China Protests 'Illegal,' 'Provocative' US South China Sea Patrol
China's Defense Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday was "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States. In a statement on its website, the ministry said two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. warship to leave during the patrol. It added that the Chinese military would increase air and sea patrols according to need. U.S. defense officials said the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged "excessive maritime claims" in a patrol near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The Chinese Defense Ministry said two warships, the Guangzhou and the Luoyang, warned the U.S. vessel to leave.
Philippine Navy Orders 2 Frigates from Hyundai Heavy
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a contract to build two 2,600 ton frigates with the Department of National Defense, Republic of the Philippines. The frigates, scheduled to be delivered from 2020, will be a smaller light combatant and successor to the Incheon class frigate now in active service for ROKN, and tailored to the requirements of the Philippine Navy with an optimized range of good marine standards under rules from Lloyd Register. The 107 meter frigates to be propelled with CODAD (Combined Diesel and Diesel) propulsion system with maximum speed of 25knots can cover a 4…
Future Unmanned Naval Systems for MMCM Program
Thales, BAE Systems and their partner SAAB, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) that the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) and French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) will continue its collaboration for the combined United Kingdom and France MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) program. Initiated in 2010 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM program develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvized explosive devices (UWIEDs). The agreement signed at Euronaval today between Harriet Baldwin…
Submarine Market Valued at Nearly $23 Billion
The submarine market will be valued at $22.8 billion this year. By 2026 the market will reach $36.3 billion, according to Strategic Defence Intelligence. This represents a compound annual growth rate of (CAGR) of 4.74%. Spending will increase $2.8 billion this year, and is forecasted to reach $3.3 billion in 2026. This represents a CAGR of 1.7%. Factors such as the replacement of aging submarines, using marine vehicles for surveillance and border disputes are contributing to the spending increase. The largest markets are North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Evidence Suggests Houthi Role in Strike on US Warship
The United States is seeing growing indications that Iran-allied Houthi rebels, despite denials, were responsible for Sunday's attack on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast, U.S. officials told Reuters. The rebels appeared to use small skiffs as spotters to help direct a missile attack on the warship, said U.S. officials, who are not authorized to speak publicly because the investigation is ongoing. The United States is also investigating the possibility that a radar station under Houthi control in Yemen might have also "painted" the USS Mason…
United Defense Completes Acquisition of United States Marine Repair
United Defense Industries announced that it has completed its acquisition of United States Marine Repair, Inc. for $316 million to expand its services for the U.S. Navy. United Defense financed the acquisition by amending its existing credit facility to borrow an additional $300 million, and using cash on hand for the balance. "This acquisition expands our vital mission to support the U.S. Navy with superior technology and services. It's also a strategic growth platform because Naval ship modernization is a national defense priority," said United Defense President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Rabaut. Rabaut reiterated that he expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the second half of 2002 in the range of approximately 5 to 10 percent annually.
Gordon England Resigns as Navy Secretary
Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has relinquished his post as secretary of the Navy, Defense Department officials announced Dec. 29. He will continue to serve as acting deputy secretary of defense, officials said. England has served as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's deputy since May, when former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz left the Pentagon to head up the World Bank. Over two terms as Navy secretary, England served a total of 48 months. His terms were separated by his service as the first deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department. For the past eight months, he has served in both the Navy post and as acting deputy secretary of defense. Navy Undersecretary Dionel M. Aviles will serve as acting Navy secretary effective today.
United Defense to Acquire United States Marine Repair
United Defense Industries announced that it has agreed to acquire closely held United States Marine Repair, Inc., a provider of non-nuclear ship repair, modernization, overhaul and conversion services to the United States Navy, for $316 million. Based in Norfolk, Va., United States Marine Repair serves defense and commercial customers at six strategically located ship repair operations in the major ports of Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, San Francisco and San Pedro, Calif.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Ingleside, Texas. In addition to the company's primary customer, the U.S. Navy, its current customers include the Military Sealift Command, the U.S. Army, the Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial cruise lines such as Holland-America and Royal Caribbean.
US, Vietnam to Bolster Maritime Security
The United States and Vietnam are committed to deepening their defense relationship, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi during a news conference with Defense Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh. The US will provide $18 million to Vietnam to help procure coast guard patrol vessels, a first step in what Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hopes is a growing military relationship between those two countries. The initiative marks the first major development on defense cooperation between the two erstwhile enemies since the partial lifting of the decades-old U.S.
India Defense Minister to Aid Shipping Growth
As India’s shipping sector eyes continued growth in years to come, the country’s ministry of defense will ensure that the shipping sector receives the necessary assistance for growth, said Union Minister for Defense Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar was speaking at a session on Shipbuilding, Ship Repair and Ship Breaking at the Maritime India Summit 2016 here. He said that the maritime sector is crucial from the defense point of view. “Defense ministry will extend all possible support to the shipping industry,” Parrikar said.
Williams New VP at Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Karen Williams vice president and general manager of the Defense Technologies Division, one of four divisions within its Information Systems sector. The sector recently realigned its defense business to form the Defense Technologies Division, focused on end-to-end support systems and services for defense customers. Williams reports to Linda A. Mills, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Information Systems.
Domestic Defense Bill Introduced
Senator Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Domestic Defense Fund Act of 2004 (S. 2021) to provide for a domestic defense fund to improve the Nation's homeland defense, and for other purposes. If enacted, the bill would, among other things, authorize $4 billion annually for distribution to states for various homeland security projects, including port security. (Source: HK Law)
Thomson-CSF Eyes Vosper
French defense group Thomson-CSF plans to bid for British warship builder Vosper Thorneycroft, which in turn is preparing a bid for U.K.-based Hunting Engineering, according to press reports. Officials of Thomson-CSF, which recently acquired defense electronics company Racal Plc, said the company could bid up to 15 pounds ($22.46) per share, valuing Vosper at $754.6 million. The takeover bid, which is reportedly welcomed by the British government, would ensure Thomson-CSF a slice of a multi-billion dollar contract to build new frigates for Britain's Royal Navy. Vosper was reportedly mulling a bid for the defense arm of British-based Hunting Engineering, a maker of weapons integration systems for Apache attack helicopters along with engineering business in the oil industry.
Northrop Grumman Takes Litton for $3.8 Billion
Northrop Grumman Corp., the number five U.S. defense contractor, said on Tuesday that it has completed its $3.8 billion purchase of warship and defense electronics maker Litton Industries Inc. Los Angeles-based Northrop, which makes high-tech weapons systems, said the purchase will solidify its defense electronics segment while adding shipbuilding and commercial electronics capabilities. The deal cleared required U.S. and European Commission reviews late last month. "The Litton acquisition creates a $15 billion, top-tier global defense enterprise with 80,000 employees worldwide," said a Northrop Grumman official. Under the agreement signed by the two companies, the acquisition also includes the assumption of Litton's $1.3 billion net debt.
Secretary of the Navy Visits Israel
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Kevin S. Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter, arrived on March 23 for a three-day visit in as a guest of the Israel Ministry of Defense and the Israel Navy Commander in Chief, Vice Admiral Eli Marum. This visit is a continuation of the strong ties and extensive collaboration between the and U.S. Naval Forces. This is Winter's first visit in as the Secretary of the Navy. His first visit to the country was in 1998 when he arrived with a delegation of U.S. Military Industry Seniors. During his stay, he met with the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, General Manager of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Mr.
New Defense Cooperation with India
Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S.-India strategic partnership. By finalizing the renewal of our 10-year framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship, we will continue to build on the growing momentum in our defense cooperation over the last decade. This renewed framework will support stronger military-to-military engagement, including deeper maritime cooperation and increased opportunities in technology and trade.
Mace Personal Defense Joins Piracy Battle
In an effort to combat the rapidly growing levels of piracy and armed robbery against ships around the world, Mace Personal Defense, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Mace Security International, Inc. (OTCQB: MACE) has formed an alliance with Shipboard Defense Systems, Inc. to develop The Shipboard Defense System, a defensive on-board system to repel pirates. The Shipboard Defense System is designed with 300 gallon pressurized tanks that include loop piping installed around a vessel allowing for 100 feet of defensive zones each. When activated, the system disperses a "RAINSTORM" Mace® pepper spray. The Mace® liquid contained in the Shipboard Defense system is formulated with 10% non-flammable OC pepper formula that is effective against those with decreased sensitivity to pain.
Australia: Maritime SAR in Asia Pacific a Priority
Defense force personnel from Australia are in China for Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2014 which begins today. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and cooperation between Australia, China and New Zealand in responding to unforeseen disasters that occur in the Asia-Pacific. This year the exercise is focusing on a maritime search and rescue response involving the Australian Defense Force, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the New Zealand Defense Force. Captain Michael Harris (Royal Australian Navy), Commander of the Australian Contingent, said exercise Cooperation Spirit will enable Australia, China and New Zealand to enhance their ability to work closely together.
Maersk Line, Limited Defense Logistics Services Now Available Via FIRST
Department of Defense (DoD) organizations now have access to Maersk Line, Limited's (MLL) defense logistics services through the U.S. Army's Field and Installation Readiness Support Team (FIRST) contract vehicle. MLL offers distribution engineering, distribution management and distribution services as a member of two separate FIRST teams, led by HCI Integrated Solutions and Eagle Group International, respectively. "The FIRST contract vehicle serves as another method for MLL to bring our capabilities to the Army and the DoD. In the very near term we fully expect the customer to see the value our team brings to their dynamic requirements"…
Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman Win UK Navy Contract
Rolls Royce, Northrop Grumman Win UK Navy Contract Aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce Plc and U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman have been awarded a $121.7 million contract to supply gas turbine packages for the UK's Royal Navy. The contract, awarded by British defense group BAE Systems Plc, will see the two companies supply 12 WR-21 marine gas turbine packages for the first six ships of a new fleet of Royal Navy defense destroyers.
Forbes Insists on Navy Shipbuilding Plan
“The Administration has certainly insisted on transparency when it involves divulging our interrogation techniques to alleged terrorists, but has refused to apply the same standard for the American people when it comes to the readiness of our nation’s defenses. In a move the Washington Post described as ‘unprecedented secrecy,’ Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently instituted a gag order requiring hundreds of Pentagon officials involved in the budget process to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring them from discussing any proposed cuts or expenditures even to members of congress. These were the very individuals who had the expertise necessary to assess any potential damage to national security such cuts could present.
Austal Signs Alliance With DSTO
Austal and Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) today signed a five-year Industry Alliance that will strengthen Australia's maritime defenses. The purpose of this Alliance is to formalize and strengthen links between DSTO's maritime research and development activities and Austal's expertise in high speed vessel design, construction and systems integration. Through this alliance DSTO will gain a greater understanding of the long term performance and cost of ownership of high speed aluminum vessels, which will also assist it to provide whole-of-life support for the Australian Navy's Armidale Class patrol boats, and strengthen our maritime defenses.
Wärtsilä Lips Changes Name
Wärtsilä Lips, Inc., based in Chesapeake, Va., and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wärtsilä Corporation (Helsinki, Finland), announced that effective February 6, 2008, it will operate under the name Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. The corporate name change helps channel the focus of Wärtsilä Defense to homeland defense and naval clientele within the United States and supports the global market segmentation approach announced September 26, 2007, within the Wärtsilä Corporation, Ship Power organization.