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USS CHOSIN (CG 65) MAINTENANCE CONTRACT SET
Monday, June 26, 2017
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USS Chosin (CG 65)

Source: U.S. Navy


USS Chosin (CG 65)

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WASHINGTON - Continental Maritime of San Diego, of San Diego, California, has been awarded a $37,755,767 firm-fixed-price delivery order under a previously awarded multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00024-16-D-4417), from the United States Navy, for a Special Selected Restricted Availability (SSRA) on USS Chosin (CG 65) homeported in San Diego, California.

The SSRA will provide depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by April 2018.

Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $37,755,767 will be obligated at time of award; funds in the amount of $30,264,066 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This delivery order was competitively procured with two offers received via previously awarded multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.

The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1229651/
Source Date: June 26, 2017
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 06/27/2017

 
 
HMAS NEWCASTLE DEPLOYS WITH SCANEAGLE UAV
Monday, June 26, 2017
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HMAS Newcastle

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HMAS Newcastle

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CANBERRA - While she may be the last Australian guided missile frigate to deploy to Operation MANITOU, HMAS Newcastle is the first to deploy on operations with an MH60R helicopter and a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System.

Commanding Officer Newcastle Commander Mark Sirois said their pre-deployment work-up involved integration of the new capabilities.

"We prepared the ship in all respects for the mission and ensured our combat systems were good to go, which included firing a Standard Missile 2 off the east coast, the first firing conducted in Australian waters," Commander Sirois said.

"It wasn’t only training, as we did a lot of evaluation of being able to cope with multiple tasks such as boarding operations and searching for illicit weapons or drugs, to dealing with emergencies or warfare at sea."

Commander Sirois said the MH60R was a very different aircraft, with a lot of sensors, and was extremely capable in all spheres of warfare.

"There were changes with the ScanEagle, as we needed to install extra antennas and train members of the ship's company in setting up the launch-and-recovery equipment on the flight deck to perform day and night missions in different environments and sea states," he said.

"So far we've flown the ScanEagle both day and night and it’s given us an excellent video feed - it's an amazing sensor."

Commander Sirois said the next step was integrating the ScanEagle with the MH60R, either simultaneously or one after the other.

"We need to see how it works and what challenges it means for the ship to have a constant airborne surveillance feed available," he said.

"It's a superb capability enhancement and means I have an aerial surveillance capability I can maintain for a lot longer. The surveillance gathering capability means I can make improved command decisions about whether a vessel is a target of interest or not - it's mind-blowing."

Newcastle and her ship’s company of 230 will relieve HMAS Arunta and be assigned to the Combined Maritime Forces for about six months.

The Combined Maritime Forces is comprised of three principal task forces, with the main focus areas of defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, encouraging regional cooperation and promoting a safe maritime environment.

Commander Sirois said it was important for Australia to be a part of Combined Task Force 150, which conducts counter-terrorism and maritime security operations, Combined Task Force 151, which conducts counter piracy operations, and Combined Task Force 152, which conducts Persian Gulf maritime security operations.

"It's about enhancing security for the local nations and security for Australia," he said.

"There are huge strategic benefits for maintaining safe sea lanes in the region and allowing commerce to safely proceed through the area. We are also stopping funding for terrorist organizations, which can directly impact the day-to-day lives of normal Australians."

"The crew is ready to do the job - we’ve gone through a lot of hard yards, but they are motivated and extremely professional. They’re a bunch of ordinary Aussies who do amazing work."

Newcastle participated in exercises with the Indian Navy off the Western Australian coast earlier this month before sailing north.

This deployment will be the end of Commander Sirois's current seagoing command. He will hand over command on return to Australia to Commander Anita Sellick, who will command Newcastle until the ship decommissions in 2019.

Source:  Royal Australian Navy
Associated URL: http://news.navy.gov.au/en/Jun2017/Operations/3848#.WVJZNlGQxpg
Source Date: June 26, 2017
Posted: 06/27/2017

 
 
RUSSIA TESTS NEW BULAVA SLBM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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Source: Defense Threat Information Group


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MOSCOW - Russia has performed a successful test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine took part in this test.

The submarine fired the Bulava missile from a submerged position in the Barents Sea. The missile has a range of 9,300 kilometers. The missile's mock warheads reached their designated targets on the Kura range. This range is located on the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

The Russian navy commissioned the Bulava after a long cycle of development. This missile carries six nuclear warheads.

The Yuri Dolgoruky is the first Borei-class submarine to carry the Bulava missile. The Russian Navy has three Borei class submarines. A further five Borei class boats are under construction.

Source:  Daily Sabah
Associated URL: https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2017/06/27/russian-submarine-sucessfully-test-fires-new-intercontinental-ballistic-missile
Source Date: June 27, 2017
Posted: 06/27/2017

 

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