• PT PAL cuts steel on Indonesia's fourth KCR-60M fast attack craft

    State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has begun work on the Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL's) fourth KCR-60M fast attack craft. First steel for the platform was cut on the company's premises at Surabaya on 2 February, formally marking the start of the vessel's

  • Pakistan makes progress on first locally built 95 m patrol vessel

    A locally-built 1,500-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) is currently on track for delivery by 2019, a Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) Limited public relations official confirmed with Jane's on 2 February. The vessel, which

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

    The first of three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was put to sea on 30 January for sea acceptance trials off the coast of South Australia, the AWD Alliance, the consortium responsible for building and delivering the ships, announced in a 30

  • Russian submarine construction set for progress in 2017

    The general director of Sevmash has announced that the shipyard will launch Russia's first Borey-A nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) and Yasen-M nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) in 2017. The report appeared in the Interfax-AVN news agency, adding that neither submarine will

  • Tunisian OPV order revealed

    Damen has started construction of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Tunisian Navy. Damen's Galati shipyard in Romania announced via its social media channel that the steel cutting ceremony for two Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 hulls ordered by the Tunisian Ministry of National

  • Indonesia takes delivery of first SIGMA 10514 frigate

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has taken delivery of its first SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigate. The vessel, which will be the future KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata with pennant number 331, was handed over by state-owned shipbuilder

  • Spain's first S 80 submarine to lack AIP

    Spain's first S 80-class submarine will not be fitted out with an air independent propulsion (AIP) system, as development of the system will not be ready in time, according to the admiral in charge of Maritime Action (Almart). Admiral Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa was reported by the regional

  • MMEA to bolster surveillance capabilities with three new OPVs, ex-Ojika-class boat from Japan

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) patrol and surveillance capabilities will soon be boosted with the delivery of three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) supplied by a local company, and an ex-Ojika-class ship from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG). Malaysian company THHE Destini has

  • Indonesia launches long-delayed LST for navy

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Dok & Perkapalan Kodja Bahari (PT DKB) has launched a 117 m landing ship tank (LST) vessel on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL). The vessel, which has been named Teluk Kupang and given the pennant number 519, was

  • China's North Sea Fleet receives first Type 052D destroyer

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer on 22 January. Named Xining (with pennant number 117), the vessel is the first Type 052D to be assigned to the PLAN's North Sea Fleet, with the other four ships allocated to the South Sea

  • DSME launches Thailand's first multipurpose frigate

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched a 122 m frigate on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) on 23 January. The vessel, which has been ordered under a THB14.6 billion (USD396 million) contract inked between the Thai government and DSME in August 2013,

  • Turkey begins construction of first Istanbul-class frigate

    Turkey began construction of Istanbul, its first Istanbul-class (I-class) frigate, at the Istanbul Shipyard Command on 19 January. The first frigate, out of a total of four, is planned to be completed in 2021. The Istanbul-class frigate is the continuation of the country's MilGem (National

  • Hurricane relief in Haiti winds down as UN extends MINUSTAH mandate

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 13 October renewed the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mandate for six months, ending on 15 April 2017. MINUSTAH will maintain its current authorised troop strength of up to 2,370 military personnel and 2,601 police, according to UNSC

  • French Navy Atlantique shows new designation ability over Iraq

    A French Navy Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has conducted a target designation mission for the first time in Iraq, according to the French armed forces central command (Etat-Major des Armées). Flying from Jordan the ATL2 with a forward air controller (FAC) on

  • Aegis testing on Australia's first air warfare destroyer initiated

    Integration and testing of the Aegis combat system aboard Australia's first-of-class air warfare destroyer (AWD), Hobart , has begun, Lockheed Martin announced on 30 March. Lockheed Martin said the AWD test team, responsible for testing the combat system to ensure the equipment is properly

  • South Korea names seventh KSS-2 submarine, targets launch for April

    Key Points South Korea is preparing to launch its seventh KSS-2 submarine Vessel will bolster the country's ability to conduct extended underwater operations The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has named its seventh Type 214 KSS 2-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) with air-independent

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • Update: Chinese operations prompt protests from Japan, Vietnam

    In late December concerns were expressed in Japan over three China Coast Guard vessels that had entered waters within 12 n miles of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. The uninhabited islands are in the East China Sea, 330 km from China's coast, 170 km northwest of the Japanese island of Ishigaki

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

  • Russia lays keels for first Project 22800-class small missile corvettes

    The keels of the first two ships in Russia's new Project 22800-class small missile corvettes are to be laid on 24 December at Pella Shipyard in St Petersburg. Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, the vessels - Uragan and Taifun - are scheduled to enter service in 2017 and 2018,

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