November’s top news stories

11 December 2017 (Last Updated December 12th, 2017 09:55)

The US Navy joined search operations for missing Argentine submarine and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is set to formally commission the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth. Naval-technology.com wraps up key headlines from November.

US Navy joins search operations for missing Argentine submarine

The US Navy deployed a series of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to search for the Argentine Navy’s missing submarine, A.R.A. San Juan.

The vessel went missing in the South Atlantic waters with 44 personnel on-board last week, two days after its last communication with the navy, reported Reuters.

A.R.A. San Juan departed from Ushuaia and was en route to the coastal city of Mar del Plata in the Buenos Aires province.

Queen to commission Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth on 7 December

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II announced plans to formally commission the British Royal Navy’s future flagship Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on 7 December.

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the news on-board the aircraft carrier as it underwent sea trials around the south coast of England.

Williamson said: “In a world of intensifying global threats, this magnificent ship will be a leading force fighting to protect the values of the UK and our allies.”

Australia to invest $158.3m to upgrade Nulka active missile decoy

The Australian Government is set to invest A$207m ($158.3m) to upgrade the Nulka anti-ship missile defence system used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels.

The upgrade programme on the BAE Systems-built capability will be carried out over the next 20 years.

Work under the programme will include installation of a new launch system and supporting technology to improve Nulka’s effectiveness.

Canada and Irving extend RPF submission deadline for combatant fleet

The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding agreed to extend the final date of submission for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of the new Canadian Surface Combatant fleet to the end of this month.

The Canadian Surface Combatant is the largest and most complex procurement currently being carried out by the government.

It forms part of the Canadian Government’s wider National Shipbuilding Strategy to support the operations of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

UAE to buy two Gowind-class corvettes from France

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) expressed interest in purchasing two new French-made Gowind-class multi-mission corvettes.

Both vessels will be designed and constructed by French arms industry company Naval Group (formerly DCNS) in collaboration with UAE-based firm Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB).

The partnership forms part of the wider UAE Naval Development Strategy and also includes an option for two additional vessels from Naval Group.

Naval Group supplies visual defence simulator to French Navy

Naval Group delivered its latest visual defence simulator, Simdav, to the French Navy in Brest.

The latest delivery follows the company’s provision of the same simulator system to the navy in Toulon at the end of last year.

Both orders form part of the French Navy’s five-year upgrade and through-life support contract, which was originally awarded by the country’s armament procurement agency DGA in December 2014.

Singapore Navy commissions two new littoral mission vessels

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) commissioned two of its newest Independence-class littoral mission vessels (LMVs), RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity.

Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen noted that the two new vessels are future-ready during the commissioning ceremony, which was conducted at RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base.

Hen added: “The LMVs represent a quantum jump compared to its predecessor, the Fearless-class patrol vessels.”

Kelvin Hughes to supply SharpEye radar system to Pakistan Navy

The Pakistan Navy placed a follow-on order to Kelvin Hughes for the delivery of a second SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system.

Kelvin Hughes is set to supply its second set of radar systems for the navy’s newest Agosta 90B-class, or Khalid-class, diesel-electric attack submarine under the latest deal.

The new radars will be installed on-board the Pakistan Navy submarines as part of its mid-life upgrade programme, which is currently being carried out at the Karachi Pakistan Naval Shipyard.

Terma to fit new Philippines frigates with C-Guard decoy launchers

Danish company Terma was selected to deliver and install its C-Guard decoy launching systems on-board the two 2,600t future frigates of the Philippines Navy.

In October last year, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a contract with the Philippines Department of National Defense to construct the two 107m-long frigates for the navy.

The Philippines Navy mandated HHI to choose a self-protection solution that would combine advanced technology, cost-effectiveness, small footprint and high-operational flexibility.

Controp to deliver maritime EO / IR payloads to Vietnamese Navy

Controp Precision Technologies secured a contract to supply a significant number of maritime electro-optical / infrared (EO / IR) payloads to the Vietnamese Navy.

The latest contract is a follow-on to a previous order placed three years ago.

The company will deliver its iSea-40HD maritime EO / IR payload under the deal, which is to be used by the navy for safety and surveillance.