• General Dynamics demos ability to launch UAV from UUV

    General Dynamics demonstrated the ability to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. The company also displayed a prototype capability for deploying unmanned vehicles from a

  • Malaysia names and launches first Littoral Combat Ship

    Key Points Malaysia has named and launched the country’s first Littoral Combat Ship Platform will provide the Royal Malaysian Navy with all-round offensive capabilities against air, surface, and underwater threats Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has launched the first

  • Series of deadly accidents in Pacific reverberate across the US Navy

    US Pacific Fleet on 22 August relieved Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, from his job following a slew of major accidents. Admiral Scott Swift, the US Pacific Fleet commander, relieved Vice Adm Aucoin “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to

  • Malaysia transfers body of possible USS John S McCain crew member to US Navy

    Key Points A number of bodies have been found onboard the stricken Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that was involved in the Singapore Strait collision Discovery of another body in the sea off Johor dims hopes of finding more survivors, even as search-and-rescue operations continue The Royal

  • Regional navies intensify search for missing sailors in Singapore waters after USS John S McCain collision

    Key Points A search for 10 missing US sailors off Singapore has intensified, even as the US Navy announces a review of its operations Accident and subsequent search operations have raised concerns in Beijing, given the area's close proximity to its claims in the South China Sea In the wake of a

  • Damen begins building Mexican Navy’s new patrol vessel

    Damen started building a long-range ocean patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance: POLA) for the Mexican Navy, according to a 17 August navy statement. The vessel is Damen Group’s Sigma 10514 frigate. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, in the Netherlands, will construct two

  • Indian Coast Guard receives two high-speed interceptor ships

    On 17 August 2017, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) issued a press release confirming the delivery of two high-speed interceptor boats to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at Kattupalli Shipyard near Chennai. The delivery comes seven months ahead of schedule. The boats are a part of two contracts signed by

  • Indian Navy commissions second Mk IV LCU

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its second indigenously built Mk IV LCU Platform will bolster the service’s amphibious assault and HADR capabilities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territories The Indian Navy has commissioned the second of eight Mk IV Landing Craft Utility

  • USN punishes officers from Fitzgerald destroyer collision

    Top ranking officers on USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), which on 17 June collided with a merchant vessel, have been relieved of duty. “The commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief of the guided-missile destroyer were relieved of their duties by Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin,

  • USN destroyer collides with tanker in South China Sea, 10 sailors missing

    Key Points A US Navy guided-missile destroyer has collided with an oil and chemical tanker at the eastern approaches of the Singapore Strait in the South China Sea Incident is the third mishap to involve an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the region since June 2017 The US Navy’s

  • Proteus dual-mode undersea vehicle demonstrated at ANTX

    Key Points Proteus has been designed and built to serve as a large-diameter undersea vehicle prototype for both manned and unmanned missions During ANTX, Proteus was used to ingress contested battlespace and launch three micro-UUVs Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Proteus

  • Keel laid for Mexican SIGMA 10514 frigate

    Key Points Contract for a single SIGMA 10514 ‘Long Range Patrol Vessel’ was signed earlier in 2017 Module construction to be split between the Netherlands and Mexico A keel laying ceremony has been performed at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s Vlissingen shipyard in the

  • Malaysia appoints new submarine force commander

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy has appointed a new submarine force commander The leader will oversee continuation of several recently announced initiatives to improve submarine operational safety in the region The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has appointed Captain Abdullah Sani as the

  • UK details F-35B carrier trials

    The UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is to spend eight weeks off the east coast of the United States carrying out flight trials next year with Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters embarked for the first time. Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth comes home to Portsmouth

    The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth , was greeted by thousands of people as it entered its home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 16 August. Its crew lined the flight deck with Merlin helicopters behind them and in the air for a flypast with Hawk fixed- and

  • DARPA tests new sensor ‘mast’ for navy ships

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has tested the experimental sensor mast Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) from a commissioned US Navy (USN) vessel for the first time, the agency announced on 15 August. TALONS was tested from USS Zephyr , a Cyclone-class patrol

  • Chile commissions new off-shore patrol vessel

    The Chilean Navy has commissioned the 1,800-tonne Cabo Odger (OPV 84), its fourth Piloto Pardo-class ocean patrol vessel (OPV), locally built to German shipbuilder Fassmer’s OPV 80 design. Cabo Odger is the second of two vessels in the class built with reinforced hulls for service in Antarctic

  • Australia approves plan to extend service life of Huon-class minesweepers

    The Australian government has granted first pass approval on plans to extend the service life of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Huon (Gaeta)-class coastal mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs). Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, head of navy capability at the RAN, described the plans as one

  • China's Beijing Sifang Automation readies SeaFly multirole USV for production

    Beijing Sifang Automation (Sifang) – a research and manufacturing company specialising in power automation and generation, as well as transportation systems – plans to roll out a production-ready model of its SeaFly intelligent unmanned surface vehicle (USV) by the end of 2017. The

  • Malaysia deploys naval ship at new base near disputed island with Singapore

    Key Points Malaysia has made its first naval deployment to a new installation near an island it believes is part of Putrajaya’s territory Move may herald more frequent deployments of Malaysian naval assets into the disputed region, but this is unlikely to affect bilateral relations between

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