• Thales readies AUSS for operations in 2019

    Thales' Autonomous Underwater and Surface System (AUSS) will be available for naval use in late 2019 and negotiations are underway with several possible customers, according to company representatives. AUSS is an electrically powered hybrid unmanned system, capable of both surface and underwater

  • Indian Navy decommissions aircraft carrier INS Viraat

    The Indian Navy (IN) decommissioned INS Viraat (ex-HMS Hermes), its 57-year-old 24,300-tonne Centaur-class aircraft carrier, on 6 March. The naval ensign and commissioning pennant aboard Viraat were lowered for the last time in a ceremony held in Mumbai, ending the carrier's almost 30-year-long

  • Danish Seahawks near IOC

    Key Points The RDN is completing final training and integration work to clear its MH-60Rs for deployment, but isn't expecting to have full capability until 2019 Denmark has ordered nine MH-60Rs and intends to have a continuous helicopter deployment available in the North Atlantic Commander Claus

  • Jamaica commissions new Damen vessels

    Two new naval platforms for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard were named and commissioned during a ceremony at the JDF Coast Guard headquarters in Port Royal, Kingston, on 28 February. HMJS Cornwall and HMJS Middlesex are Stan Patrol 4207 vessels produced by Damen Shipyards Group. This

  • RAN's first air warfare destroyer completes sea acceptance trials

    The first of three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has successfully completed 21 days of sea acceptance trials off the coast of South Australia. According to a 6 March press release by the AWD Alliance, the consortium responsible for building

  • Malaysia completes sea trials of first UAV-capable patrol vessel

    Key Points The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Authority will soon induct its first UAV-capable patrol vessel Platform will significantly improve the service's maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Authority (MMEA) has completed sea trials of its

  • COTECMAR starts building support platform for Honduras

    Colombia's state-run Corporación de Ciencia y Tecnología para de Desarrollo de la Industria Naval, Marítima y Fluvial (COTECMAR) commenced building a multipurpose naval platform for Honduras on 27 February. A ceremony was held at the industrial complex in Cartagena where the vessel's

  • Australian Army conducts flights trials of Tiger helicopters on HMAS Canberra

    The Australian Army has begun flight trials of its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) onboard the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) first-of-class amphibious assault ship, HMAS Canberra (L 02). The trials, which are being conducted with two airframes since 23 February, are expected to

  • Malaysia lays keel for second littoral combat ship

    Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the keel for another 111 m Second Generation Patrol Vessel - Littoral Combat Ship (SGPV-LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The vessel, which is the second of six 3,000-tonne ships ordered under a MYR9 billion (USD2 billion) contract, was

  • Japan to equip future Soryu-class submarines with lithium-ion batteries

    Japan will likely become the first country in the world to equip diesel-electric submarines with lithium-ion batteries. GS Yuasa, a Kyoto-based developer and manufacturer of battery systems, said in a 21 February press statement that such batteries will be mounted on two Soryu-class boats currently

  • Keel laid for the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr

    The keel of the US Navy's (USN's) Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr (DDG 121) was laid on 21 February 2017 at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. DDG 121 is being built in the Flight IIA configuration

  • IDEX 2017: Abu Dhabi Ship Building hands over vessels

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) formally handed over the 42 m Sabhan (L 4201), one of eight landing ships that it is building for the Kuwait Naval Force, during the NAVDEX show in Abu Dhabi. The company marked another milestone during NAVDEX when the UAE Navy formally commissioned Al-Hili (P 176),

  • IDEX 2017: Austal exhibits new lengthened armed transport vessel

    Australia's Austal has exhibited a conceptual model of a new 113 m high-speed support vessel at the NAVDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi. Speaking to Jane's , Austal vice-president Michael McCourt said that the vessel was being developed in conjunction with a customer, and built on experience gained from

  • F 110: Profiling Spain's multirole frigate plans

    The F 110 frigate is intended to provide the Armada Española with a versatile and flexible surface combatant, able to perform a range of missions. Dr Lee Willett and Richard Scott assess a hugely significant programme for the navy and Spanish industry The Spanish Navy (Armada Española)

  • INS Betwa to be fully operational by April 2018

    INS Betwa , the Indian Navy (IN) guided missile frigate that tipped over during undocking in early December 2016, is back on an even keel and expected to be fully operational by April 2018, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 23 February statement. The complete salvage operation

  • Spain hands over oceanographic polar vessel to Peruvian Navy

    The Peruvian Navy's new oceanographic polar vessel BAP Carrasco is to be handed over on 10 March 2017 at the yard where it was built in Vigo, Spain. Due to replace the Antarctic research vessel BIC Humboldt , which entered service in 1978, Carrasco is 95.3 m long and has been equipped with a

  • IDEX 2017: Al Fattan unveils new Combat Boat concept

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based shipbuilder Al Fattan displayed its new 16 m Combat Boat concept for the first time at the NAVDEX show held in Abu Dhabi. "The boat is the first of its kind to be designed and built in the UAE," said Mohamed Abdellah Kamil, project coordinator. The

  • PLAN commissions new oceangoing training ship

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new training ship for the Dalian Naval Academy. Named Qi Jiguang (pennant number 83), the vessel entered service on 21 February at the Lushun Naval Base, near Dalian, which is expected to be its base port. The ceremony was attended by

  • IDEX 2017: Al Fattan to deliver 27 additional fast interceptors to the UAE

    UAE shipbuilder Al Fattan is to supply 27 fast interceptor boats to the UAE Coast Guard, the company told Jane's at the NAVDEX naval exhibition in Abu Dhabi. "We have a well-established relationship with them," an Al Fattan source said. "In January 2017 we completed deliveries for a

  • ARCIMS wins first order for ASW surveillance

    Key Points Atlas Elektronik UK will supply two ASW-configured ARCIMS autonomous mission systems to a customer in the Middle East The ASW mission package will feature a compact active/passive variable depth sonar Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has secured a first order for its ARCIMS maritime

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