• OCEA launches third FPB 72 Mk II patrol vessel for the Philippines

    Key Points A third FPB 72 Mk II boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard has been launched The service is expected to operate all four vessels in the class by 2019 French shipbuilder OCEA has launched the third FPB 72 Mk II patrol boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The

  • Portuguese Navy inducts third OPV

    The Portuguese Navy commissioned its third Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), NRP Sines (P 362), on 6 July. NRP Sines and fourth ship NRP Setúbal (P 363) form a second batch of OPVs ordered from a consortium comprising West Sea-Estaleiros Navais and Thales subsidiary EDISOFT

  • FFG(X) potential growth comes under scrutiny

    The US Navy (USN) moved from an up-gunned Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) new frigate (FF) concept to a more-capable guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) so the service could better face future threats. However, that potential is now being questioned. Specifically, the ship’s “growth

  • First Estonian minehunter enters refit

    The first of the Estonian Navy’s three ex-UK Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), EML Admiral Cowan (ex-HMS Sandown ), arrived at Babcock Shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, on 3 July, to begin upgrade work as part of the country’s naval minesweeper capacity building

  • Indonesia commissions seventh PC-40-class patrol vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its seventh PC-40-class patrol boat The vessel will bolster security in the Gulf of Youtefa, and along Indonesia’s maritime border with Papua New Guinea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned

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  • Mind the gap: UK aircraft carrier operations

    The United Kingdom is poised to become a major carrier navy, with the first operational deployment looming for HMS Queen Elizabeth. Dr Lee Willett examines how the Royal Navy might tackle tasks at home when a UK carrier task group deploys – especially with risks increasing around UK waters
  • Chinese SSBN development presents intelligence challenges

    Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines are among a state’s most closely guarded secrets. Andrew Tate examines the information available in open sources about China’s Type 094 SSBN and analyses how the submarine fits into China’s nuclear posture
  • Coming ashore: unmanned systems lead the way in amphibious operations

    Marines coming ashore rely on unmanned systems to provide situational awareness that lets them know if surf zones and beaches are free of obstacles, mines, and potential adversaries. Michael Fabey, Geoff Fein, and Pat Host examine the use and development of unmanned systems in amphibious operations
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  • Russian military to receive Kurganets-25 IFV in 2019

    The Russian armed forces will receive the first Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for trials in 2019, an industry source told Jane's. “JSC Kurganmashzavod has signed state contracts to deliver low-rate initial production batches of these vehicles. The IFV prototypes are being
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