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MEXICAN NAVY LAUNCHES ARM MONTE ALBAN COASTAL PATROL VESSEL
Monday, January 16, 2017
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A Tenochtitlan class patrol vessel

Source: Secretaría de Marina y Presidencia de México


A Tenochtitlan class patrol vessel

Source: Secretaría de Marina y Presidencia de México


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TAMPICO, Mexico - In a ceremony on January 12, the Mexican Navy officially launched the ARM Bonampak (PC-339). The ceremony was held in Tampico, Tamaulipas at the Astimar Number 1 shipyard.

The launching ceremony was chaired by Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberon Sanz, Secretary of the Navy and Dr. Ximena Puente De La Mora, Commissioner of the National Institute for Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data. They were accompanied by various other people, including Francisco Javier García Cabeza Of Vaca, Governor of the State of Tamaulipas political leaders, and naval, civil, and military authorities. Dr. Ximena Puente De La Mora, who was also the godmother of the ship, cut the ribbon that opened the launching maneuvers.

The Bonampak is part of Tenochtitlan class which is based on the Dutch Damen Stan Patrol 4207 vessels. The ships weigh in at 208 tons and are 42.8 meters long. Two Caterpillar 3516B DI-TA engines propel the ships at speeds up to 26 knots. Each ship is equipped with two 12.76 mm main guns and two 7.62 mm MGs. They have a crew of 18 and can stay at sea for 14 days.

Bonampak is the ninth ship in the Tenochtitlan class that the Tampico shipyard is building under contract. In January 2016, Mexico ordered three more ships from Damen, raising the total count in the class to 10. Some reports indicate that Mexico will eventually order up to 20 ships.

Source:  Mexican Navy
Associated URL: http://www.gob.mx/semar/prensa/la-secretaria-de-marina-armada-de-mexico-realiza-
Source Date: January 16, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
SOUNDS OF LIFE HEARD FROM COLD WAR SONAR SYSTEM
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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SURTASS LFA

Source: US Navy


SURTASS LFA

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Today, more and more nations are using highly advanced diesel-electric submarines that are extremely difficult to detect, which is forcing the U.S. Navy's to return to a reliance on its Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) not seen in any priority use since the height of the Cold War. The sonar system is considered essential to America's efforts to detect newer and quieter diesel-electric submarines, especially those operating in the littoral environment.

The Low Frequency Active (LFA) portion of the system listens for sounds reflected off submarines that are too quiet to hear with a passive system alone. By using specialized signals and echo detection, SURTASS LFA increases the distance at which submarines can be detected and tracked.

The system is currently in production producing replacement units for the U.S. and Japan. It is also undergoing advanced R&D for enhancements and upgrades. Although the Navy decided to restrict SURTASS use under certain geographic conditions in order to reduce its effects on marine life, environmentalists continue to battle the Navy over the use of the oceans as a test range for acoustic systems and weapons. Still, the program will continue to receive funding and support for spares and maintenance and to produce occasional replacement units, as national security will overrule political sit-ins and rallies.

One can expect the program to continue to receive funding and support for spares and maintenance and to produce one or two replacement units in the future, as national security will overrule political sit-ins and rallies.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: http://www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: January 12, 2017
Author: R. Sterk, Naval Systems 
Posted: 01/12/2017

 
 
SOUNDS OF LIFE HEARD FROM COLD WAR SONAR SYSTEM
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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US Navy T-AGOS class ship with SURTASS

Source: US DOD


US Navy T-AGOS class ship with SURTASS

Source: US DOD


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Today, more and more nations are using highly advanced diesel-electric submarines that are extremely difficult to detect, which is forcing the U.S. Navy's to return to a reliance on its Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) not seen in any priority use since the height of the Cold War. The sonar system is considered essential to America's efforts to detect newer and quieter diesel-electric submarines, especially those operating in the littoral environment.

The Low Frequency Active (LFA) portion of the system listens for sounds reflected off submarines that are too quiet to hear with a passive system alone. By using specialized signals and echo detection, SURTASS LFA increases the distance at which submarines can be detected and tracked.

The system is currently in production producing replacement units for the U.S. and Japan. It is also undergoing advanced R&D for enhancements and upgrades. Although the Navy decided to restrict SURTASS use under certain geographic conditions in order to reduce its effects on marine life, environmentalists continue to battle the Navy over the use of the oceans as a test range for acoustic systems and weapons. Still, the program will continue to receive funding and support for spares and maintenance and to produce occasional replacement units, as national security will overrule political sit-ins and rallies.

One can expect the program to continue to receive funding and support for spares and maintenance and to produce one or two replacement units in the future, as national security will overrule political sit-ins and rallies.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: http://www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: January 12, 2017
Author: R. Sterk, Naval Systems 
Posted: 01/12/2017

 

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