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German Navy Frigates Get New Firefighting Tech

Photo: Noske-Kaeser

Noske-Kaeser provides firefighting technology for all four German Navy's F125 frigates   On April 16, 2015, the second of four ordered Type F125 frigates for the German Navy was christened by the name of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Hamburg. Hamburg-based Noske-Kaeser, technology producer in the fields of firefighting, CBRN defense, climate, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, has further developed its fire extinguishing technology for the new frigate class F125 that was now installed on the first German Navy ship.   “We provide turnkey solutions for firefighting systems for nearly every area of the four 125 class frigates,” said David Schwenzer, Project Manager F125 at Noske-Kaeser.   Robert Megyery, Head of Engineering, Piping and Firefighting at Noske-Kaeser, explained, “Due to the new operating conditions of this new frigate type, such as the reduced crew concept or longer presence periods in the area of operation, it requires new solutions concerning firefighting. For this reason, we developed the most modern and low-maintenance firefighting concepts for the F125. These concepts are now realized and ready for operation aboard the new frigates for the first time.”   Besides the first time application of a sprinkler system for the prevention of fire in the ship’s crew accommodation


German Ship Released by Pirates

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Having been held hostage for four months, Hansa Stavanger is now underway to a safe port accompanied by two EU NAVFOR frigates of the German Navy operating in the area in support of the EU-lead Anti Piracy Operation Atalanta. Shortly after being released by the pirates, a German Navy security team went onboard Hansa Stavanger and provided medical aid and logistical support. The German owned container vessel Hansa Stavanger has been held hostage by Somali pirates since April 4th this year


Change in Naval Missions: Global Crisis Management

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The International Conference and Exhibition on Maritime Security and Defence Hamburg at the Hamburg Fair site, June 15-17 2011, will feature the changing mission of navies toward a focus on global crisis management.   “The special value of MS&D is that it puts the researchers and government officials in contact with practitioners of the merchant fleet and navy, to exchange views with them,” said Vice Admiral Axel Schimpf, Chief of Staff German Navy


Hydroid to Supply German Navy With AUV's

REMUS 100 AUV: Photo credit Hydroid

The German Navy contract Hydroid, Inc. – a Kongsberg Company – to supply 6 REMUS 100 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). After extensive trials by the German Bundeswehr Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71) in Eckernfoerde, the Federal Office of Defence Technology & Procurement (BWB) in Koblenz has placed the contract  to enhance the capabilities of the German Navy's mine divers


AEUK Completes Sonar FAT for German Navy

Atlas Elektronik U.K. Ltd. (AEUK) confirmed that that their Cerberus Mod2 Diver Detection Sonar has now successfully completed its Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) at their premises in the U.K. against a particularly comprehensive and demanding set of requirements set by the German Government. Of particular significance was the accreditation of a completely new design and build of a bespoke Power Supply and Processing Unit (PSPU) to the Mil-Std EMC and Environmental qualification standards


GE Gas Turbine Powers German Navy Frigate

Image: GE

GE Marine reports that the German Navy’s Baden-Württemberg(F125-class) frigatewas christened in December 2013, powered by a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based propulsion system. The christening ceremony was held at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Hamburg, Germany. According Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH


Raytheon Supplies Nav Systems for South Korea

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Raytheon Anschütz has been rewarded a contract to deliver navigation and control systems for six submarines of type U214. The second batch of U214 submarines for the Republic of Korea Navy will be built under responsibility of ThyssenKrupp Marine System’s shipyard HDW at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. On February 20 Raytheon Anschütz has signed a contract to supply a comprehensive package of navigation and control systems for the submarines


New EU NAVFOR Deputy Operation Commander

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Rear Admiral Christian Canova (French Navy) hands over the responsibility of Deputy Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, Operation ATALANTA to Rear Admiral Rainer Endres (German Navy) on 12 January 2012 at the Operational Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, near London. Rear Admiral Canova added this duty to an impressive career including three commands at sea and three operational duties in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf


YCF Group Expands Management Team in Germany

The YCF Group has appointed Carsten Gierga as managing director responsible for its activities in Germany. Suwarie Topaz, general manager, has also been promoted to vice-president, global marketing and business development with worldwide responsibilities. The YCF Group of companies includes the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the exclusive administrator of the world’s largest quality ship register, EuroFlag Services (EFS)


Bauzá Takes Command at EU NAVFOR

Outgoing DCOM Rear Admiral Martens shakes hands with incoming DCOM Rear Admiral Bauzá as the Operational HQ staff applaud (Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR)

On 17 January 2014, Rear Admiral Jean Martens (German Navy) handed over the role of Deputy Operation Commander (DCOM) of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta to Rear Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá (Spanish Navy). The handover took place at the Operation Headquarters (OHQ) in Northwood, London. Rear Admiral Martens joined the Operation in July 2013. On leaving the OHQ he was applauded by the staff of EU NAVFOR for his hard work and efforts


Submarine Bidders Step up Lobbying for Australia Tender

Japan's advanced attack Soryu submarine carried out drills with Australia's navy on Tuesday as a German company launched a campaign to advertise its expertise - as a race for a A$50 billion contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet neared a climax.  


