• Royal Malaysian Navy commissions two new training ships

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) commissioned two new training ships in a ceremony held at the Lumut Naval Base on 26 April. Named KD Gagah Samudera (with pennant number 271) and KD Teguh Samudera (with pennant number 272) the ships, which have an overall beam of 11 m and a draught of 3 m, had been

  • India bolsters Andaman and Nicobar territories with third Mk IV landing craft

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Mk IV landing craft Programme is part of New Delhi’s plan to improve capabilities at India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Indian Navy has commissioned a third Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU) platform that was built by

  • India reveals P-17A frigate configuration

    Indian naval shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL) unveiled a scale model of the Project 17A (P-17A) frigate at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition. MDSL is building four ships in the class, while the remaining three are being constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE).

  • Indonesian Navy receives second Nagapasa-class submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has handed over the second of three Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) ordered by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) in 2011. The TNI-AL received the 61.2

  • Damen begins work on first of two OPVs for Pakistan Navy

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards has begun work on the first of two 1,900 tonne multipurpose offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Pakistan Navy (PN). An article published in the April issue of the PN’s Navy News magazine revealed that a steel-cutting ceremony for the first ship was held at

  • Cellula Robotics developing AUV fuel cell technology for Canadian DND

    British Columbia-based Cellula Robotics is to begin initial development work on fuel cell technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) under the first of a possible three phases for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). The company was awarded a CAD647,944 (USD506,055)

  • Indonesian Navy receives two 28 m patrol vessels

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has received two more KAL 28 patrol vessels Boats will bolster security around the service’s naval bases and maritime infrastructures The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has received two 28 m patrol vessel from

  • Lockheed Martin capable of fielding MQ-25 prototype in one year

    Key Points Lockheed Martin decided against building a MQ-25 prototype It wanted to focus on the navy’s new requirements instead of older requirements Lockheed Martin could develop its MQ-25 Stingray prototype for the US Navy (USN) in 12 months, but the company does not expect the sea

  • Indian shipyards unveil designs for country’s ASW corvette programme

    Two companies shortlisted for the Indian Navy’s 16-ship anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASWSWC) programme have unveiled imagery of their respective proposals at Defexpo India 2018, held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April. The programme calls for a 70 m waterjet-powered corvette that

  • OCEA delivers two more patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy

    The Nigerian Navy has received two OCEA-built FPB 110 Mk II fast patrol boats. The transport ship carrying these two patrol boats docked at the port of Lagos around 20-21 April, according to AIS data. The patrol boats – NNS Nguru (P187) and Ekulu (P188) – are the newest additions to the

  • Hellenic Navy moves closer to leasing FREMM frigates from France

    The Hellenic Navy is edging closer to leasing two FREMM (frégate européenne multi-missions) class frigates from France, the Greek Deputy Defence Minister has announced. Fotis Kouvelis on 20 April confirmed that an agreement had been reached on a five-year leasing deal that could see two

  • Sri Lanka commissions second Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel

    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has commissioned its second Saryu-class advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) platform. The vessel, which has been named SLNS Sindurala with pennant number P 624, was officially inducted in a commissioning ceremony at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo

  • Israel Shipyards ships first two Shaldag-class FPB for Argentina

    The first two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats for the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentina Coast Guard) have been shipped from Israel. The boats are the first of four such vessels purchased under a USD49 million contract signed at the end of 2016. These fast and relatively heavily

  • DSA 2018: RMN’s first Scorpène boat to return to service in May after refit

    The Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) first Perdana Menteri (Scorpène)-class attack submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman , will be returning to service in May following the completion of an 18-month in-country refit. “The move marks the first time a Scorpène-class boat has

  • Australia demonstrates Cooperative Engagement Capability on Air Warfare Destroyers

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy has demonstrated the Cooperative Engagement Capability of its Hobart-class vessels System provides the service with a layered and collaborative defence system against hostile aircraft and precision-guided weapons The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s)

  • Austal to build two additional vessels under Pacific Patrol Boat programme

    Key Points The Australian government has exercised a contract option for two more vessels under the Pacific Patrol Boat programme Additional vessels will be donated to Timor-Leste as part of Canberra’s effort to bolster maritime security capabilities of the Pacific Island states Western

  • Philippine Navy receives donation of 41 inflatable boats from US

    The Philippine Navy has received a donation of 41 inflatable rubber boats from the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG). These boats, which have been supplied by military equipment manufacturer Zodiac Milpro, were handed over on 13 April in a consignment that includes a 30 hp outboard motor

  • Italian Navy retires Bersagliere frigate

    The Italian Navy's Artigliere (Lupo)-class frigate Bersagliere is being retired from service on 17 April, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Military Naval Arsenal in La Spezia at sunset. The frigate served with the Italian Navy for

  • ST Marine lays keel for Singapore’s eighth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points Singapore has laid down the keel for its final Littoral Mission Vessel Republic is on track to progressively replace its Fearless-class patrol boats with eight LMVs by 2020 Shipbuilder ST Marine has laid down the eighth and final Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on

  • Pakistan Navy’s new fleet tanker completes first sea trials

    Key Points The Pakistan Navy’s new fleet tanker with underway replenishment capabilities has conducted its first sea trials Platform is on track for delivery in 2018 and will replace an older vessel of the same name A new fleet tanker on order for the Pakistan Navy has completed its first

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