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October 2016 Issue

LCS-7 Delivered to US Navy
For Fall Commissioning

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team has delivered the seventh littoral combat ship (LCS-7), the future USS Detroit, to the U.S. Navy. It is scheduled to be commissioned in Detroit October 22.

The LCS team comprises shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states.


Defense Contracts for
FarSounder-1000 Sonar

FarSounder, Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide FarSounder-1000 systems for two U.S. Navy transferred Osprey-class mine hunter coastal (MHC) vessels.

The FarSounder-1000 3D forward-looking sonar system provides real-time navigation information.

The company was also awarded a contract to provide four FarSounder-1000 systems and spare parts for the upgrade of four Paluma-class hydrographic Survey Motor Launches operated by the Royal Australian Navy.


Royal Bahamas Defence Force Corvette
P-61 to Undergo Refit

The HMBS Nassau (P-61), a 60-m Royal Bahamas Defence Force Corvette, has arrived at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands for an extensive refit. The 17-year old vessel will receive full systems and instrumentation replacement.

The P-61 refit is part of the contract between Damen Shipyards Group and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for the Sandy Bottom Project that includes the delivery of nine Damen vessels, disaster relief equipment, a bridge simulator, upgrade of various local ports in conjunction with Van Oord and the refit of two Corvettes.

Damen is finalizing the refit of the first Corvette, P-60, at a Bahamas yard. The P-61 refit should take about nine months.


Raytheon to Produce Norwegian
Weapon System in US

Raytheon Co. has received an initial contract to produce Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launchers, entailing U.S. manufacturing of the Norwegian-developed weapon system. Kongsberg Defence Systems awarded the initial contract for qualification units.

The companies are also teamed on the development of the Joint Strike Missile and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS).


Sparton DeLeon Springs to
Support US Navy Programs

Sparton Corp.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton DeLeon Springs LLC, was awarded a U.S. Navy SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity multiple-award contract to supply a broad range of engineering and technical support services to U.S. Navy programs.

SeaPort-e is the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services by soliciting offers from large and small businesses.


UK Vessel Escorts Danish Ship
Carrying Chemical Material from Libya

A U.K. Royal Navy vessel helped remove the last batch of known materials that could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons in Libya. The RFA Mounts Bay escorted a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals.

Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed under international supervision in 2014. However, chemicals that could be made into chemical weapons remained. The Libyan Government of National Accord requested support from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the international community in removing the remaining chemicals from Libya and destroying them safely. The chemicals will be taken to a specialized facility to be destroyed, and samples will be analyzed by the U.K. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.


MBDA to Supply Coastal
Missile System to Qatar

MBDA signed a contract to supply a coastal defense system for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF). This coastal missile system will deploy two different munitions, Marte ER (the extended-range version of the Marte missile) and Exocet MM40 Block 3, and it can work in autonomous mode with its own radar, or by data-linking to a higher level within a wider coastal surveillance network.


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