Surface Navy 2022: HII achieves Aegis light-off for destroyer Jack H Lucas

by Michael Fabey

The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) reported on 12 January that it had reached the successful Aegis light-off milestone on the US Navy's (USN's) first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125).

This milestone marks the beginning of combat system testing as shipbuilders ready the ship for propulsion tests, George Nungesser, vice-president, Program Management at Ingalls Shipbuilding, said on 12 January at a media roundtable during the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, which started on 11 January in Arlington, Virginia.


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Turkish Navy commissions first intelligence-gathering ship

by Lale Sariibrahimoglu

TCG Ufuk (A-591) will be used by Turkey's National Intelligence Organization for signal and electronic intelligence missions while also meeting the test and training vessel requirements of the Turkish Navy. (Cem Devrim Yaylali)

Turkey's first dedicated intelligence-gathering ship, TCG Ufuk (A-591), was officially commissioned into service at Istanbul Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, on 14 January, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), has announced.


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RN sets sights on low-cost, fixed-wing UAV under Project Vampire

by Richard Scott

A QinetiQ Banshee Jet 80+ target vehicle pictured on its launcher on HMS Prince ofWales 's flight deck during trials in September 2021. (Crown Copyright)

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is moving forward with plans to procure a low-cost fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as an initial increment of its Future Maritime Aviation Force (FMAF).


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Taiwan commissions second fast minelaying vessel

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its second fast minelaying vessel.

The ship was commissioned in a ceremony attended by President Tsai Ing-wen on 14 January. The vessel has been designated ‘Fast Mine Laying Boat-2' with pennant marking FMLB-2.

The RoCN commissioned its first fast minelayer, FMLB-1, in December 2020 and received FMLB-2 in September 2021. The vessel displaces 347 tonnes at full load with an overall length of 41 m and an overall beam of 8.8 m. It is powered by two diesel engines and can attain a top speed of 14 kt.


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