• 'RIMPAC 2014': RCN minesweeper under examination for sailor misconduct

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) minesweeper that was sent home from the biennial 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise has arrived home to an examination of the circumstances surrounding its dismissal from the multinational naval drill. HMCS Whitehorse had been participating in 'RIMPAC 2014' as

  • RIMPAC 2014: Canada's frigate to employ 'astronavigation' on transit home from Hawaii

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate participating in the 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise in Hawaii is outfitted with the force's latest kit, however, the ship's crew will transit home without the benefit of relying on the new technology. Commander John K Wilson, the commanding officer of

  • Spain's Guardia Civil police force orders two patrol boats for anti-piracy missions

    Spain's paramilitary Guardia Civil police force has ordered two 20.5 m long patrol boats from the Astilleros Gondán yards, mainly to be used for anti-piracy patrols. The vessels will be built at the company's Vegadeo plant in the northern region of Asturias. No price was given for the

  • Indian Navy receives fourth Saryu-class OPV

    The Indian Navy (IN) has taken delivery of a Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), INS Sumitra on 16 July March, according to a statement by shipbuilder Goa Shipyard Limited. The vessel was received by Sumitra 's commanding officer designate, Commander Milind Mokashi. Sumitra is the fourth

  • Philippine DND calls tender for two RHIBs

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines issued a joint invitation on 23 July to bid for a PHP63.1 million (USD141,000) rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) contract. The two RHIBs are meant for the Philippine Navy's Naval Special Operations Group and

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  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
  • Briefing: Into Africa

    The growth in co-operation between West African states and Brazil is reaching new heights, reports Janet Tappin Coelho
  • Back to the jungle: tactical communications in disadvantaged areas

    Ground troops have been spoiled for communications choices in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but jungle communications remain as much an art as they are a science and need regular practice. Rupert Pengelley investigates the options
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  • Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

    The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken
  • Update: Lithuania seeks new armoured vehicles

    Lithuania is looking to buy wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 21 July. The new vehicles are intended to replace the country's existing fleet of 300 M113 tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs), according to the MoD. However, the new vehicles

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • 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.

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