• UK reveals days at sea for Type 45 destroyers

    Half of the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 45 air-defence destroyer force was confined to port for most of 2017, according to data released under the country’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act on 12 June. The BAE Systems designed-and-built Daring-class destroyers have been plagued

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for shakedown trials

    HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth to begin a period of shakedown trials after a technology insertion period. The departure of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier from its home base on 10 June will see the ship at sea in the Western Approaches for up to three weeks carrying

  • Portugal commissions third modernised patrol ship

    The Portuguese Navy commissioned its third Tejo-class coastal patrol ship, NRP Mondego (P592), on 12 June. NRP Mondego is one of five former Danish Flyvefisken-class Stanflex 300 patrol vessels purchased by the Portuguese Navy in 2014 and 2015. Before entering service with the Portuguese Navy, the

  • Eurosatory 2018: KMW pursues new amphibious fighting vehicle development

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) unveiled a concept demonstrator for its self-funded Amphibious Protected Vehicle Tracked (APVT) programme. The first example is configured as an armoured personnel carrier (APC), which is operated by a two-person crew and carries eight dismounts. The hull is of welded

  • Thailand lays keel for country’s fourth, fifth M36-class patrol boats

    Shipbuilder Marsun has laid down the fourth and fifth M36-class patrol vessels on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). The vessels, which will bear pennant numbers 114 and 115 respectively, were laid down on 8 June at the company’s facilities in Samut Prakan. The RTN currently operates a

  • SwarmDiver to begin testing at US Navy's undersea warfare centre

    Aquabotix has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Navy (USN) to test and demonstrate the company’s SwarmDiver micro unmanned surface vessel (USV). The special-purpose CRADA will provide Aquabotix access to the USN’s Naval Undersea Warfare

  • P-17A frigate still on track despite industrial mishap, says GRSE

    Key Points GRSE’s part in India’s P-17A frigate programme is unaffected by a crane collapse, the company has assured Move to outsource construction to smaller companies across India may have mitigated effects from mishap Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilder & Engineers

  • Indian Coast Guard inducts coastal interception craft into Mumbai district command

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned a 28 m coastal interception craft into the service’s regional headquarters in Mumbai, an ICG spokesperson confirmed with Jane’s on 13 June. The vessel, which the service refers to as ICGS C-439, was commissioned on 7 June in a ceremony

  • French Navy embarks S-100 Camcopter on inaugural Jeanne d’Arc task force deployment

    Key Points The French Navy has included the S-100 Camcopter UAS as part of an annual task force deployment for the first time The embarkation aims to validate the system’s suitability for deployment across all three ships in the Mistral class The French Navy’s third Mistral-class

  • Image suggests China’s 41st Type 056 corvette may have entered service

    The 41st Type 056 (Jiangdao-class) corvette appears to have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). A photograph posted on the website of the municipal government of Nanchong shows a Type 056 flying the usual commissioning flags, with the ship’s company

  • Knifefish successfully completes critical testing

    The General Dynamics Mission Systems team successfully completed all stages of formal sea-acceptance testing of Knifefish, the US Navy (USN) Surface Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) system, the company has confirmed. Knifefish is a medium-class MCM UUV intended for

  • India approves acquisition of hovercraft for coastguard, army

    Key Points India has approved plans to acquire hovercraft for the country’s coastguard, army Vehicles will improve the respective service’s operational capabilities in shallow waters and riverine environments New Delhi has approved acquisition requests for ‘air cushion

  • Peruvian Navy commissions BAP Pisco

    The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP) commissioned its first domestically manufactured landing platform dock BAP Pisco (AMP 156) in Callao on 6 June. Pisco is a multipurpose vessel, constructed by the Peruvian state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA), and based

  • Vietnam begins work on first submarine rescue vessel

    Vietnam’s state-owned Z189 shipyard has begun assembly work on the first submarine rescue vessel for the People's Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN). A keel-laying ceremony for the ship, known as MSSARS 9316 (multipurpose submarine search-and-rescue ship 9316), was held on 24 May at Z189’s

  • China’s Yunzhou Tech performs swarming USV demonstration

    Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou Tech), a Zhuhai-based company specialising in designing and manufacturing unmanned surface vessels (USVs), performed a swarming USV demonstration comprising 56 autonomous USVs in the Wanshan Archipelago – in the south-eastern province of Guangdong

  • First UK Type 45 at sea with Shaman CESM fit

    Key Points HMS Defender is the first UK RN Type 45 destroyer to receive the Shaman CESM fit The Shaman CESM is based on the US Navy’s AN/SSQ-130(V) Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F HMS Defender has become the first UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 45 destroyer to receive the

  • Yemen aid ship attacked

    A ship transporting aid from Djibouti to the rebel-held Yemeni port of Al-Hudaydah on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP) was attacked on 3 June, it has been confirmed. A WFP spokeswoman told Reuters that armed individuals in a skiff fired on the vessel and attempted to take it over when it

  • Liaoning carrier group reaches initial operational capability

    China’s first aircraft carrier group, formed around the carrier Liaoning , has reached initial operational capability (IOC), the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 31 May. The exercises conducted by the carrier group have become more demanding and “the carrier

  • Canada now seeks only three converted icebreakers

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is in negotiations with Federal Fleet Services and Chantier Davie for the conversion of three modern icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), PSPC confirmed to Jane’s on 1 June. PSPC had initially sought four of the ships. Federal Fleet

  • Pakistan signs for two more Type 054A frigates from China

    Key Points Pakistan has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates from China Country will operate a fleet of four vessels in the class by 2021 The Pakistani government has signed a contract for two more Type 054A frigates with China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd (CSTC), the Pakistan Navy

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