Monday, June 30, 2014

Acquisition Will Enhance Space and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Portfolio

Bethesda June 30, 2014 - Lockheed Martin has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zeta Associates, Inc., a leader in the systems that enable efficient collection, processing, safeguarding and dissemination of critical information for intelligence and defense communities. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin. 
Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014. Upon closing, Zeta Associates will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin reporting through the corporation's Space Systems business area. 
"Zeta Associates' expertise in cross-platform information collection, analysis and dissemination is an ideal complement to our national security capabilities," said Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO. "Adding Zeta to our diverse portfolio strengthens our ability to deliver vital ground, air and space-based intelligence in support of our customers' most essential missions." 
Founded in 1984, Zeta Associates specializes in technology that powers critical national security missions. Their highly-skilled workforce focuses on leading-edge software, communications and ground systems innovation to solve complex mission challenges. 
"Zeta Associates has built its success on innovation and customer focus, and we're pleased to be joining a company that shares those same priorities," said John Nelson, President and CEO of Zeta Associates. "By joining Lockheed Martin we'll gain access to an unmatched portfolio of technology and expertise that will help us better address a broader array of our customers' critical missions." 
Zeta Associates has about 350 employees, which are based in their Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters, as well as Denver, Colorado, and at customer locations. 

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract To Enhance U.S. Navy C4ISR Collection And Dissemination Capabilities

Denver June 30, 2014 - Lockheed Martin will work to enhance how the Navy exchanges C4ISR data throughout the space, air, surface, subsurface, and unmanned sensor domains under a contract with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. This IDIQ contract has a ceiling value of $35 million over five years.
"For the Navy, every platform is a sensor, and every sensor must be networked," said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. "We'll leverage our more than 30 years developing and fielding signals intelligence systems to increase the Navy's intelligence sharing capability across the full spectrum of maritime and littoral missions."
Lockheed Martin co-developed the Navy's Distributed Information Operations-System, which addresses the Navy's need for network-centric intelligence to improve interoperability and enhance battlespace awareness. For that effort, Lockheed Martin connected disparate Navy signals intelligence systems facilitating tactical data exchange and allowing commanders to better understand their operational environment.
Building upon those capabilities, Lockheed Martin will to continue to enhance the Navy's signals intelligence collection, data fusion, and intelligence processing and dissemination capabilities. This could involve integrating and deploying capabilities that monitor the status of all sensors registered in the network; then displaying the input from those sensors in support of real-time planning. Network integration of sensors will be designed to accomplish cross-cueing, cooperative sensing and, where feasible and prudent, automated target recognition or classification. The workscope for this contract also includes analyzing ways to enhance the Navy's use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surface combatant land attacks.

Retired Navy SEAL Jason C. Redman Joins The Blue Star Veterans Network as Head of Staffing

Blue Star Veterans Network

Bethesda June 30, 2014 - The Blue Star Veterans Network, dedicated to helping older veterans live safe, healthy and independent lives in their own homes, today announced that retired Navy SEAL Jason C. Redman will join the company as the Head of Staffing. LT Redman will report to Rear Admiral (ret) Robert O. Wray, Jr., CEO of the Blue Star Veterans Network. In his new role, LT Redman will help Blue Star hire and employ wounded warriors and service-disabled veterans to serve in meaningful positions within the company.
"As a proud veteran, I am looking forward to joining the Blue Star team to help make a profound impact 'for Vets, by Vets'", stated LT Jason C. Redman. "I am passionate about supporting Admiral Wray's vision to provide products and a service for our Vets and their families to make their lives more comfortable as they age."
"We're delighted and privileged to have a hero like Jason on our team," stated Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr., CEO of The Blue Star Veterans Network. "His energy, dedication, and experience will help us as we work to improve the lives of our older veterans."
LT Jason C. Redman is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Wounded Wear, a non-profit organization designed to provide clothing kits and clothing modifications to America's wounded warriors. The organization's mission continues to focus on promoting awareness throughout the country of the sacrifices that wounded service members have made in the name of freedom.
LT Redman joined the Navy in 1992 and spent 11 years as an enlisted SEAL. In 2006, Redman graduated from the US Army Ranger School and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, the following year. In 2007, while acting as Assault Force Commander to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual, LT Redman's Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, LT Redman hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement for wounded warriors everywhere, and which eventually led to a meeting with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office. After 37 surgeries and retirement from the Navy, he now speaks across the country using his positive attitude to motivate others and raises the awareness of the sacrifices of America's military forces and their families. His personal military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and the Purple Heart, along with many others.
The Blue Star Veterans Network is dedicated to helping older veterans live safe, healthy and independent lives in their own homes via multiple proprietary technology products. The technology will integrate hardware, software, processes and a human monitoring/assistance team to help vets and their families live free and independently.

Naval Legends and the Next Generation of Innovators: Introducing the First Recipient of the Raytheon-Zumwalt Scholarship

Tewksbury MA June 30, 2014 - In selecting an icon for younger generations to emulate, one has to look no further than Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. The Admiral, who in his role as Chief of Naval Operations, was a transformational leader widely recognized for modernizing the U.S. Navy.
In tribute to the revolutionary contributions of the man and the ship-class that bears his name, the DDG 1000, Raytheon has established the Raytheon-Zumwalt Scholarship to support naval families and champion the educational pursuits of future scientists, technologists and engineers who exemplify Zumwalt's legacy.
As the first recipient of the Raytheon-Zumwalt Scholarship, Harrison Ballard embodies all that the scholarship stands for: dedication, hard work and commitment to academic excellence. Ballard is the son of a retired naval officer, and despite a relocation his senior year in high school to accommodate his father's military career, graduated high school as class salutatorian. He joins Duke University's Class of 2018 pursuing a science degree.
"It was with great pride I learned that you have become the first recipient of the Raytheon-Zumwalt Endowed Scholarship Award," said James G. Zumwalt, son of the late Admiral Zumwalt, upon learning of Ballard's mark of distinction. "My late father devoted his life, both in and out of uniform, to positively impacting on the lives of his fellow man. It is my hope you embrace such a philosophy of selflessness as you embark upon your life's career."
As a technology and innovation leader, Raytheon proudly supports the educational goals of today's college-bound students and encourages their pursuit of a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Through this scholarship, Raytheon is committed to inspiring the next generation of innovators to make great contributions to the country's future in the spirit of Admiral Zumwalt.

Garmin® completes acquisition of Fusion® Electronics

Fusion Electronics Logo

June 30, 2014 Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fusion Electronics Limited and its subsidiaries. 
Based in Auckland, used Zealand, the company will be known as Garmin  Zealand Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., and will operate as “Fusion Entertainment.” Substantially, all the Fusion product line will remain available, as will support for the company’s existing products.  Fusion Entertainment will continue to support all Fusion-Link™ partners accordingly. Fusion offers an innovative range of integrated marine audio products and accessories, many of which are designed for use in a challenging marine environment. Fusion’s flagship head unit, the 700 Series, allows boaters to connect and control their audio through select marine multifunction displays (MFDs), and select multi-zone audio configuration specific to their vessels. 
Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ThyssenKrupp and Saab agree on sale of Swedish shipyard activities ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (formerly Kockums)


June 29, 2014 - ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, a company of ThyssenKrupp Group, and Saab AB today entered into an agreement on the sale of Swedish shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (formerly Kockums) with facilities in Malmö, Karlskrona and Muskö. The purchase price is SEK 340 million (around €37 million). The transaction is subject to the approval of the board and supervisory bodies of the ThyssenKrupp Group as well as the Swedish Competition Authority.
In April 2014, the two companies signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding on the acquisition of the Swedish shipyard, which has generated substantial losses for years. ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has been pursuing the sale in line with the Swedish government’s publicly stated preference for national naval shipbuilding programs.
ThyssenKrupp is focusing its naval shipbuilding activities in Kiel, Hamburg and Emden. These activities are highly cash generative and contribute reliably to the company’s earnings. With its proprietary air-independent HDW fuel cell propulsion system, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is the clear world market leader in the field of non-nuclear submarines.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

USS John Paul Jones Makes History with Live Fire Missile Tests

140619-N-ZZ999-167 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 19, 2014) The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's aegis weapons system. Over the course of three days, the crew of John Paul Jones successfully engaged six targets, firing a total of five missiles that included four SM-6 models and one Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) model. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

June 27, 2014 - Destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a series of five live-fire tests for the Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System during Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) and Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA) capability, June 18-20.
Over the course of three days, the crew of John Paul Jones successfully engaged six targets off the coast of Southern California, firing a total of five missiles that included four Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missiles and one Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) missile.
One of these exercises, designated as NIFC-CA AS-02A, resulted in the longest surface-to-air engagement in naval history. 
During the underway period, John Paul Jones also conducted its first ballistic missile tracking exercise while simultaneously tracking two supersonic and two subsonic missile targets. This event fully demonstrated the capabilities of Aegis Baseline 9C and of John Paul Jones as the first Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) destroyer.
"It's a great step forward for the surface navy and our integrated war fighting capability," said Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Matthew Miller. "I'm proud, really proud, to be a fire controlman, and proud to be in the Navy."
These CSSQT successes are attributed to the hard work and dedication of each and every member of the John Paul Jones crew. The long road to these missile firings started in the BAE ship repair facility in San Diego during 2012 when the ship started combat systems modernization as part of the destroyer modernization program.
Over the course of a year, John Paul Jones received the latest commercial off-the-shelf computing infrastructure, SPY-1D transmitter upgrades, and a multi-mission signal processor which comprises the Aegis Baseline 9C suite.
Since then, the crew has worked diligently to ensure that the systems are not only operational, but that they will operate effectively for future ships.
"It is my honor to serve on such a fine warship and be able to sail with the men and women who tested and demonstrated this amazing capability," said Cmdr. Andrew Thomson, the ship's commanding officer. "From the concept development phase, through design, build, installation, and test many hard working Americans came together to field this capability. I consider myself lucky to be part of that amazing team."
Thomson said that with these tests, the crew of John Paul Jones has proven that they are ready to assume the role as the Navy's Integrated Air and Missile Defense test ship following a change of homeport to Pearl Harbor later this summer.
According to Thomson, CSSQT is just the beginning. In the coming years, John Paul Jones is expected to test newer and more advanced systems that will be used to defend the nation and U.S. and allied forces overseas. 

PCU Karel Doorman on Trials Escorted by HNLMS Tromp

All photos courtesy of Royal Netherlands Navy.

Vietnam Commissions First Two Domestically Built Project 1241 Corvettes


Pano June 28, 2014 - Ba Son Shipbuilding Corporation under the General Department of Defence Industry on June 27th handed over two missile ships HQ-377 and HQ-378 to Brigade 167 of Naval Region 3 in the presence of Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh.

Officers of ship HQ-378

Addressing the hand-over ceremony, General Khanh lauded efforts of the corporation’s cadres and staff in successfully building the ships.  The Deputy Defence Minister stressed that the modern battleships timely contributed to raising the combat strength of the navy, making important contributions to the mission of defending national sovereignty over sea and islands.

Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh encouraging troops of the two ships

The HQ-377 and HQ-378, successfully launched on June 24th by the corporation, are modern missile ships equipped with advanced weapons and equipment.

The newly-built ships are equipped with modern weapons and equipment

On the occasion, the Ba Son Corporation was awarded with the first class Labour Order and its leaders were presented with medals for their contributions over the past time. Outstanding groups and individuals were also rewarded.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The frigate "Cristóbal Colón" participates in the "Active Endeavour" operation

The frigate "Cristóbal Colón" went sailing on Monday in the company of the Canadian frigate 'Regina' and the Turkish frigate Kemalreis', after spending two days docked at Pier Sarayburnu (Istanbul), to participate in direct support the NATO operation "Active Endeavour" to combat terrorism in the Mediterranean Sea.
During the next two weeks, the Spanish frigate will remain integrated into the Second Association's Standing Naval NATO (SNMG-2 in the acronym), with the mission of offshore operations in the Mediterranean Sea that will contribute to demonstrate the cohesion Alliance deterrence, defense, and protection against terrorism.
The frigate "Cristóbal Colón", under the command of Commander Enrique Nunez de Prado, plans to enter the 5th of July in Malaga, where the baton of command SNMG-2 will take place during the last year boasting the Spanish Eugenio Díaz del Río Jáudenes admiral aboard three frigates "Alvaro de Bazán" class.

Spanish NaVy photos.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Saab still in on-going talks concerning an acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB

In April ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG, and Saab AB signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding concerning the sale of the Swedish shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (formerly named Kockums) to Saab AB. The discussions are at a final stage but still ongoing. An agreement with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG has not been signed. Further information will be announced when negotiations have ended and an agreement is signed.

Airbus HC-144A Ocean Sentry Aircraft Fleet Surpasses 50,000 Flight Hours With US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, Texas received its first of three HC-144A aircraft on June 12, 2014 and plans to base three aircraft at this fourth HC-144A air station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Herndon VA June 26, 2014 - The U.S. Coast Guard's fleet of seventeen Airbus HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft has completed its first 50,000 hours of flight five years after the start of initial operational capability.
The demonstrated maintainability of the HC-144A aircraft allows the Coast Guard to fly more hours per airframe in a year with the Ocean Sentry than any other aircraft in its fleet.
"The combination of low operating costs and ease of maintenance will continue to enable the HC-144A to achieve exceptionally high flying hours," said Allan McArtor Airbus Group Inc. Chairman and CEO. "We look forward to supporting it in service for many years to come."
The fleet delivered by Airbus Defense and Space Inc. has successfully undertaken a wide variety of maritime patrol missions from bases at Cape Cod, Mass., Mobile, Ala., and Miami. The Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, Texas received its first of three HC-144A aircraft on June 12, 2014 and plans to base three aircraft at this fourth HC-144A air station. This marks the beginning of modernization of the Coast Guard's medium range fixed wing maritime law enforcement and search and rescue fleet in South Texas.
The HC-144A Ocean Sentry is based on the proven Airbus CN235 tactical airlifter and maritime patrol aircraft built by Airbus Defense and Space, of which more than 235 are currently in operation by 29 countries. The HC-144A was selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as its 2013 DHS Project of the Year, recognizing the program's record of on-time and on-budget achievement.
In its first 50,000 hours in operation the HC-144A has reliably performed a broad range of missions including search and rescue, homeland security, disaster response and national defense, and it has been a key tool for the Coast Guard at critical moments including the Haiti earthquake, Deepwater Horizon disaster and Hurricane Sandy.

Future USCGC Raymmond Evans Delivered June 25 in Key West

USCGC RAYMOND EVANS outbound during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Bollinger photo.

Lockport LA June 25, 2014 - Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the RAYMOND EVANS, the tenth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.
The announcement was made by Bollinger President, Chris Bollinger. "We are extremely proud to announce the delivery of the RAYMOND EVANS, the latest FRC built by Bollinger, to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, FL. The RAYMOND EVANS, as well as the previous nine FRC deliveries were proudly delivered on time and on budget. We look forward to the vessel's commissioning, honoring and celebrating the heroic acts of Commander Raymond Evans."
The 154 foot patrol craft RAYMOND EVANS is the tenth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational "game changer," by senior Coast Guard officials.
The Coast Guard took delivery on June 25, 2014 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Key West, Florida during September, 2014.
Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero, Commander Raymond Evans. Evans, who began his career as an apprentice seaman, was part of a dramatic rescue of a group of Marines pinned down by machine gun fire during the battle of Guadalcanal in September, 1942 where he earned the Navy Cross. Evans performed his mission with valor and bravery.

Northrop Grumman Honors Midshipman with the Navigator of the Year Award

Northrop Grumman Corporation presented the 2014 Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Midshipman Robert Francisco Yerkes-Medina in ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy. The award was presented by Jeff Holloway (right), director of the company's Charlottesville, Virginia, campus and an academy graduate. Northrop Grumman photo.

Annapolis June 25, 2014 – Northrop Grumman Corporation recently presented the 2014 Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award for 2014 to Midshipman Robert Francisco Yerkes-Medina in ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy.
The award recognizes a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding navigation skills and knowledge during his or her four years at the academy and is part of a naval support tradition at Northrop Grumman. This is the fifth year the company has sponsored the award.
"Northrop Grumman is honored to contribute to the development of tomorrow's naval officers," said Teri Marconi, vice president and general manager, Navigation and Maritime Systems Division, Northrop Grumman. "Through our continuing partnership with the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the academy itself, it is our privilege to recognize the accomplishments and potential of our future leaders."
The Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award was established by the company to honor Elmer A. Sperry, who in 1910 founded Sperry Marine, which is now part of Northrop Grumman. Sperry invented the first marine gyrocompass in 1908 and earned more than 350 patents during his career in the maritime industry.

Babcock commences design work for Type 26 AWHS

June 24, 2014 - Babcock has begun work on the first phase of the contract to design and supply the Air Weapons Handling System (AWHS) for the UK’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) announced recently by BAE Systems.
Under the full contract Babcock will design, manufacture, test and oversee the installation of the AWHS system on the 13 ships planned in the UK Type 26 GCS program, as well as providing long term support functions to ensure through life system performance and availability.
The AWHS will have the capability to handle and stow all air weapons safely in a flexible stowage arrangement.  The system is modular with interchangeable stowages between weapon types for maximum stowage density and flexibility.  The AWHS includes a handling system to facilitate the positive control and transfer of munitions from their stowages to designated weapon preparation areas prior to their transfer onto aircraft or into torpedo launch systems, where fitted.
The AWHS contract will include all supporting systems required for handling and stowing air weapons within the air weapons magazine.  This will include mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic and software systems, as well as definition of all interfaces with the ship structure, combat system and weapons as required.
Babcock’s AWHS delivers reliable, flexible, multiple weapon handling and stowage within the air weapons magazine, and is a primary system in providing T26 GCS with critical airborne defence capability.  Among the key features of the Babcock design is a weapon handling system to stow and un-stow all weapon types independently from one another and in any desired sequence.  The system is designed to facilitate the desired level of operator automation, from mechanised assistance to fully automated operation.  The AWHS system significantly reduces the manual handling requirement for weapons handling operations compared to systems currently in-service, thus supporting the T26 GCS requirement to reduce operational manning.  Through intelligent design and material selection, the system will be designed to ensure quieter operation than current in-service solutions (a critical requirement of the T26 GCS) and to be resilient to non-contact underwater explosive shock loads, maintaining system operation after such an event.
Babcock’s Head of Surface Ship Business Development, David Wright, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to provide the Type 26 AWHS, which is a key system critical to enabling the ship to carry out its operations.  Our expertise in weapons handling and magazine design has already been demonstrated in the highly mechanised weapons handling system (HMWHS) on the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, which provides automated handling of munitions between the deep magazines, hangar, weapon preparation area and flight deck operational spaces.  Our knowledge of the transverse requirements for stowing and handling munitions and other critical naval assets in shipboard environments, and our understanding of the system safety requirements for these primary systems, has been fundamental to our success in winning the AWHS contract.  Our experience in these transverse requirements, coupled with our extensive experience in the design and supply of these systems, will directly benefit the design for the T26 AWHS.”
Babcock has over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of weapons launch and handling systems for both surface ship and submarine platforms for the UK and overseas navies, including the supply of a complete weapons handling and launch system from stowage to launchers for Australia’s Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers.

Imtech Marine selected by BAE Systems to provide key systems for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Program


