• Brazil relocates MPAs

    The Brazilian Air Force will begin operating its nine P-3AM Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), fielded by the Squadron Orungan, at Wing 12 in Santa Cruz (State of Rio de Janeiro) from 29 January. The Squadron Orungan is being relocated from Wing 14 at Salvador (State of Bahia) in order to

  • Indonesia selects communication, sonar suite from Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik for Nagapasa submarines

    Key Points Indonesia has selected the Wärtsilä ELAC KaleidoScope submarine sonar suite for its Nagapasa class Suite provides platform with all-round underwater surveillance capabilities including detection, classification, and tracking of contacts Indonesia’s Nagapasa (Type

  • Portugal to train São Tomé and Príncipe coastguard

    The Portuguese Navy's auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel (AOR) NRP Bérrio (A5210) and Cacine-class coastal patrol ship NRP Zaire (P1146) arrived in São Tomé and Príncipe on 22 January to support the training of the African nation’s coastguard (Guarda Costeira de São

  • Vietnam’s fourth Gepard frigate arrives in Cam Ranh Bay

    Key Points Vietnam has received its fourth Gepard 3.9-class frigate Platform expected to play instrumental role in the country’s anti-submarine efforts A fourth Russian-built modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate ordered for the People’s Army of Vietnam

  • Larsen & Toubro launches second 97 m OPV for Indian Coast Guard

    Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has launched a second 97 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The platform, which is part of a contract for seven OPVs signed between the Indian government and L&T in March 2015, was launched on 20 January at Kattupalli, near

  • China launches sixth Type 071 LPD

    China’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard has launched the sixth Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The platform entered the water on 21 January, according to reputable online Chinese sources, corroborated with a

  • Spanish Navy details delivery schedule for S 80 submarines

    The Spanish Navy says it expects to have its first of four S 80 submarines delivered by 2021 and that the final price for the boats will be substantially more than EUR3 billion (USD3.6 billion). It is also waiting on government approval to start the F 110 frigate programme and the new submarine

  • MV Asterix refuels RCN ship for the first time

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) new support tanker, MV Asterix , has successfully conducted its first fuel transfer to an RCN ship at sea. The Project Resolve vessel made its first transfer of fuel to Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto on 15 January and completed a dual replenishment with

  • Brazil advances submarine construction

    Brazil is preparing to integrate, finish, and test the first three unified hull sections for Riachuelo (S-40), Brazil’s first of four planned diesel-electric attack submarines, at the Itaguaí shipyard. The hull sections were moved on 13 and 14 January from the Unidade de

  • India issues RFI for six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels

    India’s Ministry of Defence is acquiring a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to improve the navy’s maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities, and has issued a request for information (RFI) to finalise specifications of the programme. The platform, which will be known

  • Wasp deployment could mark USMC operational shift

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) expects to transform many of its operational concepts with the arrival of the first ship capable of handling F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) in Western Pacific waters this month, according to Major General David Coffman, US Navy (USN) director of expeditionary warfare.

  • Japan to assist with establishment of 11 new radar stations across southern Philippines

    Key Points Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean In an effort to help bolster security along a notorious sea

  • Sixth Project 22160 corvette laid down in Zelenodolsk

    Zelenodolsk Shipyard laid the keel for the Russian Navy’s sixth Bykov-class (Project 22160) corvette, Nikolay Sipyagin , on 13 January. Designed by Severnoye design bureau, the new class is primarily intended for maritime security tasks including counter-piracy and counter-trafficking

  • Albania extends Aegan Sea deployment

    Albania's Naval Forces (Forca Detare, FD) has extended its participation in Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) deployment in the Aegean Sea for an additional 12 months. For this purpose, the FD's Iliria-class patrol boat, ALS Butrinti , departed Albania on 16 January to join the NATO

  • Chilean Navy refits SSKs

    The first of the Chilean Navy’s two German-built Type 209 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), Thomson, is set to start a final refit and upgrade programme during January 2018 to extend its service life for another 10 years. Work will be carried out at ASMAR naval shipyard in Talcahuano,

  • Maritime piracy watchdog calls for continued vigilance as incidences rise for 2017

    Key Points Maritime piracy cases across Asia have risen for 2017 compared with the previous year Despite the increase, the number of incidences is still relatively low in comparison with other years within the decade The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery

  • TKMS begins work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines has commenced The Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to receive the first boat in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has begun work on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) third

  • US government approves potential Harpoon, RAM missiles FMS for Mexico

    The US State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Boeing RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missiles (SSM), 23 Raytheon Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 surface-to-air missiles (SAM), and six Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes requested by the Mexican

  • Cyprus boosts maritime capabilities with first offshore patrol vessel

    The Cyprus Navy commissioned its first offshore patrol vessel (OPV), Commodore Andreas Ioannides (P61), into service during a ceremony held at Evangelos Florakis Naval Base in Mari on 15 January. Commodore Andreas Ioannides was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd in Haifa Bay, Israel, under a EUR44

  • Indonesia disbands patrol boat units of Eastern, Western fleets

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is reorganising the deployment and reporting structure of its patrol boat units Move aimed at improving maritime security, especially in the country’s more remote waters In a bid to further improve naval presence across its vast archipelago, the Indonesian

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