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Singapore receives first LMV

27 May 2016

Source: Maritime Security

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) took delivery of its first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Independence, from shipbuilder ST Marine on 26 May.

Independence, launched on 3 July 2015, completed harbour trials and platform acceptance tests prior to delivery to Tuas Naval Base, where it will belong to 182 Squadron of the Maritime Security Task Force.

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27 May 2016

Saab North America launches Sea Wasp

26 May 2016

Source: UV Online

After prior display at various exhibitions, Saab North America used the Sea-Air-Space 2016 event to ‘officially’ launch its Sea Wasp underwater anti-IED robot.

Sea Wasp addresses multiple challenges associated with underwater explosive devices planted in harbor environments, according to Jon Kaufmann, VP for naval programme business development at Saab North America.

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26 May 2016

Austal seals Pacific contract

05 May 2016

Source: Maritime Security

Austal has signed an AU$280 million (US$210 million) contract with Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) to build and maintain 19 patrol boats for South Pacific neighbours under the Pacific Patrol Boat programme.

The steel-hulled vessels will be constructed at Austal’s facility in Henderson, Western Australia, with Austal proposing to carry out sustainment – including deep maintenance – at its facilities in Cairns, Queensland.

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05 May 2016

HMS Tyne completes OST

05 May 2016

Source: Maritime Security

HMS Tyne, a River-class offshore patrol vessel of the British Royal Navy, has successfully completed Operational Sea Training (OST) and is ready for continued operations in UK waters, the navy announced on 3 May.

The OST took place with the ship under the direction of Flag Officer Sea Training North (FOST(N)), in the waters of the Firth of Clyde - outside the vessel's normal operating areas in the 200nm Exclusive Economic Zone around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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05 May 2016

South Africa eye Wave Glider

04 May 2016

Source: UV Online

The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) could seek a solution to illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing through the Wave Glider USV.

Officials from Liquid Robotics, who manufacture the Wave Glider series of USVs, told Shephard at Xponential that the platform would be able to provide an enduring maritime domain awareness system and monitor vessel movements.

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04 May 2016

AUVSI 2016: Underwater UAVs to become a reality

03 May 2016

Source: UV Online

The future of unmanned aircraft could see UAVs and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) combined into one system to provide extra mission capability for the US Navy, among other potential customers.

Prof Francisco Javier Diez of Rutgers University has developed an unmanned system, dubbed the Naviator, which can be both airborne and work under the surface.

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03 May 2016

UDT 2016: Irish navy poised for MCM AUV capability

03 May 2016

Source: UV Online

Ireland's Department of Defence is preparing to issue a request for tenders for an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) capable of hunting for sea mines.

Officials intend to procure an initial Mine Countermeasures (MCM) AUV system for the Irish Naval Service (INS) by the end of 2016, with an option for a second unit in 2017. The deal will also include a training and support package.

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03 May 2016

Finally some certainty for naval shipbuilding

30 Apr 2016

Source: Asia Pacific Defence Reporter

April 2016 has been one of the most significant months in history for the future structure of the Royal Australian Navy. The Government not only shortlisted three bidders each for the Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels but, perhaps most significantly, selected a design partner for the Future Submarines – DCNS of France. Taken together, these projects mean that by the 2030s Australia will have by far the most powerful navy in the entire Southern Hemisphere and the seventh most capable in the Asia Pacific, ranked after the United States; China; Japan; Russia; India and possibly South Korea.

Even better – for both the RAN and Australia – there will now be a continuous rolling build program for submarines and surface combatants forever. Or at least until a future Government decides otherwise. The strategic importance of continuous production should never be overlooked because ramping up shipbuilding from a cold start is far more difficult than pressing the accelerator pedal when there is already an experienced workforce fully engaged with an active supply chain utilising leading edge technologies.

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30 Apr 2016

Thales announces Thai naval contracts

29 Apr 2016

Source: Maritime Security

Thales will carry out work to modernise the Bang Rachan Class minehunters of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and deliver equipment for the force’s Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) under two contracts announced by the company on 20 April.

The first contract will see the company act as prime contractor for an extensive upgrade of two Bang Rachan Class minehunters, HTMS Bang Rachan and HTMS Nong Sarai, to extend the vessels’ operational life by 15 years.

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29 Apr 2016

BAE Systems welcomes multi-billion dollar industry alliance on ship sustainment

28 Apr 2016

Source: Asia Pacific Defence Reporter

BAE Systems Australia welcomed the signing of a new sustainment agreement between the Australian Government and the Defence Industry to support the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC class frigate fleet.

The partnership, which includes BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, Naval Ship Management Pty Ltd and the Commonwealth of Australia, is valued at over $2 billion over eight years - at the heart of which is the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) requirement for improved capability and availability of the fleet.

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28 Apr 2016
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