French Carrier Strike Group Underway for ‘Mission Clemenceau’
This is Charles de Gaulle’s first deployment following its 18 month-long mid-life refit. As part of NATO Task Force 473 the CSG will operate in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. The task force should reach Singapore in late May.
French, European and international assests (from Australia, Denmark, United States, Portugal and the United Kingdom) will form the escort around the French aircraft carrier. Its airwing consists in 20x Rafale M, 2x E-2C Hawkeye, 2x Dauphin and 1x NH90 NFH helicopters.
US Navy sets up new PEO for the Columbia-class Program
PEO CLB will provide oversight of the construction of 12 Columbia-class submarines (SSBN) that will help the US Navy maintain a credible, survivable and modern sea-based strategic deterrent into the 2080s. The Columbia Class will replace the existing Ohio Class nuclear ballistic submarine force, which entered service in the 1980s. The future submarines will be 170 m long and 13 in diameter, and should have 16 missile launch tubes instead of 24 missile launch tubes on Ohio-class submarines.
Singapore MINDEF Outlines Future Procurement Plans
In a document titled “Building the Next Generation Singapore Armed Forces”, Singapore’s Ministry of Defense outlines the future of the nation state’s forces in 2030 and beyond, as well as some of its procurement plans.