• Navy League 2017: USS Gerald R Ford heads to sea trials

    Key Points Lead-of-class Ford heads to sea trials before delivery to the USN With a larger size and greater power output, Ford represents the first new US carrier design in more than 35 years The US Navy's (USN's soon to be commissioned first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R

  • Batam shipbuilder cuts steel on Indonesian Navy's 122 m replenishment tanker

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Batamec has begun work on a 122 m replenishment tanker on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL). A first steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel, which was presided over by the TNI-AL's Assistant for Logistics to the Navy Chief,

  • First Indian submariners complete Scorpène training

    The first of two crews of Indian submariners for the Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarines being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN) has completed its training, according to a 4 April press statement issued by Défense Conseil International (DCI): the reference operator of

  • Japanese shipbuilders restructure but naval programmes untouched

    Japan's major shipbuilders have announced restructuring programmes, although activities related to naval programmes are expected to be spared downsizing. Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (Mitsui) - three companies with

  • KSEW shipyard lays keel for Pakistan Navy's fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

    Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) held a keel-laying ceremony on 30 March for the country's fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC). The Pakistan Navy (PN) currently operates two 63-m Azmat-class FACs, PNS Azmat (1013) and PNS Dehshat (1014),

  • Brazil seeks industry consultation for building new corvettes

    The Brazilian Navy has issued a 'consultation call' for building corvettes, a procedure open to Brazilian and foreign shipbuilders and companies organised into a consortium. The effort is meant to obtain four ships forming the Tamandaré class, according to the basic project developed by the

  • China commissions another corvette, launches more frigates

    The latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette to enter service with China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was commissioned into the South Sea Fleet on 31 March in a ceremony held at the naval base in Sanya, on Hainan Island. The following day a Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate was

  • Panama, Taiwan sign agreement for naval interceptor craft

    Panama and Taiwan have signed an agreement for the latter's donation of an Interceptor 1102 platform for the Central American country, Panama's Ministry of Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública: MINSEG) reported on 29 March. The Interceptor will be utilised by the National Naval Air

  • Saab to develop Sweden's next-generation anti-ship missile

    Saab has signed a SEK3.2 billion (USD358.5 million) contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and production of a new-generation extended-range anti-ship missile system to enter service with the Swedish armed forces in the early 2020s. Building on the

  • Indian Navy inducts first Mk IV LCU

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its first Mk IV LCU vessel Platform will strengthen the service's presence in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory The Indian Navy has commissioned the first of eight Mk IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels designed and manufactured by

  • LIMA 2017: CSOC discloses further details of Littoral Mission Ship proposal for Malaysia

    Key Points A Chinese state-owned shipbuilder has shed more light on its Littoral Mission Ship proposal for Malaysia Details point to a lightly armed platform that can be quickly configured for a wide spectrum of missions An official from China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC)

  • Indonesian shipbuilder cuts steel on seventh PC-40-class vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has ordered another lightly armed variant of the KCR-40 missile attack craft Platform is meant to bolster the service's maritime surveillance and fishery resources protection capabilities Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has begun work on a PC-40-class

  • Cameroon receives new offshore patrol vessel

    The Cameroonian Navy has received its new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) CNS Dipikar (P 107), which arrived at the Douala naval base in the last week of February, a Cameroonian military source told Jane's. Dipikar departed Toulon, France, aboard the Dutch transport vessel Happy Diamond on 10 February

  • China's CSOC showcases a new 4,000-tonne frigate

    Chinese state-owned shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) revealed technical specifications of a new frigate design it is showcasing at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. In an interview with Jane's , a CSOC engineer disclosed that the "new ship is a

  • LIMA 2017: MMEA modernisation may follow navy's lead

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) modernisation plan may follow the standardisation path set by the navy, Jane's understands. Speaking with Jane's at the 2017 LIMA Exhibition in Langkawi and commenting on the New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) programme, the CEO of Destini Armada

  • Chile to start building icebreaker in May

    Chile is to begin constructing an icebreaker in May, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, commander of the Chilean Navy, announced during a 17 March navy bicentennial ceremony in Valparaiso. He said the icebreaker is scheduled to be ready within four years "in order to replace [current icebreaker]

  • Peru receives polar vessel Carrasco

    The Peruvian Navy received an oceanographic vessel with polar capabilities, Carrasco (BOP 171), during a ceremony in Vigo, Spain, on 22 March. The vessel, constructed by Spanish shipyard Freire SA, was originally scheduled to be transferred on 10 March, but was delayed by weather. Carrasco will

  • Japanese navy commissions second Izumo-class helicopter carrier

    The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class helicopter carrier, JS Kaga (DDH 184), on 22 March in a ceremony held at the Japan Marine United (JMU) shipyard in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The first of class, JS Izumo (DDH 183), was berthed adjacent to Kaga during

  • JMSDF commissions first Awaji-class minesweeper

    The first of three Awaji-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) has entered service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo published on its website photographs of the commissioning ceremony of JS Awaji (pennant number 304) in Yokohama,

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysia selects Turkish 30 mm naval gun system for new OPVs

    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has selected the SMASH 30 mm remote controlled stabilised naval gun system from Turkish defence company Aselsan for the three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) it is acquiring from local shipbuilding joint venture THHE Destini. Speaking to Jane's at

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