• MAST Asia 2017: BMT, Mitsui jointly propose connector solution for Japan's amphibious aspirations

    Key Points BMT Defence Services has collaborated with Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui to propose the Caimen-90 landing craft for the JMSDF Vessel is being positioned as a faster amphibious platform compared with conventional landing craft UK naval ship designer BMT Defence Services has teamed up with

  • Pakistan's 1,500-tonne MPV fitting out at shipyard in Guangzhou

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing a cutter on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) berthed alongside for fitting out at the Huangpu shipyard in the southern Chinese port city of Guangzhou. The ship is assessed to be the first of two 1500-tonne maritime patrol

  • MAST Asia 2017: Mitsubishi Amphibious Vehicle breaks cover

    Key Points Mitsubishi has unveiled details of a tracked amphibious vehicle it is proposing to Japan's army Vehicle is intended to boost the service's amphibious transport capabilities Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has revealed further details of a tracked amphibious vehicle demonstrator it is

  • MAST Asia 2017: Japan unveils further details of multipurpose trimaran concept proposal for JMSDF

    Key Points Japan has unveiled further details of a trimaran concept it has been working on since 2014 Platform is intended to fill the gap between the JMSDF's large surface combatants and small patrol boats The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) acquisition, technology & logistics agency

  • South Korean navy receives new minelayer

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received a new minelayer from local shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), as the government in Seoul seeks to enhance the country's mine warfare capabilities. Named Nampo (with pennant number 570), the 114.3 m-long vessel was delivered to the RoKN in a

  • USN commissions new Independence-class LCS, seeks two ships in 2018

    USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the US Navy's (USN's) newest littoral combat ship (LCS), was commissioned on 10 June at the Port of Galveston in Texas. The Independence-class trimaran variant, commanded by Commander Keith Woodley, is scheduled next to depart Galveston and transit to its homeport

  • USN METOCCOM looks to higher integration of unmanned systems

    The US Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (METOCCOM) held its first Naval Oceanography Unmanned Systems Operational Demonstration on 31 May through 2 June 2017 at the Combat Readiness Training Center-Battlefield Airmen Center in Gulfport, Mississippi. According to the commander of METOCCOM

  • Malaysia Coast Guard's ex-Nojima-class patrol vessel arrives home

    Key Points A second vessel gifted by the government of Japan has arrived in Malaysia Vessel will improve the Malaysia Coast Guard's maritime patrol capabilities A former Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Nojima-class patrol vessel now operated by the Malaysia Coast Guard has arrived in Sepanggar, Sabah

  • India's second Scorpène submarine begins sea trials

    The second of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) on order for the Indian Navy has begun sea trials, according to a statement from Mumbai-based Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders (MDL). The SSK, which has been named Khanderi , sailed out from Mumbai Harbour for the

  • Ecuador's new Isla San Cristobal OPV undergoes sea trials

    Ecuador's domestically built Isla San Cristobal (LG 30) oceanic patrol vessel conducted sea trials from 1 to 2 June. The new platform travelled to Salinas, Santa Elena Province, for open sea trials, Ecuadorian shipyard Astinave said in a 5 June statement. A video of the manoeuvres, reviewed by

  • RAN commissions second Cape-class patrol boat

    The second Austal-built Cape-class patrol boat has entered service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). ADV Cape Inscription had its official naming ceremony at HMAS Stirling naval base in Western Australia on 6 June, said the RAN in a statement. The boat is one of two offshore patrol vessels of

  • Images show new Chinese high-speed amphibious APC prototype

    China is developing what appears to be a high-speed amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC). The China North Vehicle Research Institute, which is part of the China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco Group), said in a 1 June statement that it tested a 5.5-tonne 4x4 prototype that

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USMC prioritises new amphibious assault platforms

    The US Marine Corps' (USMC's) top ground force modernisation priority is its Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV-SU) and the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) programmes meant to replace ageing AAV7A1 vehicles, according to Lieutenant General Robert Walsh, deputy commandant for

  • RCN selects Deep Trekker ROVs

    Deep Trekker is to supply the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with 12 of its latest DTG2 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) under the Built in Canada innovation programme. Demonstrating their vehicles at CANSEC 2017 in Ottawa, the company highlighted the latest additions to their small ROV, with a

  • Russia to upgrade Pacific Fleet 'Oscar II' SSGNs with Kalibr cruise missiles

    Russia will convert and re-arm its four remaining Pacific Fleet Project 949A Antei ('Oscar II')-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarines (SSGNs) with Kalibr submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs) by 2025, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov announced on 3 June. The deputy minister said

  • USC announces restart of Project 11356 frigates

    Alexei Rakhmanov, president of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), announced on 1 June that the yard will resume construction in 2018 of three more Project 11356 frigates - Admiral Butakov , Admiral Istomin , and Admiral Kornilov - to join three already with the Baltic Fleet,

  • USN 2020 fleet will consider SWAP, cyber

    To maintain a technological pace with peer competitors and achieve a competitive future fleet by 2020, US Navy (USN) leadership highlighted the importance of closing capability gaps in size, weight, and power (SWAP) enhancements and increasing cyber applications. "If you go look at the world

  • Kazakh navy commissions first Project 10750E minesweeper

    Kazakhstan's navy has commissioned its first Russian-built Lida (Project 10750E)-class mine countermeasure (MCM) vessel. Named Alatau , the 32 m-long vessel entered service with the Kazakh Naval Forces (KNF) during a ceremony held on 1 June in Aktau, a city located on the east bank of the Caspian

  • India begins sea trials of second Scorpène submarine

    India has begun sea trials for the second of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) built under licence by French company DCNS. The submarine, which has been named Khanderi , sailed out from Mumbai Harbour on 1 June, according to an official statement issued by

  • USN accepts delivery of new Ford aircraft carrier

    Key Points Ford was delivered to the USN five days after completing its acceptance trials USN leadership noted cyber security would be a priority with Ford 's new digital systems The US Navy (USN) accepted delivery of the first-of-class future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford

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