Russia: Navy to Receive 12 Su-30SM Fighters

first_imgCorporation Irkut will deliver 40 multirole fighters Su-30SM to Russian defense ministry within the nearest few years, reports Interfax citing the corporation’s president Alexei Fedorov.“State Arms Program plans the deliveries of those airplanes to start in 2013. Perhaps, we’ll hand over a couple of them next year to complete state tests, and hopefully, serial deliveries would start since 2013”, added Fedorov.State Arms Program 2011-2020 provides procurement of 28 fighters Su-30SM for Air Force and 12 same aircrafts for Navy. “We have almost settled all technical aspects with defense ministry”, said Fedorov adding that defense ministry had earlier requested all information regarding the aircraft costs.It was reported late in July 2011 that twelve Su-30SM fighters would join Black Sea Fleet aviation and replace obsolete front-line bombers Su-24 stationed at Gvardeysky air base in Crimea. Irkut plans to sign the aircraft delivery contract with Air Force in 2012. Apart from 28 Su-30SM fighters, that agreement would contain an option for other 12 aircrafts. It is planned to start Su-30SM flight tests late in 2011.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, August 22, 2011; Russia: Navy to Receive 12 Su-30SM Fighters August 22, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Fighters View post tag: News by topiccenter_img Industry news View post tag: Su-30SM View post tag: receive View post tag: Russia View post tag: 12 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Navy to Receive 12 Su-30SM Fighters last_img read more

Commander of U.S. 6th Fleet Completes Visit to Norway

first_img View post tag: fleet View post tag: Visit September 2, 2011 Commander of U.S. 6th Fleet Completes Visit to Norway Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander of U.S. 6th Fleet Completes Visit to Norway View post tag: Commander The commander of U.S. 6th Fleet completed a four-day trip to Norway Sept. 1.While in Norway, Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. visited with U.S. ambassador to Norway, Barry B. White, at the U.S. Embassy, and with Sailors aboard attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) at Haakonsvern Naval Base. Harris also had the opportunity to visit Andoya Air Station.“It was a great privilege and honor for me to welcome Vice Adm. Harris to Norway,” said White. “These visits are very important to keep me updated on the activities of 6th Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa.”White also said that because Norway has a vast coast line and history of shipbuilding and naval operations, Norwegian and U.S. working relationships have always been strong.“Our meeting gave me and my team the opportunity to discuss some of the concrete projects that form the backbone of close cooperation between Norwegian and U.S. military forces,” said White. “It gave us a chance to bring his team up to date on the embassy’s goals and current discussions between top civilian leaders in the U.S. and Norway.”Harris also visited Haakonsvern Naval Base where he toured two Royal Norwegian Navy ships, the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad (F313), and the Skjold-class coastal corvette HNoMS Steil (P963).“It’s been very nice to show him the capabilities of the Royal Norwegian Navy,” said Cmdr. Bjorn Kvisgaard, commander of the Royal Norwegian Navy’s corvette service. “Our new corvettes are very fast, stealthy vessels.”Harris also visited Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765), which was making a port call to Bergen and moored at Haakonsvern.“We are very excited to have joined 6th Fleet and to have the opportunity to visit Norway,” said Cmdr. Tom Winter, commanding officer of Montpelier. “We are focused and ready to accomplish any mission tasking that comes our way.”Harris flew farther up Norway above the Arctic Circle to visit Andoya Air Station, home to the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s P-3 Orion squadron, the 133rd Air Wing.“I’m honored to have a U.S. fleet commander up here in the Norwegian P-3 community, to show him exactly how and where we operate and the product we provide,” said Col. Gerhard Larsen, 133rd Air Wing commander. “We want to cooperate with the U.S. since we are closely tied to you with our weapons and communication programs and would like to do more training together. Out here, we are in a perfect maritime air location.”Harris joined the Royal Norwegian Air Forces’ 133rd Air Wing on a maritime patrol mission above the Arctic Circle aboard a P-3 Orion.[mappress]Source: navy, September 2, 2011; View post tag: 6th View post tag: Trip View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Norway View post tag: Navy View post tag: completes View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Navallast_img read more

USA: Navy Memorial Celebrates CoNA

first_img December 5, 2011 Share this article View post tag: Navy USA: Navy Memorial Celebrates CoNA View post tag: Memorial View post tag: celebrates View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Navy Memorial Celebrates CoNA View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: CoNA Training & Education A Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA) wreath-laying ceremony was held at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1.Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers IV, served as a co-host for the event. Also in attendance to present the wreath was Medal of Honor (MOH) recipient retired Navy Capt. Thomas Hudner, who was awarded the MOH as a result of his efforts to rescue fellow pilot Ens. Jesse Brown during the Korean War.“For the past 100 years Naval aviation has without a doubt proven that what was initially thought to be a useful reconnaissance capability, an essential part in our national security and protection,” said Myers. “From biplanes to monoplanes, to turboprops to jets, Naval aviation has been at the forefront of change and technology.”Myers thanked the men and women that have helped influence the many advances of the Naval aviation program.“The aviators and the aircrew; the engineers and the technicians, we proudly recognize their personal sacrifices,” added Myers. “We especially would like to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice; those that risked everything in the pursuit of flight, thank you.”Throughout 2011, CoNA has been celebrated throughout the United States and aboard naval installations in countries across the globe.During the ceremony Hudner, alongside naval and international diplomatic leadership, presented the wreath at the Lone Sailor statue in front of the Navy Memorial.“I thought that naval aviation was progressing quite well when I was in the service 40 years ago,” said Hudner. “What has happened since I got out is almost unbelievable. Every American should be proud of what naval aviation is today, and it’s great to be part of this ceremony.”During the Korean War, then Lt. j.g. Hudner made a heroic attempt to save fellow pilot Ens. Jesse Brown by crashing his plane into the mountains of North Korea to try and rescue him.“We [America] are looked upon with great respect by everybody else in the world because of the strength and integrity of our armed services … naval aviation is right there in the front,” said Hudner. “I encourage any person with interest to try it [naval aviation] because it is a great accomplishment.”Commemorating 100 years of progress and achievement in naval aviation, CoNA is a year-long tribute to the scope of all naval aviation activities including aircraft, people, ships, innovations and significant milestones.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 05, 2011; Image: navylast_img read more

US Navy Investigates Unmanned Helicopter Mishaps

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Investigates Unmanned Helicopter Mishaps US Navy Investigates Unmanned Helicopter Mishaps Authorities View post tag: US View post tag: Naval View post tag: Investigates View post tag: Helicopter The Navy recently experienced two unrelated operational mishaps with the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.There were no injuries to personnel and no damage to other aircraft.An MQ-8B Fire Scout operating off USS Simpson (FFG-56) March 30 was ditched at sea upon returning from a maritime surveillance mission in support of Africa Partnership Station. The air vehicle was unable to achieve UAS Common Automated Recovery System (UCARS) lock on, a requirement for landing aboard a ship at sea. After multiple approaches and exhaustive troubleshooting by operators, the aircraft was positioned a safe distance from Simpson and the flight was terminated. Subsequently, Simpson crew performed a nighttime recovery of the aircraft.The second incident occurred April 6 when an MQ-8B operating in northern Afghanistan crashed while conducting a routine surveillance mission in support of Regional Command North. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.The Navy is conducting a thorough investigation of both incidents.Since 2006, the MQ-8B Fire Scout has accumulated over 5,000 flight hours with more than 3,000 flight hours tallied during operational deployments. Fire Scout has played a significant role in multiple operations including three counter-piracy actions, a search-and-seizure operation, support of successful transits of the Strait of Hormuz; completion of a special operations proof of concept; and use as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset for Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya. In Afghanistan alone, Fire Scout has provided significant support to ground commanders by enhanced situational awareness to joint forces closely engaged against enemy combatants.In light of the recent mishaps, the Navy has temporarily suspended Fire Scout flight operations for 14 air vehicles in inventory while system performance and operational procedures are reviewed.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 11, 2012; Image: navycenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Mishaps April 11, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Unmanned Share this articlelast_img read more

