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French Navy Accepts Fast ALC Warship

French Navy accepts third of four fast amphibious landing craft (ALC) from builders The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has received the third of four fast amphibious landing craft Engin de Débarquement Amphibie Rapide (EDA-Rs) at Toulon, France.

The French Navy's Mistral-class Bâtiments de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) amphibious warfare ships will operate the EDA-R. The 30m-long and 12m-wide catamaran landing craft vessel can carry a payload of 80t and will provide five times the landing capacity of the French Navy's current landing craft.

 The EDA-R, when fully loaded, can cruise at a speed of 18 kts and will be used for landing military vehicles and troops from ships further offshore and for humanitarian missions.

 EDA-R is a fast catamaran in transit mode and features a central elevating deck that makes it become a flat-bottomed ship to beach or enter an amphibious ship's well deck and is based on the Landing Catamaran (L-CAT) concept.  


Amphibious Ship San Antonio to be Christened

The lead ship of the Navy’s newest class of amphibious warship, San Antonio (LPD 17), will be christened during ceremonies July 19 at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations in New Orleans. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of the Marine Corps, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas will serve as ship's sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, Hutchison will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship


Northrop Grumman Awarded $100.4 M for Advance Procurement

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded $100.4 million by the U.S. Navy for advance procurement of long-lead time materials for San Diego (LPD 22), the sixth amphibious transport dock ship in the transformational San Antonio class LPD 17 program. "We are heartened to see a commitment to the sixth ship of the San Antonio class," said Dr. Philip A. Dur, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector.


Navy Awards $816.6M New York (LPD 21) Contract to Northrop

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded the company an $816.6 million contract for construction of New York (LPD 21), the fifth ship in the 12 ship LPD 17 series of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships. New York will be built at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans, with fabrication support from three other company facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and Tallulah, La.


U.S. Navy’s LHD 8 Completes Builder's Trials

The future USS Makin Island (LHD 8) successfully underwent Builder's Trials Dec. 13 in the Gulf of Mexico. The trials mark the first time this amphibious assault ship has gone to sea on its own power. "The ship performed very well during these trials," said Capt. Jeff Riedel, the amphibious ships program manager in the Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO), Ships. "The Navy and industry team is overcoming many challenges in delivering this ship


Ingalls Shipbuilding Contracted to Build Eleventh LPD

San Antonio Class LPD: Image credit Northrop Grumman Ship Systems

The U.S. Navy awards Huntington Ingalls Industries a US$1.5-billion fixed-price incentive contract for amphibious transport dock LPD 27. The contract is for the detail design and construction of the amphibious transport dock LPD 27 and it will be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division. Ingalls is building the entire San Antonio (LPD 17) class of ships, the newest addition to the Navy's 21st century amphibious assault force. LPDs are built to be survivable and flexible


Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract Modification

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an additional contract modification for further work on the LHA 6 amphibious assault ship. The contract award will be utilized for special study work and for additional long-lead time material procurement to support ship construction. This $20 million contract modification provides for special studies and analyses on LHA 6's systems, including hull, mission, total ship survivability, warfare, machinery and aviation. Engineering,


LPD-17 Ready for Commissioning

One of the most technologically-advanced and sailor-friendly U.S. Navy warships ever built will sail away from Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) shipyard on Saturday morning, Dec. 3. The amphibious transport dock ship San Antonio (LPD 17) represents the first in a class that will form a solid foundation for the Navy's new expeditionary warfare strategy. "This ship represents the future of our U.S. Naval fighting


Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Successful at Talisman Saber

The Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC) Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Platoon completed its support of Talisman Saber 2007 on June 18, executing multiple Remote Environmental Monitoring Units (REMUS) missions off the northeastern coast of Australia. Talisman Saber 2007, the second U.S.-Australian bilateral biennial exercise, began June 12 and will be completed July 2. The primary aim is to conduct collective training and interoperability between Australian and U.S


Navy's Evolutionary Catamaran Tested Off Africa

By Edward Baxter, MSC Europe Public Affairs Low intensity conflict, littoral warfare, special forces that can be whisked ashore at a moment's notice-all familiar terms to describe just how the military must transform to fight the ongoing global war on terrorism, and the battles of the 21st century. For this very reason, the Navy's Military Sealift Command, or MSC, chartered two high-speed vessels-HSV Swift and HSV Westpac Express-sleek, stealthy


USS Rushmore Aids 65 People Near Indonesia

Distressed persons wait to be rescued by Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean. Rushmore rescued 65 people after discovering that they were floating onbamboos

  USS Rushmore (LSD 47) rendered assistance to 65 people on makeshift bamboo rafts in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 10. Shipboard lookouts spotted the distressed persons waving orange and white flags. Rushmore's commanding officer, Cmdr


Kearsarge, 26th MEU Begin ARG Exercise

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) approaches the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during the multi-national exercise Bold Alligator (BA) 2014.

