• Babcock Team 31 unveils Arrowhead 140 design for Type 31e bid

    The Babcock-led industry group ‘Team 31’ bidding for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e general-purpose light frigate programme launched its Arrowhead 140 design proposal on 31 May. The platform will be based on Danish ship design consultancy Odense Maritime

  • Indian Navy issues RFIs for unmanned surface, underwater vessels

    The Indian Navy has issued two separate requests for information (RFIs) for unmanned underwater and surface vessels. The RFI for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) indicate a requirement for 12 vehicles with replaceable mission modules and a simulator that can assist in training for a variety of

  • Malaysia deploys another Kedah-class corvette to Sabah

    Key Points Malaysia has transferred a fourth Kedah-class corvette to its Eastern Fleet The move aims to improve security near a tri-border maritime region with Indonesia and the Philippines The Royal Malaysian Navy has deployed another Kedah (Meko 100 RMN)-class corvette, KD Kelantan (175), to

  • Seaspan to start Joint Support Ship block construction

    The Canadian government and Seaspan have agreed to start the construction of selected blocks for the new combat support ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, it was announced on 31 May 2018 at the Cansec exhibition in Ottawa. Seaspan was selected as the builder of non-combat vessels under the National

  • UK to lengthen Type 23 Gulf deployments from 2019

    Key Points The UK has announced plans to lengthen the duration of Type 23 frigate deployments to the Gulf region starting in 2019 The longer deployments will enable RN destroyers and other frigates to be committed to carrier task group operations The United Kingdom has announced plans to lengthen

  • Indian Navy commissions fourth Mk IV landing craft

    The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fourth Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU) platform built by state-owned shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). Named IN LCU L54 , the 62.8 m vessel entered service in a ceremony held on 25 May at Port Blair, the capital of India’s

  • IN commissions first indigenously built floating dock

    The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its first indigenously designed and built floating dock to repair and service its major platforms. Referred to as Floating Dock Navy-2 ( FDN-2 ), the 185 m-long and 40 m-wide platform was inducted into the service on 25 May in a ceremony held at Port Blair, the

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • Mattis says Western Pacific FONOPS will continue

    China will see more US warships patrolling international waters the Asian country claims as its own territory, said US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. “There's a very steady drumbeat of freedom of navigation operations [FONOPS],” Mattis told reporters on 29 May. The US Navy conducts

  • Belgium approves M-frigate replacement

    Belgium's Council of Ministers on 25 May approved the replacement of the Naval Component's two M-frigates with two new multirole frigates for more than EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion), Defence Minister Steven Vandeput's website has announced. The new frigates will be designed, developed, and built

  • Indonesian Navy transfers fleet of Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette to Armada III

    Key Points Indonesia is transferring its fleet of ex-East German Navy corvettes to a newly established fleet Move aims to equip the new formation with vessels capable of better patrolling Arafura, Timor seas The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is in the

  • Russian SSBN Yuri Dolgoruky successfully fires four Bulavas

    Russia’s Borei-class (Project 955) ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yuri Dolgoruky successfully test fired a volley of four Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) from the White Sea to hit designated targets at the Kura test range, situated 5,000 miles away on the Kamchatka

  • Argentine Coast Guard receives fast patrol boats

    The Argentine Coast Guard (Prefectura Naval Argentina) has taken delivery of an initial batch of two Shaldag Mk II fast patrol boats on order from Israel Shipyards Ltd. A total of four vessels are being built under a deal worth EUR50 million (USD56.8 million) that was approved in December 2016.

  • More attacks on naval vessels in Red Sea revealed

    Key Points There have been three attacks on naval vessels in the Red Sea that the Saudi-led coalition has not reported. The fate of two vessels is unclear, but a UAE minehunter was not lost. At least four Saudi-led coalition naval vessels have been attacked in the southern Red Sea since June

  • Two Israeli fast patrol boats arrive in Argentina

    Two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats (FPBs) were delivered to the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentine Coast Guard) on 19 May: the first of four ordered platforms. The two other FPBs are scheduled to be delivered in mid-November to complete the order. Manufactured by Israel

  • UK parliamentarian proposes putting retired Type 23 frigates in ASW reserve

    A UK member of parliament, Mark Francois, has proposed that the Royal Navy’s Type 23 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates be placed in a war reserve when they are retired, instead of being sold or scrapped. The proposal was made to Secretary of Defence Gavin Williamson during a 22 May

  • Launch of third Chinese Type 927 acoustic surveillance ship confirmed

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 3 May confirms that China has launched its third Type 927 acoustic surveillance ship. The 90 m-long vessel is the second one to enter the water at the Huangpu shipyard near the southern city of Guangzhou, with another one being launched about two months ago

  • Saudi spokesman confirms Turkish ship attacked off Yemen

    The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) was responsible for an attack on the Turkish-flagged bulk carrier Ince Inebolu , Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, announced on 21 May. The ship was carrying wheat from the Russian Black Sea port of

  • Australia launches third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer

    Australia has launched the third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Named Sydney (with pennant number 42), the 146.7 m-long ship entered the water on 19 May in a ceremony presided over by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at the

  • Japan orders third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship

    Japan’s Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding has received an order from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo to build a third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), an MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 21 May. The SWATH (small waterplane area twin

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