HEADLINES

  • Prince of Wales sets sail for first time

    The United Kingdom’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales , put to sea for the first time from its assembly site at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife on 19 September. The 65,000-tonne carrier was manoeuvred out of the narrow lock entrance to the basin at the Babcock

  • Finland gives green light to Squadron 2020 programme

    The Finnish government has approved long-delayed contract awards to Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC) and Saab for the delivery of the Finnish Navy’s EUR1.32 billion Squadron 2020 corvette programme. Squadron 2020 covers the procurement of four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes, capable of

  • MDL delivers second Scorpène submarine to Indian Navy

    India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered another licence-built Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) to the Indian Navy. The vessel, which will be in service as INS Khanderi once commissioned, was handed over on 19 September at a delivery ceremony

  • Philippines broadens Tarlac class’ operational capabilities with deck landing trials

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has carried deck landing trials for several helicopter types on its Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessel The trials aim to broaden the types of mission sets that can be conducted from the ships In a bid to expand on the range of operations that can be conducted

  • Wrecked minesweeper skipper relieved from duty

    The Spanish Navy has relieved from command the captain of a minesweeper that was badly damaged after running onto rocks during the search for a missing air force trainer aircraft in August. Segura-class minehunter SPS Turia had to be refloated and towed away from the accident site off La Manga, the

  • Russia to start building Mistral-class replacement in 2020

    Russia will start building a new class of amphibious ships in 2020 to replace two French-designed Mistral-class vessels that were blocked from being delivered in 2014 by international sanctions. The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has now approved the inclusion of the project in its 2018-2027

  • Russian Navy to receive 10 nuclear-powered submarines by 2024

    The Russian Navy is set to receive 10 serial Project 955A Borey-A-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) and Project 885M Yasen-M-class nuclear-powered attack (SSN) submarines by 2024 under the State Armament Programme (SAP), according to the country's deputy defence minister

  • Philippines flexes amphibious capabilities at country’s first joint military exercise

    Key Points The Philippines has received all amphibious vehicles it ordered from South Korea, and is now putting the equipment through its paces at a joint exercise These drills will be used to further refine the Philippine Marine Corps’ amphibious assault doctrines and procedures The

  • Russian nuclear-powered cruiser to return to fleet in 2022

    Russia plans to return the Kirov-class (Project 1144) nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov to frontline service in 2022 after more than 20 years being laid up at Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. According to Russian deputy defence minister Alexsey Krivoruchko, Admiral Nakhimov

  • DSEI 2019: Co-operation needed to speed up UK SSN build

    Greater co-operation with industry is needed to improve the operational availability of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) fleet, according to the incoming head of the UK’s Submarine Service. Speaking at the Defence & Security Equipment

  • Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAS completes Finnish trials

    Schiebel has completed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration of its Camcopter S-100 vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air system (UAS) from the Finnish Border Guard offshore patrol ship Turva. Conducted in the Gulf of Finland in late August, the flight trials saw the Camcopter S-100

  • First aerial refuelling-capable E-2D Advanced Hawkeye joins US fleet

    The US Navy (USN) has begun to introduce aerial refuelling-capable E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-borne airborne early warning and control aircraft to the fleet. A first suitably modified E-2D aircraft – BuNo 169066 – landed at Naval Station Norfolk on 9 September, officially marking the

  • India, Singapore, Thailand enhance naval interoperability with inaugural maritime drills

    The navies of India, Singapore, and Thailand have commenced shore-based activities under the inaugural trilateral maritime drills between the three countries known as Exercise ‘SITMEX’. These activities, which include exercise planning operations and professional exchanges, are taking

  • Indonesian shipyard completes contract to supply 18 high-speed boats to Bangladesh

    Indonesian shipyard PT Lundin (North Sea Boats) has completed a contract to supply and assist with the construction of 18 high-speed patrol boats for Bangladesh. Delivery of the final vessels, which have been built to the company’s proprietary ‘X12’ design, were completed in the

  • Australia’s third Hobart-class destroyer begins sea trials

    Key Points Australia has begun initial sea trials for its third Hobart-class destroyer The vessel is on track to be delivered by end-2019 The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) third Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD), which will be in service as HMAS Sydney once commissioned, has

  • China lays keel for Thailand’s first S26T submarine

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has laid down the keel for the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN’s) first S26T (Thailand) diesel-electric submarine (SSK). The vessel was laid down on 5 September in Wuhan, China, images of the ceremony recently released on social media has revealed. Steel for

  • Indonesia selects surveillance gimbal from Trakka Systems for two Panther helicopters

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has selected the TC-300 multi-sensor surveillance gimbal from Trakka Systems for two of its AS565 MBe Panther helicopters. The stabilised gimbals have been incorporated onto the airframes’ port side, with each

  • DSEI 2019: General Dynamics launches new Bluefin-12 UUV

    General Dynamics Mission Systems displayed its Bluefin-12 lightweight medium-class unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) for the first time at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London. Bluefin-12 forms part of a product refresh of the Bluefin family of UUVs,

  • DSEI 2019: SubSea launches VICTA-class diver delivery unit

    UK-based SubSea Craft unveiled its new VICTA-class diver delivery unit (DDU) at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London. The innovative DDU, which is based around a monohull design constructed of carbon fibre and Diab core, combines the features of a

  • DSEI 2019: Hensoldt unveils Mk5 SharpEye radar

    Hensoldt (formerly Kelvin Hughes) showcased a new variant of its SharpEye solid state X band Doppler navigation radar designed for integration on small vessels at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London. According to the company, the Mk5 open array 80W

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