• Argentina loses contact with one of its submarines

    The Argentine Navy has lost contact with one of its submarines: the TR 1700-class boat ARA San Juan . The last communication with the vessel was on the morning of 15 November and there has been no further news from it since then. The navy has deployed the destroyer ARA Sarandi and the frigates ARA

  • Australia names future replenishment vessels

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) future auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels will be named Supply and Stalwart , according to a 17 November statement by Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne. The ships, which will replace the RAN’s current replenishment vessels HMAS

  • Queen Elizabeth to formally join fleet

    The UK Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is to complete its contractors’ sea trials and formally join the fleet on 7 December. UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement on 16 November during his first visit to the carrier, while it was at sea

  • Lockheed Martin delays F-35 Block 3F software final certification to February

    Key Points Lockheed Martin expects to complete F-35 Block 3F final certification in February This is later than a previously estimated goal of the end of 2017 A Lockheed Martin executive expects the company to complete final certification for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Block

  • Navantia lays keel for first RAN replenishment vessel

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at its Ferrol yard on 17 November. According to Navantia the launch of the first oiler is planned for the third quarter of 2018, with

  • UK’s new submarine reactor programme “optimistic”, scientific panel says

    A panel of scientific experts says the programme to build a next generation of reactors for the United Kingdom’s new nuclear-powered Dreadnaught-class submarines has a “culture of optimism” and contingency funding to deal with unforeseen problems has been removed or deferred. The

  • Singapore deploys LMV on inaugural regional mission in show of platform’s wider capabilities

    Key Points Singapore has deployed its Littoral Mission Vessel to a regional activity for the first time Mission provides an opportunity to prove out the platform’s wider capabilities in an extended deployment setting The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has deployed its first-of-class

  • Mauritanian landing ship construction gets underway

    A ceremony was held in China on 9 November to mark the start of construction for a 1,750 tonne landing ship for Mauritania, according to Chinese media reports that cited the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group. An artist’s impression of the ship displayed during the ceremony showed a landing

  • Arleigh Burke Flight III follows destroyer upgrade path, HII CEO says

    While the US Navy (USN) sees the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as a major step forward for missile defence – especially with the incorporation of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), the ship’s hull is following the same proven course for improvements as earlier

  • Singapore commissions two Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has inducted two more Independence-class vessels Service is making good progress towards operating a class of eight Littoral Mission Vessels by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned two more locally built Littoral Mission Vessels.

  • Singapore strengthens Maritime Security Task Force with two more Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points Singapore has commissioned two additional Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels Platform is expected to be deployed primarily for maritime security operations in the Singapore Strait The operational component of Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) has been

  • HII works through Ford class, eyes multicarrier deals

    As Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) works its way through the trio of Ford-class carriers already in the US Navy (USN) pipeline, company executives are hoping to get possible block buys for carriers. First-of-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is now going through systems testing in preparation

  • Bangladesh Navy commissions largest indigenously built warships, naval auxiliaries

    The Bangladesh Navy (BN) commissioned two locally built Chinese Durjoy-class large patrol craft (LPC), Durgam (P 814) and Nishan (P 815), along with two 32 m submarine handling tugs, at its Titumir naval base in Khulna on 8 November. The vessels were built at the navy-operated Khulna Shipyard (KSY).

  • UAE orders Gowind corvettes

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered two Gowind corvettes and has an option for another two, it was announced on 9 November during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Abu Dhabi. The ships will be built by the French company Naval Group (formerly DCNS) in partnership with Abu Dhabi

  • Shipbuilder touts USN’s ‘parent design’ concept for new frigate

    The US Navy (USN) made the right decision in using a ‘parent design’ template for its future Guided Missile Frigate (FFG[X]), said Michael Petters, the CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, a major USN shipbuilder and expected bidder for the new frigate contact. In releasing the request

  • Mexican Navy commissions latest coastal patrol vessel

    The Mexican Navy commissioned its 10th Tenochtitlan-class coastal patrol vessel (CPV) at the Heroic Naval Military School in Antón Lizardo, Veracruz, on 6 November. The vessel, named ARM Chichén Itza (PC-340), is the last unit of the class slated to be built under the current

  • Indonesian Navy’s new training ship arrives home

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy’s new training ship has arrived in-country Platform provides the Indonesian Navy with improved ab initio training capabilities A Spanish-built three-masted training ship commissioned by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or

  • BN commissions two more Durjoy-class large patrol craft, says report

    Two more Durjoy-class large patrol craft have entered service with the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) news agency. The service commissioned Nishan and Durgam in a ceremony presided over by Bangladeshi President Md Abdul Hamid at the Titumir naval base in

  • Honduran navy commissions logistics support vessel

    The Honduran Naval Force (FNH) formally received and commissioned its first Logistics Support and Cabotage Vessel (BAL-C) at the Puerto Cortés naval base on 4 November. Christened Gracias a Dios (FNH-1611), the vessel cost USD13.5 million and was built by the Colombian Science and Technology

  • Japan launches 10th Soryu-class submarine

    Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has launched the 10th Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the company said in a press statement. The 84 m-long boat, which has been named Shoryu (with pennant number SS 510), was

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