• Israeli submarine chief outlines future requirements

    The first of a batch of three new Israeli Navy submarines is expected to be operational in 2030, a senior naval official has told Jane’s . Colonel G (full name withheld), head of the Israeli Navy’s Submarines Department, said he expected the navy to sign a procurement contract with

  • China beings work on sixth Type 055 destroyer

    Recently captured commercial satellite imagery shows that China has begun construction at its shipyard in Dalian of the sixth Type 055 guided-missile destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The imagery shows that the pierside assembly of the first modules for hull 6

  • Japan commissions first Asahi-class destroyer

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its first Asahi (25DD)-class guided-missile destroyer in a ceremony held on 7 March in Nagasaki Prefecture. Named JS Asahi (with pennant number 119), the 151 m-long vessel was inducted into the service’s Escort Flotilla 2, based in

  • JMSDF commissions ninth Soryu-class submarine

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its ninth Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) in a ceremony held on 12 March in Hyogo Prefecture in central Japan. Named JS Seiryu (with pennant number SS 509), the 84-m-long boat was inducted into the JMSDF's Submarine

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatari coast guard orders more Ares vessels

    The Qatari coast guard ordered another nine vessels from Turkey’s Ares Shipyard during the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) show held from 12 to 14 March. The new order covers three 48 m Ares 150 Hercules offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and six 24 m Ares

  • Poland extends service life of Perry-class frigates

    Poland is extending the service life of its two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates – ORP General Kazimierz Pulaski and ORP General Tadeusz Kosciuszko – until 2024, the Armed Forces General Command confirmed to Jane's on 13 March. Although the work will allow the extension of the service

  • Chilean Navy seeks to replace air-defence frigates

    Chilean Navy chief Admiral Julio Leiva has officially confirmed that the service’s plans include the replacement of its two Latorre-class (Jacob van Heemskerck) air-defence frigates by 2023. The decision to replace the vessels, which were acquired from the Netherlands in 2004, was taken after

  • Polish team developing stealth AUVs

    Poland’s Gdansk University of Technology is working on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) with stealth capabilities, primarily for reconnaissance and counter-mining missions. Professor Miroslaw Gerigk, head of the state-funded project, told Jane’s that two types of AUV were

  • New Zealand’s ANZAC-class frigate arrives in Canada for upgrades

    Key Points New Zealand’s lead ANZAC frigate has arrived in Canada to undergo sensors and weapons upgrades Improvements aim to extend platform’s operational life to around 2030 The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) first-of-class ANZAC (Meko 200) frigate, HMNZS Te Kaha (F

  • Greece to acquire ex-US Mark V speedboats

    Greece is to acquire four Mark V Special Operations Craft (SOC) through the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme, Greek media reported on 2 March. The EDA arrangement, worth USD8 million, is expected to see the transfer of the speedboats to the Hellenic Navy’s elite special warfare

  • Guatemala interested in Colombian patrol vessels

    Guatemala is interested in procuring patrol vessels developed and produced by Colombia’s state-run COTECMAR shipyard, President Jimmy Morales disclosed during a State visit to Bogota on 23 February. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said: “There is an interest from Guatemala in

  • MV Asterix welcomed to RCN, will deploy to 'RIMPAC'

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) interim auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel, MV Asterix , was welcomed into service during a ceremony at HMCS Scotian on 6 March. The vessel completed sea trials in January and was officially commissioned at the end of that month. Asterix was built by

  • US showcases strength of naval relations in Southeast Asia as Carl Vinson arrives in Vietnam

    Key Points A US aircraft carrier has arrived in Vietnam for the first time in more than 40 years Visit demonstrates the US Navy’s increasing ability to call on friendly ports as it pursues security objectives in Southeast Asia, and the wider Asia-Pacific region In a sign of increasingly

  • North Korea continues refit programme for ‘Romeo’-class submarines

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery suggests that the Korean People’s Navy’s (KPN’s) West Sea Fleet is continuing a refit programme for its ageing fleet of ‘Romeo’-class (Project 033) diesel-electric conventional patrol submarines (SSs). Captured on 30 November

  • China signals intent to build nuclear-powered aircraft carriers

    China intends to build nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, a report published on 28 February in the Global Times newspaper suggests. The state-owned paper quoted an article posted on the website of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) referring to the country’s need to

  • Bulgaria weighs up options as patrol boat acquisition plans stall

    Following setbacks to plans to buy two multifunctional modular patrol boats to modernise the Bulgarian Navy, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is now studying options for restarting the project. The shipbuilding project has been in limbo since December 2017, when local shipbuilder MTG

  • STM to upgrade Pakistan Navy's second Khalid-class submarine

    Turkish defence engineering company STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret) has signed a contract amendment with Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric attack submarines operated by the

  • Philippine’s seventh Parola-class patrol vessel arrives home

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has received its seventh Parola-class patrol vessel Platform has significantly bolstered service’s constabulary capabilities The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG’s) seventh multirole response vessel (MRRV) has arrived in the country. Vessel

  • USCG set to release RFP for new icebreaker

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is preparing to set a new icebreaker competition into motion. “Very soon – I’m talking tomorrow – we will release a request for proposal [RFP], with the support of both the [Trump] administration and Congress, to acquire the first heavy

  • North Korea prepares to upgrade second Najin-class guided missile frigate

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery suggests that the Korean People’s Navy (KPN) is preparing to upgrade its second Najin-class guided-missile frigate (FFG). Captured on 19 February the imagery shows the 102 m long FFG (with pennant number 531), which is operated by the KPN’s East

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