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Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter join HMS Queen Elizabeth for trials

Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter join HMS Queen Elizabeth for trials

On June 3, an Apache AH Mk 1 attack helicopter landed on the deck of the UK Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, for the first time, to commence its preliminary ship integration testing.Having already hosted RN Merlin and Wildcats and RAF Chinooks to help write the ship’s ‘operations manual’, the team on the carrier are now working with the gunship to practise some of the routines needed to support the Army Air Corps helicopters on operations. The attack helicopter that conducted the first landing belonged to the British Army’s Attack Helicopter Force (AHF) and assigned to 656 Sqn Army Air Corps (AAC). Under Joint Helicopter Command, the Attack Helicopter will begin a series of tests and evaluations in what is known as the Platform Ship Integration Testing or PSITs for short.

British Army Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter

British Army Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter


The ‘Platform Ship Integration Testing’ is being led by 667 (Development & Trials) Squadron AAC with the assistance of ground crew and engineers from 656 Sqn AAC as well as the ship’s company. During a busy three days, they are performing various tasks from the basics of stowing the gunship securely to carrying out maintenance, refuelling the helicopter, the safe handling and loading of weapons and ammunition. That will help pave the way for 656 Squadron embarking on the Portsmouth-based warship later this year. Once the PSITs have been successfully negotiated in Portsmouth, HMS Queen Elizabeth will take to sea with Apache aboard for its sea trials in July where it will conduct landings and take-offs from a pitching and rolling deck. Only on completion of this, will the Apaches be officially certified to be able to operate from both HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales, when she becomes operational.
British Army Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter

British Army Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter


Apache operated sporadically from the decks of HMS Illustrious and HMS Ocean – including conducting air strikes at targets in Libya during the civil war of 2011. It had not, however, touched down on the nation’s new class of carriers until yesterday, flying in from Wattisham in Suffolk and safely guided on to the sprawling flight deck by Leading Aircraft Handler Sion Rose. The Apache AH Mk 1 is a licence-built version of the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter for the British Army Air Corps. The first eight helicopters were built by Boeing; the remaining 59 were assembled by Westland Helicopters at Yeovil, Somerset in England. Changes from the AH-64D include Rolls-Royce Turbomeca engines, a new electronic defensive aids suite and a folding blade mechanism allowing the British version to operate from ships.
British Army Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter

British Army Apache AH Mk 1 Attack Helicopter


HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom and capable of carrying up to 60 aircraft. She is named in honour of the first Queen Elizabeth, a renowned World War I era super-dreadnought, which in turn was named after Queen Elizabeth I. This latest Queen Elizabeth will carry her namesake’s honours, as well as her Tudor rose-adorned crest and motto. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the 60,000-tonne flagship of the Royal Navy, recently passed her rigorous dry dock inspection at Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard in Scotland and returned to her homeport at HMNB Portsmouth. The carrier is now in preparation for her deployment to the east coast of the USA later this year. ‘WESTLANT 19’ will include ‘operational testing’ with UK F-35B Lightning II fighter jets, following on from last’s year’s ‘developmental tests’ with US trials jets.

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Italian Navy selects Baglietto Navy to produce FCC Combat Boat

Italian Navy selects Baglietto Navy to produce FCC Combat Boat

Baglietto Navy, the military division of historical boat builder Baglietto, based in La Spezia (Italy), has secured a contract for the construction of two Combat Boats (fast assault crafts) in the framework of the tender launched by Fincantieri on behalf of the Italian Navy. These two vessels will be used by the Landing Helicopter Dock(LHD) currently being built by Fincantieri. Unlike the FFC15 – the first aluminium prototype launched by the shipyard in 2016 – the combat boats for the Italian Navy will be built in composite materials (vinyl-ester resin and aramid fibre) and will be fitted with a propulsion featuring two 800 HP engines and surface drives, which will push them to a maximum speed of 40 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots.

