• Business as normal for anti-piracy task force post-Brexit, says EU NAVFOR

    Key Points Operation ‘Atalanta’ headquarters will transfer from the United Kingdom to Spain in March 2019 The European Union and United Kingdom have not yet agreed post-Brexit defence and security arrangements EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa

  • UK readies to re-start Type 31e frigate competition

    Key Points The MoD is preparing to re-start the competitive process for its five-ship Type 31e frigate programme A short period of market engagement will start after 20 August ahead of a new competition The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to begin a new competition for the Royal

  • USN awards cruiser USS Cowpens modernisation contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a USD147.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul and upgrade the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) on 14 August. This long-term availability will include a

  • Hyundai lays keel for New Zealand’s naval fleet tanker

    Key Points Hyundai has laid down a 173 m fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy Country is on track to receive the vessel, which will support global deployments of the New Zealand Defence Force, by 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid down the fleet

  • Malaysia considers mix of manned, unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance requirements

    Key Points The Malaysian government is studying further options for the country’s maritime surveillance requirements Country will likely operate a combination of manned and unmanned systems to fulfil the role The Malaysian government is considering a mix of both manned, and unmanned aerial

  • Italy donates 12 patrol boats to Libya

    The Italian Parliament approved the transfer of 12 patrol boats to Libya on 7 August. The vessels will be operated by the Libyan Coast Guard and the Ministry of Interior, and are intended to support efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants through the Mediterranean. The boats are being donated

  • Australia re-appoints ASC for Collins-class submarine training

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has re-contracted state-owned company ASC to deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Collins-class submarine training programme. Services that will be delivered in the contract include operator, maintainer, and operational training for all

  • Philippine Navy completes sea acceptance test of Spike ER missile system

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has conducted a successful acceptance firing of the Spike ER missile Weapon significantly improves the service’s anti-surface warfare capabilities Representatives from Rafael Defense Systems and the Philippine Navy (PN) have concluded sea acceptance test of

  • Italian Navy to play a key role in Qatar Emiri Naval Forces personnel training

    The Italian Navy will start training an initial batch of Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) personnel in September to operate new ships being built for Qatar by Fincantieri. A steel cutting ceremony for the first of four Doha-class multirole corvettes destined for the QENF was held at Fincantieri's

  • Columbia construction still slated to start on schedule despite tube-welding issues

    Despite welding defects discovered in missile tubes slated for the US Navy’s (USN’s) attack and ballistic-missile submarine forces, the service says its Columbia-class submarines meant to replace the Ohio-class ballistic-missile fleet is still on schedule to start construction in fiscal

  • USN sees potentially different make-up of 355-ship fleet

    While federal law has now set the desired US Navy (USN) fleet size at 355 ships in the coming decades, there could be notable differences in the composition of that force compared with what is deployed today, USN Secretary Richard Spencer has said. There could even be a great many more ships than

  • USN sees greater possible savings with two-carrier deal

    The US Navy (USN) could save about USD2.5 billion if it were to fund the third and fourth Ford-class aircraft carriers under a single contract, according to USN Secretary Richard Spencer. That is about USD500 million more than shipbuilding industry officials had estimated earlier this year. There

  • PT PAL launches Indonesian Navy’s sixth LPD

    Key Points Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the country’s sixth landing platform dock The Indonesian Navy is on track to operate the vessel by 2019 State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut:

  • GAO calls for more reporting on Enterprise dismantling and disposal

    The US Navy (USN) will need to do a better job providing budgeting information and other reports for the dismantling and disposal of aircraft carrier former USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said. “The budget documentation and reporting that the Navy

  • Uruguay Defence Ministry reinforces naval SAR and patrols

    The Uruguay Defence Ministry recently approved several acquisitions and transfers to reinforce and recover at least some of the degraded capabilities of the country’s navy, focusing mostly on aerial search, rescue, and general patrol missions. The Navy Aviation branch will be reinforced with

  • USN and USCG leadership changes put Western Pacific cutter deployment plan on pause

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is holding off on commitment to a specific plan to deploy National Security Cutters to the Western Pacific as the new USCG and regional US commanders discuss the best way to employ naval resources to the region. Admiral Karl Schultz, the USCG commandant, and Admiral Philip

  • Naval, merchant navigation experts develop first joint ‘RIMPAC’ SOCAL maritime domain picture

    Naval and merchant maritime experts partnered to deliver enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA) for the first time during the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise 2018 drills during the month of July, US Navy (USN) officials said. MDA is the ability to maintain

  • China cuts steel for Malaysia’s first Littoral Mission Ship

    Chinese state-owned company Wuchang Shipbuilding has begun constructing the first Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). First steel for the vessel was cut at Wuhan, China on 31 July, formally marking the start of the four-ship programme’s production phase.

  • Russian FACs receive Uprava-Kord RCWS

    The Russian Navy’s newest fast attack craft (FAC) are being fitted with the Uprava-Kord marinised remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), a military source told Jane’s. “The cutting-edge Russian FACs, namely, Project 03160 Raptor and Project 12150 Mangust [Mongoose], are being

  • Scanter 6002 radar selected for Australia’s SEA 1180 OPVs

    Australia’s SEA 1180 Phase 1 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) will be equipped with the Scanter 6002 air and surface surveillance radar system from Terma. A contract for the system was signed between Saab Australia and Terma in May 2018, the latter revealed in an announcement in late July the

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