• 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

  • Austal USA prepares to hand over fourth JHSV to US Navy

    After recently completing acceptance trials, the US Navy's (USN's) fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), Fall River (JHSV 4), is expected to be handed over to US Military Sealift Command (MSC) in the fourth quarter of 2014, shipbuilder Austal USA told IHS Jane's . Fall River is the fourth of ten

  • India commissions first-of-class destroyer Kolkata

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kolkata , the first of three locally designed and built 7,400-tonne Project 15A guided-missile destroyers, on 16 August in Mumbai. Two follow-on warships - Kochi and Chennai - are also under construction at Mumbai's Mazagaon Dockyard Limited and will be

  • PLAN commissions Jiangdao-class corvette into East Sea Fleet

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned the Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvette Quanzhou into its East Sea Fleet on 8 August, according to Chinese state-backed media outlets. The 90 m ship, bearing the pennant number 588, was commissioned at a naval port in Xiamen, in the eastern Chinese

  • RAN's first Canberra-class LHD begins final sea trials

    The first of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two new Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) has embarked on final contractor sea trials, officials announced on 19 August. Lead ship Canberra set sail from BAE Systems' Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne on 12 August for trials in Port

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  • 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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  • Austria further reduces QRA capabilities

    More austerity-induced cuts are being made to Austria's active air surveillance capabilities. The head of the combat section in the Austrian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Major General Karl Schmidseder, told a press conference on 20 August that the Bundesheer's 15 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters will be
  • 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)

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