Monday, September 30, 2013

Exelis to provide sonobuoy launchers, carriage and release systems for P-8A Poseidon aircraft

ITT Exelis

Amityville September 30, 2013 - Exelis has completed negotiations for two production contracts from Boeing Co. to supply sonobuoy launchers and carriage and release systems for the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft.
“Unlike conventional launch devices, the Exelis SLS employs compressed air, rather than electro-explosive charges, to deploy payloads”
Exelis will supply systems that will include rotary, single-shot sonobuoy pneumatic launchers and pneumatic carriage and release equipment. The Exelis-designed Sonobuoy Launching System (SLS) is planned to provide aircrews with a high-performance airborne launching capability.
“Unlike conventional launch devices, the Exelis SLS employs compressed air, rather than electro-explosive charges, to deploy payloads,” said Pete Martin, director of defense systems for the Exelis electronic attack & release systems business.
Introduced into service in 2012, the P-8A Poseidon is a modified Boeing 737 airliner designed to engage submarines and surface ships. Deliveries of the Exelis SLS will begin in October 2014 with work being completed at the Exelis facilities in Amityville, N.Y.

BAE Systems’ Long Range Land Attack Projectile Program Aces Qualification Tests

BAE Systems' Long Range Land Attack Projectile aced qualification testing. (Photo: BAE Systems)
Arlington VA September 30, 2013 - BAE Systems, with support from its subcontractor Lockheed Martin Corporation, successfully completed qualification testing for the 155-mm Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP).
“We have made significant progress in qualifying the LRLAP in support of the deployment of the Advanced Gun System aboard the DDG 1000. The LRLAP will provide the Navy with an affordable, ship-launched alternative to currently used missiles.”
During the recent tests, nine LRLAPs were successfully fired at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. These tests were designed to demonstrate accuracy, reliability, lethality, and time of arrival control. In addition, six of the nine rounds were subjected to an environmental qualification, which included temperature variation and vibration tests that proved the LRLAP’s reliability after exposure to different transportation situations and storage environments. Test requirements were met or exceeded, and all objectives were successfully demonstrated.
“I am incredibly proud of the success our team has had on this crucial development program,” said Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “We have made significant progress in qualifying the LRLAP in support of the deployment of the Advanced Gun System aboard the DDG 1000. The LRLAP will provide the Navy with an affordable, ship-launched alternative to currently used missiles.”
BAE Systems’ 155-mm LRLAP is effective against a variety of targets in multiple mission areas. The LRLAP is guided by a GPS and Inertial Measurement Unit, allowing for high levels of accuracy at ranges up to, and in excess of, 63 nautical miles. This capability reduces costs by requiring fewer rounds to achieve desired effects on targets and is effective where collateral damage is an issue.

Hyde Marine Names Cammell Laird Installation Partner in the United Kingdom

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Pittsburgh September 30, 2013 - Calgon Carbon Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Hyde Marine, Inc., has established a partnership agreement with Cammell Laird, the largest shipyard in the United Kingdom, for installation of the chemical free Hyde GUARDIAN® (HG) Ballast Water Treatment (BWTS) System.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Cammell Laird to continue the ongoing growth of the Hyde GUARDIAN Ballast Water Treatment System across the United Kingdom.”
Cammell Laird had previously been tapped by the Royal Navy–Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) for installation of Hyde GUARDIAN systems ranging from 150m3/hr to 1000m3/hr onto five naval vessels. The most recent installation was a complex retrofit in June 2013 of a HG1000X onboard the RFA's Fast Fleet Tanker "Wave Ruler" at Cammell Laird's Birkenhead yard.
According to John Platz, President, Hyde Marine, the partnership agreement means that the Merseyside, UK-based Cammell Laird is ready to install Hyde GUARDIAN BWTS systems for a wide variety of vessel types.
“We are pleased to partner with Cammell Laird because of its commitment to innovation in the maritime industry, as well as for being a cutting edge engineering specialty company that is focused on meeting the needs of customers, such as the Royal Fleet Auxiliary,” said Platz. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Cammell Laird to continue the ongoing growth of the Hyde GUARDIAN Ballast Water Treatment System across the United Kingdom.”
The Hyde GUARDIAN BWTS process uses efficient filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships' ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port. In April 2013, Hyde GUARDIAN became one of the first BWTS to earn Alternate Management System (AMS) approval from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). It also received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval in April 2009 and has Type Approvals from several Class Societies.
Tested and validated at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), one of the most challenging ballast water test facilities in the world, the Hyde GUARDIAN® BWTS ultimately became the first BWTS accepted into the U.S. Coast Guard’s Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP), which facilitates the development of effective BWTS technologies for vessel owners seeking alternatives to ballast water exchange.
“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Hyde Marine as we work together to ensure shipowners and operators have access to one of the industry's leading ballast water treatment technologies," said Rob McBurney, Commercial Director of Cammell Laird. "Hyde Marine's commitment to providing superior service and support will drive continued success for Cammell Laird clients as the industry works to comply with pending ballast water treatment requirements.”

