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UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard

first_img View post tag: yard View post tag: BAE Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Leaves Dragon, the fourth Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems​ for the Royal Navy, has set sail from the Clyde for the final time today. Dragon set off from the company’s Scotstoun yard this morning, with a combined BAE Systems and Royal Navy crew, as she embarked on the journey to her new home port of Portsmouth. The vessel will be formally handed over to the Royal Navy at a ceremony on Wednesday 31 August. Despite the early start, around 100 employees came to watch as the ship they have worked on since in December 2005 made its final journey down the Clyde.Angus Holt, UK Programmes Director at BAE Systems Surface Ships, said: “Watching Dragon leave the Clyde is a proud moment for everyone involved, as we reflect on our achievements in delivering these advanced warships to the Royal Navy. Our team on the Clyde is focused on delivering Defender and Duncan, the fifth and sixth ships in the class to the same exceptionally high standard as their predecessors. Marking a shift in the balance, our engineers in Portsmouth will now work alongside the Royal Navy in Portsmouth to deliver support services to four ships, using the knowledge developed during the design and build programme.”Commanding Officer Darren Houston, said: “Dragon is in top condition for the rigours of the next stage of her sea trials and the challenges ahead. This has only been possible through the hard work and support we have received from BAE Systems, its sub-contractors and the local Scotstoun community. The Royal Navy operates as a force for good, contributing to the security of the UK, the prevention of conflict and the promotion of our national interests in the wider world. Dragon is eager to play her part and start operating the newest and most advanced warship in the world. In a continuing effort to improve the Type 45 class, the Royal Navy and BAE Systems have worked in close partnership to make Dragon the best of her class, ready to fight and win.”BAE Systems is on track to deliver all six Type 45 destroyers to the Royal Navy by early 2013. Defender is currently undergoing final stages of outfit and will head to sea for the first time in November, while outfit and commissioning continues on Duncan, the sixth and final vessel in the class, following her launch in October 2010. Duncan will commence her first stage sea trials in the first half of 2012.As Class Output Manager for the fleet, BAE Systems also provides in-service support to the Type 45 destroyers. Working side by side with the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, the company’s engineers coordinate all aspects of repair, maintenance and support to improve ship availability and reduce through life support costs. The company recently supported HMS Dauntless during her warm weather trials off the US coast with the first of class, HMS Daring, receiving a capability upgrade and HMS Diamond achieving her Initial Operating Capability following extensive trials.The Type 45s will provide the backbone of the UK’s naval air defences for the next 30 years and beyond. The destroyers will be capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity war fighting.Each destroyer will be able to engage a large number of targets simultaneously, and defend aircraft carriers or groups of ships, such as an amphibious landing force, against the strongest future threats from the air. The vessels will contribute a specialist air warfare capability to worldwide maritime and joint operations until 2040.[mappress]Source: baesystems, August 30, 2011; UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard View post tag: Dragon View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval August 30, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard View post tag: Systems View post tag: Clyde View post tag: UK Share this articlelast_img read more

Huntington Ingalls Gets USD 83.73 Million USS Enterprise Contract

first_img October 31, 2011 Huntington Ingalls Gets USD 83.73 Million USS Enterprise Contract Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., is being awarded an $83,739,829 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N62793-07-C-0001) to exercise an option for the fiscal 2012 continuation of advance planning efforts to prepare and make ready for the defueling and inactivation of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and its reactor plants.Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by September 2012.  Contract funds in the amount of $5,000,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Newport News, Va., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, October 31, 2011 View post tag: gets View post tag: Ingalls View post tag: 83.73 View post tag: Huntington View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Enterprise View post tag: contractcenter_img Industry news View post tag: million View post tag: Naval View post tag: USD View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Huntington Ingalls Gets USD 83.73 Million USS Enterprise Contract Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy Releases FY-12 SECB Results to Sailors

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: sailors View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: SECB US Navy Releases FY-12 SECB Results to Sailors View post tag: US View post tag: Navy February 15, 2012 Results from the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 performance-based board for continuation of senior enlisted (SECB) were posted in Bupers Online (BOL) for individual Sailors access, according to NAVADMIN 054/12, released Feb. 14.More than 7,000 senior enlisted Sailors reviewed by the FY-12 performance-based board for continuation of senior enlisted were selected for continuation.“A performance-based board for continuation of senior enlisted Sailors with more than 19 years of active service is part of our continuing strategy to optimize the quality of those serving. It focuses on retaining our top performers, while managing the force,” said Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel.The FY-12 board convened Dec. 5, 2011, and considered 7,684 active duty, full-time support and Reserve candidates with more than 19 years of service and three years’ time-in-grade for continuation who met eligibility guidance outlined in NAVADMIN 194/11. Of these eligible senior enlisted, 7,091 candidates were selected for continuation; 593 candidates were not selected for continuation.Senior enlisted considered by the FY-12 board are classified in one of three categories in BOL:S – Selected for continuation.N- Not selected for continuation.H- Not selected for continuation – In a hold status.Sailors not selected for continuation must transfer to the fleet reserve or retire by Sept. 30, 2012 and will have access to the Navy’s Transition Assistance Management Program.Like Perform to Serve for junior enlisted, and the Selected Early Retirement Board for officers, the senior enlisted continuation board is a force management measure, allowing Navy to retain the best Sailors while meeting current and future planned end-strength controls.The senior enlisted continuation board is a performance-based board, meaning there are no quotas. The board is directed to select or not select as many senior enlisted for continuation as they deem appropriate within the guidance provided in the precept. Continuation of candidates with no documented substandard or marginal performance indicators in their record is presumed.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 15, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Results Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Releases FY-12 SECB Results to Sailors View post tag: releases View post tag: FY-12 Share this articlelast_img read more

UK: Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Hosts Outgoing First Sea Lord

first_img UK: Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Hosts Outgoing First Sea Lord View post tag: hosts View post tag: Culdrose View post tag: Outgoing View post tag: Lord View post tag: first View post tag: sea View post tag: air Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose Hosts Outgoing First Sea Lord View post tag: News by topic View post tag: station View post tag: Royal View post tag: UK March 6, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC, retiring First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, since 2009, paid a final farewell visit to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose bidding a fond goodbye to aviators and engineers.He hands over the helm of the senior service to an ex Sea king pilot, Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC, in April who served at Culdrose on 814 Naval Air Squadron in the 1980’s.During his visit, which involved meeting as many people as possible he thanked the Fleet Air Arm squadrons for their operational achievements and hard work during his time in office.He took questions from personnel whilst touring workspaces and hangars, allowing sailors a chance to quiz their senior man in the Royal Navy.It was also an opportunity for the Admiral to have a final look at the legacy of his time in office. He was shown the New Merlin 2 facilities on 824 NAS and was impressed by the work of 771 NAS in their Search and Rescue role.He also reflected on the present and said: “It has been a great privilege to be the First Sea Lord. The Royal Navy continues to make a positive difference on operations around the world, has highly professional, motivated and courageous men and women, and in only 5 years time will be flying jets from the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. If I could rejoin I would.”The First Sea Lord is the Royal Navy’s professional head and chairman of the Navy Board. He is responsible to Secretary of State for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and as a member of the Armed Forces Committee supports the Chief of Defence Staff in the management and direction of the Armed Forces.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 6, 2013, Image: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Thales to Supply Sonobuoy Processors for Romanian Navy’s Helicopters

