• DARPA tests new sensor ‘mast’ for navy ships

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has tested the experimental sensor mast Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) from a commissioned US Navy (USN) vessel for the first time, the agency announced on 15 August. TALONS was tested from USS Zephyr , a Cyclone-class patrol

  • Chile commissions new off-shore patrol vessel

    The Chilean Navy has commissioned the 1,800-tonne Cabo Odger (OPV 84), its fourth Piloto Pardo-class ocean patrol vessel (OPV), locally built to German shipbuilder Fassmer’s OPV 80 design. Cabo Odger is the second of two vessels in the class built with reinforced hulls for service in Antarctic

  • Australia approves plan to extend service life of Huon-class minesweepers

    The Australian government has granted first pass approval on plans to extend the service life of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Huon (Gaeta)-class coastal mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs). Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, head of navy capability at the RAN, described the plans as one

  • China's Beijing Sifang Automation readies SeaFly multirole USV for production

    Beijing Sifang Automation (Sifang) – a research and manufacturing company specialising in power automation and generation, as well as transportation systems – plans to roll out a production-ready model of its SeaFly intelligent unmanned surface vehicle (USV) by the end of 2017. The

  • Malaysia deploys naval ship at new base near disputed island with Singapore

    Key Points Malaysia has made its first naval deployment to a new installation near an island it believes is part of Putrajaya’s territory Move may herald more frequent deployments of Malaysian naval assets into the disputed region, but this is unlikely to affect bilateral relations between

  • Japan could invoke right to ‘collective self-defence' if Guam attacked

    Any missile attack by North Korea on the US territory of Guam in the western Pacific would breach the US deterrence against an attack on Japan, enabling Japan to exercise the right to ‘collective self-defence’, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on 10 August. North

  • New UK carrier heads for its home port

    In a major re-jigging of its contractor sea trials plans, the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is to head to Portsmouth naval base later this month. It had originally been planned that the 65,000-tonne warship would only enter its future home port towards the end of the

  • Fateh submarine to join Iranian navy in September

    Iran’s first Fateh-class submarine will formally join the navy during Holy Defence Week in September, the Iranian Ministry of Defence cited Admiral Amir Rastegari, the head of the its marine industries, as saying on 6 August. Adm Rastegari added that the submarine is currently being testing

  • Philippines receives fifth multirole response vessel from Japan

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has taken delivery of its fifth multirole response vessel Vessel is being delivered as tempo of operations for the service increases The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has taken delivery of the fifth multirole response vessel (MRRV) on order from Japanese

  • US Navy suspends search for missing sailor in South China Sea

    The US Navy (USN) has suspended the search for a sailor who has been reported missing in the South China Sea since 1 August. The sailor, identified by the service on 5 August as Lieutenant Steven D. Hopkins, was reported missing from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem ,

  • Chinese frigate joins search for missing US sailor in South China Sea

    Key Points China has deployed a guided-missile frigate to assist in the search for a missing US Navy sailor in the South China Sea Operation represents a rare moment of co-operation between the United States and Chinese navies in the disputed maritime region A China’s People’s

  • Sri Lanka Navy commissions first advanced offshore patrol vessel

    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has commissioned the first of two Indian-built advanced offshore patrol vessels (AOPVs). Named SLNS Sayurala (with pennant number P623), the 105.7 m-long vessel entered service on 2 August in a ceremony presided over by Sri Lanka’s President and Commander-in-Chief of

  • Indonesia to homeport newly commissioned Type 209/1400 submarine in Central Sulawesi

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its first new submarine in 36 years The diesel-electric platform’s base in Central Sulawesi will give it better access to disputed maritime areas in the region The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will

  • Indonesia to acquire acoustic underwater monitors with eye on possible foreign submarine incursions

    To deter foreign submarines from sailing undetected in Indonesian waters, the government is looking to install fixed underwater acoustic monitors at several locations across the archipelago, Rear Admiral Aan Kurnia, commander of the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia –

  • South Korean navy receives second LST-II

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received its second LST-II tank landing ship, according to a statement issued by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). Named Cheonjabong (with pennant number 687), the vessel was delivered by shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)

  • Argentina moving forward on multiple defence acquisitions

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri on 31 July signed a decree authorising state credit to finance some of the major defence acquisition programmes included in the 2017 budget. The decree, published on 1 August, stated that the executive authorises public credit for projects to buy offshore patrol

  • EID awarded contract to supply communications for new Portuguese ships

    Portuguese electronic and communications company EID has been awarded a contract to equip the Portuguese Navy’s four Tejo-class coastal patrol vessels with its integrated communication systems (ICS). Under the terms of the contract, worth EUR4.6 million (USD5.4 million) and announced on 31

  • ONR showcases amphibious system with undulating propulsion

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is funding an amphibious optionally autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) or remotely operated vehicle (ROV) prototype for use in littoral, surf and tide-zones, high-vegetation, debris-filled, or icy environments. The prototype was showcased and demonstrated at

  • Pakistan commissions third Azmat-class patrol vessel

    The Pakistan Navy commissioned its third Azmat-class missile-capable patrol craft on 28 July. The vessel, which has been named PNS Himmat with pennant number 1027, was laid down in August 2015, and launched in September 2016 by state-owned company Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Limited

  • Russia lays keels of two Project 636.3 submarines for Pacific Fleet

    On 28 July the Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), laid down the keels of two Project 636.6 Varshavyanka improved Kiloclass diesel-electric submarines – the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy and Volkhov – for the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet. At

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