• Myanmar commissions new OPV and landing craft

    The Myanmar Navy commissioned seven new vessels into service on 24 December 2017, the service’s 70th anniversary. The vessels included an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), named UMS Inlay (54), two 56 m landing craft utility (LCU) vessels (1614 and 1615), as well as four 29 m landing craft tank

  • South Korea decommissions frigate, corvettes

    Key Points South Korea has retired an Ulsan-class frigate, and two Po Hang-class corvettes Retirement paves way for induction of newer warships, including the new FFX-II platform The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has decommissioned a third Ulsan-class frigate, and two more Po Hang-class

  • General Atomics to develop permanent-magnet propulsion motor for LDUUV

    Key Points General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is to develop and build an advanced permanent-magnet propulsion motor for use in the USN’s LDUUV programme Characterisation and testing will be conducted by Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory The US Office of Naval Research

  • MV Asterix arrives in Halifax, will begin RCN training in January

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel (AOR) MV Asterix arrived at Canadian Forces Base Halifax on 27 December and will begin at-sea training in the new year. The ship was crewed by 36 Canadian merchant seafarers on its maiden voyage from

  • Samkang M&T announces OPV contract for South Korea’s coastguard

    South Korean shipbuilder Samkang M&T announced on 28 December that it had been awarded a contract to build a 1,500 ton offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Korea Coast Guard (KCG). According to disclosure documents released by Samkang, the contract, valued at KRW60.99 billion (USD56.9 million),

  • Indonesia inducts 28 m patrol vessel, two 18 m boats

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has received another 28 m patrol vessel from Indonesian shipbuilder PT Tesco Indomaritim. The boat, which has been named KAL Pulau Siantan with pennant number II-4-52, was received on 27 December and inducted on the

  • Bulgaria’s new patrol boat plans in limbo

    Bulgaria’s plans to modernise its navy with two multifunctional modular patrol boats suffered a major setback on 20 December when MTG Dolphin, the sole bidder and winner of the contract tender, decided to withdraw its proposal. Commenting on the issue, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence said

  • China urges Japan to ‘act cautiously’ on considerations to refit Izumo class for F-35Bs

    Key Points Beijing has issued strong remarks amid news that Tokyo is considering F-35B fighters for its helicopter carriers Japan’s defence minister has downplayed reports but the strongly worded statement from Beijing sheds more light on Chinese sentiments over the STOVL aircraft Amid

  • Momentum builds for block buys of US aircraft carriers

    US lawmakers are campaigning harder for a block buy of next-generation aircraft carriers to help curb costs of the nation’s largest and most expensive warships. Such an acquisition would mark the first time since 1988 that the United States has sought to buy more than one carrier at a time.

  • Prince of Wales floats out ahead of schedule

    The UK Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier was officially launched on 21 December, achieving another milestone for the construction programme. The future HMS Prince of Wales , originally planned to launch in 2018, was floated out ahead of schedule during a ceremony held

  • Saab acquires naval shipyard, composites specialist

    Swedish defence company Saab announced three acquisitions on 21 and 22 December with capabilities gained in naval construction and advanced composite materials. The first two transactions saw Saab conclude an agreement, effective on 29 December, to acquire Swedish combat boat manufacturer N. Sundin

  • Indian Coast Guard commissions last of six Samarth-class OPVs

    The last of six Samarth-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICGS) was commissioned into service on 21 December 2017. Sujay will be based at Paradip on India’s east coast. The other five ships of the class were from late 2015

  • Malaysia lays keel for first helicopter-capable coastguard OPV

    Key Points The first of three new 83 m offshore patrol vessel destined for the Malaysia Coast Guard has been laid Service is on track to receive the first platform in class by 2020 A Malaysian shipbuilding joint venture has laid down the keel for an 83 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) that is being

  • Brazil launches Tamandaré-class corvette competition

    The Brazilian Navy on 19 December issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking four general-purpose Tamandaré-class corvettes, and said it expects to select a supplier in September 2018. The effort is slated to cost about USD1.6 billion. Brazil wants local construction by a state-owned or

  • Leidos contracted for Sea Hunter II testbed USV

    US science, technology, and services group Leidos has been contracted by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) to build a second Sea Hunter-type Class III Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessel (MDUSV) to support science and technology (S&T) advancement of autonomous technologies and

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth springs a leak

    HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak due to a problem with a shaft seal, which is letting in water, UK media reported on 19 December. Jane’s understands the leak is not serious enough to prevent the carrier from putting to sea or conducting trials scheduled for 2018. There appears not to be a

  • China launches 29th Jiangkai II frigate

    China has launched another Jiangkai II (Type 054A) guided-missile frigate at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. The vessel, which will be in service as the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN’s) 29th Type 054A frigate, was launched on 16 December. The ship is seen without its

  • South Korea advances ASR-II submarine rescue ship project

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 15 December that its project to develop a new 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship, or ASR-II, for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has progressed after an agreement was reached last month on the

  • RNZN decommissions replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) decommissioned on 15 December its fleet replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour after almost 30 years of service. The navy announced on its Facebook page that the ship’s white ensign was lowered for the last time during a ceremony held a Devonport Naval Base in

  • Malaysia lays keel for third Littoral Combat Ship

    Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the third Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Keel for the 111 m vessel was laid down on 18 December at BNS’ facility at Lumut, Perak, in a ceremony officiated by the

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