Navy's Newest Electronic Attack Aircraft Reaches Centennial Milestone
Next week, Capt. Darryl Walker, commander of the Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), will accept delivery of the aircraft on behalf of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 in Whidbey Island, Washington, before its transfer to a designated operational squadron in the fleet.
With new technologies, such as the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ), the Growler will have greater capabilities in the EA arena then its predecessor. Currently, the Growler still uses the Prowler's ALQ-99 Jammer Pods, slated to be replaced with the NGJ in the early 2020s. The NGJ features active electronically scanned array antennas and a lighter, more aerodynamically shaped pod, which can allow for faster airspeed bringing greater lethality and capability to the EA-18G.
NGC Names Diane M. Balderson VP of Contracts and Pricing
"We welcome Diane to the Northrop Grumman team," said Palmer. "She brings 33 years of experience in U.S. government acquisition leadership, 21 of which she was a member of the federal senior executive service. She has led a broad range of large contracting organizations and has executed complex business deals for both defence and civil agencies. We look forward to her contributions to our company."
Prior to that, Balderson served as contracting department head for NAVAIR Air Assault and Special Missions;and other notable posts in government.
Navy's X-47B Programme Ramps-up Flight Test & Readies for Summer Sea Trials
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NOAA’s HF Radar Paves Way for Safer NavigationA new US NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers.
Currents in the ocean are equivalent to winds in the atmosphere because they move things from one location to another. These currents carry nutrients as well as pollutants and marine debris, so it is important for scientists and mariners to know the currents for ecological, economic and safety reasons. HF radars can measure currents over a large region of the coastal ocean, from a few miles offshore up to 125 miles out, and can operate under any weather conditions.
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HI Shipbuilding Floats Out USCG's 5th Security Cutter
“Our learning curve continues to improve in this program, and the hot production line certainly provides a foundation for this progress to continue,” said Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager. “We are able to provide an affordable ship for our customer while providing a capable ship to the Coast Guard fleet. We have delivered three ships, with a fourth one to deliver later this year. Our shipbuilders’ effective and efficient work ensures the men and women who will serve on this ship, a high-quality product that will be a valuable asset for our nation for many years to come.”
Ingalls’ launch process moves the ship on rail cars over to the company’s drydock. The dock is moved away from the pier and then flooded to float the ship. Tugs then guide the ship to its berthing area where it will complete construction.
“We have an outstanding shipbuilding team who worked tirelessly to make certain this translation process and launch were completed as proficiently as possible,” said NSC 5 Ship Programme Manager Jim McKinney. “Now we look forward to completing the construction so we can take her to sea next year and deliver another outstanding NSC to the Coast Guard.”
Ingalls has delivered the first three NSCs and has three more under construction, including James. Hamilton (WMSL 753) will undergo sea trials this summer and is expected to deliver later this year. Ingalls’ sixth NSC, Munro (WMSL 755), began construction late last year and will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2015. The seventh ship, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.
Legend-class NSCs are the flagships of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet. Designed to replace the 378‐foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters that entered service during the 1960s, they are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.
NSCs are capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the High-Endurance Cutter. They include an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft.
The Legend class is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defence missions.
NATO Warships Provide Anti-Piracy Training to Regional PartnersTwo NATO counter-piracy task force (CTF-508) warships, ITS MIMBELLI (Italy) and TCG GÖKÇEADA (Turkey), recently engaged in training regional partners in counter-piracy operations to enhance their respective abilities in improving maritime security in the waters off their coasts.
Last week, the Italian frigate ITS MIMBELLI, currently deployed with NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD, provided training to two Yemeni officers of the Yemeni Navy and Coast Guard respectively.
The two Yemeni officers followed a fully integrated programme supported by ITS MIMBELLI’s operational and boarding teams, receiving training, both theoretical and practical, on merchant traffic control and counter–piracy operations.
After their integration with the boarding team, the Yemeni officers actively participated, acting as interpreters, for maritime situational awareness visits to Yemeni vessels during counter-piracy operations and safety of life related tasks.
In late April 2014, the NATO Warship TCG GÖKÇEADA conducted a visit to Port Louis to reinforce relationships with the Mauritius Coast Guard and help build their capacity to combat piracy.
The Commanding Officer of TCG GÖKÇEADA, Commander Y. Metin Pehlivan, paid courtesy calls to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius, the Mayor of Port Louis, and the Mauritius National Coast Guard Commandant.
During the visit, 35 Mauritius National Coast Guard boat crew members visited TCG GÖKÇEADA and were briefed on counter-piracy operations and ship capabilities.
“The visits to Mauritius Government Authorities, National Coast Guard Commandant and Port Authorities were quite beneficial to reinforce relationships between NATO and Mauritius,” said Commander Pehlivan.
These activities helped reinforce the importance of cooperation and inter-operability between NATO and the coastal regional countries.
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USCG Hands Over Decommissioned Cutter to Nigerian Navy
The Gallatin was offered to Nigeria April 24, 2013, through the Foreign Assistance Act (FSA), and was decommissioned from Coast Guard service March 31, 2014.
