• ANZAC frigate HMAS Ballarat completes anti-ship missile defence upgrades

    The Royal Australian Navy ANZAC-class frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed dock work related to the Project SEA 1448 Phase 2 Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade and will be commencing sea trials with its newly installed equipments, BAE Systems Australia announced on 2 September. The upgrades

  • Fourth MUOS launch completes communications satellite constellation

    Key Points Operational test and evaluation for WCDMA is to begin in October A fifth MUOS satellite, an on-orbit spare, is scheduled to launch in early 2016 The US Navy launched the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) communications satellite on 2 September from Cape Canaveral, Florida,

  • Singaporean, Indonesian navies foil sea robbery near Singapore Strait

    Key Points Singaporean, Indonesian navies co-ordinated to foil an attack at sea, with three arrested Incident highlights the ongoing risk of robbery and piracy in the region A bid to rob a Malaysian-flagged tugboat in the eastern approaches of the Singapore Strait has been foiled by a

  • Austal delivers Australia's final Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has delivered the last of eight Cape-class offshore patrol vessels on order for the Australian Border Force (ABF). The vessel, Cape York , is being supplied under an AUD330 million (USD234 million) contract awarded by the Australian government in August 2011, the order

  • New US research vessel completes acceptance trials

    A new US Navy (USN) oceanographic research vessel has completed acceptance trials, officials announced on 27 August. RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), lead ship of a new class of auxiliary general oceanographic research vessels, passed the series of in-port and underway tests conducted by the USN's


  • Out with the old: Polish land systems modernisation

    Poland is pressing ahead with a wide-ranging military modernisation, seeking to build the capacity of its recently consolidated defence industrial sector and swiftly replace its ageing land systems amid rising regional tension. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Stepping forward: Type 26 Demonstration Phase picks up pace

    The UK government last year elected to adopt a more incremental approach to the procurement of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Richard Scott examines what this has meant for the programme, and how momentum is being maintained in advance of a full manufacture contract
  • Packing a punch

    Despite its small size, the New Zealand Defence Force takes pride in its ability to deliver a credible contribution to multinational operations and continues to grow a full spectrum of capabilities able to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain strategic environment both at home and abroad. Kate Tringham reports
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  • 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