Norway: NATO Begins New Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise

first_imgBetween 29 May and 06 June 2012, NATO will conduct a new Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise. DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 12, as the exercise is called, will take place off the coast of Norway and involve four submarines, 11 aircrafts and four surface ships provided by seven NATO nations. The objective is to provide the best anti-submarine warfare training to NATO naval forces and to guarantee their interoperability in a multi-national environment.Four submarines from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway are scheduled to join the exercise. Each submarine will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine operations either in a ‘hunting’ or in a ‘hunted’ situation. Four surface warships from France, Germany and Norway will participate in the exercise under the tactical command of the Norwegian Warship HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen. Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (Canadian, French, German and Norwegian) and Anti-Submarine Helicopters (Polish, French and British) will operate from air bases in Sola, Norway and Nordholz, Germany. These two air bases will also ensure control of air operations.The exercise will be directed from the NATO Maritime Headquarter in Northwood, United Kingdom by Commander Submarines North (COMSUBNORTH) and Commander Maritime Air (COMMARAIR).[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 30, 2012; Image: NATO View post tag: begins View post tag: Navy View post tag: NATO View post tag: Norway View post tag: Anti-Submarine View post tag: Warfare View post tag: Naval View post tag: Newcenter_img View post tag: Exercise Norway: NATO Begins New Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise May 30, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Norway: NATO Begins New Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Share this articlelast_img read more

Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australia

first_img View post tag: Australia View post tag: visits Share this article Authorities View post tag: Pacific The Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley is hosting the annual Australia-US Military Representations with Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander US Pacific Command and other senior military officials in Canberra this week.General Hurley said the military dialogue is an important means to maintain ongoing cooperation and defence arrangements between the United States and Australia.“Australia has a long-standing and productive relationship with Pacific Command, the US combatant command responsible for the Asia Pacific.“As economic and strategic weight shifts to the Asia Pacific, Australia’s alliance with the US and our relationship with Pacific Command will increase in significance” General Hurley said.In November 2011 President Barrack Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced enhanced cooperation between the Royal Australian Air Force and the US Air Force and increased rotational deployments of US Marines to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.While there are no US military bases in Australia, the first rotation of Marines recently returned to Darwin having completed training activities in the region with Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.“Increased engagement with the United States in our region gives the Australian Defence Force more combined training opportunities which will improve our interoperability with United States’ forces,” General Hurley said.This is Admiral Locklear’s first visit to Australia since his appointment as Commander US Pacific Command in March 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Commandcenter_img View post tag: Commander Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australia View post tag: US July 18, 2012 Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australialast_img read more

USA: Executive Officer of VP-4 Reassigned amid Misconduct Allegations

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Executive Officer of VP-4 Reassigned amid Misconduct Allegations Share this article View post tag: Executive View post tag: usa View post tag: Allegations View post tag: Officer View post tag: Amid March 27, 2013 USA: Executive Officer of VP-4 Reassigned amid Misconduct Allegations View post tag: Naval View post tag: Misconduct View post tag: Reassigned View post tag: Navy Commander, Patrol Reconnaissance Wing Two, Capt. Christopher P. Ramsden, has reassigned the Executive Officer of the Hawaii-based Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4) due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct.Cmdr. Jason Stapleton will return to Kaneohe Bay from deployment to Sigonella, Italy.The squadron’s previously identified prospective executive officer, Cmdr. Michael Brett Thompson, will take over as executive officer of VP-4.Executive Officers are the second in command of a Navy aircraft squadron and have a great deal of responsibility for their unit, their assigned Sailors and their mission. The allegations against Cmdr. Stapleton are being investigated and appropriate action will be taken.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 27, 2013; Image: vp-4 Authorities View post tag: VP-4 View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

FGS Karlsruhe Hands Over Counter Piracy Duties to FGS Augsburg in Djibouti

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today FGS Karlsruhe Hands Over Counter Piracy Duties to FGS Augsburg in Djibouti View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic FGS Karlsruhe Hands Over Counter Piracy Duties to FGS Augsburg in Djibouti April 4, 2013 View post tag: Counter View post tag: Djibouti View post tag: Defence View post tag: Hands View post tag: Karlsruhe View post tag: FGS Share this article View post tag: Duties View post tag: Naval View post tag: Augsburg On 3 April, German Frigate FGS Karlsruhe handed over counter piracy duties to her sister ship FGS Augsburg in a ceremony held in the port of Djibouti following a successful 5 month deployment as part of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta.The ceremony was attended by several distinguished guests from Djibouti, Germany, France, Spain and the UK, including the German Ambassador to Djibouti, Senior Djiboutian Coastguard officers and representatives of the French Air Force, Navy and Army.  Captain Jens Neymeyer from the German Armed Forces Operation Command oversaw the handover between the two warships.Speaking at the German handover Captain Neymeyer said “The presence of so many distinguished guests shows the importance of Germany’s contribution to the EU Naval Force and the high regard in which the EU’s counter piracy operation is held.  I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Djiboutian authorities and military who have made this fourteenth rotation of German contribution so welcoming, and also my thanks must go to our French allies.”FGS Karlsruhe joined Operation Atlanta on 18 November 2012.  Speaking about their time with the EU Naval Force, the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Volker Herbert Blasche said:“We joined EU NAVFOR at a time when pirate attacks had thankfully reduced due to the efforts of the International Navies and also the use of protective Best Management Practices on board merchant ships.  That said, the situation in Somalia remains fragile and I believe it is important that the maritime military presence continues in order to send a clear message to pirates and their investors.  It’s like extinguishing a fire, you cannot leave if the fire is out, but still shouldering.  What we did was maintain the pressure on pirate groups who are still intent on getting out to sea to attack ships.”Commander Bernhard Veitl, commanding officer of FGS Augsburg, said:“We have been training for, and are very much looking forward to joining Operation Atalanta.  We are also proud to take over from FGS Karlsruhe – her ship’s company has done a great job.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 4, 2013; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: over View post tag: piracy View post tag: Navylast_img read more

UK: HMS Richmond Leads Multinational Exercise

first_img UK: HMS Richmond Leads Multinational Exercise View post tag: Richmond Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Multinational View post tag: HMScenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Richmond Leads Multinational Exercise August 28, 2013 View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: leads Having arrived at Cape Verde (19th August), the crew of HMS Richmond did not waste any time in putting the theory learnt from the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) (MAOC(N)) briefings (received previously in Lisbon, Portugal), into practice with an intensive training programme.A significant amount of work was conducted with the Cape Verde Coast Guard (CVCG), Marine Police and Judicial Police including boat drills, damage control and fire fighting techniques and also engineering briefs to support improved inter-operability.In addition to a mentoring visit to CVCG cutter N/P Guardiao, a period of sea training was undertaken with HMS Richmond’s boarding teams working closely with their Cape Verde counterparts to develop techniques and procedures.Commenting on the capacity building effort, HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Robert Pedre stated:“The Cape Verde Coast Guard work with the Cape Verde Municipal Police and the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) to conduct many of their operations.“As such we are delighted to be able to support this very important work and continue the Royal Navy’s enduring fight against illicit drugs smuggling.”During the training package, HMS Richmond took the opportunity to incorporate the Dutch tanker HNLMS Amsterdam into the exercise for the benefit of all parties.HNLMS Amsterdam was routing through the area and, as the Netherlands form part of the 7 EU member MAOC(N), were delighted to contribute to the exercise.Rolling straight from boarding training with a Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from Cape Verde Police, into a flying serial, HMS Richmond’s Lynx conducted a number of deck landings with HNLMS Amsterdam as well as transfer of personnel.The ships then closed to conduct ship handling manoeuvres, before undertaking boarding and counter-narcotics work. This included an historic opportunity to photograph HMS Richmond in company with N/P Guardiao and HNLMS AmsterdamHMS Richmond has worked with the Dutch Navy on numerous occasions since her refit, including during Basic Operational Sea Training, Norwegian Submarine Command Course, Joint Warrior and Directed Continuation Training. This is, however, the first opportunity to work with the Cape Verde authorities.[mappress]Press Release, August 28, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

USA: SAIC to Provide Support Services for DCGS-MC

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: SAIC to Provide Support Services for DCGS-MC Equipment & technology March 6, 2014 View post tag: DCGS-MC SAICThe U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic awarded Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) a task order to provide a wide variety of support services for the Distributed Common Ground System – Marine Corps (DCGS-MC) Integrated Project Team. View post tag: Provide Share this article View post tag: Naval USA: SAIC to Provide Support Services for DCGS-MCcenter_img View post tag: usa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Support View post tag: Navy View post tag: SAIC View post tag: services The single-award, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order has a one-year period of performance and a total contract value of more than $13 million if all options are exercised. The task order was awarded under the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SoSEI) contracting vehicle and work will be performed in Charleston, S.C.DCGS-MC links intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems to U.S. Marine Corps analysts and other military services to provide capabilities for enterprise search, content discovery, collaboration, and workflow management. Under this task order, SAIC will provide support for program management, production engineering, integrated logistics, technical data package development, and testing.“SAIC is excited to expand our current SSC Atlantic C5ISR SoSEI support to include the USMC and the DCGS-MC system,” said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group. “Our goal is to support the DCGS-MC’s mission to improve system capabilities and interoperability with other services in support of our SSC-Atlantic and USMC customers.”[mappress]Press Release, March 6, 2014, 2014; Image: Navylast_img read more