• USN confirms 2016 as starting point for deploying two Littoral Combat Ships to Singapore

    Key Points Two LCSs will operate out of Singapore's Changi Naval base in 2016 USN's deployment of four LCSs by 2018 will include two Independence-class ships Two US Navy (USN) Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) will be forward deployed to Singapore in 2016, a senior USN official has confirmed. Rear

  • James Fisher Defence wins NATO sub rescue support contract

    Key Points Company wins GBP12.5 million in-service support contract for NATO submarine rescue service Contract commences on 1 July 2015, running for five years (with options to extend by up to three years) UK-based undersea systems and services group James Fisher Defence (JFD) has won a GBP12.5

  • US Navy awards GD NASSCO Pacific-based LCS sustainment contract

    The US Navy (USN) has let a USD24 million contract to General Dynamics (GD) National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) for the sustainment of its west coast-based Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), officials announced on 22 April. The move comes as the navy prepares to take delivery of four LCSs

  • Colombia finalising strategy for new frigate acquisition

    Colombia will soon finalise acquisition plans for its Colombian Frigate Programme (PES), which will mark a major new undertaking for the state-run COTECMAR (Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industries). The current requirement is for a set of

  • Damen introduces new OPV to meet demand for multimission platforms

    Key Points Damen has unveiled a new OPV variant that aims to meet demand for re-configurable platforms The vessel may appeal to maritime forces taking on increasingly varied tasks Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) product line, one designed to

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  • Russia to deploy Orlan-10 TUAVs to the Arctic in May

    Russia is to deploy an undisclosed number of Special Technology Center (STC) Orlan-10 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (TUAVs) to the Arctic region from 1 May, the defence ministry announced on 24 April. The announcement comes four months after state news agency ITAR-TASS first disclosed that
  • New Russian heavy armour breaks cover

    The Russian Ground Forces' new suite of armoured vehicles have been officially revealed for the first time by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), ahead of their formal debut at the 9 May Moscow Victory Day Parade. The new vehicles are principally clean-slate designs and represent the biggest


  • 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