• Babcock wins system integration role for Type 23 PGMU

    Key Points Babcock will provide integration services for the UK Royal Navy Type 23 frigate Power Generation and Machinery Control and Surveillance Update (PGMU) 11 of the RN's 13 Type 23 frigates will receive the PGMU embodiment, beginning with HMS Richmond The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has

  • Mainstreaming autonomy: 'Unmanned Warrior' in review

    The UK Royal Navy's recent 'Unmanned Warrior 2016' demonstration was conceived to investigate the potential offered by maritime autonomous systems, and to better understand how such systems might satisfy future capability requirements. Richard Scott finds out how far it succeeded Speaking at a

  • NATO stands up 'Sea Guardian', noting submarine role

    Key Points 'Sea Guardian' is NATO's new maritime security operation in the Mediterranean Sea The alliance has highlighted the presence of two submarines on the operation NATO has launched Operation 'Sea Guardian', its new construct for meeting maritime security requirements, the alliance's

  • Malaysia, Philippines agree on 'hot pursuit' maritime operations

    Manila has reached an agreement with Kuala Lumpur to allow the entry of Malaysian naval and law enforcement vessels into Philippine territorial waters when pursuing suspected maritime criminals. The agreement was reached on 10 November during a bilateral meeting in Putrajaya between Malaysian prime

  • Damen moves to quell speculation over MKS 180 bid

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has rejected suggestions that it may pull out of the race for the German Navy's MKS 180 programme as a result of the acquisition of teammate Blohm + Voss GmbH by the rival Lürssen group. The MKS 180 programme, which covers the build of four multirole

  • USN seeks to improve crew training, readiness to support LCS overseas maintenance

    Key Points USN looks to improve maintenance training for forward-deployed LCS operations Navy pursues fourth overseas basing hub for LCS The US Navy (USN) is seeking to improve crew training and readiness in maintaining its forward-deployed Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) at sea, as it addresses the

  • Korea Coast Guard moves forward with modernisation, expansion plans

    Key Points South Korea's coastguard has unveiled plans to boost domestic shipbuilding and to improve maritime security Patrol fleet is also being strengthened, to counter illegal fishing activity South Korea is progressing plans designed to bolster the output of its coastguard force. Hanjin

  • Indian Navy issues multipurpose corvette RfI as it seeks significant force level increase

    Key Points India has released an RfI for a next-generation corvette A number of new corvette programmes are being implemented to support the navy's aim of generating a 212-ship fleet The Indian Navy has issued a request for information (RfI) to support a planned new corvette programme. According

  • New OPV deliveries see Bangladesh's coastguard continue to expand

    Key Points Bangladesh receives first of two pairs of ex-Italian corvettes Deliveries are two of 14 ships expected for the coastguard, a force level increase intended to support Bangladesh's ability to secure its 'blue economy' The Bangladesh Coast Guard's (BCG's) fleet has been boosted with the

  • Indo Defence 2016: PT Palindo discloses further details of 110 m vessel on order for BAKAMLA

    Key Points PT Palindo has revealed further details of a 110 m OPV under construction for the country's maritime security agency The service is on track to receive its largest ever platform in 2017 Indonesian shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine has disclosed further details of an offshore patrol vessel

  • Upgraded Merlin HC4/4A for Royal Marines makes maiden flight

    The first of 25 AgustaWestland Merlin HC4/4A transport and assault helicopters for the Royal Marines (RM) made its maiden flight in late October. The flight, which was announced by the Royal Navy (RN) on 28 October, took place at Leonardo Helicopters' facility at Yeovil, in southern England, where

  • US Navy deploys Poseidon to plug GIUK Gap

    The US Navy (USN) has flown its Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) out of Iceland as NATO looks to more effectively monitor the GIUK Gap that runs between Greenland, Iceland, and the United Kingdom. The US Naval Forces Europe Command posted a Tweet on 1 November in which it

  • Indo Defence 2016: PT PAL signs MoU with Boustead to build Malaysian Navy ship in Indonesia

    Key Points PT PAL and Boustead Naval Shipyard have agreed to collaborate on a possible multirole support ship contract Agreement may see the Royal Malaysian Navy's first LPD-like ship being constructed in Indonesia Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has signed a memorandum of understanding

  • First US Expeditionary Sea Base prepares for maiden deployment in 2017

    Key Points USNS Lewis B Puller (T-ESB 3) completed IOT&E in August 2016 General Dynamics NASSCO in Norfolk is to perform a post-shakedown availability, including modification for special operations forces The US Navy (USN) has released details of the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

  • Saab bolsters Polish submarine bid with PGZ tie-up

    Key Points Saab, PGZ announce MoU on future submarine and surface ship opportunities Saab is proposing its A26 design to meet Poland's Orka submarine replacement programme requirement Swedish defence and security company Saab has strengthened its position with regards to Poland's Orka submarine

  • Intermarine begins construction of high-speed multipurpose vessels for Italian Navy

    Key Points Intermarine begins build of two high-speed multipurpose vessels The vessels are being delivered as one of a number of programmes put in place under the 'Legge Navale' to provide new capabilities for the navy Italian company Intermarine has begun building two high-speed multipurpose

  • MMCM programme advances but France, UK, set different headings

    Key Points An industry team led by Thales is leading the MMCM programme Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019 France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme, covering the development,

  • New periscope, optronic mast for Pakistan Agosta 90B submarines

    Key Points Pakistan Navy Agosta 90B submarines will be modernised with the SERO 250 periscope and OMS 200 optronic mast STM is prime contractor for the Agosta 90B upgrade Airbus DS Optronics - shortly to be rebranded under the Hensoldt imprint - is to replace the existing search and attack

  • Hyundai discloses further details of Philippine Navy's new frigates

    Key Points Hyundai Heavy Industries has revealed further details of the two frigates that it will build for the Philippine Navy The platform is slightly smaller than anticipated, but said to inherit main design features of South Korea's Incheon class South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy

  • Chilean Navy to upgrade P-3 Orion fleet

    Canadian company IMP Aerospace is to upgrade the Chilean Navy's Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), it announced on 17 October. The aircraft, which have been in service since 1993, are to receive new wings and stablisers, a digital 'glass' cockpit, and enhanced engines under

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