• LHA 6 testing proves ability to move marines ashore as needed, USN says

    Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) has proved in recent tests it can put marines on the beach as needed. During initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) exercises held in December 2017, America proved it can move “marines ashore in an adequate timeline to meet power

  • Bulgaria modernises armed forces

    By the end of March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Sofia will present the Council of Ministers investment projects worth more than BGN3.5 billion (USD2.2 billion) for the acquisition of new armoured vehicles, patrol boats, and jet fighters, the defence minister has said. Bulgaria is procuring

  • Crash course: US Navy revamps training, oversight to fix surface-fleet operations

    Buffeted by a spate of recent surface-ship collisions, the US Navy is changing the way it trains its sailors, inspects ships, and operates vessels. Michael Fabey reports on the service’s internal overhaul On the night after Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain (DDG 56)

  • Kongsberg to test Eelume unmanned subsea residency vehicle

    Kongsberg is preparing for a month-long residency test on its Eelume remotely operated vehicle (ROV)/autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) hybrid. The Eelume is a modular, flexible robot designed for inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) of subsea infrastructure. Although primarily designed for

  • Malaysia seeks balance in ‘15-to-5’ concept to tackle maritime security ‘hot spots’

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy is shifting its force structure focus to address maritime security challenges in its eastern region Multinational co-operation is helping reduce maritime security risks in Malaysia’s eastern and western regions The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking

  • UK defence secretary seeks new Dreadnought spending plan

    UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is seeking a rescheduling of spending on four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines as part of his Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review. Williamson revealed his pitch to the UK Treasury (finance ministry) in testimony to the House of Commons

  • New Zealand decommissions diver support ship

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has decommissioned its diver support ship, HMNZS Manawanui . The vessel was officially retired in a decommissioning ceremony held at Devonport Naval Base on the morning of 23 February. Manawanui was built in the United Kingdom in 1979 as a diving support vessel

  • USN awards contract for LPD, but concerns grow over amphib force size

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a USD1.4 billion contract on 16 February to start building amphibious ship landing platform dock (LPD) 29, but federal lawmakers, defence analysts, and the country's top marine have voiced concerns about the size of the amphibious force.

  • Romania announces new submarine programme

    The Romanian Navy is considering a new submarine programme under the strategic procurement plan, the country's defence minister has revealed. Mihai Fifor told a press conference on 20 February: "Naval forces specialists are discussing what kind of submarine we need to have. Once the technical

  • Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’ The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal

  • Australia’s Hobart AWD completes first replenishment at sea

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) has conducted its first-ever replenishment at sea (RAS). In an 18 February statement the RAN said HMAS Hobart carried out the move with the 3,800-tonne frigate HMAS Anzac off the

  • UK confirms LPH sale to Brazil

    The UK government has confirmed the sale of the landing platform helicopter (LPH) vessel HMS Ocean to Brazil for GBP84 million (USD117 million). Under a sales agreement signed on 19 February, the Brazilian Navy will take possession of the 22,000-tonne specialist amphibious aviation ship in June

  • Five yards secure FFG(X) concept design contracts

    Key Points Austal USA, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Fincantieri Marine Group, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Lockheed Martin have each received 16-month contracts The 16-month contracts will allow the navy to better understand cost and capability drivers and inform the final

  • Marsun launches five M21-class patrol boats for Royal Thai Navy

    Key Points Thailand has launched another five M21-class patrol boats Vessels are expected to be deployed with the Royal Thai Navy’s coastguard squadron once commissioned Thailand shipbuilder Marsun Company Limited has launched another five M21-class patrol boats on order for the Royal Thai

  • Russian naval vessels continue to suffer fires while alongside

    A fire that broke out on 16 February on Marshal Shaposhnikov , a destroyer attached to the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet, was the latest in a series of fires that have afflicted Russian naval vessels while in port undergoing regular repairs. As reported by Russian news agency Sputnik, Marshal

  • Romanian government approves purchase of HIMARS, corvettes

    Romania’s commitment to raise its defence budget to the NATO-stipulated target of 2% of GDP has led to the new Romanian government approving on 15 February the procurement of a number of previously requested US-sourced land systems – notably artillery rocket systems – as well as

  • Saab reports strong 2017 figures

    Saab has reported higher sales across all business units and a double digit rise in order bookings in 2017 on the back of what it described as “strong” interest in its products. The Swedish defence and security group reported sales of SEK31.4 billion (USD3.95 billion) for the year; 10%

  • China launches third Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the third of four Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvettes on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the sina.com website. The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship – with pennant number F113

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN seeks funds for XLUUV payload, C2 research

    Key Points Research effort seeks advanced energy solutions FY 2019 request to fund lethal and non-lethal payload research The US Navy (USN) is requesting USD30.18 million for ongoing research and development into unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) technologies. Focus areas include demonstrating

  • Italy approves full-class in-service support for FREMM frigates

    The Italian minister of defence has approved initial funding to extend Temporary Global Support (TGS) for the Bergamini-class FREMM frigates to include all ships in the class until 2024. The TGS programme has been carried out by Orizzonte Sistemi Navali since 2014 and includes the participation of

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