• Indian Navy extends maritime surveillance capability with additional naval air squadrons

    India’s federal government has approved three additional naval air squadrons that will be based in western and southern India to augment the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) maritime domain awareness (MDA). The surveillance squadrons, each comprising four licence-built Dornier Do-228 maritime

  • France orders new EDA-S landing craft

    An industry team led by French equipment manufacturer CNIM has been awarded a contract by defense procurement and technology agency Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) to build 14 new EDA-S (Engin de Débarquement Amphibie Standard) landing craft for the French Navy.

  • Italy prepares to launch submarine rescue vessel programme

    The Italian Ministry of Defence’s Naval Armament Directorate is gearing up to launch its acquisition programme for a new multirole submarine rescue vessel by mid-2019. The Special and Diving Operations – Submarine Rescue Ship (SDO-SuRS), for which EUR424 million (USD481.7 million) has

  • Surface Navy 2019: Combining gear bearing fails on LCS Detroit

    Combining gear equipment in another Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) propulsion plant needs to be repaired, according to US Navy (USN) and LCS programme officials familiar with the damage. “USS Detroit [LCS 7] experienced a bearing failure on its starboard combining gear,” USN

  • Surface Navy 2019: USN employs Sea Hunter during surface-warfare training drills

    The US Navy (USN) has employed the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) prototype Sea Hunter in recent Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercises conducted by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), Captain Christopher Barnes, SMWDC deputy

  • Indonesia designates sixth LPD as hospital ship

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy will soon have a second hospital ship The vessel will improve the service’s afloat HADR capabilities The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL’s) sixth landing platform dock (LPD) vessel has been configured as

  • Surface Navy 2019: Work backup, composite construction holds up Zumwalt work

    A backlog of industrial work on the US west coast and the complexity of some of the superstructure construction on DDG 1000 guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt has been causing delays in getting the ship into the fleet, said Captain Kevin Smith, the programme manager for DDG 1000. Zumwalt is now in

  • Thales details POLA role

    Thales has revealed the full scope of the mission suite it is supplying for the Mexican Navy’s new Patrullera Oceánica de Largo Alcance (POLA) vessel ARM Reformador . Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) was awarded a contract for the POLA programme in early 2017. The ship is a

  • Philippine commissions third, fourth Boracay-class patrol vessels

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has inducted the final Boracay-class vessels ordered in a 2012 contract Vessels will be jointly operated by customs and coastguard officials to bolster the country’s anti-smuggling efforts The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned its third and

  • Piracy numbers in Asia fall to 12-year low; concerns over crew abductions remain

    Key Points The maritime crime situation in Asia has improved significantly over 2018 However, mariners have been advised to maintain vigilance in the Sulu and Celebes seas, and off Eastern Sabah The number of maritime piracy, and sea robbery incidences in Asia fell to a 12-year low in 2018, but

  • Surface Navy 2019: Leonardo DRS sees USCG cutter deal to create more US opportunity

    Leonardo DRS won the contract recently to provide the hybrid electric drive system for the US Coast Guard (USCG) second Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and the company sees the deal as potential door-opener for future US Navy (USN) work. Under the contract awarded by USCG OPC prime contractor Eastern

  • Work begins on first of five Saudi corvettes

    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first of five corvettes for the Saudi Arabian Navy at its San Fernando shipyard in the Bay of Cadiz on 15 January. Work on the corvettes, which are based on Navantia’s Avante 2200 design, is being carried out under

  • L3 ASV, Dstl complete autonomous recce missions at ‘Autonomous Warrior’

    Autonomous maritime systems house L3 ASV has revealed testing of an experimental unmanned craft fitted out with advanced autonomous navigation as part of the ‘Autonomous Warrior 18’ showcase event in Jervis Bay, Australia. Tested in support of the Defence Science and Technology

  • Singapore vows restraint in maritime row with Malaysia

    Key Points Singapore’s navy and coastguard have been ordered to exercise restraint in the maritime dispute with Malaysia The stance was taken to avoid jeopardising ongoing efforts by the foreign ministries of both countries to resolve the dispute via negotiations Vessels from the Republic

  • Surface Navy 2019: HELIOS preliminary design review expected this year

    Lockheed Martin expects to have its High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system ready for preliminary design review this year, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin vice-president and general manager, Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors, said on 15 January during a

  • French Navy receives first F3R-standard Rafale

    The French Navy (Marine Nationale: MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The commander of the Landivisiau Naval Air Base near Brest has formally taken delivery of the first of the MN’s Rafale M (Marine) aircraft to the new

  • Japan to deploy five more coastguard vessels in 2019

    The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) plans to deploy five more large patrol vessels in 2019 to bolster its present fleet of 62 at-sea boats. The additional deployment will consist of one 6,500-tonne, two 6,000-tonne, one 3,500-tonne, and one 1,500-tonne patrol vessels. The 6,500- and 6,000-tonne vessels

  • Philippine’s lead Del Pilar-class frigate out of service till end 2019

    A Philippine Navy frigate that ran aground near Half Moon Shoal in August 2018 will be out of service till the end of 2019, according to the service’s chief. The frigate, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF 15), ran aground while it was on routine patrol operations in the South China Sea. All 117 of

  • Tensions between Malaysia, Singapore re-escalate after minister’s ‘intrusion’

    Key Points Malaysia has redeployed a buoy tender into waters with overlapping maritime territorial claims Deployment has cast doubt over seeming progress made between the two countries to resolve the maritime dispute Tensions in waters off Tuas have re-escalated as Malaysia carries on with

  • Hellenic Navy torpedo, helicopter programmes move ahead

    The Hellenic Armed Forces’ Council of Chiefs of the General Staff (SAGE) approved two Hellenic Navy acquisition programmes in late December 2018 for heavyweight torpedoes and maritime helicopters. These are now expected to be forwarded to the Ministry of Defence for implementation. The

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