• Image suggests China’s 41st Type 056 corvette may have entered service

    The 41st Type 056 (Jiangdao-class) corvette appears to have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). A photograph posted on the website of the municipal government of Nanchong shows a Type 056 flying the usual commissioning flags, with the ship’s company

  • Knifefish successfully completes critical testing

    The General Dynamics Mission Systems team successfully completed all stages of formal sea-acceptance testing of Knifefish, the US Navy (USN) Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system, the company has confirmed. Knifefish is a medium-class MCM UUV intended for

  • India approves acquisition of hovercraft for coastguard, army

    Key Points India has approved plans to acquire hovercraft for the country’s coastguard, army Vehicles will improve the respective service’s operational capabilities in shallow waters and riverine environments New Delhi has approved acquisition requests for ‘air cushion

  • Peruvian Navy commissions BAP Pisco

    The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP) commissioned its first domestically manufactured landing platform dock BAP Pisco (AMP 156) in Callao on 6 June. Pisco is a multipurpose vessel, constructed by the Peruvian state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA), and based

  • Vietnam begins work on first submarine rescue vessel

    Vietnam’s state-owned Z189 shipyard has begun assembly work on the first submarine rescue vessel for the People's Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN). A keel-laying ceremony for the ship, known as MSSARS 9316 (multipurpose submarine search-and-rescue ship 9316), was held on 24 May at Z189’s

  • China’s Yunzhou Tech performs swarming USV demonstration

    Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou Tech), a Zhuhai-based company specialising in designing and manufacturing unmanned surface vessels (USVs), performed a swarming USV demonstration comprising 56 autonomous USVs in the Wanshan Archipelago – in the south-eastern province of Guangdong

  • First UK Type 45 at sea with Shaman CESM fit

    Key Points HMS Defender is the first UK RN Type 45 destroyer to receive the Shaman CESM fit The Shaman CESM is based on the US Navy’s AN/SSQ-130(V) Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F HMS Defender has become the first UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 45 destroyer to receive the

  • Yemen aid ship attacked

    A ship transporting aid from Djibouti to the rebel-held Yemeni port of Al-Hudaydah on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP) was attacked on 3 June, it has been confirmed. A WFP spokeswoman told Reuters that armed individuals in a skiff fired on the vessel and attempted to take it over when it

  • Liaoning carrier group reaches initial operational capability

    China’s first aircraft carrier group, formed around the carrier Liaoning , has reached initial operational capability (IOC), the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 31 May. The exercises conducted by the carrier group have become more demanding and “the carrier

  • Canada now seeks only three converted icebreakers

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is in negotiations with Federal Fleet Services and Chantier Davie for the conversion of three modern icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), PSPC confirmed to Jane’s on 1 June. PSPC had initially sought four of the ships. Federal Fleet

  • Pakistan signs for two more Type 054A frigates from China

    Key Points Pakistan has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates from China Country will operate a fleet of four vessels in the class by 2021 The Pakistani government has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates with China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd (CSTC), the Pakistan Navy

  • Babcock Team 31 unveils Arrowhead 140 design for Type 31e bid

    The Babcock-led industry group ‘Team 31’ bidding for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e general-purpose light frigate programme launched its Arrowhead 140 design proposal on 31 May. The platform will be based on Danish ship design consultancy Odense Maritime

  • Indian Navy issues RFIs for unmanned surface, underwater vessels

    The Indian Navy has issued two separate requests for information (RFIs) for unmanned underwater and surface vessels. The RFI for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) indicate a requirement for 12 vehicles with replaceable mission modules and a simulator that can assist in training for a variety of

  • Malaysia deploys another Kedah-class corvette to Sabah

    Key Points Malaysia has transferred a fourth Kedah-class corvette to its Eastern Fleet The move aims to improve security near a tri-border maritime region with Indonesia and the Philippines The Royal Malaysian Navy has deployed another Kedah (Meko 100 RMN)-class corvette, KD Kelantan (175), to

  • Seaspan to start Joint Support Ship block construction

    The Canadian government and Seaspan have agreed to start the construction of selected blocks for the new combat support ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, it was announced on 31 May 2018 at the Cansec exhibition in Ottawa. Seaspan was selected as the builder of non-combat vessels under the National

  • UK to lengthen Type 23 Gulf deployments from 2019

    Key Points The UK has announced plans to lengthen the duration of Type 23 frigate deployments to the Gulf region starting in 2019 The longer deployments will enable RN destroyers and other frigates to be committed to carrier task group operations The United Kingdom has announced plans to lengthen

  • Indian Navy commissions fourth Mk IV landing craft

    The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fourth Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU) platform built by state-owned shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). Named IN LCU L54 , the 62.8 m vessel entered service in a ceremony held on 25 May at Port Blair, the capital of India’s

  • IN commissions first indigenously built floating dock

    The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its first indigenously designed and built floating dock to repair and service its major platforms. Referred to as Floating Dock Navy-2 ( FDN-2 ), the 185 m-long and 40 m-wide platform was inducted into the service on 25 May in a ceremony held at Port Blair, the

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • Mattis says Western Pacific FONOPS will continue

    China will see more US warships patrolling international waters the Asian country claims as its own territory, said US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. “There's a very steady drumbeat of freedom of navigation operations [FONOPS],” Mattis told reporters on 29 May. The US Navy conducts

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