First Aegis Destroyer (HMAS Hobart) has been delivered to Australian Navy

HMAS Hobart (DDG-39) was commissioned in a ceremony at Fleet Base East on 23 September 2017.

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull joined with ship’s company and family and friends to welcome the newest ship to the Australian Fleet.


Prime Minister said Australia plays a leading role in ensuring the world remains at peace. “In these uncertain times, a strong, well equipped Australian Defence Force is absolutely critical,” he said.

“The commissioning of HMAS Hobart provides clear evidence of our determination to keep Australians safe and ensure we are ready and able to meet the challenges that come our way in the years ahead.Wherever she may travel around the world, Hobart will serve our nation and take action in Australia’s name.”

Ship has Aegis combat system, including the phased array radar and missile systems, will provide an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150 kilometres.

Hobart, the first-of-class of three new guided missile destroyers, will provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.


Ship data sheet download…

Ship’s Wikipedia page here…

Turkey is hosting Dynamic Monarch 2017, NATO submarine rescue exercise…

DYNAMIC MONARCH 2017 (DYMH17) is a Submarine Search, Escape and Rescue exercise.

The exercise is designed to demonstrate multi-national submarine rescue co-operation and to share related knowledge amongst worldwide partners.

Participants are from Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, representatives from Bangladesh, Chile, Israel and Sweden is participating the exeercise as observers.

The sea phase has been run for 10 days and consisted of numerous rescue and intervention exercises utilising rescue vehicles and chambers, remote operated vehicles, atmospheric diving suits and divers.


A Submarine Parachute Assistance Group (SPAG) rescued sailors during an escape scenario for exercise. After being rescued, the sailors simulated receiving medical care aboard Turkish rescue ship TCG Alemdar (A-582).

In the rescue phase; NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) evacuated simulated casulities from Turkish submarine. During the exercise Italian, NSRS, Turkish rescue ships has worked with Spanish and Turkish submarines.

Turkish rescue ship TCG Alemdar (A-582) has conducted training with Spanish submarine Tramontana. After the bottomed distress submarine dedected and identified by Turkish Mine Hunter TCG Alanya (M-265), Turkish ADS (Atmospheric Diving Suit) has been launched from TCG Alemdar. ADS connected the SEVDS (Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression System) hoses to Spanish submarine ESPS Tramontana for ventilating the ship with fresh air which was produced by high pressure breathing air compressors onboard of TCG Alemdar.

In another phase; Italian rescue ship ITS Anteo has deployed national SRV (submarine rescue vehicle) to be able to mate with bottomed submarine ESPS Tramontana.

Participants also executed a PHOTEX in the first day of exercise 🇨🇦🇫🇷🇮🇹🇧🇻🇵🇱🇪🇦🇹🇷🇬🇧🇺🇲

(All photos from NATO Maritime Command official facebook page)

Future USS Omaha (LCS 12) has been delivered to US Navy on Sept.15

The Navy accepted delivery of the future littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, Sept. 15.

Omaha is the 10th littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the sixth of the Independence variant to join the fleet. The Independence variant is noted for its unique trimaran hull, ability to operate at high speeds and its large flight deck size.

The future littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) returns to the Austal USA shipyard after successfully conducting acceptance trials. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, with the Independence variant team led by Austal USA.

Each LCS will be outfitted with a mission package made up of mission modules containing warfighting systems and support equipment. A dedicated crew will combine with aviation assets to deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions.

USS Coronado predeployment assessment and evaluation
Surface Warfare Mission Package Detachment 2 prepare to be hoisted out of the water by the Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Debra Daco/Released)

Following delivery, a post-delivery maintenance availability and crew training and familiarization exercises in Alabama, Omaha will sail to California for commissioning. According to the commanding officer of the ship, Cmdr. Mike Toth, Omaha is set to leave Mobile in November, while the commissioning ceremony is expected to take place in January next year.

You can download the builder’s data sheet from below link…

Austal LCS Data Sheet 

Russia Lays Keel of First Two of Six Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3)

The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) is an improved version of Kilo-class submarines that features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

Russia currently has 6 Project 636.3 vessels commissioned into service with the Black Sea Fleet and this package is being built for the Passific Fleet.

“The [production] cycle of a submarine is decreasing, becomes less than three years. That is why we will look forward to the new submarines and we will run up a flag of the Russian Navy when in 2019 you hand over first two submarines to us” Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov said in the keel lying ceremony.

Ceremony on Admiralty Shipyard
Ceremony in Admiralty Shipyard 28.07.2017

The diesel-electric submarine has a maximum speed of 10–12 knots surfaced (18–22 km/h) and 17–25 knots submerged (31–46 km/h). A submerged displacement is around 4,000 tons. Fifty-two sailors are needed to operate the sub, which displaces 3,100 tons and can maintain continuous patrol for 45 days.

The first of the six diesel-electric submarines of project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class (improved Kilo-class) for the Pacific fleet – the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – will be handed over to the Russian Navy in November 2019, Admiralty Shipyard Director General Alexander Buzakov said during the keel-laying ceremony. The last if six SSK is set to be delivered in 2022. Project 636.3 submarines are fitted with Kalibr missiles for strike at surface (anti-ship 3M-54 and 3M-541 missiles) and ground targets (cruise missiles 3M-14) and have upgraded radio-electronic equipment.

After years of inattention, Russia has embarked on an ambitious submarine-building program as part of its larger military modernization.