• Russia announces snap exercises of Caspian Sea Flotilla

    Russia has announced that it will conduct unprecedented snap exercises of its Caspian Sea Flotilla amid heightened diplomatic tensions over the status of the sea. The exercises will last seven days and will involve about 400 sailors and 10 vessels, including minesweepers, the press service of

  • Saab, ThyssenKrupp sign MoU on sale of TKMS AB

    Negotiations for the sale of Swedish shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) AB to Saab AB have commenced following the signing of a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG, and Saab. The Swedish government

  • Sweden proposes 10-year defence spending rise

    The government of Sweden has announced plans to increase defence spending by SEK28 billion (USD4.25 billion) over the next 10 years in response to concerns about the potential threat posed by Russia. In a statement released on 22 April, the government revealed it was presenting 'new proposals' to

  • Taiwan announces first drills to feature new US kit

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 22 April that it will stage the first part of its annual 'Han Kuang' military exercise from 19-23 May. According to defence officials, this year's five-day live fire exercise will focus on joint-force combat readiness and see the armed forces

  • USN frigate that ran aground in Turkey returns to service

    The US Navy (USN) guided-missile frigate that struck the sea floor in February while mooring in Samsun, Turkey, has been repaired and was expected to re-enter the Black Sea on 22 April, officials announced. Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) completed sea trials following full

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  • BAE Systems begins new round of CFT trials for Typhoon

    BAE Systems is currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the company announced on 22 April. Wind tunnel trials of the twin 'shoulder-mounted' blister tanks are now being held to accelerate the clearance processes
  • Iran unveils new 12.7 mm Gatling gun

    The Iranian military unveiled various new weapons and platforms during and immediately after the annual Army Day Parade on 18 April, including a six-barrelled 12.7 mm gun called the Moharram. Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces,


  • Bay class

    Fleetlist Comment: The size, manoeuvrability and other operational characteristics of these vessels are tailored for operations in harbours and other restricted waters and for fulfilling present and anticipated multimission requirements. All units are ice strengthened for operation on the Great

  • Coast guard patrol craft

    Fleetlist Comment: Built in 1957 at Montevideo. Overhauls are planned.

  • Container ship

    Fleetlist Comment: Owned and operated by Sealift, Inc. under charter to MSC. When fully loaded the ship can carry 916 20 ft containers of various aviation munitions intended to re-supply forward-deployed fighter and attack squadrons. The ship is fitted with an extensive cocoon system enabling it to

  • Container ships

    Fleetlist Comment: LTC John U D Page and SSGT Edward A Carter were first chartered by MSC in February and June 2001 respectively. Both operated by Maersk Lines Limited and are APS-3 ships for army prepositioning in the Indian Ocean.