Commissioner Doyle speaks at CSIS Arctic Maritime Awareness seminar

From left to right: Antti Vehviläinen, Director General, Finnish Transport Agency; USGC Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger; Heather A. Conley, Director and Senior Fellow , CSIS Europe Program; Merja Kyllönen, Minister of Transport, Finland; William P. Doyle, Federal Maritime Commissioner; Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Embass of Finland; and Mikhail A. Kalugin, Head of the Economic Section, Embassy of the Russian Federation.
September 30, 2013 - Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle addressed attendees of the Center For Strategic and International Studies’ Arctic Maritime Awareness seminar on September 27, 2013. The seminar, held at the Finnish Embassy in Washington, DC, was attended by representatives with Arctic interests and featured the Finnish Ambassador to the United States, the Finnish Minister of Transport, the General Director of the Finnish Transport Agency, the head of the Economic Section for the Russian Embassy and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deputy Commandant for Operations.
Commissioner Doyle spoke of the FMC’s mission and noted the recent passage by a container ship, Cosco’s Yong Sheng, from China to Europe through the Arctic, shaved off two weeks of travel time as compared to traditional routes. The Arctic Northern Sea Route is 2,400 miles shorter than the Suez Canal route for ships traveling from East China to Rotterdam. Commissioner Doyle also discussed his experience with Arctic matters in Alaska and Canada during his time serving as a Director in the U.S. – Alaska Federal Pipeline Coordinator’s Office.
The Northern Sea Route, also known as the Northeast Passage, runs along the entire northern coast of Russia, across Siberia, before emptying into the Bering Strait and Pacific Ocean. Two German cargo ships successfully navigated across Russia's Arctic-facing northern shore from South Korea to Siberia without the help of icebreakers, in 2009. The two merchant ships belonging to Beluga Shipping Gmbh were able to make the voyage by the Northeast Passage. In 2010, a Norwegian vessel carrying iron ore to China became the first non-Russian iron ore carrier to complete the journey. In 2012, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker loaded with 134,738 cubic meters of LNG sailed from Norway to Japan through the Arctic's North-East Passage. The ship was escorted by two Russian nuclear icebreakers. Historically it has been ice free in parts for about two months of the year, but in recent years it has become passable for longer periods of time.
In terms of energy use and finance, utilizing the Northern Sea Route substantially cuts the number of days it takes to ship goods from East Asia to Northern Europe, as well as the amount of fuel consumed in doing so, and with that a reduction in vessel emissions.

Raytheon awarded $243 million Standard Missile-6 contract

An SM-6 missile is loaded into a specialized container at Raytheon Redstone Missile Integration Facility for delivery to the U.S. Navy. (<a href=/rtnwcm/groups/public/documents/image/rms13_hm_hsv_pic001_lg.jpg target=_blank>Download High Res Photo</a>)

Tucson September 30, 2013 - The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $243,478,659 contract for procurement of 89 Standard Missile-6 Block I all up rounds, spares, containers and services. The contract was awarded in Raytheon's third quarter.

Boeing Delivers 100th Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment System

Newington VA September 30, 2013 - Boeing has delivered the 100th Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSEE) system to the U.S. Navy, marking a milestone in the service's ability to receive and process information vital to executing its missions.
This delivery is part of an ongoing effort to meet the current contractual obligation of 113 systems, with more production expected in the future as modifications are made to the system.
The SSEE system, made by Boeing subsidiary Argon ST, assesses and analyzes signals intelligence data efficiently, allowing Navy warfighters to make informed decisions quickly and decisively.
"This system provides reliable, innovative capabilities that supply intelligence information that warfighters can act upon quickly," said Chris Devine, director of Argon ST's Maritime Solutions.
SSEE is a cryptologic system that performs real-time signals intelligence analysis and provides precise geo-location across a range of targets. It is used on board Navy ships and performs all processing functions necessary to acquire, identify, locate and analyze signals. It also includes a subsystem that performs mission management and analysis.
"For more than a decade, SSEE systems have delivered critical information to our warfighters so they can more effectively execute their missions," said Chris Parente,  Principal APM, Information Operations, PEO C4I.
The systems are expected to remain in service for as long as 20 years. Argon ST will provide software and hardware upgrades over that time.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Raytheon's Griffin® missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities

Tucson September 27, 2013 Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the Griffin® missile's combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests. 
During one of the tests, the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was integrated on a Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal-class ship, where the missile was employed against remote-controlled boats simulating a threat to the ship.
"The Griffin missile and the MK-60 System provide the accuracy and lethality required to meet the requirements of our operational testing," said Capt. Mike Ladner, major program manager of Surface Ship Weapons, U.S. Navy Integrated Warfare Systems 3.0 program office.
The most recent test, conducted at the Navy's Point Mugu, Calif., sea test range, marked the completion of a quick reaction assessment that will lead to fielding of the Griffin missile on forward deployed Patrol Coastal ships later this year.
"The Griffin missile is ideally suited for protecting Navy ships against the increasing small boat threat," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Griffin is fully developed, lightweight and precise. It is designed with confined lethality to minimize collateral effects and maximize operational effectiveness."
The MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System includes a proven laser targeting system as well as a Navy-designed launcher and battle management system featuring the Griffin missile. This system will provide the Navy's Patrol Coastal class ships with their first operational capability against small boat threats outside of current gun range.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ingalls Shipbuilding Delivers Hangar for DDG 1001

Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Blevins (seated, left) shakes hands with John Fillmore after signing the form officially delivering the composite hangar for the destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 18 at Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Composite Center for Excellence in Gulfport. Blevins represents the Navy's DDG 1000 program manager at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast; Fillmore is Ingalls' DDG 1000 program manager for deckhouse and hangar. Also witnessing the delivery (left to right): Jonathan Graves, deputy program manager’s representative, SupShip Gulf Coast; Jeff Roberts, DDG 1000 program management; Neil Adams, general ship superintendent; Dell Simmons, composite superintendent; and Steve Sloan, DDG 1000 program manager. Photo by Lance Davis

Pascagoula September 25, 2013 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the composite hangar that will be used on the U.S. Navy's second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).
"Our shipbuilders' performance on this hangar composite construction has allowed us to deliver it nine days ahead of the commitment made last year," said Ingalls' DDG 1000 Program Manager Steve Sloan. "This construction time is a significant improvement from the first set of class products to the second set. It is a testament to the hard work and excellent logistics and manufacturing processes put in place on this program. A considerable amount of outfitting transpired earlier in the process allowing for the early delivery time."
The 220-ton structure will be translated to a shipping barge and sent to Maine in early October. Ingalls is building the hangar, peripheral vertical launch system (PVLS) and composite deckhouse for Michael Monsoor. The PVLS was delivered in July, and all that remains is the deckhouse delivery expected in first quarter of 2014.

Navantia and the U.S. Navy sign service contract of 4 destroyers

Navantia has signed, with the US Navy, a service contract of four destroyers (USS Carney, USS Donald Cook, USS Porter, USS Ross) that will be deployed during 2014 and 2015 in the Naval Base of Rota, as  part of the BMD, according to the agreement reached between both governments in 2011 and signed in 2012. The contract  includes the maintenance of these units in the periods of immobilization in Rota, and has a duration of 1 years more 6 optional years.
Navantia's experience in the design, construction and maintenance of the ships, similar to the Spanish Navy in its systems, as well as its excellent infrastructure and workforce skill capacity, have been decisive for the adjudication of this contract.
Likewise, the attainment of this contract with the US Navy, with the highest level of requirements, supposes for Navantia a great international prestige, guaranteeing his leading world position in the naval military construction.  

Navy Accepts Delivery of the Future USS Coronado (LCS 4)

The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mobile September 27, 2013 - The US Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard here Sept. 27.
Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship (LCS) to deliver to the Navy, the second of the Independence variant - noted for its trimaran hull - to join the fleet.
Capt. Randy Garner, Commodore LCS Squadron One (LCSRON), was on hand to mark the occasion.
"We are excited to receive USS Coronado into the LCS class and ultimately to San Diego alongside the other LCS class ships in service," said Garner.
The LCSRON supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping, and maintaining all LCSs in the fleet. 
Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS 4 from the shipbuilder, a General Dynamics-led team that includes Bath Iron Works, Austal USA, and Advanced Information Systems, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for April 2014 in Coronado, Calif.
Following commissioning, Coronado will be homeported in San Diego with her sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). 
"This second ship of the Independence variant, which encompasses lessons learned from its predecessor, has proven her readiness for delivery through the most rigorous acceptance trial conducted to date," said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "I'm excited to place this impressive ship in the hands of the crew and I know they are equally as excited to make her their own."
The Navy is committed to a 52-ship LCS class. Twelve more ships (LCS 5 through LCS 16) are currently under construction or in the pre-production phase. The first 24 ships of the class are evenly comprised of two variants, the steel monohull Freedom variant (odd numbered hulls) and the aluminum trimaran Independence variant (even numbered hulls).
The littoral combat ship class is designed to defeat threats in coastal waters where increasingly capable submarines, mines, and swarming small craft operate. To deliver capabilities against these threats, the Navy introduced LCS with innovative concepts, such as modular mission packages, to quickly respond to an evolving threat.
Program Executive Office (PEO) LCS is responsible for delivering and sustaining the fleet's littoral mission capabilities. Consistent delivery of high-quality warfighting assets, while balancing affordability and capability, is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.

Two USN Ship Retirement Dates Announced

USS Miami (SSN 755) September 27th at Portsmouth NSY Kittery ME 

USNS Flint (T-AE 32) November 8th. Ship was at NAVSTA San Diego at last report.

U.S. Coast Guard Orders 15 Response Boats-Small

FRC Milestone
An RB-S II assigned to Station Washington, D.C., patrols the Potomac River in June 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton.
The U.S. Coast Guard placed a delivery order Sept. 25, 2013, with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, La., for 15 Response Boats-Small II.  The delivery order is valued at $5.0 million.  This latest delivery order supplements a previous fiscal year 2013 order for 20 boats and brings the total number of boats on order to 99.  To date, 56 RB-S IIs have been delivered to the Coast Guard

The Freedom-class RB-S II replaces the Defender-class RB-S fleet, first acquired in 2002 and nearing the end of its 10 year service life.  The RB-S II has a length of 29 feet, is capable of a top speed of over 45 knots and has a minimum range of 150 nautical miles.  The RB-S II is outfitted with a standardized communications and navigation suite and was designed with an increased emphasis on ergonomics and crew comfort.  The RB-S II will be operated by a crew of up to four.

Defender-class RB-S and Freedom-class RB-S II are assigned to various units including the Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST), the Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT), Marine Safety Units (MSU), and to shore stations throughout the coastal United States.  The RB-S is a multi-mission platform, used for the full range of Coast Guard missions, including: search and rescue; vessel boarding team deployment and law enforcement missions; port security; drug and migrant interdiction and environmental response operations. 

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $26 Million for USS Providence Maintenance and Modernization

Groton September 27, 2013 – The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $25.7 million contract to prepare and perform maintenance and modernization work on the USS Providence (SSN-719), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform a dry-docking continuous maintenance availability, which consists of maintenance work, upgrades and modernization activities required to ensure the submarine is operating at full technical capacity. The work will take place at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton and involve up to 300 employees at its peak. The work is scheduled for completion in April 2014.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Agreement to expand the helicopter activity at KONGSBERG

Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) today signed an agreement to collaborate with the helicopter supplier AgustaWestland. AgustaWestland is in competition for the replacement of the Sea King in service for Norwegian Search and Rescue. The Sea King has been in service since 1972 and is also delivered by AgustaWestland. 
Should AgustaWestland win with their AW101 candidate, this new agreement will expand significantly the long-term helicopter activities at KONGSBERG. With the new agreement, the helicopter activity has a potential for 150-200 MNOK in yearly revenues and secures 50 jobs for approximately 30 years.

On the existing Sea King, KONGSBERG has already for 30 years been responsible for maintenance of the helicopters drive line (rotorheads and gearboxes). The new agreement with AgustaWestland represents an expansion of tasks and development in connection with maintenance and test of rotorheads and gearboxes for the AW101 helicopter.

Furthermore the agreement includes transfer of technology for advanced test equipment facilitating full-functional testing of gearboxes and other new technologies in helicopter maintenance. With the new test equipment in house, it opens for new possibilities to maintain other gearboxes in the AgustaWestland  portfolio, amongst others for the NH-90. In 2011, KONGSBERG signed an agreement with AgustaWestland to maintain the gearboxes on the NH-90`s in supply for the Nordic countries (totaling 52 helicopters).

