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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. It arrived in Singapore in July this year to undergo Combat Systems checkout, integration and testing, and is expected to be fully operational in 2007. (www.chinaview.cn)


B+V Starts Navy Production

Fregatte 125 Artists Impression.jpg

 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


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


Singapore Navy Launches Stealth Frigate

The Republic of Singapore Navy ( RSN) launched its sixth stealth frigate, RSS Supreme, at the Singapore Technologies Marine shipyard on May 9. According to a statement by the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF), RSS Supreme is the final frigate to be built locally, which will undergo harbor and sea trials in the next phase of construction. Minister for Defense Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen were present at the launching ceremony


Russian Shipyard to Deliver Warship to Indian Navy

INS Tarkash: Photo credit Yantar Shipyard

Frigate 'INS Tarkash' under construction at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad is due to be handed over to the Indian Navy next month. INS Tarkash is the second Talwar-class ship being built for Indian Navy under a contract signed in 2006. Frigates of this class are designed for anti-submarine, surface ship warfare, as well as air defence. Length of the ship is 125 meters; beam is 15 meters; displacement is about 4,000 tons; full speed is 30 knots; cruising range at 14 knots is 5


Lockheed Martin Passes Design Review

Lockheed Martin marked a milestone in the Norwegian Navy New Frigate program with completion of the Critical Design Review for the Integrated Weapon System. As a result of the successful review, the Royal Norwegian Navy authorized Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems of Moorestown, N.J., and Lockheed Martin Overseas Corporation to commence detailed design of the Integrated Weapons System (IWS).


USN to Decommission 11 Ships

USS Klakring: Photo credit USN

Frigates, cruisers and an aircraft carrier will be decommissioned by US Navy US warships, eleven in number comprising six frigates, four cruisers and an aircraft carrier are set to be decommissioned during fiscal 2013, according to a Navy message released by Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Vice-Admiral John Blake, which includes deactivation dates and the fates of the ships. The six frigates will be sold to foreign militaries, while the four cruisers will be dismantled.


Bangladesh Gets Fifth Frigate

The Bangladesh Navy's fifth frigate, built at a cost of $100 million, arrived at the Chittagong naval port on Saturday. The frigate, 339-ft. (103.5 ,) long, is named "Bangabandhu" -- the honorific title of Bangladesh's slain independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- and is equipped with missile and torpedo launchers and a helipad. The vessel was built by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co, after making the winning bid in 1997.


Warship Delivered to Moroccan Navy

Sigma-class Frigate: Photo credit Damen

Second Sigma-class frigate transferred to Royal Moroccan Navy by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. The delivery of the second of three frigates was achieved within four years from the effective date of contract. The first frigate Tarik Ben Zayid is already in service and the third frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy is well underway. After commissioning, the crew will continue with another three weeks of safety training in Den Helder and the North Sea


Shipyard Fincantieri Launch Multi-purpose Frigate

Warship Virginio Fasan: Photo credit Fincantieri

Italian shipbuiliders Fincantieri launch second 'Fremm-class' frigate for Italian Navy Following the launch of the “Carlo Bergamini” last July, Fincantieri's  Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard has launched  sister-ship frigate “Virginio Fasan”, which is due for delivery at the end of 2012. The vessel is the second of a series of  Fremm vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates -  which were ordered from Fincantieri by the  Italian Navy within


Drug Busting Darwin Returns from Middle East

HMAS_Darwin

  The crew responsible for intercepting and destroying billions of dollars worth of narcotics, including the largest seizure of heroin in the history of the Combined Maritime Forces, has returned home. HMAS Darwin and her 232 person crew docked at Garden Island


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 5

Operation Big Switch Freedom -- Carrying a brand-new navy white hat, Zacheus A. Smith, Jr., hospital corpsman, third class, USN, ... climbs out of an ambulance at Freedom Village, Munsan, Korea, the processing center for returning POWs. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval Historical Center)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 5 1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu 1864 - R.Adm. David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast


Greek Warship Evacuates Libya Personnel

Greek Frigate Salamis: Photo CCL

Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya early on Friday with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus, its defence ministry said. Athens had sent a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its


Hellfire Missile Firing a First for New Navy Helicopters

Helicopters successfully fired its Hellfire Missile

  The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, has successfully fired its first ‘Hellfire’ missile in the United States. The AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile was fired by Navy’s 725 Squadron from


CARAT Naval Exercises Kick Off in Singapore

CARAT Exercise meeting: Photo USN

The 20th annual exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, says US Navy Task Force 73 Public Affairs. In its 20th year, CARAT Singapore is part of a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S


Russian Navy Expansion Gathers Momentum

Borey-class submarine: Photo Russian Navy

The Russian Navy celebrates its professional holiday by putting two new submarines into service and expects a new warship in the fall and several additional ships for its Black Sea Fleet off the Crimean coast in the next three years, reports official news agency Ria Novosti.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 22

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 22 1802 - Frigate Constellation defeats nine Corsair gunboats off Tripoli. 1905 - Body of John Paul Jones moved to Annapolis, Md. for reburial. 1953 - U.S. ships laid down heavy barrage to support UN troops in Korea


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 18

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 18 1775 - Continental Congress resolves that each colony provide armed vessels 1779 - Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron captures 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 - John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 7

Thomas A. Edison, courtesy United States Library of Congress

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 7 1798 - Congress rescinds treaties with France; Quasi War begins with Frigate Delaware capturing French privateer, Croyable. 1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat lands at Monterey and claims California for U.S.


Australian Warship Visits Vanuatu

HMAS Parramatta bridge team

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta has departed Port Vila, Vanuatu, after a successful visit to strengthen relationships and security cooperation with the Pacific Island nation, informs Australia's Department of Defence. During her four day stay


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 3

USS Merrimac at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia in 1891 (Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 3 1785 - Order to sell last ship remaining in Continental Navy, frigate Alliance . No other Navy were ships authorized until 1794. 1898 - Collier Merrimac sunk in channel leading to Santiago, Cuba in unsuccessful attempt to trap Spanish fleet


Australian Warship Joins SW Pacific Exercises

HMS Parramatta approaching Noumea: Photo RAN

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta has completed its visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, before commencing a patrol as part of Operation SOLANIA, informs the Australia Government The ANZAC Class Frigate has left Noumea after spending three days strengthening relationships with the French


Australia’s HMAS Arunta Returns to Sea

HMAS Arunta on her first day at sea conducting a boat transfer (Australia Department of Defense photo)

A milestone has been achieved in the Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) Upgrade Program with HMAS Arunta setting sail for her sea acceptance trials this week. Chief Executive Officer, Defense Materiel Organization (DMO) Warren King and the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN


GE to Power, Propel UK's New Frigates

Type 26 Global Combat Ship (Image: GE)

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has engaged in a major program to update and upgrade its current fleet of frigates. In the next decade, Type 26 Global Combat Ships will become the backbone of the Royal Navy, replacing its existing Type 23 Frigates.


Northrop Grumman, US Navy Conduct Successful Simultaneous Tests

MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter prepares to land on the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) off the coast of Southern California.  (U.S. Navy Photo)

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander's intelligence-gathering capabilities






 
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