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Raytheon's RAM Block 2 launcher delivered to Mexican Navy



Raytheon Company has delivered a RAM launcher to the Mexican government as part of the long-range off-shore patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance, or POLA) program, marking the first delivery of a RAM product to a Latin American country, the US company announced on October 22, 2018.

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HMBS Bahamas (P-60) is expected to dock in the Bahamas at the end of October after undergoing a modernisation process



BAHAMAS - HMBS Bahamas (P-60) is expected to dock in the Bahamas at the end of October after undergoing a modernisation process at the Maaskant Shipyard, operated by Damen Shipyards, in the Netherlands. The Bahama-class corvette and flagship of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) docked in Portugal on 10 October, according to a RBDF press release.

Bahamas , manufactured in 1999, "underwent a first-ever refit of bridge, machinery, and equipment", which lasted 20 months, the RBDF said. Bahamas' sister ship, HMBS Nassau (P-61), has already been modernised by Damen.

Additionally, Nassau has expanded the RBDF's fleet via the Sandy Bottom Project, which included the acquisition of nine Damen vessels - models Stan Patrol 3007, Stan Patrol 4207, and Stan Lander 5612 - since 2014

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ECUADOR - As part of its partnership with Ecuador, the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) hosted officials from the government of Ecuador



ECUADOR - As part of its partnership with Ecuador, the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) hosted officials from the government of Ecuador during the ship’s medical assistance visit, October 22, 2018. Ecuadorean Minister of Defense Oswaldo Jarrin, and U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Todd C. Chapman were among the distinguished visitors aboard Comfort for a tour of the ship’s medical facilities and a meeting with senior leadership.

Both officials made remarks along with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Sean Buck, commander of U.S. 4th Fleet, during a press conference held aboard the ship. “The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort begins its medical support for the people of Ecuador, our first mission stop of five, over an 11-week period, here, in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Rear Adm. Buck. “Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, the embarked medical team will provide care onboard this ship, as well as at two sites ashore.”

During the conference, Ecuadorean officials and Rear Adm. Buck discussed Comfort’s mission in Ecuador. “This deployment represents the United States’ enduring promise to the peoples of Ecuador and other Latin American nations of our friendship, our partnership and our solidarity,” added Rear Adm. Buck. “This mission will enable us to strengthen ties in support of our enduring partnerships with the people of Central and South America. It is a partnership that will enhance our shared values, interests, and community, and a commitment to unity, security and stability in the region.”

Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas.

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COLOMBIA / BRAZIL - The 10th International Air and Space Doctrine Seminar presented the Brazilian Air Force



COLOMBIA / BRAZIL - The 10th International Air and Space Doctrine Seminar presented the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB, in Portuguese) operational doctrine to air forces of Latin America, Canada, and Spain in the city of Madrid, Colombia. The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) Noncommissioned Officers Academy organized the event held August 22-24, 2018.

Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Spain attended the event. The objective was to share preparation and execution of aerospace power doctrine of participating countries.

According to Colonel Federico Bocanegra Bernal, commandant of FAC Noncommissioned Officers Academy, the event brought together technical experts. The commandant pointed out the importance of grasping operational doctrines from partner nation air forces to establish understanding and cooperate among them. “The integration also contributes to interoperability among the forces, which helps combat transnational threats that affect the continent,” he told Diálogo.

This was the first time that Brazil participated in the international seminar. According to FAB Colonel Luiz Guilherme da Silva Magarão, air attaché in Colombia, the strategic partnership both countries have in the region prompted the invitation. “FAB was invited to participate in many operational, doctrinal, and academic events, always with an outstanding role,” said Col. Magarão. “The knowledge exchange between partner nations is very positive and led to significant growth for bilateral activities between both countries.”

During the seminar, participating nations presented their doctrinal differences and peculiarities, and how they adapt to laws specific to each country. Participants also addressed the necessary adjustments of air power to technological innovations, both in aerospace and cybernetics. “The use of remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicles remains controversial in nearly all air forces,” said Col. Magarão.

Service members also discussed the need to adapt air force doctrines to new cyberspace scenarios. Air power should encompass airspace and cyberspace power.

