• Brazil advances submarine construction

    Brazil is preparing to integrate, finish, and test the first three unified hull sections for Riachuelo (S-40), Brazil’s first of four planned diesel-electric attack submarines, at the Itaguaí shipyard. The hull sections were moved on 13 and 14 January from the Unidade de

  • RoKN’s seventh KSS-2 submarine to start operations in May

    The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) seventh air-independent propulsion (AIP)-capable KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine will be operationally deployed from May this year, according to statement issued by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on

  • MV Asterix refuels RCN ship for the first time

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) new support tanker, MV Asterix , has successfully conducted its first fuel transfer to an RCN ship at sea. The Project Resolve vessel made its first transfer of fuel to Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto on 15 January and completed a dual replenishment with

  • UK, France reinforce defence co-operation

    The UK-French summit held at the UK's Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst on 18 January reinforced defence co-operation between the two European nuclear powers. The summit agreed to the creation of a permanent UK-France Defence Ministerial Council, in which the two nations' defence ministers will

  • USN quantifies costs of post-collision fixes

    It will cost the US Navy (USN) between USD600 million and USD800 million during the five-year defence plan to address recommendations made in the wake of recent surface-ship collisions in the Western Pacific, Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said. Testifying on 18 January

  • India issues RFI for six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels

    India’s Ministry of Defence is acquiring a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to improve the navy’s maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities, and has issued a request for information (RFI) to finalise specifications of the programme. The platform, which will be known

  • Sixth Project 22160 corvette laid down in Zelenodolsk

    Zelenodolsk Shipyard laid the keel for the Russian Navy’s sixth Bykov-class (Project 22160) corvette, Nikolay Sipyagin , on 13 January. Designed by Severnoye design bureau, the new class is primarily intended for maritime security tasks including counter-piracy and counter-trafficking

  • Chinese navy commissions another Type 056A corvette

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 15 January, according to a report published on the PLA’s 81.cn website. Named Wuhai (with pennant number 540), the 89 m-long vessel was commissioned into the

  • USN officers face negligent homicide, other charges in ship collisions

    US Navy (USN) officers are facing negligent homicide and other Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges stemming from the 2017 collisions involving guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain in the Western Pacific. Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant

  • Chilean Navy refits SSKs

    The first of the Chilean Navy’s two German-built Type 209 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), Thomson, is set to start a final refit and upgrade programme during January 2018 to extend its service life for another 10 years. Work will be carried out at ASMAR naval shipyard in Talcahuano,

  • TKMS begins work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines has commenced The Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to receive the first boat in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has begun work on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) third

  • Japan identifies vessel spotted near disputed islands as a PLAN Shang-class submarine

    Japanese defence officials have identified a vessel that was spotted travelling submerged near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on 10-11 January as a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Shang-class (Type 093) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Japanese

  • Cyprus boosts maritime capabilities with first offshore patrol vessel

    The Cyprus Navy commissioned its first offshore patrol vessel (OPV), Commodore Andreas Ioannides (P61), into service during a ceremony held at Evangelos Florakis Naval Base in Mari on 15 January. Commodore Andreas Ioannides was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd in Haifa Bay, Israel, under a EUR44

  • Iran admits frigate seriously damaged

    The Iranian military has admitted that the frigate Damavand lost two crew members and was badly damaged when it hit a breakwater as it entered its home port of Bandar-e Anzali during a storm on 10 January. Social media imagery showed the ship stuck on the breakwater, but the military initially said

  • PLAN inducts Type 054A frigate into North Sea Fleet

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangkai II (Type 054A)-class guided-missile frigate on 12 January, according to a report published on the PLA-sponsored China Military Online website. Named Rizhao (with pennant number 598), the 134 m long vessel was

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN to begin training operators on large UUVs

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) programmes are facing a banner year as more systems begin to be deployed and trialled, and the service plots out the future path for large undersea platforms. Working with the USN’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), the service

  • Indian Navy decommissions two Veer-class corvettes

    The Indian Navy (IN) has decommissioned the Veer (Tarantul I)-class corvettes INS Nirbhik and INS Nirghat after 30 and 28 years of service, respectively. The vessels were retired on 11 January at the naval dockyard in Mumbai in a ceremony attended by, among others, Rear Admiral R B Pandit, Flag

  • USN’s first F-35B-capable forward deployed warship arrives in Japan

    Key Points A US Navy warship that is capable of embarking Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has arrived in Japan Vessel significantly increases US military capabilities, and range of options in the Asia-Pacific region amid tensions on the Korean peninsula The US Navy’s (USN’s) first

  • Brazil-UK move closer to HMS Ocean deal

    The Brazilian Navy is negotiating with the United Kingdom to acquire the Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean (L 12) landing platform helicopter, the service’s told Jane’s on 10 January. Negotiators are working out technical and legal measures towards a potential GBP84.6 million (USD114.4

  • Surface Navy 2018: US Navy’s USV fleet ramps up testing

    The US Navy (USN) has a number of unmanned surface vehicle (USV) efforts planned for 2018 including the continued testing of unmanned mine countermeasure (MCM) platforms and of a small optionally manned craft for use by naval special forces. The USN has begun builder’s trials in Florida with

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