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SIGMA Warship Trials a Success

Sigma-class Frigate: Photo credit Damen

Successful sea acceptance trials of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding's third Sigma-class frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy   The 98 meters long SIGMA class frigate, the third frigate built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Royal Moroccan Navy, left Vlissingen earlier for her sea acceptance trials (SAT) in the North Sea. During the SAT, an intensive program was carried out in which the platform as well as the sensor weapons and communications suite were extensively tested, to the satisfaction of the Royal Moroccan Navy. The tests were performed by representatives of the yard in close cooperation with representatives of the subcontractors, the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy. The first SIGMA frigate was transferred to the Royal Moroccan Navy on 10 September 2011, the second on 10 March 2012. This, the third frigate is scheduled to be transferred in September 2012.   The three SIGMA-class frigates for the Royal Moroccan Navy have been designed according to Schelde Naval Shipbuilding's revolutionary SIGMA-approach and are a further development of the SIGMA-corvettes for the Indonesian Navy.   


Denmark's Three New Frigates Terma Equipped

Frigate Iver Huitfeldt: Photo credit Terma

Terma has delivered radar, command control systems for the Danish Navy’s new fleet of frigates that are now preparing for operation. Denmark’s three new frigates in the Iver Huitfeldt-class, Iver Huitfeldt (F361), Peter Willemoes (F362), and Niels Juel (F363) have cruised together for the first time out of Denmark’s coast. Terma has delivered a number of mission-critical solutions for the Danish frigates, including the SCANTER 6000 radar


Hyundai Heavy Launches New Frigate

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) held a launch ceremony today for its fifth frigate, ROKS Jeonbuk. The launch ceremony was attended by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Hwang Ki-chul, governor of Northern Jeolla Province Kim Wan-ju, Hyundai Heavy’s president and CEO Lee Jai-seong and other government and military officials in Ulsan shipyard. The Jeonbuk frigate has greatly improved capabilities with its weapon and sensors including new 3-D radar


Navantia Delivers Frigate to Royal Norwegian Navy

Navantia has commissioned on May 21, 2007, in the Ferrol shipyard, the F-311 frigate, Roald Amundsen to the Royal Norwegian Navy, presided by the Norwegian Chief of Navy, Admiral Jan E. Finseth, and the President of Navantia, Juan Pedro Gómez Jaén. The delivery protocol has been signed by the Director of the shipyard, Ángel Recamán, and the Director of NDLO, General Trond Karlsen. Previous to the start of the ceremony, a minute of silence has been kept


System Control Cameras for RCN Halifax-class

POE Camera: Photo credit Kongsberg

Kongsberg Maritime provides Power Over Ethernet (POE) cameras for Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigates The HALIFAX class frigate (hull designation FFH) is a class of 12 multi-role patrol frigates that has served the Canadian Forces since 1992. In 2007, the Canadian government announced a planned refit of the HALIFAX class known as the HALIFAX Class Modernization Project. The cameras will be provided to prime contractor L-3 MAPPS for installation in its integrated management system upgrade


Russian Navy Frigate Under Construction

Yantar Shipyard: Photo credit Rianovosti

Krivak lV class frigate ordered for Russia's Black Sea Fleet  The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic area of Kaliningrad is to start the construction of a new Krivak IV class frigate for Russia's Black Sea Fleet. The Admiral Makarov is the last in a series of three Krivak IV class frigates built for the Russian Navy under a tender won by Yantar in 2010. The first two ships in the series, the Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen, are at various stages of construction.


Royal Navy Frigate Upgrades with Thales Sonar

Photo courtesy Thales UK

One of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) most advanced Type 23 frigates has re-entered operational service, fitted with Thales’s Sonar 2087 system, following a period of sea trials. HMS Sutherland has been declared fit for operational service after trials of its major sonar and defensive systems, and now becomes the sixth Type 23 frigate to be upgraded with the Sonar 2087 system. In November 2008 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that HMS Sutherland had left Rosyth dockland


Damen Lays Keel for Indonesian Naval Frigate

Photo: Damen

In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keel laying ceremony has taken place on April 16, 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the four modules that are going to be built at PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard Surabaya and the two modules that are being built in Vlissingen, are proceeding according to schedule.