Baglietto Navy FCC Combat Boat

Baglietto NavyFCC Combat Boat


The layout and interior equipment of the FFC have been specifically designed for the transportation of troops. The pilot house can host up to 3 crew members, while the interior layout can be optimised depending on the type of mission. Thanks to the use of removable seats, fitted with special shock absorbers, the troop compartment can seat up to 22 soldiers. The interior superstructure will be shaped to allow for the installation in the troop compartment and in the pilot house of armoured panels ensuring protection against 7.62 NATO calibre. Forward, a two-section hatch allows for easy landing, troop disembarkation, and sea rescue operations. As regards the combat boat’s armament, a 12.7 mm remote control turret will be installed on the deckhouse.
Baglietto Navy FFC15 Boat

Baglietto Navy FFC15 Boat


The Italian military has played a great role in the creation of Baglietto’s history, from the historical “MAS” vessels (torpedo armed motorboats) built during World Wars I and II to the recent patrol vessels for the Italian Finance Police. Starting from the First World War, research and development activity for this sector has greatly contributed to the brand’s prestige, rapidly propelling it into its role as key player in the market. The long collaboration with the Italian and other International Navies has allowed the shipyard to get competences and a wide technical patrimony that today Baglietto wants to revive in a perspective of contemporary military applications.
Baglietto Navy FCC Combat Boat

Baglietto Navy
FCC Combat Boat

Damen launches first Pakistan Navy corvettes in Romania

Damen launches first Pakistan Navy corvettes in Romania

The first of two Pakistan Navy corvettes has been launched at the facilities of Dutch shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania. The contract for the two vessels was signed in June 2017, with the first corvette expected to enter service by the end of 2019, and the second one set to be delivered by mid-2020, according to the Pakistan Navy. The ship was launched after starting construction in a keel-laying ceremony in April 2018. Vice Adm Aleem was quoted as saying during the ceremony that these platforms “will act as force multipliers in enhancing the Pakistan Navy’s capability of safeguarding maritime frontiers and will offer more flexibility in the conduct of the Pakistan Navy’s initiative of independent Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region”.

Damen launches first Pakistan Navy corvettes in Romania

Damen launches first Pakistan Navy corvettes in Romania


The 2,300-ton corvette, which had been previously described as an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), entered the water on 17 May in a ceremony held at the shipyard in Romania and attended by PN Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem, among others. The Pakistan Navy revealed that the ships will displace 2300 tons, which indicates that they are based on the Damen OPV2400 design. According to company specifications, the OPV2400 measures 90 meters in length, includes a flight deck and hangaring space and achieves a maximum speed of 23 knots. Each of them features a helicopter pad to facilitate search-and-rescue missions, as well as surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations. No further details were provided about the systems or weapons set to be fitted onto the class.
Damen launches first Pakistan Navy corvettes in Romania

Damen launches first Pakistan Navy corvettes in Romania

Turkish Consortium to sign pact with HSL to build Indian Navy Fleet Support Ships

Turkish Consortium to sign pact with HSL to build Indian Navy Fleet Support Ships

In a major boost to develop Indian Navy, Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HAL), a Ministry of Defence Enterprise, will sign a contract with a consortium formed by five leading shipyards in Turkey for technical collaboration to construct five Fleet Support Ships worth more than USD2.31 billion. As per the latest development, the Turkish conglomeration named TAIS and HSL will roll out the first ship in four years. The project will give a big fillip to the MSME sector. All the five ships will be built in Visakhapatnam, The steel cutting is expected by end of 2020.

HSL CMD Rear Admiral (retired) L.V. Sarat Babu and a delegation from Turkey exchanging documents for Fleet Support Ship project in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

HSL CMD Rear Admiral (retired) L.V. Sarat Babu and a delegation from Turkey exchanging documents for Fleet Support Ship project in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.


Anadolu Shipyard, the lead member of TAIS with more than 30 years of experience will offer support to HSL for designing and building the Fleet Support Ships. Each ship will have a displacement capacity of 45,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage). As part of the deal, the ‘know-how and know-why’ will be transferred to HSL. Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is a shipyard located in Visakhapatnam on the east coast of India. HSL had built over 180 vessels till now and repaired almost 2000 ships. It builds bulk carriers, offshore patrol vessels, survey ships, drill ships, offshore platforms and repair and support vessels.

Indonesia Navy launches fourth Teluk Bintuni-class LST

Indonesia Navy launches fourth Teluk Bintuni-class LST

Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama (DRU) launched a 120 m-long landing ship tank (LST) for the Indonesian Navy on 1 June at the company’s facilities in Bandar Lampung on the island of Sumatra. Named KRI Teluk Palu (with pennant number 523), Teluk Palu is a narrow bay on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The shipyard had previously built a similar KRI Teluk Bintuni, which is now in service with the Indonesian Navy as a carrier for the Indonesian Army’s Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs).

