Wednesday, February 24, 2016

HMAS Ballarat sails from successful upgrade

HMAS Ballarat conducts an inclining experiment essential for calculating manoeuvrability and stability of the vessel following comprehensive structural changes, such as the addition of the Aft Mast Cupola, during the ASMD Program. RAN photo.

February 24, 2016 - HMAS Ballarat proceeded to a buoy in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, recently, signifying the completion of a busy and successful Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.
The sixth Anzac class frigate built for the Royal Australian Navy, Ballarat  was the fifth vessel to proceed to Mariner Skills Evaluation and Sea Trials post upgrade, following HMA Ships Perth, Arunta, Anzac and Warramunga. 
The upgrade project delivers not only an upgraded combat system and the Australian designed CEA phased array radar suite, but a comprehensive package of engineering changes and maintenance tasks including the ability to embark the MRH-90 helicopter.
The most significant visual change is the addition of the aft radar mast ‘cupola’ to house the phased array radar, and completing the new look a coat of the Royal Australian Navy’s new ‘haze grey’ paint scheme is applied to the upper deck structures.
Having verified propulsion plant safety and operability, the ship sailed to commence sea trials to test and validate the comprehensive package of work done. 
Sailing represents the culmination of months of work by the Integrated Project Team and ship's staff to re-activate the vessel, which was de-crewed during the docking phase of the activity.
Commander Cassandra Ryan, Anzac Systems Program Office Sustainment Director, said milestone was a credit to both the crew and the project team.
“It is exciting to see the each ship depart the program and return to service in the Navy equipped with such impressive capability," she said.
Significant co-ordination was required to bring the vessel back into service, including the de-confliction of ongoing production, set to work and testing activities while the ships staff re-inhabited and re-populated compartments and systems with everything from computers and office furniture to food to maintenance supplies.
The upgrade program is managed by the Anzac Systems Program Office and involves industry partners including BAE Systems, NSM, Saab, and multiple sub-contractors.
“During the installation of the upgraded combat system, almost 30km of cable is installed, and the project has recently surpassed two million hours on task," Commander Ryan said.
“The project represents a significant upgrade to the capability, and is one of the major projects currently under delivery within the Royal Australian Navy fleet.”
Over half-way through the whole-of-class upgrade, HMA Ships Parramatta and Toowoomba are currently on the dry dock in the BAE yard at Henderson, Western Australia.
HMAS Stuart is the final ship to be upgraded and will enter the program in May 2016. 
Following sea trials, Ballarat will work up her ship's company to be ready for all future navy tasking.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Civil Air Patrol to Launch 75th Anniversary Celebration

Maxwell AFB February 23, 2016 - As Civil Air Patrol’s Command Council convenes in Washington, D.C., this week to brief Congress on the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s primary missions, CAP members will also launch the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration.
CAP’s 2016 Legislative Day is scheduled for Feb. 25 on Capitol Hill. Every year, delegations from each of Civil Air Patrol’s 52 wings meet with their representatives in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to update them on CAP’s congressionally mandated missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
“This will be a special Legislative Day,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. “In addition to the opportunity to tell CAP’s stories of service, sacrifice and love of country to our representatives and senators, we will also celebrate the start of our 75th anniversary year.”
Civil Air Patrol’s chief historian, Col. Frank Blazich, said the organization’s milestone anniversary provides “a unique opportunity” to elevate public awareness about CAP, its heritage, programs and future missions. “Notably, we are able to reflect upon the accomplishments of our membership and organization to better position both for the next 75 years,” he said.
CAP doesn’t officially turn 75 years old until Dec. 1, 2016, but officials believe the birthday is worthy of a yearlong celebration, beginning with a reception on the evening of Feb. 25 at the Crystal City Marriott at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The anniversary launch event will feature remarks from Capt. Jill Paulson, granddaughter of CAP’s founder Gill Robb Wilson.
“This will give us a chance to thank the many people who have supported Civil Air Patrol — members of Congress, our Air Force partners and others. Their support has helped make CAP the premier public service organization it is today,” said Vazquez.
CAP’s 75th Anniversary theme is “Civil Air Patrol — Always Vigilant for America, 1941-2016.”
Anniversary activities and displays are planned throughout the year – at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland, Florida; EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Maryland; and the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend in Reading, Pennsylvania. The observances will culminate with a 75th Anniversary Gala back in the nation’s capital at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on Dec. 1.
“Since its earliest days, when more than 200,000 Americans responded to the call for service by volunteering during World War II, CAP has kept a vigilant watch on the homeland,” said Blazich. “Today that vigilance continues in a myriad of emergency services, disaster relief and homeland security missions, each focused on the well-being and protection of our citizens.”
Since 2010, CAP has responded to both natural and manmade disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern Seaboard, flooding in the Midwest, tornadoes in the South and Southwest, wildfires in California, a mudslide in Washington state and a blizzard in South Dakota. Aircrews have also provided tsunami warnings in Hawaii.
CAP’s search and rescue efforts, aided by advances in technology, have resulted in nearly 400 lives saved nationwide in the past six years.
Homeland security missions include aerial reconnaissance conducted near America’s shipyards and on the nation’s waterways. CAP also provides air defense exercises for Air Force fighters protecting U.S. airspace and helps train U.S. troops before they deploy overseas.
“This 75th anniversary celebration is our time to raise our flag, to show our colors,” said Vazquez, who will oversee CAP’s activities on Capitol Hill, as well as the Command Council’s annual winter meeting, scheduled for Feb. 26-27 at the Crystal City Marriott.
The Command Council consists of CAP’s national commander, national vice commander and executive officer, as well as CAP’s eight region commanders and its 52 wing commanders representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its members serve as advisers to the national commander.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 74 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.

Air Warfare Destroyer project fires key weapon

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jacob Ward at the firing panel of the Mk 25 Mod Two 25mm Typhoon during the weapons certification firing with the radar and Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS) infrared on display at West Head Gunnery Range, Flinders, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jacob Ward at the firing panel of the Mk 25 Mod Two 25mm Typhoon during the weapons certification firing with the radar and Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS) infrared on display at West Head Gunnery Range, Flinders, Victoria.

February 20, 2016 - A key weapon system training platform for the Navy’s new Hobart class destroyers has reached the final stage of certification.
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jacob Ward took to the firing panel recently during a weapons certification firing trial of the Mk 25 25mm Typhoon at West Head Gunnery Range, Flinders Victoria.
The event marked the final stage of the acceptance of the Air Warfare Destroyer Close Range Defence System part task trainer comprising of the Mk 25 Mod 2 Typhoon, operating console and simulator.
On completion of the firing certification process, the system will be available to provide initial training to weapon system operators and maintainers posted to the HOBART Class guided missile destroyer (DDG).
Leading Seaman Ward said being part of a project for the most advanced destroyer Australia has ever built was a great experience.
“As an electronics technician I am much more used to maintenance and fault diagnosis than I am to testing a brand new capability,” he said.
“It was a pretty good experience to be part of the team certifying a key weapons system and knowing that it will be used for years to come in sailor training.”
The Navy is planned to have three Hobart Class destroyers to provide air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.
The West Head Gunnery Range occupies an area of approximately 16 hectares on the Mornington Peninsula, and is located approximately 70km south of Melbourne.
The Range was originally used by the Army in the 1890s as a shore battery and was taken over by the Royal Australian Navy in 1958.

Thales awarded contract for Minehunter upgrade in Estonia

February 22, 2016 - Thales will be the Prime Contractor on behalf of the Estonian MoD, with responsibility for the revised vessel design, equipment/system specification and procurement, platform and system integration, shipyard management and all test, trial and acceptance events. Thales will also supply the ships’ mission package which will be delivered with full operational capability in 2019. The upgrade mission package includes new navigation systems, the Sonar 2193 wideband hull mounted sonar, the M-CUBE command and control system (C2) and a fleet mine warfare data centre.
Commander of the Estonian Navy, CPT (N) Sepper stated “Background activities to upgrade the Naval Mine Counter Measure (NMCM) capability of the Sandown class commenced during the initial procurement phase of the vessels. I am delighted to see that we are now moving on to the execution phase.”
He went on to say “The current upgrade programme provides the Navy with the opportunity to extend its conventional NMCM capability, based on proven technological solutions and tactics into the next decade. This upgrade programme also provides a valuable and much needed extended timeframe to analyse the future capability requirements and readiness of possible technological solutions that would eventually replace the legacy systems”.
This upgrade builds on the naval architecture and engineering expertise already established through the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier and the Lithuania Hunt Regeneration contract.
The work has been led from Thales’s facilities in Cheadle and Templecombe, supported by Babcock Marine Systems in Rosyth.
“I am very pleased that Thales has been selected by the Estonian MoD for this prestigious and important programme. This is a challenging but exciting project, and these three ships will be upgraded with state of the art minehunting technology that will enable the Estonian Navy to continue to play an important role in NATO mine counter measures group 1 operations,” said Phil Jones, Managing Director, Maritime Mission Systems for Thales in the UK

In 2016, Caspian Flotilla ships to visit three foreign ports

Daum photo

February 20, 2016 (Google Translate) - Caspian Flotilla ships will visit three foreign ports located in the Caspian Sea water zone in 2016, says press center of RF Defence Ministry.
According to the Caspian Flotilla Commander Rear Admiral Igor Osipov, participation in Kazakh-Russian naval exercise and Caucasus–2016 strategic command-and-staff exercise are the priority tasks of the Flotilla in 2016. The ships will also pay visits to Bandar Anzali in Iran, Aktau in Kazakhstan and Baku in Azerbaijan as well as participate in the international naval exhibition Adex 2016.
In total, 3-4 ships, including Dagestan and Tatarstan missile ships will participate in the visits.
Moreover, ship detachment of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to visit the Astrakhan port in the second part of 2016.
The Flotilla Commander added that the Caspian Flotilla seamen are to participate in 8 contests of the International Army Games, including the Sea Cup – 2016.

Lockheed Martin Continues Building its Legacy of Submarine Systems Integration

Manassas VA February 23, 2016 - For 40 years, Lockheed Martin has supported the U.S. Navy's submarine program by bringing integrated solutions to complex systems including navigation, sonar, and communications. The U.S. Navy recently demonstrated its trust in Lockheed Martin's expertise by extending its contract for Submarine C3I System Engineering & Integration (SE&I) services. The work entails a major redesign of interfaces critical to the navigation architectures spanning several Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems (SWFTS) subsystems across all submarine ship classes."Aligning innovation with the customer's strategic plan is a key reason for our team's track record of successfully integrating combat systems on both new construction and in-service submarines," said Dave Boyle, Lockheed Martin Business Development Director in antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and integration programs.The scope of work includes an unusually significant breadth, scale and complexity of interface design changes that span across multiple submarine classes including Virginia Class submarine construction. In its Dec. 14, 2015, contract announcement the U.S. Navy attributed the sole source justification to Lockheed Martin's ability to mitigate significant and untenable program risk in both delivering the interface baselines and in successfully completing testing in support of SWFTS deliveries to Virginia Class submarine construction and SSN/SSBN modernizations. The contract is valued at $60 million. A "System of Systems"
For 10 years the SWFTS Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) team has performed crucial engineering and management to integrate numerous submarine combat subsystems - including sonar, imaging, BYG-1 (tactical control and weapons control), and communications--into one large system-of-systems for all in-service U.S. Navy submarine combat systems.
The team then tests the combat system to make sure that the subsystems correctly interface with each other prior to installation on a submarine.The team leverages its ASW lab in Manassas, which is fully integrated with three of the major submarine combat systems--sonar, BYG-1 and imaging--and is open to all other SWFTS subsystems, allowing for risk mitigation of the entire combat system prior to boat delivery.About Lockheed Martin Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that - with the addition of Sikorsky - employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

General Dynamics Mission Systems acquires Bluefin Robotics

February 23, 2016 - General Dynamics Mission Systems has acquired Bluefin Robotics, a manufacturer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) that perform a wide range of missions for the U.S. military and commercial customers.
“Bluefin’s advanced underwater technologies and products are perfectly aligned with our expertise in undersea system integration,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems. “We have long specialized in many of the technologies that are making UUVs increasingly effective, and have strong credentials integrating UUVs into naval platforms. With the added capability to design and manufacture UUVs, combined with our commitment to speeding innovation to our customers, this acquisition positions us well to further support our U.S. Navy customers.”
Bluefin Robotics will become part of General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Maritime and Strategic Systems line of business. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.

Coast Guard Awards National Security Cutter Structural Enhancement Contract

National Security Cutter
The first national security cutter, Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, entered service in 2008 and is stationed in Alameda, California. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
February 18, 2016 - The Coast Guard awarded a contract to Vigor Marine LLC Feb. 16, 2016, for the structural enhancement drydock availability effort for the first and second national security cutters. The current value of the award is $2.3 million, which will support the detail design and planning phase of the contract and long lead time material for the first NSC.
The contract has a potential value of up to $70.6 million if all options are exercised. The contracted work will be performed in Seattle.
During the early stages of NSC production activities, it was determined that certain structural modifications would need to be incorporated into the NSC design in order to achieve a 30-year design fatigue life. The Coast Guard and the contractor conducted additional analyses and engineering efforts to address the fatigue life concerns, and structural enhancements were incorporated into regular production during the construction of the third NSC, Coast Guard Cutter Stratton. Stratton and all subsequent NSCs have the enhancements already installed; however, due to construction timelines, the first two NSCs – Coast Guard cutters Bertholf and Waesche – were not able to receive the structural enhancements.
During the detail design and planning phase for SEDA, the contractor will develop detailed drawings and engineering work packages for the structural enhancement and establish the schedule and approach for the repair execution phase. The repair execution phase will include structural enhancement work, work on planned recurring maintenance items, and several system upgrades to conform to the final NSC baseline design. Successful execution of the structural enhancements will prevent long-term fatigue damage, which would result in additional life cycle maintenance costs, and ensure a 30-year design fatigue life for the cutters Bertholf and Waesche.

