• COTECMAR launches new OPV

    Colombia's Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo de la Industria Naval, Marítima y Fluvial (COTECMAR) launched its ARC Santander offshore patrol vessel (OPV) during an official ceremony presided by President Juan Manuel Santos in Cartagena on 1 December. Construction

  • Exponaval 2016: ASMAR close to completing build on fourth Chilean OPV, prepares to build Antarctic support ship

    Key Points ASMAR concluding build work on Chile's fourth OPV Company preparing for potential build work on future Antarctic support ship ASMAR shipyard is currently completing construction of a fourth offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Chilean Navy and is gearing up to build a 110 m Antarctic

  • Royal Thai Navy receives six new patrol boats

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has taken delivery of six new patrol boats built by local shipyard Marsun, reflecting the country's growing naval shipbuilding capabilities. The RTN said on 2 December that the Marsun M21 patrol boats were received by RTN commander Admiral Na Areenich at a ceremony at the

  • Sea Hunter begins operational testing, readies for 2017 COLREGS certification

    The Sea Hunter technology demonstration vessel developed by Leidos for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme has entered operational testing. Leidos announced on 29 November that the 132-ft trimaran,

  • Exponaval 2016: Tri-nation Amazon patrol boat design work gets under way

    A joint programme between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru to develop a new river patrol ship is now under way, with design work expected to conclude in the second half of 2017, representatives from Colombian shipyard COTECMAR told IHS Jane's at the Exponaval show in Chile. Under an agreement reported by

  • Zumwalt leaves Panama after crews repair engine 'lube oil coolers'

    USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departed Panama on 30 November after US Navy (USN) and contractor crews repaired propulsion system engineering problems that sidelined the new destroyer for about a week-and-a-half, USN officials said. "On 21 November USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) experienced two engineering

  • International naval contribution to New Zealand earthquake relief operation concludes

    Key Points Maritime element of the HADR operation draws to end Seven ships, from the Australian, Canadian, and US navies as well as the Royal New Zealand Navy, supported the operation An international naval force has largely concluded its role in Operation 'Ahwina', the humanitarian assistance

  • NAVSEA to host industry day as it seeks 'intimidating' PB-X boat

    Key Points NAVSEA plans to award a production contract for 18 or more PB-X patrol craft in 2017 A draft RFP says that 120 boats could be ordered over 15-years The US Navy (USN) is pressing ahead with plans to acquire a "visually intimidating" and significantly larger patrol boat. The

  • Australia issues request for tender for 12 offshore patrol vessels

    The Australian government has issued a request for tender (RFT) to three shortlisted contenders for 12 steel-hulled offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) that are set to replace the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 13-strong fleet of Armidale-class aluminium-hulled patrol craft at a cost of about AUD3

  • RCN receives last modernised Halifax-class frigate

    HMCS Toronto has completed the refit portion of its modernisation carried out by Irving Shipbuilding, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) announced on 29 November. Toronto is the last of the Halifax-class frigates to be modernised under the CAD4.3 billion (USD3.1 billion) Halifax Class

  • USCG polar icebreaker plan picks up speed

    Key Points A new heavy icebreaker is expected to replace USCGC Polar Star in 2023; two follow-on ships are also planned. The USCG is seeking proven vessel designs and mature technology with a focus on affordability. The US Coast Guard (USCG) has asked for industry help in refining the

  • Mexican Navy commissions two new vessels

    The Mexican Navy commissioned an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) and a logistics support ship during a ceremony attended by President Enrique Peña Nieto on 23 November. The Mexican Secretariat of Navy (SEMAR) said the OPV is ARM Chiapas (PO 165) and the logistics ship is ARM Isla Maria Madre (BAL

  • Brazil deactivates a second Inhaúma-class corvette

    The Brazilian Navy will decommission from active service its Inhaúma-class corvette Inhaúma (V 30) on 25 November, the service told IHS Jane's. The ship was commissioned in December 1989 from Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ). Four ships in the class were built in Brazil:

  • GRSE launches Indian Navy's seventh Mk IV LCU

    Indian company Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), has launched a 62.8 m landing craft utility (LCU) Mk IV vessel on order for the Indian Navy, a service spokesperson announced via its official social media channel on 24 November. The vessel, which was launched at GRSE's facilities in

  • More engine issues mar Zumwalt's transit to San Diego

    A series of engine problems has hindered USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) on its maiden transit from the US East Coast to the ship's designated West Coast homeport of San Diego, requiring the ship to be towed through the Panama Canal, US Navy (USN) officials told IHS Jane's . The ship is now being held in

  • Thailand conducts deck landing trials of H145M helicopter on LPD

    A Royal Thai Navy (RTN) H145M helicopter has successfully completed a series of deck landing trials on board the service's Endurance-class landing platform dock (LPD) platform, HTMS Angthong (791). The trials were conducted on 22 November off the coast of Pattaya, and involved a single airframe

  • Thales to upgrade sonar system of RAN's Collins-class submarines

    Thales Australia has been awarded an AUD100 million (USD74.3 million) contract to design a major sonar system upgrade for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) six Collins-class submarines, Australia's minister for defence industry, Christopher Pyne, said on 23 November. Pyne said Thales Australia

  • Canada's X-Ship initiates crewing, helo trials

    The modernised Halifax-class frigate HMCS Montreal has begun a five-year stint as the Royal Canadian Navy's experimental ship, trialling novel manning arrangements and serving as a test platform for the new CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter. The X-Ship programme is intended to "advance

  • LCS 10 prepares for 2017 commissioning following completion of acceptance testing

    The US Navy (USN) completed acceptance trials of the tenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) on 18 November. The trials are used to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems and are the last significant milestone

  • India bolsters Western Fleet ASW capability with Kolkata destroyer

    Key Points India has assigned its latest destroyer to the country's Western Naval Command The ship's arrival comes amid rising tensions with Pakistan The Indian Navy will assign the newly inducted Project 15A Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer, INS Chennai, to the service's Western Naval

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