Indonesia Navy launches fourth Teluk Bintuni-class LST

Indonesia Navy launches fourth Teluk Bintuni-class LST


The landing ship tank (LST) platform, which is powered by two 3,285 kW engines, has a top speed of 16 kt, with a range of about 6,240 n miles at 13 kt. The 16.4 m-wide vessel can carry up to 15 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles and a 10-tonne helicopter on its flight deck. The BMP-3Fs are currently operated by the Indonesian Marine Corps. The ship can be equipped with up to two 40 mm gun systems on the foredeck, and 12.7 mm machine guns at various locations throughout the vessel.
Indonesia Navy launches fourth Teluk Bintuni-class LST

Indonesia Navy launches fourth Teluk Bintuni-class LST


Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago nation, consisting of some 17,500 islands, a maritime domain of just under 6 million square kilometers, and a coastline of 81,000 kilometers. The largest regional threat to Indonesia would appear to come from the rise of a territorially ambitious China and its naval buildup.In light of this, the modernization of the Indonesian Navy is an overriding concern of the Ministry of Defense. Hence Indonesia is focusing on building up a nearly 300-ship Navy replete with at least 12 submarines.

Raytheon Providing US Marines Corps with Naval Strike Missile (NSM)

Raytheon Providing US Marines Corps with Naval Strike Missile (NSM)

Raytheon Company announced today that they will integrate the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) into the US Marine Corps existing force structure under a $47.59 million Other Transaction Authority agreement with Marine Corps Systems Command. A USMC NSM supports the 2018 National Defense Strategy and Commandant of the Marine Corps modernization efforts. In 2018, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a contract to manufacture and deliver NSM as the Navy’s over-the-horizon weapon system for littoral combat ships and future frigates. The Marine Corps’ selection of the Navy’s anti-ship missile enhances joint interoperability and reduces costs and logistical burdens.

Raytheon Naval Strike Missile (NSM)

Raytheon Naval Strike Missile (NSM)


The Naval Strike Missiles is a long-range, precision strike missile that can detect and destroy heavily defended land and sea targets at long distances produced in partnership with Norway and its defense leader Kongsberg. A mobile, land-based NSM is deployed with Poland’s coastal defense forces. The NSM is now selected by the US Navy and Marine Corps, Norwegian, Polish and Malaysian Navies from both ships and land based coastal defence. It is an off-the-shelf and non-developmental 5th generation strike missile system that can be rapidly deployed for operational use. It meets or exceeds the U.S. Navy’s over-the-horizon requirements for survivability against high-end threats, demonstrated lethality, easy upgrades and long-range strike capability.
Raytheon Naval Strike Missile (NSM)

Raytheon Naval Strike Missile (NSM)


The Naval Strike Missiles was successfully demonstrated on the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Coronado in 2014. Raytheon builds launchers for the Naval Strike Missile in the United States, and has plans to leverage its extensive supply base to build the missile and other components in the U.S. as well. Domestic production of this over-the-horizon solution creates American jobs and continues a tradition of building world-class defense systems with our longtime ally, Norway. It represents a world-class partnership between Raytheon, the world’s largest missile maker and Kongsberg, Norway’s premier supplier of defense systems.

REBS Giraffe Tracer Pneumatic Pole

REBS Giraffe Tracer Pneumatic Pole

The REBS Giraffe Tracer is a pneumatic powered extension and retraction pole for boarding and entering. The Giraffe features an easy to use pneumatic system with push button control for precision up and down movements. The control handle is collapsible and adjustable to retain a slim profile when not in use. Use the push-buttons to activate the efficient pneumatic system. Thanks to the simple controls the operator can concentrate on the aiming and timing aspects of the operation. The retraction button has two speeds: push it half-way in to release the pressure and let gravity retract the pole. The rapid action eccentric handle lock is prepared for use or collapsed into transportation-position in a few seconds. The versatile baseplate(s) are available in multiple sizes to allow the pole to be attached to nearly any location, such as the deck of a RHIB.

REBS Giraffe Tracer Pneumatic Pole

REBS Giraffe Tracer Pneumatic Pole


The Rapid Entering and Boarding Systems (REBS) segment was established at Henriksen in 2003 as a response to an initiative from the Norwegian Defense. They sought products that could increase the effectiveness and safety of boarding operations, especially at sea. With time, REBS has evolved into a result of a multinational cooperation where input from users in different countries has resulted in product improvements and reduced operational risk. Henriksen is specialized in Rapid Entering and Boarding Systems (REBS): ladders, ultralight pole ladders (UPL), carbon multi ladders (CML), hooks, giraffe tracer pneumatic poles, launchers, ascenders, magnetic climbing systems, scuba tubes, etc.
REBS Giraffe Tracer Pneumatic Pole

REBS Giraffe Tracer Pneumatic Pole