Ranging from submarine to submarine warfare systems, leading data and analytics company GlobalData lists the top five terms tweeted in naval tech in November 2019, based on data from the company’s Influencer Platform.
1. Submarine – 663 mentions
The capture of highly specialised submarines, known as narco submarines, and the increase in innovation, experimentation and development in the submarine industry was widely discussed in November 2019. An article shared by H I Sutton, a submarine and naval special warfare expert, revealed that the submarine industry in the Asia Pacific region is showing higher levels of innovation.
On 24 Nov 2019, @CovertShores tweeted: “New article, #China submarines catching up with West. Emotive topic? #SubSunday #Submarines https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2019/11/24/latest-chinese-submarines-catching-up-with-us-navy …”, which collected 116 likes and 64 retweets.
In other news, Tyler Rogoway, an aviation and military expert, details the seizure of a narco submarine off the coast of Galicia, Spain. It was considered as the first ever capture of a smuggling vessel in Europe.
2. Frigate – 208 mentions
New upgrades to frigates were one of the popular topics discussed in November. Another article shared by Naval News, highlights Lockheed Martin’s Solid State Radar (LM SSR) technology being designated as AN/SPY-7(V)1 by the US Government.
On 15th November 2019, @navalnewscom tweeted: “The Japanese MoD selected AN/SPY-7(V)1 for 2 planned Aegis Ashore installations in 2018. Additionally, variants of AN/SPY-7(V)1 will be used by the Royal Canadian Navy for the CSC program and the Spanish Navy for the upcoming F-110 frigate program. https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2019/11/lockheed-martin-latest-solid-state-radar-now-designated-an-spy-7v1/ …,” which saw 88 likes and 60 retweets.
An article shared by Naval Analyses, a blog maintained by freelance naval analyst Dimitris Mitch, details the implementation of Mild-Life Upgrade (MLU) programmes on the MEKO 200 frigates across the world. The MEKO 200 was designed by the German shipbuilding company, Blohm+Voss, to build a new class of warships.
3. Maritime security – 190 mentions
Navy partnerships and the need to address issues and strengthen maritime security were discussed during the month. An article shared by the US Central Command detailed Albania’s inclusion in the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC). Albania is the seventh nation after the UK, US, Australia, UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to join this international effort.
On 1st November 2019, @CENTCOM tweeted: “U.S. Central Command welcomes Albania’s participation in the International Maritime Security Construct #IMSC in the #MiddleEast #Albania @US5thFleet https://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/STATEMENTS/Statements-View/Article/2005518/ …”, which gained 71 likes and 38 retweets.
The US Navy highlighted that the US and Bangladesh navies recently conducted an annual exercise called the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2019 to discuss maritime issues and strengthen co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region.
4. Missile – 113 mentions
Missile launches and highly classified missions in progress for naval forces were some of the popularly discussed topics in the month. An article shared by the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US 6th Fleet highlighted that the US Navy is on a highly classified mission with its USS Florida fleet, a nuclear-powered missile submarine.
On 10th November 2019, @USNavyEurope tweeted: “Check out this @ABCWorldNews exclusive story on board #USSFlorida, a @USNavy guided-missile submarine — now on a highly classified mission — with an up-close look at the Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes and the #Russians right there in the waters too.https://abcnews.go.com/International/uss-florida-submarine-admiral-david-muir-russians-active/story?id=66745121&fbclid=IwAR0cdrACav_2IaZ3_OqkQuCNOBmGuEw7VhRrdWDxdtYJigKzFOxPm_NHjqQ …”, which attracted 174 likes and 61 retweets.
NavyLookout, an online campaign that seeks to promote the Royal Navy, details the firing of the Martlet Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) from its DS30M Mark II cannon aboard the Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy.
5. Submarine Warfare Systems – 68 mentions
Naval exercises to protect maritime interests and shipping made submarine warfare systems a popular discussion in November. An article shared by the NavyLookout, the online campaign that promotes the British Navy, detailed HMS Northumberland’s training with the US Navy taskforce on the east coast of the US. The Type 23 frigate was trained with the American amphibious task force for the first time.
On 8th November 2019, @NavyLookout tweeted: “HMS Northumberland exercised ASW and protection of merchant shipping with US Navy taskforce USS Winston S Churchill acted as a harassing enemy force and was intercepted by @HMSNORT #Westlant19https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2019/november/08/191108-hms-northumberland-trains-with-american-strike-group …“, which saw 76 likes and 14 retweets.
Spokesperson Navy, a website maintained by the Indian Navy, detailed the naval exercises that took place between India and Indonesia in the Bay of Bengal, as part of the bilateral maritime exercise called ‘Samudra Shakti’ involving the INS Kiltan P28 class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette.