• Russia, NATO forces face off in drills from Black Sea to the Baltic

    The confrontation between Russia and NATO in Eastern Europe entered a new phase in mid-March with a series of new military exercises by both sides. On 16 March Russia began extensive 'snap' exercises involving the Northern Fleet and units from other military districts. Defence Minister Sergei

  • US lawmakers supportive of naval shipbuilding

    Key Points US lawmakers are supporting a boost in defence spending in the Pentagon's FY 2016 budget, which supports an 11-aircraft carrier fleet Mark-ups on the congressional FY 2016 defence budget bills are scheduled to begin in April More than a dozen US lawmakers vowed to fight for naval

  • Evaluation of Collins-class replacements 'underway', says Australia's defence minister

    A competitive evaluation process to determine whether Australia's Future Submarine will be designed and built by French, German, or Japanese contenders is already underway, a spokesperson for Defence Minister Kevin Andrews told IHS Jane's on 25 March. Addressing a Royal United Services Institute

  • Russia lays keel for fifth Yasen-class boat

    Construction has started on Arkhangelsk , Russia's latest Yasen-class nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine. The keel laying took place on Submariners' Day, 19 March, at Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk near Arkhangelsk, Northern Russia. The Yasen-class vessels are the first in Russia to

  • USN's fifth JHSV completes acceptance trials

    The US Navy's (USN's) fifth-in-class Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) recently completed acceptance trials, officials announced on 24 March. Held in the Gulf of Mexico, the week-long trials tested the aluminium catamaran's systems and equipment, and concluded on 13 March at

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  • UK to deploy Sentinel surveillance aircraft to Iraq

    The UK is to deploy a pair of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to bolster its support of the international mission against the Islamic State in Iraq. The deployment, which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 26 March, will
  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • 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

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