Spain orders four new patrol boats for its paramilitary police

by David Ing

Spain's paramilitary police force, the Guardia Civil, has ordered four new ocean-going patrol boats for its marine division, the Servicio Marítimo (SEMAR), for a total of EUR10.8 million (USD12.5 million).

The two contracts have gone to yards in the Ria de Vigo estuary in the northwestern region of Galicia – Rodman Polyships and Aister Aluminium Shipyard.

The two larger vessels, measuring up to 22 m will be built by Rodman for EUR6.2 million of the total. They will have aluminium hulls and polyester reinforced glass fibre superstructure and will each be powered by two 1,400 CV motors.


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Series of ‘causal factors' resulted in fire risk and damage to amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, US Navy report finds

by Michael Fabey

A series of “causal factors” led to the fire risk and damage of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), a US Navy investigation found. (US Navy)

Different categories of “causal factors … allowed for the accumulation of significant risk and led to an ineffective fire response” for the 12 July 2020 blaze that caused the damage and eventual decommissioning of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), according to the US Pacific Fleet Command Investigation released on 20 October.


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France upgrades La Fayette-class frigates

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The DGA received the first upgraded FLF, Courbet, on 13 September. (Ministère des Armées)

Upgrade work on the first-of-class Frégate de type La Fayette (FLF) La Fayette-class frigate began on 4 October, the Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 October.

Three of the French Navy's five FLFs are being upgraded: Courbet, La Fayette, and Aconit. The DGA received the first upgraded FLF frigate, Courbet,


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Japan spots Chinese and Russian warships sailing through the Tsugaru Strait for the first time

by Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez

Chinese and Russian warships have been spotted for the first time sailing through international waters at the Tsugaru Strait located between Japan's main islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 18 October.

The MoD said it is the first time that the ministry spotted Chinese and Russian warships going through the strait simultaneously. It noted that a total of 10 ships were identified.

The MoD said Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force minesweepers JS Izushima and JS Aoshima


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