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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Sam 1 Déc 2012 - 1:33

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 4 Déc 2012 - 17:11

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A Sea King Mark 7 Airbourne Surveillance And Control (SKASAC) helicopter from 854 Naval Air Squadron takes off from the deck of a Type 45 destroyer for the first time. Able to provide surveillance and early airborne warning, the Sea King Mark 7 can conduct maritime security operations while deployed on a maritime unit in the Arabian Gulf. It was in company with Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond, which is currently in the region. The SKASACs are presently exercising with Royal Navy ships in the area. For the last few years units from the squadron have been deployed to Afghanistan, where their performance in providing airborne support to units on Op HERRICK has been of critical importance. Using the techniques honed from these deployments they are bolstering surveillance at sea by demonstrating their ability to detect even small contacts at range and report them to friendly units. The exercises were carried out while Diamond was conducting maritime security operations in the Gulf Region. It was also a good experience for the aviation team in the ship to handle the requirements of a different class of aircraft. (Photographer: LA(Phot) Gary Weatherston)






Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless cuts through rough weather in the South Atlantic during her deployment to the area. HMS Dauntless, the second of the T45 Destroyers, joined the Fleet in November 2010, shortly after being the first of class to fire the new Sea Viper missile. Since then she has proved her capability helping to ‘protect’ the USS Carrier Battle Group in Exercise Saxon Warrior as the American units approached the UK in May. Reversing the tables she then crossed ‘the pond’ in company with the Russian Destroyer Admiral Chabanenko to take part in FRUKUS 2011 – the letters come from France, Russia, UK and US who make up the annual exercise. While in the US she took the opportunity to find the warmest waters easily reachable without having to go through Suez to test the resilience of the T45 systems in hotter water. (Photographer: LA(Phot) Wilson)






HMS Severn at sea off the coast of Portsmouth. HMS Severn is one of the trio of Offshore Patrol Vessels ploughing the seas around the UK almost every day of the year. The ship is the second River-class built by Vosper Thornycroft at their Woolston yard and she became the penultimate ship to be built there. The 3 River class Offshore Patrol Vessels patrol the UK EEZ, routinely operating hundreds of miles off the UK coast. Their primary role is to deliver maritime security, encompassing fishery protection and Marine Management tasks on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation, as well as a wide range of operations to ensure the security, integrity, and safety of UK waters. (Photographer: LA Gregg Macready)

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 5 Déc 2012 - 9:49

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Four shortlisted for UK maritime UAS requirement
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12/4/2012
The UK Ministry of Defence has shortlisted Boeing Defence, Cassidian, Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems, and QinetiQ to bid for the provision of a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) maritime unmanned air system (UAS) to meet an urgent operational requirement (UOR) for organic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support.

Responses to an invitation to tender (ITT) released in mid-November are due to be returned to the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation's UAS project team on 18 December. A contract award is scheduled for early February 2013.

The COCO Maritime UAS programme calls for the delivery of a commercial off-the shelf (COTS) solution to run up until the end of May 2015. Based on a Royal Fleet Auxiliary platform, and subsequently from a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, the system is required to operate alongside an existing aviation detachment.

Due to the UOR's timescale, the UAS project team has specified a COTS solution that will meet Military Aviation Authority regulations.

Top-level requirements framed in the ITT call for the COCO service to provide, initially, a single task line of 300 hours per month of ISR coverage from a maritime platform, increasing to two task lines approximately six months after Initial Operational Capability.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 5 Déc 2012 - 11:20

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Royal Navy heralds Thales 2087 and Flash sonars as “the most potent of any navy”
The Royal Navy has described how the combination of a Type 23 frigate fitted with Thales UK’s Sonar 2087 and a Merlin helicopter equipped with the Thales FLASH dipping sonar has delivered an outstanding anti-submarine warfare capability.

HMS Northumberland, sailing as part of the UK’s Response Force Task Group on the Cougar 12 Mediterranean deployment, recently conducted advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training with a friendly submarine.









A Merlin helicopter from HMS Ark Royal hovers in the foreground whilst the Duke Class Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland, sails past behind.
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The exercise involved the ASW surface ships trying to ‘sink’ the hunter-killer submarines, while simultaneously trying to avoid being sunk by their stealthy submariner counterparts.

