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China Far Ahead of India in Submarine Race

INS Chakra, India’s only operating nuclear-powered submarine. Photo: Indian Navy

 Global military reported that recently a Chinese “Yuan” class conventional submarines docked news in Pakistan, once again hurt the Indian Navy submarine fleet.   The Hindustan Times said terms of size, the Chinese Navy submarine force is four times that of India, and in recent years the Chinese submarine upgrading, performance is more old-fashioned non-Indian Navy submarine cannot match.   India now plans to lease a second nuclear attack submarine from Russia and the government has just approved a Rs 90,000-crore ($14 billion) plan to build six nuclear attack submarines in Vishakapatnam says a report in Times of India.   But as Vice Admiral P Murugesan, the vice chief of naval staff, told The Economic Times last week: "We have started work, but we are still at the pen-to-paper stage."   India is rushing to counter China by building conventional and nuclear submarines with German, French and Russian help. But China's lead is large and growing and it plans to export its undersea expertise.   At present the Indian Navy has 14 submarines, including a loan from the Russian attack submarines. In contrast, the Chinese navy has 68 submarines, four times the size of India. Chinese submarine in sequence, and at least nine nuclear submarines, including five attack submarines and four strategic nuclear submarines.   


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


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


Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

Soryu-class submarine: Japan Navy

 While Japan is confident it has proven itself the best contender to build Australia's new submarines, the French have moved to undermine Japan’s bid to build the navy’s new submarines.   Representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), the co-builder of Japan's Soryu-class subs, toured ASC's shipyards in Adelaide on Tuesday. MHI chief executive Shunichi Miyanaga says Soryu-class submarines have proven capability, unlike the untested French and German designs


Germany Looking to Dock Submarine Deal with India

Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: German Military

 The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is visiting India lobbying for the purchase of German Stealth Submarines and European military hardware, say local media.   Sources said that Ursula  talked of Eurofighter and [HDW] submarines in her discussions with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.   India reportedly asked Germany what all it could offer if a direct deal was struck between the two countries on next-generation submarines


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


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.


Nato Begins DYMA 15 Submarine Warfare Exercise

Photo: Public Affairs Office, NATO Shipping Centre

 NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2015 (DYMA 15) began friday off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 9 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.   Submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 5 surface ships from France


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


Two Frenchmen Investigated over 2002 Malaysia Submarines Deal

Two French former defence industry executives have been placed under preliminary investigation as part of a probe into the 2002 sale of submarines to Malaysia, an official in the French judiciary said on Wednesday.   The source said Philippe Japiot and Jean-Paul Perrier


Turkish Navy Monitoring Drilling Vessel near Cyprus

Turkey has sent two ships and a submarine to monitor a drilling vessel in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the military said on Thursday, in a move likely to increase tension with Cyprus after reunification talks failed last week.   The drilling work


MALABAR - 2017 Commences in Bay of Bengal

Photo: Indian Navy

 Naval cooperation between India, US and Japan epitomises the strong and resilient relationship between the three democracies.    The MALABAR series of exercises, initiated in 1992 between the Indian and US Navies, have steadily grown in scope


HII Wins USS Columbus Submarine Repair Work

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762), shown here in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo)

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762).  


US Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Billings

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy has christened its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15),  in Marinette, Wisconsin.   The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service.  


Leadership Changes at Newport News Shipbuilding

Lucas Hicks (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced several leadership changes at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Lucas Hicks has been promoted to vice president of construction for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)


AUSINDEX Strengthens Ties Between Aus, Indian Navies

HMAS Newcastle conduct officer of the watch manoeuvres with Indian Navy Ship INS Kamorta off the West Australian Exercise Areas (WAXA) as part of AUSINDEX. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Newcastle’s capabilities proved invaluable during a complex warfare scenario involving Indian Navy Ships Shivalik and Kamorta during the Australia-India Exercise (AUSINDEX) held off the Western Australian coast.    The ships headed out to sea, after a short harbour phase


Sen. Wicker Calls for a 355-Ship Navy

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) passes by Seattle on June 2 during sea trials after completing an extended major maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Joseph W. Weiser)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, delivered the first in a series of scheduled remarks aimed at making the case for growing the U.S. Navy fleet to 355 ships, a goal shared by President Trump.  


Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana Launched

The Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) has been launched into the James River and moved to Newport News Shipbuilding’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification. (Photo: Ashley Major/HII)

The Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) was launched into the James River at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, the shipbuilder announced. The boat was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for final outfitting


US Navy: Bigger is Better, but at What Cost?

U.S. Navy forces and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force routinely train together to improve interoperability and readiness to provide stability and security for the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Z.A. Landers)

The U.S. Navy has a balanced fleet, but it wants to grow bigger and better. Will the budget allow both?   Maritime Reporter's March 2017 cover story on the U.S. Navy was all about the numbers. There exists several plans to grow the fleet beyond the current number of 308 ships


UK, France, US Sign Trilateral Submarine Agreement

Vice Adm. Louis-Michel Guillaume, left, commander of French Submarine and Strategic Oceanic Forces, Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, middle, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and Rear Adm. Robert K. Tarrant, commander Operations of the Royal Navy, sign an agreement to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities between France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  Photo: United States Navy

 Naval leaders from the United Kingdom, France and the United States signed an agreement June 1, designed to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities of the three countries as they operate in the 5th Fleet area of operations.  


DNV GL Releases New Guidelines for Submarine Pipelines

Photo: DNV GL

 Depending on the interaction between the pipe and soil, submarine pipelines, both exposed and buried, may be subject to severe displacements and impaired pipeline integrity.    Soil characterization and pipe-soil interaction assessment are therefore important parts of any


Future USS Washington Delivered

 USS Washington. Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Washington (SSN 787), the 14th submarine of the Virginia-class, May 26.    Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries


India, Singapore Navy Drill SIMBEX-17 Commences

Photo: Indian Navy

 As part of "SIMBEX-17’, the ongoing Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India, lndian Naval Ships Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P8-I Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft are participating.   


Italian Submarine Romeo Romei Delivered

Photo: Fincantieri

The submarine Romeo Romei was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the last of the four U212A Todaro class twin units ordered from Fincantieri by the Naval Armament Unit – NAVARM for the Italian Navy.   






 
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