Changing tack: Pakistan Navy transforms amid increasing Indian Ocean rivalries
25 August 2022
by Ridzwan Rahmat
The Pakistan Navy's Zulfiquar-class frigate, PNS
, is seen firing anti-submarine mortars at Exercise ‘Aman 2021' in the Arabian Sea near the port city of Karachi.
(ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Damen awarded contract for Portuguese Navy's new multi-purpose vessel
30 November 2023
by Kate Tringham
The new multi-purpose vessel, which will be named
D João II
, is planned to enter service in the second half of 2026.
Damen Shipyards Group has been awarded a contract for the design, construction, and outfitting of a new multi-purpose vessel for the Portuguese Navy.
Announcing the contract award on 24 November, Damen said the 107 m-long vessel had been designed to meet the Portuguese Navy's requirement for a platform that combined oceanic research with unmanned systems deployment capabilities.
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.
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.
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