MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
04 Apr 08. The Royal Navy’s most powerful attack submarine returns to the fleet. The Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine, HMS Torbay, is returning to the Fleet following a year-long £8M refit at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which has equipped her to be the most powerful boat in the fleet. In addition to routine maintenance work, the Trafalgar class submarine has been upgraded to carry the latest longer-range Block 4 version of the Tomahawk cruise missile and an improved version of the world-leading Sonar 2076 system.
03 Apr 08. The US Navy will launch and christen the USNS Amelia Earhart at a 9 p.m. PDT ceremony on April 6, 2008. The christening ceremony for the newest ship in the Lewis and Clark (T-AKE) class of underway replenishment ships will be held at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Designated as T-AKE 6, the new ship honors aviation pioneer Amelia Mary Earhart for her courage, vision and groundbreaking achievements, both in aviation and for women. Earhart’s name became a household word in 1932 when she became the first woman — and second person — to fly solo across the Atlantic, flying from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, to Londonderry, Ireland. That year, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross from the U.S. Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French government, and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover. In January 1935, Earhart became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif. Later that year she soloed from Los Angeles to Mexico City and back to Newark, N.J. In July 1936, Earhart took delivery of a Lockheed 10E “Electra,” financed by Purdue University, and started planning her around-the-world flight.
02 Apr 08. Lockheed Martin opened its new P-3 Orion wing production line today, marking production kickoff at its Marietta, Ga., facilities with a brief ceremony attended by Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and Lockheed Martin officials. Norway is the initial P-3 Aircraft Service Life Extension Program (ASLEP) customer. “Today is a landmark day for the long-term sustainment and support of the P-3 Orion,” said Ray Burick, Lockheed Martin P-3/S-3 Programs vice president. “It is the culmination of literally years of hard work by many people, and the production of new life extension kits reaffirms Lockheed Martin’s commitment to aircraft sustainment and further cements us as the provider of the most comprehensive range of support, sustain and refresh solutions for the P-3. As the P-3 OEM we know these aircraft best and are uniquely qualified to support them.” The RNoAF will receive six life extension kits, two conditional kits, and engineering support under the contract. Delivery of the first set of wings is scheduled for June 2009. “The Government of Norway is pleased to observe the expanded production of wings for the P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, which will extend the lifespan and improve the capabilities required to support the operational requirement of Norwegian forces,” said Col. Geir Wiik, Royal Norwegian Air Force. (Source: ASD Network)
04 Feb 07. Thales unveils dedicated Electronic Warfare simulation and modelling laboratory in Leicester. Thales UK announces the opening of its new Joint Electronic Warfare Experimentation Laboratory (JEWEL). The JEWEL laboratory, officially opened by Councillor Gary Hunt, The Lord Mayor of the city of Leicester, combines a fully operational Electronic Warfare Operation Centre (EWOC) to provide a complete simulation of land electronic warfare (EW) scenarios, support tools and mission planning and reporting. Its ability to simultaneously simulate up to nine sensors, including two live sensors, allows Thales to demonstrate the capability and flexibility of sensor remote control. This will enable customers to carry out training and operational modelling of the battlespace under realistic con