• Cellula Robotics developing AUV fuel cell technology for Canadian DND

    British Columbia-based Cellula Robotics is to begin initial development work on fuel cell technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) under the first of a possible three phases for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). The company was awarded a CAD647,944 (USD506,055)

  • Pakistan Navy releases images of Zarb coastal defence system

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has released one of the first images of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) being test-launched. In the April issue of its Navy News magazine, the PN published a photograph of the Zarb ASCM being fired from an

  • Indonesian Navy receives two 28 m patrol vessels

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has received two more KAL 28 patrol vessels Boats will bolster security around the service’s naval bases and maritime infrastructures The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has received two 28 m patrol vessel from

  • Lockheed Martin capable of fielding MQ-25 prototype in one year

    Key Points Lockheed Martin decided against building a MQ-25 prototype It wanted to focus on the navy’s new requirements instead of older requirements Lockheed Martin could develop its MQ-25 Stingray prototype for the US Navy (USN) in 12 months, but the company does not expect the sea

  • Indian shipyards unveil designs for country’s ASW corvette programme

    Two companies shortlisted for the Indian Navy’s 16-ship anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASWSWC) programme have unveiled imagery of their respective proposals at Defexpo India 2018, held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April. The programme calls for a 70 m waterjet-powered corvette that

  • OCEA delivers two more patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy

    The Nigerian Navy has received two OCEA-built FPB 110 Mk II fast patrol boats. The transport ship carrying these two patrol boats docked at the port of Lagos around 20-21 April, according to AIS data. The patrol boats – NNS Nguru (P187) and Ekulu (P188) – are the newest additions to the

  • Hellenic Navy moves closer to leasing FREMM frigates from France

    The Hellenic Navy is edging closer to leasing two FREMM (frégate européenne multi-missions) class frigates from France, the Greek Deputy Defence Minister has announced. Fotis Kouvelis on 20 April confirmed that an agreement had been reached on a five-year leasing deal that could see two

  • Sri Lanka commissions second Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel

    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has commissioned its second Saryu-class advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) platform. The vessel, which has been named SLNS Sindurala with pennant number P 624, was officially inducted in a commissioning ceremony at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo

  • Israel Shipyards ships first two Shaldag-class FPB for Argentina

    The first two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats for the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentina Coast Guard) have been shipped from Israel. The boats are the first of four such vessels purchased under a USD49 million contract signed at the end of 2016. These fast and relatively heavily

  • DSA 2018: RMN’s first Scorpène boat to return to service in May after refit

    The Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) first Perdana Menteri (Scorpène)-class attack submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman , will be returning to service in May following the completion of an 18-month in-country refit. “The move marks the first time a Scorpène-class boat has

  • Australia demonstrates Cooperative Engagement Capability on Air Warfare Destroyers

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy has demonstrated the Cooperative Engagement Capability of its Hobart-class vessels System provides the service with a layered and collaborative defence system against hostile aircraft and precision-guided weapons The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s)

  • Austal to build two additional vessels under Pacific Patrol Boat programme

    Key Points The Australian government has exercised a contract option for two more vessels under the Pacific Patrol Boat programme Additional vessels will be donated to Timor-Leste as part of Canberra’s effort to bolster maritime security capabilities of the Pacific Island states Western

  • Philippine Navy receives donation of 41 inflatable boats from US

    The Philippine Navy has received a donation of 41 inflatable rubber boats from the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG). These boats, which have been supplied by military equipment manufacturer Zodiac Milpro, were handed over on 13 April in a consignment that includes a 30 hp outboard motor

  • Italian Navy retires Bersagliere frigate

    The Italian Navy's Artigliere (Lupo)-class frigate Bersagliere is being retired from service on 17 April, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Military Naval Arsenal in La Spezia at sunset. The frigate served with the Italian Navy for

  • ST Marine lays keel for Singapore’s eighth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points Singapore has laid down the keel for its final Littoral Mission Vessel Republic is on track to progressively replace its Fearless-class patrol boats with eight LMVs by 2020 Shipbuilder ST Marine has laid down the eighth and final Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on

  • Pakistan Navy’s new fleet tanker completes first sea trials

    Key Points The Pakistan Navy’s new fleet tanker with underway replenishment capabilities has conducted its first sea trials Platform is on track for delivery in 2018 and will replace an older vessel of the same name A new fleet tanker on order for the Pakistan Navy has completed its first

  • Brazilian Navy obtains support vessels

    The Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) has acquired three vessels from Norwegian company Solstad Farstad. The Brazilian Navy and Solstad Farstad signed a deal on 4 April for three Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels, constructed between 2010 and 2011, to be refitted as support vessels (Navios de

  • Australia enhances submarine rescue capabilities with new hyperbaric equipment

    Key Points A rescue service provider will soon deploy equipment with a larger capacity for the Royal Australian Navy Equipment will improve naval submarine rescue capabilities of Australia and the region Australia’s naval submarine rescue capabilities have been enhanced with new hyperbaric

  • Navy League 2018: USN on track to install laser on LPD 27

    The US Navy (USN) plans to install laser weapon components on the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) during the second or third quarter of 2019, Captain Brian Metcalf, programme manager for LPD 17 and LX(R) Shipbuilding, said on 11 April during a Naval Sea Systems Command briefing

  • Navy League 2018: USN looks to ready Zumwalt for sea strike without gun ammo

    The US Navy will be revamping guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) for its new sea-strike role once the ship is ready for the fleet, but the service still has no ammunition for the ship's 155 mm guns. Zumwalt is preparing to undergo combat system activation and testing in San Diego in

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