Monday, February 22, 2016

SENER signed a contract with ASC for the use of FORAN

Madrid February 18, 2016 (Google Translate) - The engineering and technology group SENER has signed a contract with the Australian shipyard ASC for the implementation of CAD / CAM FORAN developed by SENER, as a tool for stability calculations during construction of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) that the Air Warfare Destroyer alliance takes place.
The performance of the contract has begun with a first training module in FORAN Naval Architecture, which took place in the Maritime Skills Centre in Techport, Australia. new interactions between the two companies are expected during the first quarter of this year.
ASC is consolidating the Hobart class AWD in its modern shipyard in South Australia, as well as builds and maintains the Collins class submarines.
FORAN could be used in the design of new platforms for the Australian Navy in the future.

Honeywell Provides Clearer Picture For Helicopter Pilots In Low-Visibility And Inclement Environments

Phoenix February 16, 2016 - Honeywell has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to continue improving three-dimensional visibility and safety for U.S. military helicopter pilots experiencing inclement weather and harsh environments. Among the visual challenges faced by pilots are issues with rain, snow, dust, fog and other elements that reduce the ability to fly and land.
As part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Multifunction Radio Frequency effort, Honeywell will program, update and integrate the company's Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB) solution on U.S. military test helicopters such as the UH-60 Black Hawk. Honeywell's technology provides pilots with the most accurate "out-the-window," 3-D view on their primary flight displays, which is critical in low-visibility environments that mask hidden dangers such as treacherous terrain, other aircraft or utility wires.
"Our service men and women are called upon to serve wherever the need arises, and our goal is to provide them with the best technology to ensure their missions are as safe as possible in any environment," said Bob Witwer, vice president of Advanced Technology at Honeywell Aerospace. "Degraded visual environments have cost the U.S. military hundreds of millions of dollars and countless lives over the past decade, and Honeywell's system has the potential to eliminate these costs and save lives."
Honeywell's avionics solution couples the company's Federal Aviation Administration-certified synthetic vision products for business and general aviation with a software backbone developed for DARPA. By providing software and hardware, Honeywell's solution has the flexibility to adapt to different sensors and platforms available to the U.S. armed services.
Honeywell will update the synthetic vision system to support the next phase of the Multifunction Radio Frequency program to fuse information from DARPA's Advanced Rotary Multifunction Sensor radar along with terrain and obstacle databases and satellite imagery. The wider breadth of information will better inform helicopter pilots faced with low-visibility challenges.
"Honeywell is meeting the challenge of mitigating degraded visual environments," said Howie Wiebold, manager of business development at Honeywell Aerospace. "By processing data from multiple sensors and developing a 3-D synthetic rendering of the exterior view in degraded conditions, we can create a safe environment where military pilots can turn degraded visual environments into a tactical advantage."
Honeywell's synthetic vision technology has been in development and testing with DARPA since 2007. Honeywell's technology helps solve the challenge of degraded visual environments for current and future military helicopters.

Second Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation (JWGACTC) meeting between India & United States concludes in New Delhi

February 19, 2016 - The 2nd meeting of the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Co-operation (JWGACTC), constituted under the auspices of the Indo – US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative, was organised in India from 15 to 18 Feb 16. An 11 member delegation of the US Side, headed by Rear Admiral Thomas J Moore, Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers (United States Navy), visited various defence/ industrial installations in India including the Shore Based Test Facility at Goa, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bengaluru and Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), Kochi. The delegation also visited the first Indian Indigenous Aircraft Carrier being constructed at CSL.
The concluding session of the Joint Working Group Meeting was held on 18 Feb 16 at New Delhi and was co-chaired by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, Controller Warship Production and Acquisition and Rear Admiral Thomas J Moore, Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers (United States Navy). During this meeting, various aspects of cooperation in the field of aircraft carrier technology were discussed and a joint statement signed.
The meeting was attended by members of the Joint Working Group and relevant representatives from IHQ MoD (N), HQIDS, DRDO and Ministry of External Affairs, India.

Signing of the Framework Agreement ITP held on engine maintenance service of the Armed Forces

February 5, 2016 (Google Translation) - Acquisitions CEO Alvaro Juan Pino Salas, and Ignacio Mataix, CEO of ITP, a company owned 53.12% SENER, have formalized today in the presence of Lieutenant General Chief of Staff Logistics Support (MALOG) José María Orea Malo, the Framework Agreement that the company will be in charge of the inorganic engine maintenance service in the various air and naval fleets of the air forces of Earth and the Spanish Armada.
The agreement, whose formalization was initiated by Notice to Proceed from the Secretary of State for Defence last day 18 August 2015 and was subsequently approved by the Cabinet at its meeting on 9 October of the same year, has a duration of two years and may be extended up to a maximum of two others.
With the signing of this Framework Agreement, ITP continues the cooperation with the Armed Forces in providing engine maintenance and contributes to the operation of the fleets of the three Spanish armies

Honeywell Aerospace Signs Five-Year Contract With French Navy To Service Fleet Of Dassault Falcon Guardian Airplanes

Singapore Air Show February 17, 2016 - Honeywell Aerospace has signed a five-year contract to support the French Navy’s fleet of Dassault Falcon Guardian surveillance airplanes based in Tahiti. Under the agreement, Honeywell will provide parts, repair and overhaul services and engineering support for the fleet’s Honeywell ATF3 turbofan engines.
Honeywell will work with Sabena Technics, the primary maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, to meet the French Navy’s requirements. The two companies have a long history of supporting the Falcon Guardian platform. MRO services on the engine will be provided by Honeywell at its Sky Harbor facility in Phoenix, Arizona, enabling the French Navy to maintain the capabilities of its Falcon Guardian fleet by keeping the legacy engine operational.
Introduced in the early 1980s, the Falcon Guardian is a twin-engine version of the Falcon 20, specially adapted for maritime missions including surveillance and search and rescue. In addition to the Honeywell ATF3 engine, the airplane is also equipped with Honeywell’s Inertial Reference Unit, control box and Navigation Display Unit.

Nimitz Upgrades Network to CANES

US Navy
Bremerton February 19, 2016 - USS Nimitz (CVN 68) became the latest aircraft carrier to receive a massive upgrade to its network infrastructure Feb. 16 that increases operational efficiency, security, and communication capabilities for the ship.
The Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) system's improved security measures are designed to prevent the possibility of classified or secure information being accessed by someone without appropriate clearance, or hardware.
The new system comes with approximately 1,300 new workstations that will also assist Sailors professionally and personally by Sailors being able to conduct research, manage their time through the use of installed software, work on qualifications, and improve morale. Overall, the system will improve the speed of the network and internet access to all hands aboard Nimitz.
The CANES system will consolidate information making it quicker and easier to access, according to Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jerriod Prosser, help desk supervisor in the automated data processing (ADP) work center.
With the transition to CANES, departments have received CANES-approved Xerox printers. Standardizing the type and brand of the printers will ensure that parts, supplies and consumables will be universally available and provided by Xerox at no cost to departments.
Another step in transitioning to CANES required ADP to switch the ship's network to a temporary local area network (LAN) in February 2015.
According to Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Soyoung Chon, ADP's system administrator, a temporary LAN was necessary to switch over to CANES and all of the cables for the previous system had to be ripped out.
"We ran all new cables," said Chon. "For the first couple of months in the yards that is all we did."
Going through the process of installing CANES, the Sailors in ADP have learned more about the network they are installing.
According to Prosser, the ITs in the department will know more about this network because they were present for the system installation, rather than arriving aboard with the system already in place. This will make them better network administrators.
ADP is also sending sailors from their department to school to learn more about the CANES system. While attending this school, the Sailors learn how to operate and troubleshoot the CANES system.
"In 'C' school we learned how to make accounts, configure network systems, and use new equipment that we didn't have before," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Zachery Rocha, who attended the school last year.
Prosser and Chon both agree going through the install process has helped bring the Sailors in ADP together as a team.
"We do need teamwork, there is no way one person can do it on their own," said Chon.
Nimitz' motto is "Teamwork - A tradition" and like the rest of the maintenance and upgrades Nimitz is receiving, ADP is doing its part to ensure that Nimitz is ready for sea by the end of the extended planned incremental maintenance availability.

New frontiers in passive radar and sonar

February 8, 2016 - Passive sensor systems may be ready to come into their own, as high-performance embedded computing technology becomes powerful enough to handle the massive computing load that passive systems require in targeting stealthy aircraft and submarines.
Radar and sonar technologies came into their own as pivotal capabilities in World War II, during the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, and many other battles that helped shape the latter half of the 20th Century. Research in the 1930s led to widespread deployment of active radar and sonar systems across three operational domains - air, land, and sea - during and after World War II.
For the past half century, efforts to defeat both have spawned generations of stealth technology and a renewed focus on passive radar and sonar, which actually predate active systems by three decades.
Radar, short for radio detection and ranging, bounces radio waves off objects to calculate their distances from the RF transmitter. Sonar, which stands for sound navigation and ranging, bounces sound waves off objects to calculate their distances from the sound transmitter. Most often sonar is for detecting and locating surface vessels, submarines, or other maritime objects for detection and tracking or to assist navigation and obstacle avoidance.
The biggest drawback to both is they are the equivalents of flashlights in the dark: While they help the user illuminate targets of interest, they also help others see the location of the user. That has led to development of less visible approaches that involve RF and sound transmitters that appear to be causing random noise, rather than conducting a determined search.
"There are spread-spectrum transmissions for radar that is an active technique that, instead of a blatant pulse train, it appears you are putting out noise and it's not as obvious you're there," says Marc Couture, senior product manager, digital signaling at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va.
Passive radar and sonar systems, however, do not generate their own signals at all. They capitalize on existing signals in the environment, and the passive radar and sonar receivers essentially just listen for those signals and use power signal processing to sort these signals into useful information.
"With passive techniques, you rely on the environment to light up objects," Couture says. "In 2016, there are a lot of things that light up everything around you in terms of radio emissions. With passive radar, radio waves bouncing off each other from a host of other sources can give you a picture without sending out your own pulse. That also is true with sonar - if you have a sensitive enough system, you can pick up objects without sending out a ping."

Sensitive sensors

"Both require extremely sensitive sensors, certainly more than just one single-point sensor, and a lot more processing," Couture explains. "If you think of radar, you put out a pulse train and expect it to come back, modified by whatever it bounces off. With passive, you're using reflections off clutter and buildings to pull out a target in the sky, so there is a lot more work to correlate all those different wavefronts."
One way to understand that is to look at the downfall of H.G. Wells's Invisible Man character, who could be seen - and tracked - when his invisible body caused what appeared to be a bubble in rain or fog.
In the real world, of course, stealth platforms are not invisible to the naked eye, but appear as something else - usually much smaller - on radar or sonar. There have been two primary ways to do that: special shaping, such as used on the F-117 Nighthawk, the world's first stealth aircraft - or special materials that absorb rather than reflect radar signals, as used on the second stealth aircraft, the F-22 Raptor.
Both methods also have been used on surface and subsurface naval vessels, such as the Navy's new Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers and Virginia-class attack submarines. More recently it's been used in designs for next-generation unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
These platforms represent the U.S. military's generational lead in stealth over the rest of the world and proved vital to air superiority in the first and second Gulf wars. But a future conflict with a technologically near-peer adversary - such as China, Russia, or Iran - or nations they support could see that advantage melt way. Not because those nations are developing their own stealth platforms - which they have been working on for years - but because they are concentrating on far less expensive and easily deployed counter-measures.
"Faced with the prospect of aerial stealth proliferation, states in the 21st Century are looking for anti-stealth defense options. One such alternative, passive radar, appears a cost-effective counter to stealth," according to an October 2009 National Defense University (NDU) report, "Radar vs. Stealth: Passive Radar and the Future of U.S. Military Power," that is even more pertinent today.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Thales to Provide First Interoperable C2 System for French Navy & Army

February 16, 2016 - The DGA has awarded Thales the SIA C2 contract to upgrade command information systems for the French Army and Navy.
The program will harmonise existing systems and enable force interoperability.
This latest award strengthens Thales’s leadership in the command information systems market.
The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has selected Thales to upgrade the command functions of the French Army and Navy as part of the SIA information system transformation program. Under this contract, designated SIA C2. Thales will replace the Army and Navy’s legacy command information systems with a single harmonised system to meet the growing need for force interoperability.
The chain of command: the central nervous system at the heart of operations
Today, interoperability within joint and coalition forces has become a key requirement. The chain of command is critically important and serves as the central nervous system for force operations. The complementary role played by land, air and naval forces in combined operations calls for closer integration of command structures and the information and communication networks that support them.
Over the next two years, SIA C2 will transform the command information systems of France’s land and naval forces by combining them into a new-generation system. SIA C2 will facilitate information exchange at all levels by delivering a set of common tools for joint forces operations, while meeting all the specific requirements of land forces command.
Legacy systems will continue to be maintained and supported until the SIA C2 system is rolled out across the two forces.
With the SIA C2 contract, Thales will demonstrate its ability to utilise state-of-the-art technology to enhance operational performance. This latest award strengthens the company’s leadership in the design and delivery of large-scale secure information system programs for defence customers in France and internationally.