Northumberland is one of eight Type 23 ships fitted with Sonar 2087, a towed array system that enables frigates to hunt the latest submarines at considerable distances and locate them beyond the range from which they can launch an attack.

Type 23 frigates also carry the Merlin helicopter that is fitted with the Thales FLASH dipping sonar. The combination of 2087 and FLASH makes the Type 23 a formidable antisubmarine warfare operator.

Northumberland’s Commanding Officer Commander Paddy Dowsett said: “The opportunity to conduct extended and realistic training against a submarine has been most welcome.”

“It reinforced the view that a Type 23 frigate such as Northumberland, fitted with Sonar 2087 and a Merlin helicopter, remains the most potent anti-submarine warfare platform of any navy at sea today.”

Phil Naybour, head of Thales UK’s naval business said: “Once again, the combination of Sonar 2087 and FLASH sonar has proved to be a phenomenal anti-submarine warfare asset to the Royal Navy. We are proud to be such a key sensor supplier to the Royal Navy.”

The eighth and final Type 23 to be fitted with the system, HMS Portland, has been undergoing an extensive refit at Rosyth dockyard that included the installation of Sonar 2087.

The 2087 system is a low-frequency active sonar, consisting of both active and passive sonar arrays. The system is manufactured at Thales sites in the UK (Cheadle Heath in Manchester and Templecombe in Somerset) and France (Brest).

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 5 Déc 2012 - 12:52

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Threat to UK Apache fleet
05 December 2012
Plans by the US to change to a new variant of the Apache attack helicopter could see Britain's own fleet of the vital aircraft cut back – or even scrapped altogether.

The British Army currently operates a total of 66 AH-64D Apache gunships which have been in use since 2001, seeing action in Afghanistan and Libya.

But the helicopters face becoming redundant because the US has decided to stop using the AH-64D model and adopt a newer variant, the AH-64E, the Daily Telegraph reports.

That means essential technical support for the British Apache fleet will be withdrawn from 2017.

As a result, ministers must decide whether to upgrade some or all of the British helicopters to the new US standard, or to replace them outright.

Colonel Andrew Cash, the commander of the army's attack helicopter force, set out the options in a recent public lecture.
Listing the possible choices for the programme, he said: "Do nothing; do the minimum; technology insertion based on the current airframes; update to the US AH-64E standard, or this standard but with UK-specific equipment; or an entirely new replacement attack helicopter."

With a final decision expected in 2014, the Ministry of Defence is likely to focus on an Apache upgrade programme.

However, modernising existing aircraft is often extremely expensive, and insiders predict that the MoD will be unable to afford to upgrade all 66 Apaches – leaving open the possibility that some of the fleet will be left unmodified and effectively redundant.

An MoD spokesman said: "There are no plans to remove the Apache capability, on the contrary we plan to update and upgrade the fleet. The number required after 2017 will be taken according to operational requirements.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 5 Déc 2012 - 17:51

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Final Type 45 Destroyer Completes Trials On The Clyde
HMS DUNCAN returns to Scotstoun shipyard for readiness before handover...

It was a programme that arguably saved the Clyde shipyards, albeit with half the number of ships first mooted, but HMS DUNCAN is the final vessel of the Type 45 programme to near handover to the Royal Navy

She returned after her second and final sea trials to the Scotstoun shipyard where she has been fitting out since her launch at Govan shipyard on the South Bank of the river on 11 October 2010.


A major part of the trials involved rigorous testing of the Ship’s Long Range Radar and her Sampson Multi Function Radar, which are the electronic ‘eyes’ of the powerful computer systems behind the Sea Viper missiles in their silo in Duncan’s forecastle.

Just as in her first sea trials in September, the ship 'breezed' through her trials according to the Royal Navy.

“Duncan has again demonstrated her outstanding capability, this time from a combat systems perspective,” said Cdr Phil Game, Duncan’s weapon engineer officer – and the senior Royal Navy member of her ship’s company.

“Whilst we remain conscious of the work ahead before the ship is finally accepted by the Royal Navy, I am extremely confident that Duncan will be delivered to the highest-possible specification for which we, and the shipbuilder, can be very proud.”

