• Covid-19: US Navy assets deploy as service, shipyards eye more measures to combat virus impacts

    As the Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) was departing Naval Station Norfolk on 29 March for New York City in support of the nation’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) response efforts, the MSC hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) was preparing to receive its

  • Carrier Ford completes first vertical replenishment

    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, attached to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 while alongside fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) in the

  • USN outlines ambitions for new Light Amphibious Warship

    The US Navy has outlined its requirements for a new class of beachable Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) intended to provide a manoeuvring and sustainment capability in contested littoral areas. A preliminary design effort is expected to start in late Fiscal Year (FY) 2020/early FY 2021, with

  • French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle deploys to North Sea region for first time in 10 years

    Key Points The French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle is conducting its first deployment to the eastern North Sea region in a decade As part of the deployment, the carrier strike group exercised with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 The French Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS

  • USCG contracts eight shipbuilders for fresh round of Offshore Patrol Cutter studies

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) has tasked eight shipbuilding companies to develop proposals to help reboot its hurricane-delayed Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. Worth up to USD22 million, the industry studies could lead to significant design changes for 21 of the 25 planned Heritage-class OPCs

  • Brazil discards the Barroso corvette upgrades

    The Brazilian Navy dropped its initial plan to modernise one of its frontline surface combatants, the corvette CV Barroso (V34) as part of the offset package for acquisition of four Tamandaré-class frigates, it told Jane’s on 20 March. The technical risks involved in the compensation

  • Covid-19: More sailors test positive for virus on carrier Roosevelt

    More personnel aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) have been found to be infected with Covid-19, the US Navy (USN) reported on 26 March. "As testing continues, additional positive cases of Covid-19 have been discovered aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt ,” Admiral

  • Brazil to receive Bofors 40 Mk4 weapon systems

    Two 40 mm BAE Systems Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun systems are scheduled to be shipped to Brazil in August, the Brazilian Navy told Jane’s . The weapon systems, together with special tools, spares, and training, were purchased in 2013 worth EUR8.3 million by the Navy Weapons Systems Directorate

  • US Navy prepares for possible Columbia delay, GAO reports

    While the US Navy (USN) still considers the timely acquisition of its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to be its priority programme to ensure there is no gap in strategic patrols, the service is hedging against a potential delay in the delivery of the new submarine, according to the

  • USMC begins AESA upgrade for ‘classic’ Hornets

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of replacing the radars of some its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornet combat aircraft with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system, with the first procurement contract awarded on 26 March. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded

  • USMC solicits industry to provide mobile air-defence system for JLTV vehicles

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has formally begun its search for a ground-based air-defence system (GBADS) for integration aboard its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 26 March called for the means to effectively defeat

  • South Korea to transfer two decommissioned patrol vessels to Ecuador’s coastguard

    The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) is working towards the transfer of two recently decommissioned 300-tonne patrol vessels to Ecuador. The vessels – with pennant numbers 302 and 303 – have a length of 53.7 m, a beam of 7.4 m, and a draught of 2.5 m. Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), they

  • Covid-19: US Navy looks to accelerate future work as virus threatens current production

    The US Navy wants to accelerate new contract awards as the impacts of Covid-19 threaten to disrupt naval production and other existing programme work, James Geurts, the assistant navy secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition, told reporters on 25 March. Geurts’ comments come as the

  • Covid-19: US Navy faces impacts of increasing virus spread

    More Covid-19 cases have been reported in American naval shipyards and this has now spread to personnel on an aircraft carrier under way at sea. The US Navy (USN) is bracing for further impacts from the virus, including the likely interruption of industrial production capacity on service

  • Indian MH-60R helos to be Saudi-standard, plus national mods

    The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters ordered by India will be built to the latest Saudi Arabian configuration, with some additional national-specific modifications. The new initial Indian baseline standard was disclosed on the US government’s beta.sam.gov website on 24 March, in

  • US carrier Ford certified for flight deck, air traffic control operations

    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completed Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Certification on 20 March, the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 23 March. With the completion of FDC and CATCC certifications, Ford will now be the only carrier qualification asset

  • Covid-19: Royal Malaysian Navy quarantines crew of logistics support ship amid suspected case

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has placed the crew of its logistics support ship, KD Mahawangsa (1504), on quarantine after an individual serving on the vessel is suspected of having Covid-19. The crew member was singled out as a possible Covid-19 case after his wife came in close contact with

  • Indian Navy outlines plans to berth new aircraft carrier at private shipyard

    Faced with ongoing budget shortfalls that have delayed the completion of one of its major bases, the Indian Navy (IN) is now seeking to lease a private shipyard to berth its indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant after its commissioning in 2021. The navy has approached the

  • Covid-19: Medical teams report to ready hospital ships for deployment

    The professional medical teams needed aboard US Navy (USN) hospital ships USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) and USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) assembled on 19 March to help prepare the vessels for missions meant to help civilian hospitals on the US East Coast and the West Coast cope with the Covid-19 crisis, Rear

  • Second Indonesian PKR frigate completes testing for combat systems upgrade

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) and its Indonesian partner PT PAL have completed the integration and test of a package of combat system enhancements to the second of the Indonesian Navy’s ((Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR)

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