• LCS Coastal Mine Reconnaissance module completes developmental testing

    The Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) programme successfully completed developmental testing (DT) recently off the coast of southern California aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-class version of the LCS. “This

  • New details emerge on Nulka ADAP programme

    Key Points The Nulka Advanced Decoy Architecture Program payload upgrade is intended to field an improved decoy as a rapid deployment capability Harris has been funded by the US NRL to develop the payload New information has been disclosed on the development and accelerated acquisition of an

  • US Navy awards General Dynamic USD696.2 million in attack sub work

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded USD696.2 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification on 12 March for additional long-lead time material associated with the fiscal year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020 Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) 802 and 803, and 804 and 805

  • Chilean Navy seeks to replace air-defence frigates

    Chilean Navy chief Admiral Julio Leiva has officially confirmed that the service’s plans include the replacement of its two Latorre-class (Jacob van Heemskerck) air-defence frigates by 2023. The decision to replace the vessels, which were acquired from the Netherlands in 2004, was taken after

  • USN, USMC accelerating directed-energy programmes

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are developing their directed-energy (DE) programmes at a much faster clip, service officials told Congressional members during recent testimony on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. “We’ve been accelerating this as fast as we can and

  • New USCG commandant nominated

    US President Donald Trump nominated US Coast Guard Vice Admiral Karl Schultz on 8 March to be the next commandant of the service, taking over from Admiral Paul Zukunft, who has had the position for four years and is slated to retire after the change of command scheduled for 1 June, Kirstjen Nielsen,

  • UK submarine arrives in the Arctic for joint exercise with USN

    A UK Royal Navy (RN) nuclear-powered attack submarine is heading under the Arctic ice pack for the first time in more than a decade as part of a joint exercise with two US Navy (USN) submarines. ‘Ice Exercise 2018’ ('ICEX'), which started on 7 March, aims to test operational readiness

  • USN to conduct new force structure assessment

    With a bigger fleet, an updated long-term shipbuilding plan, and revamped US and defence security plans under its keel, the US Navy (USN) is looking to carry out a new force structure assessment (FSA) that will more specifically spell out the types and numbers needed to fulfil the fleet’s

  • USS Essex leads ready group through first SWATT exercise

    The USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Base San Diego on March 4 to participate in the first ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. The drill is focused on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship

  • Lockheed Martin receives USD481.7 million for long-lead items for Saudi Arabian ships

    Lockheed Martin received USD481.7 million in US foreign military sale (FMS) funding on 5 March for long-lead-time material in support of the construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships for Saudi Arabia. US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded the not-to-exceed

  • New National Defence Strategy prompts US amphibious operations review

    The new US National Defence Strategy has prompted US Navy (USN) and Marine Corps (USMC) officials to review, rethink, and revamp the way they perform amphibious operations. The strategy’s shift away from anti-terrorist operations towards missions geared to combat China, Russia, and other peer

  • New Zealand’s ANZAC-class frigate arrives in Canada for upgrades

    Key Points New Zealand’s lead ANZAC frigate has arrived in Canada to undergo sensors and weapons upgrades Improvements aim to extend platform’s operational life to around 2030 The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) first-of-class ANZAC (Meko 200) frigate, HMNZS Te Kaha (F

  • HMCS Windsor completes BQQ-10 sonar fit

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) diesel-electric submarine HMCS Windsor has become the first of the service's four Victoria-class boats to complete its fit of the Lockheed Martin AN/BQQ-10 (V)7 sonar processing suite. The AN/BQQ-10, acquired through a Foreign Military Sales case with the US

  • Indian Navy flexes ability to conduct ‘two-front war’ in major drills

    Key Points India has tested its ability to conduct major naval operations on two fronts simultaneously Exercises conducted against backdrop of increased Chinese military presence in Indian Ocean Region The Indian Navy has concluded a series of military exercises that tested the service’s

  • US showcases strength of naval relations in Southeast Asia as Carl Vinson arrives in Vietnam

    Key Points A US aircraft carrier has arrived in Vietnam for the first time in more than 40 years Visit demonstrates the US Navy’s increasing ability to call on friendly ports as it pursues security objectives in Southeast Asia, and the wider Asia-Pacific region In a sign of increasingly

  • Bulgaria weighs up options as patrol boat acquisition plans stall

    Following setbacks to plans to buy two multifunctional modular patrol boats to modernise the Bulgarian Navy, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is now studying options for restarting the project. The shipbuilding project has been in limbo since December 2017, when local shipbuilder MTG

  • Philippine’s seventh Parola-class patrol vessel arrives home

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has received its seventh Parola-class patrol vessel Platform has significantly bolstered service’s constabulary capabilities The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG’s) seventh multirole response vessel (MRRV) has arrived in the country. Vessel

  • US Navy launches Super Hornet SLEP

    The US Navy (USN) has launched a service life extension programme (SLEP) for its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft, the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 28 February. The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing a USD73.2 million contract to increase the airframe

  • Malaysia aims to sign for third, fourth submarines by 2040

    Key Points Malaysia has outlined plans to procure its third and fourth submarines between 2031 and 2040 Plans presented against the Royal Malaysian Navy’s ‘15-to-5’ fleet transformation programme Putrajaya plans to procure the country’s third and fourth submarines by the

  • UK set to release ITN for Type 31e frigate

    Key Points The MoD plans to award up to four seven-month competitive design phase contracts A firm price of GBP1.25 billion has been set for the procurement of five Type 31e frigates, with the first to be delivered before the end of 2023 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to release a

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