Tag: Marine

Russian Baltic Fleet helicopters destroy maneuver enemy submarine during Zapad-2017 drills

Kamov Ka-27PL

KALININGRAD, September 17. /TASS/.

Crews of the Russian Baltic Fleet marine aviation helicopters stopped and destroyed a submarine of the maneuver enemy during the Zapad-2017 (West-2017) strategic drills, the fleet’s spokesman, Roman Martov, said on Sunday.

“A maneuver enemy submarine was detected in the area of sea routes. Ka-27PL marine aviation helicopters were sent to the designated area. The crews used radar and hydro-acoustic tools to detect and chase the submarine,” he said, adding that once spotted the submarine was destroyed with the use of air bombs.

Earlier in the day, the Ka-27PL helicopters were used to back Baltic Fleet warships which destroyed another submarine of the maneuver enemy.

A large-scale exercise Zapad-2017 began in Russia and Belarus on September 14. The drills are held at three proving grounds in Russia and six in Belarus involving 12,700 troops (7,200 Belarussian and 5,500 Russian), about 70 warplanes and helicopters, up to 680 ground vehicles, including about 250 tanks, 200 artillery pieces, multiple rocket launchers and mortars and ten warships.

The main purpose of the exercise is to improve the compatibility of command and control centers, test new documentation and let commanders of all levels practice planning and control of operations on the basis of experience gained in the latest military conflicts.

The exercise will last till September 20.


Estonia: NATO ships arrive in Tallinn for weekend

The Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) arrived in Tallinn for a scheduled port visit over the weekend to to replenish the ship’s supplies and prepare for upcoming exercises.

During the visit the vessels are to make preparations for returning to sea and will give members of the crew the chance to rest for a few days, military spokespeople in Tallinn said. After the visit the NATO ships will remain in Estonia to carry out several exercises and be prepared for the upcoming mine clearance operation.

“The presence of NATO naval units and the clearance of World War era mines will make Estonian waterways safer for us all,” Cmdr. Peeter Ivask, commander of the fleet of the Estonian Navy, said.
Head of the SNMCMG1 Lt. Capt. Gvido Laudups on Friday also visited the headquarters of the Estonian defense forces and the NATO command element and met with Meelis Oidsalu, deputy secretary general of the Defense Ministry for defense planning.

As of June 29, SNMCMG1 is headed by Latvian Lt. Capt. Gvido Laudups, who took over the position from Estonian Cmdr. Johan-Elias Seljamaa of the Estonian Navy. The flagship of the group is the Latvian Navy’s support vessel LVNS Virsaitis. The Estonian minehunter Sakala is also part of the international unit this half-year.


Marine drills involving over 2,000 troops take place in Russia’s West

Vladimir Rodionov/TASS

KALININGRAD, August 10. /TASS/. More than 2,000 marine troops participated in tactical drills involving a marine brigade and the 11th Army Corps of the Russian Baltic Fleet, which were held at the Khmelyovka training range in the Kaliningrad region, Fleet Spokesman Roman Martov told TASS.

“The drills were aimed at training the skills of seizing coastal areas and driving the enemy forces out of them,” he said. According to the fleet spokesman, the exercises involved more than 2,000 troops, as well as over 100 pieces of military hardware, including 20 warships, boats and supply vessels, 12 planes and helicopters from the Baltic Fleet’s naval aircraft units.”

The Russian Federation enclave of Kaliningrad

Besides, tanks, the Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers, Grad multiple launch rocket systems and Shilka self-propelled antiaircraft guns, as well as other military hardware, was also used during the marine drills. At the same time, the Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft and Mil Mi-24 attack helicopters performed missile attacks on the simulated enemy’s positions. A Mil Mi-8 transport helicopters delivered a marine assault group to the drills site, while an air assault group arrived in an Antonov An-26 transport aircraft.

Baltic Fleet Su-24M/MRs from the 4th Independent Naval Assault Aviation Regiment – Chernyakhovsk Air Base contribute to the amphibious landings.

“During the exercises, ships carrying marine assault groups trained to suppress the simulated enemy’s coastal strongpoints and honed the tactics of military activities behind enemy’s lines, which particularly involve marine assault groups.