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval View post tag: Romanian Romanian helicopter manufacturer IAR Brasov has chosen Thales to supply TMS 2000 sonobuoy processors to equip IAR-330 Pumahelicopters operated by the Romanian Navy.The processors will give the Romanian Navy a decisive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability to detect submarines in the Black Sea, in particular as part of NATO missions.TMS 2000 processors offer a rapidly deployable ASW capability, with installation requiring only minor modifications to the aircraft. Sonobuoys are released over the sea by a fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft and send acoustic data to the processor via a VHF link. The VHF receiver on the aircraft receives and processes the data in real time.With the TMS 2000 system, Thales offers a solution that is both cost-effective and highly efficient in operational terms. It is quick and easy to install and delivers excellent signal processing performance and display quality. Overall, the TMS 2000 represents an ideal solution for navies that need to quickly acquire an ASW capability.Thales offers proven sonobuoy processors for maritime patrol aircraft as well as helicopters of all sizes. The operational performance of sonobuoys has improved rapidly in recent years, making them an increasingly serious threat to any submarine seeking to avoid detection.With a large number of systems already in service, Thales is a leading player in sonobuoy processors and is maintaining a significant level of investment in order to ensure client navies benefit from the very latest systems and technologies.The TMS 2000 processor is one of the most advanced currently available on the market and equips NH90 helicopters operated by the French, Norwegian and Swedish Navies as well as the Royal Navy’s EH101 Merlins.[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2013; Image: Thales Thales to Supply Sonobuoy Processors for Romanian Navy’s Helicopters View post tag: processors View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: Supply View post tag: Helicopters June 17, 2013center_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic Equipment & technology View post tag: Thales View post tag: Sonobuoy Back to overview,Home naval-today Thales to Supply Sonobuoy Processors for Romanian Navy’s Helicopters View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Australia: Tall Ships Hobart Festival Builds Excitement for International Fleet Review

first_img View post tag: International Training & Education View post tag: Excitement September 24, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: builds Australia: Tall Ships Hobart Festival Builds Excitement for International Fleet Review View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hobart View post tag: fleet View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: FESTIVAL View post tag: review Eight Sydney-bound tall ships, including our own Young Endeavour, docked in Hobart on Friday for the five-day Tall Ships Hobart 2013 Festival.Thousands flocked to Hobart’s waterfront to welcome the ships and enjoy a fireworks display on Friday evening.The local festival organisers were delighted to report that over 30 000 people then visited the waterfront to see the ships over the weekend. A fully subscribed school’s program will ensure many more people enjoy the ships’ visit until they depart with a spectacular Parade of Sail on Wednesday 25 September.Festival Director Mr Paul Cullen has been quick to ‘talk up’ the International Fleet Review at every opportunity saying that the primary purpose for the gathering of ships from around the world is to help our Navy celebrate its historic milestone.Navy Headquarters Tasmanian has been active in its support of the event with personnel staffing the ‘100 years of Navy’ display at a maritime exhibition held as part of Tall Ships Hobart.The Tasmanian Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band has also been active, participating in a street parade to welcome the visiting crews and performing to an enthusiastic crowd on the Parliament House Lawn as part of the Festival. The band now packs up its instruments and heads to Sydney for the ‘main show’.Local Australian Naval Cadets units also contributed to Tall Ships Hobart with marching displays and a ceremonial sunset. Sixteen cadets from around Australia will experience the memorable occasion of participating in the IFR when they sail from Hobart to Sydney aboard the tall ship Windeward Bound and enter Sydney Harbour to help the nation celebrate.[mappress]Press Release, September 24, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Tall Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Tall Ships Hobart Festival Builds Excitement for International Fleet Review View post tag: Defense View post tag: ships Share this articlelast_img read more

Indian Fishermen Captured in Sri Lanka

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Indian Fishermen Captured in Sri Lanka Indian Fishermen Captured in Sri Lanka Share this article Naval patrol craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command arrested 110 Indian fishermen and 15 Indian trawlers engaged in illegal fishing in the eastern seas of Sri Lanka on 11th December 2013.They were taken into SLN custody in the Sri Lankan waters very close to land in between Mullaitivu and Kokilai. The arrested fishermen were brought to Trincomalee Fisheries Harbour to be handed over to Harbour Police for legal action.[mappress]Press Release, December 12, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy December 12, 2013last_img read more

AMDR Program Finishes Hardware Delta PDR

first_img View post tag: Naval The Hardware Delta PDR was the first major design review on this contract. Completed on schedule, this “delta” review was focused on design updates since the PDR conducted during the Technology Development Phase. It demonstrated that the preliminary AMDR hardware design will meet its allocated requirements with acceptable risk and within cost and schedule constraints.The AMDR program now proceeds to a Software/System Delta PDR as well as to detailed hardware design efforts to support a Critical Design Review planned later this year.“We are executing the AMDR program as if the capability is needed today, because it is,” said Capt. Doug Small, AMDR’s program manager. “Completion of this important technical milestone as planned shows that AMDR remains in sync with and on track for the FY16 DDG 51 Flight III.”The culmination of over a decade of Navy investment in advanced radar technology, AMDR is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyers beginning in 2016. The program team composed of personnel from PMS 400D and PEO IWS, have won the David Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence in 2012 and 2013 respectively.PEO IWS, an affiliated Program Executive Office of the Naval Sea Systems Command, manages surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems and coordinates Navy enterprise solutions across ship platforms.[mappress]Press Release, May 30, 2014; Image: Raytheon View post tag: AMDR View post tag: finishes Back to overview,Home naval-today AMDR Program Finishes Hardware Delta PDR May 30, 2014 View post tag: Hardware View post tag: americas A DESTROYER EQUIPPED WITH AMDR (ARTIST’S RENDITION)The Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) Program successfully completed a Hardware Delta Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in conjunction with the prime contractor, Raytheon, in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, May 21. View post tag: Delta Share this article Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: PDR View post tag: Navy View post tag: Programs AMDR Program Finishes Hardware Delta PDRlast_img read more

NAVAIR Awards F135 Propulsion Systems Contract

first_img Authorities NAVAIR Awards F135 Propulsion Systems Contract Back to overview,Home naval-today NAVAIR Awards F135 Propulsion Systems Contract View post tag: contract October 15, 2014 View post tag: awards View post tag: Naval View post tag: NAVAIR View post tag: F135center_img View post tag: americas United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engine has been awarded a $591,9 million modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F135 propulsion systems contract, announced the United States Department of Defense.This modification provides for the procurement of 19 F135-PW-100 Conventional Take Off and Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six F135-PW-600 Short Take-off and Vertical Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy.In addition, this modification provides for five F135-PW-100 propulsion systems, one F135-PW-100 spare propulsion system and one F135-PW-600 propulsion system for international partners, including program administrative labor, engineering assistance to production, initial spare modules and long-lead hardware.The majority of work will be performed in Middletown, Connecticut (67 percent) and it is expected to be completed in September 2016.This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (41 percent), the Navy/Marine Corps (40 percent), international partners and foreign military sales.The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.[mappress]Image: United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engine View post tag: propulsion View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Systems Share this articlelast_img read more

Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight

first_img View post tag: HMAS Choules May 23, 2016 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight Share this article Royal Australian Navy’s ScanEagle UAV completes first flight View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: ScanEagle The Royal Australian Navy’s division for unmanned aircraft systems recently achieved a milestone as their ScanEagle UAV completed the first of class flight trial in late March.During the trials, which were conducted onboard HMAS Choules, the Aviation Maintenance and Flight Trails Unit assessed all facets of unmanned aircraft systems operation in an embarked setting.The fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system sends video and telemetry to its control station in near real time to fulfill its primary roles of surveillance and reconnaissance.According to the navy, it can be configured with various sensors and propulsion modules and has an operating range of up to 200km and endurance in excess of 12 hours.ScanEagle Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Commander Matt Hyam said the trial validated the systems operating limits and allowed personnel to gain their maritime qualifications.“Over the two weeks on Choules, ScanEagle conducted 26.1 hours of embarked flight operations during the trial, spread amongst eight sorties,” he said.“This allowed us to validate operating limits for Choules and gather information to inform to future acquisition projects.”The unmanned aircraft system consists of a mission control station, catapult launcher, recovery system and multiple unmanned aircraft. The standard Navy crew model is an air vehicle operator, mission commander and ground crew. In what marks a significant change in the Fleet Air Arm, the unmanned aircraft is ‘flown’ by non-commissioned crew, with airspace and mission control provided by aircrew officers.“Small tactical unmanned aircraft systems will have a key role in the future fleet and provide products to end users such as Principal Warfare Officers that will enhance the maritime operating picture without risking high value assets and personnel in manned aircraft,” Lieutenant Commander Hyam said.last_img read more