Sustainment: Keeping the LHDs spic and span

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide off the north Queensland coast during Exercise Sea Explorer 2016 on 2 June 2016. Credit: Defence

Behind every RAN ship at sea there’s a team of shore-based support specialists who are dedicated to its well-being, none more so than those responsible for the sustainment of Navy’s newest and largest assets.

Making the most of unmanned MCM

Sailors from HMAS Yarra take control of the steading line as they deploy the ships SUTEC Double Eagle mine disposal vehicle during mine operations at Exercise Dugong 2015. Credit: Defence

The RAN’s Mine Counter Measures (MCM) capability, important as it is, often appears to be the poor relation to larger, more visible programs for larger, more visible assets.

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Where to now for naval missiles?

An Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) is fired from HMAS Perth at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. Credit: Defence

The critical design review for the upgrade of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) that currently provides the RAN’s primary anti-ship missile defence capability will be completed by the end of this year; one of several ongoing weapon developments that in due course will enhance the surface fleet’s anti-air and strike capabilities.

Sea Power: The Italian Job - Fincantieri's proposal for Sea 5000

The general purpose variant Carlo Bergamini, lead ship of the FREMM class in Italian Marina Militare service. Credit: Fabius1975 licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Fincantieri's proposal for the Sea 5000 Future Frigate is based upon the Italian version of the European FREMM.

Defence Business: A French connection for Australia

The nuclear-powered attack class submarine Barracuda under construction for the French Navy. The large white box in at top right contains the sealed nuclear section of the boat. Credit: DCNS Group

DCNS Australia might be a new entity on the Australian Defence Industry landscape but they have big plans for the local market. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing explored two of their upcoming offerings into the ADF on a recent trip to France; the Shortfin Barracuda for Sea 1000 and the FREMM for Sea 5000.

Project Review: Maritime - Biggest naval recapitalisation program in a generation

Credit: Defence

With the RAN on the cusp of recapitalising its fleet at a greater tempo than at any time since WWII, major maritime capability programs are inevitably focusing on naval shipbuilding.

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Sea Power: The Aegis Evolution

Credit: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has been the US Navy’s Aegis combat system engineering agent for the past 40 years. During this time, they have managed the entire Aegis lifecycle from concept through lifetime support and sustainment; everything from cradle to grave.

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Sea Power: What Navy is up to on the unmanned front

The Army has had great success with ScanEagle and the Navy is looking at the system. Credit: USN

From the small tactical end of the market to the larger helicopter based platforms, the Navy has a range of options available based on their requirements. Premium

Sea Power: Operational risk profiling

HMAS Sirius is to be replaced under Sea 1654 Phase 3.

With the upcoming replacement of HMA Ships Sirius and Success, it is important to consider the previous issues and challenges encountered in Defence acquisition and sustainment projects.

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Sea Power: Strategy - Setting the Scene

HMAS Stuart's White ensign in the foreground of the Japanese International Fleet Review conducted in November 2015. Credit: Defence

The Navy and the Australian naval shipbuilding industry look like being big winners in the Defence White Paper. The government has already announced a continuous build of major and minor surface ships which, among other things, almost guarantees an increase in the number of hulls – and not just this time around, but in perpetuity.

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Unmanned tiltrotor for Marines?

An Artist's render of a Bell V-247 Vigilant taking off from a US Navy LHD. Credit: Bell Helicopters/Textron
On 22 September, in anticipation of a US Marine Corps (USMC) requirement for a shipborne UAV capability, Bell Helicopter unveiled its unmanned V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor.