Japan, US Plan New S. China Sea Patrols
Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday. Inada said in a speech at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank that Japan's increased engagement in the area, where Japan shares U.S. concerns about China's pursuit of extensive territorial claims, would include capacity building for coastal nations. "In this context, I strongly support the U.S. Navy's freedom-of-navigation operations, which go a long way to upholding the rules-based international maritime order," she said.
China, Russia Begin South China Sea Drills
China and Russia began week-long joint naval exercises in the South China Sea today. It is the first-ever South China Sea iteration of Beijing and Moscow Joint Sea exercises. The Joint Sea-2016 exercises between the two countries will involve surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and amphibious vehicles, according to a Defense Ministry statement issued Sunday. The exercises will conclude on September 19. The navies jointly launched eight days of war games, in a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
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Helicopter Carrier Delivered to the Egyptian Navy
French industrial group DCNS has delivered LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) Anwar El Sadat, the second of two helicopter carriers acquired by the Arab Republic of Egypt. The flag transfer ceremony took place September 16, 2016 in the presence of the two Chiefs of Staff of the Egyptian and French navies, Admiral Rabie and Admiral Prazuck, the chairman and CEO of DCNS, Hervé Guillou, and the president of STX France, Laurent Castaing, together with senior French and Egyptian officials.
US Navy Ship Changes Course after Iran Vessel Interaction
A vessel from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 yards of a U.S. military ship in the central Gulf on Sept. 4, two U.S. Defense Department officials told Reuters on Tuesday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Iranian vessel sailed directly in front of the USS Firebolt, a 174-foot (53 m) coastal patrol vessel, forcing the U.S. ship to change course in a maneuver they described as "unsafe and unprofessional." (Reporting by Idrees Ali)
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General Atomics Battery for New Navy Submersible
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery systems for use on U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) new Dry Combat Submersible (DCS), a long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting divers in a dry environment. The GA-EMS LiFT battery system will power the DCS propulsion and internal support systems. “Our unique solution provides the energy needed to safely propel and power the DCS at the distances and depths required to deliver personnel to their mission destination,” said Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. LiFT battery systems are high energy density solutions for both manned and unmanned underwater vehicles.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"…
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.