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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Indian Navy Decommissions INS Nirbhik, INS Nirghat

Photo:  Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Ships Nirbhik and Nirghat have been decommissioned at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, after a glorious 30 and 28 years respectively in the service of the nation. The solemn ceremony involved traditional lowering of the ensign and commissioning pendants with playing of ‘Last Post’. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, who had commanded Nirghat earlier. Cdr V R Naphade, (Retd) and Commodore S Mampully, (Retd), the commissioning Commanding Officers of Nirbhik and Nirghat respectively were the Guests of Honour.

Naval Ship Classification Guidance Issued by Lloyd’s Register

Lloyd’s Register’s new publication describes naval classification and how LR can support naval projects worldwide, from the earliest user requirement and concept stages, through life operations, and to end of life. The ability of most modern navies to sustain their own naval standards has degraded to the point where they must look for alternatives. These alternatives must not only deliver against the provisions of naval standards but against the greater safety and technical governance requirements that navies find themselves subject to both at home and internationally. The challenges of naval ship safety assurance have evolved and many navies have engaged with industry to manage these challenges.

HSL to Build Naval Ships

Reports indicate that Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) of India is set to add naval ships to its order book. The defense ministry is keen to place orders for building naval ships at HSL and a decision is expected by next month, reports said. Mazgaon Docks Ltd, Garden Reach, Kolkata, Goa Shipyard and Cochin Shipyard build most of the naval ships. Among the private firms, ABG Shipyard has built some coast guard ships, while Bharati Shipyard has built some vessels for the Indian Navy. In this context, placing a few orders with HSL will ease the pressure somewhat. It plans to invest in modernizations of the facilities by acquiring more cranes, improving material handling, automation and improved infrastructure, in the next five years. Source: DNA

Lloyd’s Register Awarded Destroyer Construction Services Contract

Lloyd’s Register has won a contract to provide classification services for the first six of the UK Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer, all to be built under survey in accordance with Lloyd’s Register’s Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Naval Ships. The contract was signed on July 2, 2003 at the prime contractor BAE Systems’ office in Filton, Bristol, UK by Martin Robinson, Head of Procurement, Combat Systems, for BAE Systems and Dave Philip, Lloyd’s Register’s Type 45 Project Manager. The vessels will be built in sections at the BAE Systems yard on Clydeside and at the new Vosper Thornycroft facilities at Portsmouth, with final assembly and launch to take place at the BAE Systems Scotstoun yard.

Australian Navy to Refit Anzac Class Frigates

HMAS Anzac: Credit USN

Naval Ship Management Australia gains contract to modernize Anzac Class Frigates.   A $300 million maintenance and repair contract for the Anzac Class Frigates will be negotiated with Naval Ship Management Australia, following their selection as preferred tenderer.  

NAVSEA Sponsors Program at U. of Michigan

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has created a Summer Naval Surface Ship Design program in cooperation with the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. The program will run from May 1 to June 16 and will include professors from the University of Michigan, the Naval Postgraduate School, Virginia Tech and instructors from NAVSEA’s Engineering Future Concepts and Surface Ship Design, Ship Costing, and Combat Systems Groups. The new series of courses is being offered at the graduate level on the unique aspect of naval ship design. The seven courses taught are: Naval Architecture Overview…

Rolls-Royce Team to Focus on Naval Ship Design

Rolls-Royce broadened its capability in ship design with the establishment of a new team dedicated to the development of naval ship designs. Rolls-Royce broadened its capability in ship design with the establishment of a new team dedicated to the development of naval ship designs. The new team will aim to develop vessels for navies, coast guards and other maritime agencies, including variants of the  Environship merchant ship concept, will leverage technologies from commercial Rolls-Royce ship designs and products, adapted and integrated for the specific requirements of naval operations.

LR Goes Navy

Cracking new markets, U.K. ship classification body Lloyd's Register launched Naval Ship Rules, a move expected to result in cheaper, better warship.

