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December 2014 Issue

MARAD Extends Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has extended the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) program until October 1, 2019. The VISA program creates a partnership between the U.S. government and the maritime industry to provide commercial sealift and intermodal shipping services and systems necessary to meet military mobilization requirements.

Through the VISA program, transportation solutions are developed in peacetime to anticipate Department of Defense requirements for wartime operations. More than 90 percent of the U.S.-flag fleet that the military can use to carry supplies is committed to the VISA program.


JFD to Provide Australian Navy Sub Escape, Rescue Long Term
James Fisher Defence (JFD), based in Inchinnan, Scotland, has been awarded a contract by the Commonwealth of Australia for the long-term provision of the Royal Australia Navy’s (RAN) submarine escape and rescue capability for the next five years, plus options through 2024.

The contract will incorporate the provision of Pressurized Submarine Escape Training, which will be delivered by JFD’s instructors at HMAS Stirling in western Australia. Additional enhancements to the JFSRS will include the design and manufacture of an integrated hyperbaric capability, together with a comprehensive training and exercise program that will sustain and grow the capability, further assuring the ability of the service to respond to a submarine in distress.

The new contract will also showcase the new JFD/Divex (Aberdeen, Scotland) integrated service offering.


APTEP Website Promotes Green Energy Initiatives
A website has been launched to highlight alternative energy efforts sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Hawaii, fast becoming ground zero for the Navy’s push to develop green technologies. The Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP), www.aptep.net, focuses on Hawaii because of the state’s abundance of reliable wind, solar, bioenergy, wave and geothermal resources.

APTEP approaches green energy from three angles: supporting energy research, educating students and teachers in energy-related fields, and supporting businesses trying to bring alternative energy products to the marketplace. The Department of Energy in September reaffirmed its commitment to alternative energy efforts in Hawaii, dubbed Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative 2.0. ONR, as part of APTEP, is sponsoring a new study of technologies and power systems, such as smartgrids and microgrids, at three Navy installations on the islands. The U.S. Navy’s goal is to produce or procure 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by December 2015.


Final Qualification Firing for French Naval Cruise Missile
The French DGA (Direction Générale d’Armement) has successfully carried out the final qualification firing of the MdCN system (Missile de Croisière Naval, also known as NCM or Naval Cruise Missile). The firing, which took place at the DGA’s Missile Test Centre at Biscarrosse on France’s Atlantic coast, represented a missile launch from a frigate.

The firing enabled the full scope of flight objectives to be satisfied, particularly regarding the demonstration of the missile’s range performance. This success comes as a result of the intense and coordinated efforts of a number of state participants (notably the DGA’s test and evaluation centers and the French Navy) as well as industry (Paris, France-based MBDA France).

Featuring a range of several-hundred kilometers, MdCN has been devised for striking high-value, strategic infrastructure targets deep within enemy territory.

MdCN will equip the French Navy’s multimission frigates in 2015 and its Barracuda submarines in 2018.


iXBlue Navigation Suite For French Navy Ships
PIRIOU (Concarneau, France) has selected iXBlue’s (Marly-le-roi, France) QUADRANS as the reference gyrocompass for the French Navy B2M multimission ship program.

For each of the three new French Navy multimission vessels built at its shipyard, PIRIOU will be fitting the complete iXBlue navigation suite.

For each vessel, iXBlue will deliver two advanced fiber-optic gyrocompass and motion sensor QUADRANS, one NETANS data distribution and processing unit, navigation sensors, and two independent warfare navigation software suites.


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