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  • India reacts cautiously to PLAN submarine visit to Sri Lanka

    India has reacted cautiously to the docking of a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarine in Sri Lanka from 7-14 September. The Type 039 (Song)-class boat, on long-range deployment to escort PLAN warships conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, docked at the Colombo International

  • UK awards GBP3.2 billion worth of naval support contracts

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded two major Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) contracts, to maintain and repair the Royal Navy's (RN's) vessels and to support the management of its major naval bases, it was announced on 1 October. The two contracts with Babcock Marine and BAE

  • UPDATE: Vietnam reveals fourth TT400TP patrol vessel

    The People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy took delivery of its fourth TT400TP-class patrol boat on 25 September at the Hai Phong naval base, according to reports in state newspapers. Photographs of the vessel reportedly conducting sea trials on the Cam River, with a mix of military and civilian

  • US Army chooses teams for DVE mitigation ground testing

    Key Points The army has selected nine participants for ground testing of DVE mitigation sensors DVEs are a leading contributor to rotorcraft accidents and reduced operational effectiveness The US Army has selected nine participants for early 2015 ground testing of sensors designed to help

  • One carrier in the Gulf sufficient for now, USN's top civilian says

    The US Navy (USN) need not surge a second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East region to support ongoing airstrike operations in Iraq and Syria, the service's top civilian official said on 30 September. "Right now we can do whatever we need to do with one carrier,"

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  • China builds another island in South China Sea

    IHS Jane's has obtained satellite imagery that further illustrates the extent of China's building of new islands in the Spratly Islands. The latest image shows a new island on Gaven Reefs, known in the Philippines as the Burgos Reef, in Vietnam as Dá Ga Ven and Dá Lc and in China as

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