• Philippine Navy mulling best way to upgrade Del Pilar frigates

    The Philippine Navy (PN) is having internal talks on how best to upgrade the weapon and electronic systems of its Del Pilar-class frigates. The PN has two Del Pilar-class frigates, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF16), which are ex-US Coast Guard Hamilton- and Hero-class

  • Update: USN awards CANES contract to five vendors

    Key Points The USN has selected five vendors to build and deliver the CANES for 180 ships, submarines, and maritime operations centres Vendors will compete continuously for delivery orders over the next eight years The US Navy (USN) has let an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ)

  • Australia looks to bring forward elements of Future Frigate project

    Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has outlined a potential plan to bring forward elements of the programme to locally build eight Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in a bid to bridge an anticipated gap in naval shipbuilding over the next few years. Speaking on 21 August

  • USCG's fourth National Security Cutter passes acceptance trials as fifth vessel is named

    Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that the fourth vessel soon to join the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC) fleet completed its acceptance trials only two days after the fifth cutter in the class was christened. Hamilton (WMSL 753), the

  • Malaysian training ships delayed by manufacturer's money troubles

    The entry into service of two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) training ships, Gagah Samudera and Teguh Samudera , remains in limbo owing to financial issues surrounding the Malaysian shipbuilder NGV Tech. RMN sources said that NGV Tech was in financial difficulties and as a result, its creditors had a


  • Briefing: Sailing apart

    Although Australia and New Zealand jointly procured their ANZAC frigates to a common baseline, the two nations are now following very different courses for their respective mid-life update programmes. Richard Scott reports
  • Changing landscape: transforming the UK's surface ship sector

    In the run-up to the Type 26 Global Combat Ship main investment decision, plans are taking shape for a much modernised complex warship capability on the north bank of the River Clyde. Yet there remains an element of uncertainty ahead of Scotland's forthcoming referendum on independence, reports Richard Scott
  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
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  • Singapore quietly expanding F-15 fleet

    Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and US congressional reports. Singapore originally bought 12 F-15SGs - with an option for eight more - under a contract signed in
  • IDF wants more Namer APCs and Trophy protection systems

    Senior army officials hope that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will acquire better-protected armoured vehicles and more active protection systems (APS) such as Rafael's Trophy. Their comments came after seven members of the elite Golani Brigade were killed by an rocket-propelled grenade (RPG)



    Type Submarine-launched remotely operated vehicle (SUBROV). Description The SUBROV (Submarine ROV) system is intended for use from a submarine torpedo tube and can be used for inspection, underwater operations, as a communication platform, and as an active docking tool for an autonomous


    Type Unmanned surface vessel. Description The BASIL USV is a small rubber inflatable boat remote-controlled surface platform capable of carrying various payloads. The USV can be controlled through a radio link and can be navigated in autonomous mode (route following and stationkeeping) or in

  • Comander

    Type Observation-class ROV. Description Comander is part of Mariscope's range of new generation, fully digital ROVs. It is equipped with six thrusters for high power and manoeuvrability making it suitable for a range of applications in the offshore industry, aquaculture, marine science, and the

  • Diavolo II

    Type Multi-functional remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Development Diavolo II is a development of the Diavolo vehicle which is designed for use in the security and offshore industries. Operational roles include site surveys, environmental monitoring, inspection of underwater constructions,