Friday, September 21, 2012

Russian Navy News


Putin Arranged for 20-Year Military Deployment in Kyrgyzstan 09.20.2012Putin Arranged for 20-Year Military Deployment in Kyrgyzstan
Putin Arranged for 20-Year Military Deployment in Kyrgyzstan

Yantar Shipyard to Lay down Next Ship for Russian Navy 09.20.2012Yantar Shipyard to Lay down Next Ship for Russian Navy
Yantar Shipyard to Lay down Next Ship for Russian Navy

American Destroyer Visits Vladivostok09.20.2012American Destroyer Visits Vladivostok
American Destroyer Visits Vladivostok

Putin: Modernization of Defence Industry is National Priority09.20.2012Putin: Modernization of Defence Industry is National Priority
Putin: Modernization of Defence Industry is National Priority

BSF Ships Held Landing Assault at Caucasus-2012 Exercise09.20.2012BSF Ships Held Landing Assault at Caucasus-2012 Exercise
BSF Ships Held Landing Assault at Caucasus-2012 Exercise

Submarine Executive Officer Knocked Down Woman by Car09.20.2012Submarine Executive Officer Knocked Down Woman by Car
Submarine Executive Officer Knocked Down Woman by Car

Algeria Buys Two Subs from Russia09.19.2012Algeria Buys Two Subs from Russia
Algeria Buys Two Subs from Russia

Young Norwegian Officers Arrived at Northern Fleet09.19.2012Young Norwegian Officers Arrived at Northern Fleet
Young Norwegian Officers Arrived at Northern Fleet

Rescue Ship Spasatel Karev Begins Sea Trials09.19.2012Rescue Ship Spasatel Karev Begins Sea Trials
Rescue Ship Spasatel Karev Begins Sea Trials

Media: Russian Navy Quantified Helicopters for Mistrals09.19.2012Media: Russian Navy Quantified Helicopters for Mistrals
Media: Russian Navy Quantified Helicopters for Mistrals

Frigate INS Trikand Starts Dockside Trials09.19.2012Frigate INS Trikand Starts Dockside Trials
Frigate INS Trikand Starts Dockside Trials

Indian Navy Plans to Receive INS Vikramaditya by April 201309.18.2012Indian Navy Plans to Receive INS Vikramaditya by April 2013
Indian Navy Plans to Receive INS Vikramaditya by April 2013

Baltic Fleet Gets New Commander 09.18.2012Baltic Fleet Gets New Commander
Baltic Fleet Gets New Commander

Petr Veliky Passed Vilkitski Strait 09.18.2012Petr Veliky Passed Vilkitski Strait
Petr Veliky Passed Vilkitski Strait

Naval Officer Ran Friend Over by Car 09.17.2012Naval Officer Ran Friend Over by Car
Naval Officer Ran Friend Over by Car

South Korean Naval Cadets Arrived in Vladivostok09.17.2012South Korean Naval Cadets Arrived in Vladivostok
South Korean Naval Cadets Arrived in Vladivostok

Russia, USA Liquidated Entire Class of Ballistic Missiles09.17.2012Russia, USA Liquidated Entire Class of Ballistic Missiles
Russia, USA Liquidated Entire Class of Ballistic Missiles

Norwegian Military Delegation to Visit Northern Fleet09.17.2012Norwegian Military Delegation to Visit Northern Fleet
Norwegian Military Delegation to Visit Northern Fleet

Missile Cruiser Petr Veliky Passed Kara Strait 09.17.2012Missile Cruiser Petr Veliky Passed Kara Strait
Missile Cruiser Petr Veliky Passed Kara Strait        

This Week From NAVSEA

Contract Option Exercised for Six More Fast Response Cutters

September 21, 2012

First Three Cutters
Coast Guard Cutters Richard Etheridge (WPC 1102), Bernard C. Webber (WPC 1101) and William Flores (WPC 1103) sit together for the first time at Port Canaveral, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard today exercised a contract option worth $250 million with Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., for the production of six more Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The FRCs acquired under this option are scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard in 2015. All six will be homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This option brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to eighteen and the total value of the contract to nearly $880 million. The FRC contract contains options for production of up to 30 cutters.
To date, the Coast Guard has taken delivery of three FRCs. Two of those FRCs, Bernard C. Webber and Richard Etheridge, were commissioned into service earlier this year. The third, William Flores, will be commissioned November 3. The fourth FRC, Robert Yered, is scheduled to be delivered in November.
In February, the Coast Guard exercised a $27.2 million contract option with Bollinger Shipyards for the Reprocurement and Data License Package (RDLP) for the FRC. The RDLP provides the Coast Guard with all required licenses, design data, drawings, materials lists, technical and testing information necessary to fully and openly compete the follow-on FRC production contract for a planned second production phase. The second production phase contract is expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2015 and complete the fleet of 58 planned cutters.
The Sentinel-class FRC project is representative of the Coast Guard’s disciplined approach to rebuild its surface fleet. The FRC uses a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots and a 2,500 hours per year operational employment target. It uses state-of-the-market command, control, communications and computer technology interoperable with the Coast Guard’s existing and future assets, as well as Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense assets. The cutter also meets American Bureau of Shipping design, build and classification standards.

