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  • Turkish Coast Guard Vessel Intercepted Hellenic CG Boat
    Turkish Coast Guard Vessel Intercepted Hellenic CG Boat March 7 2020
    The Hellenic Coast Guard increased its activities in the Aegean to intercept irregular migration. Greek element violated Turkish borders during mission. In order to intervene irregular migration, ΛΣ-618 (LS-618) tried to push the boat carrying irregular migrants to Turkish borders during the interception task. Meanwhile, the boat violated the Turkish Territorial Waters. TCSG 905 intercepted and accompanied it to outside the Turkish borders by av...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs February 16 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • US Returns Back FLAK Concept
    US Returns Back FLAK Concept January 22 2020
    Increasing high speed anti-ship threats and intensive use of UAVs urged the US to take new measures. In this context, it was announced that the American Navy could return to the airburst ammunition usage for air defence system. At a conference held in the USA, an engineer from Northrop Grumman explained that the company is working on an airburst ammunition that can be used on 30mm guns used on ships. It is aimed that the new projectiles, which are stated to have ...
  • Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate
    Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate December 23 2019
    Saudi Navy will get four Multi-mission surface combatants frigate from Lockheed Martin, a derivation of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) design. The U.S. Navy announced the $1.96 billion contract on Friday. The ships will be built at Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The contract was awarded as part of the U.S. Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program.
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards December 20 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • NMS In the Hind- Pacific Area October 3 2019
    USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), a part of the US Navy's coastal combat fleet, performed a successful manoeuvre and launched the NSM (Naval Strike Missile) missile during the Pacific Griffin exercise in early October. The Pacific Griffin exercise takes place every two years around Guam jointly with the Singapore Navy. NSM has met with Independence-class for the first time in 2014 with the USS Coronado (LCS-4). NSM is an advanced missile system that meets the US Navy's long-range strik...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • USS Oakland Slid Into the Water
    USS Oakland Slid Into the Water July 22 2019
    The U.S. Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Oakland slid into the waters in Alabama. The new build is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. With a displacement of 3,200 tons, LCS 24 has a length of 127.4 meters and can reach a speed of 40+ knots...
  • Sector News Issue 75 July 11 2019
    New Support for A400M RAM for USA and Japan UK Gets a German Partner Refuelling from KC-46 to F-35 Lantset: Cost Active Solution LCS Meets the Water New Solution for Air Operations Armour Becomes Lighter Kement, Ready for Mission ACMI found its Place. Gökbey on its Way to Certification Technologic Support for Atak ...
  • Name of the New LCS
    Name of the New LCS February 6 2019
    US Navy announced the name of its new platform. The new Independence class littoral combat ship will be named as USS Kingsville (LCS 36). The new platform was named after the city of Kingsville, Texas, USA. The decision made because of contributions of Kingsville to the US Navy and Marine Corps. Platform will be built at Austal Shipyard in the city of Mobile. USA has already announced that 11 coastal combat ships are under construction, seven platforms are in pre-construction phase ...
  • Process started for Saudi Ships
    Process started for Saudi Ships November 20 2018
    The US signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for FMS (Foreign Military Sales). Under the agreement, company will conduct detailed design works for Saudi Arabia. Lockheed Martin will carry out detailed design works for ships to be procured by Saudi Arabia under the agreement, which has a total cost of US $ 282,085 million. The first agreement for MMSC (Multi Mission Surface Combattant) platforms was signed in November 2017. Saudi Arabia will procure four units in total. The total ...
  • First Candidate for NSM
    First Candidate for NSM November 19 2018
    Lockheed Martin has announced the launch of NSM integration for Freedom class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The statement included the first platform to integrate the system. The NSM (Naval Strike Missile) system will be integrated into first Freedom class platforms, LCS 27 (future USS Nanucket). Thus Freedom class ships will gain the ability of over the horizon launch capability. The NSM system developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg and can be launched from naval or ...
  • One More LCS Accepted
    One More LCS Accepted August 3 2018
    United States Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced that USS Charleston (LCS 18) littoral combat ship has completed the acceptance trials. During tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, ship made  11-meter boat operation, detection and engagement against air and surface targets, bow thruster and anchorage operations were tested. After delivery, USS Charleston  will undergo a post-delivery availability that includes crew training, certifications and familiarization exercises in...
  • US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile
    US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile June 3 2018
    US Navy has selected The Norwegian-designed Naval Strike Missile for the fleet’s littoral combat ships (LCSs) and the future guided-missile frigates. The 'Naval Strike Missile' (NSM) was submitted for consideration to the US Navy by Norwegian defence firm Kongsberg Defence Systems jointly with US defence contractor Raytheon, beating out offerings from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The $14.8 million contract awarded to Raytheon will purchase the first round of m...
  • LCS Tests New Missile Module with Hellfire
    LCS Tests New Missile Module with Hellfire May 17 2018
    The US Navy's Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) has conducted a live-firing exercise on 11 May launching Longbow Hellfire missiles as part of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing. USS Milwaukee fired four missiles successfully hitting fast inshore attack craft targets. This marks the completion of the first phase of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing for the LCS mission modules program. I...
  • Seventh LCS Gets Ready for Commissioning
    Seventh LCS Gets Ready for Commissioning May 8 2018
    The future USS Manchester (LCS 14) got underway from Austal USA on 5 May to Portsmouth where it is scheduled to enter service following a commissioning ceremony on May 26. The ship will be homeported in San Diego. USS Manchester is the twelfth littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy and the seventh LCS of the Independence variant. 
  • Christening Ceremony for the New Independence Class LCS
    Christening Ceremony for the New Independence Class LCS May 7 2018
    The US Navy has christened its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), during a ceremony held in Austal’s Mobile ship manufacturing facility, Alabama, on May 5. The vessel became the fifth US Navy ship to bear this name. USS Cincinnati will be the tenth of 15 Independence-variant LCSs Austal USA has under contract. The LCS-class consists of the Freedom-variant and Independence-variant, designed and built by two...
  • $83M Investment in Drifting Mine Hunt
    $83M Investment in Drifting Mine Hunt May 4 2018
    Raytheon Company has announced that it has been awarded an $83,3 million contract for the design, test and deployment of the Barracuda mine neutralization system. The Barracuda mine neutralization system, an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle, is a mission module within the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package (MP) intended to identify and neutralize bottom, near-surface and drifting sea mines. The c...
  • New Mission Package for Littoral Combat
    New Mission Package for Littoral Combat May 3 2018
    A new naval mine-clearing device is being developed. Raytheon will develop the single use device that the US Navy needs to identify and dispose of drifting mines, mines where at the bottom, near-surface depths. The unmanned system, called Baracuda, ​​will be integrated into the  mission package of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Raytheon signed a $ 83.3 million design, development, testing and integration agreement with ...
  • Fairbanks Morse Engines to Power Saudi Navy's MMSCs
    Fairbanks Morse Engines to Power Saudi Navy's MMSCs May 2 2018
    Fairbanks Morse has been awarded a contract to deliver eight high-powered diesel engines to power four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships to be built for the Royal Saudi Navy. The engines will begin to be manufactured in early 2019 with delivery scheduled for September 2020, according to Fairbanks Morse.  The US State Department approved the $11.25 billion foreign military sales (FMS) in 2015. The US Navy and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed the letter of offer and ac...
  • 13th LCS Delivered to USN
    13th LCS Delivered to USN May 2 2018
    Austal USA has delivered the future littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) to the US Navy during a ceremony on 30 April. The commissioning of the ship, which completed acceptance trials in March, is planned in late 2018.  USS Tulsa is the thirteenth littoral combat ship to be delivered to the navy and the eighth of the Independence variant to join the fleet. The vessel will be homeported in San Diego. The LCS-class consists of the Freedo...
