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Top tweets on naval tech in February 2021

1. U.S. Navy’s tweet on USS James E. Williams’ passing exercise with Colombian Navy

U.S. Navy, the official account of the US Navy, shared an article on USS James E. Williams, a guided-missile destroyer, performing a passing exercise (PASSEX) in collaboration with the Colombian Navy frigate ARC Antioquia in the Caribbean Sea. The destroyer has been deployed to the US 4th Fleet area of operations to assist the Joint Interagency Task Force South’s operation to tackle drug trafficking in the East Pacific and the Caribbean.

Both navies practised a series of tactical shipboard movements known as division tactics (DIVTACS) during PASSEX, including precise formations and turns.

The US 4th Fleet serves the US Southern Command’s combined military exercises to enhance interoperability, build partnerships, and promote peace and regional security in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.


Username: U.S. Navy

Twitter handle: @USNavy

Retweets: 253

Likes: 1,314

2. Tyler Rogoway’s tweet on the deployment of British Royal Navy’s submarine in Gibraltar

Tyler Rogoway, editor at The War Zone, shared an article on the arrival of British Royal Navy’s submarine ‘Talent’ armed with wake detection system in the British territory of Gibraltar.

These non-acoustic sensors on the submarine help in detecting other submarines underneath the waves via the changes in water density. These systems were originally used by the Soviet submarines and now by Russian submarines.

Talent, which is scheduled to be decommissioned later this year, is among the last three Royal Navy Trafalgar class submarines that have been gradually retired as the new Astute class attack submarines have entered service.


Username: Tyler Rogoway

Twitter handle: @Aviation_Intel

Retweets: 30

Likes: 172

3. H I Sutton’s tweet on the French Navy launching the latest strategic submarine

H I Sutton, a defence and aerospace reporter, shared an article on the French Navy’s latest strategic submarine SNLE-3G, whose noise levels are lower than the ocean’s ambient noise for it to be detected.

SNLE-3G’s stealth technologies are comparable to that of US Navy’s Columbia-class and UK Royal Navy’s Dreadnought submarines.

The new strategic submarine, which has not yet been named, will replace the current Le Triomphant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBN).

Like the current boats, the new submarines will be built by the Naval Group, and will have the technologies present in the Suffren-class attack submarine, France’s newest nuclear submarine.


Username: H I Sutton

Twitter handle: @CovertShores

Retweets: 24

Likes: 90

4. Peter Dutton’s tweet on French submarine traversing South China Sea

Peter Dutton, professor in Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College, shared an article on the French nuclear attack submarine SNA Emeraude patrolling the South China Sea.

The patrol exercise, it is being perceived, could have potentially angered the Chinese government, which claims a majority of the strategic waters as its region. The SNA Emeraude was joined by support ship BSAM Seine during the patrol.

While China claims most of the strategic waters in the South China Sea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam all also claim parts of the region, which is believed to be the seat of valuable oil and gas deposits. US warships also conduct ‘freedom of navigation’ missions next to the waters claimed by China to show disregard of Beijing’s claims over the region.


Username: Peter Dutton

Twitter handle: @peter_dutton

Retweets: 51

Likes: 85

5. The War Zone’s tweet on US Marine Corps testing an anti-ship cruise missile

The War Zone, a website providing latest information on defence, shared an article on the US Marine Corps test-firing a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship cruise missile from a new launcher based on the 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle truck in 2020.

The new mobile missile launchers loaded with anti-ship and other longer-range missiles form an essential part of the Marine Corps’ plans of conducting distributed operations in the future.

The first launch of the NSM from new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) based system was originally scheduled for June 2020 but was postponed due to a software glitch.

The launcher was validated for its capabilities during the test, while the service continues to invest in technologies to maintain its competitive edge, the article noted.

Meanwhile, the Marine Corps is also exploring a launch system using an unmanned joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) derivative as part of its Remotely Operated Ground Unit Expeditionary-Fires (ROGUE-Fires) programme.


Username: The War Zone

Twitter handle: @thewarzonewire

Retweets: 24

Likes: 42