• Future Submarine strategic partnering negotiations fall behind schedule

    Negotiations between the Australian government and French shipbuilder Naval Group on an overarching strategic partnership agreement (SPA) for Australia’s AUD50 billion (USD38 billion) Future Submarine programme have fallen behind schedule. The SPA will set out terms and conditions that will

  • US Navy completes carrier qualification for F-35C

    The US Navy (USN) has completed carrier qualification (CQ) trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the service announced in late March. Aircraft and pilots from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 ‘Rough Raiders’ and VFA 101 ‘Grim Reapers’

  • UK officials welcome secure US submarine funding

    The United Kingdom never doubted US support of the two countries’ joint strategic submarine-development programme, said UK Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Stephen Lovegrove, but he was nonetheless relieved to find a more stable funding stream in the recent US Pentagon budget.

  • Two-carrier deal could save USN USD2 billion, lobby group says

    If the US Navy (USN) and shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) can work out a mutually satisfying plan to include the USN’s next two carriers in one contract, the Pentagon could save billions of dollars, the chairman of a major naval contractors

  • IN decommissions three more Pondicherry-class minesweepers

    The Indian Navy (IN) has decommissioned the Pondicherry (Natya I)-class minesweepers INS Cuddalore , INS Cannanore , and INS Konkan after three decades of service. The vessels were retired on 23 March at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam in a ceremony presided over by Vice Admiral M S Pawar,

  • Indonesia launches seventh PC-40 class vessel

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has launched the country’s seventh PC-40 class patrol vessel. The 248-tonne platform, which will be known in service as KRI Albakora with pennant number 867 once it is commissioned, was launched on 26 March at the shipbuilder’s facilities

  • Sri Lanka receives second 105 m offshore patrol vessel

    Key Points The Sri Lanka Navy has received its second Indian-built offshore patrol vessel Warship will play an instrumental role in service’s ‘hybrid navy’ aspirations A second ‘advanced offshore patrol vessel’ built by India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for

  • Singapore launches sixth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points Singapore has launched its sixth Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel Republic is on track to operate the class of eight ships by 2020 ST Marine has launched the sixth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The warship, which will be

  • BAE team to deliver power improvement for Type 45 destroyers

    An industry team led by BAE Systems has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to embody a major power generation upgrade for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) six Type 45 air defence destroyers. The so-called Power Improvement Project (PIP) implementation will see the ships’ two

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Spending bill provides 20 additional F-35 aircraft

    Key Points The FY 2018 spending bill provides an additional 20 F-35s that the Pentagon requested The legislation is part of a wide-ranging ramp up of US defence spending The US fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) spending bill released late 21 March provides the Pentagon with 20 additional Lockheed Martin

  • PESCO will fail to impact defence technological, industrial base without big projects, say officials and experts

    Legal experts and EU sources say the risks are high that Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) will fail to achieve any game-changing defence integration among the participating EU nations or deliver the strategic autonomy Europe wants unless it takes on the very largest capability projects at

  • Indonesian Navy Rover-class tanker lists after failed replenishment operation

    Key Points An Indonesian Navy tanker has been taken out of service after a failed replenishment operation Incident likely to renew attention on the country’s naval replenishment capabilities The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL’s)

  • China launches another acoustic surveillance ship

    Another large acoustic surveillance ship has been launched for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), photographs posted on 20 March in online forums show. Built at the Wuchang Shuangliu shipyard in Wuhan, the 90 m long ship is the second of a class that has been referred to as

  • Vessel readiness checks cut into USN ship operations in Western Pacific

    The new US Navy (USN) focus on surface-ship safety and readiness in the Western Pacific is creating a better-prepared – but less available – fleet of ships, Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, said. The more-vigorous ship

  • JMSDF commissions new submarine rescue ship

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the replacement submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda in a ceremony held on 20 March in Okayama Prefecture in western Japan. The 128 m (420 ft)-long ship (with pennant number ASR 404) was inducted into the JMSDF's Submarine Flotilla 2, based in

  • Pentagon mulling new submarine- or surface-based nuclear cruise missile

    The Pentagon is mulling either a new submarine- or surface ship-based nuclear cruise missile and low-yield nuclear ballistic missiles in response to Russian and Chinese capabilities, according to the top US nuclear officer. The US Navy formerly had a nuclear-armed submarine-launched cruise missile

  • Spain invests in urgent requirements

    Spain is preparing to commit more than EUR10.8 billion (EUR13.3 billion) to cover a new cycle of investment programmes to meet the armed forces’ most urgent needs. Sources told Jane’s on 19 March that the figures were presented to a meeting of politicians addressed earlier this month by

  • USN releases RFP for two-carrier buy

    The US Navy (USN) released a two-carrier Request for Proposal (RFP) to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) on 19 March to determine how much money the USN could save through such a deal. The ships covered in the RFP are carrier Enterprise (CVN 80)

  • Peru to construct second landing platform vessel

    The Peruvian Navy and the state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) signed a contract with Posco Daewoo Corporation on 15 March to build a second Makassar-class landing platform dock (LPD), BAP Paita . SIMA is finishing construction of the first vessel of this class, BAP Pisco .

  • JMSDF commissions second Awaji-class minesweeper

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second of three Awaji-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) in a ceremony held on 16 March in Kanagawa Prefecture. Named JS Hirado (with pennant number 305), the 67 m-long vessel was inducted into the service’s 1st Mine

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