• Malaysia flexes missile capabilities in South China Sea amid fresh tensions

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy has conducted anti-ship missile firings in the South China Sea The rare drills have come against the backdrop of fresh tensions in the disputed maritime region The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) conducted a rare show of its missile capabilities near the disputed

  • US Navy shipyards harness laser technology for ship assessments, training

    The Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) are looking to laser scan US Navy (USN) ships to better assess the vessels and conduct related work on them. Previously, yard workers and supervisors would have to rely on hand drawings for ship checks, but navy engineers say

  • China launches Malaysia’s second Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship

    Key Points China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has launched a second Keris-class patrol vessel on order for Malaysia The ship is scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Malaysian Navy in April 2020 A second Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has

  • IMDS 2019: High Precision Systems delivers Palma AAGMs to Russian Navy, foreign customers

    Russia’s holding company High Precision Systems, a subsidiary of Rostec, has completed deliveries of 10 Palma naval anti-aircraft gun-missile (AAGM) systems to the Russian Navy and foreign customers, a company representative told Jane’s at the International Maritime Defence Show 2019

  • Superlift at Newport News Shipbuilding completes carrier JFK primary hull

    Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding performed the final upper bow superlift on 11 July to complete the primary hull of the US Navy (USN) Ford-class aircraft carrier John F Kennedy (CVN 79), the company said. The upper bow section is one of the last superlifted steel

  • Singapore enhances naval interoperability with Myanmar in first-ever PASSEX

    Two warships from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) have conducted the service’s first passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Myanmar Navy. The activity was undertaken by the RSN’s Victory-class corvettes, RSS Valiant and RSS Valour , as the two vessels sailed up the Yangon River after a

  • PT PAL cuts first steel for Indonesian Navy’s second hospital ship

    Key Points Indonesia’s PT PAL has begun work on the country’s second purpose-built hospital ship The vessel is scheduled to be delivered to the Indonesian Navy by October 2021 Indonesia’s state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL held a first steel-cutting ceremony for the country’s

  • Damen protests Romanian corvette decision

    Dutch shipbuilding group Damen has filed a complaint with Romania’s Consiliul National de Solutionare a Contestatiilor (National Council for Solving Complaints – CNSC), following the selection of France’s Naval Group as preferred supplier for Romania’s

  • Flottille 36F to become French Navy UAV parent squadron

    The French Navy will make Flottille 36F, based at Hyères, near Toulon, its first shipborne unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadron. The move will see Flottille 36F operate the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter UAVs, which will be deployed onboard the navy’s Mistral-class landing helicopter dock

  • Nicaragua commissions new Damen patrol vessels

    Nicaragua’s naval force commissioned two Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol boats into service on 21 June. Soberanía I (409) and Soberanía II (411) will be used to carry out maritime security and humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Nicaragua’s territorial waters. Plans

  • French Navy’s Albatros surveillance jet set for 2023 debut

    The French Navy is planning to recapitalise its maritime surveillance force with the introduction of the Dassault Aviation Albatros – a customised Falcon 2000LXS business jet – under the AVion de Surveillance et d’Intervention MARitime (AVSIMAR) programme. Albatros deliveries to

  • JFD completes sea acceptance trials of submarine rescue system for Indian Navy

    Key Points JFD has completed sea acceptance trials, and training of crew members for the second fly-away submarine rescue system delivered to the Indian Navy Milestone moves the Indian Navy closer to having two operational units of the new system, which will each be based with the service’s

  • Romania selects Naval Group bid for multi-mission corvette programme

    France’s Naval Group has won Romania’s much-delayed multi-mission corvette programme after bidding a variant of its Gowind 2500 design in partnership with the Santierul Naval Constanta S.A. (SNC) shipyard. Defence minister Gabriel Les on 3 July confirmed Naval Group as the

  • UK evaluates flywheel energy storage system in power-hardware-in-the-loop testing

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) at the University of Strathclyde have completed testing and evaluation of a novel Flywheel Energy Storage System (FESS) in a representative ship power system environment. This follows prior testing of the 3.6 MJ/360

  • USN marks fourth littoral combat ship deployment in Singapore after 19-month hiatus

    Key Points The US Navy has deployed its fourth littoral combat ship to Singapore The vessel will be involved in maritime security, and capacity-building efforts with partners in the region over the next few months The US Navy’s (USN’s) Independence-class littoral combat ship USS

  • Canada’s NSS delivers first large coast guard ship

    Vinod Kumar CV, Bangalore The Canadian Coast Guard received its first new large vessel built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) in a ceremony at Sidney, British Columbia, on 27 June 2019. CCGS Sir John Franklin , is the first of three new Offshore Science Vessels (OFSV) ordered from

  • Indonesia to salvage 57 mm gun from training ship for firing range

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is salvaging a 57 mm naval gun from a soon-to-be-retired training ship The weapon will be installed at a naval gunfire range under development in East Java The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has submitted plans to retire a

  • Philippine Navy retires PCE 827 corvette ahead of Pohang class’ arrival

    The Philippine Navy (PN) has decommissioned the PCE 827-class corvette Sultan Kudarat (22) in preparation for the arrival of a Pohang-class vessel that has been donated by South Korea. Sultan Kudarat has been retired to free up resources and ensure that the navy has sufficient personnel to man its

  • French Navy brings forward Lynx retirement

    The French Navy is to retire its remaining Westland Lynx Mk 4(FN) helicopters in 2020, two years earlier than previously scheduled. A total of eight Lynx Mk 4(FN) helicopters remain on the strength of Flotille 34F at Lanvéoc-Poulmic. Of these, all but one have undergone a limited upgrade

  • Indonesian National Police deploys largest-ever vessel for South China Sea patrols

    Key Points Indonesia has deployed its largest-ever police patrol vessel to the South China Sea The vessel will primarily conduct fishery resources protection duties in the Riau archipelago The Indonesian National Police’s water directorate has deployed its largest-ever patrol vessel, KP

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