Multiple Raytheon systems integrated to successfully protect ships

RTN Missile Defense Masthead Integration

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M., Sept. 21, 2012 - A recent U.S. Army and Navy test proved the Raytheon Company JLENS can integrate with defensive systems currently in the U.S. Navy's inventory to provide, for the first time, overland cruise missile defense from the sea.
During the test, a JLENS' fire-control radar acquired and tracked a surrogate anti-ship cruise missile target. The track information was passed to sailors via the Raytheon-made Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) sensor-netting system. The sailors then fired a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-6 at the target. Initial SM-6 guidance used targeting information provided by the JLENS via CEC to the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) until the SM-6's onboard radar was able to acquire and track the target.
"JLENS has demonstrated its ability to integrate with other components of Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air, significantly expanding the force's cruise missile defense umbrella," said Dean Barten, the U.S. Army's JLENS product manager. "Commanders can detect threats shortly after they are launched with JLENS' 360-degree, long-range surveillance capability, while the JLENS integrated fire-control radar enables commanders to more effectively employ weapons like the Standard Missile 6."
"JLENS is a proven asset that, when deployed, will protect U.S. and coalition lives," said Dave Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "JLENS' long-range surveillance capability extends the battlespace and gives commanders more time to identify and respond to incoming threats, instead of the handful of seconds they have today."

Radios provide near real-time threat data and surveillance reports


MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 19, 2012 - Raytheon Company has received an $8.7 million modification to a previously awarded production contract to provide the U.S. Navy with Joint Tactical Terminal Senior (JTT-Sr) radios that are compatible with the new Common Interactive Broadcast (CIB) waveform and contain the latest security, hardware and software enhancements.
The radios receive and broadcast near real-time threat data from a variety of national and tactical sensors to joint service host platforms. The information, disseminated over Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) networks, provides surveillance reports and tracking in support of theater-based tactical situational awareness needs. The radios also provide critical ballistic missile defense support for cuing target acquisition systems and broadcasting missile detection warnings.
"The Raytheon JTT-Sr provides full compatibility with all legacy IBS tactical networks as well as the new CIB waveform," said Tom Shepherd, senior program manager for Tactical Communication Systems at Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business. "The recent full certification by the Joint Interoperability Test Command and security endorsement by the National Security Agency (NSA) make it the first terminal certified in support of the planned upgrades to IBS."
The JTT-Sr is the flagship of a long legacy of intelligence dissemination terminals that Raytheon has provided to the military for more than 25 years. Raytheon began intelligence dissemination terminal development in 1985 with the Commander's Tactical Terminal. And now, JTT-Sr, one of the first fielded multi-channel, multi-waveform software-defined radios, provides this critical communication link.
Raytheon recently completed upgrades to the JTT-Sr required to meet new security requirements and incorporate the next generation communication waveform at its Largo, Fla., facility.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Develop Navigation System for the U.S. Navy's Super Hornet and Growler Aircraft

Boeing photo

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Sept. 20, 2012 - Northrop Grumman Corporation  has been awarded a competitive prototyping contract by The Boeing Company to develop an embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system (EGI) for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.
Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will produce a prototype inertial navigation system demonstrating fiber-optic gyro performance suitability for F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) needs. JPALS is a next-generation aircraft landing system that will utilize Global Positioning System (GPS) data and replace radar-based systems.
As one of two contractors selected, Northrop Grumman will focus on integration risk reduction, including meeting specific system requirements and maximizing performance toward a JPALS-compatible navigation subsystem. Boeing is expected to down-select to a single supplier for system production. The chosen company will conduct a five-year Engineering and Manufacturing Development program and provide the inertial navigation system for all Super Hornet and Growler aircraft, with an estimated 500 EGIs to be produced for the program.
"Our proprietary fiber-optic gyro technology can be scaled for varying needs and applications, including the demands of a cutting-edge inertial navigation system for the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft," said Gorik Hossepian, vice president of navigation and positioning systems for Northrop Grumman.
The all-weather F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the U.S. Navy's premier fighter/attack aircraft that is capable of performing numerous missions, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.
The EA-18G Growler, currently being delivered to the Navy, will be the cornerstone of the naval Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) mission. Derived from the F/A-18F aircraft, the EA-18G incorporates advanced AEA avionics, bringing transformational capability for suppression of enemy air defenses and nontraditional electronic attack operations.
JPALS is an all-weather, anti-jam approach and landing system based on local area differential GPS. Developed by the Navy, JPALS works with GPS to provide accurate, reliable landing guidance for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and supports fixed-base, tactical and shipboard applications. Northrop Grumman provides the inertial measurement unit for the shipboard-relative GPS set in the JPALS program.
Northrop Grumman has extensive experience in precision navigation solutions, including the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program that is exploring autonomous refueling methods for unmanned aircraft. Northrop Grumman will leverage state-of-the-art Relative Navigation software algorithms developed for the AAR program when creating a JPALS-compliant system, ensuring that the Navy has a viable landing solution for its future advanced fighter aircraft.

This Week at NAVAIR

New NAVAIR commander stays the course

‎Yesterday, ‎September ‎20, ‎2012, ‏‎1:00:00 PM

PEO(A) bolsters program strength through mentoring

‎Yesterday, ‎September ‎20, ‎2012, ‏‎1:00:00 PM

Navy cultivates Fire Scout experts during deployment

‎Wednesday, ‎September ‎19, ‎2012, ‏‎1:00:00 PM

NATO Latest News

Secretary General stresses commitment to Afghan strategy

‎Today, ‎September ‎21, ‎2012, ‏‎11:28:05 AM
NATO is fully committed to its strategy in Afghanistan despite recent challenges, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told journalists in Brussels on 18 September.

NATO Secretary General congratulates Albania for regional cooperation

‎Today, ‎September ‎21, ‎2012, ‏‎11:28:05 AM
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with the President of Albania Bujar Nishani at NATO Headquarters and thanked him for his country’s contribution to the Alliance’s collective defence and operations.

Visit to NATO by the President of Albania

‎Today, ‎September ‎21, ‎2012, ‏‎11:28:05 AM
The President of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani will visit NATO Headquarters on Tuesday 18 September 2012. He will meet the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Secretary General stresses commitment to Afghan strategy

‎Yesterday, ‎September ‎20, ‎2012, ‏‎3:39:20 PM
NATO is fully committed to its strategy in Afghanistan despite recent challenges, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told journalists in Brussels on 18 September.

NATO Secretary General congratulates Albania for regional cooperation

‎Yesterday, ‎September ‎20, ‎2012, ‏‎3:39:20 PM
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with the President of Albania Bujar Nishani at NATO Headquarters and thanked him for his country’s contribution to the Alliance’s collective defence and operations.

Visit to NATO by the President of Albania

‎Yesterday, ‎September ‎20, ‎2012, ‏‎3:39:20 PM
The President of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani will visit NATO Headquarters on Tuesday 18 September 2012. He will meet the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Corgi launches die-cast RAF Sea King

Toymaker Corgi has launched a miniature RAF Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter that looks set to be a hit with aviation fans.

Corgi die-cast metal Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter alongside the real thing
Corgi's 1:72 scale die-cast metal Westland Sea King HAR3 RAF Search and Rescue helicopter alongside the real thing (images manipulated) [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Gina Edgcumbe, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

The highly detailed 1:72 scale die-cast model of a Sea King HAR3 is a special edition in Corgi's Aviation Archive series. Featuring airframe XZ 596, it is a replica of the Search and Rescue helicopters flown by 'C' Flight of 22 Squadron and 203 (Reserve) Squadron (Operational Conversion Unit), and features the 2011 RAF Search and Rescue Force's 70th anniversary (SAR70) livery.
As part of the SAR70 commemoration plan, the SAR Force ran a competition to design an aircraft decal which the whole RAF Sea King fleet would carry during its 70th anniversary year. Flight Sergeant Andy Carnall was the winner, and the designs were sent to Richard Dixon at Air Command Graphics to supply the spandex aircraft decals.
These were supplied to the AgustaWestland engineers at the six RAF SAR Flight locations with engineering instructions to attach them to the aircraft for the duration of commemoration year.

Flight Sergeant Andy Carnall
Flight Sergeant Andy Carnall, designer of the RAF Search and Rescue Force's 70th anniversary aircraft decal, with one of the Corgi model helicopters [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Gina Edgcumbe, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

Explaining his role in the design of the model's livery, Flight Sergeant Carnall said that during the SAR Force's 70th year he spotted Corgi were planning to release a die-cast model of XZ 596 but noted some glaring discrepancies with the badges on the web pre-order mock-up model:
"I immediately contacted the Corgi designers and supplied them with images of the actual aircraft showing the position and relative sizes of squadron markings to ensure the details were absolutely correct," said Flight Sergeant Carnall.
"I also sent the SAR70 decals and suggested to Corgi that this would give the model a potentially limited edition profile, as the spandex decals would only be on the RAF SAR Fleet for just 12 months."
Corgi die-cast metal Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter alongside the real thing
Corgi's 1:72 scale die-cast metal Westland Sea King HAR3 RAF Search and Rescue helicopter alongside the real thing (images manipulated) [Picture: Senior Aircraftwoman Gina Edgcumbe, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

This was addressed by Corgi and an extremely accurate reproduction of Sea King HAR3 XZ 596 in the SAR70 livery was achieved; even to the extent that the SAR70 badge on the door of XZ 596 was not actually placed directly under the door window as planned, but placed to the left in error.
Aimed at the adult collector, the model is unsuitable for children under the age of 14 and retails at £54.99.
The aircraft itself has since moved on from C Flight, 22 Squadron, at RAF Valley and is currently stationed at RAF Boulmer with A Flight, 202 Squadron.
The RAF works with Airfix and Corgi on a range of models including the RAF Red Arrows, and this year will feature the Tucano display team in their Jubilee colours. The RAF is always keen to ensure authenticity and accuracy on products which helps raise public awareness.

U.S. Coast Guard Memorial Restoration

The Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA) needs your help to restore the U.S. Coast Guard Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. Members of the CPOA Washington D.C. have conducted basic maintenance on the memorial to keep it clean and presentable.

However, time and the elements have taken their toll on this historic monument dedicated to Coast Guardsmen lost during World War I.  It will need significant structural and cosmetic repairs to return the monument to its former glory, and ensure it remains so well into the 22nd century.

We are prohibited from using Coast Guard money to pay for this restoration. So we need support from the public, shipmates, family and friends to fund this important effort.  Even though the memorial is dedicated to those lost during World War I, the memorial also serves as a reminder to everyone who visits our nation’s most prominent national cemetery of all the sacrifices made by Coast Guardsmen during war and peace. We must raise more than $95,000 dollars to conduct the repairs and provide ongoing maintenance to the structure. We can only do this with your help.

A message from our president.

Dear Shipmates, Coast Guard Family & Friends,
Thank you for visiting RESTORATION 2012, the DC-CPOA’s initiative to raise $95,000 to restore the U.S. Coast Guard  Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Since becoming President of the DC Chapter of the CPOA I have had the distinct privilege and honor to engage in several events on Coast Guard Hill – with my fellow shipmates, my family, and the entire Coast Guard family.

Through our annual Flags Across America events, I’ve had the opportunity to help maintain the monument and participate in honoring our fallen shipmates. For me, each visit serves as a reminder that although many of our shipmates have been lost, there are many more left to carry on the traditions and memories of “Standing the Watch.”

I am honored to work on RESTORATION 2012 and engage all of you to help us rebuild and restore this great monument to our fallen. In the Coast Guard we are known for our team work and heroic acts; I am confident that we will once again pull together to reach this important goal. Every contribution counts and I ask you to send your donation today.

Thank you for your generosity. Semper Paratus!

Jon Ostrowski, BMCS, USCG

President, Washington D.C. Chapter, Chief Petty Officer’s Association

Please send donation checks to:

Washington D.C. Chapter

Chief Petty Officer’s Association

P.O. Box 70105

Washington, DC 20024

FLIR Systems Awarded Contract Valued at $26.3 Million to Support the U.S. Navy

FLIR Systems, Inc.
September 20, 2012 16:05 ET

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a firm fixed price contract from the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation valued at $26.3 million for advanced imaging systems and related electronics for installation on U.S. Navy equipment.
It is expected that work under this contract will be performed out of FLIR's facility in Wilsonville, OR. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2012, with performance to be completed by December 2012.
"This contract award represents our continued commitment to support the U.S. Navy's global security operations by providing state-of-the-art imaging systems that include FLIR's unmatched service and support," said Earl Lewis, President and CEO of FLIR.

Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Exchange Submarine Modules

VCS Sea Shuttles (thumbnail)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 20, 2012 - Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division shipped two Virginia-class submarine modules to program partner General Dynamics Electric Boat on Sept. 19 -- a first for the program and part of the plan to increase shipment capacity in support of the U.S. Navy's two-submarines-per-year build rate.
The module that comprises the torpedo room for North Dakota (SSN 784) was loaded onto the sea shuttle, which is used for the two-plus-day voyage to Electric Boat's main shipyard in Groton, Conn. Right behind it was the module containing the auxiliary machine room (AMR) for John Warner (SSN 785), which is headed to Electric Boat's fabrication plant in Quonset Point, R.I. The AMR, which departed on a commercial barge, comprises machinery such as a back-up diesel generator, pumps, motors and other electrical equipment.
This use of the commercial barge also represented the first time two major modules were being moved simultaneously between Virginia and southern New England.
"These shipments represent the 99th and 100th barge shipments between Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding," said Jim Hughes, NNS' vice president, Submarines and Fleet Support. "It's satisfying to see these units being exchanged at such a remarkable pace, and we look forward to turning the final products over to the U.S. Navy."
In addition to these 100 shipments, General Dynamics Electric Boat has made about 900 shipments between its Groton and Quonset Point facilities using its sea shuttle barge, said Kurt A. Hesch, Electric Boat's vice president for the Virginia program.
"Barge shipments help make modular construction possible," Hesch said. "Without this, heavy lift capability shipments would have to be much smaller, much more assembly would have to be done at the delivery yard, and there would be a corresponding loss of efficiency."

Navy's key deployment of 2012 prepares to head for the Med

More than 3,000 sailors and Royal Marines are geared up for a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean - the key workout in 2012 for the UK's new maritime task force.
HMS Illustrious took part in a replenishment at sea with RFA Orange Leaf off the south coast of the UK to take on fuel
HMS Illustrious took part in a replenishment at sea with RFA Orange Leaf off the south coast of the UK to take on fuel
[Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dean Nixon, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]
Cougar 12 will see the Response Force Task Group train with the French.

Fully kitted out in the cavernous hangar of HMS Illustrious are members of the carrier's boarding team, honing their skills off the South Coast.
They're gearing up for the Royal Navy's key deployment of 2012 – a three-month amphibious 'work-out' in the Mediterranean testing warships, Royal Marines commandos and naval air power.
Cougar 12, which begins later this month, will see four warships, one amphibious support ship, a giant ro-ro ferry/transporter, three commando units and helicopters and personnel from eight Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps squadrons are committed to the three-month deployment – in all more than 3,000 sailors, Royal Marines, soldiers and airmen.
They will take part in two large-scale exercises interspersed with various smaller exercises and training and goodwill visits – in some cases to places which rarely see the White Ensign.

The deployment will be the second test of the UK Response Force Task Group, formed under the 2010 defence review, which was called upon in anger last year to support operations off Libya: HMS Ocean launched repeated Apache gunships strikes from her flight deck.
Three Sea Kings are recovered to the deck of HMS Illustrious
Three Sea Kings are recovered to the deck of HMS Illustrious
[Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Ray Jones, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

Twelve months on and Portsmouth-based HMS Illustrious takes HMS Ocean's place as the helicopter carrier assigned to the task group.

The Invincible Class carrier will be joined by the nation's flagship HMS Bulwark, from where Commodore Paddy McAlpine, Commander UK Task Group, and 3 Commando Brigade's Brigadier Martin Smith, with their respective joint 'blue' and 'green' staffs, will direct Cougar.
They will oversee two key exercises: Corsican Lion, working hand-in-hand with the French, and later this autumn the force will shift to the Adriatic to work with the Albanian military.
Corsican Lion, which devours the second half of October, sees the Cougar force link up with France's flagship FS Charles de Gaulle – the most powerful surface ship in western European waters.
Her flight deck will be the launchpad for Super Étendard and Rafale jets, offering a first real glimpse of how the Response Force Task Group should look at the end of the decade when HMS Queen Elizabeth enters service with the Royal Navy.
A member of HMS Illustrious's boarding team climbs down the ladder into a waiting boat, whilst the ship is still underway
A member of HMS Illustrious's boarding team climbs down the ladder into a waiting boat, whilst the ship is still underway
[Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Ray Jones, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

And in the nearer future, Corsican Lion is the most important strand of Cougar and a major step along the road towards forging a fully-operational Anglo-French force by 2016.
The deployment also sees some initial training off the Cornish coast, including amphibious landings near St Austell, before the force makes for the Mediterranean.
There will be planned exercises with the US and Algerian forces and visits to Algeria and Malta – particularly poignant for Illustrious as she has ties with the island going back to her predecessor and the dark days of the Second World War.
"Cougar 12 provides us with a superb opportunity to rekindle our amphibious capability after a prolonged period when our focus has been on operations elsewhere," said Cdre McAlpine.
His force stands at five days' notice to deploy anywhere in the world should the government require it; in theory the task group can sail to within 12 nautical miles of 147 nations – that's three out of four countries in the world.
HMS Illustrious
Whilst off the coast of the UK, HMS Illustrious carried out a purge of her high pressure saltwater ring main system
[Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Ray Jones, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

