• Multicarrier drills help USN develop new CSG operational concepts

    The rare convergence of three carrier strike groups (CSGs) this month in the Western Pacific provided US Navy (USN) planners a chance to combine the disparate forces in novel ways compared with traditional deployments. “This is a unique opportunity,” Rear Admiral Gregory Harris,

  • Navantia lays keel for first RAN replenishment vessel

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at its Ferrol yard on 17 November. According to Navantia the launch of the first oiler is planned for the third quarter of 2018, with

  • Spain considers relocating Canary Islands naval base

    Spain is to look at moving its naval base on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, defence minister María Dolores de Cospedal announced on 15 November. However, while she promised a commission to study possible new locations would be set up between the Ministry of Defence and local authorities by

  • Russian defence chief updates on Russian naval improvements

    The tempo of Russian Federation Navy operations worldwide has significantly increased over the past five years, Russia’s armed forces chief General Valery Gerasimov has said. Briefing a Russian Ministry of Defence board meeting on naval developments covering the 2013-2017 timeframe on 7

  • Singapore deploys LMV on inaugural regional mission in show of platform’s wider capabilities

    Key Points Singapore has deployed its Littoral Mission Vessel to a regional activity for the first time Mission provides an opportunity to prove out the platform’s wider capabilities in an extended deployment setting The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has deployed its first-of-class

  • Ukraine confirms intention to regenerate MCM capability

    Key Points Ukraine hopes to acquire new MCM systems to replace capability lost to Russia The new capabilities will be part of a ‘Mosquito Fleet’ as an interim to re-establishing a true naval force Ukraine’s navy has confirmed aspirations to develop a mine countermeasure (MCM)

  • Arleigh Burke Flight III follows destroyer upgrade path, HII CEO says

    While the US Navy (USN) sees the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as a major step forward for missile defence – especially with the incorporation of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), the ship’s hull is following the same proven course for improvements as earlier

  • MQ-9 UAS supports ASW demonstration

    Key Points The MQ-9 air vehicle was fitted with a sonobuoy receiver and a data processor for the purposes of the demonstration Testing saw the MQ-9 receive and process sonobuoy data and then relay track data via a satellite communications link A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned

  • Singapore strengthens Maritime Security Task Force with two more Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points Singapore has commissioned two additional Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels Platform is expected to be deployed primarily for maritime security operations in the Singapore Strait The operational component of Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) has been

  • Bangladesh Navy commissions largest indigenously built warships, naval auxiliaries

    The Bangladesh Navy (BN) commissioned two locally built Chinese Durjoy-class large patrol craft (LPC), Durgam (P 814) and Nishan (P 815), along with two 32 m submarine handling tugs, at its Titumir naval base in Khulna on 8 November. The vessels were built at the navy-operated Khulna Shipyard (KSY).

  • Mexican Navy commissions latest coastal patrol vessel

    The Mexican Navy commissioned its 10th Tenochtitlan-class coastal patrol vessel (CPV) at the Heroic Naval Military School in Antón Lizardo, Veracruz, on 6 November. The vessel, named ARM Chichén Itza (PC-340), is the last unit of the class slated to be built under the current

  • Indonesian Navy’s new training ship arrives home

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy’s new training ship has arrived in-country Platform provides the Indonesian Navy with improved ab initio training capabilities A Spanish-built three-masted training ship commissioned by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or

  • Raytheon Ktech to deliver telemetry suite for G550 range support aircraft

    Key Points The G550 Telemetry Range Support Aircraft will be outfitted with an advanced airborne telemetry instrumentation system Raytheon Ktech will develop and integrate a tri-band airborne telemetry system and command destruct/flight termination system Raytheon’s Ktech business has been

  • Babcock, BMT sign surface ship co-operation agreement

    Key Points Babcock and BMT have agreed on a strategic relationship covering surface ship design, build and support The two companies are already working together to pursue the RN Type 31e frigate requirement Babcock and BMT have concluded a co-operation agreement setting out the framework of a

  • Indonesia’s military satellite project uncertain after missed payment

    Key Points Indonesia’s plans to expand satellite communications coverage of its naval fleet face disruption Wider ambitions to operate a military satellite are also uncertain, as Indonesia is at risk of losing its designated orbital slot Indonesia is at risk of losing an orbital slot

  • Honduran navy commissions logistics support vessel

    The Honduran Naval Force (FNH) formally received and commissioned its first Logistics Support and Cabotage Vessel (BAL-C) at the Puerto Cortés naval base on 4 November. Christened Gracias a Dios (FNH-1611), the vessel cost USD13.5 million and was built by the Colombian Science and Technology

  • Training ships key to making LCS structure work

    The success of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programmatic operational structure will hinge on US Navy (USN) officials’ acceptance of a relatively novel idea for service warships: setting several of the ships aside to be training vessels. “The respective fleet commander needs to embrace

  • USN BMD operations, bridge controls come under scrutiny in collisions review

    The US Navy's (USN's) comprehensive review of recent warship collisions and other mishaps has called for the service to improve the fundamental seamanship of its surface warfare officers (SWOs). Released on 2 November, the review also calls for the USN to re-evaluate its surface-ship ballistic

  • USN expects to meet Columbia-class sub-motor delivery schedule

    Despite some earlier problems with a prototype main propulsion motor for its Columbia-class strategic submarine replacement fleet, the US Navy (USN) expects to keep to the proposed delivery schedule for that equipment, Admiral James Caldwell, director of naval nuclear propulsion, said.

  • Kongsberg, thyssenkrupp tie knot on submarine joint venture

    Kongsberg and thyssenkrupp, together with thyssenkrupp subsidiary Atlas Elektronik, have formally established their new Norwegian-German submarine combat systems joint venture (JV). The new company, given the name kta Naval Systems, will develop, produce and maintain combat systems as an exclusive

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