23 September 2017

Singapore Navy Launches Fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

23 September 2017

On board of fifth LMV Indomitable (photo : Sing Mindef)

Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin officiated at the launching ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Indomitable, at the Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine)'s Benoi shipyard today. The LMV was launched by Mrs Tan Lik Ling, wife of Mr Tan.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Tan highlighted how the RSN has progressed over the last 50 years. He said, "The LMV demonstrates how the RSN continues to strengthen its capabilities for the future and continues to safeguard our sea lines of communication. At 50 years, the RSN has come a long way since her humble beginnings, with just two wooden boats, to today's professional and well-respected maritime force."

He credited the RSN's achievements to the indomitable spirit of its people and entrusted the Commanding Officer and his crew the honourable duty of living up to the ship's name. "The journey to build a capable Navy was not easy. We stand on the shoulders of generations of sailors who have helped built our Navy and have kept our waters safe."

Independence class Littoral Mission Vessels (photo : Sing Mindef)

The launch of the LMVs is a significant milestone in the RSN's continued transformation to keep Singapore's seas safe. The LMVs are faster, more versatile, and equipped with sharper capabilities to further strengthen the RSN's effectiveness in seaward defence. The LMVs can be quickly configured with mission modules to take on a wide spectrum of operations, allowing the crew to deliver calibrated responses using lethal and non-lethal options to deal with a range of maritime threats.

The LMV programme is progressing well. The first LMV, RSS Independence, was commissioned during the RSN's Golden Jubilee on 5 May 2017 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. RSS Independence was most recently involved in search and rescue efforts for the missing crew of the Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 that collided with Indonesian-registered tanker Kartika Segara. The other three previously launched LMVs, Sovereignty, Unity and Justice are presently undergoing sea trials.

Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, and senior officers from the RSN and the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

(Sing Mindef)

HMAS Hobart AWD Enters the Service

23 September 2017

HMAS Hobart Air Warfare Destroyer (photos : Aus DoD)

HMAS Hobart Commissioning

The safety and security of Australia and our interests around the globe has been significantly strengthened with the commissioning of the first Australian-built Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart, today.

Hobart brings together the best of Australian and global technology to be one of the world’s most potent and lethal warships.  She will provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.

The commissioning of Hobart is the culmination of the hard work of thousands of Australians who built and delivered the future capability of the Royal Australian Navy. The crew and shipbuilders who have brought this new capability into service are to be congratulated on their achievement.

The Turnbull Government has committed to a continuous sovereign naval shipbuilding program that will keep our Navy equipped with the latest technology for generations to come and Hobart demonstrates our commitment and ability to meet that promise.

This sovereign continuous naval shipbuilding program will create thousands of jobs across the country and is another example of the Turnbull Government building and strengthening our defence capability and defence industry.

HMAS Hobart is the first of three Hobart class guided missile destroyers that will enter service in coming years and the third ship to carry the name, Hobart. Her motto, Grow with Strength, reflects the future direction of the Navy as it continues its primary mission of protecting Australia and its interests in an increasingly dynamic region.

HMAS Hobart (image : MConrads)

As detailed in the Turnbull Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper, our Navy is undergoing its largest regeneration since the Second World War and our future fleet will be more flexible, more versatile, and more lethal than ever.

Hobart will now undergo her test and evaluation period where she will integrate into the fleet and Navy personnel will train to operate the warship.

(Aus DoD)

PCG Receives New Twin-Engine Speedboat

23 September 2017

PCG new twin engine speedboat (photo : PCG)

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received a twin-engine 200Hp Yamaha Speedboat for use of PCG in southwestern Mindanao on Wednesday, September 20.

PCG District Southwestern Mindanao acting commander Captain Ronnie Gil L. Gavan received the said speedboat from the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi led by Governor Rashidin Matba.

“The said speedboat will be used for maritime security patrol as one of the main functions of the PCG,” PCG said.


9 Armoured Security Vehicles For Malbatt

23 September 2017

IAG Guardian (photo : Army Recognition)

BEIRUT (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Peacekeeping Mission (Malbatt) in Lebanon will receive a reinforcement of nine units of Guardian armoured security vehicles (ASV) in mid December.

Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said the assets which would be mobilised in January reflected the Malaysian government's commitment in the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.

"Malbatt's assets have been upgraded to suit current needs and circumstances," he told Bernama and RTM on Thursday.

According to him, Malbatt presently has 46 RPZ Condor 4x4 armoured personnel carriers at its operation centre at Marakah Camp, located about 100km from Beirut.

