ASEAN navies omit live-firing activities at inaugural joint exercise
20 September 2023
by Ridzwan Rahmat
The Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel, KDB
, one of three visiting vessels taking part in the inaugural ASEAN multilateral naval exercise, which is being hosted by Indonesia.
Navies at the inaugural Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) multilateral naval exercise will not take part in any live-firing serials throughout the activity, Janes has learnt.
The drills, which have been dubbed as ‘ASEAN Solidarity Exercise in Natuna (ASEX-01 N) 2023', are the first multilateral naval exercise to be carried out exclusively for navies in the ASEAN bloc.
It is being hosted by the Indonesian Navy at various locations across the Riau Archipelago. A harbour phase of the exercise began on 18 September in Batam and a sea phase is being held from 20 to 23 September in the southern extremes of the South China Sea.
When the exercise was first announced in June 2023, Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Admiral Yudo Margono described the exercise as one that would validate the combat capabilities of all 10 navies across ASEAN.
formally entered service on 27 November.
(Islamic Republic News Agency)
The Northern Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) officially received its new frigate on 27 November, nearly six years after its previous one sank in an accident.
(78) was formally inducted into service in Bandar-e Anzali on the Caspian, with photographs showing the event took place at one of the port's grain terminals, not at the IRIN base where it was built.
(77), the second of Iran's locally built Jamaran-class frigates, which sank after hitting the breakwater around Bandar-e Anzali during a storm in January 2018.
Satellite imagery shows the first section of the hull for a replacement had appeared in the dry dock at the base by October 2018. Until recently, IRIN officers referred to the new ship as
and it had the number 77 painted on top of its bridge and helicopter flight deck until October, when this was changed to 78, indicating it was recently renamed after a town close to Bandar-e Anzali.
A still from media coverage of the commissioning of
, the first of the UAE's two Gowind corvettes, on 29 November 2023.
(WAM news agency)
The first of the two Gowind corvettes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered from France's Naval Group was commissioned into service on 29 November, the UAE Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced.
(P110) was commissioned by Vice-President Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the Mina Zayed naval base in Abu Dhabi just under two years after it was launched at Naval Group's yard in Lorient.
Naval Group announced earlier in November that the corvette left Lorient on 23 October having been handed over to the UAE Navy two days earlier. It added that the UAE's second Gowind,
, would soon begin sea trials.
The video released by the MoD also showed that the UAE Navy has commissioned a third 71 m landing ship called
, further augmenting its already impressive sealift capability. Satellite imagery shows the landing ship was launched at the Al-Fattan yard in Abu Dhabi in March 2022.
India test-fires extended-range BrahMos on soon-to-be-commissioned destroyer
28 November 2023
by Ridzwan Rahmat
Firing of the Brahmos-ER. (Ministry of Defence, India)
India has carried out another test fire of its extended-range (ER) BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missile from a Kolkata/Visakhapatnam (Project 15A/15B)-class guided destroyer, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 27 November.
The missile was fired from the programme's sixth hull, which will be in service as INS
once it is commissioned. It was fired as part of the vessel's pre-commissioning trials, the ministry added.
India's BrahMos PJ-10 is based on the Yakhont (3M-55E) supersonic cruise missile, which is the export version of Russia's domestic P-800 (3M-55) Oniks.
The weapon has been in service with the Indian Navy for more than a decade, and the ER variant of the BrahMos PJ-10 is believed to have a maximum range of in excess of 500 km, which is an improvement over the older variant's estimated range of about 300 km.
Besides the Project 15A/15B vessels, the BrahMos PJ-10 is also deployed from the service's Rajput-class destroyers and Talwar (Krivak III)-class Batch II frigates.
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