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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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USS Miami Fire Damage Extent Not Clear Yet

The fire aboard Miami damaged the torpedo room, crew quarters and command and control areas in the fore part of the submarine, but the nuclear propulsion components in the after part of the sub were not harmed. Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, told Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, that he’s hopeful that the ship can be repaired. He said that many vital components escaped damage because they had been removed for the 20-month overhaul and that salvage parts are available from previously decommissioned Los Angeles-class subs. The intensity of the fire, the lack of lighting, the thick smoke and the metal hull that turned the submarine into an oven all contributed to a difficult blaze for firefighters to extinguish.

Iran Puts Russian-built Sub in Service

Iran overhauls Russian-built 'Kilo-class' submarine, brings her back into operation The Iranian Navy has brought back into operation a Russian-built submarine, after major repairs with locally produced components, Rianovosti was informed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting company, IRIB, recently. Some 18,000 components, including propellers and radars, were replaced on the Tareq (Russian Project 877EKM Paltus), one of Iran’s three Kilo-class submarines, which entered service in 1992. The submarine was relaunched from a dry dock in an Iranian port. The other two Kilo-class subs are the Nooh (1993) and the Yunes (1997).  

Latvia Spots Russian Submarine

Image: ACIG.org

The National Armed Forces of Latvia said they found a submarine on Sunday and a group of Russian warships in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia. The Sputnik reports that the Armed Forces saw Russian Kilo-class sub and a Tarantul-class corvette between four and six nautical miles off the country's maritime border. It is reported that several courts of the Russian armed forces identified a short distance from the boundary of the territorial waters of Latvia. Earlier it was reported that the armed forces of Latvia counted nine Russian military aircraft on its border for days.

Navy Plans Call for 51 New Ships by 2011

A draft of the Navy's five-year construction program calls for the continued building of one Virginia-class submarine a year, despite pressure from Connecticut's congressional delegation to boost production to at least two subs annually. The draft report calls for an overall $69 billion construction budget for the Navy through fiscal year 2011, including nearly $16 billion for five new subs, which are being jointly built by the Groton-based Electric Boat shipyard and the Northrop Grumman Newport News yard in Virginia. In addition, the draft report reportedly calls for a total of 51 new ships during the five-year timeframe, including a new aircraft carrier, new DD(X) destroyers and littoral combat ships for close-to-shore operations and the additional Virginia-class subs.

Navy Names Fourth Virginia Class Sub

Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced his decision today to name the fourth submarine of the VIRGINIA Class for the state of North Carolina. "More than half a century has elapsed since a U.S. Navy ship has borne the name, "North Carolina," said Danzig. This will be the fourth ship of the Navy to carry the name "North Carolina." The original was USS NORTH CAROLINA (1820-1836), the second (ACR 12) (1908-1921), and the third (BB 55) (1940-1947). NORTH CAROLINA received 12 battle stars for World War II service. NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777) will be built by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Conn., and Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., and will join the Fleet in December 2006.

US Navy to Name Attack Submarine USS Arkansas

Image: U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist

A Virginia-class attack submarine will be called the USS Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas. “As we sail deeper into the 21st century it is time for another USS Arkansas; time to keep that storied name alive in our Navy,” said Mabus. Virginia-class subs have enhanced stealth and surveillance capabilities. They can attack targets ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and engage in anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, mine delivery and minefield mapping.

Russia Soon to Float Out New Nuclear Submarine

Russian Sub 'Alexander Nevsky': Photo credit Sevmash Shipyard

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will float out a third 'Borey-class' strategic nuclear submarine, the 'Vladimir Monomakh' at year's end. The Borey class submarines are expected to form the core of Russia's strategic submarine fleet, replacing the aging Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats. Russia plans to build eight Borey and Borey-A class subs by 2020, reports Ria Novosti. Two Borey class vessels, the Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky, have been already built and are undergoing sea trials.

New UK Sub Completes its First Dive

Audacious is the fourth of seven Astute-class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy (Photo: Royal Navy)

The U.K. Royal Navy’s fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, has completed its first ever dive, marking a milestone on the path toward full sea trials later in 2018. The trim and basin dive took place over two days in early January in Devonshire Dock, at builder BAE Systems's site in Barrow-in-Furness. The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully underwater for the first time, allowed a team from Royal Navy, Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems to test many of the sub’s onboard systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-metric-ton, 97-meter-long attack submarine.

Russia Builds Nuclear Submarine "Arkhangelsk"

Image by Sevmash shipyard

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its next generation Project fifth Yasen-M multirole nuclear submarine, the Arkhangelsk, on March 19. The Yasen-class subs are touted as the most advanced nuclear-powered multipurpose underwater craft in the Russian Navy. According to local media reports, the Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov has ordered that the submarine be named Arkhangelsk. This missile carrier will become the fifth Yasen Project multirole nuclear submarine, developed by St. Petersburg's Malakhit naval design bureau.

Russia Launches Quietest Submarine in the World

Image: Admiralty Shipyards (JSC "Admiralteiskie Verfi")

Russia has launched the fourth of its Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines. Admiralty Shipyards - a Russian defense company - held a ceremonial launching for its newest Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines. According to the company’s website, the commander of Russia's Navy, Viktor Chirkov, attended the ceremony. Dubbed the Krasnodar, the vessel is the fourth of a planned six upgraded Kilo-class subs Russia is constructing under Project 636. Novorossiysk, the lead submarine of the series…

Norway Shortlists DCNS, ThyssenKrupp for New Subs

Ula-class submarines. Source: Royal Norwegian Navy

Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party made it clear that there would be no submarine deal with Sweden, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang. Instead, Norwegian defense officials have narrowed down their search to French and German maritime defense firms to replace Norway's Ula-class attack submarine fleet, says UPI report. French firm Direction des Constructions Navels Services, or DCNS, and German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems "are the strongest candidates if Norway decides to procure new submarines…

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. "We have the only proven submarine," he said.

Russian Navy Launches Varshavyanka-class Sub

Photo: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

The sixth diesel-electric submarine for Russia's Black Sea fleet was launched Tuesday at a shipyard in St. Petersburg, says Russian News Agency TASS . The Varshavyanka-class sub, named Kolpino, is an advanced version of what NATO designates as a Kilo-class submarine. The launch ceremony has been attended by Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Aleksandr Fedotenkov, Saint-Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko and  USC President Aleksei Rakhmanov. "It’s a big day for the Navy, for St. Petersburg, for the country. The submarine launch is a national event.

ST1 to Reduce Availability Costs for Los Angeles Class Subs

Submarine Team One (ST1), a cross-organizational group charged with providing permanent improvement in cost savings and performance to submarine depot availabilities, is currently focusing on the removal of hull-coating tiles in submarine sails. “Our concern with the tiles in the sail is the corrosion that occurs behind them,” said Capt. A.J. Mullarky, SEA 07's Program Manager for Strategic and Attack Submarines. Removal of the tiles will reduce the cost of depot availabilities and reduce the total weight of the ship. ST1 estimates that by removing the tiles, 55 mandays and $22 thousand in materials will be saved during each major depot availability (MDA), which conservatively translates into a total savings of around $75 thousand per MDA.

Japan to Hand Over Data Ahead of Australia Submarine Bid

Japan will agree this month to give Australia classified submarine data, an unprecedented step signalling Tokyo's intent to join competitive bidding to sell Canberra a fleet of stealth subs, said two Japanese officials familiar with the plan. The "competitive assessment" will see Germany's ThyssenKrupp and France's state-controlled naval contractor DCNS separately competing with a Japanese government-led bid for such contractors as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Japan had been the front runner in the planned sale of around 12 vessels, for as much as $40 billion, to replace Australia's ageing Collins class submarines, sources have said, until Prime Minister Tony Abbott opened up the bidding under pressure from opposition and ruling party lawmakers.

