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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Philippine Senators Question Navy's $310 Million Frigate Deal

A group of Philippine opposition senators has sought a public inquiry into the navy’s 15.7 billion peso ($310 million) acquisition of a frigate from a South Korean firm, after media said the president’s closest aide had meddled in the deal. President Rodrigo Duterte is furious at media reports that his longtime special assistant, Christopher “Bong” Go, had intervened to help a South Korean sub-contractor win the right to install a combat management system on the two missile-capable vessels, which are due for delivery in 2020. Go has denied any wrongdoing. The frigate issue cost former navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado his job last month.

British Frigate Escorts Russian Ships through English Channel

Pictured is HMS Westminster (Foreground) 30NM off the British coast escorting the Russian Steregushchiy class ship Soobrazitelny (531). (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain’s defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period. Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster was sent to monitor four Russian vessels over the weekend as they passed close to British waters, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, and will stay with the warships as they head north. The MoD added that two Russian frigates…

Fincantieri to Adapt FREMM Frigate for US Navy

Fincantieri FREMM-FFG reference design vessel. Six of the 10 FREMM ships Fincantieri is constructing for the Italian Navy are in service. (Image: Fincantieri)

Shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group has announced further details on its plans to adapt its FREMM frigate, already in service for the Italian Navy since 2012, to design the U.S. Navy’s new guided-missile frigate, FFG(X). Fincantieri said it will lead an industry team, including Gibbs & Cox and Trident Maritime Systems, to design and build the ships at its U.S. shipyards, including Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) in Marinette, Wisc. The FFG(X) design is based on FREMM, a multi-mission ship capable of conducting antisurface…

DCNS to Build Next French Naval Frigates

Image: DCNS

DCNS said it has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Ministry for the development and construction of five intermediate-size frigates (FTIs) intended for the French Navy. DCNS will propose a French version of its new BELH@RRA frigate. The first of the five frigates from this French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA)-managed program should be delivered in 2023 with an entry into active service in 2025. The new BELH@RRA frigate will be designed and developed by DCNS, in joint project management with THALES for the development of the new-generation radar it will be equipped with.

Singapore Navy Launches Stealth Frigate

According to Xinhuanet, the Singapore Navy launched the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) fifth stealth frigate, RSS Stalwart, at the Singapore Technologies Marine shipyard. RSS Stalwart joined the RSN as the fourth locally-built frigate since the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) started a Formidable-class frigate program a decade ago. According to the program, RSN will acquire a total of six new stealth frigates to replace its Missile Gunboats which have been in service for more than 30 years. Designed by Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN), a Frenchshipyard, the frigates are equipped with advanced sensor and weapon systems and will enable the RSN to undertake a wide spectrum of missions with their enhanced anti-air…

Singapore Launches Stealth Frigate

Singapore launched the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) fifth stealth frigate, RSS Stalwart, from the Singapore Technologies Marine shipyard, according to a report on www.chinaview.cn. RSS Stalwart joined the RSN as the fourth frigate since the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) started a Formidable-class frigate program a decade ago. According to the program, RSN will acquire a total of six new stealth frigates to replace its Missile Gunboats which have been in service for more than 30 years. Designed by Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN), the frigates are equipped with advanced sensor and weapon systems. The first frigate of the six, RSS Formidable, was built by DCN and launched in France in January 2004.

Singapore Comissions 3 Warships

Pictured is the Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean presenting Commissioning Warrant to COL Giam Hock Koon, Commanding Officer of RSS STEADFAST. Singapore commissioned three state-of-the art warships, according to a release from the Singapore Ministry of Defense. RSS INTREPID, RSS STEADFAST and RSS TENACIOUS, the second, third and fourth Formidable-Class frigates from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will be commissioned into the RSN's operational service, having completed their sea trials and operational training.

SIGMA Warship Trials a Success

Sigma-class Frigate: Photo credit Damen

The 98 meters long SIGMA class frigate, the third frigate built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Royal Moroccan Navy, left Vlissingen earlier for her sea acceptance trials (SAT) in the North Sea. During the SAT, an intensive program was carried out in which the platform as well as the sensor weapons and communications suite were extensively tested, to the satisfaction of the Royal Moroccan Navy. The tests were performed by representatives of the yard in close cooperation with representatives of the subcontractors, the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Denmark's Three New Frigates Terma Equipped

Frigate 'Iver Huitfeldt': Photo credit Terma

Terma has delivered radar, command control systems for the Danish Navy’s new fleet of frigates that are now preparing for operation. Denmark’s three new frigates in the Iver Huitfeldt-class, Iver Huitfeldt (F361), Peter Willemoes (F362), and Niels Juel (F363) have cruised together for the first time out of Denmark’s coast. Terma has delivered a number of mission-critical solutions for the Danish frigates, including the SCANTER 6000 radar. SCANTER 6000 ensures small target detection, surface surveillance and low airspace monitoring in all weather conditions.

Russian-built Frigate for Indian Navy

INS Teg: Photo credit Yantar Shipyard

First of three frigates built by Yantar Shipyard, Kalingrad to be delivered soon Frigate INS Teg has passed state trials. Second frigate for Indian Navy – INS Tarkash – is under mooring trials, the third ship – INS Trikand – is being completed at the yard. Each ship will be handed over to India at  half-yearly intervals. Yantar has been building frigates for the Indian Navy since 2006.

DCN Launches First Of Navy Series

French navy shipyards launched the first of three stealth frigates ordered by Saudi Arabia. The 4,500-ton frigate Al Riyadh, launched in the Brittany port of Lorient, is due for delivery in the summer of 2002 after being fitted with equipment and undergoing tests. Two sister ships, the La Fayette class missile-launching frigates Makkah and Al Damman, are still being built. French defense electronics group Thomson-CSF provides the frigates' combat systems.

HII Promotes Patrol Frigate at Middle East Expo

Huntington Ingalls Industries is to participate in Doha's International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) highlighting the new patrol frigate derivative of the company's proven U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter. The patrol frigate could be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi. "The Ingalls patrol frigate design has already proven its seaworthiness in U.S. Coast Guard service," said Dan Holloway, HII's corporate vice president for customer relations. "Our analysis has shown there are foreign navies with requirements for patrol frigate capabilities and that this particular design will address naval multi-mission needs.

B+V Starts Navy Production

Blohm + Voss recently had a laying-down ceremony for the 125-class (F125) frigate took place at building dock 12 at the Hamburg shipyard. The ceremony was organized by the F125 Work Group (ARGE F125), consisting of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG – who commissioned Blohm + Voss Naval GmbH to complete the order – and Friedrich Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. Following a three-year design and management phase, and six months after production started on the first section, the festive laying-down of the first hull section marks the continuation of the first 125-class frigate according to schedule.

German Navy's Third F125 Frigate Christened

Photo: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

The German Navy's third F125-class frigate Sachsen-Anhalt was christened in March during a ceremony held at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Hamburg. Dr. Gabriele Haseloff, wife of the premier of the state of Saxony-Anhalt after which the frigate has been named, performed the christening ceremony in the presence of representatives from government, the German Navy and the companies involved. The F125-class frigate propulsion module consists of one LM2500 gas turbine, two…

France Awards Contract for Frigates Renovation

Photo: DCNS

On May 2, 2017, the French Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA) awarded a contract to renovate three of the five La Fayette-class Frigates (FLF) currently in service with the French Navy to DCNS. Nathalie Smirnov, Head of Services at DCNS, declared, “DCNS thanks the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) for its confidence and welcomes this notification related to the platform and combat system modernization of the La Fayette class frigates. These operations are major and have never been realized so far on this kind of frigate.

Philippine Navy Orders 2 Frigates from Hyundai Heavy

Image of to-be-built 2,600ton Frigate for the Philippine Navy (Image: HHI)

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…

Integral Systems Europe Serves Navies

Integral Systems Europe (ISE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integral Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: ISYS) has been chosen to provide advanced network monitoring and management systems to the Norwegian Navy's fleet of NANSEN class frigates and Netherlands Navy NAVSAT class frigates. ISE entered into a three-year agreement with Thales and will provide the company's Compass Network Management solution for this contract as well as future yet to be disclosed projects. Compass is a product of Newpoint Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integral Systems. Earlier this year, Thales was selected by the Norwegian and Netherlands Defense Procurement Divisions to increase the effectiveness of satellite communications for five of their NANSEN class Frigates and four NAVSAT frigates.

