HEADLINES

  • Austal delivers second Cape-class patrol boat to RAN

    Austal has delivered the second Cape-class patrol boat to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australia-based shipbuilder announced in a 29 May statement. Cape Inscription is one of two offshore patrol vessels of the class being leased to the RAN to meet the service's border protection commitments.

  • Malaysia Coast Guard inducts 30 mm naval gun system on first NGPC

    The Malaysia Coast Guard has successfully inducted the SMASH 30 mm remote-controlled stabilised naval gun system on its first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) KM Bagan Datuk (4541). According to a statement on 30 May by the system's manufacturer Aselsan, the weapon completed its harbour

  • Philippine Navy deploys SSV to support battle against Islamic State-linked militants

    The Philippine Navy (PN) has deployed its first-of-class strategic sealift vessel (SSV), BRP Tarlac (601), to Mindanao in support on an ongoing battle against militants with links to the Islamic State. According to a statement published on an official PN social media channel on 30 May, the landing

  • US Coast Guard transfers Hamilton-class cutter to Vietnam

    Key Points The Vietnam Coast Guard has received a significant leap in maritime patrol capabilities with the transfer of a former USCG cutter Platform will improve the service's presence, especially in disputed areas of the South China Sea The US Coast Guard (USCG) has completed the transfer of a

  • Vietnam receives Hamilton-class cutter from US Coast Guard

    Key Points The Vietnam Coast Guard has taken delivery of its largest ever vessel to-date Platform will significantly improve the service's range and overall maritime surveillance capabilities The Vietnam Coast Guard (Cnh Sát Bin Vit Nam: CSBV) has taken delivery of a Hamilton-class

  • 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,

  • Helibras concludes first Exocet missile integration tests for Brazilian AH-15B

    Brazilian helicopter specialist Helibras, a local operation of Airbus Helicopters, has concluded a three-week testing phase for integration of MBDA's Exocet AM 39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile and tactical data management system that is to equip the reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare variant

  • NAVSEA seeks information from LCU 1700 design and build candidates

    Key Points NAVSEA released a special notice for the LCU 1700 programme on 25 November Interested parties have been asked to submit information relating to their ability to develop a detailed design for LCU 1700, followed by the build of the lead and follow-on craft The Naval Sea Systems Command

  • India expands defence collaboration with Malaysia and Singapore

    India has agreed to expand defence industrial co-operation with Malaysia and Singapore. The accords were announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-day visit to Southeast Asia, which concluded on 24 November. During Modi's visit to Malaysia he pledged to enhance defence ties across

  • IAI unveils its Terra dual-band long-range radar system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a long-range radar system that includes the new EL/M-2090S Spectra S-band radar. When linked to the previously unveiled EL/M-2090U Ultra UHF radar, the two combine to form Terra, officials from IAI's Elta division told journalists at a facility in

  • Russia reveals 3M-14T cruise missile range

    Key Points Russia has conducted its first operational deployment of the domestic 3M-14T system The apparent precision of Kalibr-NK/3M-14T missiles suggests the possibility of an alternative terminal guidance solution The launch of a salvo of some 26 cruise missiles from Russian Federation Navy's

  • DSEI 2015: French Navy details lessons learned from Gulf carrier deployment

    Key Points Carrier deployment demonstrates ability to shape events at sea and ashore while supporting wider strategic interests Gulf maritime environment is becoming more complex, with more navies present The recent deployment of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its

  • China, US clash over South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum

    Chinese island-building in the South China Sea dominated discussions at a regional security summit held in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of August, with US secretary of state John Kerry accusing Beijing of preventing freedom of navigation and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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