Maritime Administration supports U.S. Defense efforts

Ensuring that producers and suppliers can ship freight effectively from coast to coast and to markets around the world is a key part of the DOT mission. But when American forces are deployed abroad, the cargo supporting their efforts becomes particularly important, and our Maritime Administration (MARAD) works hard to sustain our troops with the food, equipment, and personnel they need to do their jobs and return home safely.
Yesterday at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, Acting Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen reminded students that "logistics matter." The business of moving, supplying, and maintaining our joint forces is critical to their success. Logistics determine whether we can deploy a force at all; they determine where and when we can do so; and they determine the tempo and reach with which our forces can fight.
Acting Administrator Jaenichen also made it clear to students that, when it comes to logistics, MARAD has their backs.
MARAD works with the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) and the Military Sealift Command (MSC) to ensure that our nation has sufficient ships and merchant mariners to meet its strategic deployment and sustainment requirements. Our programs ensure that both government and privately owned vessels are available to TRANSCOM and MSC when needed.
Without the U.S. commercial maritime industry and the programs administered by MARAD, American forces would have a much more difficult time accomplishing their missions.
Through the Ready Reserve Force of MARAD-owned ships, the U.S. flagged private ships of the Voluntary Intermodal Shipping Agreement (VISA), and the Maritime Security Program (MSP), the American maritime community makes its vessels and its mariners available for national service whenever our joint forces need logistics support.
For example, these efforts resulted in effective and seamless sealift delivery during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. MSP vessels have been a key contributor to our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, moving more than 50 percent of all military cargo.  And since 2009 alone, MSP ships have carried more than 90 percent of the cargo needed to support U.S. military operations and rebuilding efforts in both countries.
The U.S. is the only nation capable of deploying major forces anywhere in the world at a moment's notice in support of our national security objectives. Part of that capability comes from our ability to sustain those forces.
Our Maritime Administration is proud of its strong record of ensuring that logistical support in the past, and MARAD stands ready to deliver when and if that support is needed in the future.

EADS North America to Provide Support and Service to Four CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for Mexican Navy

Herndon VA September 26, 2013) - EADS North America will deliver contractor logistics support and service (CLSS) to four CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) for Mexican Navy. The CLSS contract consists of one base year with four one-year options. The contract includes a field service representative to provide on-site technical support, management of parts and depot maintenance.
EADS North America delivered the four Airbus Military CN235-300 MPAs to the Mexican Navy in 2011 and 2012 under a U.S. Coast Guard managed foreign military sales agreement. The CN235-300 MPAs enhance Mexico's ability to support the Mérida Initiative, a cooperative security arrangement between the U.S., Mexico and Central American countries. The aircraft's missions include homeland security, search and rescue, military readiness, cargo and personnel transport, drug interdiction and maritime environmental protection.
"This aircraft is playing a vital role serving American security interests, and we're proud to continue to support this key foreign military sales initiative for the U.S. government," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO.
The MPA configuration of the CN235-300 incorporates the latest technology developed for surveillance over the sea. The combination of a forward-looking infrared system and search radar allows the aircraft to locate and track ships to conduct thorough patrols of a coastline. The Automatic Identification System and the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) help make this aircraft the ideal tool to carry out military surveillance missions for the Mexican Navy. The FITS was developed by Airbus Military and ensures that the extensive data gathered by the aircraft's onboard sensors can easily be used by the crew to execute their mission.
The U.S Coast Guard employs the CN235-300 in the HC-144A Ocean Sentry variant.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Contract Option Exercised for Six More Fast Response Cutters

FRC Milestone
Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr, pictured above, performs during pre-acceptance tests. The Charles David Jr. will be commissioned in Key West, Fla. this fall. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
The Coast Guard exercised a contract option Sept. 25, 2013, worth $250.7 million with Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., for production of six Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) and deep insurance spares.  The six FRCs delivered under this option will be delivered in 2016.

This option brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 24 and the total value of the contract (to date) to $1.1 billion. 

To date, the Coast Guard has taken delivery of seven FRCs.  Six have been commissioned into service.  The seventh, Charles David Jr, will be commissioned into service this November in Key West, Fla. 

This contract action follows the Sentinel-class FRC acquisition project receiving DHS approval to enter full-rate production Sept. 18, 2013.   Also known as the “Produce, Deploy and Support” acquisition phase, approval was granted after the cutter successfully completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E).  This approval allows the Coast Guard to continue with FRC acquisitions. 

The FRC is already making a significant impact in the field.  This summer, Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered participated in Operation Unified Resolve, a multi-agency effort to support continuing law enforcement operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  During this operation, Robert Yered supported a narcotics interdiction resulting in the seizure of $35 million worth of cocaine bound for the streets of the United States.

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. 

This Day in Naval History

26 Sept 1931: Keel to Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV 4) was laid
On 26 September 1931, the keel to U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV 4) was laid at Newport News, Virginia. She was the first Navy Ship designed and constructed as an Aircraft Carrier. Among her many notable duties during World War II, she provided air cover for Operation Torch (the North African Invasion) in November 1942 and Operation Leader (raid on German shipping at Norway) in October 1943. Following training and aircraft transportation duty in early 1944, Ranger was overhauled and sent to the Pacific, where she prepared air groups for combat operations. In October 1946, she was decommissioned and was sold for scrapping in January 1947.

27 Sept 1863: USS Clyde captured Confederate schooner Amaranth
On 27 September 1863, during the Civil War, the steamer Clyde, commanded by Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Quincy A. Hooper, seized the schooner Amaranth near the Florida Keys with cargo including cigars and sugar.

Image of "Punishment on board ship," from the "Journal of a Cruise on the USS Cyane, 1842-43," by William H. Myers, Gunner, NH00190

28 Sept 1850: Flogging abolished on Navy & Merchant Marine Ships
On 28 September 1850, flogging on Navy and merchant marine ships was abolished by an appropriation bill by Congress, which President Millard Filmore signed into law.

29 Sept 1944: USS Narwhal evacuation of 81 Allied POWs
On 29 September 1944, USS Narwhal (SS-167) evacuated 81 Allied prisoners of war that survived the sinking of Japanese transport Shinyo Maru on 7 September from Lanboyan Point, Sindangan Bay, Mindanao, Philippines.

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30 Sept 1918: German sub U 152 sank USS Ticonderoga
On 30 September 1918, during World War I, German submarine U 152 sank USS Ticonderoga. Seriously wounded early in the battle, Lieutenant Commander Madison, Ticonderoga’s Commanding Officer, remained on the bridge controlling the ship’s fight until she had to be abandoned. Though incapacitated by loss of blood, he subsequently survived four days in a lifeboat. For his "exceptionally heroic service" during this action, Lieutenant Commander Madison was awarded the Medal of Honor.

