Home' Defence Review Asia : DRA November 2013 Contents SAAB RECEIVES ORDER
Defence and security company Saab announced on
October 8 that it has signed a contract on deliveries
of components for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable
The order has a total value of SEK 434 million
(US $67 million) and comprises components for
ammunition to the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf
system, a modern ground support weapon system.
The contract also includes an option for additional
orders with a total value of SEK 114 million.
"Carl-Gustaf is a world leading system and a key
component of armed forces throughout the world.
With each new model the demand for
the system increases in many strategic
markets. The Carl-Gustaf system has
been sold to over 40 countries," says
Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab's
business area Dynamics.
The Carl-Gustaf system is a highly
modern Ground Support weapon
system with a long and successful
history. The system has successively
been modernised and adapted
to meet new requirements. With
the latest version Carl-Gustaf M3,
Saab offer state-of-the-art capability
for customers demanding high
operational reliability in all conflict
U.S. PACIFIC FLEET TO
FOCUS AS HARRIS
With the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri
Memorials as a backdrop, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.
relieved Adm. Cecil D. Haney as commander of
U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command
ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
"The only thing that makes my departure a
little easier is knowing that my good friend and
Naval Academy classmate Adm. Harry Harris
is my replacement," said Haney. "He has had
an exceptional career filled with challenging
assignments that have more than prepared him
to command the Pacific Fleet. He knows the
Indo-Asia-Pacific region and fully understands its
Haney spoke of those complexities, and how
the Navy's historic role in the region will continue
to promote security, stability, prosperity and peace.
"Our nation today looks to the future as we
rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific," said Haney,
who assumed command in Jan. 2012 near the
beginning of the rebalance initiative. "The world
watches to see how economically and politically
this rebalance will work. We've faced austere
economic cycles and political turmoil in the past,
but we've maintained a continuous, robust and
capable naval presence in the Pacific since World
"Given the consistent message of our political
and military leadership, I can stand on firm ground
and predict that the U.S. will remain a Pacific
power far into the future," Haney said. "It has been
fantastic to see new capability join this vibrant
theater ... the new littoral combat ship, Virginia
class submarine, EA-18 Growlers, MV-22 Ospreys,
and MH-60 Romeo and Sierra helicopters."
"As excited as I am about our new platforms,
I am even more excited about the rebalance of
intellectual focus and leadership attention to a
region where trillions of dollars of trade flows,"
Haney said. "Given the uncertainty in the region
regarding friction over sovereignty claims and
certain nation state provocations, we must continue
to maintain a combat-ready Fleet while working
peaceful solutions using existing international
norms and multilateral approaches."
Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander of U.S.
Pacific Command (PACOM), commended Haney
on his leadership during challenging times.
"Your strategic vision has set the stage for a new
level of engagement, dialogue and consistence
inside the PACOM area of responsibility," said
Locklear. "You have really done wonderful things
in increasing the coordination and information
sharing with our allies, to growing those critical
partnerships, and on the Navy making sure the
rebalance to the Asia-Pacific was real and realized."
Locklear presented Haney with the Distinguished
Service Medal. The award highlighted Haney's
efforts in achieving an unprecedented level of Fleet
combat readiness, advancing regional partnerships,
and leading the 2012 Rim of the Pacific, the largest
multinational naval exercise in modern history.
"This award is more about the hard work and
sacrifice of so many outstanding Pacific Fleet
Sailors, civilians and family members," said Haney,
who moves on to lead the U.S. Strategic Command
in Nebraska. "They are the ones who have earned it
and who I sincerely thank for their hard work during
After reading orders and assuming command,
Adm. Harris thanked the men and women of the
Pacific Fleet saying: "What you do on a daily
basis is of fundamental importance to our nation's
defense -- I'm proud to be your commander." As the
former assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, Harris said he would continue the Pacific
Fleet's commitment to the rebalance "with our
brothers and sisters" in the Air Force, Army, Marine
Corps, Special Operations and Coast Guard.
"Our president and secretary of defense are
clear," said Harris. "As a nation, we will rebalance
to the Pacific and we will work closely with our
allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."
Australian soldiers fire an 84mm Carl Gustav Anti-Armour rocket
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Oct. 4, 2013) Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of
U.S. Pacific Fleet, greets the Mayor of Yokosuka Hon. Yuto Yoshida
Credit: USN / Adam K. Thomas
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