Thursday, April 28, 2016

Terma Displays Universal DIRCM Pod


Atlanta April 28, 2016 - The continuing threat of terrorism around the globe and the ever-changing technology of surface-to-air missiles have created a greater demand of directed infra-red (IR) countermeasure (DIRCM) systems and the flexibility to protect all aircraft.  Terma’s Universal DIRCM Pod (UDP) provides operators flexibility to transfer IR-countermeasure systems and Missile Warning systems (MWS) across aircraft and among fleet, and hence greatly reduces equipment costs.
A proven leader in airborne structures and with over 40 years of experience, Terma has worked with rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft operators and OEMs to develop and certify modular airborne structures (e.g. Apache AH-64, Chinook CH-47, Mil MI-17, IOMAX Archangel, NH-90 and C-130 to include a few). 
The UDP comes from a long history and pedigree of structures internationally recognized, such as the Apache Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AMASE) pod and the Chinook Aircraft Survivability Equipment (CHASE) pod.  This pod structure houses the complete DIRCM suite, including laser turret, electronics and Missile Warning System (MWS) sensors in a small, lightweight and rigid structure – just under 40 lbs. per structure.
As proven by Terma on several platforms/programs, the pod implementation minimizes the aircraft installation/certification by e.g. utilizing existing hard-points and is therefore ideal for low-cost and rapid fielding of missionized roll-on/roll-off capabilities such as DIRCM/sensors.
Adina Cherry, Vice-President, Terma Airborne Systems explained: “Giving customers the option and flexibility to transfer IR countermeasure and MWS equipment across aircraft not only enables protection when it is needed, but also yields cost and time savings to the operator.”

GE to Provide Technology to Peruvian Navy Research Vessel

General Electric

April 26, 2016 - The Antarctic remains one of the least understood and underexplored regions on our planet. It is also the most inhospitable and fragile. When Peru announced that it soon would join the countries taking part in research activities there, it was crucial that their research vessel currently under construction be among the most reliable and efficient while having the smallest environmental impact possible. To accomplish this feat, Freire Shipyard turned to GE to provide a suite of marine solutions including the electric power and propulsion system coupled with SeaStream* Dynamic Positioning (DP) and automation system. 
The vessel is being built in Vigo at the Freire Shipyard that specializes in building research vessels and with which GE has had a long-standing relationship. Once ready, this vessel will be used by the Peruvian Navy to carry out research in the Polar Regions.
GE’s Marine Solutions business’ extensive experience in the marine industry means it is able to address stringent technical challenges while simultaneously bringing the best value to the shipyard and the Peruvian Navy. One vital element required by the Navy is a lower underwater noise. Thanks to GE’s anti-vibration motor, the electric propulsion system will help meet the DNV GL’s maritime Silent-A Class notation, crucial in enabling the vessel to perform research tasks effectively.
“GE’s expertise and ability to deliver innovative technology will help to make this research vessel among one of the most advanced in the world. Their extensive experience positioned them as a natural partner for this project. Furthermore, as this vessel will venture out into the least hospitable environment on the planet, it was important for us to choose a solution that has an excellent record of reliability and a partner with a global capacity to provide local service. GE’s technology and the people that stand behind it convinced us. GE’s cost-effective offerings and commitment to successfully deliver high-quality solutions on a tight schedule have been remarkable to say the least. We are impressed with the company’s technical capabilities and are excited to have GE’s support in this project,” said Guillermo Freire, general manager, Freire Shipyard.
GE’s Marine Solutions business’ low-voltage electric propulsion system – including generators, switchboard, MV3000 variable frequency drives and motors – is known for its fuel efficiency and its high redundancy rate. GE will also provide its high technology art SeaStream* DP and automation solution to complete the package.
The low-voltage electric propulsion system, together with GE’s SeaStream* DP, will allow for further reduction in fuel consumption. GE’s electrical solution allows systems to stand by, which results in lower fuel consumption and ultimately can help to reduce cost significantly. The offered system can be upgraded with remote diagnostic systems if needed in the future.
“GE’s vast experience in providing similar solutions has allowed us to help the Peruvian Navy build an advanced research ship that will operate efficiently, reliably and with minimal environmental impact even in the most hostile environments. We are proud to be a part of this project, which satisfactorily meets the demands of our customer and as a result, enhances our ongoing relationship with Freire Shipyard,” said Tim Schweikert, president & CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions business. “We are committed to continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and meeting the future challenges of the industry.”
In providing solutions to the Peruvian Navy, GE is successfully building upon the experience it has gathered from providing similar solutions to, among others, the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and from its participation in building “Pourquoi Pas,” the French research vessel.

European ship owners on promotional tour in Alang – environmental and human rights activists denied access

Photo by Adam Cohn - - Ship Breaking Detritus, Alang Shipyards, 2015

Brussels April 28, 2016 - Tomorrow, European ship owners, government representatives of France, Germany and Belgium, and the European Commission will visit the Alang shipbreaking yards. Despite several indications that NGOs, including the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, would be part of the delegation, no NGO was invited to join in the end. 
“We were clearly not welcome to join this visit. Critical civil society voices are not wanted in Alang – neither by ship owners, nor by the yards – this confirms the lack of transparency under which the yards in Alang operate,” said Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. 
The delegation will also not meet trade union representatives or workers, and will only visit a selection of very few yards. The visit is organised by industry association ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Association) that represents the interests of European ship owners. It is an attempt by both ship owners and certain yards in India to convince European policy makers that yards in Alang should be approved for the upcoming EU list of accepted ship recycling facilities. However, under the European Ship Recycling Regulation and the recently published technical guidelines on the requirements for ship recycling facilities, it is clear that beaching facilities do not qualify for the EU list. 
With regards to tomorrow’s visit, local environmental groups have raised several concerns related to the deplorable working conditions, poor downstream waste management and continued pollution of the coastal waters in Alang. 
“We share the Gujarat-based NGOs’ concerns and demand that European ship owners do not settle for double standards. European ship owners should only use facilities that operate at a level which is accepted in the European Union. The low-cost method of beaching will not feature on the EU list,” said Heidegger. 

27th IND-INDO Coordinated Patrol

MIK News

April 28, 2016 - The Indonesian Navy and the Indian Navy have been participating in coordinated patrol (CORPAT) twice a year since 2002 to keep this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. 
The 27th series of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) is being conducted from 28 Apr to 19 May 16. Opening Ceremony of the CORPAT is being held at Port Blair from 28 – 30 Apr 16. Closing Ceremony will be held at Belawan, Indonesia from 16 – 19 May 16. The Indonesian Navy is being represented by the ship KRI Imam Bonjol (pictured above)  and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN235 whilst INS Karmuk and one Naval Dornier aircraft are representing the Indian Navy. 
A high level Indonesian delegation for the 27th CORPAT arrived at Port Blair on 28 Apr 2016. Later in the day, senior officers of the delegation led by First Admiral Muhammad Ali, called on Vice Admiral Bimal Verma AVSM at his office, wherein the two discussed issues of mutual interest and cooperation. 
Apart from securing the trade sea route, the coordinated patrol also serves to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies.The CORPAT thus reflects the shared concern between the two countries for a peaceful Indian ocean for the benefit of international community. 

Future USS Frank E Petersen Jr Begins Fabrication

Cmdr. Dave Murray, production officer for the U.S. Navy's DDG 51 program, presses the button to start fabrication of the Ingalls-built destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121). Photo by Lance Davis/HII
Pascagoula April 27, 2016 - The construction of future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) is officially underway at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard.
The milestone, which signifies the first 100 tons of steel being cut, was marked with a ceremony held in the shipyard's fabrication shop, April 27. 
The guided-missile destroyer honors Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. who was the first African American aviator and general officer in the United States Marine Corps. After entering the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1950, Petersen would go on to fly more than 350 combat missions throughout the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 
"With this milestone, Ingalls is now in various stages of production on five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers," said Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "DDG 121 will greatly benefit from the serial production of those earlier ships and once delivered, will be the 70th destroyer of its class to join the U.S. Fleet." 
Frank E. Petersen Jr. will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the AEGIS Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability for Anti-Air Warfare.
When operational, these multimission surface combatants will serve as integral players in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense as well as increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare. 
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. 

Russian Warships Currently Reported in Mediterranean Sea

GRKR "Varyag"

Small missile ship Project 21631 "Serpukhov"

Average intelligence ship Black Sea Fleet "Sea of ​​Azov" Project 864

Sea trawler "Kovrovets"

BBC "Caesar Kunikov"
Caesdar Kunikov

BDK Project 775 "Alexander Otrakovsky"
Aleksandr Otrakovskiy

Source: Central Navy Portal

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Australia-Japan bilateral exercise concludes

Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force counterparts gathered in Sydney to conduct the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT from 15-26 April 2016. The exercise, which has been conducted between Australia and Japan since 2009, was an opportunity to develop and enhance the bilateral naval relationship by practising maritime skills and improving levels of interoperability between our two navies. This was the first opportunity to conduct the exercise off Sydney. HMA Ships Ballarat, Adelaide and Success took part in the exercise along with aviation elements, including Navy’s 816 Squadron’s S-70B Seahawks and the Air Force’s AP-3C Orion and Hawk 127 aircraft. Two Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force destroyers JS Umigiri (DD158), JS Asayuki (DD132) and one submarine, JS Hakuryu (SS 503) also took part. The exercise aimed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding between the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and Australian Defence Force in selected facets of maritime operations. The previous NICHI GOU TRIDENT was last held in Japan in October 2015. RAN Photo

April 23, 2016 - Ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have completed the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT off the coast of New South Wales.
The exercise, which has been conducted regularly between Australia and Japan since 2009, was aimed at further developing interoperability between the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy,
HMA Ships Ballarat, Adelaide and Success along with JMSDF destroyers JS Umigiri, JS Asayuki and submarine, JS Hakuryu, conducted a range of activities including anti-submarine warfare, ship handling and aviation operations as well as activities with Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion and Hawk 127 aircraft.
Australian Exercise Director, Captain Brian Schlegel said the successful interactions were especially important for the navies at a working level.
“The exercise was successful and certainly provided ample opportunity to practice significant activities in a bilateral environment with open exchanges of ideas and operating procedures to further enhance our interoperability.”
Australia and Japan conduct regular exercises, including NICHI GOU TRIDENT and the biennial Exercise KAKADU.
The JMSDF ships will spend a few days in harbour with crews participating in cultural activities before departing for home.

Chinese forces should treat Vietnamese fishermen humanely: Vietnamese Coast Guard officer

April 21, 2016 – Amid the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol in the shared fishing grounds in the Tonkin Gulf, reporters from the People’s Army Newspaper interviewed Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard, leader of the Vietnamese Coast Guard mission to the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol.

Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Vietnam Coast Guard, leader of the Vietnamese Coast Guard mission to the 11th Vietnam-China joint fishery patrol.
The interview follows:

Reporter: Can you clarify the objectives and meaning of the joint patrol in the shared fishing grounds in the Tonkin Gulf?

Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau: The joint patrol is an annual activity conducted by Vietnamese and Chinese maritime enforcement forces, under the signed agreement on fishery inspection between the two sides. It aims to preserve maritime resources, protect the maritime environment, and maintain sustainable exploitation of maritime resources. The joint patrol also contributes to promoting solidarity and friendship between the two nations.
The event also provides a good chance for the two sides to exchange information, discuss issues of mutual concern, and seek effective approaches to deal with maritime law violations. More importantly, the two sides agree that fishermen of the two countries must be treated humanely in all cases. The maritime law enforcement forces of each country check all fishing boats in their jurisdictional waters. And each party will fully inform the other of violations by the other country’s fishing boats, in the spirit of humane treatment.

