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Friday, October 21, 2016

Britain Says Will 'Man-mark' Passing Russian Warships

Britain said on Thursday it would keep a close eye on a fleet of Russian warships approaching British waters on their way to the eastern Mediterranean. The Norwegian military on Wednesday released pictures taken by surveillance aircraft of the fleet, which includes the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the Pyotr Velikiy battle cruiser, sailing in international waters. British defence minister Michael Fallon said the Royal Navy would be watching closely. "When these ships near our waters we will man-mark them every step of the way," Fallon said. Russia's TASS state news agency said in July that the Admiral Kuznetsov would take part in a Russian operation in Syria from October to January.

US Navy Seeks Data on Small Warship Options

U.S. Navy photo by Keith DeVinney

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday asked U.S. and foreign weapons makers for technical and cost data on the design and weapons for a new possible small warship to succeed the Navy's current Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) by 2019. Companies will have 21 days to respond to two separate requests for information on both ship designs and the radars and other weapons that would go on board, said John Burrow, executive director of the Marine Corps' Systems Command and head of a task force studying alternatives for a so-called small surface combatant.

New Drones Are Being Developed for the French Navy

Image: DCNS

The future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program is being designed by DCNS and Airbus Helicopters, who have joined forces to pool naval and aerospace skills and expertise. The teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need, the developers said.

US Navy Eyes More Patrols in South China Sea

U.S. The U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter, a U.S. defense official said on Monday. "We're going to come down to about twice a quarter or a little more than that," the official said. "That's the right amount to make it regular but not a constant poke in the eye. China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart last week that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its "provocative acts" in the disputed waterway.

Russia to Lease Second Submarine to India

Photo: Weapons Systems

Russia has agreed to lease a second nuclear attack submarine (SSN) to  to the Indian Navy, as part of enhanced bilateral defence cooperation, in a deal which will cost around $2 billion. A transfer agreement had been signed to lease a second nuclear submarine of project 971, in the Indian state of Goa, reports the ‘Vedomosti’ newspaper. Sources said the deal was struck during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 15 on the sidelines of the BRICS meet in Goa.

Wave Power Generation – US Navy Hawaiian Project

Wave power site visited by NAVFAC: Photo credit USN

The Navy hopes to expand its testing for ocean wave energy power generation in Hawaii, having been testing an energy buoy in about 100 feet of water off Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for about 10 years. The Navy now hopes to put two more buoys in water more than 200 feet deep, and the greater depth will allow it to test larger devices closer to the size it needed to generate energy for customers. Bob Frederickson of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command said the new buoys are the next step toward commercializing wave energy.

Brazil's New Ocean Patrol Boat Heads for Home

Photo credit BAE Systems

First of three BAE Systems built patrol boats for the Brazilian Navy, departs the UK for Rio de Janeiro. Amazonas has completed a rigorous sea-training program under the eye of the Flag Officer Sea Training with the Royal Navy off the South coast of England, and is homeward bound. Supported by a team from BAE Systems, the crew’s extensive training programme included navigation and duty watch training, as well as development and familiarisation of operational procedures for safety and security in areas including material assessment of the ship…

Taking One for the Team

America (CVA66) on sea trials in Chesapeake Bay, 1964. The Navy plans to send one of its own – the retired aircraft carrier USS America – to the bottom of the ocean in a series of explosion tests which are designed to provide invaluable data for the construction and outfitting of the next generation of aircraft carriers, the Associated Press reported. The Navy will spend $22 million on tests that will span several weeks, starting with a tow approximately 300 miles off of the east coast, and ending with its sinking in approximately 6,000 feet of water. The tests that will be closed to the press and the public’s eyes. USS America was commissioned in 1965, decommissioned in 1996, and has spent the last nine years moored with other inactive warships at a Navy yard in Philadelphia.

Rolls-Royce Wins Deal to Power USN TAO

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class. Planned to total 17 ships, the new John Lewis class (previously known as TAO – X) will increase the US Navy’s capability to transfer fuel to its surface ships, in operations around the globe. For each ship, Rolls-Royce will supply two Kamewa 150A Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP), while two Bergen B32:40xL8A generator sets will provide power to satisfy on board energy requirements. “We are extremely proud to have been chosen to supply mission critical power and propulsion equipment to the US Navy’s new fleet of replenishment oilers," said Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval.

Eye on the Navy

On Nov. 2 The amphibious dock landing ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York (LPD 21) transits New York Harbor past the World Trade Center site. The ship has 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow and will be commissioned Nov. 7 in New York City. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric M. Durie/Released)  

Eye on the Navy

Nov. 5, 2009, the German navy frigate Hessen (F221) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for a refueling at sea. This is the first time Dwight D. Eisenhower has provided fuel for a German ship. Dwight D. Eisenhower is conducting a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for its upcoming 2010 deployment. COMPTUEX is a training exercise along the East Coast from Va. to Fla. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gina K. Wollman/Released)

Eye on the Navy

(Nov. 21, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits through the Pacific Ocean with Mt. Fuji in the background. George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)

Eye on the Navy

On Jan. 1, 2010, the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) patrols the Gulf of Aden in support of counter-piracy operations. Chosin is the flagship for Combined Joint Task Force 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Edgington/Released)

Eye on the Navy

On Jan. 12, 2009, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed Naval Station Norfolk. Carl Vinson got underway following a four-year refueling and complex overhaul to take part in Southern Seas 2010. After completing Southern Seas, Carl Vinson will change homeport from Norfolk, Va. to San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Martie/Released)

Eye on the Navy

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Marines assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) Reconnaissance Platoon depart in a reinforced hull inflatable boat from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8).  

Eye on the Navy

Nov. 19, 2008, sailors from the visit, board, search, and seizure team assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conduct compliant boarding training aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168). Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky)

Eye on the Navy

Dec. 6, 2008, a landing craft air cushion approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18). New Orleans is on a certification exercise as part of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker) (Source: Navy News Service)

Eye on the Navy - Holiday Lights

The guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) displays a spectacle of holiday lights during the 2008 Afloat Holiday Lighting Contest on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor Dec. 18, 2008. Hawaii area commanders toured the harbor and judged ships based on best lighting scheme, most creative display and energy conservation. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Hight.

Eye on the Navy

April 1, 2009, a landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 leaves a beach during an exercise near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. ACU-5 is currently assigned to the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group supporting Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151), a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. (US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/Released)

Eye on the Navy

On April 27, 2009, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) enters port on opening day of the annual Fleet Week Port Everglades celebration. (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Lehr/Released)

Eye on the Navy

Amphibious assault vehicles from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) approach the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during an amphibious training exercise. Bataan is serving as the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The 22nd MEU is serving as the theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tony Sisti/Released)

Eye on the Navy

On July 22, 2009, the Royal Australian Navy replenishment oiler HMAS Success (AOR 304) sends a fuel probe to the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) during an underway replenishment. McCampbell is underway with the Essex Strike Group in support of the bilateral training exercise Talisman Saber 2009, a biennial exercise between U.S. and Australian forces designed to enhance interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder/Released)

Eye on the Navy

(Aug. 14, 2009) The Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4), center, the Royal Australian Navy heavy landing craft HMAS Betano (L 133) and the heavy landing craft HMAS Wewak (L 130) transit from Malaita to Guadalcanal while underway in the Solomon Islands during Pacific Partnership 2009. Pacific Partnership is a humanitarian assistance mission in the U.S. Pacific Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Valcarcel/Released)

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