• Commander for US Naval Forces Europe cites Russian submarine concerns

    The proliferation of advanced Russian submarines combined with Kalibr missiles poses a greater threat to major European cities than its other naval platforms and weapons, the most senior US naval officer in Europe has warned. Addressing the Atlantic Council in Washington on 5 October, Admiral James

  • Last two French FREMM ASW frigates prepared for Aster 30 missile

    Bretagne and Normandie, the last two of the French Navy’s six Aquitaine-class FREMM (frégate européenne multi-mission) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates, have been equipped with extended-length vertical launchers to enable them to fire the MBDA Aster 30 area-defence missile, it

  • Progress expected following resumption of tough Future Submarine negotiations

    Negotiations resumed in Canberra on 8 October between the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and French shipbuilder Naval Group with hopes of an early break in the impasse over a strategic partnering agreement (SPA) for Australia’s AUD50 billion (USD36 billion) Future Submarine programme.

  • Report envisages lengthy build-up to Australia’s Future Submarine fleet

    Australia could only achieve its intended fleet of 12 next-generation submarines before about 2054 by compressing the proposed two-year delivery drumbeat, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) think tank released on 9 October. Examining issues involved in the

  • First FREDA frigate takes shape

    The first of two air-defence variant FREMM (frégate européenne multimissions) frigates for the French Navy is set for launch in the first half of 2019, according to shipbuilder Naval Group. The ship, to be named Alsace , is now physically complete in Naval Group’s assembly hall in

  • UK places FISS contracts for RFA fleet, RN survey ships

    Contracts expected to total more than GBP1 billion (USD1.3 billion) have been awarded to three UK shipyards for the support of Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) afloat support ships and Royal Navy (RN) survey vessels. The 10-year contracts, awarded by the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence

  • Indonesian Navy to send aviators for anti-submarine warfare training in India

    Key Points Indonesia will dispatch an initial cohort of three naval aviators for anti-submarine warfare training in India The raining is being conducted as part of efforts to bolster the country’s embarked rotary-wing anti-submarine capabilities The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional

  • Canada gives green light to Halifax-class frigate ASW upgrade

    A team led by General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has been contracted to deliver a major anti-submarine warfare (ASW) upgrade for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) 12 Halifax-class frigates. The Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade (UWSU) is designed to provide the Halifax-class

  • Confrontation between Chinese and US destroyers suggests policy shift

    The recent confrontation between Chinese and US destroyers in the South China Sea suggests a policy shift by China that could further strain naval relations between the two countries and create a greater likelihood for escalation, according to US naval analysts and sources. During what the US Navy

  • US Navy weighs up options for USS Enterprise dismantling and disposal

    The US Navy (USN) will take at least another year to decide how best to dismantle and dispose of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), according to Admiral James Caldwell Jr., director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. “We don’t already have a preferred

  • Australia cuts steel for first SEA 1180 patrol vessel

    Steel for the first offshore patrol vessel (OPV) acquired under Australia’s SEA 1180 Phase 1 programme has been cut, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Minister of Defence Christopher Pyne announced in a joint statement on 3 October. It was cut by Civmec, which has been subcontracted by

  • USN preparing to acquire nuclear components for Columbia class

    The US Navy (USN) will soon be purchasing equipment for its Columbia-class submarines, which will replace the service’s Ohio-class strategic nuclear missile fleet, said Admiral James Caldwell Jr, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. “We’ll start buying reactor plant

  • Hyundai to launch New Zealand’s naval fleet tanker in April 2019

    Key Points A fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy will be launched in April 2019 Country is on track to receive its largest-ever naval vessel by 2020 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will launch a fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)

  • Corner Brook to receive first Victoria-class fit of new modular mast

    Key Points The Royal Canadian Navy Victoria-class submarine HMCS Corner Brook is to be fitted with the L3 Calzoni Universal Modular Mast, acquired under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme The system will provide extremely high-frequency satcom capability for the RCN’s submarines

  • Plans to forward deploy Indonesian submarines thwarted by fatal tsunami

    Key Points Indonesia’s plans to station its new submarines near a resource-rich sea have been delayed The planned facility was severely damaged in a tsunami that has killed hundreds across the city of Palu A plan by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut:

  • Second Admiral Gorshkov frigate nears completion

    Construction of the Russian Navy’s second Project 22350 frigate is almost complete, with the ship poised to begin factory trials in November, Severnaya Verf shipyard’s director general has told Jane’s . “The second Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov , is now 99%

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: Philippine Navy’s fourth batch of MPACs to inherit Mk III design

    A fourth batch of multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) on order for the Philippine Navy (PN) will largely inherit the design of the Mk III vessels that were commissioned in 2017, an industry official has told Jane’s . The official, who spoke at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: CSBC reveals further details of LPD on order for Taiwan

    Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation has given further details of the landing platform dock (LPD) vessel that it will build for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN). CSBC received a contract for the vessel, which has been ordered to fulfil the RoCN’s amphibious assault requirements, in April

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: NCSIST, CSBC Corporation unveil frigate concept for export market

    Key Points A Taiwan defence research institute has teamed up with a private shipbuilder on a light frigate concept Project reflects the country’s ambition to capture international demand for similar surface combatants Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: NCSIST, Lung Teh team up on stealthy assault craft concept

    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has teamed up with local shipbuilder Lung Teh to produce a 25 m assault craft concept with low-observability features. The concept, which was on display at the 2018 Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence

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