• China's North Sea Fleet receives first Type 052D destroyer

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer on 22 January. Named Xining (with pennant number 117), the vessel is the first Type 052D to be assigned to the PLAN's North Sea Fleet, with the other four ships allocated to the South Sea

  • DSME launches Thailand's first multipurpose frigate

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched a 122 m frigate on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) on 23 January. The vessel, which has been ordered under a THB14.6 billion (USD396 million) contract inked between the Thai government and DSME in August 2013,

  • Croatia releases 2017 procurement plan

    Croatia unveiled its defence procurement plan on 20 January, with spending increasing USD57 million, the country's Ministry of Defence announced. The procurement plan calls for USD243 million in procurement and sustainment spending, which is about 40% of the country's overall defence budget. Of

  • Shen Jinlong appointed new commander of Chinese navy

    Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong has replaced Admiral Wu Shengli as the commander of China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), according to Chinese media reports. Although the nomination of a successor to Adm Wu, who had been commander of the PLAN since 2006, had been anticipated for some time, the

  • Turkey begins construction of first Istanbul-class frigate

    Turkey began construction of Istanbul, its first Istanbul-class (I-class) frigate, at the Istanbul Shipyard Command on 19 January. The first frigate, out of a total of four, is planned to be completed in 2021. The Istanbul-class frigate is the continuation of the country's MilGem (National

  • PLAN commissions 31st Jiangdao-class corvette

    The 31st Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette to join China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was commissioned into the East Sea Fleet on 18 January. Ezhou (513) was built at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai and launched on 25 December 2015. Equipped with towed and variable depth sonars

  • Thai Navy to retire Ratcharit-, Prabparapak-class missile boats over next 10 years

    Key Points The Royal Thai Navy will retire its entire fleet of missile-capable patrol boats by 2026 Service is eyeing larger platforms such as LPDs and frigates in the coming years As part of its efforts to prepare the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for future maritime security challenges, the service

  • Textron nears completion of SSC prototype

    Key Points Subsystem testing of LCAC 100, the SSC prototype, is now underway LCAC replacement promises greater efficiency and other improvements over the legacy design Textron Marine & Land Systems expects the prototype Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) air-cushion landing craft to begin afloat

  • Surface Navy 2017: USN LDUUV to receive multiple mission packages

    Key Points NAVSEA has set out the mission packages for LDUUV Decision was reached by pooling requirements across command forces The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has revealed details of planned mission packages for the large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV)

  • Surface Navy 2017: CUSV to support LCS MCM mission

    Textron Systems' common unmanned surface vehicle (CUSV) has been selected as the mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) intended to support the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) minehunting and neutralisation mission, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) confirmed on 10 January. CUSV

  • PLAN commissions another intelligence-gathering ship

    China's latest intelligence-gathering ship was commissioned into the North Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at a ceremony in Qingdao on 10 January, according to Chinese news media reports. Named Kaiyangxing (pennant number 856), the vessel was built at the Hudong-Zhonghua

  • Indonesia commissions three PC-40-class patrol vessels

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned its first three PC-40-class patrol vessels. The platforms, which have been named KRI Tatihu, KRI Layaran, and KRI Madidihang with pennant numbers 853, 854, and 855 respectively, were inducted on 10 January

  • Surface Navy 2017: Sea Hunter trials to inform unmanned debate for next surface combatant

    Key Points Testing of the Sea Hunter MDUSV will help the USN understand how unmanned systems may play in its thinking for the future surface combatant DARPA and ONR are funding a two-year test and trials programme for Sea Hunter Trials of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's)

  • China launches another Type 056 corvette

    China's latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette was launched on 29 December at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, according to Chinese media. The ship is the 13th of the class to be launched by the yard since May 2012. Three more of the class were commissioned in December 2016, bringing

  • Future US SSBNs cleared to proceed with detailed design phase

    Key Points The Columbia-class SSBN has been established as a programme of record that can begin development Funds to procure the future Columbia class are available for the first time The US Navy's (USN's) Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) replacement programme (ORP)

  • Bangladesh launches first of two locally built large patrol craft

    Bangladesh's Khulna Shipyard (KSY) launched the first of two locally built, Chinese-designed large patrol craft (LPC) on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN) on 29 December 2016. Named Durgam (with pennant number P 814), the LPC is identical to the two Chinese-built 64.2 m-long Durjoy-class LPCs that

  • China resumes production of Yuan-class submarines

    Images posted on Chinese online forums in December show three new Yuan-class (Type 039B) patrol submarines being fitted out in the water at the Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, central China: a clear indication that China has resumed production of these diesel-electric boats after a near-three-year

  • New Zealand discloses further details of navy's new fleet tanker

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has given further details, including winterisation features, of the new 24,000-tonne fleet tanker that will replace HMNZS Endeavour, which is due to retire in 2019. The details were revealed in an interview with IHS Jane's in November 2016 during a visit to

  • Canada seeks to support Baltics amid tensions with Russia

    Key Points Canada announces CAD350 million for Operation 'Reassurance' in Eastern Europe Ottawa plans to deploy F/A-18C fighters, a Halifax-class frigate, and a land component Canada has pledged CAD350 million (USD261 million) to fund its forces' Operation 'Reassurance' in Eastern Europe over the

  • Royal Malaysian Navy takes conditional delivery of hydrography ship

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has taken conditional delivery of the hydrographic survey ship KD Perantau from Boustead Naval Shipyards (BNS), the service announced via an official social media account. The ship had undergone a number of upgrades at the shipyard, including the installation of new

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