Israeli defence minister says Iran increasing presence in Red Sea
07 July 2022
by Jeremy Binnie
The satellite images of Iranian naval vessels that Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz showed at the 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable in Athens. (Office of Benny Gantz)
Iran's naval presence in the Red Sea is the largest it has been for ten years, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz told a conference in Greece on 5 July.
“Today, we can confirm that Iran is methodically basing itself in the Red Sea with warships patrolling the southern region,” he said. “In the last months, we have identified the most significant Iranian military presence in the area in the past decade. It is a direct threat to international trade, energy supply, and the global economy.”
He supported the point by displaying four satellite images of Iranian naval vessels that he said had been in the Red Sea in recent months. The undated images showed one of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy's (IRIN's) three Mowj-class frigates and one of its four Hengam-class landing ships. Two images showed a Bandar Abbas-class supply ship, in one case alongside a naval combatant that was not identified, but did not appear to be a Mowj-class ship.
MH-60R positions for potential Nordic maritime helicopter requirements
08 August 2022
by Richard Scott
Lockheed Martin has to date delivered over 300 MH-60R helicopters worldwide. (US Navy)
With nine aircraft already in Danish service, Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky helicopter business is eyeing new opportunities for the US Navy's (USN's) MH-60R ‘Romeo' maritime helicopter elsewhere in the Nordic region as disaffected NH90 customers explore potential alternatives.
Norway in June 2022 announced its decision to withdraw its NH90 fleet from navy and coastguard service, terminate its contract with NHIndustries, and seek a full refund estimated at around NOK5 billion (USD513 million). Meanwhile, Sweden has expressed its continued dissatisfaction with the performance of its NH90 (HKP 14) fleet, and expects to take a decision on its future rotorcraft plans before the end of 2022.
Lockheed Martin has to date delivered over 300 MH-60R helicopters. Alongside the USN, export orders have been concluded with Australia, Denmark, Greece, India, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Speaking at the Farnborough airshow in July, Sikorsky's vice-president of army and air force programmes Nathalie Previte said the company was pursuing both repeat orders and new opportunities for the MH-60R through FMS sales.
Russia unveils naval doctrine amid Navy Day celebrations
04 August 2022
by Prathamesh Karle & Manash Pratim Boruah
The Russian Navy's Project 22350 frigate
is set to be the first vessel to be equipped with the 3M-22 Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the coming months.
(Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new naval doctrine on 31 July that offers a glimpse of Russia's global maritime ambitions.
The doctrine, which was unveiled during Russia's annual Navy Day celebrations, replaces the
Maritime Doctrine of the Russian Federation
It reiterates Russia's stance on advancement of NATO's military infrastructure close to Russian borders. In addition, the doctrine lists increasing NATO exercises in waters adjacent to Russia, attempts to weaken Russia's control over the Northern Sea Route, and the buildup of foreign naval forces in the Arctic as some of the main challenges and threats to Russia's national security.
The doctrine also acknowledges shortcomings that pose a risk to Russia's maritime activities, including the lack of overseas outposts for Russian naval vessels, and a small share of the Russian merchant fleet for international transportation.
Japan, US deploy assets near Taiwan amid Chinese military buildup
04 August 2022
by Ridzwan Rahmat
An E-2D Hawkeye launches from USS
on 2 August in the Philippine Sea.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy (USN) have deployed several military assets in the Philippine Sea near Taiwan amid the recent build-up of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces around the island.
The deployments include the flagship of the USN's Carrier Strike Group 5, USS
, and the JMSDF's Murasame-class destroyer, JS
The JMSDF has also deployed an unspecified number of P-3C maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to monitor the movement of a PLA Navy (PLAN) Jiangdao (Type 056/056A)-class corvette,
(615), that was said to be in close proximity of Japanese maritime territories near Taiwan.
The PLA announced on 2 August that it would be conducting an expansive series of military drills around Taiwan. The announcement came after a highly controversial visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation to the island, which Beijing views as a violation of its sovereignty.
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