• UK's last Invincible-class carrier decommissioned

    HMS Illustrious , the last of the UK Royal Navy's Invincible-class aircraft carriers, was decommissioned on 28 August in Portsmouth. The decommissioning means that the newly refitted helicopter carrier HMS Ocean will be the RN's sole dedicated flat-top until the entry into service of the new Queen

  • Asia-Pacific region at risk of submarine-triggered conflict, says former RAN commodore

    Submarine acquisitions by more navies in the Asia-Pacific region increased the risk of a conflict being triggered by underwater confrontation, retired naval officer Dr Sam Bateman told a seminar at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore on 26 August. Bateman, formerly a

  • Indonesian Navy takes delivery of KCR-60M missile craft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, TNI-AL) has taken delivery of the PT PAL-built vessel KRI Tombak (629), the second-in-class of its KCR-60M missile attack craft. PT PAL's public relations manager, Bayu Witjaksono, told Indonesian media that the handover of Tombak on

  • Portugal set to withdraw João Coutinho-class corvette

    The Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa) is to withdraw on 1 September 2014 the corvette NRP João Coutinho (F 475), after almost 45 years of operational service. The ship completed its final mission, providing security in Portugal's maritime environment, on August 24. The ship is the lead boat

  • India inducts first locally built ASW corvette

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kamorta , the first of four 3,500-tonne Project 28 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missile corvettes, at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on 23 August. Kamorta was originally scheduled for delivery in 2012. However, construction delays and the ship

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  • Boeing awarded AH-6i contract for Saudi Arabia

    Boeing has been formally awarded a contract for the manufacture of 24 AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia. The contract, which was first revealed by Boeing in late 2013 but only announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 August, is valued at
  • Dutch to withdraw Patriots from Turkey

    The Netherlands is to withdraw its Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missile batteries from Turkey in January 2015, citing strain on personnel and a pending technical modification. The Dutch deployed two of its three Patriot Fire Units from the Defence Ground-Based Air Defence Command (DGBADC),

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