• Algeria's first Chinese corvette begins homeward journey

    The first of the three C-28A corvettes that China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group is building for Algeria arrived in Malaysia on 6 October having completed the first leg of its voyage to North Africa. Named Adhafer (920), the vessel docked at the Boustead Cruise Centre in Port Klang for a

  • Pacific 2015: US admiral warns China over freedom of navigation in South China Sea

    The commander of the US Pacific Fleet has delivered a thinly veiled warning to China against interfering with the freedom of navigation and overflight in the Asia-Pacific region. Referring to what he described as a rules-based system that had facilitated Asia's unprecedented growth in prosperity,

  • China's Baltic tour continues with port call in Stockholm

    Three ships from China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) arrived in Stockholm on 30 September for a five-day visit, in what IHS Jane's understands to be the first visit by the PLAN to the Swedish capital. The three ships involved were the Type 052C Luyang II-class guided-missile destroyer

  • Finland begins Squadron 2020 OPV programme

    Finland has begun its 'Laivue 2020' (Squadron 2020) programme to build a new class of four multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The new vessels are intended to replace the Finnish Navy's four Rauma-class fast-attack missile boats, and its two Hämeenmaa-class minelayers. Both of these

  • Russia details ambitious effort to modernise nuclear-powered submarines to bolster order of battle

    Key Points Moscow is modernising or repairing 12 nuclear-powered submarines The modernised boats are intended to serve 20 more years, maintaining operational force levels as the new Project 885M Yasen-class boats enter service. The modernisation programme leaves current force levels as low as

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  • Australia signs AUD1.3 billion Hawkei 4x4 deal

    Key Points Australia has ordered 1,100 Hawkei 4x4s from Thales The Hawkei, which will replace unprotected Land Rovers, was downselected in 2011 The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is to acquire 1,100 Hawkei 4x4 light protected mobility vehicles at a cost of AUD1.3 billion (USD910 million) to


  • 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