• BAE Systems contracted for RN combat systems support

    Key Points BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP200 million contract to manage, maintain, and refresh the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted to RN surface ships The JSS2 contract forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has

  • SEWIP issues being addressed, IG says

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) appears to be back on track in developing the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) after earlier mismanagement delayed the effort and increased cost, a recently released Pentagon Inspector General (IG) report said. SEWIP is an incremental

  • Spanish sub Galerna set for major overhaul

    Spanish S 70-class submarine Galerna is to undergo a fifth major overhaul as the navy continues to maintain the boats to cover the long-delayed arrival of the new S 80s. Financing for the project was approved by the government on 8 December, with the EUR43.2 million (USD50.8 million) costs planned

  • Cantiere Navale Vittoria unveils details of new Italian Navy LCMs

    Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria is building four new LC23-class mechanised landing craft (LCMs) for the Italian Navy. The four craft, designed to equip the service’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD), are being built under a contract awarded by Fincantieri in the first quarter of

  • Coastal connections: US marines test technology and tactics to secure the shoreline

    The USMC is continuing its push to return to its expeditionary roots, focusing on equipment and systems that get it from ship to shore and inland more quickly and easily while enhancing operations in forward locations. Michael Fabey reports After years of ground combat operations, particularly in

  • 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

  • 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

  • MTG Dolphin to build two patrol boats for the Bulgarian Navy

    MTG Dolphin, a privately owned shipbuilding, conversion, repair, and overhaul company based in Varna, Bulgaria, has won a tender to supply two multifunctional modular patrol boats for the Bulgarian Navy (Voennomorski sili na Republika Balgariya: VMS). In comments reported by the Bulgarian Ministry

  • Second Zumwalt-class ship starts builder’s trials

    The second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1002), departed Bath Iron Works on 4 December to start builder’s sea trials, the shipbuilder reported. Meanwhile, the lead ship of the class, USS Zumwalt , is still undergoing combat-systems trials, US Navy (USN)

  • Poland to provide SAR vessels for Vietnam

    The Polish government signed a framework loan agreement with Vietnam for the construction of six search-and-rescue (SAR) vessels on 28 November. The project, valued at EUR200 million (USD237 million), will be co-ordinated by Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) subsidiary Cenzin. Under the contract terms,

  • 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

  • Sweden, Finland declare IOC for joint naval task group

    Key Points Sweden and Finland have declared initial operational capability for a standing naval task group Full operational capability for SFNTG is planned for 2023 Sweden and Finland have achieved initial operational capability (IOC) for a Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group (SFNTG), the heads of

  • USN continues with integration of Magic Carpet carrier landing system

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing the development and deployment of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, known in the USN by its acronym Magic Carpet, a system meant to make easier and safer to land F/A-18 aircraft

  • Russian Navy receives new icebreaker

    Oleg Kuleshov The Russian Federation Navy commissioned into service a new 6,000 tonne icebreaker during a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg on 30 November. The Project 21180 vessel, named Ilya Muromets , is the first new ice breaker to be built for the Russian Navy in more than 40

  • Saudi Border Guard takes delivery of additional Lürssen patrol boats

    The coastguard arm of the Saudi Border Guard (SBG) took delivery of two more Lürssen-built 40 m patrol boats in late November. Afif and Buqayq – the 6th and 7th hulls to be built – were delivered by transport ship to the port of Dammam on Saudi Arabia’s east coast. Notably,

  • Images of Russian Project 955A SSBN reveal design changes

    Photographs from the rollout of the first Project 955A ‘Borey-A‘ nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Vladimir for the Russian Federation Navy have revealed a number of design changes from the three earlier Project 955 ‘Borey’ boats Yuri Dolgoruky ,

  • ReCAAP sees continued reduction in Asian piracy, but concern remains over abduction risk

    Key Points Piracy and armed robbery numbers in Asia have continued to drop in 2017 Significant concern remains, however, over increasing crew abductions in the Sulu/Celebes seas region in 2016–17 Piracy and armed robbery against ships at sea has continued to decline across Asia in the

  • Spanish Navy pushes ahead with planning proposals for submarine rescue vessel

    The Spanish Navy is planning to have a new rescue vessel based on its Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in operation ahead of delivery of the first of its new S-80 Plus-class submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 22 November. While no concrete

  • UK Type 45 deployment hit by propeller fault

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en route to its task. HMS Diamond is now sailing back to its home port of Portsmouth on the

  • First Spanish Navy frigate updated with broadband satcom

    The Spanish Navy has installed a first broadband planet-wide satellite communications (satcom) link on board one of its ships, according to contractor Satlink. The initial recipient is the F-100-class frigate Cristóbal Colón , but a further system has already been ordered for a second

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