Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Russia plans to sell multipurpose submarines abroad

Russia’s military-industrial complex is increasing arms exports through Rosoboronexport, year after year, and the naval component is no exception. However, the latest contract for the supply of non-nuclear submarines is unique.

Russia plans to sell multipurpose submarines abroad
Russia’s military-industrial complex is increasing arms exports through Rosoboronexport, year after year, and the naval component is no exception.

Rosoboronexport is in continued talks with Italy on the supply of S1000 submarines. However, these boats will not see action in either the Russian or the Italian navy. Instead, they will be sold exclusively to third-party countries.

Experts at the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering and Italy’s Fincantieri completed the conceptual design of the S1000 a few years ago. The submarine was always intended for third-party countries. The Italian shipbuilding company presented a mockup in 2008, at the 21st International Naval Defense and Maritime Exhibition and at the Conference Euronaval 2008.

According to Fincantieri Commercial Director Enrico Bonnetti, “the submarine’s architecture has been determined, equipment has been positioned, and an integrated combat system has been designed.”

The S1000 is 56-meters long, with an outside hard-hull diameter of 5.5 meters (18 feet), a submerged displacement of around 1100 tons, a maximum depth of more than 250 meters (820 feet), and a top underwater speed of more than 14 knots. The submarine can carry a crew of 16, plus six special operations troops.

The propulsion system includes two diesel generators, a battery, an electric motor and an AIP system with an electrochemical generator. Both Russian- and Italian-made equipment will be installed in equal amounts.

The S1000 non-nuclear submarine is designed for anti-submarine warfare, reconnaissance missions, special operations support and transporting underwater subversive troops. The submarine can perform these tasks both in shallow coastal waters and in deep-sea conditions. Secondary objectives include anti-ship warfare, mining and naval aircraft support.

The Soviet Union —and later Russia — have traditionally sold non-nuclear, diesel-electric submarines abroad.

“Our key product in this global market segment is the Project 636 submarine, which is the current bestseller. But we are also promoting the new Amur-1500 submarine,”said Rosoboronexport head Anatoly Isaykin.

“This is not a replacement for Project 636; it is an entirely new submarine that we will be promoting in parallel with Project 636. The Amur-1500 will also be in demand from international buyers, as it will be offered in different versions —including a version with an air-independent propulsion system that is becoming increasingly popular in the naval market,” Isaykin said.

He added that sales of naval hardware through Rosoboronexport amounted to 20 percent of total military exports last year and were slightly higher than in 2011.

The Russian navy will soon receive Project 636 submarines, as well.

A keel-laying ceremony for a large diesel-electric Project 636.3 submarine named Stary Oskol was held at the end of last summer, at the Admiralty Shipyard. These submarines are now being built for the Russian navy, after being exported for 20 years.

This submarine is expected to get a version of the new Kalibr missile system (exported as the Club-S) with a range of 1,500 kilometers (932 miles). There is one hitch though: to use this missile complex, a new combat command and control system is needed; its flaws have become one of the reasons behind the delays in building and deploying the Lada-class submarines for Russia’s navy.

Project 636 submarines are armed with six torpedo launchers located in the bow; six torpedoes sit in shafts that are automatically reloaded after each launch. The torpedoes can be replaced with 24 mines, two in each launcher. Two torpedo launchers have been designed to fire high-precision, remotely controlled torpedoes. All launchers and their service systems can fire from both periscope and tactical operating depths.

The launchers can be reloaded within 15 seconds.

According to expert assessments, the submarine is low noise and “sees” better underwater than the most widespread American-made, Los Angeles-class submarines.

Source – Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Capt. John Markowicz, Who Led Fight To Save Groton Sub Base, Has Died

Markowicz, of Waterford, served in the Navy for 34 years, built a business that grew from six to more than 400 employees, and worked to improve the local economy.

Capt. John C. Markowicz, a naval officer who spearheaded the fight in 2005 to save the Groton submarine base from closing, has died.

He was 68.

Markowicz, of Waterford, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and  received some of his early submarine training in Groton. He served in  posts including communications officer, weapons officer and engineering  officer on submarines, and he was honored with decorations for his  service and leadership.

He continued to serve in the reserves after leaving active duty, commanding several reserve units.

In 1976, Markowicz started a private defense-contracting business  that grew from six to more than 400 employees. Then he joined the  Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, where he worked to improve  the local economy.

“I respected John an awful lot,” said former Groton Town Councilor Mick O’Beirne, who worked with Markowicz on a group to save the sub base.

“It was really a pleasure working with him, and I think practically   everyone on the sub base coalition team would say basically same thing.  We worked well as a group, and that is really a function of the   leadership.”

O’Beirne said he first met Markowicz in 1993, when they were working  against a proposal to remove submarines and basically the waterfront  from Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton.

For about five years, the two also served as co-chairs of what’s  now The Subase Coalition. O’Beirne became vice chair  of the group in 2005, when the base was threatened with closure.

He said  it was awkward to have two chairmen, and the coalition needed one  voice. O’Beirne and Markowicz continued to work together to save the  base and succeeded.

Markowicz’ obituary, published on the Byles-MacDougall Funeral Service, Inc.

Captain John C. Markowicz, naval officer, executive, and  civic leader in southeastern Connecticut died of brain cancer on Friday,  January 18, 2013.

He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on March 4, 1944, the son of Stanley  and Stella (Buba) Markowicz. He grew up in Salem, Mass. where he  attended St. John the Baptist grammar school and was class president at  Salem High School.

He graduated from U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1965 and launched a  career in nuclear submarines.  His early training as a submariner  included completing Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge, Md., prototype  training in Windsor Locks, Conn., and Submarine School in Groton, Conn.

He  served on the commissioning crew of USS PARGO (SSN 650) as  Communications Officer and then as Weapons Officer during testing of the  Mark 48 torpedo in 1970.  Following assignments included Submarine  Development Group Two as Squadron Weapons Officer and Engineering  Officer on USS GUITARRO (SSN 665).

His distinguished service in the  Submarine Force was recognized with several unit citations and numerous  personal decorations, including the Steven Decatur leadership award.  In  1976, he left active duty service and continued his naval service  through the Naval Reserve.  He participated in and commanded several  Reserve units before retiring after 34 years of honorable service.

He started his private career in 1976 by joining David and Muriel Hinkle  in starting a new defense contracting company in Sonalyst, Inc. and  came to live in Waterford, Conn.  He helped the small company grow from a  one floor office building of six employees to become Chief Operations  Officer of over 400 employees with offices located throughout the  country.

He left Sonalyst in 1994 and continued his leadership in the business  community through his commitment to the economic development of  Southeastern Connecticut.

He worked with Tech Conn and Sea Tech to stir  business development throughout the region.  In 1997, he joined  Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer) and tirelessly  worked on sustaining the health of the local economy.

In 2005, he  spearheaded the coalition effort that successfully defended the  Submarine Base and overturned the recommendation of Base Realignment and  Closure Commission to close the facility.

His community service  included membership to the Waterford Nuclear Advisory Board,  Lawrence  and Memorial Hospital Corporators, and the St. Joseph Parish Council  where he was a long time parishioner.

He married Dolores “Laurie” Treptow in Holy Cross Church, Trenton, New  Jersey, on June 7, 1969.  He is survived by her and son John C.  Markowicz, Jr. and his wife Kristin Bache Markowicz and their children  John Carter, Joseph Thomas, James Stanley and Jane Lolitia and daughter,  Karen Lynn Noyes and her husband Brian Noyes and children Griffen  Horne, Avery Horne and Jilian Noyes of Duxbury, Mass.

He is survived by  his brother Joseph Markowicz and his wife Gail McGrane Markowicz of  Salem, Mass. and his mother-in law Wanda Kochanowicz Treptow and sister in  law Christine Treptow Servis and her husband David Servis of Punta Gorda, Florida and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Source – GrotonPatch

Taiwan’s Navy conducts anti-submarine drill

A Hai Lung diesel-electric submarine (SS-793) emerges from the sea

The latest minehunters added to the Taiwan’s arsenal were shown in public for the first
time as the country’s Navy held an anti-submarine drill Tuesday to highlight its
combat readiness.

The exercise, which was open to the media, simulated an
emergency in which the Navy dispatched a frigate from Tsoying naval base in
Kaohsiung to counter a potential submarine attack by enemy forces.

The Dyihuah frigate — one of six Lafayette-class ships purchased from France in the
1990s — sailed into the Taiwan Strait accompanied by two retrofitted U.S.-made
coastal minehunters deployed to keep the sea free of mines and two
Chengkung-class frigates.

Taiwan received the minehunters last August and
were exposing them to public scrutiny for the first time Tuesday.

An S-2T anti-submarine aircraft was then dispatched to locate the opposing submarine,
followed by an anti-submarine S-70C helicopter sent out to deploy dipping sonar
systems to confirm the location of the submarine.

The submarine was finally pushed to the surface after the S-70C launched a simulated attack by
firing a torpedo, concluding the drill.

Naval officials said the exercise was held to highlight the military’s efforts to stay alert and strengthen combat readiness ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year break in February.

Source – Focus Taiwan