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Iran Developing Nuclear Subs

Iran has begun initial development of its own nuclear-powered submarines FARS news agency informs RiaNovosi the Iranian fleet's deputy commander Vice-Admiral Abbas Zamini said the Islamic Republic is already taking the first steps toward creating nuclear-powered boats. "Right now we are at the initial stages of creating nuclear submarines," he said. Use of atomic energy for submarine propulsion is not in contravention of any international agreements, he noted. The United States and many European states suspect Iran of using its domestic civil nuclear program as a cover for a nuclear weapons development program, a charge Tehran denies, insisting the program is only for generating electricity. The Iranian Navy currently operates three Russian-built Project 877 (Kilo class) diesel-electric submarines and a few very small domestically-made boats. Currently, only the navies of China, France, India, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States operate nuclear-powered submarines.    


Russia's Latest Nuclear Submarine on Sea Trials

Borey-class submarine: Photo Russian Navy

The Russia strategic nuclear-powered submarine 'Vladimir Monomakh' has left the Sevmash shipyard to start sea trials in the White Sea, reports the Barents Observer. Vladimir Monomakh is the third of a total of eight Borey-class nuclear-powered missile submarines that Russia plans to build by 2020. The submarine is 170 meters long, has a speed of 29 knots submerged, a crew of 107 and will be equipped with 16 Bulava missiles, which each can carry ten nuclear warheads.


Nuclear-powered Savannah to get Makeover

(Photo Credit: MarAd) Savannah, an old nuclear-powered ship that spent time in Charleston Harbor as a tourist attraction, is getting a face lift for a possible new tour of duty, according to a report on www.charleston.net. Savannah was the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger vessel. It is set to be restored, possibly for its second stint as a floating museum, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration.


USCG Releases NPRM for Port Chicago Zone

The Coast Guard proposes to establish permanent security zones on the navigable waters of the Des Plaines River, the Kankakee River, the Rock River, and Lake Michigan in the Captain of the Port Zone Chicago. These security zones are necessary to protect the nuclear power plants, water intake cribs, and Navy Pier from possible sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or possible acts of terrorism. These zones are intended to restrict vessel traffic from portions of the Des Plaines River


Russia Building Floating Nuclear Power Plant

In a couple of years, a new kind of vessel will appear on the sea - the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP). The Academician Lomonosov, currently under construction in , is only one project of the several FNPP being developed. The formal keel laying ceremony took place in April 2007 at the Sevmash shipyard of the Russian State Centre for Nuclear Shipbuilding in . After about a year and a half, the state-owned corporation Rosatom revoked the general contract


LR Energy Wins New Nuclear Deal in Middle East

Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Nuclear Vice-President, Mamdouh El-Shanawany,

  Lloyd’s Register Energy together with Lightbridge Corporation has won a contract to support the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) internal inspection team to provide construction oversight and related technical services for a new generation of nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Lloyd’s Register Energy will be supporting FANR for several years on a series of work packages designed around project management


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)


USCG Statement Regarding Transit Near Fukushima, Japan

In response to the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, the U.S. Coast Guard recommends, as a precaution, that vessels avoid transiting within 50 miles (43 nautical miles/80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (37°N, 141°01'E).  Mariners are advised that this recommendation should be considered a minimum distance.  Prudent route planning should incorporate prevailing and changing wind and weather conditions


Lloyd's Register Acquires India's Reltech Consulting

Lloyd’s Register has acquired the business and principal assets of the Mumbai-based nuclear risk specialists, Reltech Consulting (Reltech), in a move designed to further strengthen its historic presence in the Indian energy sector.   The business and assets of Reltech, which provides safety-management services to a multinational civil nuclear client base, have been transferred to the newly formed LR Scandpower Risk Consultancy Pvt. Ltd


General Dynamics Awarded Navy Nuclear Propulsion Contract

Amongst the latest Ministry of Defense, Navy, contracts, General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is awarded an $18,195,519 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2100) for reactor plant planning yard services for nuclear-powered submarines and support yard services for the Navy's moored training ships. The contract requires General Dynamics to furnish, fabricate, or acquire such materials


Unmatched Value: How can we not afford to build the Ford Class Aircraft Carrier?