Russian Shipyard Delivers Indian Navy Warship

'Tarkash' Photo courtesy of Indian Defence News

The second of three stealth frigates, the 'Tarkash', is handed over to the Indian Navy by the Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad. Russia and India signed a $1.6 billion contract on construction of three modified Krivak III class (also known as Talwar class) guided missile frigates for India in 2006. The first frigate, INS Teg, joined the Indian Navy on April 27. The last in the series of three frigates, Trikand, currently undergoes dock trials and after it completes sea trials in the Baltic Sea will join the Indian Navy in the summer of 2013.

Thai Navy Orders New Warship From DSME

Kwanggaeto-class warship: Photo credit USN

The 3,700-ton frigate will be built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. as a modernized version of the Kwanggaeto-class destroyer of the Korean Navy, reports Xinhua. Thailand has ordered the South Korean-built frigate which will cost some US$ 486-million, with a delivery date set for 2018. The Thai cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, approved the Thai navy's plan to procure the South Korean frigate with installment payments spreading from next fiscal year until fiscal 2018, reports Xinhua.

Piracy – Another Pirate Attack Group Snaffled

Pirate Craft Hoisted on Board: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

The French Navy frigate Acconit was heading towards a position in the north of the Horn of Africa to join with Spanish frigate Infanta Elena, to take over the escort of a World Food Programme ship, then FS Aconit spotted a whaler towing a skiff. The long way off-shore location, nearly 600 km, and the absence of fishing activity raised the suspicion of Aconit's command and the order was given to intercept the whaler. After the boarding team had been deployed, due to the short distance between the French frigate and the whaler…

Hyundai Heavy Launches New Frigate

Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) held a launch ceremony today for its fifth frigate, ROKS Jeonbuk. The launch ceremony was attended by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Hwang Ki-chul, governor of Northern Jeolla Province Kim Wan-ju, Hyundai Heavy’s president and CEO Lee Jai-seong and other government and military officials in Ulsan shipyard. The Jeonbuk frigate has greatly improved capabilities with its weapon and sensors including new 3-D radar, antiaircraft and antiship missiles, and sonar and torpedo acoustic counter measures. In addition, the vessel uses stealth technology to minimize the exposure to electromagnetic waves. More than 90% of major equipment is locally developed and sourced.

GE To Supply Gas Turbines for Royal Norwegian Navy

GE Marine Engines reported that its LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine will power five new Royal Norwegian Navy F310-class frigates. IZAR Construcciones Navales, S.A., will build the frigates at its naval shipyard in Ferrol, Spain. This is the first naval Combined Diesel And Gas Turbine (CODAG) configuration to be installed by IZAR, and the Royal Norwegian Navy is only the second international navy to adopt this arrangement. The Germany Navy uses an LM2500-based CODAG configuration on its new F124-class frigates. The CODAG configuration on each F310-class frigate will consist of one GE LM2500 gas turbine, rated at 21.5 megawatts/28,832 shaft horsepower, combined with the two diesel engines for a total propulsion system rating of 30.5 megawatts.

Russian Navy Gets Admiral Makarov Frigate

Photo: JSC Shipyard Yantar

Baltic Shipbuilding Plant “Yantar” (United Shipbuilding Corporation, Kaliningrad) has delivered the Admiral Makarov frigate, third ship of Project 11356, to Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation. According to the shipyard, the acceptance/delivery certificate has been signed today, 25 December 2017, by Eduard Yevimov, Yantar Director General, and Capt 1 rank  Aleksey Poteshkin, Chairman of State Acceptance Commission. Admiral Makarov was laid down in early 2012 in Kaliningrad and was launched in 2015 to commence sea trials.

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