  • COBRA Reconnaissance and Analysis System Completed Operational Tests
    COBRA Reconnaissance and Analysis System Completed Operational Tests April 25 2018
    The US Navy announced on 23 April that Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed operational testing of the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) System. The developmental tests of COBRA have been completed on 22 February after which the operational testing had begun. The operational testing included identifying possible landing zones for amphibious forces, detecting mines, and locating obstacles that would prevent forces from ...
  • Christening Ceremony for the New Freedom Class LCS
    Christening Ceremony for the New Freedom Class LCS April 19 2018
    The US Navy has christened its newest Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17), during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on 14 April. She will undergo additional outfitting and testing at Fincantieri Marinette Marine before her anticipated delivery next year. This will be the fourth US Navy ship to bear the Indianapolis name. The vessel is also the 17th LCS to enter service with the US Navy. The LCS-class consists of the Freedom-vari...
  • Mk110 Contract for LCSs
    Mk110 Contract for LCSs April 11 2018
    BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 Naval Gun Systems for the US Navy’s Independence variant of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Also known as the Bofors 57Mk3, Mk110 is a multi-mission weapon system capable of firing up to 220 rounds per minute at a range of more than 9 nautical miles. Deliveries are expected to take place during 2019 and 2020.  
  • USS Tulsa Completes Acceptance Trials
    USS Tulsa Completes Acceptance Trials March 19 2018
    The eighth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal USA, USS Tulsa (LCS 16), successfully completed acceptance trials March 9 after a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.  The milestone comes almost exactly a year after the ship was launched. During trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the future USS Tulsa, intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling abilities and ...
  • LCS' Mine Reconnaissance Module Passed Tests
    LCS' Mine Reconnaissance Module Passed Tests March 19 2018
    The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program successfully completed Developmental Testing (DT) of the Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) off the coast of Southern California on 22 February, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on 15 March.  Consisting of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle with its Mission Control System (MCS), the AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlespace Reconnaissance and Analysi...
  • Saudi Arabia's MMSC Program Launched
    Saudi Arabia's MMSC Program Launched March 7 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $481 million contract for long-lead-time material in support of the construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships. The US Department of Defence has first announced the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for MMSC ships and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $11.25 billion in 2015. This initial award marks the launch of the Saudi MMSC program.  MMSC...
  • Seventh LCS Delivered to USN
    Seventh LCS Delivered to USN March 5 2018
    Austal has delivered the seventh vessel in the Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) class, USS Manchester (LCS 14), to the US Navy on 2 March. Six LCS remain under construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard.  The vessel has successfully completed acceptance trials in early January which verified its propulsion plant, ship-handling abilities, auxiliary systems and the vessel’s manoeuvrability through the high-speed steering. ...
  • 11th LCS Set To Enter Service Tomorrow
    11th LCS Set To Enter Service Tomorrow February 2 2018
    The US Navy’s sixth Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Omaha (LCS 12) will enter service in a commissioning ceremony on 3 February in San Diego. The vessel is the 11th LCS to enter service with the US Navy. The LCS-class consists of the Freedom-variant and Independence-variant, designed and built by two industry teams. Among 29 LCSs ordered, 11 have been delivered to the Navy, 15 are in various stages of construction and three are in pre-production states.<...
  • 'LCS 14' Passed Acceptance Tests
    'LCS 14' Passed Acceptance Tests January 3 2018
    The US Navy’s Independence-class littoral combat ship, the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), has successfully completed acceptance trials. In addition to verifying its propulsion plant, ship-handling abilities and auxiliary systems, the tests also demonstrated the vessel’s manoeuvrability through high-speed steering. The LCS 14 will be homeported in San Diego.
  • Accepted
    Accepted December 25 2017
    Acceptance tests of USS Manchester (LCS 14) have been completed under the auspices of the US Navy Board of Inspection and Survey. The US Navy has thus accepted the seventh Freedom Class littoral combat ship. Within the acceptance tests, which were the last milestone before delivery, the battle systems were tried against the air and surface targets, the propulsion systems, auxiliary systems and boat management systems. The ship will be deployed in San Diego following completion of pr...