Participants in the Cougar 12 deployment will be:
• HMS Bulwark
• HMS Illustrious
• HMS Northumberland
• HMS Montrose
• RFA Mounts Bay
• MV Hartland Point
• Headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade
• 45 Commando (currently the UK's on-call Royal Marines unit ready to respond to world events)
• 30 Commando IX Group
• 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines
• 814 Naval Air Squadron (Merlins)
• 815 Naval Air Squadron (Lynx)
• 829 Naval Air Squadron (Merlins)
• 845 Naval Air Squadron (Commando-carrying Sea Kings)
• 846 Naval Air Squadron (Commando-carrying Sea Kings)
• 854 Naval Air Squadron (airborne surveillance and control Sea Kings)
• 656 Squadron Army Air Corps (Apache gunships), and
• 659 Squadron Army Air Corps (Lynx).

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bath Iron Works Awarded $39 Million for DDG 1000 Class Services

BATH, Maine, Sept. 20, 2012 - The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a business unit of General Dynamics, a $38.9 million modification to a previously awarded contract to perform class and engineering services associated with the detail design and construction of DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class ships.
Bath Iron Works will continue to provide manufacturing support services such as engineering, design, production control, accuracy control and information technology.  Other class-support efforts include program management, contract and financial management, procurement and configuration/data management.  The original contract was awarded in September 2011.  Work is expected to be completed by October 2013.
Jeff Geiger, president of Bath Iron Works, said, "With all three Zumwalt-class ships now under construction, this award demonstrates the Navy's continued confidence in Bath Iron Works.  The contract enables us to continue supporting the construction of DDG 1000-class ships and allows us to maintain the critical shipyard skills needed to efficiently produce them.  Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is over 60 percent complete and we are leveraging what we've learned in building the lead ship to support our DDG 1001 and 1002 construction efforts.  We remain focused on delivering high-quality, affordable Bath-built ships to the U.S. Navy."
The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is the U.S. Navy's next-generation, guided-missile naval destroyer, leading the way for a new generation of advanced multi-mission surface combat ships. The ships will feature a low radar profile, an integrated power system and a total ship computing environment infrastructure. Armed with an array of weapons, the Zumwalt-class destroyers will provide offensive, distributed and precision fires in support of forces ashore.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship Fort Worth

            The Navy will commission the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS 3) Sept. 22, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at the Port of Galveston, Texas. 
            The ship’s name honors the city of Fort Worth, Texas, which has supported the U.S. military as home to ranger outposts, training facilities, aviation depots, and defense manufacturing for more than 140 years.  Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the ship's sponsor, will give the command to "man our ship and bring her to life" during the ceremony. 
            Fort Worth, the third LCS delivered to the Navy and the second of the steel, semi-planing monohull Freedom variant, is designed to operate quickly in shallow water littoral environments to counter challenging threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, submarines and fast surface craft.  The Fort Worth will maintain a forward presence and deter hostility while projecting power and maintaining sea control. 
            A fast, agile, and innovative surface combatant, LCS 3 is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots and can operate in water less than 20 feet deep.  Fort Worth will be a platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles, serving to enhance maritime security and performing the core capabilities that define the Navy.  Its modular design will support interchangeable mission packages, allowing the ship to be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions on an as-needed basis. 
            Fort Worth will be manned by one of two rotational crews and augmented by one of three mission package crews during focused mission assignments.  The prospective commanding officer of the Blue crew is Cmdr. James R. Blankenship, from Ironton, Ohio.  The prospective commanding officer of the Gold crew is Cmdr. Warren E. Cupps, from Fort Worth, Texas. 

USS Enterprise to Inactivate after 51 years of Legendary Service

After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) will inactivate on December 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Va.

The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard.  Details of the actual ceremony are still being finalized; however, numerous dignitaries and thousands of storied veterans of the ship are expected to attend the event.

Commissioned on November 25, 1961, the eighth ship to bear the illustrious name Enterprise, the "Big E" was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. 

A veteran of 25 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, and the Middle East, Enterprise has served in nearly every major conflict to take place during her history. From the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to six deployments in support of the Vietnam conflict through the Cold War and the Gulf Wars, Enterprise was there.  On September 11, 2001, Enterprise aborted her transit home from a long deployment after the terrorist attacks, and steamed overnight to the North Arabian Sea. Big 'E' once again took her place in history when she launched the first strikes in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

All Enterprise veterans, their families, shipyard workers, and friends of Enterprise are invited to register to attend the inactivation week events and the ceremony on the ship's website,  Tickets to the events will be on a first available basis.

For more information on USS Enterprise, her legendary history, and Inactivation Week events, please visit

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas 2012

U.S. Marines and sailors insert into a landing zone as part of a scenario while conducting riverine training during UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas 2012 on Camp Blanding, Fla., Sept. 8, 2012. The event gives the participating troops from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Uruguay an opportunity to exercise critical thinking based on realistic scenarios, reinforce essential tactics and techniques.

Panetta: Navy Will Invite China to Pacific Rim Exercise

BEIJING, Sept. 18, 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, told reporters here today they see progress and room for growth in the two nations' military relationship.
During a news conference following small- and large-group meetings the two attended this morning, Panetta said he informed the general today that "the United States Navy will invite China to send a ship to participate in the RIMPAC [Rim of the Pacific] 2014 exercise."
The biannual exercise, hosted by the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, is the world's largest maritime exercise. It involved 22 nations' navies this year.
The secretary said he hopes China's participation in RIMPAC 2014 will build on the positive momentum generated by a counterpiracy exercise the two nations took part in last week in the Gulf of Aden.
"These exercises enhance the ability of our navies to work together to confront the common threat of piracy," Panetta said.
The secretary said he and Liang also discussed establishing peacekeeping exchanges between the two militaries, which "would enhance our capabilities in this critical area."
The United States hopes in particular, he added, that through such exchanges "we can learn from China's experience leading [United Nations] peacekeeping missions in Cyprus and in the Western Sahara"
As the two nations increase cooperation, the secretary said, it's important for both sides to recognize they won't always agree.
"The United States continues to be concerned about challenges to maritime security in East Asia," Panetta said, referring to recent clashes between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands, known in China as the Diaoyu Islands. In that and other territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific region, Panetta said, he urges calm and hopes to see the nations involved keep communication channels open so they can resolve their claims peacefully, though diplomacy.
"It's in no country's interest for this situation to escalate into conflict that would undermine peace and stability in this very important region," he added. "This has been my consistent message throughout the week."
The secretary is midway through an Asia trip that began in Japan and will end later this week with a stop in New Zealand.
Panetta said in discussion with Liang, he also repeated the U.S. desire to have a military-to-military dialogue with China on conduct in cyberspace, which the secretary called a growing economic and security threat.
Finally, Panetta said, he focused during today's discussions on the U.S. 
strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. The United States intends its strategy to add impetus to economic, diplomatic, and security interests in the region, which is vital to world trade, the secretary added.
"As I pointed out, a key to that rebalancing is having a constructive relationship with China," he said.
Liang told reporters during the conference the Chinese government has placed "great value" on Panetta's visit.
The general confirmed the events on the secretary's schedule through today: 
meetings here with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who serves in a position roughly equivalent to the U.S. national security advisor; and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Caihou.
Liang also confirmed Panetta's schedule includes visits to the People's Liberation Army armored engineering college, where the secretary will deliver a speech, and a visit to the eastern port city of Qingdao, where he will meet with the commander of China's North Sea Fleet.
The general said that in today's meetings, "we have exchanged ideas and opinions on bilateral and military-to-military relations between our two nations, on international and regional situations, and...other issues of common interest. We have reached some consensus."
Liang said both sides agreed "solid and steady development of China-U.S. 
relations is significant to the two countries, the two peoples, and to the entire world."
Liang said he and Panetta agreed that within the larger picture of relations between the two countries, they must develop a new military-to-military relationship "based on equality, mutual benefit, and win-win cooperation."
He noted there are issues -- including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the U.S. 
rebalancing strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, territorial disputes in the South and East China Sea, cybersecurity, and outer space -- on which better communication could "reduce suspicions and build trust."
The general added that discussions with Panetta have been conducted in a "candid, practical, and constructive atmosphere."

