• Kongsberg launches Vanguard multipurpose ship concept

    Kongsberg has diversified its defence and aerospace portfolio with the launch of its first naval ship concept. Designed to perform a wide range of missions in coastal waters, the new Vanguard multirole vessel has been developed in partnership with Norwegian-based commercial ship design group Salt

  • Thailand inducts second Krabi-class OPV

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has commissioned its second Krabi-class missile-capable offshore patrol vessel (OPV). The ship, HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (552), was inducted in a commissioning ceremony at Sattahip, Chonburi, on 27 September, the RTN has confirmed in a statement posted on its official

  • China showcases JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile at 70th anniversary parade

    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has given the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) its first official appearance. The weapon was one of several missile types that made their debut on 1 October at the 70th National Day celebrations in Beijing, which commemorates the

  • India commissions second Project 75 submarine

    The Indian Navy commissioned the Project 75 submarine INS Khanderi on 28 September at the Naval Dockyard Mumbai. Built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai under a transfer of technology partnership with France’s Naval Group, Khanderi is the second of six Scorpene

  • Newport News Shipbuilding finishes dry-dock phase of Washington RCOH

    The Newport News Shipbuilding unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries moved aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to an outfitting berth, HII confirmed on 30 September, where it will begin final outfitting and testing for the ship’s refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH). The shipyard

  • Australia, Singapore sign agreement to share white shipping information

    As part of wider efforts to strengthen nautical security in the region, Australia’s Maritime Border Command (MBC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to exchange white shipping information with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The MBC is a multiagency taskforce within the

  • French Navy firms up plans to buy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

    France is to order three Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early-warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft in 2020, the French defence minister has confirmed. Florence Parly made the commitment in an interview published in the Les Echos national newspaper. The French Navy had been

  • Australia inducts 11th P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has welcomed its 11th P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). The airframe was inducted in a ceremony at Seattle, United States, and is now undergoing verification and validation flying phases. Once these are complete, the aircraft will join the rest of

  • Australia makes first overseas deployment of Hobart-class destroyer

    Key Points Australia is making the first-ever overseas deployment of a Hobart-class destroyer The deployment will further hone the service’s ability to operate in maritime task groups The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is marking another milestone for its air warfare destroyer (AWD) with an

  • Brazil seeks to sell former aircraft carrier

    The Brazilian state-controlled company Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON) intends to issue a tender on 27 September to sell the hull of former Brazilian Navy aircraft carrier NAe São Paulo (A12), for a minimum of BRL5.3 million (USD1.3 million). During its service for the

  • Iceland ops provide first test for US 2nd Fleet Maritime Operations Center

    The recently re-established US 2nd Fleet is flexing its muscle with the establishment earlier this month of a Maritime Operations Center (MOC) in Keflavík, Iceland, 2nd Fleet officials said. “Iceland is a key ally, and its strategic location in the North Atlantic provides a perfect

  • Uruguay Navy issues RFP to build a new buoy tender

    The National Navy of Uruguay issued a request for proposals on 16 September to build a 300-tonne littoral buoy tender. The navy is looking for a vessel that measures 30 m in length with a beam of 8 m and 1.5-m draft. The request for proposal mentions specifically the Damen Multi Cat 2409 as an

  • Philippines commissions amphibious vehicles, attack craft

    Key Points The Philippines has commissioned four more amphibious vehicles and three more attack craft that are capable of being fitted with missile launchers The inductions aim to further improve the country’s amphibious assault and littoral strike capabilities The Armed Forces of the

  • Brazilian Marine Metalúrgica develops armoured RHIB for domestic market

    Looking to secure domestic military and homeland security rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) contracts, Brazilian shipbuilder Marine Metalúrgica has designed a range of armoured fast multi-mission armed RHIBs meeting Brazilian Army and navy requirements for such craft. The Brazilian Army and

  • MV-22 conducts night landings on Queen Elizabeth

    The first night deck landings of a US Marine Corps (USMC) Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor have been conducted from the UK Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth . Undertaken on 19 September by an MV-22 aircraft from HX-21 Squadron, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the

  • US Navy stretches modular MCM mindset with T-ESB 4 tests

    The US Navy (USN) has further expanded its modular concept for countermine (MCM) operations with recent MCM equipment testing aboard the Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Hershel Williams (T-ESB 4). The MCM equipment and systems are part of the mission-module package

  • Singapore, Washington renews agreement for access to air, naval bases

    Singapore and the US has extended a 1990 memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows US military forces access to the former’s naval and air bases. The MOU, which also provides logistics support for transiting US military personnel, aircraft, and naval vessels in the republic, was extended

  • Newport News close to establishing Ford weapons elevator digital twin

    The Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding shipyard is closer to establishing a virtual – or digital – twin of the Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWE) in the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center (VASCIC), according to yard officials.

  • 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

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