  • 54. Issue Sector News
    54. Issue Sector News October 2 2017
    Changing Threats, Versatile Solutions Israeli-made Ship Took to the Seas Russian Technology, Chinese Production Astra BVRAAM Put a Smile on Faces US does not Give Up on LCS Black Hawk Delivery to Afghanistan Commenced Anti-UAV Patriot New Customer for Giraffe TAI Is Halfway Through 4.5-ton UAV by Baykar ALEMDAR Off for Its First Drill ASELSAN’s Quick Start to September
  • New LCS Commissioned
    New LCS Commissioned June 12 2017
    The US Navy has commissioned the first Virginia-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), on 10 June. Built by Austal USA, the LCS has a length of 128 meters and a beam of 31 meters. The 3 thousand 200-tonne ship uses two gas turbine and two diesel engines and able to reach speeds in excess of 40 knots. 
  • MQ-8C Passed First Tests
    MQ-8C Passed First Tests April 12 2017
    The US Navy has completed initial testing of MQ-8C Fire Scout aboard littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS-8) on 11 April. The tests included dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship. The navy plans to begin initial operational test and evaluation in fall 2017. The MQ-8C is a larger variant than the MQ-8B and provides longer endurance of 8 ...
  • Autonomous Measure for Buried Mines
    Autonomous Measure for Buried Mines March 22 2017
    General Dynamics Mission Systems announced that it has completed a comrehensive testing of the autonomous surface mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) developed for the US Navy. Designed to detect buried and bottom mines as well as submerged at various depths, Knifefish UUV is planned to be installed on the navy's Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), as a part of mine-countermeasures (MCM) mission package.
  • Delayed Vertical Launch by LCS
    Delayed Vertical Launch by LCS March 9 2017
    The US Navy for the first time tested the Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM) from Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Detroit, on 28 February off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. SSMM utilizes the Army Longbow Hellfire Missile in a vertical launch capability. Thus, the structural test fire also marks the first launch of vertical missile from a LCS as part of the developmental test program for the Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package (MP). The...
  • New Weapons Systems Sighted on Horizon
    New Weapons Systems Sighted on Horizon February 13 2017
    The US Navy (USN) commenced the competition for its Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) programme which aims to provide USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) variants and Future Frigate (FF) vessels with a responsive stand-off surface-to-surface capability to counter potential surface threats. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 8 February for OTH-WS, to which Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon are expected to bid...
  • Ninth LCS for US Navy
    Ninth LCS for US Navy December 30 2016
    Another Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS), future USS Gabrielle Giffords, has been delivered to the US Navy (USN) on 23 December. Besides being the fifth Independence class vessel, Gabrielle Giffords is also the ninth LCS delivered to USN. The vessel will start trials in 2017, which will be followed by its deployment. trimaran hull USS Gabrielle Giffords will be homeported in San Diego.
  • "Independence" Make-Over
    "Independence" Make-Over December 23 2016
    The US Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence (LCS 2) completed the first selected restricted availability works successfully at Southwest Regional Maintenance Centre (SWRMC) under the name of its main contractor General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). The dry-docking selected restricted availability features the planning and implementation of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications for updating and improving the ship's military and technical capa...
  • The US Chose Airbus for LCS Programme
    The US Chose Airbus for LCS Programme November 12 2016
    Airbus Defence and Space was awarded a contract on 9 November by prime contractor Lockheed Martin for TRS-4D naval radars to be installed on the US Navy’s Freedom class littoral combat ships. TRS-4D uses gallium nitrade active electronically scanned array sensor technology with a rotating panel. A fixed-panel variant of the same radar is curretly deployed on German F-125 frigates. TRS-4D is designed for several tasks such as automatic detection and tracking of air and sea targets, ...