CTF152 – HMS St Albans Trains With Saudi Ship

February 15, 2016 - Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Frigate, HMS St Albans recently spent two days working in direct support of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Gulf.
HMS St Albans joined ships from Saudi Arabia to conduct joint Maritime Operations for CMF’s Combined Task Force 152 and exchange crucial information about operations in the Central Arabian Gulf. The Kuwaiti-led CTF 152, headquartered in Bahrain, is in charge of Maritime Security in the Gulf for the 31 member nations of CMF.

HMS St Albans and HMS Al Jawf working together on Maritime Security Operations in the Gulf

During the time that she spent working in support of CTF 152, ‘The Saint’, as the ship is affectionately known, and her Merlin Mk2 picked up members of the Task Force and an interpreter before sailing out to join coalition partners in CTF152’s operating area.
HMS St Albans met up with Royal Saudi Naval Force ship HMS Al Jawf. The two Ships conducted communications checks and exchanged valuable information on Maritime Security Operations in the area, building stronger ties between the two coalition ships and nations. This increased understanding means that the ships can operate more effectively together to ensure the freedom of navigation within the Gulf, one of the most important areas of sea in the world.
CTF 152 officers, Lieutenant Commander Eric Gomez of the US Navy and Lieutenant Ibrahim Alhuthaily of the Royal Saudi Naval Force, sailed with HMS St Albans for the period to offer local knowledge and expertise.

Lt Ibrahim Alhuthaily of the Royal Saudi Naval Force on the Bridge of HMS St Albans

Without its own dedicated ships, CTF 152 relies on CMF partners providing ships to support its effort in the Joint Operating Area. The Task Force is truly ‘combined’ with officers from Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States working together to increase maritime security in the Gulf. Lieutenant Jon Maumy RN, lead planner for the Task Force who used to be one of HMS St Albans’ helicopter pilots, said: “Having such a capable ship working directly for the Task Force was fantastic and it was exciting to see what she would be able to achieve for us.”
As well as providing a visible presence and deterring any potential terrorist threats in the Gulf, HMS St Albans’ sea boat conducted multiple visits to dhows in the area to provide any assistance they required. Lt Ibrahim Alhuthaily said: “Visiting fishing dhows, reassuring them of the Coalition’s presence and assisting them when our ships can help maintain a long standing relationship of trust between mariners in such a busy stretch of water.”
Lieutenant Commander Eric Gomez added: “HMS St Albans welcomed us from the moment we stepped on board the Merlin Mk2 helicopter. Aboard the Ship, the Captain and crew were no different, and the professionalism and focus of the crew was clear to see from the outset. We conducted 15 Approach and Assists (AAs) in two days before the sea state worsened. We sailed alongside HMS Al Jawf for about 30 minutes during the ship manoeuvres with crystal clear communications. This was the first time HMS St Albans was in direct support to CTF 152 since deploying and, despite the declining weather on the second day; I would consider it a great success.”

Serco has contracted Damen Shipyards Group to build a powerful new tug for RN Carriers

February 12, 2016 - Serco has contracted Damen Shipyards Group to build a powerful new tug to support the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers at Portsmouth Naval Base as part of its contract to provide Marine Services to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MOD). The vessel will be the first of its type under the UK Flag.
The Damen ART (Advanced Rotor Tug®) 80-32 tug will have the manoeuvrability, power (80 Tonnes Bollard Pull) and towing flexibility needed to support the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
The Damen-built ART (Advanced Rotortug®) 80-32 tug will have the manoeuvrability, power (80 Tonnes Bollard Pull) and towing flexibility needed to support the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, the two largest ships ever commissioned for the Royal Navy.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are currently under construction at Rosyth on the River Forth in Scotland. Construction of the tug is also well already underway and Serco expect to take delivery of the vessel in early 2017.
Serco currently provides a wide range of marine services to the UK MOD operating out of Portsmouth, Devonport and the Scottish west coast sites at Greenock, Faslane and Kyle of Lochalsh. This includes passenger ferry, towage and nuclear safety support for the Royal Navy and visiting foreign Naval submarines and ships; oil spill response; weapons range safety vessels; pilot transfer; fuel/water/sullage/sewage; diving training support craft, including therapeutic recompression capability; worldwide support to military training; and NATO Submarine Rescue System, training and deployment platform.
The company is the UK’s largest operator of British flagged vessels and this new vessel will bring its total fleet to 115, of which 31 will be Damen-built.
The Damen-built ART features a patented Rotortug® propulsion system consisting of three azimuthing thrusters which provide enhanced omni-directional manoeuvrability, and the benefits of a fully redundant and precise machinery configuration. Serco has also specified a number of modifications to the Robert Allan Ltd design to enable her to support the huge aircraft carriers. These include a double drum render /recovery aft winch for redundancy and a foldable mast for safe working under the flight deck overhang.
Furthermore, like the previously built tugs, Damen is fitting the 32.9-metre long tug with grey fendering to match the livery of Royal Navy vessels, thus preventing marking of the hulls. They will also be installing controllable pitch propellers instead of the usual fixed pitch propellers found on other ART 80-32 vessels.
Serco and Damen have a long established relationship: the Dutch shipbuilder rounded off a 29-vessel order for the UK-based company back in 2010. In May 2015, Serco took delivery of their 30th Damen new build SD Angeline, a MultiCat 2613S procured on behalf of the MOD. This vessel, although based on a standard MultiCat, has several significant differences from a stock item.
Iain MacLeod, Business Operations Manager for Serco Marine Services, said “Serco has provided round-the-clock, mission critical support to the Royal Navy at Portsmouth for almost 20 years. We are delighted to enhance our fleet with this fantastic new tug, which will play a very important role at the naval base, and the team eagerly await her arrival. There were significant challenges to be met with respect to vessel power, manoeuvrability, customisation and delivery time, but once again, it was a pleasure to deal with Damen who more than rose to the challenge”.
Damen Sales Manager UK, Arjen van Elk, added: “It will be a proud moment for the Damen team to see one of our tugs assisting such an important member of the UK naval fleet.”

Maersk Wants to Use Beach Scrapping

Brussels, 12 February 2016 – The NGO Shipbreaking Platform and Transport and Environment (T&E) denounce Maersk Group’s decision to beach their end-of-life vessels in India. The world’s leading container ship owner was previously guided by a progressive policy on ship recycling: its old vessels were dismantled in modern ship recycling facilities in either China, Turkey or Europe. Maersk’s decision to resort to the low-cost beaching method in India undermines European efforts to improve global conditions and the company’s position as industry leader.
“Maersk estimates they can realise an additional 1-2 million USD per ship by onselling to dismantling companies in India. It is hypocritical to see Maersk’s engagement in India presented proudly in the company’s CSR Report as one that aims at promoting higher standards. The fact is that they are already selling ships now to facilities that operate under conditions that would not be allowed in Europe – they admit themselves that the decision to go to India is primarily taken to make their financial report look better”, says Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.
The Platform had welcomed Maersk’s initial idea to set up a long-term cooperation with stakeholders in India provided that the objective was to set up a modern ship recycling facility in line with the safety and environmental requirements set out by the European Ship Recycling Regulation. However, the hasty decision to sell off end-of-life vessels to Alang shows that the decision is merely driven by profits. In times of low freight rates, Maersk intends to boost its profits by selling to yards that do not comply with European standards.

