• Finland begins Squadron 2020 OPV programme

    Finland has begun its 'Laivue 2020' (Squadron 2020) programme to build a new class of four multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The new vessels are intended to replace the Finnish Navy's four Rauma-class fast-attack missile boats, and its two Hämeenmaa-class minelayers. Both of these

  • US debuts LCS in 'CARAT' naval exercise with Bangladesh

    Key Points The USN has deployed a LCS on an exercise with the Bangladesh Navy for the first time Exercise highlights continuing USN focus on LCS interoperability with Asia-Pacific navies The US Navy (USN) has deployed a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in a bilateral naval exercise with the Bangladesh

  • Vietnam inducts fifth, sixth Tarantul V corvettes into 2nd Regional Command

    Key Points The Vietnamese navy has commissioned its fifth and sixth Tarantul V missile corvettes The vessels will be deployed to bolster Vietnam's presence near disputed areas of the South China Sea The People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy has commissioned its fifth and sixth Project 1241.8

  • India commissions second Kolkata-class destroyer

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kochi , the second of three locally designed 7,500-tonne Project 15A stealth missile destroyers, in Mumbai on 30 September. Built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) for INR40 billion (USD615 million), Kochi is the second Kolkata-class destroyer, the first of which

  • India launches 18th Aadesh-class patrol vessel

    India's Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has launched the 18th Aadesh-class fast patrol vessel (FPV) on order for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), the state-owned company announced on 29 September. The 270-tonne vessel, which has been named ICGS Aryaman , is part of an INR15 billion (USD228 million)

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  • JSTARS recap effort fails to progress

    US Department of Defense (DoD) acquistition officials have denied the US Air Force (USAF) permission to move its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) programme into the next phase of the acquisition cycle, the USAF said on 30 September. The DoD's Defense Acquisition Board reviewed
  • Czech MoD recommends Nexter Titus MRAP purchase

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recommended the government selects the Nexter Systems Titus 6x6 armoured vehicle to fulfil a CZK2.7 billion (USD111 million) requirement for 42 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) platforms for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). MoD sources leaked


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • Frosch II class (Type 109)

    Fleetlist Comment: Ex-GDR ships disarmed and transferred from Germany 25 August 1993. 5 ton crane amidships. In GDR service these ships had two twin 57 mm and two twin 25 mm guns plus Muff Cob fire-control radar. Both refitted at Rostock and recommissioned 25 April 1995. 37 mm guns fitted after

  • Introduction

    Notes: (1) It was announced in November 2014 that a new Coast Guard was to be established in order to consolidate resources and to simplify the command, control, and responsibilities of existing maritime agencies, including the Sea and Coastguard, Police, and Customs. The new force took effect in