• Thales Australia wins RAN support contract extension

    Thales Australia has secured a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to extend its support of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at Sydney Harbour's Garden Island dockyard. The company said on 21 July that the agreement covers dock operations and services as well as ship repair

  • Brunei's new OPV makes maiden voyage home from Germany

    The Royal Brunei Navy's (RBN's) fourth Darussalam (PV 80)-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), KDB Daruttaqwa , began its maiden voyage on 15 July, sailing from Lemwerder in Germany towards Brunei. The 80 m vessel will join three other ships in class, KDB Darussalam , KDB Darulehsan , and KDB

  • China decommissions Hainan-class 'submarine chaser' for use in target practice

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) held a retirement ceremony for a Hainan (Type 037)-class fast attack patrol craft on 16 July at a naval port in Zhoushan, according to a statement released by China's Ministry of National Defence (MND). According to the MND, the decommissioned vessel will be

  • RIMPAC 2014: USS Independence proving LCS modularity concept, says CO

    The US Navy's (USN's) decision to include its first Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in the Rim of the Pacific ('RIMPAC') exercise in Hawaii has helped prove the programme's modularity concept, the ship's commanding officer told IHS Jane's on 18 July. Commander Joseph A Gagliano, who

  • Mexican Navy builds new patrol vessels, expands air assets

    The Ministry of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) will build four new 1,680-ton ocean patrol vessels (OPVs), according to a document published by Mexico's Secretary of Treasury (SHCP) on 9 July. The SHCP document specifies that the OPVs will be built at the SEMAR-run shipyards in Tampico in Tamaulipas and

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  • AgustaWestland funded for FASGW integration on Wildcat

    AgustaWestland has received a GBP90 million (USD153.8 million) contract amendment from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under which it will integrate the respective 'Light' and 'Heavy' variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) onto the Royal Navy's (RN's) new Wildcat HMA.2 small
  • Croatia seeks PzH 2000 purchase

    Croatia's plans to purchase PzH 2000 155 mm tracked self-propelled artillery systems received a substantial boost on 14 July when the Defence Committee of the Croatian Parliament moved to support their acquisition. Although this committee deliberated in a closed session, media reported that Croatia


  • Bay class

    Fleetlist Comment: Built by Austal Ships and delivered to the Australian Customs Service 1999-2000. Both craft transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in 2014. The vessels are capable of carrying two RHIBs.

  • Bung Tomo class

    Fleetlist Programmes: Yarrow Shipbuilders (now BAE Systems Marine) selected in August 1995 for the construction of three frigates for the Royal Brunei Navy. The final contract was signed 14 January 1998. All three ships were completed in 2004 but, following a contractual dispute, the vessels were

  • CASA CN-235 D/K MPA.

    Operational speed: 240 kt (445 km/h). Service ceiling: 26,600 ft (8,110 m). Range: 669 n miles (1,240 km). Role/Weapon systems: Initial batch of two delivered in 2001 and a further four in 2002. First flight with mission systems took place on 18 June 2007. The programme was completed on 28

  • Huangpu class

    Fleetlist Comment: Delivered from China on 20 April 2002.