• Wasp deployment could mark USMC operational shift

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) expects to transform many of its operational concepts with the arrival of the first ship capable of handling F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) in Western Pacific waters this month, according to Major General David Coffman, US Navy (USN) director of expeditionary warfare.

  • Japan to assist with establishment of 11 new radar stations across southern Philippines

    Key Points Japan is providing Manila with resources to establish 11 new coastal radar stations across southern Philippines Move aims to secure major shipping lanes that connect the Sulu Sea, with the Celebes Sea and the Pacific Ocean In an effort to help bolster security along a notorious sea

  • Sixth Project 22160 corvette laid down in Zelenodolsk

    Zelenodolsk Shipyard laid the keel for the Russian Navy’s sixth Bykov-class (Project 22160) corvette, Nikolay Sipyagin , on 13 January. Designed by Severnoye design bureau, the new class is primarily intended for maritime security tasks including counter-piracy and counter-trafficking

  • Albania extends Aegan Sea deployment

    Albania's Naval Forces (Forca Detare, FD) has extended its participation in Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) deployment in the Aegean Sea for an additional 12 months. For this purpose, the FD's Iliria-class patrol boat, ALS Butrinti , departed Albania on 16 January to join the NATO

  • Chilean Navy refits SSKs

    The first of the Chilean Navy’s two German-built Type 209 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), Thomson, is set to start a final refit and upgrade programme during January 2018 to extend its service life for another 10 years. Work will be carried out at ASMAR naval shipyard in Talcahuano,

  • Maritime piracy watchdog calls for continued vigilance as incidences rise for 2017

    Key Points Maritime piracy cases across Asia have risen for 2017 compared with the previous year Despite the increase, the number of incidences is still relatively low in comparison with other years within the decade The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery

  • TKMS begins work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines has commenced The Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to receive the first boat in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has begun work on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) third

  • US government approves potential Harpoon, RAM missiles FMS for Mexico

    The US State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Boeing RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missiles (SSM), 23 Raytheon Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 surface-to-air missiles (SAM), and six Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes requested by the Mexican

  • Cyprus boosts maritime capabilities with first offshore patrol vessel

    The Cyprus Navy commissioned its first offshore patrol vessel (OPV), Commodore Andreas Ioannides (P61), into service during a ceremony held at Evangelos Florakis Naval Base in Mari on 15 January. Commodore Andreas Ioannides was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd in Haifa Bay, Israel, under a EUR44

  • Indonesia disbands patrol boat units of Eastern, Western fleets

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is reorganising the deployment and reporting structure of its patrol boat units Move aimed at improving maritime security, especially in the country’s more remote waters In a bid to further improve naval presence across its vast archipelago, the Indonesian

  • USN’s first F-35B-capable forward deployed warship arrives in Japan

    Key Points A US Navy warship that is capable of embarking Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has arrived in Japan Vessel significantly increases US military capabilities, and range of options in the Asia-Pacific region amid tensions on the Korean peninsula The US Navy’s (USN’s) first

  • Surface Navy 2018: Austal USA, Lockheed Martin detail frigate derivatives

    Austal USA and Lockheed Martin officials said they are offering basic designs for the new US Navy (USN) guided-missile frigate FFG(X) that closely match those of their Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) templates with some key differences to increase lethality, survivability, and multimission potential.

  • Surface Navy 2018: US Navy needs common bridges and radars, Fleet Forces commander says

    The US Navy (USN) has created confusion with the plethora of bridge-control configurations and commercial navigation radars it uses on its surface ships, Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, said. Speaking at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association conference on 11

  • UK deploys Wildcat to Oman

    Two UK Royal Navy (RN) Wildcat HMA.2 helicopters have been deployed to Oman to replace a shore-based detachment of Merlin HMA.2 helicopters in the Middle Eastern country. The RN has had shore-based Merlin maritime helicopters in Oman for more than a decade to monitor shipping movements in the

  • Indonesia commissions second Martadinata-class frigate

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its second Sigma 10514 frigate Programme to acquire further vessels in the class is now expected to pick-up momentum The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has inducted its second Martadinata (Sigma 10514) class

  • Surface Navy 2018: NAVSEA gets set to kick off FFG(X) conceptual design phase

    Key Points Between four and six FFG(X) conceptual design awards are planned before the end of March Average threshold cost of USD950 million per ship after the first of class Just six months after signalling a change of course on its requirement for a more lethal and survivable small surface

  • Surface Navy 2018: New combat system baseline remains AMDR focus

    Despite recent proposed US funding cuts for the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) 6.0 software package for the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR) system, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are focusing on developing and integrating the Baseline 10 combat system software that will be the

  • Surface Navy 2018: SEWIP Lite set for first deliveries

    Key Points AN/SLQ-32(V)6C – also known as SEWIP Lite – is a scaled, lower-cost version of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 SEWIP Block 2 system Initial deliveries are supporting the USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter programme Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has completed build of the first two

  • South Korea marines receives two utility helicopters

    The Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) has received two amphibious support variant of the KUH-1 Surion light utility twin-engine helicopter from country’s Defense Acquisition Procurement Agency (DAPA). The aircraft, which has been referred to by official news agency Yonhap as the MUH-1 or

  • Indonesian Navy commissions CN-235 MPA, AS565 anti-submarine helicopters

    Key Points Indonesia has inducted another CN-235-220 maritime patrol aircraft, and two more AS565 helicopters Aircraft will enhance the service’s maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has

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