All yards in Alang dismantle vessels in the intertidal zone. This means that ships are broken in an unprotected marine environment – a method which has been identified at the international level as one that needs to be phased-out and that European law has banned. Environmental concerns remain linked to the abrasion of toxic paints during the beaching process and when cut-off blocks and hulls are winched further up the beach, oil spills and the release of slag and paints chips into the water, and the debris created by the gravity method when blocks crash down on the intertidal zone.
Moreover, working and living conditions in Alang remain inadequate. The lack of decent accommodation will not be solved before the first Maersk vessels arrives in Alang, nor will there be access to a proper hospital specialised in accidents and burn wounds. Maersk seems also to ignore the lacunae of proper downstream waste management in India: asbestos-containing materials can and are re-sold freely and PCBs cannot be properly destroyed. These issues are not dealt with by the Hong Kong Convention – for European Union approval these problems will however need to be addressed.
“The situation in Alang is not ‘fantastic’ as stated by Maersk. Similar conditions would not be accepted in Denmark, in any other shipping nation in Europe, or in the shipping hubs in East Asia. By selling ships to the Alang beach, Maersk is externalising costs for proper recycling and undermining the standard set by the European Ship Recycling Regulation,” states Patrizia Heidegger. “We expected visionary leadership from Maersk and that their CSR report boasted support for the setting up of a truly modern ship recycling facility in India. Instead they are rubberstamping practices that they previously denounced.”

Rheinmetall and Bundeswehr conduct successful test of HEL effector on the high seas

February 19, 2016 - Rheinmetall and the German Bundewehr have successfully tested a high-energy laser effector installed on a German warship operating on the high seas.
To carry out the test, Rheinmetall mounted a 10-kilowatt high-energy laser (HEL) effector on a MLG 27 light naval gun.
The test programme included tracking of potential targets, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and very small surface craft. Furthermore, the HEL effector was also tested against stationary targets on land.
Besides the successful mounting of a 10-kW HEL effector on an MLG 27, the test programme demonstrated for the first time the effectiveness of Rheinmetall HEL effector technology in maritime operations. The test programme revealed insights important for the development of future HEL naval effectors.

Nigeria: U.S. Pledges Military Assistance to Navy

By Odita Sunday
All Africa News

February 18, 2016 - The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), a USA government military outfit in Africa has pledged to rejig its military assistance to the Nigerian Navy.
The commander of AFRICOM, General David Rodriquez, who led a delegation to the naval headquarters, Abuja, disclosed this.
It would be recalled that AFRICOM has been collaborating with stakeholders in the continent on conflict resolution, humanitarian and military affairs.
Speaking during the visit, General Rodrigquez noted that his visit to the naval high command was part of his tour of strategic partners in Africa, particularly Nigeria in order to deepen US commitment in deterrence of transnational threats.
He expressed the desire of his command to continue to engage Nigerian navy personnel in training programmes as a way of enhancing capability to tackle maritime threats and insurgency in the country.
Responding, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok- Ete Ekwe Ibas said the partnership between the Nigerian Navy and the US has been very fruitful, as it has helped the Service build impressive capacity in the area of training and ship acquisition.
The CNS observed that the AFRICOM training engagement with the Nigerian Navy's special Boat Service (NNSBS) operatives has been of immense contribution to the successes recorded by the outfit in maritime security and counter insurgency operation in the Northeast.
Ibas however urged the AFRICOM to further assist the Nigerian Navy in the area of intelligence gathering, surveillance, supply of Ship's spares and trainings.
He noted that the current joint Exercise Obangame Express conducted yearly by navies of the world was achieving its objectives.
He reiterated the resolve of the navy to deploy more Ships to maintain the current record of sea patrol in order to tackle maritime security challenges.

NZDF accepts Audit Office Findings on Lifejacket Contract

February 19, 2016 - The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) got it wrong in dealing with an interim contract for lifejacket servicing and has learnt lessons from the issue, says Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating.
The Office of the Controller & Auditor General today released a report into the circumstances surrounding the awarding in February 2014 of a contract to Miltech Ltd, a company that had as its director and shareholder a serving member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
LTGEN Keating says he unreservedly accepts the findings of the report.
“As Chief of Defence Force, I’m disappointed at the way the organisation handled this issue.  The NZDF has rules in place in relation to secondary employment, and although the Auditor-General found no illegality, it also found those rules were not followed.
“I am also disappointed that the organisation did not initially recognise that the contract was a clear conflict of interest, as well as being contrary to defence force rules.
“I would point out that at the time this interim contract was approved, there was an urgent need to certify the safety of a consignment of lifejackets needed for a ship’s deployment.
“Nonetheless, those involved in approving the contract appear to have been too heavily focused on putting a contract in place quickly at the expense of taking care that the decisions being made were robust and could withstand scrutiny.
“Later, when questions were raised about this contract, our own inquiries appear to have focused on whether any behaviour by those involved amounted to fraud – which wasn’t found. However, the organisation failed to address basic questions about conflicts of interest and how these should have been managed.”
LTGEN Keating says the NZDF has taken steps to address the issues raised in the report.
“The Defence Force has rewritten its rules to provide greater guidance and make clearer expectations of staff in awarding contracts of this sort, as well as around secondary employment and conflicts of interest generally.
“The NZDF has also introduced an ongoing training programme for staff to help them recognise and avoid conflicts of interest,” says LTGEN Keating.
“I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important high standards are to the New Zealand Defence Force.  I am not satisfied with the way this issue has developed, and the organisation has learnt lessons from it to ensure we do better.”