Navy vessels call a safe Port of Salalah

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Port of Salalah has been visited by navy and military attaché representatives from many countries in the past month, meeting with members of the port’s senior management to support the positive relationship between the respective nation and the port.
Discussions were centered on developments in security in the seas with regard to improvements to combating piracy. Port of Salalah has played a significant role in supporting the international alliance against piracy by providing rest and repatriation for visiting navy ships.
Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino of Italian navy ship San Giusto, remarked that the Port of Salalah was especially helpful in providing these services efficiently and effortless while in a meeting with Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO of Port of Salalah.
Peter Ford, CEO of Port of Salalah, also met with a group of military resident representatives to discuss current and upcoming features of the port’s security. Mr. Ford also welcomed the Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Soeparno of Indonesian ship Dewaruci which is on a nine month journey around the world and has called on a total 21 American, European, African and Asian ports.
Operation Atalanta, approved by the UN Security Council in order to counter-piracy in the Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Aden, includes a fleet of four warships: three frigates - La Fayette (France), Bremen (Germany), Reina Sofia (Spain) - and the Amphibious Assault Ship San Giusto (Italy); other ships will join the task group, including one Romanian warship (for the first time in a EU-led antipiracy mission), increasing the total number of ships up to eight.
According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) the number of pirate attacks dropped by a third in the first half of 2012, led by a decline in Somali piracy, thanks to international naval efforts and the adoption by shipping lines of best management practices and hardened vessels. IMB warned, however, that the decline off the Somali coast was offset by a growing number of attacks in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea.
In 2011, at least 3,863 seafarers were fired upon by armed Somali pirates, and of that number, 968 seafarers faced armed pirates who managed to board their vessels. 35 hostages died during 2011: 8 were killed by pirates during an initial attack or after being taken captive; 8 died from disease or malnutrition while being held; and 19 died in crossfire while being used as human shields, reported the IMB, while the estimated economic impact of Somali piracy cost nearly $7 billion in 2011.

PMFG, Inc. Notice of Award Valued at $13.7 Million to Supply Air Moisture Separation and Filtration Systems to U.S. Navy

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DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2012 - PMFG, Inc. today announced it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to provide the air inlet moisture separation/filtration systems to replace the existing systems on the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class. The five-year, multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity firm-fixed-price contract could have a potential value of approximately $13.7 million, if all options are exercised. This order value will be added incrementally to the Company's backlog as purchase orders are released under the contract.
The new combustion intake air filtration systems, which protect the ship's gas turbines, are being procured in order to replace the existing intake filtration systems which are two-stage flat panel arrangements. Since 1985, PMFG has provided the U.S. Navy with air inlet moisture separation/filtration systems on a wide variety of Naval and Coast Guard ships. The DDG destroyer class of ship is known as the backbone of the U.S. Navy fleet.
The NSWCCD is the Navy's leading maritime technology authority and oversees full life-cycle support for maritime technologies. The division is a leader in surface and undersea vehicle science, ship systems and related maritime technology and serves as a major technical component of the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Peter J. Burlage, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "For more than 25 years PMFG has supported the technology needs and advancements of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. We are fully committed to providing technical expertise and innovation to enhance the Navy's maritime capabilities and supporting the Navy's critical missions."

Northrop Grumman, AgustaWestland Announce Teaming Agreement to Compete for Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter and Navy 'Marine One' Presidential Helicopter Programs


Northrop Grumman Corporation and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced that they have signed a comprehensive teaming agreement to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter and the U.S. Navy's recently announced program to develop a new "Marine One" presidential helicopter. A U.S.-built helicopter based on the AW101 platform will be offered by Northrop Grumman to meet these requirements.
The agreement pairs Northrop Grumman's proven management and systems integration expertise with AgustaWestland's world-renowned rotorcraft manufacturing and advanced helicopter design and development. The AW101 system offers both programs an optimum mix of capability to successfully bring the best possible new combat rescue helicopter to the Air Force and the best possible new presidential Helicopter to the Navy-Marine Corps team.
Northrop Grumman has a long history of success in managing the development of complex air systems. The company delivers products across a spectrum of capabilities – from fully autonomous strategic unmanned systems such as the Fire Scout and Global Hawk to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the stealthy B-2 bomber and the most advanced battle management system in the world today, the E-8 Joint STARS. That record will be coupled with the continuous investment in rotorcraft technology development AgustaWestland has made to field the world's most advanced, rugged and reliable helicopters.
Northrop Grumman and AgustaWestland are partnering to offer affordable systems that are total solutions without compromise. These will be proven, advanced rotorcraft, built in the United States and fully integrated with the most advanced mission suites, integrated onboard sensors and communications systems available today. These systems will meet the future needs of both programs. The AW101 system is a mature, reliable, highly capable and combat-proven multimission aircraft that affordably meets the needs of the nation's combat search and rescue forces and will serve the nation's presidents far into the future.
"This is a strong partnership between two companies that combines each company's strengths," said Paul Meyer, vice president and general manager of advanced programs and technology at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "While Northrop Grumman has broad expertise in systems integration of large aircraft programs, AgustaWestland has world-leading expertise in global rotorcraft and vertical lift. We believe that this industry partnership will bring together the best experience, expertise and resources, ensuring that the customer receives the best solution."
"We are delighted to have Northrop Grumman as a partner, with their impressive history of supporting the U.S. Department of Defense," said Bruno Spagnolini, chief executive officer of AgustaWestland. "We strongly believe that the AW101 is the right aircraft for both missions and that this team can succeed."