HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • 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

  • French president’s first visit to India likely to advance sales pitch for additional Scorpenes

    The impending visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to India in early 2018 is likely to progress the possible sale of at least three additional DCNS Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) to the Indian Navy (IN) to augment its declining underwater assets, official sources have told

  • PT Palindo launches 110 m OPV for Indonesia’s maritime security agency

    Key Points Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s maritime security co-ordination agency Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia’s intention to have a stronger presence in the country’s waters

  • Hyundai selects Turkish 30 mm naval gun system for Philippine Navy frigates

    Key Points The Philippine Navy’s new frigates will each feature a 30 mm gun system from Aselsan The Turkish company is gaining a foothold in the region, and is also in talks with the Philippine government regarding further orders The Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) new frigates will be

  • Kelvin Hughes to deliver second SharpEye submarine radar set for Pakistan’s Khalid class in 2019

    A follow-on order for the SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system from Kelvin Hughes has been placed by Pakistan, and the system will be delivered to the country in 2019, the company announced on 21 November. Kelvin Hughes first announced in February 2017 that it has secured a first order for the

  • International naval forces aid in search for lost Argentine submarine

    Naval forces from Brazil, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay are helping Argentina search for its lost submarine, ARA San Juan , which was last reported to be on patrol on 15 November in the Southern Atlantic. The diesel-electric TR-1700 submarine San Juan and its crew of 44

  • Another USN Pacific destroyer suffers mishap as tug loses propulsion

    A US Navy (USN) destroyer deployed to the Western Pacific suffered a mishap on 18 November when a Japanese tug lost propulsion and drifted into the ship as the two vessels were drilling together, USN officials said. Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) was participating in a scheduled

  • RAN’s second air defence destroyer begins builder’s sea trials

    The second of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) three Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs), Nuship Brisbane, was put to sea on 20 November for builder’s sea trials that will test its propulsion, manoeuvring, control, and navigation systems. The 7,000-tonne ship will

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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).

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