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  • Philippine Coast Guard’s sixth Parola-class vessel arrives home

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has received its sixth Parola-class patrol vessel Service is on track to receive the entire class of 10 vessels by end-2018 The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) sixth multirole response vessel (MRRV) has arrived in the country, the service announced on 11

  • South Korea approves use of locally developed submarine combat system on KSS-3 class

    Key Points South Korea has developed an indigenous submarine combat system for its KSS-3 class Platform will also likely be used to test a number of locally developed submarine warfare systems South Korea’s Ministry of Defense has approved an early version of a locally developed submarine

  • Vigor to build new US Army watercraft

    Key Points The MSV(L) will replace Vietnam-era LCM-8 landing craft The US Army plans to buy a class of 36 MSV(L) watercraft The US Army has selected Oregon-based Vigor Works to build a new fleet of watercraft to replace its outdated Vietnam-era Landing Craft Mechanized 8 (LCM-8) Mod I and Mod II

  • India's nuclear-powered submarine damaged in accident, says report

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) has been damaged in an accident and could require “substantial repair work” to render it operational again, The Print news website reported on 3 October. The outlet quoted unnamed sources as saying the

  • Singapore retires three Fearless-class patrol vessels

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned three more 55 m Fearless-class patrol vessels. The locally built platforms, which were formerly in service as RSS Sovereignty , RSS Unity , and RSS Justice , were retired in a ceremony officiated by RSN Chief Rear Admiral Lew Chuen Hong at

  • Algeria commissions minesweeper

    The Algerian National Navy’s new mine-countermeasures vessel (MCMV) El-Kasseh 1 (501) was commissioned by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah on 30 September, the Ministry of National Defence announced. It emerged in 2014 that Algeria had placed an order with Italy’s

  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin secure XLUUV design contracts

    Key Points The Orca XLUUV programme is intended to develop a modular, open architecture long-range unmanned underwater vehicle Boeing and Lockheed Martin will complete Phase I design activities by the end of 2018, with a single contractor to be downselected for manufacture under Phase II Boeing

  • Metal Shark clinches US Navy PB(X) patrol boat contract

    Key Points Metal Shark is to build new PB(X) patrol boats for the US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command The initial order, valued at USD29.8 million, covers the delivery of 11 craft Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has won out in a seven-way competition to build a new fleet of patrol boats

  • USS Ponce returns to homeport to retire

    Key Points AFSB(I)15 was the first ship to be fully realised and dedicated as an afloat forward staging base The ship will decommission in Norfolk, Virginia, on 14 October The US Navy (USN) afloat forward staging base-interim USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) has returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia,

  • COTECMAR begins Colombian Navy’s fifth landing craft, soon to deliver Honduras’ first

    Colombia’s state-run Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime, and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) in mid-September began cutting steel on a fifth landing craft unit for the Colombian Navy, and a first export of the type is due for delivery to Honduras on 1

  • 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,

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