• Boeing withdraws from USN missile competition

    Boeing no longer has any intention of submitting a bid for the US Navy's (USN's) new over-the-horizon (OTH) missile scheduled for the service's Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) and future frigates, Troy Rutherford, the company's missile systems director, has confirmed. Speaking to Jane's , Rutherford

  • Third OPV for Portuguese Navy floated out

    Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea - Estaleiros Navais launched a third Viana do Castelo-class NPO (Navio de Patrulha Oceanica) offshore patrol vessel for the Portuguese Navy on 3 May. The OPV, named Sines , is the first of an additional two NPOs being built under a contract worth around EUR77 million

  • Russia completes initial Ka-52K sea trials

    Russian Helicopters has completed the first phase of maritime trials of the Kamov Ka-52K Katran (Dog Shark) naval attack platform, Rostec State Corporation announced on 2 April. Two of the twin-seat co-axial Ka-52Ks performed the trials over a period of weeks from late 2016 to early 2017, the

  • MMEA rebrands service as 'Malaysia Coast Guard'

    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is now formally known as the Malaysia Coast Guard, a senior service official has confirmed during his presentation at the Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference in Jakarta. The rebranding exercise is being done against the backdrop of

  • Indonesia to receive three new 120 m LSTs by 2018

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama has received a contract to construct three 120 m landing ship tank (LST) platforms for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), an official from the company confirmed with Jane's on 27 April. The vessels, which will be used

  • Malaysia conducts trials of 30 mm naval gun from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted test firings of a 30 mm Turkish-made naval gun system from a newly inducted platform Tests brings the first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft closer towards full operational capability with the service The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted

  • Peru launches first of new multi-purpose LPDs

    The first of the Peruvian Navy's (Marina de Guerra del Perú's: MGP's) two new landing platform dock (LPD) ships, BAP Pisco , was launched from the Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) shipyard in Callao, Peru, on 25 April 2017. Pisco is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2018,

  • Australian LHDs inoperable for more than a month with propulsion issues that have yet to be identified

    Both of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two largest ships, the 27,500-tonne Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs), have been unavailable for service for more than a month with propulsion problems whose cause has yet to be identified, the Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed. A DoD

  • India, South Korea sign MOU on naval shipbuilding

    Key Points India and South Korea have signed an agreement to collaborate in the area of naval shipbuilding The pact could include co-operation in the construction of AIP-capable submarines for the Indian Navy, among other possibilities In a sign of deepening defence co-operation between the two

  • France confirms FTI frigate contract

    Key Points The first of five FTI intermediate frigates is to be delivered in 2023 Thales is developing the new Sea Fire active electronically scanned array radar for the FTI The French Ministry of Defence has confirmed the EUR3.8 billion (USD4.1 billion) contract for the five-ship Frégate de

  • USN sets out plan for new mine neutraliser for MCM USV deployment

    Key Points Barracuda has been conceived as a low-cost expendable neutraliser conforming to the form factor of an A-size sonobuoy A final RFP is expected in late FY 2017 The US Navy (USN) has outlined plans for the acquisition of a new mine neutralisation system to form part of the Littoral Combat

  • Indonesia issues tender to upgrade naval pier on South China Sea island

    Key Points Indonesia has taken more steps towards upgrading its naval facilities in the South China Sea Upgrades will allow the deployment of larger vessels in the disputed maritime region The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has issued a tender to upgrade a naval pier at Sabang Mawang on Pulau

  • GAO pushes for delaying USN Future Frigate

    Key Points US GAO recommends delaying USN frigate acquisition till FY 2019 GAO suggests that extra time would improve design and capabilities of the future class The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that Congress delay acquisition of the Future Frigate till Fiscal Year

  • Ford completes builder's sea trials, prepares for acceptance trials

    The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) has completed builder's sea trials and is beginning preparations for acceptance trials with the Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

  • MMEA conducts trials of Fulmar UAV from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency has successfully completed first at-sea trials of the Fulmar UAV system The service is on track to operationalise its first UAV-capable patrol vessel in 2017 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has conducted at-sea trials of the

  • Damen completes sea trials of Australian naval aviation training vessel

    Damen Shipyards Group announced on 20 April that it has completed sea trials of a multirole aviation training vessel (MATV) on order for Australia. The civilian registered vessel, MV Sycamore , will be operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a platform to conduct helicopter-related aviation

  • Indonesia retires stricken Cold War-era corvette, KRI Pati Unus

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has decommissioned the Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvette, KRI Pati Unus (384). The 75.2 m vessel was retired from the TNI-AL's Western Fleet (KOARMABAR) on 19 April in a decommissioning ceremony held in the port

  • Arctic Coast Guard Forum to hold search-and-rescue exercises

    Key Points The multi-nation forum will hold search-and-rescue exercises near Iceland in September 2017 Russia will host an information exchange system similar to the one used by the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum The recently formed Arctic Coast Guard Forum will hold a multi-lateral

  • China arms Type 818 coastguard ship with close-in weapon system

    Images circulated on Chinese internet sources suggest that the China Coast Guard (CCG) has equipped its lead Type 818 vessel with the Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS). Two turrets of the system, one each on the port and starboard sides, appear to have been installed above the ship's

  • DCNS delivers fourth FREMM frigate for France

    French shipbuilder DCNS handed over the fourth Aquitaine-class FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Mission) frigate to the French Navy on 11 April. Auvergne is one of six ships in France's planned eight-ship FREMM programme being configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. It

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