased with how we’ve come together as a team. We’re honored to execute this year’s Pacific Partnership mission.”

New Catamaran for China (Google Translation)

April 12, Wu CSSC built for the seven hundred fifteen largest catamaran "Rayleigh on the 10th," Shuangliu base in smooth water.
"Rayleigh on the 10th," composed of seven ? Yi Suo Shanghai branch detailed design, construction of Wuhan Shipbuilding Group, the total length of 82 meters, 32 meters wide type, design displacement of 5300 tons, will be built to meet the needs of scientific research and experiments related to the sea.
After this ship contract, Wu Shipbuilding Group in product planning, design, construction, management and other aspects of a comprehensive introduction of fine management concept, the implementation of well-organized, well-planned, precision design, meticulous construction, quality engineering and other "fine" management to ensure that the the ship fight to preserve our maritime rights and interests, protection of the marine environment resources vanguard. Since last year, started in September, seven hundred and fifteen leadership attaches great importance to the progress of the construction of this product, multiple-site office, inspection coordination; Owner supervision and expert groups, the Permanent Shuangliu base, and the arms ship alongside employees; ? Yi Qi Suo engineers to overcome difficulties, well-designed, with supervision and CCS surveyor Please follow to track acceptance. Wu Shipbuilding Group, the project as a key product, overall advantages of resources, to guarantee period, the quality of security. Through the tireless efforts of all parties, the production of the ship before launching construction work has been completed, the owner of 312 CCS projects are successfully passed acceptance, product rate a product 100%, X-ray inspection a passing rate of 99.5% ultrasonic testing a passing rate of 99.3%. Only a short period of seven months would achieve completeness water.

Project 20385 Gremyashchy to Have Domestic Power Plant (Google Translation)

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April 29, 2016 - Corvette "Gremyashchy" project 20385, is being built by order of the Russian Navy will be equipped with engines of domestic production
In St. Petersburg shipyard "Severnaya Verf" started work on loading and installing on the corvette "Gremyashchy" (Project 20385) of the ship main engines of domestic production.
The main engines are produced Kolomna plant in accordance with the technical requirements of the High Command of the Navy as part of the import substitution program surfaced in military shipbuilding. According to the Navy's mission, the Central Marine Design Bureau CMDB "Almaz" and employees of the company "Severnaya Verf" were made the appropriate calculations, allows an efficient integration of the domestic engines without breaking the design characteristics of the corvette. 
Installed on the corvette "Gremyashchy" type engine is standard on the Kolomna plant. However, the Navy decision, this type of propulsion systems made improvements, allowing to improve the quality parameters of performance. In total, the corvette "Gremyashchy" in May will be installed 4 engine.
Early delivery allows the main engines on schedule to complete the construction works ship superstructures mounted power the ship and its life-support system.
It is planned that the descent of the corvette "Gremyashchy" on the water will be held in 2017. 
At the request of the Russian Navy at the plant "Severnaya Verf" built 4 corvettes. Corvettes "Gremyashchy" and "Agile" are based on the project 20385, corvettes "Strict" and "zealous" - Project 20380.  
Multipurpose corvettes (escorts) are designed to detect and destroy submarines and surface ships of the enemy, ensuring the landing, as well as solving various problems in the near maritime zone. On corvettes are armed with artillery, rocket and anti-submarine systems, and advanced radar systems. The possibility of basing on the corvettes of this helicopter project greatly improves the ability to detect and destroy submarines and carry out other special tasks. Project 20385 ships are built using technology that reduces the radar signature of the ship into the sea.
Key Features Project 20385 corvettes: Displacement - more than 2000 tons. Length -. 104 m Width - 13 m Speed ??-. Up to 27 knots. Cruising range - about 4,000 miles. The crew - 99 people. Armament: Universal missile complex "Caliber-NK" .Zenitny missile complex "Redoubt". Armament: 100-mm gun mount A-190-01, two 30-mm anti-aircraft machine AK-630M. Anti-submarine weapons: complex "package". Aircraft Armament: ASW Ka-27PL (Ka-27PS).

Lockheed Martin and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Sign Teaming Agreement to Build Multi-mission Combat Ships

Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems for Lockheed Martin, and Deog-Soo Kim, vice president and head of the Naval & Special Ship Business Management Division at DSME
Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems for Lockheed Martin, and Deog-Soo Kim, vice president and head of the Naval & Special Ship Business Management Division at DSME, display the teaming agreement signed in Seoul, South Korea on April 25, 2016. Lockheed Martin and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering have agreed to partner on the Multi-mission Combat Ship, which will be based on a DSME hull design and intended for the corvette market. Lockheed Martin photo.

Seoul April 29, 2016 - Lockheed Martin and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to partner on the Multi-mission Combat Ship (MCS), which is based on a DSME hull design and intended for the corvette market. 
Both companies bring valuable experience and unique capabilities to the teaming arrangement. Lockheed Martin has a proven track record of developing and integrating complex systems into a wide variety of U.S. and international naval vessels. DSME is one of the world's largest shipbuilders and has a rich history of producing highly capable naval vessels for the Republic of Korea and other international customers.
"DSME's MCS hull design coupled with Lockheed Martin's expertise in program and systems integration will allow the team to bring this capable ship to the international marketplace at an affordable price," said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission System and Training. "Together, we bring not only the best experience, expertise and resources, but also the right dedication and focus to offer coalition navies a multi-mission corvette-sized ship designed to meet future threats."
"This Teaming Agreement on MCS and strategic cooperation will not only provide our customers with high capability vessels on time, but also further facilitate our two companies' joint efforts in exploring opportunities on a global scale," said Deog-Soo Kim, vice president and the head of the Naval & Special Ship Business Management Division at DSME. "Moreover, the Korean government is pursuing 'New-Economic Growth Activation by Defense Industry' as one of the state development agendas and this agreement is a good example of achieving the objective."
Lockheed Martin and DSME are continuing to explore additional business opportunities in the international naval market where integrated, multi-mission corvettes will play a vital role in coastal 

It’s Official: Finmeccanica Is Now Leonardo

Rome April 28, 2016 - The shareholders approved in an extraordinary session, the favorable vote of 99.74% of the capital represented at the meeting, the proposal to amend article. 1 of the Bylaws provide that the Company takes, until 31 December 2016, the new company name "Leonardo - Finmeccanica - Società per azioni" (abbreviated to "Leonardo SpA" or "Finmeccanica Spa") and - as of 1st January 2017 - the name "Leonardo - Public Company" (abbreviated to "Leonardo SpA").
It is recalled that the decision to put up to 31 December 2016, the new name (Leonardo) to the current (Finmeccanica) is intended to provide the Company a period of time sufficient to ensure the necessary continuity mainly in relations with foreign countries.
It is reported that the new name will be effective after inclusion in the Register of the new by-laws of Rome Company, which will be promptly disclosed to the market.
The Shareholders' Meeting also approved the Company's Annual Report for the year 2015, and has reviewed the consolidated financial statements.

ANZAC Class Frigate sustainment


April 29, 2016 - The Turnbull Government has signed a long-term contract for the sustainment of ANZAC Class Frigates centred in Western Australia.
The strategic partnership between BAE Systems Australia Defence Pty Limited, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, Naval Ship Management Australia Pty Ltd (a joint venture between UGL and Babcock), and the Commonwealth will streamline a number of existing contracts for the whole-of-life sustainment for the ANZAC Class Frigates. The majority of the sustainment work will be done in Henderson, with additional work at Fleet Base East, cementing Henderson as one of Australia’s naval shipbuilding and sustainment centres.
The open ended sustainment contract has a value of over $2 billion for the first eight years and will provide certainty to the principal partners to invest in growing skills and capabilities. It will also provide increased opportunities for the engagement of small-to-medium sized businesses in the Australian maritime industry.
The strategic partnership between Defence and industry ensures the ANZAC Class Frigates will remain highly capable, safe, environmentally compliant, and cost effective until their planned withdrawal dates.
The sustainment contract comes after the Turnbull Government’s recent naval shipbuilding decisions, which have secured long-term jobs for Western Australia.  These include the construction of up to 21 steel-hulled Pacific Patrol Boats in Henderson, beginning in 2017, and the construction of Offshore Patrol Vessels, which will shift to Henderson from 2020.
The sustainment contract allows early implementation of key recommendations of the First Principles Review by enabling Defence to focus on governance functions while contracting industry to plan, manage and deliver the sustainment of the ANZAC Class Frigates
The sustainment contract ensures that the ANZAC Class Frigates remain a potent capability for the Royal Australian Navy until the Future Frigates, which will begin construction in Adelaide in 2020, enter service.

Royal Thai Navy Selects Thales to Modernize Capabilities


April 29, 2016 - Thales is the prime contractor for the modernisation of the Bang Rachan Class Minehunters.
Thales has been a partner to the Royal Thai armed forces since the late 90’s and has provided the Royal Thai Navy with numerous solutions from sensors to integrated combat systems for various vessels of the fleet. Building on the success of its collaboration with the RTN, Thales has been awarded the role of prime contractor for an extensive upgrade of two Bang Rachan Class minehunters built in the late 80’s (HTMS Bang Rachan and HTMS Nong Sarai). This marks Thales’s first success in the underwater systems and sonars market in Thailand.
As prime contractor, Thales will be responsible for the revised vessel design, repairs and modernisation, the procurement of equipment and the platform integration. The upgraded ship will be equipped with new solutions, including a machinery control system, navigation systems, upgraded communications capabilities, Sonar TSM 2022 MkIII with M-CUBE command and control (C2) and a multi-influence signature range to manage RTN ships’ signatures.
Thales will work hand in hand with the local industry to manage the works. The Group will also provide training and Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) for the RTN to enjoy the best operational use of the vessels in the coming years.
Thales’ solution extends the operational life of these ships by over 15 years.
Thales onboard the second Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessel
In 2009, Thales was chosen to supply the combat, navigation and communication suite for the HTMS Krabi. The ship was commissioned in 2013 and has already completed more than 1,000 days at sea.
In 2015, the RTN decided to launch a second vessel of the Krabi Class. The vessel, to be built by Bangkok Dock, will be equipped with a Thales integrated solution that includes the TACTICOS combat management system and an integrated bridge and navigation suite.
The sensors to be delivered are the VARIANT surveillance radar, STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 fire control radar and VIGILE Electronic Support Measures with SKWS chaff launcher. Furthermore, Thales will supply the Tactical Data Links Link RTN and LINK-Y Mk2 and all internal and external communication systems Thales will be responsible for all integration activities, including the 76 mm gun, 2x 30mm gun and HARPOON SSM.
The ship is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2018.
By working together with its naval key industrial partner, Thales will be able to provide the best level of local training and service to the RTN and support Thailand’s goal of strengthening high end local industrial capabilities.