Rotterdam June 24, 2014 - Imtech Marine has been selected by BAE Systems to provide electrical distribution and HVAC systems for the prestigious UK MOD Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme.
The HVAC system comprises the CBRN system, for protection against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats, and the air handling units, fans, air distribution system and climate control panels. Imtech Marine’s HVAC specialised division Schiffbau-/Dockbautechnik will design, manufacture, install and test the system. Next to the entire HVAC system, Imtech Marine will supply the complete low voltage electrical power distribution system, which includes switchboards, electrical distribution cabinets, distribution panels and motor starters, ship service and power distribution transformers and battery backed zonal power supply units.
For naval applications Imtech Marine has developed a standard switchboard IMAS design, which is capable of adaptation with respect to voltages of 440V/690V, current ratings up to 4000A/5000A, head height restrictions, maintenance access, internal partitioning/separation, tolerance to flooding, arc flash detection, tolerance to shock and vibration, EMI & EMC tolerance and emissions, CO2 injection ports and top and bottom cable entry.
To ensure the company provides the best service possible a specialised engineering project team will be established to interface with the BAE Systems team and to co-develop the Type 26 equipment designs and provide support during ships’ commissioning. Imtech Marine’s UK operation will be further strengthened through knowledge transfer from the company’s global technical competence centres. This will ensure that there is a solid foundation to provide an enduring basis for the through-life support team for the vessels that are expected to be in service with the Royal Navy into the middle of this century and beyond.
André Meijer, Managing Director Imtech Marine, comments: “Undoubtedly, a significant factor in Imtech Marine’s selection to provide the HVAC for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme was its efficient engineering management processes developed as a result of our global supply experience. Of particular importance was the experience gained by working with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance to supply the complete HVAC solution for the new Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. This facilitated the effective transfer of knowledge from the QE Class to the Type 26 programme.
“Imtech Marine’s widespread HVAC, CBRN and electrical system integration expertise, combined with its close involvement with the Royal Netherlands Navy and other foreign Navies, provides a thorough understanding of the operating demands made of modern naval electrical power distribution systems and on-board climate control and CBRN protection systems and the complex interrelationships between power supply and consumer loads.”
In 2000 Imtech was selected to fill in the role of electrical system design authority for four Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD(A)) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels and has expanded its UK activities ever since.
Over the past decade Imtech Marine has been involved in the supply of platform electrical systems for several UK Naval programmes. This has included the LSD(A) whole ship solution - including the electrical installation, and the steering and dive control systems for three Astute Submarines. Additionally, the company was selected to supply the HVAC system for the two QE Class Aircraft Carriers currently under construction in Rosyth and the Integrated Bridge and Platform Management Systems for three Khareef Class Corvettes recently completed by BAE Systems in Portsmouth. In addition to this, Imtech has built up major experience in the global navy market, with close partnerships with the Dutch and German Navy and implementing technology solutions at several navies around the world.

Dauria Aerospace Launches Two Perseus-M Maritime Surveillance Satellites to Monitor Open Seas and Navigable Waterways Across the Northern HemisphereDaur


Moffett Field CA June 24, 2014 - Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global satellite-based remote sensing information services has successfully delivered two Perseus-M spacecraft into low earth orbit. These satellites will be combined with Dauria's DX1 spacecraft and eight Perseus-O imaging satellites to form the Perseus space monitoring and remote sensing constellation. The maritime segment of the Perseus constellation will track and monitor vessels in open seas and navigable waterways in the United States, Canada, Northern Europe and Russia.
"The launch of the Perseus-M satellites marks a significant achievement for Dauria," says Mike Kokorich, founder and president at Dauria Aerospace. "Once established, the maritime segment of the constellation will provide valuable vessel traffic information to a range of users from captains and ship-owners to coast guard and search and rescue services in the Northern Hemisphere."
The two Perseus-M maritime-surveillance satellites were launched on June 19th aboard a Dnepr rocket. Canopus Systems, a Mountain View, CA based affiliate of Dauria, developed these satellites which feature a proprietary microsatellite platform and are equipped with commercially oriented experimental Automatic Identification System (AIS) payloads.
"We are confident in the commercial success of the constellation," continues Kokorich. "Prior to DX1 launch, we reached an agreement with the Russian Ministry of Transportation for the development of AIS services. At this time, Russia does not maintain any space assets with AIS capabilities and can only monitor maritime traffic less than about 43 miles from its shoreline. We expect this partnership to lead to agreements with multiple companies based in North America and Europe."
The next segment of the constellation involves launching a DX1 small satellite, which is awaiting launch aboard a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from Baikonur in early July. The Perseus constellation will be the first commercial space monitoring and remote sensing satellite constellation with a Russian private component. The DX1 platform permits future utilization of the satellite for Earth remote sensing and various scientific purposes. Perseus-M satellites will also perform testing of the satellite platform for Perseus-O medium resolution optical satellites that are scheduled for launch in 2015.

AEHF-3 Protected Communications Payload, Built by Northrop Grumman, Completes On Orbit Testing Ahead of Schedule

