• Surface Navy 2018: Saab’s MuMNS extends MCM operations

    Saab’s Multi-Shot Mine Neutralisation System [MuMNS] is expected to enter into test and evaluation with the French Navy and the UK Royal Navy (RN) toward the end of 2018. MuMNS is a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that will be deployed from an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) built by ASV for

  • Surface Navy 2018: Austal USA, Lockheed Martin detail frigate derivatives

    Austal USA and Lockheed Martin officials said they are offering basic designs for the new US Navy (USN) guided-missile frigate FFG(X) that closely match those of their Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) templates with some key differences to increase lethality, survivability, and multimission potential.

  • Iran’s Caspian frigate hits breakwater

    Iran’s only frigate on the Caspian, Damavand , suffered minor damage when it collided with a breakwater as it entered its home port of Bandar-e Anzali due to a storm, according to a military statement reported by the Iranian media. Amateur video footage showed the vessel grounded near the

  • Indonesia commissions second Martadinata-class frigate

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its second Sigma 10514 frigate Programme to acquire further vessels in the class is now expected to pick-up momentum The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has inducted its second Martadinata (Sigma 10514) class

  • Surface Navy 2018: NAVSEA gets set to kick off FFG(X) conceptual design phase

    Key Points Between four and six FFG(X) conceptual design awards are planned before the end of March Average threshold cost of USD950 million per ship after the first of class Just six months after signalling a change of course on its requirement for a more lethal and survivable small surface

  • Surface Navy 2018: Construction to begin in May for USN’s first Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyer

    The next-generation of the US Navy’s (USN's) guided missile destroyers, the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Flight III, is finishing a final design phase and shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is scheduled to start construction in May. Final 3D ‘zone’ modelling was

  • Surface Navy 2018: US officials believe they will field 38 amphibious ships

    The US Navy (USN) believes it is on track to provide the US Marine Corps with the 38 amphibious ships the marines say they need. The USN’s fleet includes so-called big-deck amphibious assault ships – landing helicopter assaults (LHAs) and landing helicopter docks (LHDs) – and

  • Surface Navy 2018: Wittman sees bipartisan support for new USCG icebreakers

    Key Points A key lawmaker sees bipartisan support for buying new US Coast Guard icebreakers Lawmakers split on whether the Pentagon or DHS should pay for these new ships A key lawmaker sees bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for the US Coast Guard (USCG) to buy one or more new polar icebreakers,

  • Indonesia’s lead KCR-60M craft loses missile attack capabilities

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has removed missile launchers from its lead KCR-60M fast attack craft The move is the latest in a series of plans to equip the smaller Indonesian naval vessels with Chinese weapons The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN expected speedier Zumwalt progress

    Additional testing and associated development of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is going more slowly than anticipated, said Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces. The ship is still going through shipboard and combat systems testing and is in the middle of

  • Russian Navy receives frigate Admiral Makarov

    The Project 11356 frigate Admiral Makarov , built by the Yantar Shipyard (a subsidiary of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation: USC) in Kaliningrad, has been handed over to the Russian Navy, USC stated on 26 December. The ship will be based in Sevastopol. Admiral Makarov was laid down on

  • Yemeni rebels capture Hydroid UUV

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah group (the Houthis) announced on 31 December that its naval forces had captured an underwater “spy vehicle” operated by the Saudi-led coalition that it is fighting. On the following day, it released video footage showing divers swimming with an unmanned

  • Russia to acquire 10 minesweepers in new arms programme

    The Russian Federation Navy is planning to acquire 10 Alexandrit-class (Project 12700) minesweepers by 2027 and 30 by 2035, according to Deputy Chief of the Naval Shipbuilding Directorate Captain Mikhail Krasnopeyev. The timetable for the 10 minesweepers coincides with Russia’s impending

  • Saudis reportedly to take FS56 FACs

    Saudi Arabia is set to acquire three Combattante FS56 fast attack craft (FACs) from CMN after paying the deposit on a USD250 million contract, the French newspaper La Tribune reported on 2 January. The three vessels were originally lined up as part of a USD3 billion Saudi-funded programme to equip

  • Poland expects submarine selection to be made this month

    Poland’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has revealed that it expects the selection of a strategic partner for the country’s Orka submarine programme to be made this month. The MND is looking to procure three submarines equipped with submarine-launched cruise missiles, with a fourth

  • LCS Manchester completes acceptance trials

    The littoral combat ship Manchester (LCS 14) completed acceptance trials recently in the Gulf of Mexico, shipbuilder Austal USA said on 2 January. Manchester is the seventh of the Austal-built Independence-variant LCSs. The trials, completed on 15 December 2017, involved comprehensive tests by the

  • MCMVs as well as rescue, salvage ship ordered for Polish Navy

    On 27 December Poland signed two separate contracts for the delivery of two additional Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) and a prototype Ratownik-class rescue and salvage ship. The first contract, worth PLN1.19 billion (USD343.64 million), involves the delivery of two

  • South Korean navy receives first multipurpose training vessel

    Key Points The South Korean navy has received a new type of naval training vessel Platform will bolster the service’s more advanced training capabilities The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received a new type of training support vessel from local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries &

  • PGZ takes over Poland’s SMW shipyard

    Poland’s Stocznia Marynarki Wojennej (SMW) shipyard in Gdynia was taken over by PGZ Stocznia Wojenna on 20 December. Starting this month PGZ will formally start the incorporation process to fit SMW into its corporate structure. The takeover of SMW, conducted in accordance with the Article 346

  • US scales back search efforts for Argentine submarine

    The United States has begun to draw down its efforts assisting the search for Argentine submarine ARA San Juan in the South Atlantic. The drawdown started on 27 December after the United States finished supporting specific requests from the Argentine government, US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)

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