• Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

    Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

  • Indian Navy lacks safety structures, says India's CAG

    India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in a report that the absence of a central structure in the Indian Navy (IN) to deal with safety issues resulted in 38 accidents between 2007 and 2016 in which 33 naval personnel, including officers, died. Tabled in the Indian Parliament on 21

  • USN introduces S&T framework to field decisive capabilities

    Key Points CNR introduces new strategic direction for naval research and innovation Framework pinpoints outdated cultural mindsets and current acquisition challenges The US Office of Naval Research released a new framework for science and technology (S&T) development on 20 July 2017 that is

  • China commissions sixth Type 052D-class destroyer into East Sea fleet

    Key Points China has commissioned its sixth Type 052D destroyer, according an official statement Platform will bolster Beijing’s anti-access capabilities in the East China Sea China commissioned its sixth Type 052D destroyer on 17 July, according to a statement posted on the Xiamen

  • Côte d'Ivoire receives patrol boat donated by China

    China has donated a patrol boat to Côte d'Ivoire to help in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the Xinhau news agency reported on 15 July. "This donation will allow the navy of Côte d'Ivoire to take off,” Xinhau reported the Ivorian defence minister Alain Donwahi

  • Portuguese frigate NRP Corte Real completes refit

    Portugal’s state-owned shipyard Arsenal do Alfeite has completed a major overhaul and dry-docking activities on the Portuguese Navy’s Vasco da Gama-class MEKO 200PN frigate NRP Corte Real (F 332). Dry docking began on 4 July 2015 and the overhaul took place from 19 August 2015. Sea

  • South Korea to start building training ship in August

    South Korea will begin construction of a new dedicated training ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in August after an agreement was reached on the vessel’s final design, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul said a 17 July statement. Referred to by the MND as the ATX, the

  • Chile to upgrade its two Type 209/1400 submarines

    The Chilean Navy's commander in chief, Vice Admiral Julio Leiva Molina, confirmed earlier this month, during Chile's submarine centennial celebrations, that the two German-built Thomson (Type 209/1400) class diesel-electric submarines currently operated by the service will undergo a final

  • First steel cut for Italian Navy’s new LHD

    Fincantieri marked the start of construction for the Italian Navy’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD) with a steel cutting ceremony at its shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia near Naples on 12 July. The new LHD is being built under a EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3 billion) contract awarded to an

  • COTECMAR expected to deliver Honduran vessel in November

    Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced that a multipurpose vessel the country is constructing for Honduras will be delivered on 6 November. The statement was made at a 12 July meeting with Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez, during which the two leaders visited the platform,

  • Brazil’s Almirante Gastão Motta tanker operational again

    The Brazilian Navy’s Almirante Gastão Motta (G 23) tanker has rejoined the fleet after five months in maintenance. The platform was taken to Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro, a maintenance centre, where its turbine was repaired and the motor and energy generators were inspected, the

  • China commissions Type 056 corvette into South Sea Fleet

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned another Type 056 (Jiangdao)-class corvette into the service's South Sea Fleet. The vessel, Hanzhong (pennant number 520), was commissioned on 11 July, and was launched in July 2016. According to Jane's Fighting Ships , the Type 056

  • Colombian Navy christens OPV Victoria

    The Colombian Navy (ARC) christened offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ARC Victoria during an 8 July ceremony in Cartagena. The platform, based on Fassmer’s OPV-80 model, was built by Colombia’s state-run COTECMAR. Victoria is 80.6 m long, weighs 1,800 tonnes, has a maximum speed of 21 kts,

  • First US expeditionary sea base deploys

    Key Points USNS Lewis B. Puller will primarily support AMCM and special forces operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility The ship will replace the 46-year old USS Ponce The US Navy's (USN’s) first purpose-built expeditionary sea base is en-route to the Gulf to begin its maiden

  • South Korean navy receives sixth KSS-2 attack submarine

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has taken delivery of its sixth air-independent propulsion (AIP)-capable KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric submarine, according to a Yonhap report on 10 July. The 1,800-tonne vessel, which will be known as RoKS Yu Gwan-sun with pennant number 078 once it is

  • South Korean coast guard reveals plans to introduce shipboard UAVs

    Documents have revealed that the Republic of Korea’s Coast Guard (KCG) is looking to introduce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate from its offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). A summary of acquisition-related activities for March - April 2017, published in late May, has shown that the KCG

  • Indonesia commissions sixth PC-40 patrol vessel into Western Fleet

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned its sixth PC-40-class patrol craft into the service's Western Fleet (KOARMABAR). The boat, which has been named KRI Kurau with pennant number 856, was commissioned on 6 July in North Jakarta, during a ceremony

  • Sri Lanka Navy prepares to receive its largest ship to date

    Key Points Sri Lanka is on track to receive a new 105 m OPV from India in August 2017 Vessel will significantly transform the Sri Lanka Navy's operational capabilities Officials from the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) are now in India to familiarise themselves with a new 105 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV)

  • Argentina sends rebuilt icebreaker on sea trials

    The Argentine Navy icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar began its first sea trails on 4 July, after being rebuilt and modernised following a fire on 10 April 2007. Repairs proceeded slowly due to political and budgetary problems, and indecision over whether to simply repair the ship or to also

  • Lockheed Martin launches LCS 15

    Lockheed Martin launched the future steel monohull Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) variant USS Billings (LCS 15) into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin, at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on 1 July 2017. To prepare for the launch, 118-m long Billings was moved to its

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