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Dec 24, 2017
Nov 19, 2017

... and now I pray they'll find the grave until the next Christmas
thanks God
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informan que en el día de la fecha, habiéndose investigado el punto de interés N°24 informado por Ocean Infinity, mediante la observación realizada con un ROV a 800 mts de profundidad, se ha dado identificación positiva al
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He #MinisterioDeDefensa and the #ArmadaArgentina report that on the day of the date, having investigated the point of interest N ° 24 reported by Ocean Infinity, through observation made with a ROV at 800 meters deep, has been given positive #AraSanJuan identification
 

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Tragedy of the ARA San Juan

It is with great sadness that we learn the confirmation of the sinking of the ARA (Armada of República Argentina) San Juan (TR1700), one of the three submarines of the Argentine Navy. They were 44 submariners (see below) - including the first South American submarine (Teniente de navío Eliana María Krawczyk) - on a routine mission like many other submarines around the world. In view of all the statements given, one hypothesis is that the submarine was lost on 15 November. Its position remains to be determined and, depending on the latter, the visit of the wreck will most likely be within reach of a very small number of nations

The ARA San Juan communicates for the last time Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 am (local time - 11:30 am in Paris). The signal is bad and its location looks very complicated, thereby increasing the search area which will, it seems, 500 000 km² is almost the area of metropolitan France. The procedure would be that in case of loss of the means of communication the boat will come up in time of peace. In addition, the ARA San Juan had reported during this last communication a battery failure. One of the worst dangers for a submarine. He was sailing near Ushuaia as he was taking the road to his home port of Mar del Plata. The commander hoped to reach it on November 19 or 20. The ARA announces as early as 15 November that communication with the boat is lost. On the 18th, seven satellite calls to Argentine naval bases are interpreted as an attempt to communicate the submarine which could then have surfaced. Subsequently, and while these calls are not recognized how could have been issued by the crew of the San Juan, noises are recorded and announced on the 20th. The hope is revived but immediately denied the same day. Oxygen reserves and air decontamination capabilities are announced to have a useful effect for seven days.

The ARA San Juan communicates for the last time Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 While many imagine a submarine between two waters or placed on the bottom in an atmosphere gradually becoming toxic, the fate of the submarine is disastrous. makes known. Around November 22, it is officially announced that a "noise" was recorded three hours after the loss of contact of November 15, or around 10:30 (local time, 14:30 in Paris). Whether a military submarine is 30 or 5 years old, it is designed to produce as little noise as possible from the internal equipment to the blades of the propeller. That's why the triptych to hunt such a boat is the frigate-helicopter pair supported, possibly, by a maritime patrol aircraft with sonars towed, dipped and hulled in support. In this case, the noise was recorded by an acoustic station of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Process Organization. When a network of watch sensors used for detecting nuclear tests manages to hear a submarine, it is almost always because its hull has imploded. It is a seismograph that recorded the sound of the implosions of the hulls of Eurydice and Minerve in France. As of November 23, 2017, the ARA would come to confirm that the "noise" of November 15 was actually an explosion and that the submarine is lost with all its crew.

One of the hypotheses is that the Argentine Navy was aware of the loss of the submarine as a very likely figure of the information it had on November 15 when the routine of the San Juan reports, two broadcasts a day, was interrupted. This is to understand that it is not possible, especially on the human level, to announce to a whole navy, all the crews, and behind, to a whole country, that a boat is lost, without it being localized and without having tried anything. It is therefore perfectly logical for the entire navy to be mobilized in titanic research efforts, calling upon international assistance wherever possible, so that everything is put to the service of the slightest hope. The announcement of the loss of the San Juan comes a whole day after the theoretical extinction of the least reserve of oxygen. It was inconceivable not to have set in motion everything that could be done, and to leave in doubt that a small opportunity might have been abandoned.

The location of the wreckage promises to be one of the issues. Two cases arise: either the boat rests on the continental shelf, or on the ocean floor. There would be nearly 6000 meters difference between the hypotheses. In the first, a submarine rescue capability such as the NATO NSRS is capable of diving up to about 600 meters, while in the second there are relatively few nations in the world capable of diving to the sea. to 6000 meters and maybe even more, that is to say the United States, Russia, China, Japan and France

What could have happened? The only item on the public record is damage to the battery: it can be as much a charge problem as a fire, the last case sometimes leading to an explosion. It is surprising that the San Juan could not surface. The consultation of the last communication will make it possible to appreciate if a fire was in progress, or not, and if the damage, or the damages, can explain why the boat could not reach the surface whereas the ballasts can be operated manually . According to the above mentioned elements, it would take only three hours between a communication of poor quality and the explosion recorded. Rather than the age of the boat, it would be a question of questioning the age and the state of the battery.

The ARA San Juan joins the long list of submarines that have disappeared in peacetime since 1945
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A twitter posting so consider it rumor, not confirmed says that Argentina is about to pull the trigger on new fighters for its Air Force. The choice indicated is The Republic of Korea’s FA50. That is a multi role combat rated version of the T50 Golden Eagle developed by Korea Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin.
 

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Janes is running with it. FA50 for Argentina’s Interim Fighter Aircraft.
The FA50 a member of the T50. It has an American built South Korean assembled engine, Israeli and American Avionics and a American made 20mm Gun. The two seater supersonic fighter would have a short range.
 

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