Posted on 02 August 2013 by admin
The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), Admiral (ADM) Surasak Rounroengrom, was conferred Singapore’s prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) [or the Meritorious Service Medal (Military)] by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence this morning.
ADM Surasak was conferred the award in recognition of his significant contributions to enhancing the close cooperation and long-standing friendship between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the RTN. Under his leadership, bilateral defence ties between the two navies have grown from strength to strength. The RSN and the RTN interact regularly through a wide spectrum of activities, including bilateral and multilateral exercises, port calls, professional exchanges, and the cross-attendance of courses. ADM Surasak has enhanced the cooperation between the RSN and the RTN on regional maritime security through the RTN’s participation in the Malacca Strait Patrols and the attachment of RTN liaison officers to the Changi Command and Control Centre at Changi Naval Base. ADM Surasak has also supported the attachment of RTN officers to the Singapore Armed Forces’ Combined Task Force 151 deployments in the Gulf of Aden, where both navies cooperated in counter-piracy operations.
Posted on 26 July 2013 by admin
The French Navy’s Fleet Support Service (SSF) signed off on the completion of the intermediate refit of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle after six months’ work by DCNS. From hull to combat system, without forgetting compliance tests to the latest environmental standards, communications suite modernisation or the refurbishment of the accommodation and recreation areas, the project involved some 950 people and 1 million person-hours’ work.
Maintenance and modernisation
In addition to scheduled maintenance, the refit was used to undertake significant modernisation. The work was performed in the Vauban drydock at theToulonnaval base. The ship was given a complete facelift that included the repainting of a total area of 26,000 square metres and the complete refurbishment of one of the main galleys. Other modernisation work included the replacement of the stabilisation computer. The propulsion system and other shipboard systems and equipment were inspected, overhauled and tested to ensure optimal performance in operation. Some35 kilometresof cabling was also installed with a view to the later installation of a state-of-the-art IP network.
CVN Charles de Gaulle underwent a thorough overhaul performed by teams assembled by DCNS and its partners, supported day-to-day by the ship’s crew.
Posted on 15 July 2013 by admin
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Fleet Commander Rear-Admiral (RADM) Timothy Lo and the United States Navy (USN) Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific RADM Thomas F. Carney officiated at the opening ceremony of the 19th Singapore-US Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise at Changi Naval Base.
In his opening address, RADM Lo highlighted that Exercise CARAT has come a long way since its inception and noted the commitment of both navies to push the boundaries of exercise scope and complexity. RADM Lo also recognised the tremendous professional value the exercise has provided to the RSN and the USN and noted its importance in bilateral relations. “CARAT Singapore is a vital component of the growing range of RSN-USN interactions and continues to play a part in enhancing defence relations between both countries,” said RADM Lo.
Exercise CARAT 2013, which will be conducted from 15 to 26 July 2013 in the South China Sea, will focus on sharpening conventional maritime warfare capabilities such as anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine capabilities, as well as maritime air operations. The RSN, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), USN and the United States Marine Corps are participating in this year’s exercise, which will involve a total of 1400 personnel from both countries, five ships, a submarine, a naval helicopter and seven aircraft from the RSN and RSAF as well as three ships, a submarine, a naval helicopter and an aircraft from the USN. Exercise CARAT 2013 will also see the inaugural participation of the RSN Archer-class submarine RSS Archer and the USN Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom.
Posted on 10 July 2013 by admin
Raytheon Company announced that it has been awarded a $279.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract by the U.S. Navy to conduct the Technology Development phase of the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer program.
“We believe the Navy’s choice validates Raytheon’s leadership in advanced electronic attack systems and technologies,” said Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. “Raytheon looks forward to building on our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Navy as we provide the warfighter with innovative and reliable Next Generation Jammer solutions now and for many years to come.”
Raytheon leveraged knowledge and experience as a leading tactical weapon systems integrator to provide an affordable, low-risk, comprehensive NGJ solution to the U.S. Navy. Raytheon also leveraged its Gallium nitride (GaN) based AESA technologies to provide warfighters with enhanced electronic attack capabilities.
Posted on 10 July 2013 by admin
Exercise Sea Breeze, the largest multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, began July 8, as representatives from the 16 participating and observing nations gathered together for the exercise’s opening ceremony.
Air, land and naval forces from participating countries will work together both ashore and at sea from July 8-20 in order to strengthen interoperability and improve maritime security.
Leaders from the Ukraine and U.S., who are co-hosting the exercise for what will be a 16th iteration, shared sentiments about the progress of both the exercise and maritime security in the Black Sea that have occurred since the exercise’s inception.
“Peace and stability in this region is highly important to us, and increasing cooperation between the nations involved is the key to maintaining peace and stability,” said Rear Adm. Dennis Berezovsky, Ukrainian deputy director, in remarks at the opening ceremony.
Much of the exercise will focus on maritime interdiction operations as a primary means to enhance maritime security. The other key component is utilizing sea-basing to conduct a range of operations ashore such as non-combatant evacuation to humanitarian assistance/disaster relief.
Posted on 25 October 2012 by admin
The French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has successfully carried out the first end to end firing of the MdCN (Missile de Croisière Naval or naval cruise missile) in its submarine version. This fourth development firing of the missile manufactured by MBDA took place from a platform representing a submerged submarine at the DGA’s Levant missile test center located in the Var region of southern France on 24th October 2012.
All test objectives were successfully achieved, notably the validation of the GPS guidance mode in the terminal phase. This follows on from the validation of the infrared guidance mode which was achieved during the last firing which took place on 9th July 2012. MdCN will equip the French Navy’s multi-mission frigates (FREMM) as of 2014 and its Barracuda submarines in around 2017.