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  • China's Liaoning carrier group ventures into West Pacific for first time

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has for the first time deployed its Liaoning carrier group beyond the First Island Chain. The carrier group is thought to have commenced its transit into the West Pacific on 23 December and passed through the Miyako Strait south of the Japanese island of

  • Austal USA delivers ninth LCS to US Navy

    Austal USA delivered the future Independence-class trimaran hull USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) to the US Navy (USN) on 23 December 2016. Gabrielle Giffords is the ninth littoral combat ship (LCS) and the fifth of the Independence variant to be delivered to the USN. Commissioning of Gabrielle

  • China commissions 23rd Type 054A frigate into East Sea Fleet

    Key Points China has commissioned its 23rd Type 054A frigate Induction bolsters anti-surface, anti-submarine capabilities of East Sea Fleet The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its 23rd Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate into the service's East Sea Fleet. The

  • China may be building jetty for second aircraft carrier

    Satellite imagery posted on Chinese online forums show that China is building a second jetty adjacent to that used by the country's first aircraft carrier, Liaoning . It is claimed that the new jetty, located at a naval base some 30 n miles south of Qingdao, is being built for the country's second

  • China's carrier replenishment ship begins sea trials

    The People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) new Type 901 replenishment ship commenced sea trials on 18 December, according to Chinese media. The 45,000-tonne vessel, which was built at Guangzhou Shipyard International's Longxue shipyard on the Pearl River, is expected to provide logistics support

  • Jiangnan shipyard launches another Type 052D destroyer

    China's Jiangnan Shipyard on Changxing Island launched its 10th Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 26 December. Built under cover, the ship was launched by shiplift, and joins six others that are either being fitted out in the basin or on sea

  • PLAN commissions 30th Jiangdao-class corvette

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 30th Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette on 28 December, according to the China Military Online website. Ningde (510) entered service with the East Sea Fleet's 23rd frigate squadron and will be based at Xiamen, opposite Taiwan. A number

  • Myanmar Navy commissions first corvette with reduced RCS

    The Myanmar Navy (MN) commissioned several new vessels on 24 December, including UMS (Union of Myanmar Ship) Tabinshwehti with pennant number 773: the service's first guided-missile corvette featuring radar cross-section (RCS) reducing characteristics. Launched in late November 2014, UMS

  • Pakistan's maritime patrol vessels begin voyage home from China

    A pair of 600-tonne Maritime Patrol Vessels (MPVs) newly commissioned by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) have begun their voyage home, the service confirmed with IHS Jane's on 29 December. The vessels, PMSS Hingol and PMSS Basol with pennant numbers 1070 and 1071 respectively, were

  • USN wants a 459-ship force, will settle for 355

    Key Points The USN has called for a 355-ship future planned force level (47 additional ships), highlighting additional cruisers, destroyers, and nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) That projection is in line with the incoming Trump administration's call for a 350-ship navy Navy leaders'

  • USN's first Flight IIA restart destroyer completes acceptance trials

    The US Navy's (USN's) future Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) completed acceptance trials 16 December 2016 after spending two days under way off the coast of Maine, the navy announced. Rafael Peralta is the 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and

  • Italian FREMM sails for Asia-Pacific deployment

    Key Points Main focus of FREMM frigate's deployment is to support operations, international naval co-operation, and diplomacy and industrial relations tasks Deployment will also enable Italy to showcase FREMM's design and capabilities, with the frigate being a candidate in Australia's SEA 5000

  • South Korea selects Hyundai for FFX development

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a KRW16.6 billion (USD13.8 million) contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to develop the third batch of Future Frigate Experimental (FFX III) Incheon-class frigates for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). The programme

  • Indian Navy receives 12th Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel

    The Indian Navy has taken delivery of its 12th Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel from Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). The boat, which will be the future INS Tillanchang with pennant number T 92, was handed over on 21 December at GRSE's facilities in Kolkata. The platform is part of

  • UK details Dreadnought SSBN build and programme management plans

    Key Points The Dreadnought SSBN will be built in 16 units, further consolidated into three so-called 'mega-units' DE&S personnel working on submarine-related activity will begin to transfer across to a new Executive Agency from 1 April 2017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed first

  • Lead Ford-class carrier nears completion of system testing

    Key Points System testing on USS Gerald R Ford is more than 75% complete, says shipbuilder Less than 10% of overall test programme remains to be finished Systems testing aboard the US Navy's (USN's) new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, lead ship the future USS Gerald R Ford , is more than

  • China returns seized US Navy Slocum glider

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has returned a US Slocum G2 gliding autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that it seized in the South China Sea, the Pentagon announced on 19 December. The PLAN Dalang-III-class support ship (ASR-510) transferred the AUV to USS Mustin (DDG 89), an Arleigh

  • Atlas Elektronik to modernise three more minehunting vessels for German Navy

    The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support awarded Atlas Elektronik GmbH a EUR78.5 million (USD81.6 million) contract for the modernisation of three Frankenthal-class (Type 332) minehunting vessels for the German Navy on 21 December 2016. Under the

  • India launches second 105 m OPV for Sri Lankan Navy

    India's Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched a 105 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN). The vessel, with pennant number P624, is the second of two OPVs signed under an April 2013 contract. The platform took to the water on 15 December at GSL's facilities in

  • China launches another Jiangdao-class corvette, says report

    China's 41st Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette was launched in early December at the country's Liao Nan Shipyard in Dalian, according to Chinese media reports. The ship will be named Zhangye after the city in China's central Gansu Province, the Zhangye Daily newspaper reported on 14 December.

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