Sunday, May 1, 2016

Russian Nuclear Submarine Catches Fire in Kamchatka

Vladivostok April 29, 2016 (Sputnik) - A Russian nuclear submarine docked at a scrapping plant in Kamchatka’s Vilyuchinsk in the Far East caught fire.
Pictures of billowing smoke from the area are being posted on social networks and local media. The pictures show the nose of the vessel in smoke.
Russian Nuclear Submarine Docked for Scrapping at Vilyuchinsk in Kamchatka Burning
The fire broke out on Friday during the hull dismantlement, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release.

“Before being sent to the scrapping plant, all weapon systems and nuclear elements were removed. There is no threat to the ecology.”
The fire at the plant has been localized and there "was neither technologic nor ecological threat", the scrapping plant's representative told RIA Novosti.
"The fire was inside [the plant], that is why extinction lingered. We have wetted it down, there is no open fire. There was fumigation, but now everything is in order."
The Project-949 Krasnoyarsk submarine was built in 1983 and decommissioned in 1998.

Project 885 SSBN Severodvinsk Missile Launch April 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Terma Displays Universal DIRCM Pod


Atlanta April 28, 2016 - The continuing threat of terrorism around the globe and the ever-changing technology of surface-to-air missiles have created a greater demand of directed infra-red (IR) countermeasure (DIRCM) systems and the flexibility to protect all aircraft.  Terma’s Universal DIRCM Pod (UDP) provides operators flexibility to transfer IR-countermeasure systems and Missile Warning systems (MWS) across aircraft and among fleet, and hence greatly reduces equipment costs.
A proven leader in airborne structures and with over 40 years of experience, Terma has worked with rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft operators and OEMs to develop and certify modular airborne structures (e.g. Apache AH-64, Chinook CH-47, Mil MI-17, IOMAX Archangel, NH-90 and C-130 to include a few). 
The UDP comes from a long history and pedigree of structures internationally recognized, such as the Apache Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AMASE) pod and the Chinook Aircraft Survivability Equipment (CHASE) pod.  This pod structure houses the complete DIRCM suite, including laser turret, electronics and Missile Warning System (MWS) sensors in a small, lightweight and rigid structure – just under 40 lbs. per structure.
As proven by Terma on several platforms/programs, the pod implementation minimizes the aircraft installation/certification by e.g. utilizing existing hard-points and is therefore ideal for low-cost and rapid fielding of missionized roll-on/roll-off capabilities such as DIRCM/sensors.
Adina Cherry, Vice-President, Terma Airborne Systems explained: “Giving customers the option and flexibility to transfer IR countermeasure and MWS equipment across aircraft not only enables protection when it is needed, but also yields cost and time savings to the operator.”

GE to Provide Technology to Peruvian Navy Research Vessel

General Electric

April 26, 2016 - The Antarctic remains one of the least understood and underexplored regions on our planet. It is also the most inhospitable and fragile. When Peru announced that it soon would join the countries taking part in research activities there, it was crucial that their research vessel currently under construction be among the most reliable and efficient while having the smallest environmental impact possible. To accomplish this feat, Freire Shipyard turned to GE to provide a suite of marine solutions including the electric power and propulsion system coupled with SeaStream* Dynamic Positioning (DP) and automation system. 
The vessel is being built in Vigo at the Freire Shipyard that specializes in building research vessels and with which GE has had a long-standing relationship. Once ready, this vessel will be used by the Peruvian Navy to carry out research in the Polar Regions.
GE’s Marine Solutions business’ extensive experience in the marine industry means it is able to address stringent technical challenges while simultaneously bringing the best value to the shipyard and the Peruvian Navy. One vital element required by the Navy is a lower underwater noise. Thanks to GE’s anti-vibration motor, the electric propulsion system will help meet the DNV GL’s maritime Silent-A Class notation, crucial in enabling the vessel to perform research tasks effectively.
“GE’s expertise and ability to deliver innovative technology will help to make this research vessel among one of the most advanced in the world. Their extensive experience positioned them as a natural partner for this project. Furthermore, as this vessel will venture out into the least hospitable environment on the planet, it was important for us to choose a solution that has an excellent record of reliability and a partner with a global capacity to provide local service. GE’s technology and the people that stand behind it convinced us. GE’s cost-effective offerings and commitment to successfully deliver high-quality solutions on a tight schedule have been remarkable to say the least. We are impressed with the company’s technical capabilities and are excited to have GE’s support in this project,” said Guillermo Freire, general manager, Freire Shipyard.
GE’s Marine Solutions business’ low-voltage electric propulsion system – including generators, switchboard, MV3000 variable frequency drives and motors – is known for its fuel efficiency and its high redundancy rate. GE will also provide its high technology art SeaStream* DP and automation solution to complete the package.
The low-voltage electric propulsion system, together with GE’s SeaStream* DP, will allow for further reduction in fuel consumption. GE’s electrical solution allows systems to stand by, which results in lower fuel consumption and ultimately can help to reduce cost significantly. The offered system can be upgraded with remote diagnostic systems if needed in the future.
“GE’s vast experience in providing similar solutions has allowed us to help the Peruvian Navy build an advanced research ship that will operate efficiently, reliably and with minimal environmental impact even in the most hostile environments. We are proud to be a part of this project, which satisfactorily meets the demands of our customer and as a result, enhances our ongoing relationship with Freire Shipyard,” said Tim Schweikert, president & CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions business. “We are committed to continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and meeting the future challenges of the industry.”
In providing solutions to the Peruvian Navy, GE is successfully building upon the experience it has gathered from providing similar solutions to, among others, the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and from its participation in building “Pourquoi Pas,” the French research vessel.

European ship owners on promotional tour in Alang – environmental and human rights activists denied access

Photo by Adam Cohn - - Ship Breaking Detritus, Alang Shipyards, 2015

Brussels April 28, 2016 - Tomorrow, European ship owners, government representatives of France, Germany and Belgium, and the European Commission will visit the Alang shipbreaking yards. Despite several indications that NGOs, including the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, would be part of the delegation, no NGO was invited to join in the end. 
“We were clearly not welcome to join this visit. Critical civil society voices are not wanted in Alang – neither by ship owners, nor by the yards – this confirms the lack of transparency under which the yards in Alang operate,” said Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. 
The delegation will also not meet trade union representatives or workers, and will only visit a selection of very few yards. The visit is organised by industry association ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Association) that represents the interests of European ship owners. It is an attempt by both ship owners and certain yards in India to convince European policy makers that yards in Alang should be approved for the upcoming EU list of accepted ship recycling facilities. However, under the European Ship Recycling Regulation and the recently published technical guidelines on the requirements for ship recycling facilities, it is clear that beaching facilities do not qualify for the EU list. 
With regards to tomorrow’s visit, local environmental groups have raised several concerns related to the deplorable working conditions, poor downstream waste management and continued pollution of the coastal waters in Alang. 
“We share the Gujarat-based NGOs’ concerns and demand that European ship owners do not settle for double standards. European ship owners should only use facilities that operate at a level which is accepted in the European Union. The low-cost method of beaching will not feature on the EU list,” said Heidegger. 

27th IND-INDO Coordinated Patrol

MIK News

April 28, 2016 - The Indonesian Navy and the Indian Navy have been participating in coordinated patrol (CORPAT) twice a year since 2002 to keep this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. 
The 27th series of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) is being conducted from 28 Apr to 19 May 16. Opening Ceremony of the CORPAT is being held at Port Blair from 28 – 30 Apr 16. Closing Ceremony will be held at Belawan, Indonesia from 16 – 19 May 16. The Indonesian Navy is being represented by the ship KRI Imam Bonjol (pictured above)  and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN235 whilst INS Karmuk and one Naval Dornier aircraft are representing the Indian Navy. 
A high level Indonesian delegation for the 27th CORPAT arrived at Port Blair on 28 Apr 2016. Later in the day, senior officers of the delegation led by First Admiral Muhammad Ali, called on Vice Admiral Bimal Verma AVSM at his office, wherein the two discussed issues of mutual interest and cooperation. 
Apart from securing the trade sea route, the coordinated patrol also serves to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability between the two navies.The CORPAT thus reflects the shared concern between the two countries for a peaceful Indian ocean for the benefit of international community. 

Future USS Frank E Petersen Jr Begins Fabrication

Cmdr. Dave Murray, production officer for the U.S. Navy's DDG 51 program, presses the button to start fabrication of the Ingalls-built destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121). Photo by Lance Davis/HII
Pascagoula April 27, 2016 - The construction of future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) is officially underway at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard.
The milestone, which signifies the first 100 tons of steel being cut, was marked with a ceremony held in the shipyard's fabrication shop, April 27. 
The guided-missile destroyer honors Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. who was the first African American aviator and general officer in the United States Marine Corps. After entering the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1950, Petersen would go on to fly more than 350 combat missions throughout the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 
"With this milestone, Ingalls is now in various stages of production on five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers," said Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "DDG 121 will greatly benefit from the serial production of those earlier ships and once delivered, will be the 70th destroyer of its class to join the U.S. Fleet." 
Frank E. Petersen Jr. will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the AEGIS Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability for Anti-Air Warfare.
When operational, these multimission surface combatants will serve as integral players in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense as well as increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare. 
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.