SNAME Updates Report on HVAC Design

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report to assist in the design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installations for merchant and naval ships. Recommended Practices for Ship Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design Calculations is a rewrite of a SNAME HVAC report published in 1980. Calculations unique to naval ships that can also apply to merchant ships have been added. New sections of the report are dedicated to the HVAC conversion factor and another to humidity control. Ship’s air balance is introduced, with examples demonstrating how air balance in the cooling and heating seasons goes beyond supplying and exhausting the same volume of air.

Lloyd’s Surveys Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers

Senior management from BVT - a joint venture between BAE Systems and VT Group - the Ministry of Defence and Lloyd's Register met in Lloyd's Register’s London Boardroom to sign a contract for survey during construction of the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Under the contract, Lloyd’s Register EMEA will perform the surveys required to assign the selected class notations from Lloyd’s Register’s Naval Ship Rules. The signatures of Richard Sadler…

Petersen to Head Naval Ship Classification Association

Petersen

The Naval Ship Classification Association (NSCA) has elected Lorenz Petersen, Germanischer Lloyd's Business Segment Manager for Navy Vessels, as Chairman of the Association, at their annual general meeting in Rome. The NSCA is the naval counterpart of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). It represents the classification societies to NATO and at the International Naval Safety Association (INSA), a body made up of representatives from both navies and classification societies, which functions as a naval equivalent to the IMO (International Maritime Organization).

Navy Honors Engineering Pioneer

A ceremony was held on November 19, 2001, to rename the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station's (NAVSSES) Surface Ship Systems Engineering Complex, the Richard C. Cunningham Engineering Complex. The building (77H) was renamed to honor Cunningham's pioneering work and engineering innovations in machinery controls and other accomplishments in naval machinery engineering. During the ceremony, Rear Admiral William Cobb, Jr., the Program Executive Officer for Theater Surface Combatants at the Naval Sea Systems Command, presented a special AEGIS Program Lifetime achievement Award to Mrs. Debra Cunningham on behalf of Richard. The building…

Rules for Indian Naval Combat Ships Published

Photo: IRClass

The “Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Indian Naval Combatant Ships”, developed by Indian Register of Shipping were formally released by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC  on June 9, 2015. The release took place in South Block, New Delhi, in the presence of Vice Admiral P Murugesan AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AV Subhedar AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel, Vice Admiral GS Pabby AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition and other senior officers of the Indian Navy.

Indian Naval Ships Call At Port Louis, Mauritius

INS Kolkata at Port Louis, Mauritius. Photo: Indian Navy

Indian Naval ships Kolkata and Aditya, under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, are in Mauritius since 1st September 2016, in a demonstration of India's commitment to its ties with Mauritius and to promote maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. INS Kolkata is commanded by Captain Rahul Vilas Gokhale and INS Aditya is commanded by Captain Vidyanshu Srivastava. The ships are part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet based at Mumbai under the Western Naval Command and are on a two month long deployment in the Western Indian Ocean.

IRClass Rules for Indian Naval Ships Released

IRS BOOK RELEASE BY CNS

The “Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Indian Naval Combatant Ships”, developed by Indian Register of Shipping were formally released by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC  on 09 June 2015. The release took place in South Block, New Delhi, in the presence of Vice Admiral P Murugesan AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AV Subhedar AVSM, VSM, Chief of Materiel, Vice Admiral GS Pabby AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition and other senior officers of the Indian Navy.

OSI Geospatial Signs $29m Contract to Deliver W-AIS Systems

OSI Geospatial Inc. (OSI) announced that its international systems business has now signed the prime contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to deliver Warship Automated Identification Systems (W-AIS). On November 2, 2006, the company announced its selection as the preferred bidder for a contract valued at approximately US$29 million, including all options. The company will begin delivery immediately and will recognize a portion of the revenue from this contract in fiscal 2006. The U.K. Royal Navy W-AIS will be installed in platform Operations and Control Rooms and integrated into the Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS) located on the bridge of the naval ship.

Rolls-Royce Selects Paramarine Ship Design Software

Paramarine software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, has been selected by Rolls-Royce who is broadening its ship design capabilities. Paramarine will be Rolls-Royce’s marine design software tool of choice in support of their newly formed team dedicated to the development of naval ship designs. Rolls-Royce has been at the forefront of innovative ship design for nearly 40 years, designing over 800 vessels, used mainly in the commercial sector. This new ship design team will create innovative designs for customers such as navies, coast guards and other maritime agencies. The primary focus will be on offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and naval auxiliary opportunities, rather than large combatant ships such as frigates and destroyers.