Greek Warship Evacuates Libya Personnel

Greek Frigate Salamis: Photo CCL

Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya early on Friday with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus, its defence ministry said. Athens had sent a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli on Thursday. The past two weeks of fighting between rival militias in Libya have been the worst since the civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011


Piracy – French Warship Joins Counter-Piracy Force

Warship FS Guépratte: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Frigate 'FS Guépratte' joins European Union Operation Atlanta force in Gulf of Aden, off Horn of Africa The Counter-Piracy force of the European Union (EU NAVFOR), typically comprising 4 – 7 surface combat vessels patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa, has been joined by the French navy frigate FS Guépratte . The 125 meter long FS Guépratte with 3600 metric tonnes displacement is a second-line multi-mission stealth frigate of the French Marine Nationale


US, Chinese Navies Conduct Joint Exercise

Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). (Official U.S. Navy photo)

A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship and a Chinese Navy frigate conducted a joint training exercise in the South China Sea.   The U.S. Navy littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and the China’s People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) were


French Aircraft Carrier Begins Iraq Ops

France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, a French army source said on Monday. "The carrier and its naval group has officially started missions as part of its Chammal operation in Iraq


BAE Systems Gets $1.3b for New UK Warships

Image: BAE Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has signed a $1.3 billion contract with BAE Systems for equipment to build the next generation of warships for the British navy, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. BAE Systems has been working on plans to provide Britain with 13 new warships since 2010


India's $8 Billion Warships Project on Track

India's government has cleared a $8 billion plan to build the country's most advanced warships, defence sources said, just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean. Since taking over last year


UK Monitors Russian Naval Vessel through Channel

A British warship shadowed a Russian frigate through the English Channel on Tuesday, taking over monitoring from French surveillance on the frigate's voyage northwards. HMS Argyll, a navy ship maintained at high-readiness, deployed a Lynx helicopter and used sensors to locate and monitor the


SharpEye Radar Ordered for NZ Frigates Upgrade

Image: Kelvin Hughes

As part of the Lockheed Martin Canada prime contract for the Frigate Systems Upgrade project, a contract has been awarded to Kelvin Hughes to supply SharpEye radars and with an Agile Tracker to the New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Defense.  


Manila Urges Beijing to Halt South China Sea Dredging

The Philippines strongly urged China to stop reclamation work on a disputed submerged reef within its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said on Friday. A Philippine navy commander said on Thursday that China had started dredging around the disputed Mischief


First Time in History, 3 Chinese Navy Ships in Hamburg

(Image: Port of Hamburg)

Three Chinese naval vessels with 800 sailors docked in Germany’s Hamburg harbor for the first time in history on Monday, Michael Setzer, the Commander of Hamburg’s Military Liaison Office, said.  The dock landing ship, Chang Beishan


Brits Welcome Chinese Navy Fleet

Rear Admiral Zhang Chuanshu (R), commanding officer of the 18th Chinese naval escort taskforce, exchanges gifts with Real Admiral Johnstone (L), representative of the Royal Navy Command (Courtesy: Ministry of National Defense, China)

 As the largest Chinese Navy fleet visit Britain began a five-day official visit at Royal Naval Base in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, an ecstatic welcome was given by locals, including hundreds of Chinese origin.  The dock landing ship Changbaishan


US Navy Eyes Next LCS Contracts in Q1

Littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Keith DeVinney)

The U.S. Navy plans to award contracts before the end of the first quarter to Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal for its next three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as well as money to buy materials for a fourth, Navy officials said Thursday.  


US Navy Renaming LCS Ships as 'Frigates'

Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with


USS Kauffman Deploys for the Last Time

Guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman departs Naval Station Norfolk for its final deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Laura Hoover)

  The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59), departed Naval Station Norfolk today for the ship's final deployment and will operate in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Kauffman's final deployment also marks the last scheduled deployment by any Oliver Hazard Perry-Class


Migrant Ship Reports Armed People On Board

A cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants near the Greek island of Corfu sent out a distress signal saying armed people were on board on Tuesday, Greek television reported.   Two Greek officials confirmed that a distress signal had been received from the Moldovan-flagged


Indian Shipyard Eyes Foreign Warship Orders

Garden Reach Ship Builders

Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE)  is trying to get a toehold in the international market, eyeing orders worth $425 million to supply warships to the navies of the Philippines and Vietnam.   A Kolkata-based shipyard will enter into the global warship market by bidding


GE Gas Turbine Powers Australia’s Largest Warship

Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ship concept (Image: RAN)

GE Marine’s LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbine now powers the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) recently commissioned HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, the first of two LHDs to be introduced into the RAN fleet.  






 
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