The FSA allows the transfer of excess defence articles as a grant to friendly foreign governments under the auspices of the US State Department.
During the ceremony, Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer RAdm. Bruce Baffer and Nigerian Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro signed transfer documents in front of US and Nigerian observers, marking the official handover of the ship to Nigeria.
Baffer said the transfer was bittersweet but said he believes the ship, renamed NNS Okpabana, will provide valuable service to Nigeria in protecting its territorial waters and offshore assets.
Two weeks until INEC 2014 is held in Amsterdam
“Navies and the international defence industry rose to the challenge set by INEC 2014 and our Technical Advisory Committee developed a truly inspiring programme. The themes of the technical programme address the topics which most affect the maritime operating environment and require the best that our engineers and industry can provide whilst, of course, remaining within tight financial constraints."
According to Commodore Newell, Vice Admiral Matthieu J M Borsboom, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy and Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Ministry of Defence (UK) will launch INEC 2014 off to a flying start with keynote addresses on 20 May.
“I am naturally delighted that this year we have a record number of candidates for the Sir Donald Gosling Award for authors aged 35 or under. This aims to encourage involvement and attendance from younger participants from the military, industry and academia. The presentations will be made on the last afternoon of the conference when our Patron, Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng HonFIMarEST will present the prizes.”
Highly relevant range of exhibits
BMT Defence Services Ltd, the major sponsor of INEC 2014, will focus on a generic BMT presence. They will be exhibiting a model of one of their more recent concept designs, the Venator®-110. This combines BMT’s com¬prehensive knowledge of CONEMP (Concept of Employment) and CO¬NOPS (Concept of Operations) with their extensive naval design knowledge and research in order to balance capabilities within design constraints for an affordable multi-functional warship.
Using a systems engineering approach to whole ship design, their experts have mapped capabilities and have eval¬uated how equipment, function and capability trade-offs impact on ship design parameters and operational effectiveness.
This platform offers through-life capability options for added future flexibility. It achieves this by its baseline design, which has been developed by assessing operational requirements.
This makes the Venator®-110 capable of open ocean performance, while affordably supporting configurable top side arrangements with variable modular plug-in mission systems depending on role requirements and the need to respond to fast changing threats.
The two design configurations of this warship demonstrate how intelligent design, through simple understanding of operational requirements and equipment integration can support platform flexibility. Mission adaptability is facilitated by potential re-role functionality via module and batch based equipment options. It also provides operational survivability at the patrol ship level and float, move and personnel survivability at the patrol frigate level.
They are always exceptionally keen supporters of INEC with both sponsorship/stand presence and technical attendance. This year they have five technical papers in the conference, two of which are candidates for the Sir Donald Gosling Award. www.bmtdsl.co.uk
Imtech Marine Netherlands B.V. is exhibiting their new Fire Fighting and Damage Control FFDC electronic incident board display system. A warship standard unit will be operating to demonstrate capability and ease of use and visitors to the Imtech stand are invited to try out the system for themselves to experience the ease with which the information can be entered and status information displayed.
The touch sensitive screen allows easy input of status information. The clear and intuitive graphics, with plot symbol libraries including the Royal Navy standard BR2170, enables trained naval personnel to start using the system with a minimum of training.
The system has been developed in close co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Navy to ensure system functionality fully addresses the needs of the on-board FFDC teams. By using electronic HMI and information distribution techniques, enabling all FFDC display stations to be synchronised with current status information, the size of the FFDC team can be reduced. The resulting system provides clear and unambiguous information on the status of the fire, smoke, chemical, radiological or flood incidents, enabling a co-ordinated response and escape routes to be planned based on real time status information.
The system is ideally suited for installation on lean-manned, new-build warships and to upgrade existing warships, utilising the existing sensor and fire fighting system equipment with only additional signal interfaces and multiple screen interconnecting cables being required.
The system also allows multiple configuration options making it suitable for all types of navy ships, but can also be customized for any commercial vessel or offshore platform. www.imtechmarine.com
L-3 Marine Systems UK Ltd’s (L-3 MSUK) products cover an exceptional range from bridge to propeller and are supported by over a hundred L-3 Corporate companies worldwide, employing over 50,000 dedicated and experienced personnel. They have much to talk about to visitors to their stand.
L-3 MSUK is providing the Platform Management System to the 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers with HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier due to “flood up” which is when the biggest warship in the UK Royal Navy’s history is to be named at a ceremony on 4 July 2014 by Her Majesty The Queen of Great Britain (ironically, taking place on the day the, then, American colonists seceded from the UK and formed the forerunner of the USA 238 years earlier).
L-3 MSUK’s state-of-the-art Platform Management System benefits from a distributed software server architecture that mitigates single to treble port failure ensuring reliability when stressed and flexibility at all times. They recently delivered a significant software release with the next release due August 2014.