Indian Navy Fires Brahmos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile

File photo: BrahMos Aerospace stall By Indian Navy

Indian Navy successfully undertook the firing of BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile from a ship on 21 April 2017. This variant of Long Range BrahMos Missile was fired from Indian Naval Ship Teg, a Guided Missile Frigate, on a target on land. BrahMos Missile has been jointly developed by India and Russia, and its Anti Ship variant has already been inducted into Indian Navy. Majority of the frontline ships of Indian Navy, like the Kolkata, Ranvir and Teg classes of ships, are capable of firing this missile.

Stranded Cruise Ship Being Evacuated

's coast guard on Monday started evacuating a stranded cruise ship with nearly 1,000 people on board after tugboats failed to pull the luxury liner off an underwater sand bank in the . The 651 passengers, most of them elderly Germans, were being transferred from the Mona Lisa onto two naval ships, which would take them to Ventspils, a port city in northwestern , the coast guard said. The passengers were descending ladders from the liner to the naval ship, it said. Rescuers also planned to remove most of the 327 crew members and six crew interns from the ship, which ran aground early Sunday about 10 miles off Latvia's coast. Source:  Business Week

Indian Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack

On 11 Nov 2008, an attack by pirates on the Indian ship MV Jag Arnav in the Gulf of Aden was thwarted by an Indian naval warship patrolling in the area. This attack on MV Jag Arnav took place at about 1030 h on the morning of 11 Nov 2008, when the ship was 60 nm east of Aden. The alarm raised by the merchant ship was monitored by an Indian naval ship patrolling in the vicinity. An armed helicopter with marine commandoes was launched from the naval ship to intervene and prevent the pirates from boarding and hijacking the merchant vessel. This timely and successful intervention led to the pirates aborting their attempt. The naval ship thereafter closed the Indian merchant ship to escort her to safety. MV Jag Arnav, a 38,265 tonnes bulk carrier is owned by the Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd.

RINA Provides MARPOL Certification to Italian Navy

The Italian Navy training ship Amerigo Vespucci, which has been designated a UNICEF ‘ambassador’ vessel, has become one of the first MARPOL-compliant naval ships after receiving MARPOL certification from classification society RINA. And the rest of the Italian naval fleet, numbering roughly 70 vessels, is set to follow suit, even though there is no legal or regulatory requirement for it to do so. A ceremony to mark the Amerigo Vespucci compliance took place in Livorno Harbor on July 6, when RINA CEO Ugo Salerno made a presentation on board the vessel to its commanding officer. Also in attendance was Vice-Admiral Franco Paoli, Commander-in-Chief of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Department.

Historic Naval Ship to Sink

A former naval ship which began its career 64 years ago is scheduled to perform a final mission, which might last more than 75 years. The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg has changed its name, served three different military services, been featured in a major motion picture and will perform its final mission as an artificial reef when it is sunk off the coast of Key West, Fla. The 533-foot ship formerly known as the troop transport USS General Harry S. Taylor will serve an environmental mission to help relieve recreational pressure from the natural reef in the Florida Keys as part of the Vandenberg Artificial Reef Project. Vandenberg is being cleaned for the protection of marine life before its scheduled sinking in May 2008.

NAVSEA Sponsors Summer Naval Surface Ship Design Program

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has created a Summer Naval Surface Ship Design program in cooperation with the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. The program will run from May 1 to June 16 and will include professors from the University of Michigan, the Naval Post Graduate School, Virginia Tech and instructors from NAVSEA’s Engineering Future Concepts and Surface Ship Design, Ship Costing, and Combat Systems Groups. “A large part of the Navy’s civilian naval architects and engineers will be retiring in the next decade. We will face a shortage of these skilled professionals and we need to ensure that we recruit a new generation of architects and engineers with the right skills to design and build warships for the 21st Century Navy…

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