4 May

Russia: Corvette Boiky Undergoes Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: Boiky View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: Navy Russia: Corvette Boiky Undergoes Sea Trials View post tag: trials View post tag: Undergoes View post tag: Corvettecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Corvette Boiky Undergoes Sea Trials October 12, 2012 View post tag: sea The new Project 20380 corvette Boiky built by JSC Severnaya Verf shipyard for Baltic Fleet (BF) is passing sea trials in the fleet’s test ranges…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, October 12, 2012; Image: Flot View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang November 11, 2013 Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang Exercise Steadfast Jazz concluded successfully on Nov. 8 after two weeks of intense multinational joint military training in locations across Europe. About 6,000 personnel from 28 NATO member nations as well as three-partner nations (Sweden, Finland and Ukraine) trained together in a combined multinational setting.Joint Force Command Brunssum Headquarters succeeded in meeting a host of demanding training objectives and will be officially certified at a future ceremony to lead potential NATO Response Force missions in 2014. “As the ISAF mission winds down, NATO’s challenge is to maintain the cohesiveness and compatibility it has achieved through the years,” said Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Hans-Lothar Domrӧse. “Exercise Steadfast Jazz was an important step in building and maintaining that high level of effectiveness and interoperability,” he said.According to NATO, its Response Force is the ‘tip of the spear’ in terms of NATO’s ability to respond to an emerging crisis, which is why realistic and demanding exercises like Steadfast Jazz are essential in maintaining and enhancing the effectiveness of Allied deployable forces. “The multinational soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that I saw during the exercise demonstrated an exceptionally high level of skill and prowess,” said General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. “The opportunity for troops from 28 different member nations, along with Alliance partners, to train and operate together is invaluable. Steadfast Jazz is what NATO is all about, our ability to defend ourselves together with a high-level of skill and effectiveness,” he added.“Steadfast Jazz was based on a scenario that allows NATO forces to train for all possible missions the Alliance might face,” said Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Jean-Paul Palomeros. “A wide variety of scenarios were added to the exercise including humanitarian missions, cyber defense, anti-missile defense, and collective defense operations. Realistic, combined multinational training helps ensure that the Alliance is prepared to meet the threats of the future,” he said.While headquarters staffs wrestled with ‘big-picture’ operational challenges, NATO troops deployed in the sea, land, and air honed their abilities to work together in a comprehensive multinational environment. Naval vessels deployed in the Baltic Sea, aircraft took to the skies of central Europe, and land forces participated in a live exercise in western Poland. The exercise culminated in a firepower demonstration attended by senior NATO officials, members of the diplomatic corps and invited observers from Russia and China. “I am fully satisfied that our combined joint force met all of our training objectives, and I commend all the troops that were under my command for a job well done,” said General Domrӧse. I would also like to thank Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania for the outstanding support they provided to the exercise over the past number of months. Without their efforts, resources, and hospitality we would not have been able to achieve the results that we see today,” he added.Exercise Steadfast Jazz was designed to test and certify elements of the NATO Response Force, which is the Alliance’s quick reaction force of up to 13,000 troops, which can be deployed anywhere, in different configurations, to perform a wide range of missions all on short notice.“NATO military commanders will now turn their attention to capitalizing on the lessons, experience and knowledge gained from Exercise Steadfast Jazz to ensure that the Alliance continues to build upon its capabilities, interoperability, and experience. NATO will conduct several exercises in 2014 to certify NRF forces and headquarters, and will conduct a significant combined live exercise in 2015,” NATO ACO said in a release.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: NATO ACO Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

Pyotr Veliky Leads Russian Task Force in Mediterranean

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Pyotr Veliky Leads Russian Task Force in Mediterranean Pyotr Veliky Leads Russian Task Force in Mediterranean Pyotr Veliky, the Russian Northern Fleet’s (NF) nuclear-powered missile cruiser, took over the lead role of a task force in the Mediterranean from yesterday, according to RIA Novosti.Officials report that the HQ’s was transferred to the ship from the Black Sea Fleet’s missile cruiser Moskva, which completed its mission in the Mediterranean on Sunday.Petr Velikiy is a heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser (TARKR), the fourth Kirov class battlecruiser of the Russian Navy.Although the ship is not a battlecruiser by the traditional definition of the type, but a missile cruiser, her size has given her the unofficial designation of a battlecruiser.The Russian standing task force in the Mediterranean counts:• Missile cruiser (Varyag)• Smetlivy Frigate• Several large amphibious landing ships• Two reconnaissance ships.The presence of Russian ships in the Mediterranean Sea is to protect its interests in the region, as explained by Russian defense leaders.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 12, 2013 November 12, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

UK Warships Exchange Duties in the Indian Ocean

first_imgLength133 m Speed28 knots UK Warships Exchange Duties in the Indian Ocean CPO SUTTON SALUTES AT TWO WARSHIPS EXCHANGE DUTIESHMS Westminster has handed over her Op Kipion duties in the Indian Ocean to her sister ship HMS Somerset and is heading home, due for return at the end of the month. View post tag: Defence Range14,485 km (9,001 mi) at 15 knots View post tag: Exchange View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic February 13, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Duties Draught7.3 m The frigate rounded off her six-month deployment with a final replenishment at sea with US Naval Ship (USNS) Alan Shepard.While keeping shipping lanes safe from pirates and drug lords the ship refuelled at sea 16 times with various vessels.Petty Officer (Marine Engineer) Jason Yates said:“During the course of this deployment we have had many challenges thrown at the Marine Engineering Department.Due to our steely determination and ‘can do’ attitude, we haven’t missed a day on task due to the challenges we have faced.”The deployment saw HMS Westminster hone her submarine-hunting skills and engagement with the regional navies in an effort to boost interoperability and cooperation.Over the next six months, HMS Somerset will be working in support of EU, NATO and coalition forces to undertake security patrols across the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf Region.Before reaching her post, Somerset dropped her anchor in Gibraltar for replenishment. The deployment comes in the aftermath of HMS Somerset’s £21 million pound refit, which renewed her operational capability and restored her full readiness. Complement185 View post tag: UK Type 23 Frigate  SPECIFICATIONS Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Warships Exchange Duties in the Indian Ocean Displacement4,900 t View post tag: ocean [mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2014; Image: Royal Navy Beam16.1 m View post tag: Warships View post tag: Indian View post tag: Naval StatusActive Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Joint Strike Missile View post tag: europe Kongsberg Gruppen ASA has signed a Phase III contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) to complete the development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and prepare it for integration on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). View post tag: Ink This contract is valued at NOK 1.1 billion, and comes on the heels of a bridge phase contract signed on 29 November 2013, bringing the total scope of JSM development Phase III to some NOK 1.5 billion.JSM development work has going on since 2008 and will be a continuous activity up until the completion of the product in 2017. Future activities in Phase III will include aircraft tests, production of a number of test missiles and integration on the F-35.JSM is a new missile that will enable the F-35 to fight well-defended targets across long distances. No other weapon existing today, or under development, can perform the same types of missions. The missile can also be integrated into other types of aircraft in addition to the F-35, meaning its market potential extends beyond the future users of the F-35.“This contract is an important milestone not only for the JSM as a product and for KONGSBERG, but also for Norway’s technology industry which, through this development project, will establish a unique, globally leading industrial knowledge base,” remarks Walter Qvam, CEO of KONGSBERG.“In future full-scale production, the JSM programme could translate into more than 450 jobs at KONGSBERG, in addition to generating a significant number of assignments for about 100 Norwegian subcontractors for several decades. The JSM has a substantial international market potential of NOK 25 billion over the next 20-30 years,” adds Harald Ånnestad, President of Kongsberg Defence Systems.[mappress]Press Release, July 02, 2014; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: NDLO View post tag: Kongsberg Back to overview,Home naval-today Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract July 2, 2014center_img View post tag: contract Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norway Kongsberg, NDLO Ink Joint Strike Missile Contract View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea Authorities View post tag: Ends Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), successfully completed a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) the afternoon of July 20. July 23, 2014 The RAS lasted roughly two hours with more than 120,000 gallons of fuel being transferred to Roosevelt. Byrd is one of 12 dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command that provide underway replenishment of fuel to U.S. Navy ships at sea. Byrd pulled alongside the Roosevelt to coordinate the transfer of fuel lines from one ship to the other.The RAS began when the two ships were traveling parallel to each other moving at the same speed. Once the ships are at a close enough proximity, Sailors shot a phone and distance line from the receiving ship to Byrd to establish communication and help keep accurate distance between each ship. Once communications were established, the process of transferring the fuel lines began.“Without proper teamwork, the whole evolution could completely come apart,” said Cmdr. Jason Reller, commanding officer of Roosevelt. “It takes the diligence of both ships to ensure a successful RAS.”Once the fuel transfer hoses successfully coupled the ships, the refueling could begin.Roosevelt is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security co-operation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, July 23, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Replenishmentcenter_img View post tag: americas USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea View post tag: Defence View post tag: sea Share this article View post tag: USS Roosevelt View post tag: Navallast_img read more

4 May

Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 16 Indian Poachers

first_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 16 Indian Poachers The poachers were conducting the illegal ops north-west of Kareitivu when they were apprehended on 29th September 2014.The fishermen were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Jaffna for legal action.[mappress]Press Release, September 30, 2014; Image: Sri Lanka Navy September 30, 2014 Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: 16 Sri Lanka Navy arrested 16 Indian fishermen along with 04 Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters. Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 16 Indian Poacherscenter_img View post tag: Indian View post tag: asia View post tag: Navy View post tag: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Poachers Share this article View post tag: Arrestslast_img read more

