• US military begins moving THAAD components to South Korean deployment site

    The United States military began moving key components of a battery of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea amid protests from residents and criticism from China. Local media reports showed images of a M1088-series Family of Medium Tactical

  • Bayraktar LST delivered to Turkish navy

    Bayrakta r, the first of two Turkish tank landing ships (LSTs) on order from the country's Adik shipyard, was delivered to the Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC) on 22 April. Local industry participation in the construction of the 140-m-long ship was 70.68%, including a 48% contribution by small

  • Russian Project 23550 Arctic patrol ship laid down

    Russia's JSC Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), laid down the lead Project 23550 ice-class patrol ship Ivan Papanin (factory number 02460) on 19 April. The ship was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau under the auspices of its designer

  • First Egyptian Type 209 sub arrives in Alexandria

    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 April that the first of its Type 209/1400 diesel-electric attack submarines had arrived from Germany. In the process it revealed that a new covered submarine shelter has been constructed at the main naval base in Alexandria. Named S 41 (861),

  • Ford completes builder's sea trials, prepares for acceptance trials

    The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) has completed builder's sea trials and is beginning preparations for acceptance trials with the Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

  • MMEA conducts trials of Fulmar UAV from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency has successfully completed first at-sea trials of the Fulmar UAV system The service is on track to operationalise its first UAV-capable patrol vessel in 2017 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has conducted at-sea trials of the

  • Damen completes sea trials of Australian naval aviation training vessel

    Damen Shipyards Group announced on 20 April that it has completed sea trials of a multirole aviation training vessel (MATV) on order for Australia. The civilian registered vessel, MV Sycamore , will be operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a platform to conduct helicopter-related aviation

  • Indonesia retires stricken Cold War-era corvette, KRI Pati Unus

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has decommissioned the Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvette, KRI Pati Unus (384). The 75.2 m vessel was retired from the TNI-AL's Western Fleet (KOARMABAR) on 19 April in a decommissioning ceremony held in the port

  • Bahrain to receive five more Mk V patrol boats

    Bahrain is set to get another five Mk V patrol boats later this year, according to two notices posted on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 11 and 12 April. The first said that US Military Sealift Command is looking to charter a cargo ship to carry four Mk V craft with related

  • Ecuador's ASTINAVE progresses on OPV construction

    Ecuador's state-run shipyard, Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave) is progressing with construction of two ocean patrol vessels (OPVs), Astinave said in a 13 April statement. The vessels, Isla San Cristobal and Isla Isabela , are based on the Stan Patrol 5009 model produced by Damen Group. It

  • Guyana Defence Force gets new patrol craft

    The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard has received two new Metal Shark 38 Defiant fast patrol craft. The GDF announced that two vessels were commissioned on 29 March as GDFS 1033 and GDFS 1034, each reportedly costing GYD140 million (USD643,708). David Granger, president of Guyana, said the

  • DCNS delivers fourth FREMM frigate for France

    French shipbuilder DCNS handed over the fourth Aquitaine-class FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Mission) frigate to the French Navy on 11 April. Auvergne is one of six ships in France's planned eight-ship FREMM programme being configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. It

  • Indonesia inducts five 28 m patrol craft as non-commissioned vessels

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has inducted five newbuild KAL 28 patrol craft as non-commissioned vessels to bolster the service's constabulary capabilities, a service official told Jane's on 12 April. The vessels, which were manufactured by Indonesian

  • Indonesian Navy receives pitch for Type 214 submarine from Golcük Shipyard

    Key Points Indonesia has added the Type 214 class to a list of submarine platforms it is now considering Talks are in line with the Indonesian Navy's strategy of diversifying the mix of its future submarine fleet The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has

  • USCG seeks to accelerate timeline for heavy ice breakers

    Key Points The USCG emphasised that plans to replace its only ageing heavy icebreaker, Polar Star , should be accelerated The USCG expressed concerns that the United States has no self-rescue capabilities in the Arctic were Polar Star to suffer an engineering casualty The first new US polar heavy

  • Kuwaiti navy receives another landing ship

    The Kuwait Naval Force (KNF) has commissioned a 64 m-long landing ship, Saffar (L 6401), at the Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB) yard, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on 5 April. The vessel is part of an order for three landing ships and five 16 m-long landing craft that was announced in 2013.

  • Poland confirms interest in acquiring two RAN Adelaide-class FFG-7 frigates

    The Polish government has formally expressed interest in acquiring two of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three remaining 4,267-tonne Adelaide-class FFG-7 frigates, a Department of Defence (DoD) spokesperson in Canberra confirmed to Jane's on 12 April. However, the spokesperson pointed out that

  • RNZN names future fleet tanker

    The name of the new fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will be HMNZS Aotearoa , according to a 10 April statement by the RNZN. South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will begin constructing the 166 m-long vessel next year under a NZD493 million (USD342

  • LAAD 2017: Brazilian submarine programme moves into construction

    Key Points Brazil's four diesel-electric attack submarines are now all in initial stages of construction The first boat is to be launched in July 2018 and the last in December 2022 The Brazilian Navy's four S-BR diesel-electric attack submarines are pushing ahead with construction despite some

  • Indonesia commissions first Martadinata-class guided-missile frigate

    Key Points Indonesia has commissioned its first SIGMA 10514 guided-missile frigate Vessel will bolster the Indonesian Navy's Eastern Fleet capabilities The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has commissioned its first Martadinata (Sigma 10514) class

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