• Spanish Navy signs up for two NATO carrier group exercises

    Two Spanish frigates are set to exercise with NATO carrier battle groups next year, one with the US Navy’s (USN’s) carrier Abraham Lincoln and the other with France’s Charles de Gaulle. The ships involved, F-100-class frigates Méndez Núñez (F-104) and Cristóbal

  • Indian Navy accepts second JFD submarine rescue system

    The second of two submarine rescue systems built for the Indian Navy (IN) by UK-headquartered subsea engineering, operations, and services group JFD has been handed over ahead of arriving in-country early next year, the company announced on 19 December. JFD was awarded a GBP193 million contract in

  • DSME hands over Thailand’s first DW3000 frigate

    Key Points The Royal Thai Navy has received its first South Korean-built multipurpose frigate The vessel will bolster the country’s anti-submarine capabilities and is on track for commissioning in 2019 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has delivered

  • PROSUB achieves key milestone with launch of first S-BR submarine

    The first of four Scorpène diesel-electric (S-BR) submarines being built under Brazil’s PROSUB (Programa de Desenvolvimento de Submarinos) programme has been launched by Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN). Riachuelo was lowered into the water at the Itaguaí naval

  • Indonesian Navy to remove main gun from Ahmad Yani frigate for gunnery simulator

    Key Points Indonesia is building a naval gunnery simulator that will be equipped with a 76 mm cannon retrieved from an Ahmad Yani-class frigate The simulator, which will feature a mock-up bridge and mock-up combat systems, will significantly improve the Indonesian Navy’s training

  • Update: Singapore’s new stealth combatant craft breaks cover

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is testing a stealthy new combatant craft that appears to be optimised for special operations The combatant craft could be a replacement for the Singapore Army’s Very Slender Vessel (VSV) The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is quietly testing a stealthy

  • Canada details antenna upgrade for Halifax-class ship radars

    The Canadian government has signed a CAD21.7 million (USD16.2 million) contract on 7 December with Saab Microwave Canada for a new antenna for the Sea Giraffe 180 (SG-180) radar installed on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class frigates. Saab Microwave Canada will install a new

  • Carrier USS John C Stennis establishes temporary Sri Lanka air logistics hub

    The US Navy (USN) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) has established a temporary air logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies, and services at sea. The hub includes an airstrip and storage facilities to provide logistics support to USN ships operating in the

  • Cost and scheduling of Australia’s Future Submarine programme prompt calls for alternative

    Four retired Australian naval officers of flag rank, all with substantial submarine experience, have taken the unusual step of writing directly to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking an urgent study into the option of a cheaper, more quickly available alternative to the design already selected for

  • Agreement close on SPA for Australia’s Future Submarine programme

    Agreement in principle between Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) and French submarine builder Naval Group on a vital Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) for Australia’s Future Submarine programme is anticipated by 21 December, according to sources close to the protracted

  • Canadian Coast Guard receives new vessels for west coast operations

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received two new Bay-class high-endurance search-and-rescue (SAR) lifeboats and a second emergency offshore towing vessel (EOTV) for operations on the west coast on 6 December. The delivery of Bay-class vessels Pachena Bay and McIntyre Bay coincided with a government

  • Last Zumwalt-class ship launched as USN considers fate of destroyers’ guns

    The third and final planned Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer Lyndon B Johnson was launched on 9 December at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard. Second ship Michael Monsoor , meanwhile, departed BIW on 9 November for Coronado, California, where it will be commissioned into

  • UK funds Type 31e frigate Competitive Design Phase

    Industry teams led by Atlas Elektronik UK, Babcock, and BAE Systems have been shortlisted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to compete for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e frigate programme. All three have been funded by the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

  • Northern Fleet carries out cruise missile test firings

    Two of Russia’s newest warships and nuclear attack submarines have carried out firings of 3M-14 Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs) at a test range in the north of the country earlier this month. The firing exercises involved the Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 885 Yasen-class

  • RNLN to trial new crewing concept for Holland-class OPVs

    The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) is planning to trial a new crewing concept for its Holland-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The two-year pilot project, designed to give crews greater clarity in operational programming and consequent deployment requirements, will begin in the second quarter of

  • Legal challenge postpones CSC frigate contract

    The Canadian government’s selection of a preferred design for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) future frigate has been put on hold due to a legal challenge. Lockheed Martin Canada’s Type 26 frigate was chosen as the winning design on 19 October 2018 for the Canadian Surface

  • US Navy takes delivery of LCS anti-submarine DART system

    The US Navy (USN) has taken delivery of the Raytheon-developed Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine (ASW) mission package. The USN took delivery of DART, the final component of the LCS ASW mission package on 30 November, after the

  • Thales contracted for RN V/UHF communications upgrade

    Thales UK has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to replace very-high frequency/ultra-high frequency (V/UHF) communications systems fitted to Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships. The contract, valued at GBP23 million (USD29 million), covers the design, manufacture,

  • Latest Peruvian patrol boats to receive Escribano turrets

    The Peruvian Navy has selected turret systems from Spanish company Escribano Mechanical and Engineering for its next two PGCP-50 coastguard patrol boats. The turrets will equip the fifth and sixth vessels of the Rio Pativilca class, which are being built by state-run Peruvian shipyard Servicios

  • US GAO report underscores low-risk Arctic assessments

    A new US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has highlighted there is no immediate concern about military threats in the Arctic region by the Pentagon and the US Navy (USN). According to recent assessments, the Arctic threat level remains low and the Department of Defense (DoD) has the

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