1 Oct 1844: Naval Observatory occupies 1st quarters in Wash, DC
On 1 October 1844, the Naval Observatory, headed by Lieutenant Matthew F. Maury, occupied its first permanent quarters in Washington, D.C in the Foggy Bottom district.

2 Oct 1799: Washington Navy Yard established
On 2 October 1799, the Washington Navy Yard was established under the direction of Benjamin Stoddart and supervision of Commodore Thomas Tingey. Now, the Navy Yard is the residence of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Naval History and Heritage Command, and numerous Navy commands. The Navy Yard is also known for the Naval Gun Factory and the Model Test Basin.

CSC Wins Cyber Operations Contract with U.S. Navy

Falls Church September 25, 2013 - CSC is one of 13 companies awarded a cyber operations contract by the U.S. Navy for its Space and Naval Warfare System Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, signed in the second quarter of CSC’s fiscal year 2014, has a one-year base period and four optional years, bringing the estimated total contract value up to $900 million for all companies.
“CSC will support the Navy as it equips its operational forces with the latest cybersecurity tools, systems and services needed to sustain operational success”
Under this contract, CSC will compete for task orders to provide research, development, testing, evaluation, production and implementation services for C5ISR (command, control, communication, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) operations in support of the Navy’s cybersecurity mission.
“CSC will support the Navy as it equips its operational forces with the latest cybersecurity tools, systems and services needed to sustain operational success,” said Samuel Visner, vice president and general manager, CSC Global Cybersecurity.

Alion Awarded $43 Million Contract to Support Navy Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force

McLean VA September 25, 2013 - To assist the Navy’s Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) program with effective planning, conducting and reporting of operational test and evaluation tasks, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been awarded a $43 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity omnibus contract.
“Our team will offer sound advice and test support to result in the Navy completing test-related documents more quickly and accurately.”
Alion will compete for task orders to provide critical operational test and evaluation analytical support to COMOPTEVFOR. The work will range from performing acquisition system documentation reviews to developing integrated evaluation frameworks, test plans and reports across the full range of Navy programs.
“Alion looks forward to continuing its mission-critical operational test and evaluation work that is helping to supplement the expertise of government test engineers and yielding great results,” said Greg Bryant, Senior Vice President and Manager of Alion’s Integration Solutions Group. “Our team will offer sound advice and test support to result in the Navy completing test-related documents more quickly and accurately.”
COMOPTEVFOR’s mission is to provide operational assessments of systems under test through mission-based test design, integrated test techniques and best evaluation practices, according to its Web site.
Alion was one of seven contractors named in the contract which runs until June 2016. Alion has supported COMOPTEVFOR for the past decade.

Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter Project Achieves Acquisition Milestone

FRC Milestone
Six Fast Response Cutters are currently performing operations in the Coast Guard's Seventh District, and the seventh FRC is scheduled to be commissioned later this year. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

September 18, 2013 - The Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) acquisition project reached a major milestone Sept. 18, 2013, when it received DHS approval to enter full-rate production. Also known as the “Produce, Deploy and Support” acquisition phase, approval was granted after the cutter successfully completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E). This approval allows the Coast Guard to continue to acquire the FRC. It also confirms that necessary plans are in place to properly support the FRCs as the cutters join the Coast Guard surface fleet.

To date, seven FRCs have been delivered to the Coast Guard, and six have been commissioned into service. The FRC is already making a significant impact in the field. This summer, Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered participated in Operation Unified Resolve, a multi-agency effort to support continuing law enforcement operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. During this operation, Robert Yered supported a narcotics interdiction resulting in the seizure of $35 million worth of cocaine bound for the streets of the United States.

The FRC has a flank speed of 28+ knots and is equipped with state-of-the-market command, control, communications and computer technology that is interoperable with the Coast Guard’s existing and planned future assets, as well as Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense assets. The Coast Guard plans to acquire a total of 58 FRCs. 

DoD Identifies Navy Casualties

MH-60S Overview

Washington September 24, 2013 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of two sailors who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
They died Sept. 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash while operating in the central Red Sea. Both sailors were assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.
Killed were:

  • Lt. Cmdr. Landon L Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif., and
  • Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore.

General Dynamics Awarded $152 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-class Submarine Work

Groton September 25, 2013 - General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $152.4 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD).
Under the contract, Electric Boat will maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability periods.
With the exercise of this option, the cumulative value of the contract at its completion in 2014 will be $921.4 million.
This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 4,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine lifecycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thales wins support contract for MRR radars aboard Norwegian corvettes

September 24, 2013 - Thales has signed the first contract to provide through-life support for six MRR (Multi-Role Radar) systems aboard Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold-class corvettes. The five-year contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) highlights the company’s excellent relations with its Norwegian customer.
The Royal Norwegian Navy acquired six Thales MRR radars for a fleet of six Skjold-class corvettes delivered between 2010 and 2013. MRR radars provide long-range 3D air and surface surveillance combined with vessel self-defence and threat evaluation capabilities. This is Thales's first support contract for this type of radar.
The contract is tailored to the exact maintenance requirements of the customer and brings NDLO access to the full range of Thales skills and experience in naval defence and radar systems. It is based on a business model that ensures optimal system performance from service entry and throughout the equipment life cycle.
For Thales, this partnership with NDLO sets up the first worldwide reference for this equipment.

Northrop Grumman to Supply Ship Integrated Control Systems for the Sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter

Charlottesville VA September 24, 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by prime contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to supply the ship integrated control system (SICS) on the sixth National Security Cutter (Munro WMSL 755) for the U. S. Coast Guard.
The company received a contract worth $6.9 million to supply the SICS, which consists of an integrated bridge system as well as the steering control, steering gear, machinery control and monitoring system. The contract also covers engineering services required to complete the installation, as well as integration, testing and commissioning of the systems at HII's shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The Coast Guard plans to build a total of eight National Security Cutters, and Northrop Grumman previously supplied SICS for the first five.
"The SICS provides the National Security Cutter with a sound, time-tested architecture and reliable shipboard infrastructure for the integrated bridge, machinery controls and steering systems, three major components where correct integration is particularly essential to mission effectiveness and long-term efficiency," said Bill Hannon, vice president of Northrop Grumman's Maritime Systems business unit. "Our improvements in performance and cost control measures demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing superior customer service to the Coast Guard."
The work will be performed at Northrop Grumman's facilities in Charlottesville and in Ocean Springs, Miss., as well as onsite at HII, where field testing will also be done. Work will begin in late 2014.

NUSHIP meets a New Ship

HMS Daring alongside NUSHIP Canberra at Williamstown Dockyard, Victoria.  (photo: ABIS Dove Smithett)
HMS Daring alongside NUSHIP Canberra at Williamstown Dockyard, Victoria.

Ship design has changed dramatically since the first Royal Australian Navy fleet review in 1913, a fact demonstrated this week when the Royal Navy’s modern warship HMS Daring arrived  alongside NUSHIP Canberra in Melbourne.
Daring pulled into the the city for a port visit as part of her journey to Sydney for the International Fleet Review.
The air-defence destroyer is the lead ship of its class and the seventh ship to hold that name. She was commissioned on 23 July 2009. Her name, crest and motto are a reference to the Roman youth Gaius Mucius Scaevola, famed for his bravery.
Since her departure from the UK to particpate in the IFR and the Five Power Defence Arrangement Exercise Bersama Lima, Daring has sailed through the Panama Canal and docked at the US Naval Base in San Diego. She has also recently visited Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, before arriving in Melbourne.
In Melbourne, HMS Daring berthed alongside the Royal Australian Navy’s most modern ship, NUSHIPCanberra. The Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) project will provide the Australian Defence Force with two of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world.
These 27,000 tonne ships will be able to land a force of over 2,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.
IFR will bring over 35 warships, 16 tall ships, 60 aircraft, 10 military bands and over 8000 sailors from around the world to Sydney, to commemorate 100 years since the arrival of the first Royal Australian Navy fleet into Sydney.
The event will commence on 3 October 2013 with the arrival of tall ships in Sydney Harbour. This will be followed by the ceremonial arrival of the warships on Friday, 4 October.    

Fincantieri and Genoa University to Jointly Study Naval Technology Innovation

September 23, 2013 - Fincantieri, one of the world's leading shipbuilding groups, together with Genoa University's Polytechnic School, is promoting Innovation Challenge, an invitation to tender aimed at selecting projects in the field of naval technology innovation for subsequent industrialization. 
The initiative, arising from the prestigious and well-established collaboration between the company and Genoa University, will be financed by Fincantieri with a total investment of up to Euro 500 thousand. 
The initiative will seek to capitalize on and develop the best ideas originating from the university in order to translate them into product innovations in areas most critical to competitive advantage, such as product cost and weight reductions, quality perceptions, greater energy efficiency and payload maximization, in other words all those factors that provide shipping companies with a financial return. 
The first phase of the tender involves a "call for ideas" from the 5 departments in Genoa University's Polytechnic School, taking the areas indicated by Fincantieri as the starting point. Six proposals will then be selected to receive funding of Euro 15,000 each in order to conduct further research in the following three months. The two projects judged most interesting in terms of innovation will be supported and funded up to Euro 200 thousand each, allowing them to reach the industrialization phase. 
Fincantieri will have the task of evaluating ideas and plans and of financing the initiative, while Cetena, its naval engineering research subsidiary, will help evaluate proposals as well as be in charge of coordinating and overseeing activities in the industrialization phase. The evaluation grid will focus on the quality of science and technology (solidity and quality of objectives, effectiveness of the methodology) and on results (impact on Fincantieri's manufacturing model, applicability to the product). 
The Genoa University's Polytechnic School will act as the reservoir of ideas and will be involved through its departments in implementing the chosen projects. 
Innovation Challenge forms part of a series of initiatives promoted by Fincantieri in the field of Open Innovation, a model of collaboration between companies and research bodies that has emerged in recent years especially in the most innovative industries, such as ICT and Biotech, and in the most technologically advanced countries. 
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: "This collaboration represents a very important step for strengthening and revitalizing Fincantieri's technological leadership. We are the first in Italy to adopt the Open Innovation model in a traditional industry like shipbuilding, characterized by a highly specialized production system. We are confident that this initiative will strengthen our ties with the world of higher education and enhance the spread of a more conscious corporate culture even in the academic sphere, both of which are key factors for making the most of the wealth of knowledge and know-how available in our country." Bono concluded: "This is why we are ready to extend this collaboration to other universities." 
Giacomo Deferrari, Rector of Genoa University, said: "I consider it essential that universities have a close and constant relationship with the productive sector. Collaboration with the business world is even more essential at a time of economic crisis. The agreement with Fincantieri is a clear example of best practice; this is a meeting on the one hand between one of the world's leading shipbuilders and on the other one of the leading names in the field of education and research. I would like to extend my personal thanks to Giuseppe Bono and Fincantieri's entire management team for their confidence in our ability to invest in research and to transfer technology." 
Aristide Fausto Massardo, Dean of Genoa University’s Polytechnic School, said: "The idea of collaborating with Fincantieri is very innovative for the university and we are very proud to be developing the Innovation Challenge together with a world leader in naval technology, for which our School’s history and expertise are unique within Italy. The approach agreed represents a great challenge for researchers in the Polytechnic School's departments, who now have a unique opportunity to present their ideas on a wide range of technical and scientific matters." Massardo concluded: "I am also sure that we will provide the company with concrete responses within the agreed deadlines, as I am similarly convinced that this will be a very important step forward in the collaboration between Fincantieri and our School." 

Turbomeca (Safran) to support the RTM 322 engines powering the UK MoD

RN photo

Bordes September 24, 2013 - Turbomeca (Safran) will support the fleet of RTM 322 engines powering the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Merlin and Apache helicopters under an innovative service contract, worth £367 million (around Euro 425 million).
The six-year contract provides the UK MoD with a guaranteed level of availability for its RTM 322 engines, consolidating a number of current support agreements into one overall support package. This contract will improve the level of service for frontline operations, increasing engine time ‘on wing’ and reducing repair costs.
The service will be delivered at four main operating bases in the UK - RAF Benson, RNAS Culdrose, AAC Wattisham and AAC Middle Wallop.
As the RTM 322 engine is today 100% a Turbomeca engine*, the support and maintenance services to the UK MoD will be provided by Turbomeca UK established in Fareham, Hampshire, United-Kingdom.
Olivier Andriès, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO, said: “This agreement will deliver a greater level of availability and capability to the UK Armed Forces’ helicopter fleet in a more efficient and cost-effective way.”
Air Commodore Mark Sibley, who is responsible for the maintenance of Apaches and Chinooks, said: “Merlins and Apaches have been used extensively in Afghanistan and are two key capabilities for our Armed Forces. This contract has a number of benefits for our Apache and Merlin crews, principally improving engine availability and reliability, while reducing costs.”
* On September 2, 2013, Safran announced that it finalized the acquisition from Rolls-Royce of Rolls-Royce’s 50% share in their joint RTM 322 helicopter engine program.

Lockheed Martin-Built Trident II D5 Missile Achieves A Total Of 148 Successful Test Flights Since 1989

Sunnyvale CA September 24, 2013 - The U.S. Navy has conducted four successful test flights of the Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles built by Lockheed Martin. The U.S. Navy launched the unarmed missiles Sept. 10 and 12 in the Atlantic Ocean from a submerged Ohio-class submarine home-ported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.
This event marked the 145th, 146th, 147th and 148th successful test flights of the D5 missile since design completion in 1989 – a reliability record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile.
"This ultra-capable system serves a critical role in deterring aggression," said Doug White, vice president of Fleet Ballistic Missile programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the Navy's Trident missile prime contractor. "We are dedicated to supporting Navy Strategic Systems Programs in assuring the system's continued readiness, reliability, performance and affordability."
The Navy launched the missiles as part of Follow-on Commander's Evaluation Tests. The missiles had been converted into test configurations using kits produced by Lockheed Martin that contain range safety devices and flight telemetry instrumentation. As required by the Department of Defense's National Command Authority, the U.S. Navy conducts a continuing series of operational system evaluation tests of the Trident Strategic Weapon System under the testing guidelines of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
First deployed in 1990, the D5 missile is currently aboard U.S. Navy Ohio-class and U.K. Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines. The three-stage, solid-propellant, inertial-guided ballistic missile can travel a nominal range of 4,000 nautical miles and carries multiple independently targeted reentry bodies. The Fleet Ballistic Missile team has produced six generations, each more capable than its predecessor: the Polaris A1, Polaris A2, Polaris A3, Poseidon C3, Trident I C4 and Trident II D5 missiles.
Lockheed Martin has been the Navy's strategic missile prime contractor since the program's inception in 1955. The United States and the United Kingdom signed the Polaris Sales Agreement in 1963, which was modified in 1982 to provide for the Trident II D5 missile system. Since 1968, Lockheed Martin has provided program management and engineering services to the Royal Navy under the terms of the agreement.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Lockheed Martin Receives $18 Million Contract to Transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile to Production

Orlando September 23, 2013 - Lockheed Martin received an $18 million contract from the National Warhead and Energetic Consortium to transition the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) to production.
The contract includes developing production line tooling, test equipment and manufacturing process plans for initial production of the advanced projectile. The guidance and control unit will be assembled at Lockheed Martin's Ocala, Fla., facility. Final assembly of LRLAP will be performed at the company's Troy, Ala., facility. 
LRLAP is a 155-mm projectile fired from the Advanced Gun System for the U.S. Navy's next-generation DDG 1000 destroyer. It provides precision fire support from a safe standoff distance to U.S. Marine Corps, Army and Joint/Coalition forces engaged in expeditionary assaults or urban operations in coastal cities, with minimal collateral damage. 
"This contract represents a significant step towards fielding LRLAP to support the Navy's requirement for surface fire support," said Richard Benton, program manager for LRLAP at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Fire support to troops deployed ashore is a critical capabilities gap, which LRLAP fills with precision lethality."
To withstand the gun-launch environment, LRLAP uses an advanced rocket motor and hardened electronics, including a global positioning system and inertial measurement unit. LRLAP will be fielded in 2016 concurrent with the Initial Operational Capability for the first DDG 1000. Previous LRLAP testing was performed under subcontract to BAE Systems. All transition to production activity is being performed under direct contract to the U.S. Government. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Navy helicopter flag flypast over Sydney

Chris Sattler photo.

A Navy helicopter flag flypast over Sydney’s beaches, conducted by a Seahawk helicopter flying a large International Fleet Review flag, accompanied by a Squirrel helicopter in International Fleet Review livery flew today. The flypast was to promote the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review in Sydney from 3-11 October 2013. 
The Seahawk took off from Middle Head Oval, Balmoral, flying the large flag. It flew over HMAS Watson at South Head and was joined by the Squirrel helicopter sporting International Fleet Review livery.
The two-aircraft formation flew a lap of Sydney Harbour, east of the Harbour Bridge before heading north over Sydney’s Northern beaches and then south, passing Bondi and Bronte before returning to Sydney Harbour for another lap (time permitting).
The Seahawk returned to Middle Head Oval to detach the flag, while the Squirrel returned to HMAS Watson. The helicopters later returned to HMAS Albatross NAS near Nowra.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Coast Guard crew offloads $27.7 million of cocaine

Coast guard crew offloads $27.7 million of cocaine

Coast Guard crew offloads $27.7 million of cocaine

Forward approaches Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The crew transported more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine seized by a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment embarked aboard the U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rentz (FFG-46) approximately 260 nautical miles north of the Galapagos Islands. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto)

Coast Guard crew offloads $27.7 million of cocaine

Coast Guard crew offloads $27.7 million of cocaine

Crewmembers offload approximately 2,000 pounds of cocaine Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. A Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment embarked aboard the U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rentz (FFG-46) seized the cocaine from a fishing vessel approximately 260 nautical miles north of the Galapagos Islands. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto)

Contract for Supply of the MINESNIPER Mk III One Shot Mine Disposal Weapon System to Royal Norwegian Navy


Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract for supply of the MINESNIPER Mk III One Shot Mine Disposal Weapon System to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The contract is won in international competition and made between the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation and KONGSBERG, represented by the Naval Systems & Surveillance division.
The MINESNIPER Mk III System will support the needs of the Armed Forces by introducing new and flexible capabilities for inspection and disarmament of Sea-Mines in the Royal Norwegian Navy. The System consists of a number of MINESNIPER Mk III combat vehicles, inspection/training vehicles, logistics and services for integration into the Command and Control System on-board the Navy's six Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMV).

“The MINESNIPER Mk III System will enable MCM operations to be performed in a safer, more rapid and more efficient way. This contract is the result of a long term effort to strengthen our position as supplier of MCM systems, and in this context this is a very important reference contract for KONGSBERG”, says Executive Vice President Leiv Inge Steig in Kongsberg Defence Systems.

Ship Trials Bring F-35B Capability, Operational Utility Into Focus

Fort Worth September 19, 2013 - Recent ship trials for the Lockheed Martin F-35B on USS Wasp [LHD-1] underscored the fifth-generation fighter's unique capabilities and operational utility according to Marines and sailors alike. 
In a video released today, U.S. Navy Capt. Erik Etz stated, "A fifth-generation aircraft, such as the F-35, will open up threat areas where previous legacy fighters that operate off L-class ships weren't even invited to play. So, an F-35B operating from this type of ship really gives a joint war-fighting commander different options to affect change in the world wherever it is necessary." 
Marine Corps Capt. Mike Kingen, an F-35 test pilot, added, "Ship-borne capabilities are important for the F-35B because they are important for the Marine Corps. Having F-35B, having a stealth platform that's organic to that unit will allow us to support the Marines.... The F-35 is going to allow future pilots to worry less about stick and rudder skills and more about executing the mission." 
"The fact that the Harrier was not fly by wire at all, there was nothing in between me and the flight controls," said Marine Corps Maj. Michael Rountree, an F-35 test pilot. "So, I could do things in the Harrier that would very specifically get me killed if I did them incorrectly. Whereas in this airplane there is a level of protection between me and those flight control surfaces. So in a mission - you know up and away from the ship - that's going to allow me more time to think about the tactical picture, thinking about how I'm going to support the Marines on the ground." 
During the 18-day long ship trials, two F-35Bs conducted a series of tests to determine the aircraft's suitability for sea-based operations. The aircraft completed 95 vertical landings, 19 of which were conducted at night, and 94 short takeoffs. The ship trials, known as Developmental Test-II, were a key milestone on the Marine Corps' path to Initial Operating Capability which is scheduled for 2015. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Exelis Completes 16 Years of On-Time Delivery to US Navy IDECM Program

ITT Exelis

Clifton NJ September 19, 2013 - Exelis has successfully completed the final delivery of AN/ALQ-214(V)3 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) systems to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md. This shipment concludes 16 years of on-time deliveries from Exelis to the IDECM program.
“Since the first production lot in 1997, Exelis has made 192 consecutive months of on-time deliveries of the ALQ-214, with each shipping an average of 44 days ahead of schedule,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “We are very proud of our track record and even prouder to have contributed to the success of the program and the safety of the warfighter.”
Installed on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, the AN/ALQ-214(V)3 is a major subsystem within the overall IDECM suite, providing a range of electronic self-protection capabilities from radio frequency threats. With deliveries of this system complete, Exelis will now focus on supplying the ALQ-214(V)4/5, which will extend this protection to carrier-based F/A-18C/D Hornets under a contract awarded earlier this year.
"Exelis is providing the warfighter a critical capability with the ALQ-214," said Capt. Scott D. Porter, program manager for the NAVAIR Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272). "Exelis has shown itself to be a reliable partner with an excellent understanding of the Navy's needs and strong technology to meet them. We look forward to our continued partnership through the future of the IDECM program."

DCNS floats out FREMM frigate Provence

On 18 September 2013, FREMM frigate Provence was floated out of its building dock at the Lorient shipyard. With five FREMM multimission frigates at different stages of assembly and construction, this float-out (or pre-outfitting launch) – always a major milestone – highlights the Group’s expertise in concurrent shipbuilding.
Yesterday, DCNS’s Lorient shipyard floated out FREMM frigate Provence. Eleven of the 12 FREMM frigates on order are for the French Navy.
Operations began in the morning with the flooding of the building dock. Following a number of other steps, the ship was gently floated out of the building dock. Executing a manoeuvre lasting 15 minutes, tugs then moved the frigate to a nearby outfitting berth
Over the coming months, DCNS specialists and subcontractor teams will install the ship’s systems. The next major milestone will be the installation of the Provence’s masts and sensors, including her radars, antennas, cameras and jammers
DCNS began building the Provence, the third Aquitaine-class FREMM frigate for the French Navy, in December 2010. These highly automated surface combatants require a complement of just 108, or less than half the number required to man earlier generation vessels with similar capabilities.
The FREMM multimission design concept can combine missions including anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW). On 23 November 2012, following the delivery of first-of-class FREMM frigate Aquitaine for the French Navy in compliance with the relevant contractual requirements, European Joint Armament Cooperation Organisation OCCAR signed off her acceptance on behalf of French defence procurement agency DGA.
The French FREMM program calls for 12 ships – 11 for the French Navy and one for the Royal Moroccan Navy.
FREMM frigates are among the most technologically advanced and competitively priced on the world market. These heavily armed warships are being built under DCNS prime contractorship to carry state-of-the-art weapons and systems including the Herakles multifunction radar, Aster anti-air missiles, Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles and MU90 torpedoes. 
Thanks to their many innovations, FREMM multimission frigates can respond to all types of threats with unparalleled flexibility and availability. The contract to build a FREMM frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy demonstrates that the type also meets the needs and expectations of international client navies.