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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ministry Of Defense News

Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO Appoints Rear Admiral Sparkes

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) appointed Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes to the position of National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive.As National Hydrographer, Sparkes is the UK government’s representative at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), where he works with partners to set and maintain standards that protect the safety of mariners around the world. In addition to this, he oversees key international partnerships with foreign navies, hydrographic offices, governments and commercial organizations to support the sharing of global marine geospatial data.

Photo: NIMASA

NIMASA Invests in Maritime Security

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) reports it has graduated another 298 surveillance officers in basic training course for the implementation of the Integrated Security and Waterway Protection Infrastructure also known as the Deep Blue Project.Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at the military base in Elele in Rivers State, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside noted that the capacity development component of the Deep Blue project…

Photo courtesy of MAC

Key Appointments at MAC

Maritime Assurance & Consulting (MAC), a Bureau Veritas Group company, has announced four new appointments to strengthen its offering and add further expertise to the business.In the wake of MAC recording its highest ever number of offshore man/days in its first half of the year and the second half of 2018 looking to match this trend, the company has enhanced its engineering team by welcoming Sigurd Vermundundsen as Master Mariner, John Stockdale as Marine Manager and Oguz Oktay, as Principal Naval Architect.

ST Engineering Appoints New Director

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced MG Ong Su Kiat Melvyn has been appointed as a non-independent non-executive director of the company with effect from June 8, 2018.MG Ong is currently Chief of Defense Force. He joined the SAF in 1994 and has held a broad range of staff and command appointments in the course of his military career. MG Ong holds a Master of Science, (Science) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London.ST…

An Integrated High-tech Approach to Port Security

DP World employs a sophisticated Vidsys technology platform to eliminate stovepipes and integrate myriad security solutions. DP World London Gateway provides deep-sea shipping access to one the largest consumer markets in the U.K. Naturally, the task of keeping all of that safe from outside threats, while also balancing that important task with the need to ensure an efficient intermodal supply chain is no easy task. That’s because this facility routinely intercepts stolen vehicles, narcotics and illegal immigrants while working closely with local and London MET police, the U.K.

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

Photo: JSC Shipyard Yantar

Russian Navy Gets Admiral Makarov Frigate

Baltic Shipbuilding Plant “Yantar” (United Shipbuilding Corporation, Kaliningrad) has delivered the Admiral Makarov frigate, third ship of Project 11356, to Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation. According to the shipyard, the acceptance/delivery certificate has been signed today, 25 December 2017, by Eduard Yevimov, Yantar Director General, and Capt 1 rank  Aleksey Poteshkin, Chairman of State Acceptance Commission. Admiral Makarov was laid down in early 2012 in Kaliningrad and was launched in 2015 to commence sea trials.

Speakers and participants of the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

MPA, ReCAAP Join in Combating Piracy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA Japan) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in cooperation with the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), jointly launched the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in Singapore. The Capacity Building Executive Programme—targeted at senior-level personnel with 10 to 15 years of experience and above in maritime enforcement—will see ReCAAP Contracting Parties from ASEAN (Cambodia…

Workshops Address Burning Issues in a Changing World

A series of one day NEXT GENERATION Workshops are being held 'back to back' at the Grand Harbor hotel and conference venue overlooking the historic port of Southampton, U.K., October 24-26, 2017. The NEXT GEN program combines a group of dynamic international presenters with panel discussions. Opening sessions for each workshop feature expertise from heads of U.K. Border Force and U.K. Ministry of Defense, along with the Design and Engineering team from U.K. search and rescue provider the RNLI.

Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ at the Grand Harbour in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide – and highlight potential solutions. Event organizer and workshop lead John Haynes said, “We are really pleased with the diversity of high level presenters from military, commercial and SAR backgrounds.

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Photo: Govt of India

India, US Meet for First Maritime Security Dialogue

India and the U.S. held the first round of discussions under the recently-constituted maritime security dialogue between officials of Defence and External Affairs ministries and their U.S. counterparts. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs David Shear, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand and Vice Admiral Aucoin, Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, met with their Indian counterparts from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defense to discuss strategic maritime security issues.

Ula-class submarines. Source: Royal Norwegian Navy

Norway Shortlists DCNS, ThyssenKrupp for New Subs

Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party made it clear that there would be no submarine deal with Sweden, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang. Instead, Norwegian defense officials have narrowed down their search to French and German maritime defense firms to replace Norway's Ula-class attack submarine fleet, says UPI report. French firm Direction des Constructions Navels Services, or DCNS, and German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems "are the strongest candidates if Norway decides to procure new submarines…

 Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.

Indonesian Shipyard Launches Frigate

The first of two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigates under construction for the Indonesian Navy  (TNI AL) has been launched by PT PAL’s Surabaya Shipyard. The SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal, built in collaboration with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), is nearly 345 feet long and displaces 2,365 tons. It is of a modular design - four built in PT PAL's shipyards and two built by DSNS in the Netherlands. The ship will be operated by the Indonesian Navy for anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, and anti-submarine warfare.

Seagull USV (Image: Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems Introduces Seagull

Israel’s Elbit Systems unveiled a prototype of what it claims is the world’s first unmanned system for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. Developed in less than three years with technical and performance input from the Israeli Navy and Israel’s Ministry of Defense, the self-funded Seagull can complement or even replace expensive, manpower-intensive frigates or aircraft currently used to hunt submarines at sea, according to executives in Israel. "Drawing on world class know-how derived from generations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) design…

Photograph: US Navy

China's Warships to Join US-Hosted Naval Drills

China has confirmed it will send warships to join a major US-hosted naval drill this summer, even as tension between the world’s two largest economies mounts over the South China Sea, reports Reuters. The Naval exercise Rimpac (Rim of the Pacific ) is  the world's largest international maritime drill, held every two years in Hawaii in June and July. The U.S. and its allies have expressed growing concern over the Asian giant’s military buildup, as well as its increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea.

