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Road Show Scouts Female Submariners

Lt. Jennifer Carroll, the Women in Submarines coordinator at Submarine Forces Atlantic, speaks to Sailors during an all-hands call at Naval Base San Diego. The Enlisted Women in Submarines Road Show is visiting different m

  Capt. Rod Hutton, deputy commander for the Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force, led the Enlisted Women in Submarines Road Show to different military bases in the San Diego area Feb. 9-11. The road show is spreading the word that the submarine force is now open to female enlisted Sailors from E-1 to E-8. Speakers discussed how junior female Sailors could convert to rates in the submarine force and the type of candidates the force is seeking. In addition, they provided an insight of the lifestyle aboard submarines. "Up until 21 January all the enlisted billets in the submarine force were previously closed to women," said Hutton. "That policy has now changed and there is an opportunity for our female Sailors to cross the fleet and conduct rating conversions into the submarine force." Currently, more than 60 female officers are serving throughout the Navy's 76 submarines. They serve aboard guided-missile nuclear submarines (SSGN) and ballistic-missile nuclear submarines (SSBN). They are also slated to be integrated aboard the Virginia-class fast attack submarines (SSN). In January, three officers reported aboard USS Minnesota (SSN 783), homeported in Groton, Connecticut. USS Virginia (SSN 774), homeported in Groton, will be integrated in calendar year 2015, and the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii-based USS Texas (SSN 775) and USS Mississippi (SSN 782) will be integrated in Fiscal Year 2016.


China's G4 Nuclear Submarine Development

PLA Navy submariners: Photo credit PLAN

Development of China's fourth-generation nuclear submarines has been completed in the Northeastern Provinces of China: high performance vessels with low noise, reports People's Daily online. Informed by millitary expert Du Wenlong, 'People's Daily' reported that the main characteristic of the fourth generation nuclear submarine would be its high performance. Compared with earlier submarines, modern attack submarines differ significantly in offensive power


DCNS Signs Agreement for Russian Submarines

French shipbuilding company DCNS has signed a contract with Russian shipbuilding science and research institute, providing technological cooperation in submarine design. DCNS company is known as designer of nuclear submarines of “Barracuda” type and diesel-electric submarines with anaerobic engine of “Scorpène” type. The contract on technological cooperation between Russia and France is the first one in the submarine field and suggests further cooperation in the military and technical


Israel Gets Nuclear Missile-capable Submarine

In Kiel, a German-made submarine, capable of launching nuclear weapons, has been handed over to the Israel Defence Forces An official ceremony to hand over to Israel a Dolphin-class submarine, which can carry nuclear weapons, took place in the German city of Kiel, according to Rianovosti. The German-made submarine, named Tanin ("alligator" in Hebrew), is due to enter service in 2013, when all tests are completed.


United Shipbuilding Get Order for 5 Russian Nuclear Subs

Russia’s Defense Ministry has contracted United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to deliver five new Borey class (Project 955) strategic nuclear submarines On May 25, it was reported by Ria Novosti that the ministry and the USC failed again to agree final contract terms for Borey delivery, despite the intervention of President Vladimir Putin, but in a swift turnaround USC spokesman Alexei Kravchenko has told Ria Novosti he had information that the contract for the five submarines


Analox wins US and UK Naval Contracts

Analox has been awarded a contract by the US Defense department for the supply of a 40 additional Sub MkIIP Submarine Escape Monitors. This adds to the fleet’s current pool of 209 operational Sub MkIIP analysers.  In addition to supplying the fleet, Analox is contracted to the annual in service support of the analysers. The Sub MkIIP is a vital decision making aid on any disabled submarine, and part of a unique set of escape and rescue equipments installed onto the submarine in


U.S. Submarines Expands

There is a lot happening at U.S. Submarines, Vero Beach, Fla. these days. The company has increased capitalization and expanded, and plans to move to a new facility. Additionally, there are plans to hire new employees, sign new constrcution contracts and introduce new models. The company is currently designing the world's first submarine cruise ship, finalizing a new 18-passenger acrylic tourist submarine design for a U.S


DSU Tests New Submarine Rescue System with Chilean Submarine

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Alexia M. Riveracorrea, , Pacific The Navy's Deep Submergence Unit tested a new system known as the submarine rescue diving and recompression system (SRDRS) with the Chilean submarine CS Simpson (SS-21) Sept. 17-18. The SRDS is designed to be rapidly deployed to any location in the world via air or ground and can be installed on military or commercial vessels when a call for assistance is received


Navy Dismisses Sub Purchase Pressure

Navy officials held firm to a decision to buy only one submarine annually for the next several years, despite a strong reaction from lawmakers concerned that the limited procurement would exacerbate problems in the struggling shipbuilding industry. During their annual budget presentation to the House Armed Services Committee, Navy leaders argued increasing submarine purchases in the short term would throw the service's carefully balanced shipbuilding plan off kilter


