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Exercise Bersama Shield 16

18 Apr 2016

Source: Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter

Relationship Endures as Five Powers Exercise Gets Underway

South East Asia’s only multilateral security agreement focused on practical cooperation of its kind remains as strong as ever as Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 commences today.

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18 Apr 2016

Sevastopol to host specialist dive unit and training centre

08 Apr 2016

Source: Maritime Security

The Russian Ministry of Defence has approved a project for a new training centre and military unit to be based at Cape Chersonese in Crimea’s Sevastopol, which will focus on the security of country’s Black Sea ports.

The new centre will specialize on the training of rescue divers and commandos who will be responsible for the ensuring security in Sevastopol and other nearby seaports, among other roles.

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08 Apr 2016

Bulgaria to procure two combat ships

06 Apr 2016

Source: Maritime Security

The Bulgarian government has approved an investment project to fund the procurement of two corvette-sized combat ships for the Bulgarian Navy.

The hulls are likely to be built in Bulgaria while the equipment and weapons will be provided by selected vendors from NATO countries. According to the Bulgarian defence minister, Nikolay Nenchev, the project will cost Euro 419 million and is expected to be put to parliament for approval at the end of May.

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06 Apr 2016

L-3 Australia announces opening of new facility in central Melbourne

06 Apr 2016

Source: Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter

L-3 Australia announced today its plans to open a new Design, Engineering and Support facility in South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria. The South Wharf facility will house design and support engineers and includes a state-of-the-art communications system laboratory that will provide a testing and support environment for the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine and surface fleet.

The new facility is a critical part of L-3 Australia’s growing presence in maritime communications and electronic systems integration, along with ongoing support to current and future L-3 programs in the region.

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06 Apr 2016

Lockheed team announces LCS 25 contract

05 Apr 2016

Source: Maritime Security

Lockheed Martin's industry team has been awarded a fully-funded contract from the US Navy to build the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 25, it announced on 1 April.

The contract award includes funding for systems integration, sea-frame construction and testing.

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05 Apr 2016

US coastal force seeks 'intimidating' patrol boat

28 Mar 2016

Source: Maritime Security

The US Navy's Coastal Riverine Force (CRF) is looking to replace up to 160 of its 25ft and 34ft force protection boats with a larger craft of unambiguously warlike appearance.

Designated PB-X, the new patrol boat will have an overall length of about 40-50ft (12.2-15.2m) and a topside designed to 'create an intimidating presence and impression on all observers', according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

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28 Mar 2016

New SOC-R boats for Thai navy

22 Mar 2016

Source: Maritime Security

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) received six Special Operations Craft - Riverine (SOC-R) on 18 March to replace aging Patrol Boat Riverine (PBR).

These 10m-long SOC-R boats were built by Marsun, the Thai dockyard that also built the first three M10 Mk I SOC-Rs in 2012. These latest M10 Mk II boats are designed to operate along inland waterways and in coastal areas, chiefly to support special operations.

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22 Mar 2016

Canada issues long lead funding for JSS

18 Mar 2016

Source: Maritime Security

The Canadian government has released USD$49 million in funding for Vancouver Shipyards to begin purchasing equipment for vessels to be built as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the government of Canada announced on 14 March.

The two long lead contracts will allow Vancouver Shipyards to commence discussions with potential suppliers and begin purchasing material and equipment to build the navy's Joint Support Ships (JSS) and the coast guard's Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV). Material such as generators, scientific equipment and propulsion systems will be purchased.

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18 Mar 2016

MBDA completes SIMBAD-RC trial

18 Mar 2016

Source: Maritime Security

MBDA has successfully completed two Mistral firings using a SIMBAD-RC firing post, the company announced on 17 March, marking the last technical milestone before customer deliveries begin.

The firings - performed using ten-degree and 50-degree angle of elevation - validated the interface between the missile and the new twin-launcher, and confirmed the system’s ability to carry out salvo firings. The correct departure of the missile from the firing post was also confirmed. Tests in different mechanical and climatic environments will complete the qualification of the system.

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18 Mar 2016

Austal Shipbuilding Methods winning contracts with US Navy

08 Mar 2016

Source: Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter

Exports are often an unrecognised but critical element of the viability of many major local defence industry companies.

One of those is the Perth-based Austal, which has become a major supplier to the US Navy.

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08 Mar 2016
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