• Vietnam takes delivery of two refurbished vessels from Japan

    The Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance agency has taken delivery of two refurbished vessels from Japan. The vessels, which bear the pennant numbers KN-595 and KN-596, were handed over by Vietnamese company Hong Ha Shipbuilding to the agency on 30 July. In response to questions from

  • US Navy seeks quick combat systems upgrades to counter new threats

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to tap technological advancements like the Lockheed Martin Aegis combat system – supported Common Source Library (CSL) to develop quicker responses to emerging surface sea threats like unmanned systems, Christian Minster, company programme director for Surface Navy

  • European FCAS fighter to be optimised for carrier ops

    The manned New Generation Fighter (NGF) component of the Future Combat Air System/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (FCAS/SCAF) being jointly developed by Dassault Aviation and Airbus will be optimised for carrier operations from the outset, a source close to the programme has confirmed to

  • Fourth Tide-class RFA enters service

    Following a formal dedication service held in Portland, Dorset, on 30 July, the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s (RFA’s) fourth Tide-class tanker, RFA Tideforce, has officially entered operational service. The 39,000-tonne tanker will join sister ships Tidespring, Tiderace, and Tidesurge to

  • Russia’s Improved ‘Kilos’ begin overhaul cycle

    Four of the six Project 636.3 Improved ‘Kilo’-class diesel-electric submarines in operation with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet are undergoing a maintenance cycle at Sevastopol Shipyard in Crimea this year. Novorossiysk , the first boat in the series, completed its maintenance period on

  • India hands over two interceptor vessels to Mozambique Navy

    As part of efforts to boost defence relations between the two countries, India has completed the delivery of two fast interceptor vessels to the Mozambique Navy (Marinha de Guerra de Moçambique). The vessels were handed over on 29 July in Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo, as part of a visit by Indian defence minister, Rajnath Singh, to the country. “India is prepared to raise the level of our bilateral defence engagement and maritime co-operation with Mozambique”, said the minister via his official social media account.

  • Russian Navy to receive 35 platforms in 2019

    The Russian Navy is set to receive 35 naval platforms this year, the service’s commander-in-chief has said. “Before the end of the year, the navy will receive 15 naval combatants and 20 logistics support vessels, with the proportion of modern hardware and serviceability reaching 60% and

  • Australia flexes Canberra class’ amphibious capabilities with first-ever M1A1 embark

    Key Points A Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class amphibious ship has embarked an M1A1 main battle tank for the first time The operation was conducted as Australia inches closer towards attaining final operational capability The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has conducted the first-ever

  • Australia progresses Hunter-class frigate programme

    The mobilisation of the Hunter-class frigate programme for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is progressing with continued development of BAE Systems’ Type 26 design. A system requirements review (SRR) is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019 to assess the status of the SEA 5000 Hunter-class

  • ReCAAP sees 32% fall in piracy cases across Asia, but warns of crew abductions

    The intergovernmental body known as the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has reported a total of 28 maritime piracy-related incidents for the period spanning January–June 2019, a decrease of 32% over the 41 incidents reported

  • India receives first BrahMos missiles for Project 1135.6 frigates

    The Indian Navy (IN) has begun receiving BrahMos sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs) for its Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class frigates, Russian CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, Alexander Maksichev, has told Jane’s . “The IN has started repair and modernisation of the Talwar Project 1135.6 type

  • Indonesian Navy commissions fourth KCR-60M attack craft

    Key Points Indonesia has taken delivery of its fourth KCR-60M fast attack craft The vessel will be in service with the Indonesian Navy’s Armada I, which oversees waters in western Indonesia and the South China Sea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut:

  • South Korea commissions 16th Tae Geuk-class patrol vessel

    The Republic of Korea Coast Guard (KCG) has commissioned its 16th Tae Geuk-class patrol vessel, which bears the pennant number 518. The vessel was commissioned on 18 July and will undertake maritime patrol duties near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), according to a report from the official news

  • US strengthens coastguard presence in Asia amid rise of ‘coercive and antagonistic’ behaviours

    Key Points The US Coast Guard is doubling down on its presence and engagement with partner countries across the Asia-Pacific Deployments are intended to strengthen maritime capabilities of partner countries and address threats to maritime safety and freedom in the region The US Coast Guard (USCG)

  • P950 unmanned testbed set for weapon firings

    BAE Systems is preparing to conduct the first live weapon firings from its P950 unmanned surface vessel technology (USV) demonstrator. Remote testing of the MSI-Defence Systems Seahawk Multi Weapon Station (MWS) fitted to the P950 is scheduled to take place from 12–16 August on the UK

  • Amphibious Assault Ship Tripoli completes builder's trials

    The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) successfully completed its builder’s trials, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) confirmed 22 July after the ship had spent the previous four days in the Gulf of Mexico, testing the ship’s main propulsion, combat, and other

  • US Navy awards FFG(X) combat system integration, test contract to Lockheed Martin

    The US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin the combat system ship integration and test agent for the service’s guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]) programme, the company said. The contract covers 10 years – 1 base year and 9 option years – and carries a potential total value of USD125

  • Typhoon sub returns to sea training

    Russia recently returned the world’s largest submarine to sea to participate in a training exercise with Northern Fleet anti-submarine vessels. The Typhoon (Akula/Project 941)-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) Dmitriy Donskoy (TK 208) sailed from the Northern

  • DARPA advances plan for TIMEly underwater network

    Plans for a novel underwater network architecture have been laid out by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the banner of Timely Information for Maritime Engagements (TIMEly). In a special notice released on 17 June, DARPA revealed that TIMEly is intended “to

  • Indonesia allocates USD143 million for two naval hydrographic vessels

    Key Points Indonesia has approved an additional sum of IDR2.04 trillion for the country’s 2019 defence budget The funds will be allocated towards the procurement of hydrographic survey vessels that can be quickly converted into vessels of opportunity for submarine rescue The Indonesian

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