Saturday, August 1, 2015

Russian naval flotilla visits Da Nang


July 31, 2015 - Three ships of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet, with 482 crewmembers on board, docked at Tien Sa port in Da Nang city on July 31st.
The ships are the Admiral Panteleyev destroyer, Pechenga tanker and SB-522 tugboat.
The Russian guests were welcomed by representatives from the Department of External Relations under the Ministry of National Defence, Naval Region III Command, Da Nang city’s Military Command and Border Guard Command, and Russian Consulate General in the city.
During the three-day visit, the Russian guests will meet with leaders of the city People’s Committee and Naval Region III Command, lay a flower wreath at Da Nang city’s Monument for Martyrs and Heroes, and visit tourist sites in the city.
The visit by the Russian ships will contribute to further development of the defence cooperation relationship between the two armies.

Translated by Van Hieu

Ministry of Defence has identified the causes of the series of air crashes


Moscow July 31, 2015 - Accidents recently revealed a number of systemic problems in ensuring aviation armed forces, including personnel, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry.
"The Defense Ministry analyzed ... in connection with the recent air accidents. Identified" bottlenecks ", especially in the preparation of technical and flight personnel", - quotes the representative agency Interfax.
He recalled that 5-6 years ago in aviation units have been large cuts have been sharply limited set of cadets in flying and aviation engineering school. Recently admission to these institutions restored, but to complete the training of such specialists need 5-6 years, he added. "The first young aeronautical engineer and pilot of the first to be released from our universities only in 2018" - a spokesman said.
According to him, to fix the staffing situation considered various options, including the return of the troops earlier dismissed specialists and the ability to accelerate the release of specialists from universities. However, the decision has yet been taken.
In addition, according to him, the problem of personnel in the air force and effect several years ago adopted the decision to reduce the status of technical staff. Previously, these specialists were in officer positions were then translated into the category of warrant officers, and then completely sergeants on contract service. "But this is all people with higher education!" - He added.
Military officials said that over 10 years in the Armed Forces Aviation occurred 83 accidents and disasters. "This year - is not the worst in this respect. And, for example, in 2014 there were only two incidents of flight," - he said.
According to the Defense Ministry, the problem is compounded by the fact that military aircraft began to fly more, and in that the weight began to come new technology.
Earlier Voennoe.RF survey of experts on the possible causes of frequent accidents.

Colombia, Brazil and Peru working to protect the Amazon

Colombian Navy

Cartagena July 31, 2015 - Colombia's National Army, the Navy of Peru and the Brazilian Navy made the Bracolper 2015 operation, which takes place on the Amazon from Leticia-Colombia to Manaus-Brazil, through Peru.
This operation, which takes place annually, aims to create and strengthen ties of friendship and mutual cooperation for the benefit of the riverine populations, strengthening interoperability with riverine units in public areas border on the Amazon river.
In version 41 of this operation, with the protection of water systems in the Amazon seeks to participate vessels from three countries: Brazil "NASH Oswaldo Cruz", "NPAFLU Rondonia", "NPAFLU Pedro Teixeira", the Peruvian units "BAP Loreto", "BAP Maranon" and by Navy ships Colombia "ARC Leticia" and "ARC Igaraparana." 
The operation is divided into three phases comprising scrolling ports Leticia - Colombia - Horse Concha-Peru and Hands - Brazil, where practices exercises and naval communications are formations semáforas flares light load transfer and rapid reaction, among others.
The naval operation Bracolper is conducted since 1974 by the navies of the three countries bordering Brazil - Colombia and Peru, who through common agreements united to safeguard the waterways of the Amazon, in order to fight in the border rivers and common illegal activities such as drug trafficking, illegal mining and environmental exploitation. 
La Armada Nacional, en cabeza de la Fuerza Naval del Sur continuará estrechando lazos de cooperación con los países vecinos con el fin de reforzar las capacidades de sus unidades a flote protegiendo la Amazonia Colombiana desde donde convergen las fronteras de Ecuador, Perú y Brasil. 

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Lockheed Martin-built AEHF system operational for all partner nations

Lockheed Martin

Sunnyvale July 31, 2015/- One of the world's most impenetrable satellite communications systems, built by Lockheed Martin to serve the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and the U.K., is now live. Those nations now have a modern, operational protected network to connect their militaries when responding to global crises. 
All four international partners are currently connected to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite network, which provides protected communications from the Oval Office to the front lines. This phase, called initial operational capability, means the baseline capabilities have been met and that all operators with access can begin using the system for routine sensitive communication and critical operations.
"When a commander issues orders, they need to know their troops will get the information quickly and without fear of interruption or interception," said Mark C. Calassa, vice president of Protected Communication Systems and AEHF program manager for Lockheed Martin. "Compared to anything else on orbit, AEHF gives an unmatched level of protection and has five times the speed of legacy protected communication systems. With AEHF reaching IOC, the system's international partners can more quickly and safely command some of the world's most capable militaries to address global instability as it arises." 
AEHF provides a necessary, assured communications link for national leaders and military commanders transmitting sensitive information in contested areas. While there are many secure satellite communication systems serving both the civil and military sectors, AEHF is the only current system protected against the full spectrum of threats.
A constellation of nuclear-hardened communications satellites forms the AEHF protected network to stave off high-tech jammers, eavesdropping and cyber attacks. On-board signal processing and satellite-to-satellite crosslinks further insulate communications from vulnerability by eliminating the need for ground relay stations.
The system's high data transfer rates can securely send images, video and other mission data to compatible aircraft, naval vessels and maneuver forces during special operations, anti-piracy missions and humanitarian relief efforts. AEHF's gain in speed over its predecessor, Milstar, can also provide high-quality, real-time information like battlefield maps and targeting data for tactical operations.
Achieving initial operational capability followed a six-month evaluation cycle conducted by the U.S. Air Force where AEHF was tested in simulated scenarios like harrowing battlefield environments and cyberattacks. Lockheed Martin is contracted for six AEHF satellites; three are performing on orbit and the remaining three are in production at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale. 

Vietnam Commissions Two More Kilos

Cam Ranh Bay August 1, 2015 The Navy on August 1st held a flag raising ceremony for two submarines, 184 Hai Phong and 185 Khanh Hoa, at Naval Brigade 189.
Addressing the ceremony, Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, the Navy’s Commander, stressed that the official assignment of the two submarines of the 636 Varshavyanka (Kilo)-class to Naval Brigade 189 is a significant step marking a breakthrough in building a modern navy in particular and a modern army in general.
He asked the naval troops on the two submarines to thoroughly grasp the noble values of the national sea and islands as well as the importance of peace and stability to the national construction and defence cause.
On the occasion, the people’s party committees, people’s councils, and people’s committees of Khanh Hoa province and Hai Phong city granted VND 700 million to each submarine and VND 600 million to Naval Brigade 189.

Here are some photos of the ceremony.

The flag raising ceremony held at Brigade 189

Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, the Navy’s Commander addressing the ceremony.

The Navy’s Commander presenting national and naval flags to the captains of the two submarines.

The flags raised on 184-Hai Phong.

and 185-Khanh Hoa submarines

Translated by Tran Hoai

Friday, July 31, 2015

Second Artillery Corps can be used against enemy aircraft carrier: Yin Zhuo

China's DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile (Internet photo)

July 31, 2015 - Admiral Yin Zhuo of the People's Liberation Army Navy said that the exercise launched in the disputed South China Sea on July 28 was to test the capability of the Second Artillery Corps, China's strategic missile force, to sink enemy warships, according to the state-run People's Daily.
During the exercise, the abilities of China's Type 052C, Type 052D guided-missile destroyers and Type 054A guided missile frigates to defeat enemy aircraft, missile and electronic reconnaissance were tested under the coordination of the navy's air force and the Second Artillery Corps. Yin Zhou said that the Chinese warships successfully disabled the radar systems of the enemy early warning aircraft with the assistance of the electronic warfare units in Guangzhou Military Region.
At the same time, the exercise allowed the Second Artillery Corps to test its own anti-ship ballistic missile such as the DF-21 as well. Known as the carrier killer, the DF-21D was developed Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy, particularily to sink large warship. Yin Zhuo said those missiles are extremely hard to intercept after they are launched. The Second Artillery Corps has the right to deploy those missiles when China's homeland and islands were attacked, he said.
Yin also said that the exercise was launched to simulate a campaign-level combat simulation. "Even if a war between China and other nations really start in the region of South China Sea, it will not go beyond this level" said Yin. He said that the exercise was launched for political reasons to prove that China has the capability to defend its territory. It was not launched against any country, but the exercise should serve as a warning to rival claimants to the the Spratly islands according to the Chinese admiral.
Beijing lays claim to almost the entirety of the South China Sea and its islands, amid competing claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia. China has recently been pushing its claims, including extensive land reclamation activities on islands it controls with a view to establishing permanent military facilities.

A fond farewell to HMAS Tobruk

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, receives a royal salute during HMAS Tobruk's decommissioning ceremony held at Fleet Base East, Sydney.
Sydney July 31, 2015 - The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Ret'd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert, MP, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, today attended the decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk to bid the ship a fond farewell in Sydney.
“In a time-honoured tradition, the Australian White Ensign was lowered for the last time and handed to Commanding Officer, Commander Leif Maxfield,” Mr Robert said.
“Today’s decommissioning is bittersweet and marks the end of almost 35 years of service for this vessel, which has provided significant humanitarian aid and disaster relief, as well as an amphibious heavy lift capability to the Australian Defence Force.”
Tobruk provided sterling service and contributed to operations in Somalia, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, and conducted extensive work both in Australia and around the South West Pacific.
“She has been the workhorse of the Fleet,” Mr Robert said.
“Tobruk has proven herself to be versatile and resilient, supporting numerous humanitarian aid and disaster missions in the Pacific and Philippines and undertaking active service in Africa as part of Operation SOLACE, as well as operations in East Timor and the Middle East.
“Her hard work has paved the way for the future of the Navy by providing an understanding of how to carry out humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions.
“Today it is also important to acknowledge the hard work of the current and former crews who have called Tobruk home.
“Ultimately it is the dedicated men and women of the Navy who transform the platform into a capability, and to you I simply say thank you. I also thank all those individuals who have ever maintained Tobruk and all those who had a hand in building her.”
Tobruk was designed for combined Navy and Army amphibious operations. The ship is a multi-purpose troop and heavy vehicle carrier and includes facilities for bow and stern loading, beaching, a drive-through capacity and inter-deck transfers via ramps.