This Day In Naval History: April 19

Program for the Commissioning Ceremony held of the USS The Sullivans DDG-68, held at Staten Island, New York on April 19, 1997.

1917 - The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6. 1920 - The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York


German Navy's Third F125 Frigate Christened

Photo: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

The German Navy's third F125-class frigate Sachsen-Anhalt was christened in March during a ceremony held at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Hamburg. Dr. Gabriele Haseloff, wife of the premier of the state of Saxony-Anhalt after which the frigate has been named


This Day In Naval History: May 17

USS Roark (FF-1053). U.S. Navy photo by PHAN Burgess

1942 - USS Tautog (SS 199) sinks Japanese submarine I-28; USS Triton (SS 201) sinks the Japanese submarine (I 64), and USS Skipjack (SS 184) sinks a Japanese army transport ship.   1943 - Destroyers USS Moffett (DD 362) and USS Jouett (DD 396) sink German submarine U 128


Imtech Germany to Be Sold in November

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The German unit of bankrupt Dutch engineering services company Imtech is expected to be sold in November, according to Imtech Germany's insolvency administrator.   "The aim is to sign the sales contract for the whole unit or major parts shortly after ordinary insolvency proceedings


Nato Begins DYMA 15 Submarine Warfare Exercise

Photo: Public Affairs Office, NATO Shipping Centre

 NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2015 (DYMA 15) began friday off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 9 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.


Russian Navy Trying Hard for Facelift

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns, says a report in Center for International Maritime Security.  


Egypt Receives First Submarine from Germany

An Egyptian Navy delegation at the launching ceremony in Germany for its new submarine. Egyptian Navy photo.

 According to German Ambassador Julius Georg Luy, one submarine was delivered to Egypt on December 10 while two others are awaiting delivery from Germany.   The first of four submarines for the Egyptian Navy has been launched in Germany by Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, reports UPI


World War II Torpedo Found at Scapa Flow

Naval divers return to the wreck of HMS Royal Oak to replace her White Ensign (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

U.K. Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have found a German torpedo from World War II at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.   The torpedo was found on the seabed March 1 after a recent routine sonar survey on behalf of Orkney Islands Council


This Day In Naval History - March 8

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1822 - Crew from the schooner Enterprise capture and burn seven small pirate vessels off Cape Antonio, Cuba.   1862 - The ironclad CSS Virginia destroys the wooden ships USS Cumberland and USS Congress in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  


Japanese Submarine to Join Australia's Navy in Military Drill

Soryu-class submarine. Photo: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

 Soryu-class JS Hakuryu and two warfare destroyers will work with Australian ships near Jervis Bay as part of bilateral exercises, reports AAP.   The 4,000-ton Soryu-class stealth submarine JS Hakuryu, outfitted with a new lithium-ion battery propulsion system


Germany Hardsell Submarine Deal With Australia

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 The German company competing for Australia's $50 billion submarine contract is ramping up its pitches and lobbying became more intense. Germany is positioning itself as the "safe option" to build Australia's new submarine fleet, arguing it avoids upsetting China.   


This Day In Naval History: April 7

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 573) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk (Official USN photo by Michael D.P. Flynn, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection)

 1776 - The Continental brig Lexington, commanded by John Barry, captures the British tender Edward near the Virginia Capes after a fierce fight that takes nearly an hour. 1944 - USS Saufley (DD 465) sinks the Japanese submarine I 2, west-northwest of New Hanover


Norway Shortlists DCNS, ThyssenKrupp for New Subs

Ula-class submarines. Source: Royal Norwegian Navy

 Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party made it clear that there would be no submarine deal with Sweden, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.    Instead, Norwegian defense officials have narrowed down their search to French and


This Day In Naval History: April 15

USS Yorktown (CV 10) (U.S. Navy photo)

1912 - The scout cruisers USS Chester (CL 1) and USS Salem (CL 3) sail from Massachusetts to assist RMS Titanic survivors, and escort RMS Carpathia, which carried the survivors of the Titanic, to New York. 1914 - USS New York (BB 34) is commissioned.






 
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