Common technologies for manned and unmanned aircraft

February 8, 2016 - Military jet fighters, commercial passenger jetliners, military surveillance aircraft, as well as a growing number of unmanned fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters benefit from technologies designed for dual use.
Manned and unmanned military and commercial aircraft share more common technology than ever before. From fuselages to engines and cockpit avionics to connectors, today's commercial and military jets, helicopters, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) leverage innovations from a wide variety of markets, including consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, medical, and more.
"Instead of technology migrating from military avionics to the commercial sector, there is significantly more transfer from the consumer electronics world into avionics in general," says Paul Hart, chief technology officer and technical fellow at Curtiss-Wright Avionics & Electronics in Christchurch, England. "For example, traditional MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 databuses are giving way to Ethernet-based networks on aircraft, along with Wi-Fi connectivity. Also CANbus, used in the automotive industry for decades now, has an ARINC standard and is featuring in many new aircraft designs.
"There are also crossover technologies where other industries have invested in technology development that can benefit aerospace," Hart adds. "For example, we are using a sensor technology originally developed for the medical industry to detect ice accretion on an aircraft wing to much higher accuracies than existing technology. We have also evolved versions of our flight test instrumentation for space applications on launch vehicles, spaceplanes, re-entry vehicles, and space stations."
Benefits abound
Collaboration across aerospace and other industries is increasing, and virtually all involved are benefitting.
Military aircraft are leveraging commercial avionics systems and components, and even fuselages. As a result, military programs are able to save development time and money; benefit from commercial economies of scale for reduced costs, increased product availability, and potentially, reduced threat of parts obsolescence; and boost compliance with safety standards and requirements for flying in public airspace.
Simultaneously, commercial aircraft - from airliners to civil and consumer UAS - are harnessing proven rugged military electronics designed for several decades of usable life and for harsh environments.
Devised for dual use
"Many avionics devices and systems are designed for dual use - commercial and military applications - which not only enables shared capabilities and standards, but also helps to drive down development and qualification costs," Mike Madsen, vice president of aerospace integrated supply chain at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, told Military & Aerospace Electronics in 2011.
The trend of engineering dual-use technologies not only endures, but continues to expand. In fact, virtually every leading prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) designs and develops technologies applicable across myriad markets, including commercial and military aerospace.
Within Honeywell Aerospace's marketing and product management team is "an Aerospace level, cross-functional organization ensuring technology roadmaps are coordinated to support current future requirements in commercial and military business segments," says Tom Hart, vice president defense and space aftermarket at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix. Honeywell's military customer base - original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aftermarket - is showing "high interest in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or military off-the-shelf (MOTS) when possible to reduce non-recurring and recurring" engineering costs.
"Honeywell Aerospace is very interested in dual use where possible. Significant investments are going into product and technology areas for commercial and military use," Hart says. "For example, Honeywell has developed a family of image processing modules (IPM) used in commercial display systems and military display systems where there is a need for increased processing power and throughput, like in a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS)." The same family of IPMs is used for high-end military display generator applications, such as the latest-generation F-15 and F-16.
"The Lockheed Martin F-16 is a great example of a legacy fighter with models delivered 30-plus years ago, but from an avionics standpoint is up to today's standard in technology and capabilities," Hart explains. There are many opportunities to work on modern platforms, he says, but also significant opportunities to apply modern systems to upgrade legacy aircraft.

Incat Crowther to Design Multi-Mission Vessels for Philippine Government

Incat Crowther

February 17, 2016 - Incat Crowther is pleased to announce a contract to design a 50m multi-mission monohull patrol vessel forthe Philippine Government. Two (2) identical vessels of this type will be built in Manilla by Josefa Slipways.The primary role of the vessels is to combat illegal fishing for the Philippine government. With the local fishing industry losing billions of dollars to illegal fishing, these assets will enhance law enforcement’s capability to patrol and protect territorial waters. The multi-mission nature of the vessels also affords the flexibility to lead in disaster relief and/or rescue operations, as well as to serve as a platform for research.

Incat Crowther

The Department of Agriculture (DA) with their operating agency, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will operate the vessels.
Notable features of the steel vessel are a spacious aft working deck to accommodate both a rescue craft launched from a deck crane as well as 9m RHIB deployed from a specially designed well with a transom door. Ahead of the aft working deck, the main cabin houses a spacious galley with adjoining freezer and cold rooms, a medical clinic with adjacent lab, a large mess hall for the crew, and a private mess hall for officers. A large conference room accommodating 36 personnel is at the front of the main cabin.
Below deck are the engine, control and equipment rooms as well as full accommodations for 42 personnel.
Accommodations for officers and engineers are on the mid deck. Forward in the mid deck is a conference room with a capacity of 14 personnel.
The large pilothouse gives an unobstructed view forward and plenty of desk area for electronics and charts. It also has sleeping quarters for two (2) pilots.

Incat Crowther

The vessels will be powered by two (2) Mitsubishi S16R2-T2MPTK engines, coupled with a Masson MMW18000 gearboxes and fixed pitch propellers. Two (2) Yanmar 6HAL2-WHT generators will service the vessel’s electrical needs with an additional emergency generator.
Incat Crowther is pleased to work with both Josefa Slipways and the Philippine Government in developing a vessel that will serve their country’s needs, whether in protecting territorial waters or disaster relief.

Timken Receives Gear Contract From U.S. Department of Defense

North Canton OH February 15, 2016 - The Timken Company has received a multi-year contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide engineering and supply Philadelphia Gear® main reduction gears (MRGs) for the Navy's next generation of Arleigh Burke DDG 51 class ships. The fixed-price contract includes options which, if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of the contract to more than $1 billion over its life.
"We've worked alongside the U.S. Navy for many decades and are proud to continue supplying our engineering expertise and Philadelphia Gear products and services for this important class of multi-mission ships," said Carl D. Rapp, vice president of the Power Systems group for Timken. "Philadelphia Gear won the contract to supply MRGs for the re-start of the DDG program in 2010 and, through the years, we have strived to deliver a quality product, on-time, and provide fleet support globally wherever the Navy serves our nation." More than 60 DDGs are in service today.
"As a result of our work with the Navy, our teams are prepared to meet the challenge of building reliable propulsion drives to support the demanding mission requirements of the DDG class for years to come," Rapp said. While no specific quantities were provided in the contract issued by the Department of Defense, Rapp anticipates that Timken will provide Philadelphia Gear MRGs for new DDG ships over roughly the next decade.
The Timken Company acquired the assets of Philadelphia Gear Corp., a recognized leader in high-performance gear drives, components and related services, in 2011. The company expects that sales under this contract would not begin until 2017, with total sales ultimately dependent upon the number and timing of options exercised by U.S. Navy officials.

Chief of Naval Operations and Rep. Scott Peters Visit Continental Maritime of San Diego

Huntington Ingalls

San Diego February 19, 2016 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Continental Maritime of San Diego (CMSD) subsidiary hosted Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., Thursday for a tour of its shipyard facility and an overview of the company’s history in San Diego.
“We are a certified Master Ship Repair Contractor with the U.S. Navy, and our mission is to maintain and repair Navy ships, train our people and uphold our high standards for safety, quality, cost and schedule,” said Dan Flood, CMSD’s vice president and general manager. “We are honored to host Admiral Richardson and Congressman Peters here at CMSD, as it is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase our highly qualified ship repair professionals and our extensive capabilities.”
During the tour, Richardson and Peters visited various trade shops and met with employees in the boiler and welding shops. They also met with the crew members from the destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), which arrived at CMSD in January for general maintenance. Kidd was built by HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division and commissioned in 2007.
“Visiting each of these yards, hearing from their leadership, talking to individual builders and maintainers, walking the shop floors helps me experience first-hand the types of work being done to support our ships,” said Richardson, who has toured a number of shipyards since taking office in September 2015. “The maintenance and repair done here in San Diego ensures our ships are mission-ready to carry out the nation’s business around the globe. Together, working with our industry partners, we have to get this work right—to ensure our sailors have what they need and to ensure we get the max life and value out of each and every platform."
Peters has represented California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes portions of the city of San Diego, since 2013.
“Continental Maritime of San Diego maintains our Navy’s next-generation vessels and is a key part of San Diego’s proud partnership in our national defense,” Peters said. “I appreciate the opportunity to visit with Admiral Richardson and learn more about CMSD’s role in increasing naval readiness and creating high-quality jobs for our region.”

VFA-113, NAS Lemoore Say Goodbye to the F/A-18C Hornet

US Navy

NAS Lemoore February 18, 2016 - The "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 conducted the last flight of a fleet F/A-18C Hornet based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore Feb. 17.
The flight was conducted by VFA-113's Maintenance Officer Lt. Cmdr. Kristen "Dragon" Hansen.
VFA-113 completed the transition from the A-7E Corsair II to the F/A-18A Hornet Dec. 14, 1983, making the Stinger's the Navy's first fleet operational combat ready strike fighter squadron, and establishing the squadron motto of "First and Finest." In 1989, VFA-113 accepted delivery of the upgraded F/A-18C hornet. In March, VFA-113 will begin transitioning to the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
In August 2014, the squadron embarked on its final combat deployment with the F/A-18C and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Stingers performed exceptionally on deployment, flying 367 combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
"The legacy F/A-18 has served the Navy brilliantly as a supersonic fighter for over 30 years," said Cmdr. Eric C. Doyle, the commanding officer of the Stingers. "While we remain proud of all the good work we have done with the F/A-18C, we are excited to begin transitioning to some brand new F/A-18E super hornets."
"It has been an honor and a privilege to fly the F/A-18C Hornet across the Lemoore flight line for the last 10 years," said Hansen. "Although I am excited about receiving our new jets, the 'Charlie' has served me and the majority of the Lemoore Hornet community well over the course of our careers. Our maintainers have done a spectacular job of keeping these aging aircraft combat ready despite the many challenges associated with high-flight hour jets. I'll appreciate the extra gas, but admit that I'll be a little sad when I have to say 'Rhino Ball' vice 'Hornet Ball' behind the boat!"
After the completion of carrier qualifications for the pilots of VFA-113, the final step in the transition process to the F/A-18E being certified as "Safe-for-Flight." Part of that process involves the loading and delivery of live ordnance. Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific will conduct the Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI) for VFA-113 at the beginning of June. Following the completion of CWTPI, the Stingers will become the newest member of the Super Hornet community, making NAS Lemoore an all super hornet flight line.
Aviation Electrician's Mate Second Class David Shimizu is looking forward to the benefits of the transition as well.
"As we think of the word 'transition,' we think of strenuous and difficult times, but in reality, it is our opportunity to purge and rethink our priorities and be intentional about new habits," said Shimizu. "As individuals we set out new goals to be our personal best whether if it is in the work environment, or life in general. We as a team have always pushed ourselves to strive to be the best at any task put forth. Now as we close one chapter of our lives and open a new one, we have the opportunity to make our new normal anything we want."

Seamen of the Northern Fleet to exchange experience of pilotage of ships with civilian specialists of the Arctic ports

February 20, 2016 - Servicemen of the Northern Fleet will exchange experience of pilotage with civilian specialists of the Arctic ports and ship-owning organizations, says press center of RF Defence Ministry.
The simulators of the training centre of the Northern Fleet in Severomorsk will be used to practice organization of pilotage and cooperation with ships crews of minesweepers.
The training is participated by officers of departments and servicemen of the Northern Fleet and carried out under the leadership of the Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov.

Saab's GlobalEye Redefines The Airborne Surveillance Markets


Defence and security company Saab extends its airborne early warning and control portfolio, with the introduction of the GlobalEye multi-role airborne surveillance system. GlobalEye combines Saab's all-new Erieye ER (Extended Range) radar and mission system with the high-end Global
6000 jet aircraft from Bombardier.
Saab is one of the world's leading suppliers of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems with operational customers in eight countries worldwide. Now Saab offers a new level of multi-mission airborne surveillance capability. For the first time on the market GlobalEye provides a sophisticated, high-performance system that can conduct simultaneous long-range detection, tracking and surveillance in the air, land and maritime domains, all from a single platform.
"With GlobalEye we expand and sharpen our offering, targeting customers looking to maximise their return on investment in extended AEW&C capabilities as a national asset to benefit their country," says Micael Johansson, head of Saab's business area Electronic Defence Systems.
The truly multi-role GlobalEye automatically detects and tracks air and surface targets over a huge area. Ground surveillance of moving vehicles can be conducted through long-range, wide-area ground moving target indication (GMTI) radar modes. With the Erieye ER radar, detection and tracking ranges have been significantly increased compared to existing airborne radars, and against the smallest targets. The GlobalEye system can track very low-observable air and sea targets, including 'stealthy'
aircraft, cruise missiles or submarine periscopes, even in heavy clutter and jamming environments.
"GlobalEye is a game changer that delivers a unique swing-role capability for simultaneous air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution, with the ability to change role dynamically, while airborne during any mission," says Micael Johansson.
The GlobalEye integrates a comprehensive suite of sensors, including signals intelligence, and advanced self-protection equipment with a newly-developed command, control and communication system. Cost-effective system availability is assured through the combination of a small organisational footprint and Saab's in-service support.
Saab is able to take the prime contractor role for this groundbreaking AEW&C system because of its decades of expertise and innovation in radar technology, but also through its detailed knowledge of electronic warfare, C4I solutions and systems and platform integration. A large proportion of GlobalEye's sub systems are sourced from Saab's world-leading product range.
A key element of the GlobalEye system is the Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet aircraft from Bombardier. This offers the latest avionics and combines ideal size for multi-role and extended AEW&C with outstanding performance.
It is a high speed aircraft with impressive short field performance and low operating costs. Thanks to the Global 6000 platform GlobalEye mission endurance can extend up to 11 hours.
The launch customer for GlobalEye is the United Arab Emirates, which ordered the system as the Swing Role Surveillance System (SRSS), in November 2015.
GlobalEye is yet another Saab innovation in the field of radar technology where Saab has put entirely new, ground-breaking capabilities onto the market. The launch follows Saab's recent introduction of new and upgraded fighter radar systems and five all-new complementary surface radar systems.

Saab is one of the world's leading suppliers of radar systems for airborne, land-based and naval applications. The company has 60 years of experience and more than 3,000 radar systems in operation in 30 countries.