Russia's First Borey-class Subs for Pacific Deployment

Borey-class submarine: Photo courtesy of Sevmash Shipyard

Russia’s first two Borey-class strategic submarines will be ultimately deployed with the Pacific Fleet says Defense Minister. The submarines Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky are undertaking test runs in the White Sea and are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2012. “I am absolutely certain that the first two subs will be initially placed with the Northern Fleet and will be redeployed to the Pacific Fleet after all the infrastructure there is ready


Powerful Submarines Join Israel’s Navy

The new Tanin (Crocodile) submarine en route to Israel from Germany. Image by Israel Defense Forces

 The Israel Navy’s fourth submarine, the ISS Tanin (Crocodile), is expected to become fully operational in a few weeks and participate in naval operations.   The nuclear-capable submarine boasts an array of sophisticated weaponry


Germany Fights for Indian Submarine Contract

Image: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH

 German giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the parent company of leading submarine builder HDW, will offer India its HDW Class 214 vessel, with an eye to huge project of Indian Navy for six submarines, reports PTI.   


Vietnam's Submarines to Counter China?

Pic:  Vietnam Navy

 Vietnam's new submarines could alter the balance in the South China Sea quite dramatically, say maritime security analysts.   Vietnam and China have long contested claims over the Spratly and Paracel islands, including last year's dispute over China's attempted oil drilling and


US Navy to Roll out Underwater Spy Satellites

Image: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

 The robotic series that remade crusade in skies will shortly extend to a low sea, with underwater view “satellites,” drone-launching pods on a sea building and unmanned ships sport submarines, reports AFP.   The pods could launch surveillance drones in the air or at sea or


India May Add Japanese Soryu-Class Submarines to its Fleet

Japanese Submarines:  The Council of the City of Sydney

 India is reportedly considering a project to incorporate six Japanese Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines into its fleet, says The Japan Times.   The Defense Minister of India Manohar Parrikar has expressed his readiness to consider acquiring Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines


Thailand Eyes Submarine Fleet

Photo: Naval Secretariat Department, Royal Thai Navy

 Royal Thai Navy (RTN)'s plan to buy submarines is on again with strong backing from Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who wants Thailand’s fleet to be on par with neighbouring countries.    Defence minister Prawit Wongsuwon was quoted as saying by Bangkok Post on Wednesday


Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan

Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Canberra: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters.   The opposition said it wanted to invite Sweden to join Germany


Russian Submarine in North Sea?

Image by Royal Navy, UK

 A Scottish fishing boat skipper Angus Macleod has reported a terrifying brush with what is believed to be a rogue Russian submarine inside British waters in the North Sea.   Macleod said he and his four crew were “extremely lucky” to survive the incident in which his net


Russia Conducts Naval Drill in Baltic Sea

Image courtesy: Defence Russia

 Russian naval units are conducting a defense drill in the Barents Sea, which Russia shares with Norway, involving more than 20 vessels from the country’s Baltic Fleet, as part of the Russian Northern Fleet exercises.   The press service of Russia’s Western Military


It's Official: Sweden Boosts Submarine Fleet

Kockums A26 - picture by SAAB AB

 Sweden has given a long-awaited green light to the planned procurement of two new-generation A26 submarines from Saab Kockums.   Sweden's official announcement ordering two new submarines to boost its armed forces, months after a futile hunt for a suspected Russian mini-sub in the


Putin Puts Northern Fleet on Full Combat Alert

Ships of Russian Navy Northern Fleet. Photo: Gazprom

 Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia's border.  


Sweden Orders New Submarines

A26 submarines: Picture by SAAB AB

 Sweden is to buy two new submarines from constructors Saab Kockums. The A26 subs are to be delivered by 2022 and will cost up to SEK 8.2 billion ($945 million).   "This is the biggest single decision when it comes to economic investments that we will make during this parliament


Russian Submarine Seen Near Latvian Waters

National Armed Forces coast guard patrol boat Klints by Public broadcasting of Latvia

 The Latvian armed forces spotted a Russian submarine in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia on March 16, reports BBC.   The warship was seen at a distance of 27 nautical miles from the territorial waters of the country. The vessel was a Russian Project 877 Paltus submarine


Australia Favored Foreign Submarines

Australian submariner, Pic by Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Government was in favour that most submarine building would be done overseas, says a report in ABC.   Cabinet’s national security committee last October favoured Australia’s new submarine fleet being mostly constructed overseas with the Australian Submarine


Has Russian Ship Confronted Canadian Warship?

Image: NATO warship

 NATO disputes Conservative claim that Russians confronted Canadian warship.  The parliamentary defence secretary said Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea. Nonsense, say NATO officials.   A report in Ottawa Citizen says that the federal government has






 
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