To create an environment close to that of an actual military operation, more than five tonnes of various simulated munitions were used.





French Navy receives icebreaker and patrol vessel L’Astrolabe

French Navy receives icebreaker and patrol vessel L’Astrolabe. Credit: Piriou.

L’Astrolabe, a new ice-breaking vessel that will be operated by the French Navy, was delivered by shipbuilder Piriou on July 12 in Concarneau, France.

The ceremony was attended by representatives from the navy, the French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV) and the Austral and Antarctic French Territories (TAAF).

Ordered in June 2015, L’Astrolabe will be formally delivered in early September in French overseas territory La Reunion island.

L’Astrolabe will be replacing two vessels once it enters service – the namesake logistic vessel L’Astrolabe (1984-2017) which was chartered by the TAAF and the IPEV to carry supplies to the French Antarctic base in the Adelie Land; and the patrol vessel Albatros (1967-2015), owned and operated by the French Navy which undertook sovereignty and patrol missions in the Southern oceans.

The 72-meter vessel was designed by Marine Assistance and developed by Aker Arctic (Finland). The logistics and patrol vessel is designed to sail continuously in ice up to 60 to 80 cm thickness and will be able of accommodating up to 60 persons on board and carrying freight up to 1,400 tons.

L’Astrolabe will be a unit of the French Navy registered as a ‘’polar patrol vessel‘’ on the list of the naval

The vessel was built within an unusual partnership between the TAAF, the IPEV and the French Navy established in 2014. This partnership relies on the creation of a public interest group (GIP) involving the TAAF (vessel owner) and the French Navy (vessel operator) under agreements with the IPEV (in charge of Antarctic logistic operations) for logistics and support to scientific bases in the Antarctic Ocean during the austral summer (120 days per year) and for French Navy sovereignty missions (245 days a year).

Piriou will be in charge of vessel operation and maintenance training for the two French Navy crews who will make rotations on board. It will also provide in-service support for the three coming years in the vessel’s homeport of La Reunion.


The Finnish Defence Forces Started Preparations for Acquiring Squadron 2020 Maintenance Capability

Photo: Finnish MoD

Puolustusvoimat – Finnish Defence Forces, 29 May 2017

The Defence Forces Logistics Command and the Finnish Navy, together with the Defence Forces’ strategic partner Millog, have started preparations for acquiring the capabilities needed to maintain and service Squadron 2020 vessels.

The Ministry of Defence authorised the Finnish Defence Forces to order project support from Millog Ltd to support the project group 20172021. The Millog experts in the project group will work under the guidance of Defence Forces personnel. The project support is connected to Squadron 2020’s construction development and has a total value of 4.6 million euros. The support is included in the Squadron 2020 total budget.

Millog’s support enables creating the necessary maintenance and service capabilities already in the squadron’s planning and construction phases. The project ensures the transfer of knowledge from the planning phase to all the way through the life cycle of Squadron 2020. At the same time the experts are supporting the creation of the capability and for their their part ensure that the project advances.

Squadron 2020 project multirole corvettes.

The 7.5 million euro design contract for four multi-role corvettes, follows the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Defence Forces and RMC in September 2016.

Under the contract, RMC will further define the vessel concept and produce the basic design material which is required for manufacturing the vessels. The contract to actually construct the vessels is scheduled to be signed in the course of 2018.

In early April, Finland also announced the names of three shortlisted combat system bidders for the vessels.  German Atlas Elektronik GmbH, the Canadian Lockheed Martin Canada Inc and the Swedish Saab Ab were down-selected for further consideration.

Squadron 2020 vessels are expected to be capable of surface warfare operations, naval mine and anti-submarine warfare, in addition to command and control capabilities and the ability to stay at sea for prolonged times in all weather and ice conditions.

In addition to minelayer, FNS Pohjanmaa, which has already been decommissioned, the vessels of the Squadron 2020 project will replace four fast attack missile craft of the Rauma class and two minelayers of the Hämeenmaa class. The total cost of the project has been estimated to be 1.2 billion euros. According to plan, the first vessels will be commissioned in 2021.