• One carrier in the Gulf sufficient for now, USN's top civilian says

    The US Navy (USN) need not surge a second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East region to support ongoing airstrike operations in Iraq and Syria, the service's top civilian official said on 30 September. "Right now we can do whatever we need to do with one carrier,"

  • Spain to increase defence spending

    Spain's headline defence budget is set to rise in 2015, for first time in seven years, by 1% to EUR5.71 billion (USD7.2 billion). According to figures presented to parliament on 30 September, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will receive some EUR57 million in additional funding, although that compares

  • China sends first submarine to take part in Indian Ocean counter-piracy ops

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed reports that a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarine visited the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in early September: the first overt overseas port call by a Chinese submarine. A MND spokesman stated that the submarine was en route to

  • Indonesian Navy commissions oiler, 'leopard carrier' LST

    Despite initial fears that it would miss an October 2014 commissioning deadline, a 120 m indigenously produced landing ship tank (LST) dubbed a 'leopard carrier' by the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) was commissioned on 27 September. The vessel, named KRI

  • Indonesia inducts four KCR-40 missile craft

    Four KCR-40-class anti-ship missile craft on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) were commissioned in a ceremony presided over by Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro on 27 September. Mukti Syarif Rivai, a naval architect at PT Palindo,

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  • UK deploys Watchkeeper UAV to Afghanistan

    The first operational flight of the Thales WK450 Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has taken place in Afghanistan only three months before UK forces are due to withdraw from the Southwest Asian country. Details of the flight were revealed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 24

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