• Bahrain to receive five more Mk V patrol boats

    Bahrain is set to get another five Mk V patrol boats later this year, according to two notices posted on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 11 and 12 April. The first said that US Military Sealift Command is looking to charter a cargo ship to carry four Mk V craft with related

  • Ecuador's ASTINAVE progresses on OPV construction

    Ecuador's state-run shipyard, Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave) is progressing with construction of two ocean patrol vessels (OPVs), Astinave said in a 13 April statement. The vessels, Isla San Cristobal and Isla Isabela , are based on the Stan Patrol 5009 model produced by Damen Group. It

  • Guyana Defence Force gets new patrol craft

    The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard has received two new Metal Shark 38 Defiant fast patrol craft. The GDF announced that two vessels were commissioned on 29 March as GDFS 1033 and GDFS 1034, each reportedly costing GYD140 million (USD643,708). David Granger, president of Guyana, said the

  • DCNS delivers fourth FREMM frigate for France

    French shipbuilder DCNS handed over the fourth Aquitaine-class FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Mission) frigate to the French Navy on 11 April. Auvergne is one of six ships in France's planned eight-ship FREMM programme being configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. It

  • Indonesia inducts five 28 m patrol craft as non-commissioned vessels

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has inducted five newbuild KAL 28 patrol craft as non-commissioned vessels to bolster the service's constabulary capabilities, a service official told Jane's on 12 April. The vessels, which were manufactured by Indonesian

  • Indonesian Navy receives pitch for Type 214 submarine from Golcük Shipyard

    Key Points Indonesia has added the Type 214 class to a list of submarine platforms it is now considering Talks are in line with the Indonesian Navy's strategy of diversifying the mix of its future submarine fleet The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has

  • USCG seeks to accelerate timeline for heavy ice breakers

    Key Points The USCG emphasised that plans to replace its only ageing heavy icebreaker, Polar Star , should be accelerated The USCG expressed concerns that the United States has no self-rescue capabilities in the Arctic were Polar Star to suffer an engineering casualty The first new US polar heavy

  • Kuwaiti navy receives another landing ship

    The Kuwait Naval Force (KNF) has commissioned a 64 m-long landing ship, Saffar (L 6401), at the Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB) yard, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on 5 April. The vessel is part of an order for three landing ships and five 16 m-long landing craft that was announced in 2013.

  • Poland confirms interest in acquiring two RAN Adelaide-class FFG-7 frigates

    The Polish government has formally expressed interest in acquiring two of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three remaining 4,267-tonne Adelaide-class FFG-7 frigates, a Department of Defence (DoD) spokesperson in Canberra confirmed to Jane's on 12 April. However, the spokesperson pointed out that

  • RNZN names future fleet tanker

    The name of the new fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will be HMNZS Aotearoa , according to a 10 April statement by the RNZN. South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will begin constructing the 166 m-long vessel next year under a NZD493 million (USD342

  • LAAD 2017: Brazilian submarine programme moves into construction

    Key Points Brazil's four diesel-electric attack submarines are now all in initial stages of construction The first boat is to be launched in July 2018 and the last in December 2022 The Brazilian Navy's four S-BR diesel-electric attack submarines are pushing ahead with construction despite some

  • Indonesia commissions first Martadinata-class guided-missile frigate

    Key Points Indonesia has commissioned its first SIGMA 10514 guided-missile frigate Vessel will bolster the Indonesian Navy's Eastern Fleet capabilities The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has commissioned its first Martadinata (Sigma 10514) class

  • Royal New Zealand Navy discloses name, homeport of new fleet tanker

    Key Points New Zealand has announced the name and homeport of its new naval fleet tanker Vessel will be located in a region close to New Zealand's major oil and gas companies The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has revealed the name and future homeport of a new 24,000-tonne fleet tanker that it is

  • Navy League 2017: Electric Boat makes headway on common missile compartment development for US and UK future SSBNs

    Key Points GDEB will be installing four-tube quad pack missile tubes for the US's Columbia-class SSBNs and US-UK CMC programme The programme anticipates an August 2018 completion date General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is making rapid progress on building the first four-tube 'quad pack' for

  • Navy League 2017: Future USS Ralph Johnson to head to trials, USS Paul Ignatius heads to christening

    According to Naval Sea Systems Command, Huntington Ingalls Industries- (HII-) built future Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is 90% complete with alpha/bravo trials planned for 5 June 2017. HII-built future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) is 66%

  • Navy League 2017: USCG warns that years ahead for heavy icebreakers are short

    Key Points Increased security risks in the Arctic may forecast a need for greater military presence USN unsure what role Arctic ships will play in potential 355-ship fleet The need for increased security in the Arctic seas is on the rise, US Navy (USN) and US Coast Guard (USCG) officials warned

  • Navy League 2017: NRL furthers Flying Sea Glider effort

    The US Naval Research Laboratory is developing a hybrid submersible that is designed to improve the tactical availability of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The objective of the Flying Sea Glider project is to combine aircraft and underwater gliding modes into a single platform. "While

  • Delivery of Spain's second BAM tranche brought forward

    Delivery of the first of the second tranche of Buques de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Spanish Navy, Audaz (P45), has been set for June 2018, shipbuilder Navantia said on 30 March following the vessel's launch ceremony. When the order was approved by the

  • Navy League 2017: BAE Systems, Iveco vehicle swims from Italian amphibious ship

    In late March the Italian Marines trialled an Iveco-built version of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 that Iveco and BAE Systems are developing for a competitive US Marine Corps (USMC) programme. The vehicle, based on Iveco's SuperAV, is driven by a six-cylinder 700-hp FPT Industrial Cursor

  • Navy League 2017: USN to employ two more CUSVs for mine-hunting on LCS

    US Navy (USN) has awarded Textron Systems USD14.8 million for two additional fourth-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicles (CUSV) vehicles for its Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) programme. Delivery of the two CUSV systems is expected in 2018. CUSV is a multimission unmanned surface

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