• Project 20385 Gremyaschiy-class corvette launched at Northern Shipyard

    Russia's Northern Shipyard (Severnaya Verf), a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), has launched the lead ship of the Project 20385 Gremyaschiy-class corvettes, Jane's has learned. According to the shipyard's director general, Igor Ponomaryov, the Project 20385 corvette designed

  • Turkey launches last MILGEM corvette

    Turkey's Kinaliada corvette, the fourth warship of the National Vessel (MILGEM) project, was launched on 3 July. The last MILGEM Ada-class corvette, TCG Kinaliada , will become operational in 2019. Two smaller corvettes of the class, TCG Heybeliada and TCG Büyükada , are operational, and

  • UK signs up for first three Type 26 frigates

    Key Points The long-awaited Batch 1 contract covers the construction of the first three of a planned class of eight ships The formal steel cutting for the first of class will occur at BAE Systems' Govan facility later this month BAE Systems will officially begin production of the first of the UK

  • South Korea cuts steel on third KSS-III submarine

    Key Points South Korea has begun work on a third KSS-III diesel-electric boat Programme will see South Korea operate its largest and most capable submarines South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the country's third KSS-III submarine, the

  • Chinese navy commissions 25th Jiangkai II-class frigate

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 25th Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate on 29 June, just six days after the previous ship of the class. Named Wuhu and given pennant number 539, the vessel is expected to join two other Type 054A frigates operated by the 10th

  • China launches largest surface combatant to date

    Key Points China has launched its first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer The Vessel is expected to play an instrumental role in China's ambition to operate carrier strike groups China's Jiangnan Shipyard has launched the country's first Type 055-class guided-missile destroyer on order for the

  • China launches 13th Type 052D destroyer

    China's Dalian shipyard has launched another Luyang III (Type 052D)-class guided-missile destroyer on order for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The vessel, which has been named Qiqihar , was launched on 26 June. The platform is China's 13th Type 052D destroyer. The PLAN commissioned its

  • South Korea to bolster Northern Limit Line security with four more PKX-B vessels

    Key Points South Korea has ordered another four PKX-B vessels from a local shipbuilder Platform will be used mainly to bolster security at a maritime border with North Korea South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has awarded a subsequent contract for four additional 'B'

  • Queen Elizabeth sets sail for sea trials

    Queen Elizabeth , the UK's largest ever aircraft carrier, has left Rosyth dockyard for the first time to begin its contractors' sea trails. The 65,000-tonne vessel was manoeuvred out of the dockyard on 26 June prior to subsequently passing under the three major bridges across the Firth of Forth to

  • RAN LHDs still not fully cleared for service following propulsion system issues

    One of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two troubled 27,500-tonne Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) is to return to restricted service on 29 June while the second will return to its operational capability programme "over the next few months", the Australian Department of

  • ECA demonstrates multiple MCM systems in North Sea trials

    French underwater robotics specialist ECA has shown a 'multi-simultaneous' unmanned mine countermeasures (MCM) 'system of systems' capability to the Belgian Navy under the umbrella of the North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials (BE NSU). The parallel and collaborative 'Detection-to-Identification' MCM

  • China's Liaoning carrier departs Qingdao on training mission

    China's first in-service aircraft carrier, Liaoning , sailed from its naval base south of Qingdao on 25 June for a further round of training and exercises, according to the state-owned Xinhua news agency. The Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier was accompanied by Luyang III-class (Type 052D)

  • Another Jiangkai II-class frigate enters service with the Chinese navy

    The 24th Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate to be commissioned by China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) entered service with the South Sea Fleet on 23 June at a ceremony held at the Zhanjiang naval base. Named Xuchang (pennant number 536), the 134 m-long ship was built at the Huangpu

  • Carlskrona completes life extension refit

    Key Points The life extension refit is intended to ensure that Carlskrona can remain in service through to 2025 Saab Kockums was responsible for performing the life extension refit The support vessel HMS Carlskrona has been re-delivered to the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) after completing a life

  • HII awarded USD3 billion for LHA 8 Bougainville

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a total of approximately USD3 billion for the detail, design, and construction of Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA) Replacement Flight 1 amphibious assault ship the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8) on 16 June 2017.

  • USN reveals source of EMALS mechanical issues

    The General Atomics-built Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) installed on the first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is being "fine-tuned" to overcome a vibrational issue associated with optimising the launch and recovery of different

  • Royal Thai Navy lays keel for second OPV

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has laid down the keel for its second 90 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV), which it is building in collaboration with BAE Systems. The keel laying ceremony was held on 23 June at the RTN’s Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in Sattahip, Chonburi, a facility managed by

  • Chilean Navy expects to begin new submarine programme this year

    The Chilean Navy will begin a process to acquire two new diesel-electric submarines during the second half of 2017 by issuing a request for information (RFI) for a programme to replace older boats commissioned in the 1980s, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Admiral Julio Leiva, who took

  • China building possible submarine-surveillance ship

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing that a new-design catamaran auxiliary ship is under construction for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou. The vessel appears to have been launched recently and is in the process of fitting out. Only

  • Indian Navy abandons plans to equip Scorpène-class submarines with indigenous AIP system

    The Indian Navy (IN) has abandoned plans to equip the last two of its six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines under construction with locally developed air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems. Senior IN officials told Jane's on 22 June that the decision followed delays by the

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