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  • 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

  • Australia commissions first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer

    The first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was formally inducted into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on 23 September and is expected to be ready for operational tasking in late 2018. Attending the commissioning ceremony of HMAS Hobart held at Fleet Base East in

  • Babcock, BMT team as start gun fires for Type 31e programme

    Key Points Babcock and BMT Defence Services have teamed to bid for the UK’s Type 31e frigate programme A RFI to support Type 31e market testing was released on 11 September, with responses due back by 16 October A first teaming for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 31e frigate programme has

  • India deploys Magar-class amphibious ship to Bangladesh on Rohingya relief mission

    The Indian Navy has deployed a Magar-class amphibious ship to the port of Chittagong, Bangladesh in support of a humanitarian relief mission for Rohingya refugees. The ship, INS Gharial , departed India on 25 September with 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian supplies, said an Indian Navy spokesperson via

  • Philippine Navy fires on Vietnamese fishing boats, two dead

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has opened fire on a Vietnamese fishing boat, killing two persons Increasing cases of IUU fishing in the region are showing signs of potentially escalating maritime conflicts The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured Hanoi that a thorough

  • ST Marine launches Singapore’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points Singapore has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel Republic is on track to operate its class of eight Independence-class ships by 2020 Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel. The vessel, which will be in

  • MDL delivers first of six Scorpène-class submarines to Indian Navy

    India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered the first of six licence-built Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarines to the Indian Navy (IN). Named Kalvari , the 66 m-long boat was handed over to the service on 21 September, and is set to be commissioned “soon”,

  • DSEI 2017: SRS details Fusion hybrid UUV

    Strategic Robotic Systems (SRS) presented its Fusion hybrid unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) system at DSEI 2017. In the military sphere the Fusion system has applications in mine countermeasures, port and harbour security, and ship inspection tasks, and is being marketed as a simple,

  • US Navy, General Dynamics Electric Boat ink USD5.1 billion SSBN deal

    On 21 September General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) was awarded a USD5.1-billion contract by the Pentagon to complete designs for the lead Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Ultimately 12 Columbia-class boats are planned to replace 14 ageing Ohio-class SSBNs. The Ohio class is to

  • Bolivia eyes Argentine IA-63 Pampa III light strike jets

    The Bolivian government is considering buying light strike aircraft, riverine vessels, and more from Argentina, military sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's . Bolivia's main interest is buying between 8 and 12 IA-63 Pampa III light strike aircraft, to be built at Argentina's Fábrica Argentina

  • CASC unveils next generation USV concepts

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) outlined its plans for a new family of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) exhibition in Qingdao. The platforms are aimed at addressing a range of maritime security and naval

  • Indra demonstrates prototype USV

    Indra conducted a first public sea trial demonstrating the capabilities of its new prototype unmanned surface vessel (USV) off northwest Spain on 17 September. Although built as part of the Galicia regional government-backed Civil UAV Initiative, the vessel is targeted to perform a variety of key

  • Fourth OPV for Portugal floated out

    Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea-Estaleiros Navais floated out a fourth new Viana do Castelo-class NPO (Navio de Patrulha Oceanica) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on 13 September. The OPV, designated Setúbal (P363) , is the second of an additional two OPVs under construction in a contract worth

  • Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate departs Russia on voyage home

    Key Points The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy is on track to receive its third Gepard 3.9-class frigate in 2017 Platform will significantly improve the service’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities A Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate

  • China’s CASC unveils D3000 unmanned oceanic combat vessel concept

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has revealed plans for an autonomous multirole surface vessel designed specifically for high-end naval operations at the 2017 International Ocean Science and Technology (OST) Exhibition in Qingdao. Under development by the Beijing-based 13th

  • Egypt to receive South Korean naval vessel

    Egypt will receive at least one South Korean naval vessel, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 September. The MoD said that, during a visit to South Korea to boost bilateral co-operation, Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi had inspected “one of the naval pieces that will be

  • Finland extends Merikarhu Mediterranean deployment

    The Finnish Border Guard’s (FBG’s) Improved Tursas-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Merikarhu will remain at its Greek Adriatic station for another six months, stretching into the beginning of 2018. The coastguard patrol vessel departed Helsinki in February to join, for the second

  • PLAN’s new training ship embarks on maiden voyage

    A new training ship that was commissioned in February 2017 for the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) Dalian Naval Academy has set sail for its maiden oceangoing voyage, the PLA-linked China Military Online website reported on 18 September. The vessel, Qi Jiguang (pennant

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