US Navy awards Newport News Shipbuilding CVN 79 warfare system contract modification

by Michael Fabey

The US Navy awarded contract modifications to Newport News Shipbuilding to help fund the single-phase delivery incorporation for the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy combat system. (Michael Fabey)

The US Navy (USN) has awarded the Newport News Shipbuilding unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) about USD90.5 million through two contract modifications “to definitise” the incorporation of the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy (CVN 79) warfare system, the Pentagon confirmed on 20 January.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Newport News Shipbuilding one USD77.9 million fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification and another USD12.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification for the work, which helps to transition the ship to a single-phase delivery model from the dual-phased delivery arrangement initially planned for the carrier.

The work is expected to be completed by June 2024, according to the contract announcement.

Under the initial dual-phase delivery plan, the shipyard would have delivered most of the ship, including core ship systems, in one phase, and then delivered the combat system and related equipment later in the second phase.

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Nigeria's new LST NNS Kada arrives home

by Kate Tringham

NNS Kada, the Nigerian Navy's new landing ship, pictured before its launch on 7 June 2021 at the Albwardy Damen shipyard in Sharjah. (Nigerian Navy)

The Nigerian Navy's (NN's) new landing ship tank (LST), NNS Kada (LST 1314), arrived at its new home port in Apapa, Lagos on 27 May.

Kada was ordered from Damen Group in 2019 and built at Albwardy Damen shipyard in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was laid down in December 2019, launched in June 2021, and handed over to the NN in Sharjah on 30 March. The vessel departed for Nigeria on 1 April and prior to its arrival in Lagos, made stopovers in five countries: Angola (Luanda), Gabon (Port Gentil), Kenya (Mombasa), Oman (Port of Duqm), and South Africa (Cape Town).

Based on Damen's LST 100 design, the ship will be used for a range of duties including strategic transport of equipment and troops, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and to project maritime security into the Gulf of Guinea.

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Japanese anti-submarine frigate collides with minesweeper off Yokosuka

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The MCMV JS Uraga . The ship sustained damages amidships after a collision with frigate JS Jintsū on 22 May 2022 in waters off Yokosuka. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Abukuma-class anti-submarine guided-missile frigate has collided with the service's lead Uraga-class mine-countermeasures vessel (MCMV) in waters off Yokosuka.

Janes has been informed by a source close to the matter that the collision took place at about 1545 h local time on 22 May while the frigate, JS Jintsū (230), was departing the Yokosuka naval base for a training mission in the Philippine Sea. At the point of collision, Uraga was berthed, and there were no inclement weather conditions, said the source.

Jintsū sustained damages to its bow, while Uraga sustained damages amidship on the starboard side. There have been no reports on casualties on neither Jintsū nor Uraga , but the damage to the former was serious enough to warrant a turnaround with its training mission aborted, the source added.


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FMV contracts for new surface ship torpedo tubes

by Richard Scott

A Tub m/8502 400 mm torpedo launcher fitted inside the weapon deck of the Visby-class corvette HMS Nyköping . The new Tub m/20 torpedo tube will replace the m/8502. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)

Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab Dynamics to supply new 400 mm diameter torpedo launcher systems for Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) surface combatants.

Announced on 24 May by both Saab and FMV, the approximately SEK150 million (USD15.3 million) order covers the delivery of the new Tub m/20 launch tube previously developed for the Finnish Navy's four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. Deliveries are set to start in 2023.

The Tub m/20 – an evolution of the existing Tub m/8502 tube used on the RSwN's Visby-class and Gävle-class corvettes – will be used to store and launch both the in-service Torpedo 45 and the successor Torpedo 47. While the two tube types have a similar form factor, thus enabling a seamless transition in service, the Tub m/20 incorporates a number of improvements including remote monitoring from the command information centre, and improved accessibility.

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