Friday, September 16, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
September 13, 2016 - Environmentalists Northern Fleet during the summer collected on the Arctic island of Boiler and prepared for recycling more than 30 thousand barrels, one and a half times more than in 2015. This was reported on Tuesday, September 14, the press service of the Northern Fleet.
"Soldiers environmental platoon Northern Fleet completed the seasonal work on the island of Boiler drums, which in Soviet times was used for the transport and storage of fuels and lubricants, compressed and packed in containers.", - Told TASS in the fleet's press service.
Monday, September 12, 2016
In July of this year Radio Holland was awarded a 10-vessel managed service agreement from ALP Maritime Services (see press release). The ALP Centre tug is part of this agreement. This vessel sails with a dual ECDIS solution provided by Radio Holland. The second mate was interviewed to give his view about the benefits of (dual) ECDIS . The result is an interesting video that gives an insight, from a crew perspective, into the changes and benefits of using a (dual) ECDIS.
September 1, 2016 - Two huge state-of-the-art gangways built to meet the unique demands of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers have arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base.
Designed and developed by Dutch specialists Verhoef, on behalf of BAE Systems, the bespoke gangways are part of an investment of £100 million to support HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales while they are docked in Portsmouth.
The gangways, known in the maritime industry as ‘brows’, have been specifically produced to provide industrial and naval workforces day-to-day access to the largest warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. Weighing 12 tonnes each, a single brow can cater for a footfall of up to 3,000 people per hour, with up to 500 industrial staff expected to work on the ships each day when they are alongside during maintenance periods.
The reception point brow will be used predominantly by Royal Navy and VIP visitors. Its telescopic gangway will extend up to 19 metres over the water while the aircraft lift brow will allow easy access to the ships for support staff.
Mark Harris, BAE Systems Queen Elizabeth Class Readiness Project Manager, said: “The reception point and aircraft lift brows are unique to the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers as existing designs are too short for these ships.
“The brows are cutting-edge a steel and aluminum construction, built to provide a means of access that can be deployed quickly, without the need of a crane, and taking account of tidal conditions and ship movements. The brows also come with integrated LED lighting to provide illuminated access during dark hours.”
A rigorous training and familiarization program will now take place to ensure those supporting the aircraft carriers at Portsmouth Naval Base are ready to operate and maintain the new equipment ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in 2017.
August 31, 2016 - The first complex warship to be built at Glasgow since the last Type 45, HMS Duncan, has successfully completed its journey from BAE Systems shipyard at Govan on the Clyde and is now safely docked at the company’s Scotstoun facility where she will complete final systems installation and testing.
FORTH, the first of the new River Class offshore patrol vessels, entered the water for the first time on Saturday 13 August and her arrival at Scotstoun is the latest step in a modernized approach to shipbuilding at Glasgow that uses the latest technologies and processes. The first plate of steel for FORTH was delivered to Glasgow in October 2014 and progressed down the production line soon after, with the ship structurally complete just 18 months later.
Vice Admiral Simon Lister, Chief of Materiel (Fleet) for the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organization, said: “The cutting-edge technology of the Royal Navy’s versatile new Offshore Patrol Vessels will enable these warships to carry out a wide range of tasks, from disaster relief missions to maritime security, all the while protecting the UK’s interests at home and around the globe.
“Supported by a rising Defence budget, the rollout of HMS Forth reflects the success of the OPV program, safeguarding the vital capability and skills that will be used in the delivery of the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates.”
Iain Stevenson, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: “For FORTH to enter the water less than two years after construction started is hugely significant and sets the tone for the future of modern warship building. She is the first complex warship to benefit from the new technologies and methods that we are introducing to further bolster our ability to be the best supplier to the Royal Navy. FORTH has already benefitted from a safer and more efficient build process that enabled much of the work to take place under cover, and as a result she leaves our Govan facility at a much higher rate of completion.
“We’re building on the proud heritage of British shipbuilding here in Glasgow and looking to the future. Not only does this mean we are creating valuable additions to the Royal Navy’s fleet but we are ensuring that shipbuilding skills and expertise are maintained and developed in the UK.”
The new process to transfer FORTH across the Clyde began with a single remote control and 160 wheels driving the 1600 tonne FORTH from inside the ship build hall at Govan to the dock side at a careful half a mile per hour. FORTH, with a weight comparable to 120 London buses, then made a short journey towards the waiting barge before setting sail for Scotstoun via the King George V dock. She is now safely at Scotstoun with the installation of the complex combat systems already underway, prior to handover to the Royal Navy in the first half of 2017.
This design of the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) builds on the Royal Navy's existing River Class ships and variants of this design are already in service in Brazil and Thailand. Engineers at BAE Systems have modified the design to meet the requirements of the Royal Navy in support of UK interests both at home and abroad.
The OPVs will be globally deployable and capable of ocean patrol with a range in excess of 5,000 nautical miles, equivalent to a journey from Portsmouth to Rio de Janeiro, and a maximum speed of 24 knots.
