• 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.

  • GRSE launches Indian Navy's final Mk IV LCU

    India's Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), has launched the last of eight 62.8 m landing craft utility (LCU) Mk IV vessel on order for the Indian Navy. The vessel, which was launched on 16 December at GRSE's facilities in Kolkata, is part of an INR21 billion (USD309 million) signed in

  • Singapore takes delivery of second Littoral Mission Vessel

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has taken delivery of its second Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), the country's ministry of defence confirmed with IHS Jane's on 19 December. The 80 m platform, which will be the future RSS Sovereignty (16), was handed over on 7 December, and is

  • Australia launches second Hobart-class AWD

    The second of three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was launched in Adelaide on 15 December. Named Brisbane , the 7,000-tonne ship will undertake builder's sea trials at the end of 2017 and will be delivered to the RAN in September 2018.

  • Beijing will return AUV seized in South China Sea, says Chinese defence ministry

    A statement published on the Chinese Ministry of National Defense's website on 18 December indicates that Beijing intends to hand over a US Navy (USN) autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) that it seized in the South China Sea. According to the statement, which has been attributed to ministry

  • China's Liaoning carrier battle group conducts first live-fire drill

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted its first live-fire exercise for its aircraft carrier battle group, the China Daily newspaper quoted the PLAN as saying in a statement. Liaoning , the country's first aircraft carrier, performed "various drills with several destroyers

  • Fincantieri sets up subsidiary in Australia

    Italian ship-building group Fincantieri has formed a subsidiary in Australia as part of its bid for that country's frigate programme, the company announced on 16 December. Fincantieri Australia will open its headquarters in Canberra, the company said in a statement. Fincantieri is one of several

  • Nigerian Navy commissions new vessels

    The Nigerian Navy commissioned it's a new offshore-patrol vessel NNS Unity (F 92), as well as the locally built inshore patrol boat NNS Karaduwa (P 102), the tug Commander Ugwu , and 27 small patrol craft during a ceremony held in Lagos on 15 December. NNS Unity is the Nigerian Navy's second

  • US Pacific Command confirms China seized Slocum G2 AUV

    The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) seized by a Chinese naval vessel on 16 December was a Teledyne-Webb Slocum G2 glider, which are used for oceanographic research with significant military applications. Lieutenant Commander Matt Knight, a US Pacific Command (USPACOM) spokesperson, confirmed

  • GDBIW contracted for continued DDG 51 Flight III design work

    Key Points GDBIW contracted to continue DDG 51 Flight III design and development work The company will be laying down its first Flight III hull in 2017 The US Navy (USN) has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) a USD59 million contract for the continuation of DDG 51 Arleigh

  • Metron to advance undersea autonomy for ONR

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded Metron Inc, of Reston, Virginia, a USD29.8 million contract to develop advanced autonomy for unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) on 14 December 2016. The contract contains options that, if exercised, would bring the total potential value to almost USD34

  • US Navy study shows need for 355-ship fleet

    A just-completed US Navy (USN) 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA) shows the USN needs a fleet of 355 ships to meet demand and needs, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said, about 14% more than the fleet is slated to have within the next two years or so. The service now has a fleet of 273 ships,

  • French SSN through-life support arrangements deliver increased availability

    Key Points Nuclear-powered attack submarine through-life support is being delivered by DCNS under a five-year contract (effective as of April 2015) Operational Rubis-class boats are achieving availability levels above 80%, despite the youngest boat now being almost 25 years old The French Navy's

  • Chile favours Lockheed Martin Canada for frigate midlife upgrade

    Lockheed Martin Canada has been identified as the preferred option to become the main contractor on a midlife upgrade programme for Chile's three British-built Type 23 frigates, sources in Santiago told IHS Jane's . The sources said firms bidding for the contract, potentially worth up to USD1

  • Chinese navy commissions two more Jiangdao-class corvettes

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 28th and 29th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvettes at a naval port in Lianyungang in eastern Jiangsu Province on 12 December, according to the China Military Online website. Baoding (hull number 511) and Heze (hull number 512), named

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