Reporter: How do the two countries’ fishermen observe the regulations of the Vietnam-China Agreement on Fishery Cooperation, as well as other maritime laws?

Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau: Fishermen of the two countries have become more aware of maritime regulations and laws now, particularly about fishing licenses in the shared fishing grounds and about regulations regarding the forms of fishing allowed. Most fishermen comply with maritime regulations and laws.

Reporter: Can you name positive changes in fishery activities in the shared fishing grounds, after more than 10 years of implementing the Vietnam-China Agreement on Fishery Cooperation and conducting joint fishery patrols?

Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau: The number of fishing violations in the shared fishing grounds has been reduced every year, over the past 10 years.

Reporter: How are regulations and laws disseminated and taught to our fishermen?

Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau: Our Coast Guard, Border Guard, Fisheries Resources Surveillance forces, and local authorities collaborate closely to conduct maritime law and regulation education for every fishing village, fishing boat, and fisherman. Forms of maritime law and regulation education vary: from delivering leaflets and directly explaining information to fishermen to organizing games, plays and other activities, both on shore and at sea.
But maritime law and regulation education is not always easy. A few fishermen still lack knowledge of maritime laws and regulations because they spend most of their time fishing at sea. And some people with less education may not fully understand the laws and regulations.

Reporter: In the past, our media reported a number of cases in which the Chinese Coast Guard did not treat Vietnamese fishermen operating in the overlapping areas properly. How did the Vietnamese Coast Guard deal with such cases?

Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau: When such cases are reported, we send letters and contact our Chinese counterparts on the hotline to deal with the issue.
Vietnam maritime law enforcement forces, including the Vietnam Coast Guard, always treat foreign citizens violating Vietnamese waters well, including Chinese fishermen. We wish that the Chinese Coast Guard Command would instruct their forces to behave humanely and to treat Vietnamese fishermen properly in all circumstances.

Reporter: Thank you.

Interviewed by My Hanh Translated by Thu Nguyen

Improving performance of chaff countermeasures through the use of microwires

April 19, 2016 - Case study from Meon Technology Ltd who will pitch their ideas to industry and investors at the CDE Marketplace on 27 April 2016.
A Royal Navy Sea King Mk4 helicopter of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) fires decoy flares.
Meon Technology Ltd has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to research the use of microwire; a fine glass fibre with a metal core. This is an alternative to the current material used in ‘chaff’.
Chaff is a radar countermeasure used by military aircraft to avoid detection or attack by adversaries. Aluminium-coated glass fibre is the most commonly used material for chaff. However this material does not disperse efficiently and there may be other ways of improving chaff performance.
Through this project, micro-SME Meon Technology, alongside partners the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton and the University of Cranfield, has developed a microwire production process and a method to compare the efficacy of microwire and other materials as chaff.
A new chaff material with better dispersion or radar cross-section could enhance the capability of UK armed forces to counter radar threats to air and naval platforms.
Brian Butters, Director, Meon Technology Ltd says:
CDE has been very supportive in assisting me to set up the research project and finding the necessary funding. While this project is looking at microwire for use in chaff, microwire also has numerous other applications. Such as in advanced composites, electrochemical sensors and very small wire conductors and electrodes, so there could be other benefits too.
Meon Technology Ltd is located near Portsmouth, Hampshire. Founded in April 2012 it has just 1 employee.

James Troop Supplies Engines For Three Naval Vessels

April 16, 2016 - Liverpool City Region (UK) based ship engine specialist James Troop & Co has won an order to supply Volvo Penta diesel engines for three European naval vessels being built on Merseyside.
James Troop, one of the UK’s major Volvo Penta Centers, will supply the engines for three vessels being constructed by Marine Specialized Technology Ltd (MST), of Liverpool, which is the global leader for building Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and High Speed Workboats for the military and commercial markets.
The three MST 800 SEABOAT military workboats will be delivered this spring and will enter service in summer. The trio follow a previous order for six identical Volvo Penta-propelled craft which began service in 2013.
James Troop operations director Robert Pollock said part of the firm’s major selling point for Volvo Penta marine diesel engines was the level of support, expertise and after-sales service which James Troop can offer its customers.
This 8 meter long sterndrive propulsion workboats, built at Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, south Liverpool, serve with many European navies and NATO defense forces. They carry two crew and eight embarked forces.
Regarded as high performance, easily-maintained, rugged and reliable vessels, the MST 800 SEABOAT craft are carried onboard Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) as the main weapon system on board for high speed interception, boarding, interdiction, reconnaissance and search and rescue.
High profile actions which the MST 800 SEABOAT craft regularly play a major role in include drug smuggling interception, migrant rescue and antipiracy.
This craft is one of many production military craft that MST has developed for the next generation of multi-role OPVs entering service with global maritime forces.

A Status-6 status update

April 21, 2016 ( - After making a splash in November, the Status-6 underwater drone has almost completely disappeared from the news. Probably for a good reason - the story looked like a deliberate fake from the beginning. And by all indications it was. Moreover, it appears that the appearance of that Status-6 slide on TV was an elaborate ploy that had something to do with an obscure internal power struggle in the Russian ministry of defense. Details are elusive and not particularly important, but the word is that the episode did result in some very high-level MoD officials being interrogated at Lefortovo regarding the alleged breach of security. Nothing came out of it, however.
That does not necessarily mean, however, that there is nothing behind the story. In February, a Russian newspaper published an article that mentioned Status-6 and included a photo that shows something that looks very much as a container that can house the drone on the slide:
The caption says that it's a mockup of a "Skif self-propelled underwater vehicle." The article also has some interesting information about the project (although, as always, some skepticism is advised). It says that tests of the vehicle began the fall of 2008 and it is expected to be ready for deployment in 2019-2023. We still have time to figure it out.
Shortly after that publication, a reader sent me a link to another photo, which shows the container from a much closer distance:
As I understand, there is nothing inside yet - it's a mockup of the real thing. But the photo appears to have been taken in 2009, so the program may have made some advances since then.
Speaking of timing, Rose Gottemoeller was asked at the hearings back in December 2015 if the United States was aware of the Status-6 when it was negotiating the New START treaty. She said "unequivocally no." Which is interesting - on the 2009 photo the mockup seems pretty beat-up, so it had been hauled around for some time. Someone must have seen something.

NATO Deputy Secretary General: stability in the Black Sea is an important component of Euro-Atlantic security

Speaking in Sofia on Friday (22 April) NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow stressed the importance of the Black Sea region for Euro-Atlantic security.
Mr. Vershbow addressed the current strategic landscape and what NATO is doing to respond. “Significantly, we face strategic threats from two different directions at the same time. On the one hand, a more assertive Russia is challenging international law and the sovereignty of its neighbours, with its illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine”, Mr. Vershbow said. “On the other hand”, he added, “instability and violence in our southern doorstep risks spilling over into Allied territory in the form of terrorism and uncontrolled migration”.  The NATO Deputy Secretary General underlined that because of Bulgaria’s location at the intersection of these two threats, they are of great concern and the Alliance benefits greatly from Bulgaria’s insight and experience.
Referring to NATO’s response to the threats in the South, the Deputy Secretary General said that NATO is stepping up efforts to “project stability” across the region as a whole by expanding the Alliance’s efforts to build greater defence capacity. “Training, advising and assisting local forces so that they are better able to secure their own countries and, where appropriate, to support and train others. This is something that we are already doing for countries like Iraq, Jordan and Tunisia”, he said.
Mr. Vershbow highlighted that both challenges - a more assertive Russia, and instability in the Middle East and North Africa – will be very high on the agenda at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in July, where the Alliance will be making decisions to further strengthen collective defence and deterrence.
“We have already implemented a series of assurance measures for our eastern Allies, which also have an important deterrence effect”, he said. “These include AWACS surveillance flights, and the intensification of NATO maritime patrols in the Black Sea itself. And as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, the US plans to expand its exercises and training with NATO Allies and partners, and to augment prepositioned equipment – including in both Bulgaria and Romania,” – the Deputy Secretary General added.
Mr. Vershbow welcomed the recent announcement by the Bulgarian government to increase and modernize Bulgaria’s air and naval assets. He added that along with spending more money on defence, Allies need to ensure the ability of their militaries to cooperate against common threats. “Cooperation between Allies – especially between our Black Sea Allies Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, and involving the United States, will be key to the security challenges we face”, he added.
On Friday (22 April) Mr. Vershbow is also meeting Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Mitov and Minister of Defence Nikolay Nenchev.

Royal Navy Accolade For Runcorn Marine Engine Specialist James Troop

April 26, 2016 - Specialist marine engine supplier James Troop has received a special presentation from the Royal Navy’s Northern England and Isle of Man commander for its outstanding work on seven Mine Hunter vessels.
Commodore Gary Doyle presented an MCM1 (Mine Counter Measures squadron 1) crest and ceremonial photographs to Bob Troop, chairman and managing director of the Runcorn firm at the Royal Navy Regional Headquarters in Sefton Street.
Troop, a family-run firm which is one of the oldest in the maritime industry, undertook a £2m deal to replace and commission the Volvo Penta engines and generator sets on seven Royal Navy Sandown class mine hunters.
In total, Troop supplied 25 engines and generators – three sets for each vessel – one for training and three on stand-by.
The work, including training naval personnel on engine maintenance, took place at bases in the UK and the Gulf.
Commodore Doyle said: “It is a great pleasure to present this crest and ceremonial photographs to James Troop in recognition of its tremendous work on the mine hunter vessels.
“This work is crucial given the important nature and the world leading capability the RN’s mine counter measures force brings to current operations in the Middle East.
“It is especially pleasing that the Royal Navy is working with a long-established Liverpool family business which is brilliant for the local economy here in the home city of the North of England and Isle of Man Naval Regional Headquarters.”
Bob Troop, who is the great, great grandson of company founder James Troop who established the firm as a ship repairer in Liverpool in 1867, said: “We made an absolute commitment to the Royal Navy to deliver the highest possible standards of engines, training and, going forward, technical and spare parts support.
“We have especially enjoyed organising and running the training programme for naval staff at our Runcorn base.
“This has enabled us to really get to know the teams operating the equipment. By building this rapport and understanding we can operate more efficiently, constantly improving the standard of service for the Royal Navy.”

Newport News Shipbuilding Putting Affordability Initiatives to Work on John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)

Newport News shipbuilders added a 965-ton structure comprising two pump rooms to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) earlier this month. This is the 21st superlift that has been placed in the dry dock since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Photo by John Whalen/HII.
Newport News April 19, 2016 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has placed a 965-ton structure called a superlift into dry dock, continuing the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The superlift was made with more than twice the amount of outfitting accomplished as compared to the same superlift on Kennedy’s predecessor, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
The superlift, comprising two pump rooms, is 80 feet long and about 100 feet wide. The section is complete with grating, pumps, valves, pipe, electrical panels, equipment mounting studs, lighting and other outfitting components. On Ford, a large number of those components were installed after the superlift was placed in the dry dock.
“We are continuing to make good progress on the Kennedy with a focus on reducing cost,” said Mike Shawcross, Newport News’ vice president, CVN 79 construction. “Not only are we taking the lessons learned from the first ship of the class, the Ford, and applying them to our work on Kennedy, we are also approaching the construction of this ship differently to further bring down the cost. By installing most of the outfitting before the section goes into dry dock, we are able to significantly reduce man-hours, which translates to cost savings for the Navy and the American taxpayer.”
Like Ford, Kennedy is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural units, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry dock using the shipyard’s 1,050-metric ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Kennedy is on track to be completed with 445 lifts, 51 fewer than Ford and 149 less than USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the last Nimitz-class carrier.
This is the 21st superlift that has been placed in the dock since the ship’s keel was laid in August 2015. Kennedy is now 17 percent complete. She is scheduled to be launched in 2020 and delivered to the Navy in 2022. John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is slated to replace USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the aircraft carrier force structure.

