• Austal USA lays keel for US Navy's 14th LCS

    The keel of the US Navy's (USN's) 14th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was laid at Austal USA's Mobile, Alabama, shipyard, officials announced on 29 June. Marking the beginning of the future USS Manchester 's (LCS 14) assembly process, the keel-laying ceremony at the Gulf coast shipyard is Austal's

  • Bangladesh Navy decommissions four Chinese-built torpedo craft

    The Bangladesh Navy decommissioned four Chinese-built Type 26 Huchuan-class torpedo boats (pennant numbers 8235, 8236, 8237, and 8238) at Chittagong on 18 June. A navy press release said that the decision to decommission these boats had been taken due to increasing challenges in maintaining their

  • Colombian Navy deploys OPV to support 'Atalanta'

    The Colombian Navy has deployed its ARC 7 de Agosto ocean patrol vessel (OPV) to support the European Union's Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta' off the coast of Somalia. 7 de Agosto sailed from Cartagena on 27 June and will deploy for five-months to protect World Food Programme shipments

  • First engine start for Queen Elizabeth

    Key Points UK's first new aircraft carrier has begun diesel generator power trials The UK's two carriers are the first RN vessels designed from the outset with an all-electric power generation and propulsion architecture The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has

  • India's LCH completes hot weather trials, moves closer to IOC

    India's Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) moved a step closer to obtaining initial operational clearance (IOC) after successfully completing hot weather trials in Jodhpur on 26 June. Test flights were carried out in temperatures of 39 to 42º C in the Rajasthan desert, according to T Suvarna Raju,

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  • South Korea opts for Airbus in tanker-transport requirement

    Airbus has beaten off competition from both Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to supply the Republic of Korea with tanker-transport aircraft, the government announced on 30 June. The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is to receive four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole
  • Djibouti parades Chinese tank destroyer

    The Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) displayed a single Norinco WMA301 Assaulter tank destroyer during the country's independence day parade on 27 June. The Assaulter is comprised of the hull of a WZ551 6x6 armoured personnel carrier armoured with a 105 mm gun mounted in a three-person turret. It has

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