She will remain at Scotstoun shipyard until the Spring for final tests and fitting out and then will leave the Clyde to join the rest of her fleetmates in active service with the Royal Navy

There will be mixed emotions as her completion will mean an anxious time ahead for Scotstoun and Govan as they work on sections of the second aircraft carrier PRINCE OF WALES.

The greatest hope for the near future is the Type 26 frigate programme, but as yet, no firm announcements have been made on where these new ships will be built, and BAE Systems has yet to reveal its widely anticipated decision to scale down its shipyard operations at its three yards in the UK.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 0:39


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BAE Awarded GBP46M Submarine Contract


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A new £46m Ministry of Defence (MOD) contract has been awarded to BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, which will ensure support, maintenance and development of the “brains” of the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet over the next decade.

The Design Services Arrangement (DSA) brings together a range of design and support services for the submarine combat system, which is used to navigate as well as gather intelligence and defend against attacks.


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The contract also provides a mechanism for achieving a Common Combat System across all current and future Royal Navy submarines, bringing significant cost benefits to training, maintenance and updates. It replaces a number of previous combat system contracts, giving MOD greater flexibility to meet evolving priorities within the Fleet.

For the BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines Combat Systems team DSA brings a commitment for the remainder of the decade and stability to a range of combat system services, enabling the business to invest in people and maintain resources. It consolidates the team’s role as the lead for submarine combat system design, providing a range of design services to the Defence Equipment and Support Submarine Combat Systems Group.

"A great opportunity for Maritime-Submarines to collaborate with the MOD..."

Combat Systems Director Ian Hawkes said: “The Design Services Contract provides Maritime – Submarines with a great opportunity to collaborate with the MOD to sustain the design, development and support for current and future combat systems. A 10 year contract provides the longevity to innovate and provide cost effective solutions to maintain the fight capability of Royal Navy submarines.”

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said: “The UK’s submarine fleet is second to none and plays a key role in protecting our waters and interests both at home and abroad. This latest commitment to maintain and develop this vital technology throughout the fleet will ensure that we can continue delivering first class capability for many years to come.”

The contract covers many in-service combat system requirements, from initial concept and assessment through design management, proving and integration, to assuring the resultant design once incorporated into the submarine.

A major boost for BAE Systems’ sites at Ash Vale, Surrey, and Weymouth, Dorset.

DSA is a major boost for BAE Systems’ sites at Ash Vale, Surrey, and Weymouth, Dorset. It secures the future for Ash Vale, where integration trials, to prove the integrity of design changes to submarine combat systems, and investigation of design issues from sea, to support the availability of UK submarines, will be conducted. Ash Vale is also lead facility for the development of the Common Combat System design.

Weymouth is the base for the Combat Systems Technical Authority role – providing assurance in response to design change and advice on in-service combat systems. This consolidates delivery of Design Authority support for a range of systems, including the ground-breaking Sonar 2076 fitted to Astute class submarines.

DSA also provides for a small team based in Farnborough, which investigates early design concepts and assesses their potential. It will be managed from Weymouth.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 12:24

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ViaSat deploys integrated waveform network control station for UK MoD
10 December 2012
ViaSat has installed an integrated waveform network control station (IW NCS) for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), marking completion of Phase 1 of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) integrated waveform implementation programme.

The initial operational capability (IOC) installation features ViaSat RT-18xx based terminal hardware alongside Spirit River-supplied UHF satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas.

The successful IOC implementation and testing represents a significant milestone in providing the MoD with next-generation UHF Satcom networking capabilities.

The IW NCS is a legacy network terminal designed to enable operators to cost-effectively develop, integrate and conduct training on UHF satellite communication equipment.

Using the terminal, the ministry will be able to efficiently utilise its UHF Satcom equipment with seamless voice and data assignments throughout 5kHz and 25kHz UHF channels.

Additional advantages of the installation include significant enhancement in voice quality and interoperability with the US military forces in the theatres worldwide.

Available in three models, the RT-18XX is a single channel, four input/output (I/O) port UHF Satcom terminals designed to support establishment of satellite communication channels in ground components, shore stations or other environments.

Equipped with an upconverter, downconverter, modem and I/O modules, the modular terminal can be controlled by using ViaSat control indicator or network terminal control (VNTC) software.