First Phase Unmanned Aviation on CVN Complete

US Navy

San Diego April 20, 2016 - USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) marked a historical milestone April 13 after installing the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) command center aboard an aircraft carrier. 
Capt. Beau Duarte, program manager of Unmanned Carrier Aviation program office (PMA-268), inspected the site and recognized Carl Vinson Sailors instrumental in the security, logistics and installation of the UAV suite.
"This marks the start of a phased implementation of the MQ-XX system on an aircraft carrier," said Duarte. "The lessons learned and ground-breaking work done here will go on to inform and influence future installations on other aircraft carriers."
The work was performed during USS Carl Vinson's recent Chief of Naval Operations Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). The completion of all phases of installation is scheduled for 2022. 
"We are carving out precious real estate on board the carrier, knowing that the carrier of the future will have manned and unmanned systems on it," said Capt. Karl Thomas, Carl Vinson's commanding officer. "This suite is an incremental step necessary to extend performance, efficiency and enhance safety of aerial refueling and reconnaissance missions that are expending valuable flight hours on our strike-fighter aircraft, the F/A-18 Echoes and Foxtrots."
The MQ-XX program will deliver a high-endurance unmanned aircraft that will replace today's F/A-18E/F aircraft in its role as the aerial tanker for the Navy's carrier air wing (CVW), thus preserving the strike fighter's flight hours for its primary mission. It will also leverage the range and payload capacity of high-endurance unmanned aircraft to provide critically needed, persistent, sea-based ISR capability in support of the CSG and the Joint Forces Commander. The MQ-XX is scheduled to be operational in the mid-2020s.
"Having a UAV asset that provides persistent, potentially 24/7, surveillance coverage for the strike group is a game changer," said Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Rear Adm. James Loeblein. "Putting additional ISR capacity into the warfare commander's hands increases the flexibility and warfare capability of the entire strike group."
The Carl Vinson Strike Group is scheduled to deploy on a Western Pacific deployment in 2017. Carl Vinson is currently pierside in its homeport of San Diego.

725 Squadron Unleash in the East

725 Squadron conducted firings of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile from MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters (photo: Unknown)

April 22, 2016 - The offensive tactical airborne capability of the Navy was demonstrated recently when 725 Squadron conducted firings of the AGM-114N Hellfire missile from MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopters.  
Commanding Officer 725 Squadron, Commander Matt Royals, said the live firings provide important tactical training.
“We conducted five live missile firings against targets in the East Australian Exercise Area in early April and these firings were designed to improve the war fighting capability of the Navy’s newest helicopter system,” he said.
“Handling weapons and being exposed to delivery procedures is the best way to prepare maintenance staff and aircrew for future deployments to sea.  
“The opportunity to fire the missiles has provided exposure to all areas of weapon preparation and tactical delivery of Hellfire,” Commander Royals said.
During the engagement sequences, all methods of Hellfire weapons delivery were exercised by crews from 725 Squadron.  For Lieutenants Callum Newton and Dave Barlow, the opportunity to conduct live missile firings against moving targets was a fantastic training opportunity. 
“This certainly put all the training, hard work and preparation into perspective,” Lieutenant Newton said.
“Having the opportunity to conduct these live-fire exercises has certainly improved the tactical capability of the aircrew involved,” said Lieutenant Barlow.
Assisting the Romeo crews with the location and targeting were members of Navy Unmanned Aviation Systems Unit, who flew missions above the target area with ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle.  Their participation proved that a definite capability was available to the Navy, with the Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle providing overwatch and a real time feed of the Hellfire engagements.
Hellfire is a precision air-to-ground weapon delivering multi-target capability and strike lethality. It is capable of attacking targets out to eight kilometres and reaches speeds in excess of Mach 1.  The AGM-114N variant which the Royal Australian Navy has purchased contains a Metal Augmented Charge and is ideal for the Navy’s intended use from the MH-60R in the anti-surface warfare role.  The MH-60R is capable of carrying up to eight Hellfire missiles.