4 May

HII to build US Navy’s first Flight III destroyer

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HII gets contract to build US Navy’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class View post tag: DDG 125 HII gets contract to build US Navy’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer View post tag: Flight III Arleigh Burke June 28, 2017 The U.S. Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division a contract modification to incorporate the “Flight III” upgrades to the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125).The ship is the fifth of five destroyers the company was originally awarded in June 2013.DDG 51 Flight III will incorporate the new Advanced Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) that will replace the existing SPY-1 radar installed on the previous DDG 51 ships. To support the new Flight III systems, the installed power and cooling will be increased accordingly.Flight III destroyers will operate with more personnel, have a wider stern to increase ship’s buoyancy and will have a modified deckhouse to accommodate the radar’s size and weight.HII withheld the value of the flight upgrade modification “due to business sensitivities”.“We have proven our success in the DDG 51 class over the past 30 years, and our shipbuilders are ready now to build the first Flight III ship,” Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said. “This will be the 35th Aegis destroyer we will build for the U.S. Navy in what has been one of our company’s most successful programs. These ships are in high demand, and this Flight III ship will be the most capable DDG 51-class ship ever built.”DDG 125 is the first ship named for Capt. Jack H. Lucas, who, at the age of 14, forged his mother’s signature to join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves during World War II. Lucas, then a private first class in the Marine Corps, turned 17 just five days before the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima and stowed away on USS Deuel (APA 160) to fight in the campaign. During a close firefight with Japanese forces, Lucas saved the lives of three fellow Marines when, after two enemy hand-grenades were thrown into a U.S. trench, he placed himself on one grenade while simultaneously pulling the other under his body. One of the grenades did not explode; the other exploded but only injured Lucas.Lucas is the youngest Marine and the youngest service member in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor. Authorities View post tag: HII View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

4 May

US Navy to heavy lift USS John S McCain

first_img September 7, 2017 View post tag: US Navy Industry news US Navy to heavy lift USS John S McCain Share this articlecenter_img The Navy intends to issue a task order on an existing contract, for the salvage patching and transport via heavy lift of USS John S McCain (DDG 56) from Changi Naval Base in Singapore to the U.S. Navy’s Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan. The lift is notionally planned for late September. The Navy is moving John S. McCain to Yokosuka to allow the crew to be close to their families and to allow for a complete assessment of the damage. Completion of the damage assessment is required to fully determine repair plans to include cost, schedule and location for the ship’s repairs. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore Aug 21. The ship suffered significant damage to her port side aft resulting in flooding to nearby compartments, including berthing, machinery and communications rooms. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy to heavy lift USS John S McCain View post tag: USS John S. McCainlast_img read more

4 May

US Navy helicopter rescues civilians after plane crash

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy helicopter rescues civilians after plane crash An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter embarked on the US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) rescued two civilians after their private plane crashed several miles off the coast of Dominica, September 28.The civilians, coming from French Guadelupe and Antigua, sustained minor injuries and were transported by helicopter to Wasp where they received immediate medical attention.“We were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time,” said Wasp Commanding Officer Capt. Andrew Smith. “The teamwork demonstrated shows how everything on the ship comes together – from the engineers in the plant, to the medical staff, the watchstanders in the Combat Information Center, the air traffic control center, the bridge, the flight deck crews, to the helicopter crew. We all worked together to help these two gentlemen.”Wasp has been transiting the Caribbean Sea since September 4 as part of first-response humanitarian aid efforts after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria swept through the area. When the mid-afternoon distress call was received, Wasp ordered one of the helicopters rendering aid on the island of Dominica back to the ship for refueling and a swift departure to the estimated coordinates of the crash scene.“We learned about the downed aircraft, we were passed a location, and as soon as we were fueled we took off and started transiting at max speed,” said HSC-22 pilot Lt. Paul Nelson, who flew the helicopter to the stranded passengers’ coordinates. “We got on station and started searching. For about an hour and a half we were seeing bits of debris and weren’t sure if it was from the aircraft, but some pieces seemed to match the description.”It was while hovering 70 feet above a piece of debris that by a stroke of luck, Nelson’s fellow pilot Lt. Christina Lanouette initially spotted the survivors clinging to a yellow flotation device.“We approached the two survivors, which was difficult because it was a high sea state day, and visibility was low, and picking people out of the water was going to be difficult,” said Nelson. “The fact that we saw them was a miracle, because it was not a good day to find people.”After positioning themselves above the survivors, the search and rescue swimmer Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Andy Blessing was hoisted 70 feet into the water, swam to the two survivors, and quickly investigated for injuries. Once the passengers were cleared for rescue, they were hoisted up and into the helicopter one at a time by Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Nicholas Glass, using a rescue basket – a metal-framed device specifically designed for water rescues. The team then returned to Wasp at max speed.“The rescue we had today was a great example of why training is important,” said Nelson. “Every time we practice SAR, we try to put ourselves in the mindset of, ‘What if this training were real?’ because you know that if it happens in real life, you’re not going to have the luxury of sitting and thinking things through in a comfortable environment. When someone is in the water, there is a ticking clock, and the sooner you can get there and effectively make the rescue, the more likely it is you’re going to save a life.” View post tag: SAR US Navy helicopter rescues civilians after plane crash View post tag: US Navy October 1, 2017 View post tag: USS Wasp Share this articlelast_img read more