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, as well as the latest in intelligence-gathering technology. It stands at a whopping 68 meters long, compared to 57.3 meters on average for other submarines. The navy’s fifth submarine, meanwhile, is expected to arrive this summer, and is now in the final stages of construction at the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipyards in Kiel, Germany.

VT Halter Marine Wins Ferry Contract

VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., announced today that it was selected by the Puerto Rico Port Authority (PRPA) to design and build a $2.8 million sea-going passenger ferry. The 95-ft., all-aluminum vessel, with a 24-ft. beam, and five foot, six-inch draft will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter “K” and U.S. flagged. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration will provide financial aid to the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority. Construction will take place at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula Operation located in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Delivery of the ferry is expected to be in the second quarter of 2004. The inter-island transportation ferry will operate and service the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line.

VT Halter Marine Launches Puerto Rico Ferry

VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., has launched a 95-ft sea-going ferry from its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. Christened the Caribeña, the all-aluminum vessel was designed and built by VT Halter Marine for the Puerto Rico Port Authority. Capable of carrying 272 passengers, the Caribeña will provide inter- island transportation for the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line. It will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter "K" and U.S. flagged. VT Halter Marine plans to complete and deliver the Caribeña during the second quarter of 2004. It could take 10 or more days to make the 1600- mile trip to the Caribeña's home at the Port of Fajardo, a city located on the east side of the Island of Puerto Rico.

VT Halter Launches Ferry

VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., launched a 95-foot sea-going ferry from its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. Christened the Caribeña, the all-aluminum vessel was designed and built by VT Halter Marine for the Puerto Rico Port Authority. Capable of carrying 272 passengers, the Caribeña will provide inter- island transportation for the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line. It will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter “K” and U.S. flagged. VT Halter Marine plans to complete and deliver the Caribeña during the second quarter of 2004. It could take 10 or more days to make the 1600- mile trip to the Caribeña’s home at the Port of Fajardo, a city located on the east side of the Island of Puerto Rico.

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $8.7B Contract for Six Virginia-Class Subs

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $8.7 billion block-buy contract for the construction of six Virginia-class submarines, the largest submarine order in U.S. history. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). The contract authorizes Electric Boat, the lead shipyard, and its teammate, Northrop Grumman Newport News, to proceed with the construction of one ship per year from FY 03 through FY 06, and two ships in FY 07. "This is an extremely significant contract award," said Michael W. Toner, president of Electric Boat and executive vice president of General Dynamics Marine Systems group.

3D-Simulator Generates Training, Expertise on Subs

Sailors train on a new diesel generator simulator during a project review at Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Fla. The simulator, which uses high-fidelity 3D software. Pic by USN

A new diesel generator simulator has been delivered to Pearl Harbor naval facilities by the TechSolutions program at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), officials at ONR announced March 18. High-fidelity 3D software will allow Sailors to use 50-inch touch screens to see and access all parts of the massive generators aboard Virginia-class subs. The Navy's Virginia-class submarines are among the most technically advanced vessels ever built. But even these cutting-edge, fast-attack, nuclear-powered boats need emergency generators on hand and Sailors trained to operate and repair them.

Eastern Launches Harvey Sub-Sea

Image: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group launched M/V Harvey Sub-Sea (Hull 249) for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea is a first of two (2) 340 ft. Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea will feature a 250MT AHC Knuckle Boom Offshore Crane with lift capabilities in up to 4000M of water, a helideck and accommodations up to 150 crew and offshore workers. M/V Harvey Sub-Sea is expected to deliver in 2016, after outfitting and sea trials are completed. Its sister ship, Harvey Blue-Sea, is also currently under construction. 

Photo: Sub-Surface Surveillance of Spilled Oil

In this photo, a Conductivity-Temperature-Depth array rests on the deck of the American Diver while the ship transits to meet the Pisces, a NOAA fisheries survey vessel that is using a CTD to conduct sub-surface oil surveillance near Grand Isle, Sept. 14, 2010. Various sub-surface oil assessment techniques are being used off the coast of Louisiana in an effort to track, monitor, and measure oil remnants from the spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith.  

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