The Underwater Centre Delivers ROV Training to NZ Navy Dive Team

April 27, 2016 - A team from the Royal New Zealand Navy has recently finished an intensive ROV training course, delivered by The Underwater Centre at the Naval Base at Devonport, New Zealand.
The nine-day course focused on in-water operation training of the Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV, which is regularly used by the Navy for reconnaissance and security missions.
Warships were berthed very close-by, allowing the candidates to work under and around the vessels, carrying out a range of training exercises.
The course was split between classroom lectures and practical/in-water operational training and was specifically tailored by The Underwater Centre for the Navy, allowing the candidates to train within their own site with their own ROVs. 
The candidates were put through their paces by ROV Training and Operations Superintendent, Paul Bury, who has 15 years’ experience in the ROV industry, and has been training industry-ready ROV pilot technicians for over 13 years at The Underwater Centre.  
“We spent an intensive nine days with the team teaching them all aspects of the Seaeye Falcon,” Paul said.
“The ROV has been used by the Navy for a variety of operations – from reconnaissance prior to deeper diving and assisting in the recovery of sunken aircraft/helicopter, to helping with marine accident investigations. The ROV can also be utilised for security reconnaissance for harbour inspections, hull inspections, mine location and disposal.
“Throughout the duration of the training the water visibility was poor – less than 1.5m.  This added to the challenge, but gave the candidates the best possible training in learning how to navigate in poor or zero visibility conditions.  It meant that sonar training became essential and the class were able to fly the Falcon without cameras – using sonar images and sensor readings alone.
“Once the team were accustomed to close-quarters control and navigation, the ROV was taken on longer and longer excursions, until eventually, the ROV was able to travel around the entire basin to the full extent of the tether. The long excursions allowed the candidates to identify previously unknown sonar targets and to investigate them. 
“To increase the challenge, the candidates were also tasked with searching and then recovering sunken objects using the sonar for locating and then the manipulator for picking-up and recovering items.  This kept the team busy with tasks getting progressively more difficult as they improved their skills.”
LT CDR Benjamin Martin, Mine Clearance Diving Officer at Royal New Zealand Navy, added: “The Royal New Zealand Navy Dive Training School is the lead underwater training facility in the New Zealand Defence Force. It provides trained personnel to the Littoral Warfare Unit, several Army units, the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Customs Service.
“Remote technologies are highly valued by the New Zealand Defence Force for the range of options they provide. Since its introduction into service, the Royal New Zealand Navy has utilised an observation class ROV to conduct operations ranging from hull inspections to deep recovery of helicopters in the alpine lakes of the South Island.
“This wide variety of operating environments requires the ROV pilots to have a high standard of training, which The Underwater Centre provided in a very professional, thorough manner. Thanks to The Underwater Centre for the excellent training.”

Indian Navy Deploys ALH at Maldives

Indian Navy photo

April 27, 2016 - One Indian Navy Advanced Light Helicopter MK III has been deployed at Maldives on 27 Apr 16. The helicopter will be based at Kadhdhoo Island in Laamu Atol of Maldives.The helicopter will assist MNDF for undertaking Search And Rescue, Casualty Evacuation, Coastal Surveillance, Maritime Reconnaissance, Communication and Logistic Duties. 
The Indian Naval Contingent headed by Cdr Rohit Gupte, who is an experienced helicopter pilot comprises four officers and 21 sailors. The technical support team comprises 13 technicians and is headed by Lt Cdr Jithu K Joy. The support team with the spares and support equipment have already reached Male on 25 Apr 16. The ALH MK III landed at Male at 1630 hrs local time on 27 Apr 16 and was received by The Minister of Defence and National Security His Excellency Mr Adam Shareef and High Commissioner of India to Maldives His Excellency Shri Akhilesh Mishra . 
The Advanced Light Helicopter (MKIII) has been manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and has state of the art avionics and is powered by Shakti engines. 
The detachment of the ALH would further strengthen the robust maritime cooperation between our two nations. 

CACI Executive Chairman Dr. J.P. (Jack) London Awarded Navy League Leadership in Technology Award

Arlington VA April 21, 2016 - CACI International Inc has announced that the New York Council, Navy League of the United States has awarded CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London its Leadership in Technology Award at the organization’s 114 Anniversary Dinner held on April 19 at the New York Yacht Club. The award recognizes Dr. London for his extensive achievements supporting innovation and new advanced technologies for America’s sea services.
“I would like to thank the New York Council of the Navy League for this great honor”
“I would like to thank the New York Council of the Navy League for this great honor,” said Dr. London. “I am very proud of my service to the sea services, as both a U.S. Navy officer and CACI executive. Technological innovation and leading that innovation have been foundational to my own career, and to the success of CACI. We share with the Navy League the belief that sustaining American technological leadership is an imperative for our national security, and I am proud to be part of the League’s advancement of this goal.”
CACI has been a partner to the Navy for more than 50 years, providing innovative technologies and services the Navy has leveraged to become the world’s most powerful naval force. The company’s first contract in June 1963 was with the Navy, researching and simulating inventory control operations at the Navy Ships Parts Control Center. Today, the Navy is one of CACI’s most valued and longest-standing customers and the company supports Navy customers with solutions that range from combat systems and cyberspace, to intelligence, networks, signals communications, and logistics.
Ken Asbury, CACI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “On behalf of the people of CACI, I would like to congratulate Dr. London on receiving this prestigious award from the Navy League. Dr. London’s vision and dedication to CACI and to our customers shaped the company and made us the innovative industry leader we are today.”

BWXT Announces $3.1 Billion in Contracts for Naval Nuclear Reactor Components and Fuel

Lynchburg April 27, 2016 - BWX Technologies, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program has awarded two of its subsidiaries contracts with options totaling approximately $3.1 billion for the manufacture of naval nuclear reactor components and fuel.
BWXTech Announces $3.1 Billion in Contracts for Naval Nuclear Reactor Components and Fuel
The reactor components contracts were awarded to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (BWXT NOG), and the naval nuclear fuel contracts were awarded to Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS). Approximately $1.2 billion of this award has been received in 2016, with the bulk of the remaining contract awards expected to be received in 2017 and 2018, subject to annual Congressional appropriations.
A variety of naval nuclear reactor manufacturing activities will be performed at BWXT NOG under these contracts that will primarily support Ford-class carrier construction, Nimitz-class carrier refueling, Virginia-class submarine construction, and preliminary Ohio-class submarine replacement work.
At NFS, the primary scope of work includes the manufacture and delivery of fuel and support activities for the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, as well as development of material for future Naval Reactors programs.
The reactor component work to be completed under these contracts will be conducted at BWXT’s locations in Lynchburg, Va.; Barberton and Euclid, Ohio; and Mount Vernon, Ind. The fuel work will be conducted at NFS in Erwin, Tenn.
“We look forward to providing the critical nuclear components and fuel that power the Navy’s submarines and aircraft carriers and help keep the United States and its allies safe,” said Peyton S. (Sandy) Baker, BWXT’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The awards of these contracts demonstrate the continued reliability placed on BWXT to execute this important work for the U.S. Government in a safe and cost-effective manner.”