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is moved to Pier 3 at Newport News Shipbuilding Nov. 17, 2013. (US Navy photo)

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier (CVN), with its embarked carrier air wing (CVW), is the only maritime force capable of executing the full range of military operations necessary to protect our national interests. From deterrence, to humanitarian assistance, to large-scale combat operations


Submarine INS Sindhukirti to Boost Indian Navy's Fleet

Photo: Hindustan Shipyard Limited

 Submarine INS Sindhukirti set for final "full-power trials" from Friday after being stuck in a refit for a decade. The Kilo-class submarine is expected to be formally handed over to the Indian Navy next month, reports Times News.  


Russian Submarines in Alaska?

Borei-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Photo by US Naval Institute

 Russia is expected to finish the construction of a submarine base on the Kamchatka Peninsula by the end of October.   "Upgrades to the Russian Navy’s ballistic nuclear missile submarine (SSBN) base in the Pacific could be completed by October, Russian Navy chief Adm


Newport News Shipbuilding Bags US Navy Submarine Contract

Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries

 The U.S. Navy has given Newport News Shipbuilding a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support for submarines.    Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, said the contract will be worth a total of $564 million


Russian Submarine Fire 'Put Out' in Dock

Source: Kuleshov Oleg

 Firefighters at Zvyozdochka shipyard in Russia's northern province of Arkhangelsk partially flooded a nuclear-powered submarine to extinguish a blaze that started aboard the vessel.   The vessel - classified as Oscar-II by NATO - is a cruise missile type sub which carries nuclear


Chinese Submarine to Pakistan: Raising Nuclear Tensions in South Asia

Agosta 90 B submarine sits at Pakistans Navy Dockyard in Karachi. Pic by Global Security

 Pakistan, a country plagued by economic and political insecurity, to conclude the deal of eight conventional submarines during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Islamabad on Monday (April 20), reports Bloomberg.   This will help Pakistan gain the ability to fire nuclear weapons


Vyborg Shipyard to Build Icebreaker

Image: Vyborg Shipyard

 Vyborg Shipyard signed a License and Concept Design Agreement with the Finnish engineering company Aker Arctic Technology for two icebreaking support vessels.   Two multifunctional diesels-electric- powered icebreakers 22 MW will be built at Vyborg Shipyard by order of LLC Gazprom


Northrop Grumman VMS Approved for US Navy Subs

Northrop Grumman's Voyage Management System approved for use on U.S. Navy SSN and SSGN nuclear powered submarines    The U.S. Navy has approved the use of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Voyage Management System (VMS), version 9.3, onboard SSN and SSGN nuclear powered submarines. 


US Navy Submarine to be Named USS New Jersey

Image: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy's next Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey, says AP reports.   U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony over the weekend in Jersey City, New Jersey, to announce that SSN 796, a Virginia-class attack submarine


Keel Laid for Russia’s Next Generation Icebreaker

On the stocks A of the Baltic Shipbuilding Factory, which is part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, a ceremony of laying the first production of the atomic icebreaker Siberia project 22220.

  The world’s biggest nuclear-powered icebreaker keel laying ceremony took place of at the Baltic Shipyard on 26 May 2015. Heads of Atomfflot, the Baltic Shipyard and the RS Branch Office for Nuclear Vessels signed a Keel Laying Acceptance Report of the first serial nuclear-powered


The Dolphins of US Navy

Pic: US Navy

A pod of Dolphins gave a new Navy submarine a guard of honor - by swimming in its bow wave. The US Navy’s Virginia-class attack vessel was off Newport, Virginia, when it got an unexpected mammal pilot. The John Warner, America's new Virginia-class attack vessel was completing its sea


Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Opens Cruise Season to the North Pole

Icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (Photo: FSUE)

Nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) owned by FSUE Atomflot has left the port of Murmansk on her voyage to the 'top of the world', the company’s press office said. The 25th season of tourist cruises started on June 4.


Tropical Storm Bill Pelts Texas Coast

Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state.   The second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall near Matagorda


Curtiss-Wright Wins $480m Deal for Navy Subs

Image: Curtiss-Wright Corp

 Charlotte-based manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Corp. has won a series of contracts valued at $480 million to supply parts for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-Class nuclear submarines.   The Navy’s Block IV Virginia Class Submarine Program covers 10 submarines


USC Acquires Zvezda

Russias United Shipbuilding Corporation. Image courtesy: TASS

 United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has taken on 53.5122% of the voting shares of the long planned Far Eastern Plant Zvezda shipbuilding complex in Russia’s Far East.   Zvezda (a company of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center






 
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