• Second Royal Navy aircraft carrier named Prince of Wales

    Prince of Wales , the Royal Navy's second future aircraft carrier, was officially named during a ceremony in Rosyth, Scotland, on 8 September. During the ceremony, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay, the carrier's sponsor, triggered the breaking of a bottle of 10-year-old Laphroaig whisky

  • DSEI 2017: ASMAR completes basic engineering for new icebreaker, gears up for construction

    Chile's state-run shipyard ASMAR is nearing completion of the design and basic engineering of a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new Polar PC5 ice-class Antarctic support ship, dubbed Antártica 1 , is intended to replace the Chilean Navy’s Type 1200 survey ship Contre-Almirante

  • UK lays down markers for Type 31e frigate

    Key Points The Type 31e design philosophy is of a standard ‘core’ platform offered with a matrix of ‘adaptable’ options to meet potential export requirements A design and build contract award is planned for early 2019 following a fast-track competition Details released by

  • South Korea launches ninth and final KSS-2 attack submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) ninth KSS-2-class (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine. The 1,800-tonne Sin Dol-Seok was launched on 7 September in a ceremony held at the HHI shipyard in Ulsan, according to an RoKN

  • Type 23 frigate completes Sea Ceptor first firings

    Key Points HMS Argyll is the first Royal Navy Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete a life extension refit Sea Ceptor is being retrofitted to all 13 Type 23 frigates to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence system The first UK Royal Navy (RN) Duke-class Type 23 frigate to complete

  • PLAN commissions carrier replenishment ship

    The largest replenishment ship to be built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has entered service. Named Hulun Hu (with pennant number 965), the 240 m-long ship was commissioned in a ceremony held on 1 September at the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) facility on Longxue Island

  • Royal Navy considers two carriers essential for F-35 trials

    Two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are needed to keep the UK flight trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II combat aircraft on schedule to allow the Royal Navy (RN) to declare its full carrier strike capability, according to the senior officer of the second in the class. Speaking

  • Ecuadorian Navy training to address maritime crime

    The Ecuadorian Navy held exercises on 25 August focused on combating illicit maritime activities. It deployed Type 209/1300 submarine Huancavilca (S 102) as well as a helicopter and three coast guard vessels, according to a navy statement. A fishing vessel and its crew simulated a suspicious vessel

  • Philippines relaunches patrol aircraft programme

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has relaunched a programme to procure long range patrol aircraft (LRPA). An invitation to bid was published by the DND on 26 August, with the programme valued at PHP5.9 billion (USD115 million). The project features the acquisition of two

  • UK, Oman sign MOU

    UK Minister of Defence Michael Fallon signed a memorandum of understanding covering the use of the Port at Duqm on 28 August, during a visit to Muscat, Oman. Fallon was joining Oman’s Minister responsible for Defence Affairs Sayyid Badar bin Saud bin Harub Al Busaidi, who also signed the

  • USN christens Charleston, a new Independence-variant LCS

    The US Navy (USN) christened USS Charleston (LCS 18), its newest littoral combat ship (LCS), on 26 August in Mobile, Alabama. LCS 18, the sixth ship to be named for the city of Charleston, is a 128.5 m long Independence-variant LCS built by Austal USA. The LCS class has two variants; the other is

  • Australia reveals design of new shipyard at Osborne

    The Australian Department of Defence unveiled its plans for a new shipyard in Osborne, near Adelaide, on 24 August, alongside the naming of key board members of newly formed company Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI). The state-owned company, which will be responsible for the development

  • Germany, Norway deepen submarine co-operation

    Following the announcement of the two nations' evolving submarine co-operation in February, Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide and her German counterpart, Ursula von der Leyen, met on 22 August in Eckernförde, Germany's submarine base on the Baltic Sea. The two defence

  • General Dynamics demos ability to launch UAV from UUV

    General Dynamics demonstrated the ability to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. The company also displayed a prototype capability for deploying unmanned vehicles from a

  • Malaysia names and launches first Littoral Combat Ship

    Key Points Malaysia has named and launched the country’s first Littoral Combat Ship Platform will provide the Royal Malaysian Navy with all-round offensive capabilities against air, surface, and underwater threats Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has launched the first

  • Series of deadly accidents in Pacific reverberate across the US Navy

    US Pacific Fleet on 22 August relieved Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, from his job following a slew of major accidents. Admiral Scott Swift, the US Pacific Fleet commander, relieved Vice Adm Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to

  • Malaysia transfers body of possible USS John S McCain crew member to US Navy

    Key Points A number of bodies have been found onboard the stricken Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that was involved in the Singapore Strait collision Discovery of another body in the sea off Johor dims hopes of finding more survivors, even as search-and-rescue operations continue The Royal

  • Regional navies intensify search for missing sailors in Singapore waters after USS John S McCain collision

    Key Points A search for 10 missing US sailors off Singapore has intensified, even as the US Navy announces a review of its operations Accident and subsequent search operations have raised concerns in Beijing, given the area's close proximity to its claims in the South China Sea In the wake of a

  • Damen begins building Mexican Navy’s new patrol vessel

    Damen started building a long-range ocean patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance: POLA) for the Mexican Navy, according to a 17 August navy statement. The vessel is Damen Group’s Sigma 10514 frigate. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, in the Netherlands, will construct two

  • Indian Coast Guard receives two high-speed interceptor ships

    On 17 August 2017, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) issued a press release confirming the delivery of two high-speed interceptor boats to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Kattupalli Shipyard near Chennai. The delivery comes seven months ahead of schedule. The boats are a part of two contracts signed by

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