• Brazilian Navy obtains support vessels

    The Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) has acquired three vessels from Norwegian company Solstad Farstad. The Brazilian Navy and Solstad Farstad signed a deal on 4 April for three Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels, constructed between 2010 and 2011, to be refitted as support vessels (Navios de

  • Australia enhances submarine rescue capabilities with new hyperbaric equipment

    Key Points A rescue service provider will soon deploy equipment with a larger capacity for the Royal Australian Navy Equipment will improve naval submarine rescue capabilities of Australia and the region Australia’s naval submarine rescue capabilities have been enhanced with new hyperbaric

  • Navy League 2018: USN on track to install laser on LPD 27

    The US Navy (USN) plans to install laser weapon components on the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) during the second or third quarter of 2019, Captain Brian Metcalf, programme manager for LPD 17 and LX(R) Shipbuilding, said on 11 April during a Naval Sea Systems Command briefing

  • Navy League 2018: USN looks to ready Zumwalt for sea strike without gun ammo

    The US Navy will be revamping guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) for its new sea-strike role once the ship is ready for the fleet, but the service still has no ammunition for the ship's 155 mm guns. Zumwalt is preparing to undergo combat system activation and testing in San Diego in

  • India commissions first new Vikram-class OPV

    Key Points The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned its first 97 m Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel Platform validates the capabilities of Indian private shipyards to deliver on more complex Mil-Spec platform projects The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned its first new Vikram-class

  • Navy League 2018: Aquabotix adds the SwarmDiver USV to its family of systems

    Aquabotix has developed a swarming micro unmanned surface vessel (USV) that operates within a swarm and can dive below the surface to become an unmanned underwater vessel, collect data, surface, and return home. The company has delivered 10 SwarmDivers to the US Navy, Ted Curley, chief development

  • China launches fourth and final Type C13B corvette for Bangladesh Navy

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the fourth and final Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvette on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the cjdby.net website. The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship, which has been named

  • US vessels donated to Costa Rica depart Baltimore

    Two platforms donated by the United States to Costa Rica departed from Baltimore, Maryland, on 3 April and will reach the Central American nation’s Puerto Caldera, in the Pacific, by the end of April. The two patrol boats, formerly known as Long Island and Roanoke Island , are 110 ft

  • Announcement of full operating capability for RAN’s LHDs held up by commercial discussions

    Full operational capability for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) two 27,500-tonne Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs) will not be declared until commercial negotiations are completed on the successful remediation of faulty propulsion pods, a parliamentary committee has been

  • Indonesia prepares to receive second Nagapasa-class submarine

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is preparing to bring its second South Korean-built submarine home Service is on track to operate a class of two boats by 2018, with a third under construction in Surabaya A pioneering crew for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut,

  • Tunisian Navy receives first of its new Damen MSOPV 1400 offshore patrol vessels

    The Tunisian Navy has received the first of four new Damen-built Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV 1400) series offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with a SeaAxe hullform. The lead vessel, Jugurtha , departed its shipyard at Galati in Romania in early March and arrived at the main

  • MAXCMAS explores USV anti-collision clearance

    A UK study led by Rolls-Royce has demonstrated that a combination of relatively basic sensors and a simple set of algorithms can enable unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to meet or exceed the International Maritime Organisation (IMO’s) COLREGS collision-avoidance regulations. The results from

  • Kuwait receives final landing ship

    Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB) has completed Kuwait’s order for landing ships and craft, the General Staff of the Kuwaiti Army announced on 4 April. When ADSB announced the Kuwaiti order in 2013 it said it would supply eight landing craft and high-speed protection ships to Kuwait. Since then,

  • Navantia cuts steels on second AOR ship for RAN

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has begun work on the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). A first steel-cutting ceremony for the ship was held on 4 April at the company's premises in the northern Spanish municipality of Fene, the company

  • Australia launches project to improve safety, speed of RAN vessels

    Australia has launched a project designed to improve the safety, speed, and fuel consumption of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels through the use of enhanced space surveillance capabilities. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a 28 March statement that the AUD1.1 million

  • USS Theodore Roosevelt returns to Seventh Fleet en-route for planned incremental availability

    Key Points USS Theodore Roosevelt is making several stops across the Asia-Pacific region as it travels back to San Diego for a planned maintenance period The platform, which became the first US carrier to conduct simultaneous airstrikes on two different objectives more than 2,000 km apart in a

  • UK MoD to receive extra funds for Dreadnought

    An additional GBP600 million (USD842.5 million) funding is being made available to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to help cover expected cost overruns in the country’s Dreadnought successor nuclear deterrent submarine programme, Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament on 28 March. May

  • South Korean navy receives third LST-2-class tank landing ship

    Key Points The Republic of Korea Navy has received its third Cheonwangbong-class landing ship Service is on track to operate a class of four vessels, which will significantly bolster the country’s amphibious capabilities, by end-2019 The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received its third

  • Swiftships readies future landing craft for US Navy

    Louisiana-based yard Swiftships has been awarded a USD18 million, fixed-price incentive contract by the US Navy’s (USN’s) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to provide the detailed design and construction of a new landing craft under the Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1700 programme, the

  • Vietnam receives six more Metal Shark boats from US

    Key Points The Vietnam Coast Guard has taken delivery of another six US-built patrol vessels Delivery comes amid increasingly cordial relations between Washington and Hanoi The Vietnam Coast Guard (Canh Sát Bin Vit Nam: CSBV) has received another six Metal Shark Boats-built patrol vessels

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