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March 2014 Issue

Summit Convenes on Maritime Surveillance in Gulf of Guinea
Ghana’s Chief of Naval Staff, RAdm. GW Biekro was to convene a conference of senior international admirals and naval experts to find solutions to further providing security in the Gulf of Guinea at the Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa (CAMSA) summit March 17 to 20 in Accra. Expected to have been in attendance were Ghana’s vice president, minister of defense and chiefs of all military services. Admirals from the EU, South Africa and other ECOWAS countries were also expected in Accra to discuss the threat of increased insecurity in Africa’s fastest growing region.

“The increasing insecurity in this maritime common is of global concern,” said Biekro. “Maritime domain awareness remains our major operational challenge in our effort to secure this large expanse of water.”

The goal of the summit is to learn new ways and identify new technologies and partners to deal with the problem of domain awareness in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Ghana Navy has laid out plans to beef up its fleet, and Biekro emphasized the success of recent anti-piracy missions and a major drug bust.


HUGIN 1000 MR AUV to be Part of Polish Navy MCM
Remontowa S.A. in Gdansk, Poland, has selected Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) to supply a HUGIN 1000 MR AUV and associated underwater communications and positioning equipment for mine countermeasures (MCM) applications, as part of a minehunter class vessel delivery for the Polish Navy.

The HUGIN 1000 MR AUV is specifically designed for MCM operations and can detect, classify and identify mines in a single mission.

The delivery includes the HiPAP underwater communication and positioning system, which provides USBL updates and underwater data communication with the HUGIN 1000, or other underwater vehicles.

HUGIN is currently operational with several navies around the world, including the Royal Norwegian Navy, the Finnish Navy and the Italian Navy, in addition to being used by commercial companies. It is capable of performing high-speed surveys with high navigation and payload data quality to a depth of 1,000, 3,000 or 4,500 meters, depending on configuration. It can carry several survey sensors for synchronized and simultaneous operation.


Thales to Deliver SCOUT Mk3 for Dutch Joint Support Ship
Thales (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, located in Vlissingen, Netherlands, have signed a contract for the delivery and installation of a SCOUT Mk3 naval surveillance radar. The system is to be installed on the Joint Support Ship, which was commissioned by the Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation that is currently under construction by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding.

The first sea trials of the new Joint Support Ship with SCOUT Mk3 installed are scheduled for May 2014. The Thales SCOUT Mk3 naval surveillance radar was selected because of its low probability of intercept feature. The radar is a new product, and this contract constitutes its market introduction.


Willard Marine to Supply Patrol Boats to Ukraine’s Navy
Willard Marine (Anaheim, California) has received an order to supply the Ukrainian Navy with four aluminum patrol boats, with an option for a fifth.

Under the contract, issued by the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office, Willard Marine is supplying two SEA FORCE 11-meter and two SEA FORCE 7-meter aluminum patrol boats, each with an open cockpit configuration. An additional 7-meter patrol boat will be supplied upon request.

The 11-meter boats are powered by Cummins (Columbus, Indiana) QSB 5.9 380-horsepower engines and HamiltonJet (Christchurch, New Zealand) model HJ292 water jets. The 7-meter boats are each equipped with a Cummins QSB 5.9 230-horsepower engine and a Mercury (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) MerCruiser sterndrive. Willard Marine will also provide comprehensive onsite crew training in the design, operation, maintenance and repair of the boats.

The high-speed aluminum patrol boats will be used by the Ukrainian Navy for visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations, as well as other naval operations as required.

This is Willard Marine’s third FMS order for the Ukrainian Navy.


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