The manufacturing contract for the first three ships was announced in August 2014 and in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review the UK Government announced its intention to buy a further two offshore patrol vessels to be built in Glasgow. Construction of first of class, FORTH, began in October 2014, second of class, MEDWAY, began in June 2015 while TRENT began in October 2015. FORTH is due to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017.
September 2, 2016 - The smallest vessel in the Royal Navy is playing a key role in the maiden voyage by Britain’s largest warship.
Tiny launch HMS Gleaner – previously used to scan the wreck of the Mary Rose in the Solent – has spent weeks surveying every inch of the Forth estuary to ensure carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth leaves Rosyth dockyard without a hitch next spring.
Nineteen times longer, 15 times wider and a staggering 3,000 times heavier, the new carrier dwarfed the small survey craft as she scanned the huge inner basin at Rosyth, where Queen Elizabeth is in the final stages of completion.
The future flagship – the largest vessel ever to fly the White Ensign – is due to begin trials in the North Sea next spring ahead of her debut in her home base of Portsmouth.
But with data on the Forth estuary 60 years old, Plymouth-based Gleaner and a specialist team of military surveyors were dispatched to Scotland to gather information on the tides, river bed and the three crossings – one rail, two road – to ensure the carrier’s first departure runs smoothly.
HMS Queen Elizabeth has already been fitted with a special main mast which can be lowered to allow the ship to safely pass beneath the bridges.
But taking nothing to chance, Army surveyors from 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) from RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire used the latest theodolites to measure the bridge heights, while Gleaner’s crew did the same using a new laser scanner.
Beneath the surface, Gleaner’s sonar looked down at the main channel into Rosyth dockyard which will need dredging before the carrier sails, and scanned the inner basin itself – 11.8 metres deep and about 32 times the size of the pitch at Wembley.
Despite the high-tech equipment crammed into Gleaner’s tiny 15-metre hull, it’s still taken the boat several months to gather the information needed – not least because the new Forth Road Bridge, due to open around the same time as the carrier sails, has affected the flow of the Forth and silt accumulating in the shipping channels.
“The use of modern multibeam sonar and precise satellite positioning should make the survey straightforward, but the environment of an estuary rarely makes it that way,” said the launch’s Commanding Officer Lt Marc Taylor.
“Still, we’ve finished the job and shown how the Royal Navy’s smallest ship can provide a vital service to its largest.”
Queen Elizabeth’s first Commanding Officer Capt Jerry Kyd took the helm of Gleaner for some of the work inside the basin to see the accuracy of the data being collected for himself.
“The excellent work carried out by Gleaner over the past few months is hugely important to me as Queen Elizabeth’s captain,” he said.
“There’s an absolute need to understand the hydrographical issues that will impact on the safe navigation of the carrier when we sail from Rosyth next spring.”
Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation), today announced it will highlight its industry-leading P5 Combat Training System (P5 CTS) and other innovative air combat training solutions at the annual Tailhook Symposium 2016 in Reno, Nevada from September 8 – 10. The P5 CTS is a major component of the Department of the Navy’s Tactical Combat Training System (TCTS). Tailhook Symposium is an annual conference hosted by The Tailhook Association, a non-profit organization recognized as the premier supporter of Naval Aviation, to feature the latest innovations in aircraft technology.
“Cubic engages with end users to assess current training capabilities and educate them about the possibilities of the next-generation training environment.”
“At Tailhook, Cubic will showcase our most important P5 CTS/TCTS enhancements that we believe will open up dialogue with our Naval Aviation fleet customers on new and tactically relevant means to train to the demanding missions aviators must execute. In addition, we will be onsite to discuss the future of effective Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) training,” said Dave Buss, president of Cubic Global Defense. “Cubic engages with end users to assess current training capabilities and educate them about the possibilities of the next-generation training environment.”
Cubic will demonstrate the following air combat training solutions:
- P5 Combat Training System (CTS/TCTS): P5 CTS relays Time, Space, and Positioning Information (TSPI) between participating aircraft and range systems while internally recording weapon events during training sorties. This enables real-time, live monitoring and recorded mission data of air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air training scenarios for post mission analysis.
- F-35 P5 Internal Subsystem: The F-35 P5 Internal Subsystem (IS) provides the P5 CTS capability to the JSF program. Unlike previous wing-mounted ACTS pods, this secure and internal training solution allows the F-35 to retain low-observable characteristics.
- Bandit Board: The Cubic Bandit Board is an integrated low-cost tactical training capability that transmits the live P5 CTS display onto a kneeboard tablet of a pilot in an aggressor “Red Air” aircraft. With this innovative enhancement, “Red Air” now has a high-fidelity, real-time picture of all players in a combat training exercise, transforming a second- or third-generation aircraft into a formidable opponent.
- Secure LVC Advanced Training Solutions: As the industry System Integrator for the Air Force Research Lab’s Secure LVC Advanced Training Environment (SLATE) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD), Cubic will support the development and demonstration of a new secure waveform with tactical aircraft and range ground stations as part of a LVC system for air combat training.