Keppel Corp. Announces New CEO for SSTEC

Liew Choon Boon has been designated as chief executive officer of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co., Ltd. (SSTEC), taking over the baton from SSTEC's outgoing CEO, Ho Tong Yen, with effect from July 1, 2015, Keppel Corporation announced. Liew will hold a concurrent appointment as advisor on Eco-City matters in the Ministry of National Development. Liew Choon Boon is currently a senior director in the Ministry of National Development. He has held a range of senior positions in policy and operational areas in education…

Norwegian ULA Class Submarine. Photo: Ministry of Defence

Norway’s Joint Submarine Plan

Norway is seeking partner countries for future submarine project in order to reduce cost and secure a robust submarine capability for the future, reports UPI. The current Norwegian Ula-class submarines will gradually reach their end-of-life in the 2020s. The Ministry of Defence is currently leading the work looking at procurement of new submarines. Ministry of Defense says: "The project is in its definition phase. The replacement submarines will be based on an existing design to circumvent an extensive development process with all its attendant cost and technical uncertainties…

Left to right: Managing Director of SENER, Jorge Unda; Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria; President of SENER, Jorge Sendagorta; and Marine General Manager of SENER, Rafael de Góngora. (Photo: SENER)

SENER Celebrates FORAN System’s 50th Anniversary

SENER has commemorated the 50th anniversary of FORAN, its CAD/CAM/CAE system for designing naval vessels and marine structures, created by SENER’s cofounder José Manuel de Sendagorta in the 1960s. Today it is the world leader in marine technology and, since its inception, it has served as the prime example of SENER’s ability to innovate and export. The event was held at Madrid’s Casino on the evening of Thursday, June 11, under the auspices of SENER’s founder and Honorary President…

Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korea Fires Anti-Ship Missiles

North Korea has test-fired newly deployed anti-ship rockets -  three short-range KN-01 type missiles - with a reported range of 120km just weeks after the country claimed it tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, , the North's media said. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has watched a test-firing drill of a new type of anti-ship rocket, which is being deployed at the military's naval units. Kim watched the drill of the "ultra-modern" rockets that flew at the designated altitude while accurately detecting and hitting the "enemy" warship…

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Russia Revives its Black Sea Submarine Fleet

Russia is making moves to revive and increase the size and scope of its Black Sea submarine fleet, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated. Project 636.3 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines that will sequentially join the Russian Black Sea Fleet will help revive full-fledged submarine forces in Novorossiysk already next year, Russia’s Navy Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Viktor Chirkov said. He stated during a meeting with the Main Naval Command in Saint Petersburg on Monday that he believes that the submarine fleet will be "revived" and ready for action by 2016.

Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works

MHI, MHPS in Consolidation Mode for Enhanced Competitiveness

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) have planned to reorganize their  their Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagasaki Works respectively. The coordinated decisions are aimed at further strengthening global competitiveness, particularly in terms of technologies, costs and efficiency, by pursuing higher productivity through consolidation of their manufacturing sites by product: at MHI in the area of defense and space systems, and at MHPS in operations involving thermal power generation systems.

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov. "Today, the exercise commanders from the Chinese and Russian sides announced in their joint headquarters the end of the Joint Sea-2015 (II) drills," he said in an official statement. "The exercise marks not only the first time People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and Russian…

(Bård Glad Pedersen (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland))

Statoil Appoints Media Relations Head

Bård Glad Pedersen has been appointed vice president media relations in Statoil. Glad Pedersen will as vice president media relations head the corporate press office and take on the role as corporate spokesperson. He succeeds Jannik Lindbæk jr, who is appointed vice president for the communication unit in Global business service. Glad Pedersen comes from the position as state secretary (deputy minister) in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will join Statoil after having served his potential quarantine leaving his current position.

Japan's Soryu Class Advanced diesel-electric submarine. Photo: Japanese Navy

Japan's Chase for Australian Subs Deal

Japan has confirmed it is ready to build Australia’s submarines entirely at local shipyards, after stumbling in its effort to win the A$50 billion ($34.76 billion) contract, reports Reuters. According to Masaaki Ishikawa, director general for Acquisition Reform at the Ministry of Defense, Tokyo was willing to train hundreds of Australian engineers in Japan's submarine-manufacturing hub of Kobe as well as in Australia as part of its offer for one of the world's biggest defence contracts.

Littoral OP Tech East - Examining Coastal Operations

EXPERTS from navies, academia and industry are meeting in Tokyo to examine the unique challenges of operating in the littoral or coastal environment. The Littoral OPTECH East workshop is being held in Tokyo, Japan this week with the academic leadership of the Littoral Operations Center (LOC) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. OPTECH East has the support of the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global, and with the participation of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Swedish Navy and the defense company, Saab. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, who commands the U.S.

Photo: BAE Systems

Prince of Wales' Final Section Sails for Rosyth

The final section of aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales began its delivery voyage from Glasgow to Rosyth today, 10 weeks ahead of schedule. As part of the the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program, newbuilds HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the Royal Navy’s largest and most advanced ever warships and were constructed in blocks in different shipyards throughout the U.K. The final section being delivered, known as the Aft Island, weighs 750 metric tons and will control aircraft operations aboard the second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales.