• Japan outlines submarine modernisation efforts

    An effort that was initiated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to modernise its undersea warfare capabilities in 2012 is on track to deliver the planned fleet of 22 diesel-electric submarines required for the country’s defence needs by the early 2020s called for under the

  • US Coast Guard evaluating ScanEagle ocean surface anomaly detector payload

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is assessing and evaluating a payload on its fleet of Insitu ScanEagle tactical unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that takes photos of the ocean surface, checks for anomalies, and alerts the aircraft’s operator for further investigation, according to a key official.

  • India launches third Scorpène-class submarine

    India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the third of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN). Named Karanj , the 67.6 m-long boat entered the water on 31 January at the Naval Dockyard in

  • RCN’s Asterix interim support ship completes trials

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) interim support ship, MV Asterix , completed trials, was formally accepted by the Department of National Defence, and entered full operational service with the RCN. Asterix concluded a period of sea trials that included replenishment at sea and aviation

  • Mystery fire on Russian submarine in Vladivostok

    Russian media have shown videos of a fire on board a submarine of the 19th Submarine Brigade in Ulysses Bay, Vladivostok, on 21 January. Shot from different angles, the videos show bright orange flames accompanied by volumes of thick black smoke billowing across the open water. The head of

  • RoKN commissions 18th and final PKG-A-class patrol vessel

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) commissioned its 18th and final Gumdoksuri (PKG-A)-class fast patrol ship on 11 January, according to a 24 January statement by South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND). Jeon Byeongik , a 63 m-long fast patrol vessel built by STX Offshore &

  • Bahraini corvette upgrade completed

    The corvette RBNS Al-Manama has officially returned to the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) after an upgrade by Leonardo. The Italian company said the vessel was delivered ahead of schedule on 22 January with “state-of-the- art systems” that include a new weapon control system. The work

  • Payment disputes over Russia’s latest ‘cable-cutting’ submarine

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Zvezdochka shipyard have filed counter-lawsuits against each other over the long-term refit and rebuild of the original Delta-IV-class nuclear submarine Podmoskovye , the independent Interfax and state-owned TASS news agencies have reported. Zvezdochka Ship

  • Vietnam’s fourth Gepard frigate arrives in Cam Ranh Bay

    Key Points Vietnam has received its fourth Gepard 3.9-class frigate Platform expected to play instrumental role in the country’s anti-submarine efforts A fourth Russian-built modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate ordered for the People’s Army of Vietnam

  • Chinese navy’s amphibious capabilities continue to grow

    China's latest 20,000-tonne Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was launched on 20 January at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai. It is the sixth ship of the class and joins the previous vessel, which was launched in June 2017, fitting out alongside. All ships of the

  • Support ship for Type 001A's sea trials arrives in Dalian

    The arrival of the Chinese carrier trials support ship No 89 in Dalian, which has berthed next to the country’s second aircraft carrier (commonly referred to as Type 001A), has prompted speculation that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the shipbuilder are preparing the

  • Canada in talks with Davie for leasing four icebreakers

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his government is in talks with Quebec-based shipbuilder Davie about leasing four icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Trudeau on 18 January said negotiations with Davie were to begin the following day. The shipbuilder originally proposed

  • Larsen & Toubro launches second 97 m OPV for Indian Coast Guard

    Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has launched a second 97 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The platform, which is part of a contract for seven OPVs signed between the Indian government and L&T in March 2015, was launched on 20 January at Kattupalli, near

  • China launches sixth Type 071 LPD

    China’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard has launched the sixth Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The platform entered the water on 21 January, according to reputable online Chinese sources, corroborated with a

  • Spanish Navy details delivery schedule for S 80 submarines

    The Spanish Navy says it expects to have its first of four S 80 submarines delivered by 2021 and that the final price for the boats will be substantially more than EUR3 billion (USD3.6 billion). It is also waiting on government approval to start the F 110 frigate programme and the new submarine

  • MV Asterix refuels RCN ship for the first time

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) new support tanker, MV Asterix , has successfully conducted its first fuel transfer to an RCN ship at sea. The Project Resolve vessel made its first transfer of fuel to Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto on 15 January and completed a dual replenishment with

  • Brazil advances submarine construction

    Brazil is preparing to integrate, finish, and test the first three unified hull sections for Riachuelo (S-40), Brazil’s first of four planned diesel-electric attack submarines, at the Itaguaí shipyard. The hull sections were moved on 13 and 14 January from the Unidade de

  • RoKN’s seventh KSS-2 submarine to start operations in May

    The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) seventh air-independent propulsion (AIP)-capable KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine will be operationally deployed from May this year, according to statement issued by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on

  • India issues RFI for six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels

    India’s Ministry of Defence is acquiring a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to improve the navy’s maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities, and has issued a request for information (RFI) to finalise specifications of the programme. The platform, which will be known

  • Sixth Project 22160 corvette laid down in Zelenodolsk

    Zelenodolsk Shipyard laid the keel for the Russian Navy’s sixth Bykov-class (Project 22160) corvette, Nikolay Sipyagin , on 13 January. Designed by Severnoye design bureau, the new class is primarily intended for maritime security tasks including counter-piracy and counter-trafficking

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