On 31 January, the US Department of Defense announced the awarding of a block buy contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding for the construction of a pair of Ford class aircraft carriers, USS Enterprise (CVN80) and the unmanned CVN81.
The contract, worth $15.2 billion, was issued as block buying of ships has been proven to reduce costs and bring the purchase price of two ships down by many $4 billion.
The US Navy’s littoral combat ship programme continues with the announcement of the latest names of new ships. In the last few months, the US Navy has approved the names of USS Augusta and USS Pierre.
Meanwhile, the fast attack submarine USS South Dakota was commissioned into service at Naval Submarine Base New London on Saturday 2 February. On Monday 18th February, the US Navy commissioned the new littoral combat ship USS Tulsa.
The two Indian built ships will be complemented by a pair built at Kaliningrad in Russia.
The Indian Ministry of Defence announced, in early February, their intention to locally build six diesel electric attack submarines under Project 75(I). The programme will cost INR400 billion and the design features an air independent propulsion system as well as land attack capability
The ship is named after the Italian World War II frogman who successfully placed a limpet mine under the hull of the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth in 1941.
The minehunter is the first of three sister ships that will receive signifi cant enhancements to their capabilities, including the installation of the new Thales Sonar 2192, upgraded navigation radar and the Thales M-CUBE command and control system.
Sister ship EML Sakala, arrived in Rosyth in December to commence her refit programme.