• USN expects to meet Columbia-class sub-motor delivery schedule

    Despite some earlier problems with a prototype main propulsion motor for its Columbia-class strategic submarine replacement fleet, the US Navy (USN) expects to keep to the proposed delivery schedule for that equipment, Admiral James Caldwell, director of naval nuclear propulsion, said.

  • COTECMAR’s BAL-C logistics ships garner more interest

    Colombian shipbuilder COTECMAR is moving towards potential new orders for its Short Range Logistic Support Ship (BAL-C) from Peru, Paraguay, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), sources in Bogota told Jane’s . A USD13.5 million BAL-C vessel was ordered in October 2016 by Honduras, was

  • South Korea launches fourth and final LST-2 tank landing ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched on 2 November the fourth and final LST-2 tank landing ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) at its Ulsan dockyard, the company said in a press statement. The 127 m-long vessel, which has been named Nojeokbong (with pennant number

  • Germany contracts second phase of Orion upgrade

    The German Navy is moving ahead with the upgrade of its eight Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), with the manufacturer announcing a USD158.5 million contract on 1 November. The contract is for the second phase of a wider German P-3C upgrade effort that began in 2016 and is

  • China trials new marine propulsion system

    China has successfully conducted trials of a new permanent magnet electric propulsion motor installed in an unidentified naval vessel at the Sanya naval base on the country’s southern Hainan Island, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 24 October. The report follows the claim

  • New Zealand to retire replenishment ship in December 2017

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will retire its 138 m replenishment ship, HMNZS Endeavour (A 11), on 15 December. The vessel, which has been in service since April 1988, will be retired in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, said the service.

  • Singapore receives fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral Mission Vessel Service will commission two more vessels by end-2017, and is on track to operate all eight ships in the class by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral

  • USMC sees need for different unmanned undersea littoral systems

    The US Marine Corps is discovering not one-size-fits-all for effective operations of unmanned undersea vehicles in the littorals. “We’ve found out a lot of different environments need different systems,” Major Justin Gogel told Jane’s during a break in unmanned operations

  • Namibian Navy commissions ‘sub chasers’

    The Namibian Navy commissioned two ex-People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) patrol vessels at its main base in Walvis Bay on 27 October. Namibian President Hage Geingob gave a speech, saying China offered to donate what he described as “two submarine chasers with surface and

  • South Korea receives first PKX-B missile craft

    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has delivered the first 'B' variant of the Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX) fast attack craft to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). The vessel was delivered on 30 October in a ceremony held at HHIC’s shipyard in Busan,

  • Indonesian Navy receives second SIGMA 10514-class frigate

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has received its second Martadinata (SIGMA 10514)-class guided-missile frigate, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The vessel, which will be the future KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (with pennant number 332), was

  • Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate arrives home

    Key Points Vietnam’s third Gepard 3.9-class frigate has arrived in-country Platform will significantly improve the country’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities A third Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate ordered for the People's Army of

  • Scandal surrounds refit of Russian spy vessel

    A criminal case has now been filed in regard to a major servicing of the Kurily , one of seven Vishnya class Project 864 intelligence ships. These ships were originally built in the 1980s at the Stocznia Pólnocna shipyards in Gdansk, Poland. The ship is used for radio interception of

  • Yunzhou-Tech unveils M80B USV

    Zhuhai-based Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou-Tech), a company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has unveiled a new oceanographic survey USV development at the Ocean Sciences and Technology Exhibition held in the port city of Qingdao. Developed

  • Sri Lanka Coast Guard inducts Vikram-class OPV from India

    The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) has inducted its first Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV). The 74.1 m vessel, which has been named Suraksha with pennant number 60, was commissioned into the SLCG on 21 October at a ceremony in Colombo port. Suraksha was previously in service with the Indian

  • Russian Navy to build third Yantar intelligence ship

    The head of the Russian Ministry of Defence Directorate of Deep Water Research, has revealed that a third Project 22010 intelligence ship is to be built at Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad. Construction will begin in 2020, following the completion of the second in class, Almaz , in 2019, according to

  • Cammell Laird, BAE Systems tie knot for Type 31e frigate bid

    Commercial engineering, shiprepair, and shipbuilding group Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems to bid for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) GBP1.25 billion (USD1.65 billion) Type 31e general purpose frigate requirement. The move, announced on 18 October, positions Birkenhead-based

  • German U212A submarine damaged during deep water trials

    One of the X rudder blades of the German Navy's U35 U212A submarine was damaged during deep-water trials in the Kattegat, the service announced on 18 October. The boat is being examined at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel. The U35 was conducting various tests off the Norwegian coast until

  • Ecuadorian Navy commissions first Damen Stan Patrol 5009 OPV

    The Ecuadorian Navy commissioned Isla San Cristobal (LG 30) on 15 October at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, the navy said. The new vessel is the first of two Dutch designed Damen Stan Patrol 5009 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) produced by Ecuadorian

  • Two SSK builders opt out of India's Project-75(I) programme

    Key Points Two of six international SSK builders have opted out of India’s long-delayed Project-75(I) programme Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Navantia did not respond to the RFI by its 16 October deadline Two of six conventional submarine manufacturers have opted

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