Germany & Israel signed MoU for 3 submarines

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government has signed a long-awaited memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany to acquire three new Dolphin-class submarines with air-independent propulsion systems.

If the deal goes through, the estimated $1.3 billion acquisition from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems would replace by the end of the next decade three earlier-model Dolphin diesel-electric submarines, leaving Israel with a strategic underwater force of six front-line submarines, all of them built by the Kiel, Germany-based shipyard.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen at a welcoming ceremony for the new submarine ‘Rahav’ at the Israeli navy base in Haifa, on January 12, 2016. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO *** Local Caption *** ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו טקס קבלת פנים לצוללת אחי רהב בנמל חיפה

Israel currently has three Dolphin-class submarines and two Dolphin-2 class submarines (another one is expected to be delivered in 2018). The additional three Dolphin 2-class submarines, which are not expected to reach Israel for another decade, are set to replace the older Dolphins at a cost of combined price of €1.5b., a third of which will be subsidized by Berlin.

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DIO awarded a contract for new jetty at Royal Navy Devonport Naval Base

The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) awarded a contract worth approximately £43 million to VolkerStevin to construct a new jetty at Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot which provides fuelling facilities for the Royal Navy at Devonport Naval Base.

The project will deliver a new jetty with fuel loading and fire fighting facilities; the fire fighting facilities within the depot will also be replaced. The jetty will be constructed within a Special Area of Conservation on the River Tamar and the project has to comply with stringent environmental regulations. The completed facility will service all of the Navy fuelling requirements at Devonport.

The dredging and clearing works are due to commence in January 2018 with the main piling works starting in September 2018 to avoid the annual fish migration season. The jetty is due to be in service by November 2019. The Thanckes Jetty is the first in a number of projects to modernise the Oil Fuel Depots in Devonport and Portsmouth to service the fuelling of the Naval Fleet in both ports.

 

US Navy – LCS Shock Trials (video)

US Navy is conducting Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST) for LCS Program. The purpose of FSST is to validate the operational survivability of new construction ships after exposure to underwater shock. Three tests were scheduled for the ship and each test was conducted with a 10,000-pound explosive charge.

USS Jackson (LCS 6) was subjected to the third and final underwater explosion as part of her FSST. There were reports of increased seismic activity around the time of the test. The ship performed exceptionally well, sustaining minimal damage and returned to port under her own power. A large amount of data was collected during FSST on the majority of shipboard systems and the Navy will compile and analyze the data over the next several months.

https://youtu.be/CZwpPJtWavo

China unveils next generation USV concepts

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) outlined its plans for a new family of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) exhibition in Qingdao.

The B850 High Speed Patrol USV is based on a 8.5 m rigid-hull inflatable boat seaframe outfitted with a diesel propulsion system with a proposed maximum speed of 40 kt and operational endurance in excess of 24 hours, or out to a range of 107 n miles. The design is also expected to be capable of operating in conditions of up to Sea State 4.

The B850 is typically outfitted with a forward-mounted remote weapon system armed with a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun, although it can also be armed with anti-frogmen rockets for facility or force protection operations. An eight-tube launcher system was shown on the display model at OST 2017.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded for complex overhaul of the CVN 73

George Washington (CVN 73). The aircraft carrier arrived at Newport News under a planning contract. USS George Washington is the sixth Nimitz-class carrier to undergo this major life-cycle milestone. More than 4,000 employees will support the execution effort. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlLXAFi64RI Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.]]>

US Navy ICEX exercise video

The US Navy selected Boeing and Lockheed Martin to pursue the Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV) program, which will test the Navy’s ability to manage a rapid-acquisition project and the Navy-industry team’s ability to develop and integrate an unmanned system that operates completely independently of manned ships.

Lockheed Martin was awarded $43.2 million and Boeing $42.3 million for the design phase of the Orca XLUUV system and delivery of a technical data package

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9vPxC-qucw

The two XLUUV design contracts cover a 15-month work period, with a critical design review set for December 2018 and a downselect to one contractor taking place based on the CDR.

As the XLUUV design phase moves on, Boeing would send its Echo Voyager back out to sea in early 2018 for a second set of sea trials, to continue to prove that the vessel holds up to the harsh underwater environment – significant pressure changes throughout the water column and corrosive salt water among them – and that it can take on whatever payloads potential customers might need.

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US Navy Supercarrier USS Ford sea trials

The Gerald R. Ford class is the future aircraft carrier replacement class for Enterprise and Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

“The Navy and our industry partners are excited to have the future USS Gerald R. Ford underway under her own power for the first time, executing a rigorous and comprehensive test program for this first-of-class ship,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. “This milestone is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, and we look forward to learning a great deal during sea trials. We will continue to work together to deliver Ford’s critical capabilities to the fleet.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrFaCtzcWEg&t=103s

Rolls-Royce reveals plans for autonomous Naval vessel

The Gerald R. Ford class is the future aircraft carrier replacement class for Enterprise and Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

“The Navy and our industry partners are excited to have the future USS Gerald R. Ford underway under her own power for the first time, executing a rigorous and comprehensive test program for this first-of-class ship,” said Rear Adm. Brian Antonio, program executive officer for aircraft carriers. “This milestone is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, and we look forward to learning a great deal during sea trials. We will continue to work together to deliver Ford’s critical capabilities to the fleet.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrFaCtzcWEg&t=103s

United Arab Emirates Navy Baynunah Class Corvette sea trials

The corvettes are named after the Baynunah region of Abu Dhabi.

The main roles of the corvettes will be in patrol and surveillance, minelaying, interception and other anti-surface warfare operations in the United Arab Emirate’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9tbrD03OBU