The UK’s Astute Class Submarine programme continues at pace. Boat 1, HMS Astute is on operational deployment and Boat 2, HMS Ambush, will deploy during 2014 with both Submarines fully supported by L-3 MSUK, who provided the Control and Instrumentation (C&I) capability. Work continues on the build of Boat 3, HMS Artful, which is due to deploy for the first time during 2015.
L-3 MSUK has been supporting the Platform Management System (PMS) on the UK’s Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Class since 2005. HMS Bulwark is operational whilst HMS Albion is currently on Extended Readiness having had a complete LAN replacement. HMS Albion will begin the regeneration process early in 2015 to become operational once again and HMS Bulwark, will then receive its LAN replacement.
In the Commercial Shipping sector, L-3 MSUK continues to grow with a number of high profile bridge replacement contracts in the cruise market including a complete new bridge system for Cunard on the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner.
Their exhibits are INEC 2014 are of interest to European military and commercial marine business sector customers where state of the art, reliable and flexible products and capabilities are required from a proven global company. L-3 MSUK prides itself on bridge to propeller solutions and would be happy to discuss your specific requirements. www.l-3marinesystems.co.uk
Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) will show their services in hydrodynamic and nautical research by means of a big video wall, including in particular research in naval engineering. The video wall will demonstrate their impressive research experience, their facilities and the added value they provide for their clients from early design to operations.
MARIN Is an independent research institute providing reliable and innovative services in hydrodynamic and nautical research. They provide a unique combination of know-how and expertise, using numerical, model test and simulator facilities, to assist their clients from the conceptual design stage up to operational challenges of new and existing solutions.
MARIN operates globally in a broad range of application areas, varying from ship design and operations, through offshore engineering to port & channel design, nautical safety and training. Their facilities are located in Wageningen and Ede, The Netherlands. They have an office in Houston, USA, a joint-venture in Shanghai, China and an agent in Sao Paulo, Brasil. www.marin.nl
Metalock Engineering UK Ltd has been involved in naval construction since 1984 and work closely with navies from around the world. They will showcase the varied types of engineering services they offer to companies involved in naval vessel construction and operation and maintenance on surface and sub-surface vessels.
They will be explaining the use of pre machining/metal spraying/finish machining on marine diesel engine block liner entablatures. This process can return sealing surfaces back to original sizes and prolong the working life of the engine. This technique has also been successfully applied on naval gas turbine exhaust volutes.
Metalock UK is involved in the on-going work on the new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.
The main Qinetiq exhibit will be a visualisation of the 21st Century Maritime Defence and Security battle space - QinetiQ play an important role on behalf of the UK MoD and other governments around the world as an independent advisor and assessor of new technology and military capabilities. This puts them in a unique position regarding the future maritime defence and security scenario as they understand the importance of creating an integrated capability ranging from data link satellite communications to the recovery autonomous vehicles at sea. The QinetiQ Maritime Division has 600 highly skilled engineers and scientists who together provide one of the largest teams in Europe with specialist maritime knowledge. They have an excellent track record in utilising this team to allow customers to make the right decisions when procuring new equipment and ensuring that it can be integrated into your existing C4ISR capability.
MT30 has a free power turbine making it the best choice for mechanical drive applications because of the engine’s wide performance envelope. This enhances propulsion system performance and operational flexibility. MT30 can be delivered as a "genset," whereby the engine’s architecture delivers excellent dynamic performance and maintains quality of power supply during large load steps, enabling a stable and robust electrical distribution system as required by modern mission systems. MT30 is of interest to navies around the world www.rolls-royce.com
Visit www.imarest.org/inec for more information on INEC 2014, or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org; +44 (0)20 7382 2702. Registration will be open until the start of INEC 2014.
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INEC 2014 Patrons Include:
• Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng Hon FIMarEST
• Rear Admiral (Ret) Ruurd Lutje Schipholt KNL OON HonFIMarEST
• Rear Admiral Dr Arie Jan de Waard
• Commodore (Dr) Rakesh K Rana
• Tony Graham RCNC
INEC 2014 Technical Advisory Committee include:
• Cdre John Newell MBE RN, Ministry of Defence, UK (Chairman)
• Jens Ballé, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, Germany
•Cdr Matt Bolton RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Capt Mark Dannatt RN (Rtd), GE Power Conversion
• Lt Alex Davies RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Frans de Wildt, ProRail, the Netherlands
• Ian Grant, QinetiQ
• Dr Alistair Greig, University College London
• Tim Hardy, BMT Defence Services Ltd
• Dr Michael Harper, Office of Naval Research Global
• Lt Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Lt Cdr André Hertsenberg RNLN, Royal Netherlands Navy
• Keith Howard, Babcock International Group
• Simon Knight, Babcock International Group
• Lt Cdr Hugh Maddison RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Paul Maillardet, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Dr Phil Rottier, The MathWorks Limited
• Cdr Dr Paul Schulten RNLN, Netherlands Defence Academy
• Prof Douwe Stapersma, Netherlands Defence Academy
• Cdr John Voyce RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
INEC 2014’s Major sponsors is: