• Davie launches Resolve-class naval support ship

    Canada’s Davie Shipbuilding launched its Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) conversion from the company’s yard in Quebec City on 15 October. The vessel represents the largest-ever naval vessel to be launched from a Canadian shipyard and will serve as an interim supply

  • Egyptian corvette, sub arrive in Alexandria

    The Egyptian Navy’s first Gowind-class corvette Elfateh (971) and second Type 209/1400 submarine S 42 (864) have arrived at the main naval base in Alexandria for the first time, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 October. The second of four submarines ordered by Egypt, S 42 was

  • Norway increases defence spending, reinforces northern forces

    Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide announced on 12 October an increase of NOK3 billion (USD378 million) in defence spending and a major reorganisation of forces in the far north of the country. She said it was essential and in the interests of all Arctic states to maintain

  • US Navy decommissions Ponce Afloat Forward Staging Base

    Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB (I) 15) was decommissioned 14 October in Norfolk, Virginia, after more than 46 years in service. Best known in its last three years of service for shipboard US Navy laser-systems testing, Ponce served as an amphibious ship before proving out the

  • India commissions third Kamorta-class anti-submarine corvette

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine

  • Peruvian Navy commissions new social action platform

    The Peruvian Navy commissioned Lake Titicaca I , an Itinerant Social Action Platform (Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social: PIAS) on 16 October to assist communities in the Puno region that borders Lake Titicaca. The vessel is equipped to provide health, government, and banking services to

  • Japan launches second Asahi-class destroyer

    Key Points A Japanese shipyard has launched the country’s second Asahi-class destroyer Vessel is expected to assume the principal anti-submarine escort role for the JMSDF Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched a second Asahi-class destroyer on order for the Japan Maritime

  • Philippine Coast Guard’s sixth Parola-class vessel arrives home

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has received its sixth Parola-class patrol vessel Service is on track to receive the entire class of 10 vessels by end-2018 The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) sixth multirole response vessel (MRRV) has arrived in the country, the service announced on 11

  • South Korea approves use of locally developed submarine combat system on KSS-3 class

    Key Points South Korea has developed an indigenous submarine combat system for its KSS-3 class Platform will also likely be used to test a number of locally developed submarine warfare systems South Korea’s Ministry of Defense has approved an early version of a locally developed submarine

  • Vigor to build new US Army watercraft

    Key Points The MSV(L) will replace Vietnam-era LCM-8 landing craft The US Army plans to buy a class of 36 MSV(L) watercraft The US Army has selected Oregon-based Vigor Works to build a new fleet of watercraft to replace its outdated Vietnam-era Landing Craft Mechanized 8 (LCM-8) Mod I and Mod II

  • India's nuclear-powered submarine damaged in accident, says report

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) has been damaged in an accident and could require “substantial repair work” to render it operational again, The Print news website reported on 3 October. The outlet quoted unnamed sources as saying the

  • Singapore retires three Fearless-class patrol vessels

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned three more 55 m Fearless-class patrol vessels. The locally built platforms, which were formerly in service as RSS Sovereignty , RSS Unity , and RSS Justice , were retired in a ceremony officiated by RSN Chief Rear Admiral Lew Chuen Hong at

  • Algeria commissions minesweeper

    The Algerian National Navy’s new mine-countermeasures vessel (MCMV) El-Kasseh 1 (501) was commissioned by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah on 30 September, the Ministry of National Defence announced. It emerged in 2014 that Algeria had placed an order with Italy’s

  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin secure XLUUV design contracts

    Key Points The Orca XLUUV programme is intended to develop a modular, open architecture long-range unmanned underwater vehicle Boeing and Lockheed Martin will complete Phase I design activities by the end of 2018, with a single contractor to be downselected for manufacture under Phase II Boeing

  • Metal Shark clinches US Navy PB(X) patrol boat contract

    Key Points Metal Shark is to build new PB(X) patrol boats for the US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command The initial order, valued at USD29.8 million, covers the delivery of 11 craft Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has won out in a seven-way competition to build a new fleet of patrol boats

  • USS Ponce returns to homeport to retire

    Key Points AFSB(I)15 was the first ship to be fully realised and dedicated as an afloat forward staging base The ship will decommission in Norfolk, Virginia, on 14 October The US Navy (USN) afloat forward staging base-interim USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) has returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia,

  • COTECMAR begins Colombian Navy’s fifth landing craft, soon to deliver Honduras’ first

    Colombia’s state-run Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) in mid-September began cutting steel on a fifth landing craft unit for the Colombian Navy, and a first export of the type is due for delivery to Honduras on 1

  • Peruvian Navy designates new flagship

    The Peruvian Navy renamed BAP Montero (FM-53) as BAP Almirante Grau on 26 September, as the platform becomes the fleet’s new flagship. It replaces the previous Grau (CLM-81), a light cruiser that was retired on the same day. The new flagship is a Carvajal-class frigate constructed by the

  • France to buy third PLG for French Guiana

    In the wake of Hurricane Irma in the French Antilles, the French Ministry of Defence has announced that a third French Guianese Light Patrol Boat (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) will be ordered within the coming weeks, with delivery expected as soon as 2019. The vessel will be based in the

  • Indian Navy commissions fourth improved Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel

    The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fourth improved Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB). Named INS Tarasa (T 94), the 48.9 m-long ship entered service on 26 September in a ceremony presided over by Vice

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