USS Coronado Deploys for RIMPAC with Fire Scout UAV Controls from Raytheon

San Diego April 27, 2016 - Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command have deployed advanced mission control for the MQ-8 Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter, aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado, which is now underway. Navy control hardware and Raytheon control software were combined for robust, flexible command and control of Fire Scout missions in littoral waters.
The USS Coronado is one of the Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ships, designed to operate close to shorelines. Coronado's deployment of Fire Scout extends the fleet's situational awareness.
"Raytheon's UAV ground controls help support Navy missions without putting sailors' lives at risk," said Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon IIS. "Our innovative technology is helping the U.S. military evolve standards of performance and reliability as they accomplish their critical missions more efficiently and effectively."
Navy hardware and Raytheon's software are built with an open architecture, maximizing flexibility to add new technology as needed. Under a related effort, the Navy's Common Control System, or NCCS, will be able to control any air, ground, surface and subsurface vehicles as they deploy with the fleet. Built on the flexible foundation of Fire Scout MCS, that capability will reduce Navy-wide implementation costs and training requirements for unmanned systems.
"Our new Fire Scout MCS enables Fire Scout to bring more mission to more areas," said Captain Jeff Dodge, U.S. Navy, Fire Scout program manager. "Fire Scout is a proven capability in dynamic littoral environments, and now provides the potential for multiple platforms to be controlled from a single MCS aboard the ship."
USS Coronado is the first Littoral Combat Ship to use this upgraded Fire Scout MCS operationally, after logging 600+ hours of testing.    

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

For disaster relief in accordance with the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake (17 00 currently)

Google Translation

2016 April 24,
the Ministry of Defense
Underlined portion ※ The revision from the previous report
is ※ numerical values ​​is preliminary and may change in the future.

1. Overview of disaster relief

Request date and timeRequest sourceRequest destinationRequest Overviewplace of occurrence
2016 April 14 
(Thursday) 22 hours 40 minutes
Kumamoto Prefecture GovernorGround Self-Defense Force 
8th division commander (Kitakumamoto)
LifesavingKumamoto Prefecture 
Kumamoto district
2016 April 16 
(Saturday) 02 hour 36 minutes
Governor of Oita PrefectureGround Self-Defense Force in western direction 
Tokuka captain (Yufuin)
LifesavingKumamoto Prefecture 
Kumamoto district

2. History of the disaster relief

  • (1) 2016 April 14 (Thursday) about 26 minutes at 21, occurred the earthquake to the Kumamoto district and the epicenter (magnitude 6.5), along with the start of the information collection, the same day 22 hours 40 minutes , for the Ground Self-Defense Force 8th division commander from Kumamoto Governor (Kitakumamoto), there has been a disaster relief request in accordance with the lifesaving.
  • (2) 2016 April 16 (Saturday) around 25 pm 01, the Kumamoto local earthquake to earthquake (magnitude 7.3), along with the start of the information collection, the same day 02 hours 36 minutes , for the land from the Governor of Oita Prefecture Self-Defense Forces western district Tokuka captain (Yufuin), there has been a disaster relief request in accordance with the lifesaving.

3. Correspondence of the Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces

(1) dispatched troops

(Western army)
42nd infantry regiment (Kitakumamoto), 43rd infantry regiment (Miyakonojo), 8th Artillery Regiment (Kitakumamoto), 8th Tank Battalion (Kusu), eighth scouts (Kitakumamoto), the eighth anti-aircraft artillery battalion ( Kitakumamoto), the eighth communication Battalion (Kitakumamoto), 8th Squadron (high 遊原), eighth facility Battalion (Sendai), eighth logistic support regiment (Kitakumamoto), eighth special weapons protection Corps (Kitakumamoto), 40th infantry regiment (Kokura), 41st infantry regiment (Beppu), Tsushima Guard (Tsushima), 4th Artillery regiment (Kurume), 4th tank Battalion (Kusu), 4th Squadron (eye Tatsubara), second 4 logistics support regiment (Fukuoka), the fourth special weapons protection Corps (Fukuoka), the second anti-aircraft Artillery brigade (Iizuka), fifth facility Orchestra (Ogori), western Army infantry regiment (Aiura), the western district Tokuka Corps (Yufuin), the western district air Corps (high 遊原, eye Tatsubara), the western district communication group (Jianjun), the western district logistical support Corps (eye Tatsubara), the western district information Corps (Jianjun), the western district health team ( Jianjun), fifth land-to-ship missile regiment (Jianjun), Kengunchutonchi business Corps (Jianjun), etc.
(Northern army)
25th infantry regiment (Engaru), 26th infantry regiment (Rumoi), the second Artillery Regiment (Asahikawa), the second logistic support regiment (Asahikawa), the second anti-aircraft artillery regiment (Asahikawa), 11th infantry regiment (AzumaChitose), seventh Artillery regiment (AzumaChitose), seventh logistic support regiment (AzumaChitose), fourth infantry regiment (Obihiro), sixth infantry regiment (Bihoro), 27th infantry regiment ( Kushiro), fifth facility Corps (Obihiro), fifth logistical support Corps (Obihiro) , 10th infantry regiment (Takigawa), 18th infantry regiment (Makomanai), 28th infantry regiment (Hakodate), the 11th flight Corps (Okadama), 11th logistic support brigade (Makomanai) , the first Artillery brigade (KitaChitose), the first anti-aircraft Artillery brigade, (AzumaChitose), the northern district air Corps (Okadama), the northern district facility Corps (south Eniwa), the northern district logistical support Corps (shimamatsu), the northern district versus craft antitank Corps (Kutchan) , etc.
(North Eastern Army)
20th infantry regiment (Jimmachi), 21 infantry regiment (Akita), 44th infantry regiment (Fukushima), the fourth land-to-ship missile regiment (Hachinohe), sixth facility battalion (Jimmachi) , sixth Squadron (Jimmachi), sixth logistic support regiment (Jimmachi), the second facility Orchestra (Funaoka) , northeast direction air Corps (Kasuminome), etc.
(Eastern Army)
34th infantry regiment (Itazuma), the first facility battalion (Asaka), the first logistic support regiment (Nerima) , the second infantry regiment (Takada), 13th infantry regiment (Matsumoto), 12th Tokuka Corps (Utsunomiya), the 12th reconnaissance Squadron (Gen Soma), 12 anti-aircraft artillery Squadron (Gen Soma), the 12th facility Corps (Shinmachi), 12 anti-tank squadron (Shinmachi) , 12th helicopter Squadron (Gen Soma), 12th logistics support Squadron (Shinmachi),the first facility Orchestra (Furukawa), the second anti-aircraft artillery group (Matsudo) , the eastern district air Corps (Tachikawa),the eastern district logistical support Corps (Asaka) , etc.
(Central army)
36th infantry regiment (Itami), third Tokuka Corps (Himeji), third scouts (Senzo), third facility Battalion (Okubo) , third squadron (Yao), third logistic support regiment (Senzo) , 10th logistic support regiment (Kasugai) , 8th infantry regiment (Yonago), 17th infantry regiment (Yamaguchi), 46th infantry regiment (Kaita City), the 13th reconnaissance Squadron (Izumo), the 13th facility Corps (Kaita City), the 13th Squadron (Hofu), 13th logistic support brigade (Kaita City), 13 special weapons protection Corps (Kaita City), 14th logistic support brigade (Zentsuji), fourth facility Orchestra (Okubo) , Central district air Corps (Yao), Central district logistical support Corps (Katsura) , etc.
1st Helicopter Brigade (Kisarazu), flight school (Akeno)
The first air group (Kanoya), 22 air group (Omura), 31 air group (Iwakuni), 61 Air Corps (Atsugi), 111th Air Corps (Iwakuni), # 211 education Air Corps (Kanoya), second 1 escort Corps group (Yokosuka), third convoy group (Maizuru), fourth convoy group (Wu), the first convoy (Wu), riot facility Corps (Hachinohe) , Sasebo ZoOsamu depot (Sasebo), transport ship "Osumi", transport ship "Shimokita", destroyer "Hyuga", destroyer "Izumo", destroyer "and Magiri", destroyer "Atago", destroyer "drizzle", multi-purpose support ship "Amakusa " etc
Fifth air wing (Nyutabaru), eighth air wing (castle), Nyutabaru Rescue Corps (Nyutabaru), Ashiya Rescue Corps (Ashiya), the first Air Transport Squadron (Komaki), the second transport Air Corps (Iruma), third air transport Squadron (Miho), western aviation warning and control group (Kasuga), the second anti-aircraft group (Kasuga), third Technical school (Ashiya), western aviation facility Corps (Ashiya, Nyutabaru), reconnaissance air Corps (Baili), Misawa helicopter airlift Corps (Misawa), Kasuga helicopter airlift Corps (Kasuga), etc.

(2) Dispatch scale performance

About 26,000 people (a total of about 179,200 people)
107 aircraft (a total of 873 aircraft)
15 vessels (total of 120 vessels)

(3) The main support status

[23 days (Sat)]
17 hour 00 minutesBuild a 26,000 readiness.
◯  Ministry of Defense is about 180 people used as a recreation facility the private ship "Hakuo" that contract by the PFI method. Among them, transported by the Self-Defense Forces vehicle about 30 people from the shelter. 
◯  goods transport carried out in 115 locations (down 49 places). 
◯  implement the school lunch assistance in 46 locations (up one place). 
◯  carried out in 135 locations the water supply support (up 41 places). 
◯  implementation bathing support at 16 points (no increase or decrease). 
◯  implemented in nine medical assistance (up one place). 
◯  carried out in 13 locations the rubble removal (up 5 places).   
※ change from the previous day is in parentheses

◯ 23 (Saturday) of activity results
Activity contentActivity locationPerformance
LifesavingLife rescue and missing person
Minami Aso Village0 people
total: 11 people
Patient transportUki1 person
total: about 510 people
For the security
personnel transport
0 people
total: about 760 people
Rubble removal (13 locations)Aso, Kumamoto City, Nishihara village ,
About 2 km total: about 9 km
Livelihood supportGoods transport(115 places)Aso, Arao , Uki,
Uto, Kikuchi , Kumamoto,
Koshi City, Yatsushiro, Ozu-machi,
Kikuyo-machi, Tol-cho, mashiki, Misato-cho, Minami-mura
Total: about 33,000 sheets
Drinking waterAbout 106,500 this
total: this about 638,000
Daily necessitiesAbout 2,000 boxes
total: about 35,500 boxes
GroceryAbout 230,000 meals
total: about 708,000 meals
School lunch assistance(46 locations)Aso, Uki, Uto,
Kumamoto, Ozu-machi, Kikuyo-machi,
mashiki, Nishihara village, south-mura,
About 45,000 meals
total: about 572,000 meals
Water supply support(135 places)Aso, Uki, Uto ,
Kikuchi, Kumamoto City, Tamana, Ozu-machi , Kashima-cho, Kikuyo-machi,mashiki, Yamato-cho, Nishihara village ,south-mura, Yufu

About 900 tons
total: about 6,600 tons
Bathing assistance(16 locations)Aso, Uki, Kumamoto City,
Kashima-cho, Kikuyo-machi, Tol-cho,
mashiki, Nishihara village, south-mura
About 3,700
total: about 26,200 people
Tent support (5 places)0 Zhang
total: 32 Zhang
Medical support (13 locations)Aso, Uki, Kumamoto, 
Koshi City, Kashima-cho, mashiki
200 people
total: 1,450 people
[24 (Sunday)]
◯  of 24 days activity results during the counting