Implementation of second phase, called final operational capability (FOC), including built-in failover redundancy, is expected to help the MoD in planning and control of two IW master channels simultaneously.


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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 14:06

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Call to end MoD pig experiments
10 December 2012

The Ministry of Defence has come under attack from a top TV dramatist opposed to the shooting of live pigs to give army medics hands on experience of treating battlefield injuries.

Gideon Raff, who wrote and directed the Israeli original of the award-winning drama Homeland, has written to, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond calling for a end to the scheme which takes place at a Nato training camp in Denmark.

During the training, pigs are drugged and then shot with high-powered rifles. Surgeons must then attempt to save their lives. The MoD sends surgeons for training twice a year.

In his letter to Hammond, Raff said: "The UK Ministry of Defence is not saving lives by having military doctors sew up live animals whose bodies have been torn apart by bullets from high-powered rifles.

"I am concerned that this violence still goes on when more humane and effective ways of training medics and doctors are available."

The letter also referred to research by the IDF Medical Corps which, Raff said, "found that military staff's confidence in performing lifesaving battlefield medical procedures increased when they were trained with sophisticated human simulators and after having experience with real patients – but not after completing crude animal experiments."

Formerly known as Operation Danish Bacon, the practice was condemned last month by the animal rights group Peta, who called it "impossible to justify medically, ethically or educationally".

The MoD claims the scheme – recently renamed the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care course – provides "invaluable experience" and has helped save soldiers' lives.
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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 15:04

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GBP1.2 Bn Contract Awarded for New Attack Submarine


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The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £1.2 billion contract for Audacious, the latest Astute Class attack submarine to be built for the Royal Navy.

Audacious is the fourth of 7 Astute Class submarines being built for the Royal Navy. They are the most technologically-advanced the Royal Navy has ever sent to sea and offer a step-change in capability.


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The contract with BAE Systems will safeguard 3,000 skilled jobs at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and represents a significant step forward in the Astute submarine programme.

The first 2 boats, Astute and Ambush, are currently undergoing sea trials to rigorously test their systems. Astute has conducted deep dive trials and successfully fired Tomahawk land attack missiles and Spearfish torpedoes.

Ambush's ability to dive and surface has been successfully tested, as has her propulsion system, and the third boat, Artful, is reaching the final stages of her construction at Barrow shipyard.

The MOD can also confirm today that a further £1.5 billion has been committed to the remaining 3 submarines in the class. This has enabled early build work to start on the next boat (Anson) and long lead items to be ordered and bought for the as yet unnamed boats six and seven.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"This £1.2 billion contract marks an important step forward in the progress of the Astute programme and moves the Royal Navy closer to adding more of these highly advanced and powerful attack submarines to its fleet.

"I am also pleased to announce today that the MOD is committing more than £1.5 billion for boats five, six and seven.

"This funding demonstrates our commitment not only to a key Royal Navy capability but also to the submarine industry in Barrow which will play a vital role in Astute for decades to come."

Rear Admiral Simon Lister, MOD's Director of Submarines, said:

"The Astute Class will become the jewel in the crown of the Royal Navy's Submarine Service and boasts much greater firepower and more advanced sonar and communications than ever before.

"These submarines represent a huge leap forward in technology and will operate all over the world with the Royal Navy. These boats provide the optimum capability a submarine can offer in land strike, strategic intelligence-gathering, anti-submarine and surface ship warfare, and protection of the strategic deterrent."

Featuring the latest nuclear-powered technology, the Astute Class never need to be refuelled and can circumnavigate the world submerged, manufacturing the crew's oxygen from seawater as they go.

The 7,400-tonne Astute Class are quieter than older submarines and can operate covertly and remain undetected despite being 50% bigger than the Royal Navy's current Trafalgar Class submarines.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mar 11 Déc 2012 - 15:19

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Drone operators to get better training

11 December 2012 | Afghanistan UK By James Hirst
An inquiry into why an unmanned British aircraft crashed in Afghanistan last year has recommended an overhaul of training.

The Hermes drone came down in Camp Bastion last October – after an engine overheated.

Members of 32 Regiment Royal Artillery were operating it.

The increased heat in the engine was noticed about two hours into the mission, and when it went out of normal range the decision was made to bring it back.

