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February 2014 Issue

US Navy Gets 3,000th Tomahawk Block IV Missile
Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Massachusetts) delivered the 3,000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the U.S. Navy as part of its ninth Block IV full-rate fiscal year (FY) 2012 production contract. The U.S. Navy continues to purchase Tomahawk missiles via the FY 2013 budget, and negotiations are ongoing for next year's production contract.

The Block IV missile design was initiated as both a cost savings and a capability improvement effort. Following recertification, the missile will be returned to service for 15 years upon commencement of recertifications in 2019.

A major enhancement introduced with the Tomahawk Block IV missile includes a two-way satellite data link that enables a strike controller to redirect the missile in flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or more critical targets. Tomahawk is employed from both surface and subsurface platforms, and more than 2,000 have been expended in real-world operations.

Austal Continues Progress on JHSV, LCS US Navy Ships
Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3) completed acceptance trials for the U.S. Navy in January in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, which is expected in late January. This vessel is the third of 10 JHSVs that Austal (Henderson, Australia) has been contracted by the Navy to build in its Mobile, Alabama, shipyard.

As the U.S. Department of Defense's multiuse platform, the 103-meter JHSV will provide rapid intratheater deployment/transportation of personnel, equipment and supplies. The vessel will support military logistics, sustainment and humanitarian relief operations at speeds of up to 43 knots.

JHSV-3 will soon be followed by USNS Fall River (JHSV-4), which Austal christened and launched in January. Fabrication and assembly is well underway on USNS Trenton (JHSV-5), and the first aluminum for USNS Brunswick (JHSV-6) will be cut in mid-January.

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) was delivered in December 2012 and has been deployed. USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) was delivered to the Navy in June 2013.

In December, Austal successfully completed the launch of the future USS Jackson (LCS-6). The littoral combat ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in nearshore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. This vessel is the first of 10 127-meter Independence-variant LCS-class ships Austal has been contracted to build for the U.S. Navy as prime contractor subsequent to a $3.5 billion block buy in 2010.

The LCS program is in full swing at Austal with four ships currently under construction. Coronado (LCS-4) was delivered to the Navy in September and will sail away soon with a commissioning ceremony in Coronado, California, in April. Montgomery (LCS-8) is being assembled for launch in the spring. Construction is well underway on Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) and Omaha (LCS-12). Fabrication on Manchester (LCS-14) is scheduled to begin in early 2014.

iXBlue to Supply Gyrocompass Systems to UK RFA Tide-Class Tankers
iXBlue (Marly le Roi, France) will supply QUADRANS fiber-optic gyrocompass systems for installation aboard the four new Tide-class tankers of the U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). The systems, to be supplied to Kelvin Hughes Ltd. (London, England), will be integrated as a subsystem of the Integrated Bridge Systems for delivery to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Seoul, South Korea, where the vessels are under construction.

The deliveries will comprise twin QUADRANS gyrocompass units, control and display, and data distribution units (DDU) plus a comprehensive network of ancillary repeaters from Marine Data Systems Ltd. (Newport, Isle of Wight). The QUADRANS will deliver heading, rate-of-turn data for navigation sensors along with vessel motion data to support helicopter operations.

Ireland's Navy Acquires NAVIGATOR for NSDS
The Irish Naval Service has acquired a NAVIGATOR Diver Held Sonar and Navigation System from Shark Marine Technologies Inc. (St. Catharines, Canada). The Naval Service Diving Section (NSDS) is Ireland's primary diving team, carrying out tasks for various state agencies. NSDS members used the NAVIGATOR system while training with the Royal Canadian Navy's fleet diving unit. The divers believe NAVIGATOR, equipped with forward-looking multibeam sonar, will assist them in their diving operations, particularly in search and recovery operations and underwater security.

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