• Indonesian shipbuilder cuts steel on seventh PC-40-class vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has ordered another lightly armed variant of the KCR-40 missile attack craft Platform is meant to bolster the service's maritime surveillance and fishery resources protection capabilities Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has begun work on a PC-40-class

  • Cameroon receives new offshore patrol vessel

    The Cameroonian Navy has received its new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) CNS Dipikar (P 107), which arrived at the Douala naval base in the last week of February, a Cameroonian military source told Jane's. Dipikar departed Toulon, France, aboard the Dutch transport vessel Happy Diamond on 10 February

  • China's CSOC showcases a new 4,000-tonne frigate

    Chinese state-owned shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) revealed technical specifications of a new frigate design it is showcasing at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. In an interview with Jane's , a CSOC engineer disclosed that the "new ship is a

  • LIMA 2017: MMEA modernisation may follow navy's lead

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) modernisation plan may follow the standardisation path set by the navy, Jane's understands. Speaking with Jane's at the 2017 LIMA Exhibition in Langkawi and commenting on the New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) programme, the CEO of Destini Armada

  • South African defence minister admits aircraft shortages

    South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed on 20 March that the air force's 35 Squadron, its only maritime patrol unit, was grounded for a time due to problems with the primary flight controls of its C-47TP aircraft. Mapisa-Nqakula was responding to a question submitted by a

  • Chile to start building icebreaker in May

    Chile is to begin constructing an icebreaker in May, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, commander of the Chilean Navy, announced during a 17 March navy bicentennial ceremony in Valparaiso. He said the icebreaker is scheduled to be ready within four years "in order to replace [current icebreaker]

  • Peru receives polar vessel Carrasco

    The Peruvian Navy received an oceanographic vessel with polar capabilities, Carrasco (BOP 171), during a ceremony in Vigo, Spain, on 22 March. The vessel, constructed by Spanish shipyard Freire SA, was originally scheduled to be transferred on 10 March, but was delayed by weather. Carrasco will

  • Japanese navy commissions second Izumo-class helicopter carrier

    The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class helicopter carrier, JS Kaga (DDH 184), on 22 March in a ceremony held at the Japan Marine United (JMU) shipyard in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The first of class, JS Izumo (DDH 183), was berthed adjacent to Kaga during

  • JMSDF commissions first Awaji-class minesweeper

    The first of three Awaji-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) has entered service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo published on its website photographs of the commissioning ceremony of JS Awaji (pennant number 304) in Yokohama,

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysia selects Turkish 30 mm naval gun system for new OPVs

    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has selected the SMASH 30 mm remote controlled stabilised naval gun system from Turkish defence company Aselsan for the three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) it is acquiring from local shipbuilding joint venture THHE Destini. Speaking to Jane's at

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysia's MMEA takes delivery of second Ojika-class vessel from Japan

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) held a naming ceremony for the second ex-Ojika-class ship donated from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) at LIMA 2017. On the occasion, the ex-JCG vessel Okii , now known as KM Pekan (with pennant number 9203) was formally handed over to the MMEA on 21

  • LIMA 2017: MMEA unveils design of new helicopter-capable OPV platform

    Key Points Malaysia has unveiled the design of a new 83 m OPV platform it is expecting from a local shipbuilding joint venture Vessels will be among the largest to be operated by the MMEA, and will significantly enhance the service's operational reach The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

  • Russia still mulling carrier refit

    Uncertainty persists over when the long-anticipated major repair and modernisation of Admiral Kuznetsov , the Russian Navy's only aircraft carrier, will begin and how much it will cost. Citing a Russian defence industry source, the TASS news agency reported on 3 March that the work will begin

  • Russia expands project 22800 missile corvette production

    A second Russian Project 22800 (Karakurt-class) missile corvette, named Okhotsk , was laid down at More Shipyard in Feodosiya, Crimea, on 17 March. At present, one more ship of the class ( Shtorm ) is also being built at the shipyard having been laid down in May 2016. In total 18 Project 22800

  • LIMA 2017: CSIC discloses further details of Littoral Mission Ship proposal for Malaysia

    Key Points A Chinese state-owned shipbuilder has shed more light on its Littoral Mission Ship proposal for Malaysia Details point to a lightly armed platform that can be quickly configured for a wide spectrum of missions An official from China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC)

  • COTECMAR unveils conceptual OPV design

    The Colombian state-run Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) has unveiled a conceptual design for a new generation of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The design for the new OPV-90 Mk II was presented on 15 March in Cartagena by

  • China commissions 50,000-tonne dual-use semi-submersible

    China has commissioned its first heavy-lift semi-submersible to be operated as a military and civilian dual-use platform, according to the China Military Online website. Named Zhen Hua 33, the 50,000-tonne vessel is said to be "the largest civilian ship that meets [China's] defence

  • ST Marine launches Singapore's fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points Singapore has launched its fourth Littoral Mission Vessel Republic is on track to operate all eight LMV platforms by 2020 Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the fourth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The ship, which will be

  • Strategic risks remain for UK carrier strike

    Unresolved technical issues could further delay the entry into service of the UK Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, Queen Elizabeth , according to a report from the UK government's spending watchdog. In its 'Delivering Carrier Strike' report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the UK Ministry of

  • Yemeni Coast Guard vessel reportedly hits mine

    An unidentified Yemeni Coast Guard vessel reportedly hit a mine in the vicinity of the southern Red Sea port of Al-Mukha (Mocha), the Associated Press reported on 10 March. Unidentified Yemeni officials said two sailors were killed and eight injured. The report prompted the US Maritime

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