  Sailors from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) and Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) kicked off the KSGARG/MEU Exercise (ARGMEUEX) in the waters east of of the United States June 13. The KSGARG comprises Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, 26th MEU


Green Bay Recovers Mariners in Makassar Strait

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrives on station for a photo exercise during the Korean Marine Exchange Program

  Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19. Shipboard lookouts first spotted the distressed mariners waving a black flag approximately 3 to 5 nautical


China to Retrofit 172,000 Civilian Ships for Military Use

Photo: China Shipping Lines

China set to retrofit 172,000 merchant ships for military purposes so they can be used in the event of a war, reports the Diplomat.   Chinese civilian shipbuilders have to ensure that their vessels can be used by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) during times of ‘crisis’


USS America: LHA with an Aviation Focus

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The U.S. Navy’s newest Amphibious Assault Ship, USS America (LHA 6) was commissioned on October 11, 2014 at Pier 30-32 in San Francisco.  First in its class, the USS America does not have a well deck, unlike her previous counterparts


US Navy: Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

Laura Stavridis (right) and Bob Merchent (second from right) mark their initials on the keel plate for the destroyerJohn Finn (DDG 113) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Stavridis is the ship’s sponsor; Merchent is Ingalls’ vice president of U.S. Coast Guard and surface combatant programs. Also pictured are (left to right) George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. Photo by Lance Davis

The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.  During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged


US to Deploy Unmanned 'Ghost Ships' to Track Submarines

Image: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

 To keep track of increasingly stealthy Russian, Chinese, and Iranian submarines, the U.S. is building a robotic ghost ship - an unmanned, autonomous patrol ship - to follow them around the high seas.    Called the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV)


Naval Experts, Students to Examine Littoral Challenge

Photo: Naval Postgraduate School

The 2nd Annual Wargame Planning Session is being conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Littoral Operations Center (LOC) in Monterey, Calif., on April 23, 2015; followed by a Surface Warfare - Littoral Combat Innovation Workshop on April 25, 2015.  


USN Names Littoral Combat Ship

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis. The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828


Russia Launches Quietest Submarine in the World

Image: Admiralty Shipyards (JSC Admiralteiskie Verfi)

 Russia has launched the fourth of its Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines. Russia has launched what it claims to be the “quietest submarine in the world.”    Admiralty Shipyards - a Russian defense company - held a ceremonial launching for its newest


Norway to Host NATO Submarine Hunt

NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). Photo: NATO

 Nearly 5,000 NATO troops would take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off its coast in early May, amid growing regional unease over suspected submarine sightings, Norwegian military said.   Submarines, surface ships and aircraft will operate in the exercise


India to Launch Anti-sub Vessel INS Kavaratti

INS Tarkash. Photo credit: Indian Navy

 India is all set to launch the last of the four anti-submarine warfare (ASW) class stealth corvettes INS Kavaratti, reports Press Trust of India.   Kavaratti, which is 90 percent indigenous, is the last of four ASW class stealth corvettes being built for the Indian Navy under Project


Joe Tofalo to Lead US Submarine Force

Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo in 2012. US Navy Photo

 Rear Adm. Joe Tofalo will take command of Submarine Forces, a post that comes with a third star and oversees the submarine force's manning, gear and training.   Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the president has made the following nomination: "Navy Rear Adm. Joseph E


BALTOPS 2015 to Kick Off on Friday

BALTOPS 2015

  Seventeen NATO and partner nations will participate in the 43rd iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015 in Poland, Sweden, Germany, and throughout the Baltic Sea, June 5-20, 2015. BALTOPS is an annually reoccurring multinational exercise designed to enhance


NATO Begins Maritime Exercises in Baltic Region

Baltic Operations 2014. Photo credit: U.S. NAVY

 Forces from 17 NATO and non-member partner countries will carry out joint maritime exercises in the Baltic region over the next two weeks.   “Seventeen NATO and partner nations will participate in the 43rd iteration of the multinational maritime exercise BALTOPS 2015 in Poland






 
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