However, a manual landing was complicated by equipment parked close to the runway, and the automated landing had failed because it appeared some data had been wrongly loaded.

The aircraft hit an empty US marines hanger, before sliding approximately 100metres along the ground, and breaking in two.

21 of the inquiry’s recommendations are about training, competency and qualifications.

The report calls for a redesign of the Royal Artillery’s level three course for unmanned aerial systems.



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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 12 Déc 2012 - 0:52

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Mer 12 Déc 2012 - 23:37

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Jeu 13 Déc 2012 - 1:34

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HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s largest warship which played a starring role during the London 2012 Olympics, will receive a £65M upgrade, the Ministry of Defence announced today.
Work on the helicopter carrier, which was moored on the Thames during the Games and provided essential security support and a home for hundreds of military personnel responsible for venue security, will secure more than 600 UK jobs.
Her upgrade will be carried out at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth and will be the largest upkeep programme of its kind to be carried out at the docks in more than 20 years.



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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Ven 14 Déc 2012 - 11:30

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Royal Navy to refit HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) as part of a £65m Contract




HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s largest warship which played a starring role during the London 2012 Olympics, will receive a £65M upgrade, the MoD announced today.

Her upgrade will be carried out at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth and will be the largest upkeep programme of its kind to be carried out at the docks in more than 20 years.

The contract has been awarded to UK maritime support specialists Babcock, securing 300 jobs in Devonport. More than 70 contractors are also set to be involved in the project securing a further 300 jobs across the UK.









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[size=121]During the refit, which is expected to last 15 months, upgrades andimprovements will be made to her radar, gun, command system and living quarters. Around 1,200 metres of new pipe work will be laid and around 100,000 litres of paint will be applied to HMS Ocean.

Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

“HMS Ocean plays a crucial role supporting operations as we saw during the Olympics and the Libya campaign and it is essential that we continue to invest in the upkeep of this formidable vessel.

“I am delighted that this contract will not only ensure that HMS Ocean remains a significant, highly-flexible, and capable warship for years to come, but will also secure hundreds of jobs within the UK.”

Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews, Chief of Materiel (Fleet) for the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said:

“Since entering service HMS Ocean has delivered comprehensive support to countless military operations as well as humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

“This extensive refit programme is essential in ensuring that this magnificent ship is able to continue in her role supporting and protecting the UK’s interests across the globe.”

HMS Ocean played an integral role in the Libya campaign launching Apache attack helicopters from her deck to attack Libyan ground defences, the first time Apaches had been launched from a Royal Navy warship.

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MessageSujet: Re: Armée Britannique/British Armed Forces   Lun 17 Déc 2012 - 12:06

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HMCS Windsor Returns To Sea

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 14, 2012) – Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor returned to sea yesterday at Halifax, N.S., officially marking the completion of a deep maintenance cycle known as an Extended Docking Work Period.

“HMCS Windsor’s return to sea is a key milestone and her crew now embarks on another challenging journey as they focus on operations at sea,” said The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “I commend the outstanding efforts of Windsor’s crew, our Fleet Maintenance Facilities and of industry that have brought us to this point.”

“Over the next few months, Windsor will conduct additional crew training and trials on her path to high readiness,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy. “This milestone builds on the achievements of HMCS Victoria and is another important step towards the Victoria-class Submarine Fleet achieving steady state.”

With the completion of the Extended Docking Work Period, HMCS Windsor will now conduct a series of sea trials, crew training and certifications to prepare for future operations, a process known as the Tiered Readiness Program. HMCS Windsor’s Tiered Readiness Program will closely resemble the one conducted by HMCS Victoria, the first Victoria-class Submarine to become operational and weapons certified to fire MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedoes.

The Victoria-class Submarine Fleet continues to progress towards steady state when three of four submarines will be available for operations. This will include a high readiness submarine available on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, HMCS Windsor and HMCS Victoria respectively, with a third submarine, HMCS Chicoutimi, available at standard readiness. HMCS Corner Brook will rotate into an Extended Docking Work Period in 2013. An Extended Docking Work Period provides the submarines’ 200-plus systems with the maintenance and upgrades needed to conduct operations on behalf of Canadians.
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