He said members of the peacekeeping team had also been provided with digital camouflage uniform made of good textile, bullet proof and although thick, is light and therefore comfortable to wear.

"The government is concerned for the problems and welfare of our team in Malbatt. My last visit to Lebanon was three years ago and since then there had been many changes including relations between Malbatt and the local community," he said.

Mohd Johari said Malaysia was in the process of completing the 'Malaysian bazaar' which would provide a site and opportunity for local traders here to earn their livelihood.

"Malaysia's endeavour to help improve the economy of the local community has gained the attention and support of the people in Lebanon," he added.


22 September 2017

Budget for Korean Corvette’s Transfer to PH Navy Approved

22 September 2017

ROKS Chungju 762 (photo : KJClub)

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved and forwarded the budget request worth PHP250 million to the Office of the President for the transfer of former Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Flight III Pohang-class corvette ROKS Chungju (PCC-762) to the Philippine Navy, MaxDefense Philippines said.

ROKS Chungju was decommissioned from South Korean navy service in December 2016.

The Philippine government will be paying the South Korean government with token fee of USD100.

However, the Philippine government will handle the cost for the ship’s refurbishment to make it safe to sail from South Korea to Philippines.

“We have sent a letter to the Government of South Korea expressing our intent to acquire one Pohang class corvette. We are hoping to receive the vessel within the year,” DND public affairs chief Arsenio Andolong told PNA in April 2017.

“The transfer will be in the form of a donation, however, we will pay a token fee of USD100. The corvette will still undergo refurbishment, the cost of which we will shoulder,” he added.


Kemahalan, Pemerintah Nego Ulang Harga Barter 11 Sukhoi

22 September 2017

Pesawat tempur Su-35 (photo : Artyom Anileev)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Pemerintah ingin, dengan imbal dagang senilai 1,14 miliar dollar AS yang awalnya akan digunakan untuk mendapatkan 11 Sukhoi Su- 35, bisa mendapatkan pesawat lebih dari yang direncanakan.

Maklum saja, berdasarkan data Wikipedia, harga satu unit Pesawat Sukhoi Su-35 diperkirakan antara 40 juta dollar AS-65 juta dollar AS.

Artinya, dengan imbal dagang 1,14 miliar dollar AS, harusnya jumlah pesawat yang bisa didapat sekitar 15 unit - 17 unit.

Mardiasmo, Wakil Menteri Keuangan mengatakan, untuk mewujudkan keinginan tersebut pemerintah akan merenegosiasikan rencana pembelian jet tempur asal Rusia tersebut. Renegoisasi dilakukan atas perintah Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi). 

"Presiden hanya ingin harga dinegoisasikan supaya lengkap dapatnya, dinegoisasikan supaya dapat lebih banyak," katanya di Jakarta, Rabu (20/9/2017).

Mardiasmo mengatakan, negoisasi akan dilakukan oleh Ryamizard Ryacudu, Menteri Pertahanan dan Gatot Nurmantyo, Panglima TNI. Pemerintah berencana melakukan imbal dagang dengan Rusia untuk mendapatkan Pesawat Tempur Sukhoi Su-35.

Ryamizard mengatakan, dari imbal dagang tersebut pemerintah bisa mendapatkan 11 pesawat. Direktur Fasilitasi Ekspor dan Impor Kementerian Perdagangan mengatakan, dari sisi Indonesia, nantinya ada 16 komoditas yang akan dimasukkan ke dalam kesepatan imbal dagang dalam pengadaan Sukhoi tersebut.

Produk tersebut antara lain CPO beserta turunannya, tekstil dan furnitur. Selain itu, produk pertahanan buatan Indonesia juga akan masuk dalam komoditas yang diimbaldagangkan.

Ke-16 produk tersebut merupakan permintaan dari Rusia. "Dan saat ini kami sedang koordinasi dengan eksportir untuk memenuhi itu,"katanya. 


Thailand to Acquire Mk 54 Lightweight Torpedo Array Kits

22 September 2017

Mk 54 Heavyweight torpedo (photo : US Navy)

Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September.

The contract combines purchases for the US Navy (USN), the UK’s Royal Navy (RN), and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). About 5% of the contract value relates to materials and services that will be provided to the RTN under the US’ foreign military sales (FMS) programme, said the DoD.

According to Jane’s Weapons: Naval , the Mk 54 torpedo achieved initial operational capability (IOC) in March 2010 for deployments on surface ships, embarked helicopters, and the Orion P3C maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).