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Thailand Navy Chief receives prestigious military award

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Thailand Navy Chief receives prestigious military award

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.

 

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DCNS completes CVN Charles de Gaulle refit

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DCNS completes CVN Charles de Gaulle refit

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.

 

 

Major contracting challenge, noteworthy team success

 

“Scheduled refits are essential to return a ship to ‘as new’ condition. This six-month period of intense contract maintenance and modernisation is over. Other teams will now resume shore-based day-to-day monitoring of the ship’s systems and equipment,” said Franck Bouffety, the Group’s Charles de Gaulle programme manager.

 

With over 1,000 tasks in progress each week, the Vauban drydock was very busy indeed. Despite the huge number of jobs to be performed, everything was completed on time. DCNS completed the 6,000 maintenance and modernisation ‘line tasks’ specified for this scheduled refit. In addition to the ship’s crew, all available staff based at theToulonnaval base were mobilised for the extended pit stop. Virtually every DCNS centre contributed in one way or another. In all, the Group assigned almost 500 employees to the project.

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Singapore and US Navies conducts maritime exercise CARAT

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Singapore and US Navies conducts maritime exercise CARAT

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.

Conducted since 1995, this series of annual bilateral maritime exercises aims to enhance interoperability and professional cooperation between the participating forces of Singapore and the US.

 

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Raytheon to bring Next Generation Jammer for EA-18G attack aircraft

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Raytheon to bring Next Generation Jammer for EA-18G attack aircraft

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.

“Raytheon provided the U.S. Navy with an innovative and efficient design capable of jamming current and future threats,” said Yuse. “Our technology approach met the program requirements and leveraged our industry team’s extensive experience in combat-proven, high-reliability agile-beam RF systems designed for demanding carrier-based aircraft environments.”

NGJ will replace the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system currently on the Navy’s EA-18G Growler tactical airborne electronic attack aircraft.

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 begins in Ukraine

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 begins in Ukraine

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.

The aim of the exercise, as expressed by those at the opening ceremony, is that by practicing these necessary skill sets, it will bring navies operating in the Black Sea closer together and ultimately increase stability in the region.

“Our partnership and collaboration has led to increased interoperability and enhanced security,” said U.S. Navy Capt. James Aiken, deputy exercise director, who spoke alongside his Ukraine counterparts at the opening ceremony. “As we build upon lessons learned in past exercises, Sea Breeze has developed a robust and challenging agenda that will develop strong relationships to enhance maritime security and stability.”

This year’s participants include Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and U.S., along with France, Germany, Libya, Lithuania, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates, as observers.

Sea Breeze 2013, an annual multinational exercise in the Black Sea, is a combined air, land and maritime exercise designed to improve maritime safety, security and stability in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces.

 

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MdCN naval cruise missile successfully tested

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MdCN naval cruise missile successfully tested

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.

 

 

With its range of some several hundred kilometers, MdCN is able to strike targets deep within enemy territory. Embarked on warships positioned safely on-station for extended periods in international waters, either overtly (surface frigates) or discretely (submerged submarines), MdCN is ideal for missions calling for the destruction of strategically high value infrastructure targets.

 

 

MBDA was awarded the MDCN contract by the French DGA at the end of 2006.

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