September’s top stories: IAP position on US Navy’s contract, RAN’s Hobart-class AWD's trials

IAP Worldwide Services wins a position on the US Navy’s global contingency support multiple award contract II, and the Royal Australian Navy’s first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer, Hobart, has completed builder sea trials at Techport Australia. Naval-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2016.


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IAP wins position on US Navy’s $900m global contingency services multiple award contract

IAP Worldwide Services, a managing member of IAP-ECC, was awarded a position on the US Navy’s $900m global contingency support multiple award contract II (GCSMAC II).

The company is one of five firms granted a position on the indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract.

Awarded by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the GCSMAC II has a base period plus seven additional optional years.

RAN’s first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer completes Builder Sea trials

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD), Hobart, successfully completed builder sea trials at Techport Australia in Adelaide.

Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance general manager Lloyd Beckett said that the sea trials have successfully evaluated the vessel’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems.

AWD Alliance programme manager commodore Craig Bourke said: “The completion of Hobart’s Builder Sea Trials is a significant step towards delivery of the first AWD to defence and the most capable warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy.”

Rolls-Royce to equip Royal New Zealand Navy’s new Polar-class naval ship

Rolls-Royce was contracted to equip the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) new Polar-class logistics support vessel.

Under the contract, the company will supply a combined diesel electric and diesel (CODLAD) propulsion plant based on twin Bergen main engines, which will drive through reduction gears, a controllable pitch propeller.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems will supply four MTU gensets to provide electricity for the vessel, as well as for other equipment such as switchboards, motors, drives, bow thruster and the electric RAS / FAS system.

US Navy’s EA-18G Green Growler flight tests 100% advanced biofuel

The US Navy’s EA-18G Green Growler aircraft flight tested 100% advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 project officer and test pilot lieutenant commander Bradley Fairfax claimed the transparent biofuel resembled petroleum JP-5 used in the aircraft.

Fairfax said: "What we have seen is that the 100% bio-JP-5 appears to be basically transparent. It looks just like petroleum JP-5 in the airplane.”

Indonesian Navy’s first Sigma frigate successfully completes sea trials

The Indonesian Navy’s new Sigma 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate successfully concluded its sea trials.

The frigate, to be named to KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata, is the first of the two Sigma 10514 frigates jointly constructed at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in Netherlands and Indonesian shipyard PT PAL.

The sea trial involved conducting basin trials for seven days to ensure operational readiness of the propulsion and safety systems, prior to the vessel’s passage from the PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya to the open waters of the Java Sea.

Lockheed's F-35B and Aegis weapon system demonstrate integration in live missile test

The US Navy and Marine Corps announced the successful demonstraton of integration between Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and Aegis weapon system during a live missile test.

The integration of the F-35 was tested for the first time to support the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).

During the live fire missile event, an unmodified F-35B from the Marine Corps’ Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, acted as an elevated sensor and detected an over-the-horizon threat.

UK Royal Navy’s HMS Westminster to receive new Sea Ceptor anti-air missile

The UK Royal Navy’s Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Westminster is set to be integrated with a new, short-range shield, anti-air missile, Sea Ceptor.

HMS Westminster is currently nearing completion of a major overhaul programme at the Portsmouth Naval Base.

The upgrade programme will include the fitting of Sea Ceptor, a new medium-range radar and an improved computer system, including a number of other improvements.

US Navy orders engineering stand down for littoral combat ship crew

The US Naval Surface Forces commander vice-admiral Tom Rowden ordered engineering stand down and retraining for every littoral combat ship (LCS) crew.

The move comes in the wake of engineering and propulsion casualties faced by four LCSs, USS Freedom (LCS 1), Independence-class USS Coronado (LCS-4), USS Forth Worth (LCS 3), and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5).

The stand down will enable LCS crews to review procedures and standards for their engineering departments.

UK Navy’s first River-class OPV HMS Forth lowered into water

The UK Royal Navy’s first River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), HMS Forth, was lowered into the water for the first time.

The vessel was lowered from a barge into the River Clyde in Scotland by BAE Systems workers, with the barge remaining beneath it. HMS Forth completed a 1.75-mile journey from the company’s Govan shipyard in Glasgow to Scotstoun site.

HMS Forth will now be fitted out with complex combat systems and will undergo testing at the site prior to being delivered to the Royal Navy next year.

MBDA to supply new coastal defence system for Qatari Emiri Naval Forces

MBDA signed a contract to deliver a new coastal missile system for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF).

The coastal missile system will be designed to enable the QENF to safeguard its territorial waters from hostile ships.

MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier said: “I am delighted that Qatar has confirmed the trust placed in MBDA for its defence requirements, just a few months after signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) during DIMDEX exhibition.