Lockheed Martin

Redondo Beach CA June 24, 2014 -- The protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the U.S. Air Force's third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite has completed on orbit testing ahead of schedule without any discrepancies, matching the high performance levels of others the company has provided.
Launched Sept. 18, 2013, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, AEHF-3 reached its final position in geostationary orbit in January 2014. The payload began transmitting as planned when it was activated for the first time at that point, said Stuart Linsky, vice president, communication programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
An extensive series of on-orbit payload tests that followed was successfully completed in February. The Air Force said its 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., took over satellite operations in March from the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles.
As a result, AEHF-3 has been integrated in a constellation of satellites forming a "ring of protection" around the Earth that provides the only global, highly secure, protected, survivable communications for warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms.
The constellation now includes five Milstar and three AEHF satellites, all communicating with each other via satellite-to-satellite crosslinks – a capability exclusive to Milstar and AEHF within the MILSATCOM enterprise. Northrop Grumman has provided all payloads for AEHF satellites to the prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif.
"The AEHF-3 payload turned in a stellar performance throughout on orbit testing," Linsky said. "With the third AEHF satellite seamlessly integrated into the 'ring of protection,' the Northrop Grumman-built crosslinks demonstrated a new first — operations at extended data rates [XDR] on both sides of an AEHF satellite. That wasn't possible with only two AEHF satellites on orbit."
Testing involved establishing communications networks between combinations of EHF terminals on the ground that use Milstar's medium data rates and other terminals equipped to handle the wideband AEHF XDR. They exercised and further proved payload software that configures worldwide networks, Linsky noted.
"The payload's software-based communication network architecture allows us the unprecedented ability to reconfigure assets as needed for an evolving battlefield," Linsky said. "This software-based architecture has enabled Northrop Grumman to deliver new capabilities our leaders and warfighters requested through the Milstar constellation for all 20 years since the launch of the first Milstar in February 1994."
Advanced EHF satellite payloads uniquely contain a full range of features that provide effective protection against the wide range of threats from capable adversaries. These features include anti-jamming for the strongest jammers, low probability of detection and intercept, rapid recovery during a nuclear event, the ability to operate through scintillation, greatly reduced risk from physical attack to ground systems, and significant protection from cyber attack.

Amelia Rose Earhart Embarks on Historic Around-the-World Flight to Honor Her Namesake

Fly With Amelia Foundation

Oakland June 26, 2014) - Just moments ago, Amelia Rose Earhart departed from Oakland International Airport in a stunning Pilatus PC 12-NG to recreate and symbolically complete the 1937 around-the-world flight that her namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart, never got to finish. Dubbed The Amelia Project, the flight will take a minimum of 17 days with at least 100 hours of flight time. Upon completion, Amelia Rose will be the youngest woman to ever circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine aircraft.
Amelia Rose and her co-pilot, Shane Jordan, will make stops in the following locations prior to returning to Oakland:
  • Denver
  • Miami
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Natal, Brazil
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Sao Tome and Principe, Africa
  • Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania
  • Seychelles, Africa
  • Male, Maldives
  • Seletar, Singapore
  • Darwin, Australia
  • Nadzab, Papua New Guinea
  • Bonriki, Tarawa
  • Cassidy Island, Kiribati
  • Honolulu
A diverse group of sponsors across various industries helped make this monumental flight possible, and Amelia Rose is thrilled to have the support, "I'm honored that so many incredible companies have been generous enough to get involved with the project. I couldn't do it without them."
The aircraft's cockpit will be outfitted with multiple cameras and Amelia Rose will be uploading videos throughout the flight to, which will also provide a flight-tracker so a global audience can follow the flight. Additionally, Amelia Rose will be posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the journey, and invites people to engage with her using #FlyWithAmelia.
In June 2014, Amelia Rose Earhart will fly around the world in a single-engine aircraft in an effort to recreate and symbolically complete her namesake's fateful flight, which ended in mystery when she disappeared over the South Pacific. When Amelia Mary Earhart set out on her adventure in 1937, she was living her passion, leading the charge for the pilots of the future. Amelia said, "My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow." Inspired, driven and fueled by flight, Amelia Rose will close her namesake's flight book in her honor. The goal of this project is to inspire a new generation of aviators and to motivate others to pursue their dreams and passions. 
Amelia is a passionate aviatrix and philanthropist. In 2013 Amelia started the Fly With Amelia Foundation, a 501c3 that provides flight scholarships to young women, aviation career mentoring, and STEM education programs. Amelia took her first flying lesson on June 2, 2004, and obtained her pilot's license in a Cessna 172. In 2012, she recreated her namesake's transcontinental flight from Oakland, California, to Miami, Florida, as a completion of her instrument training hours.

USCG Informed Aura Systems Of Renewed Contract To Support The VIPER Power Solution Used In Its 45-Foot RB-M Patrol Boats

Redondo Beach CA June 26, 2014 - Aura Systems, Inc. announced today that the US Coast Guard (USCG) informed the Company that its support contract with Aura will shortly be renewed. This support contract is to provide service and support for the VIPER systems installed on the USCG patrol boats. The USCG RB-M response boats now in production use dual AuraGen/VIPER systems, to provide both AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current) power from engine idle to redline. The 45-foot RB-M was designed to meet Coast Guard mission requirements for search and rescue; ports, waterways, and coastal security; drug interdiction; and migrant interdiction.
“We have now shipped hundreds of VIPER systems to the US Coast Guard under the previously announced program and we are starting to get interest in marine applications of the VIPER mobile power solution from other countries.”
In addition to the USCG Aura’s VIPER mobile power solution are also installed on boats operated by the USN, RN and the Singapore Navy. Recently the British Royal Navy ship HMS Echo involved in the search for Malaysia Airline Flight 370 has with it the survey boat SMB Sapphire with two AuraGen VIPER systems.
Mr. Melvin Gagerman, Aura’s CEO, said, “We have now shipped hundreds of VIPER systems to the US Coast Guard under the previously announced program and we are starting to get interest in marine applications of the VIPER mobile power solution from other countries.”

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Drone Aviation Receives Award for Sustainment Equipment Purchased by the U.S. Department of Defense

Jacksonville June 25, 2014 - Drone Aviation Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a developer of specialized lighter-than-air aerostats and tethered drones, has announced that Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. ("LTAS"), its wholly owned subsidiary, has received an award from U.S. Government prime contractor ADS Inc. ("ADS"). The award recognizes LTAS's sustainment kits that support the Government's "Blimp in a Box", BiB-250 tethered aerostat systems, which are currently stationed at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Polk. The sustainment equipment order valued at over $250,000 is expected to be delivered in Q3 and will be utilized to support evaluations, training, and operations in rotational exercises.
The highly mobile BiB-250 tethered aerostat systems are intended to provide semi-persistent, mobile intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance ("ISR") at the platoon level with minimal troop requirements. The BiB-250 systems provide real-time day/night high definition footage for ISR, detection of hostile activity, improvised explosive devices, border security and other governmental and civilian uses. Unlike larger, complex, stadium size moored aerostats, or smaller, limited endurance free flying drones, the tactical BiB-250 system can provide low cost, mobile ISR for days, weeks or months with minimal costs and limited operational footprint and human requirement.
Drone Aviation Holding Corp.'s CEO Felicia Hess stated, "We are excited that LTAS has been selected to provide additional sustainment equipment for the BiB-250 systems at Ft. Polk. We will continue to work closely with our government customers to ensure the soldiers have all of the equipment they require to operate the BiB systems throughout the ongoing training and exercises at Ft. Polk." 
LTAS was issued the award by ADS, which currently services U.S. Military & DOD Agencies, Federal Agencies, Defense Contractors, Law Enforcement & Public Safety, Fire & Emergency Services and Foreign Military & Government. ADS provides operational and tactical equipment to or for use by customers such as the United States Government and its various agencies and departments and other non commercial customers.

Cape Ray Leaves Spain to Receive Syrian Materials


Washington June 25, 2014 - The U.S. motor vessel Cape Ray departed Rota, Spain, this morning en route to the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy, where the ship will receive declared Syrian chemical weapons transferred from the Danish vessel Ark Futura.
In a statement announcing the departure, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the transit to Italy is expected to take several days. 
After the transfer is complete, the Cape Ray will depart Gioia Tauro for international waters to begin neutralization of the chemical agents using the embarked field deployable hydrolysis system, Kirby said. "Neutralization will be conducted in a safe and environmentally sound manner," he added. "Nothing from this operation will be released into the environment." 
The Cape Ray and the field-deployable hydrolysis system are part of the U.S. contribution to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons -- U.N. Joint Mission to eliminate Syria's declared chemical materials stockpile. The vessel is part of the Transportation Department Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force program. 
"As [Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel] has made clear, we will work hard to destroy these materials so they never again pose a threat to the Syrian people or America's allies in the region," Kirby said. 

Aviation operations get real on NUSHIP Canberra

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Sailor Colin Corbett from NUSHIP Canberra gains experience as an Aircraft Director with a MRH90 helicopter at HMAS Albatross.

After months of training with synthetic airframes, NUSHIP Canberra’s Air Department was exposed to the real thing at HMAS Albatross earlier this month.

The team conducted aviation operations training with an MRH90 helicopter on the Landing Helicopter Deck (LHD) dummy deck which simulates the ship's flight deck.

The ship’s aircraft directors marshalled the helicopter in for landing and experienced the full down wash of the main rotor blades as the aircraft hovered over the landing spot.

Canberra’s Commander Air, Commander Paul Moggach said the flight control team and Joint Battlefield Airspace Controllers also attended the training to exercise communications procedures between Flying Control (FLYCO), Air Traffic Control, the flight deck team and the aircraft.

“This training has allowed us to develop fundamental communication procedures that will allow safe and efficient aviation operations in the LHD,” CMDR Moggach said.

“We haven’t had a ship of this size and capability in the Navy for many years so coordinating the different skills sets to meet the overall command requirements of the ship is one of the challenges we face.”

“I am particularly confident the challenges are being met, the team has been working really well together.”
NUSHIP Canberra Aviation Support Sailors move in to chock a MRH90 helicopter at HMAS Albatross.
NUSHIP Canberra Aviation Support Sailors move in to chock a MRH90 helicopter at HMAS Albatross.

The MRH90 conducted launch and recovery procedures on each of the flight deck spots and also practiced a vertical replenishment evolution where an underslung load is moved from one ship to another.

The main focus of the training was to test Canberra’s newly developed standard operating procedures for multi-spot deck operations, which also included simulated communication with the bridge.

During the week of training the Air Department also received a brief on the MRH90 capabilities and a demonstration of the aircraft's manual blade fold and spread evolution. It is important for the new Aviation Support personnel to understand the aircraft that will be operating from Canberra’s deck.

The Aviation Support category (AVN) was introduced in 2012 as part of the introduction into service of the LHDs.

“It was realised that a large, multi spot air capable ship would require a significant effort in terms of managing the flight deck, particularly in terms of aircraft movement, aircraft safety and accident response, so the category was stood up to meet that requirement,” CMDR Moggach said.

Able Seaman Robert Brook, one of the 45 Air Department personnel onboard Canberra, waited for three years to change category to Aviation Support and is now thrilled to be a part of the Fleet Air Arm.

“Our job involves aircraft movements, first response to any helicopter crash rescue incident on the flight deck and general flight deck and hangar husbandry,” AB Brook said.

“I’m really looking forward to deploying with the LHD, getting out there and doing the job.”

~LSIS Helen Frank (author and photographer)

NOAA Fisheries 10-year study highlights threats to Southern Resident killer whales

Washington June 25, 2014 - A NOAA report released today, which focuses on 10 years of research and conservation efforts on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, confirms that the three major threats to the recovery of the animals are pollution, vessel noise, and food availability.  

Since 2003, NOAA scientists have collected data ranging from fecal and biopsy samples to satellite location data and behavioral observations in order to provide a comprehensive look into the health of this population and inform recovery efforts.
Southern Resident killer whale
The killer whales' distinctive appearance consists of black dorsal (back) and white ventral (belly) portions, with a white patch above and behind the eye and a gray patch behind the dorsal fin. (Credit: NOAA.) 

With only 80 of the animals left, recovery of the Southern Resident killer whale population, which spends summers in Puget Sound, is going to require years of study and work, according to NOAA Fisheries marine biologist Lynne Barre.

"This new report provides insights into the threats facing Southern Resident killer whales, as well as new information as to why these whales are not recovering as quickly as hoped," Barre said. "NOAA Fisheries and our partners can use the findings and information contained in this report, as well as future research, and apply it directly to our overall efforts to help these animals recover as we work to maintain healthy oceans for current and future generations."

According to the report, NOAA is tackling the main threats to the whales on a number of fronts, by implementing restrictions on how close vessels can approach the whales in order to reduce impacts; collaborating and partnering with organizations responsible for the removal of contaminants in Puget Sound; better understanding effects of food availability; and adopting killer whale-specific plans in the case of oil spills.

SKRW pod
Killer whales pods contain several matrilineal sub-groups (mothers with offspring) that travel together as a single family unit. (Credit: NOAA.) 
Today's report also summarizes what NOAA Fisheries and its partners have learned, conservation actions taken, and future actions that need to be taken:
·         Chinook salmon make up a majority of the whales' diet, particularly in the summer. Many runs of Chinook are endangered or threatened, potentially limiting the food source.
·         Pollutants cause disease and reproduction problems in marine mammals. Southern Resident killer whales are among the most contaminated marine mammals in our oceans. Pollution and contaminant levels are particularly high in young whales.
·         When vessels are present, the whales hunt less, travel more and modify their vocalizations.
·         Future research is needed to answer questions like whether the new vessel regulations are successful in reducing impacts, how large an impact do high contaminant loads have on whale health and reproduction, and how large a population can today's ecosystem support.
In 2003, Congressional concern over the 20 percent population decline in the late 1990s led to a federally funded research and conservation program. Since that time, NOAA Fisheries has been working with the killer whale conservation community to more fully understand the threats these whales face, and to initiate actions to help the species recover.

It is believed the Southern Resident killer whale population once numbered at least 140 animals. In the 1960s and 1970s, nearly 50 animals were removed from the population and placed into theme parks. The practice of capturing live orcas for display was halted in 1976, but only about 71 Southern Residents remained.

The population of these whales rebounded in the 1980s, peaking at 98 animals in 1995. But the population began to decline again in the early 2000s, and was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2005. In 2013, the population numbered 82 animals.

NATO Review: War and medecine - 100 years after the Great War

JUNE 2014 

War and medicine - 100 years after the Great War

War and medicine - 100 years after the Great War

Many of us benefit every day from advances which started within the military, such as SatNav systems in our cars. In this edition, we ask whether medicine advanced due to the innovations that started 100 years ago in World War I. For example, do today's PTSD sufferers benefit from the mistakes made with shellshock sufferers all those years ago? And how much is there a link between how today's ambulances treat people and the lessons learned on the battlefields of the Great War? Read more
Was World War I good for medicine?

Was World War I good for medicine?

From 1914's grim reality to today's virtual reality, this mini documentary looks at how health care played a key role in the 1914-18 war. It hears how most soldiers actually survived the trenches, but were at great threat from infection and disease. Today's combat treatment can often be traced back to improvements made in the Great War. But does this mean that war is good for medicine? Read more
Photostory - what a WWI soldier could expect

Photostory - what a WWI soldier could expect

This photostory shows what a soldier fighting in World War I could expect in terms of weapons he could face, injuries he could expect and healthcare he would receive. Warning: some may find certain images disturbing. Read more
Book review: Medicine and Modern Warfare

Book review: Medicine and Modern Warfare

There were many medical challenges to the military over the last century. One of them, sexually transmitted diseases, may seem trivial to today's eyes. But in the days before penicillin, this kind of condition could take thousands of men out of action. Isabel Fernandez reviews essays on this and other lessons from 'Medicine and Modern Warfare'. Read more

100 years of changing combat, changing health care

100 years of changing combat, changing health care

How do developments of military medical care in the last century look to a military medic? NATO Review asked the medical advisor to the NATO International Military Staff to provide an outline of how he sees the changes in treatment, approach and attitude to treating injuries over the last century - and the effect they've had on how the military works. Read more