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  • China targets export market with latest submarine designs

    Key Points Buoyed by recent successes with the Pakistan and Thai navies, Chinese naval shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation has recently unveiled a slew of new submarine concepts targeted at the export market New export concepts include 200-, 600-, and 1,100-tonne diesel-electric

  • Gotland MLU programme targets mid-2018 sea trials

    Key Points HSwMS Gotland and HSwMS Halland are receiving a mid-life modernisation under a SEK2.1 billion contract Both boats are receiving an additional 2 m hull section being inserted by means of a ‘cut and plug’ operation The first of two Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) Type A 19

  • Peru kicks off submarine modernisation programme

    Peru’s state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) has begun modernising the Peruvian Navy’s Angamos-class (U209/1200) submarines. BAP Chipana (SS 34) has been placed on the shipyard’s new syncrolift, acquired from TTS Syncrolift AS, at SIMA’s Callao

  • First ship launched under Canada’s shipbuilding programme

    The Canadian government launched the first large vessel to be built under its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) in Vancouver, British Colombia, on 8 December. The ship, Sir John Franklin , is one of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OSFV) being constructed by Seaspan for the Canadian

  • India quietly launches second SSBN

    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presided over the launch of the second indigenously designed Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) on order for the Indian Navy (IN). Official sources told Jane’s that the launch of Arighat , which took place during a

  • RAN decommissions Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Darwin

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned its Adelaide-class, guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service. In a ceremony held on 9 December at the vessel’s homeport of Garden Island in Sydney, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said that “the ship and her

  • Second Zumwalt-class ship continues trials despite equipment failure

    The second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), has continued builder’s trials (BTs) despite equipment failures that affected its propulsion and electrical systems one day after leaving Bath Iron Works, US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) officials said. The

  • Finland’s Boomeranger Boats to deliver special operations RHIBs to UAE, India

    Finnish boat manufacturer Boomeranger Boats announced on 27 November that it had signed contracts to deliver special operations rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military and the Indian Navy (IN). The company said in a statement that it will provide 34 such boats

  • Poland commissions ORP Kormoran mine countermeasures vessel

    The Polish Navy has confirmed it commissioned ORP Kormoran , the first Project 258 Kormoran II mine countermeasures (MCM) vessel, in late November. The non-magnetic steel hull Kormoran II class is designed for mine hunting in Poland’s exclusive economic zone, with task forces in the Baltic

  • US Navy sends deep-water team to search for C2-A aircraft

    The US Navy (USN) will deploy a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on the way to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on 22 November, USN officials said in a statement. While the

  • Brazil hopes to buy, commission UK’s HMS Ocean by June 2018

    The Brazilian Navy is seeking to commission the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) by June 2018, the navy told Jane’s on 6 December. The navy is authorised to negotiate with the United Kingdom towards a GBP84.6 million (USD113 million) procurement. Prior to

  • Future Chinese carriers to deploy J-20, J-31 stealth fighters, says report

    China’s future straight-deck carriers will operate aircraft such as the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group J-20 and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-31 ‘fifth-generation’ stealth-enhanced fighters, according to a 6 December report by the state-owned Global Times newspaper.

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

  • Canadian government rejects FREMM bid for new surface combatant

    A last-minute offer to build the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) warship has been rejected by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). A combined Fincantieri and Naval Group submission offered a fixed-price of CAD30 billion to build 15 Frégates

  • Iranian Navy commissions fourth Sina FAC-M

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) commissioned its fourth domestically built Sina fast attack craft (FAC) on 5 December. The commissioning of Separ (P 234) took place at the IRIN’s Bandar-e Anzali base on the Caspian. The first three Sinas were commissioned by the Caspian fleet between

  • Pakistan’s KSEW launches 600-tonne patrol vessel for PMSA

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) has launched a 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), according to a statement by the state-owned shipyard. The 68.5 m-long multi-mission ship, which was launched on 5 December in

  • Thales, Cotecmar renew partnership

    France’s Thales announced on 5 December that it had renewed its partnership agreement with Colombian naval firm Cotecmar at the Expodefensa 2017 trade show. According to a statement released by Thales, the two companies are building on an agreement first signed in 2015, and will focus on the

  • Analysis: Wings over the ocean – US Navy charts future course for carrier aviation

    Key Points Having been the sole preserve of the F/A-18 Hornet-series combat aircraft for more than a decade, the tactical air support element of the USN's CAWsis set to be joined in the coming years by the F-35C Lightning II at what is to be a pivotal point in the service's aviation history. When

  • Brazilian government authorises purchase of UK’s HMS Ocean

    Brazil’s Ministry of Defence on 1 December authorised the navy to begin efforts to purchase the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH). The Brazilian Navy requested this authorisation in early 2017 after a decision to retire its NAe São Paulo aircraft carrier,

  • Improper radar operation cited in USS Champlain collision

    The 9 May collision between USS Champlain (CG 57) and South Korean fishing vessel Nam Yang 502 might have been avoided if the bridge watch team aboard the US Navy (USN) guided-missile cruiser had maintained a proper radar track, according to a USN memorandum on the mishap. “Watch team members

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