• Bangladesh Coast Guard takes delivery of two indigenous harbour patrol boats

    The Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) has recently inducted two indigenous harbour patrol boats - CGS Boleshwar (pennant HPB 4903) and CGS Tentulia (HPB 4904) - into its fleet on 15 March. Constructed at the Bangladesh Navy-owned Dockyard and Engineering Works Limited in Narayanganj (DEWN), these

  • China sends warships to evacuate nationals from Yemen

    Chinese warships conducting counter-piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa have been diverted to evacuate Chinese nationals from Yemen, state media reported on 30 March. Type 054A/Jiangkai II frigate Weifang is reported to have embarked 449 Chinese nationals in the port of Al-Hodayda, together with

  • Ex-RAN heavy landing craft to arrive in Philippines by mid-May

    The Philippine Navy (PN) announced on 29 March that decommissioned Royal Australian Navy (RAN) heavy landing craft HMAS Tarakan and Brunei are expected to be delivered on 17 May. A PN crew is heading to Australia to train on the vessels and prepare for the transit of the 323 tonne, 44m-long

  • Former JMSDF head says 'ball in Australia's court' over Soryu buy

    A former head of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) who now advises the country's National Security Council has said "the ball is in Australia's court" regarding the possible acquisition by Canberra of Soryu-class submarines. Vice Admiral Yoji Koda (retd), a former commander in

  • France, UK swim ahead with MMCM demonstrator programme

    Key Points Contract signed on 27 March for MMCM demonstrator first phase Thales to lead industry team on joint France/UK unmanned offboard mine countermeasures demonstrator An industry team headed up by Thales has been selected to lead an unmanned offboard mine countermeasures (MCM) demonstrator

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  • KAI named as preferred KFX bidder

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been named as preferred bidder in the USD8 billion programme to complete development of the Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the decision following a steering committee meeting
  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • Frosch II class (Type 109)

    Fleetlist Comment: Ex-GDR ships disarmed and transferred from Germany 25 August 1993. 5 ton crane amidships. In GDR service these ships had two twin 57 mm and two twin 25 mm guns plus Muff Cob fire-control radar. Both refitted at Rostock and recommissioned 25 April 1995. 37 mm guns fitted after

  • Introduction

    Notes: (1) It was announced in November 2014 that a new Coast Guard was to be established in order to consolidate resources and to simplify the command, control, and responsibilities of existing maritime agencies, including the Sea and Coastguard, Police, and Customs. The new force took effect in