• Sea lines security is central to ‘BALTOPS’, say US commanders

    Key Points Sea lines of communication (SLOC) security has a more significant emphasis in ‘BALTOPS’ for 2019 An amphibious capability is underscored as central to securing such SLOCs Senior US commanders have underscored a greater focus on sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and the

  • UK Public Accounts Committee lambasts delays to nuclear submarine disposal

    A cross-party committee of UK parliamentarians has warned that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) could run out of storage space for decommissioned nuclear submarines unless action is taken to accelerate dismantling. In a highly critical report on submarine defueling and dismantling published on 19

  • Philippines seeks new LPDs optimised for assault craft operations

    Key Points The Philippine government is acquiring two more landing platform dock vessels for the country’s navy At least one vessel in this contract must be constructed in-country, in partnership with a local shipyard The Philippine government has issued bidding documents for two new

  • Canada, Japan navies enhance interoperability in South China Sea

    Key Points The navies of Canada and Japan have completed a series of drills in the South China Sea Exercises seek to further deepen interoperability between the two services The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) have completed a series of drills in the

  • UK sets out vision for ‘Intelligent Warship’ technologies

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is soliciting proposals for novel concepts aimed at integrating ‘intelligent systems’ into future warships. Being competed through the MoD’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) programme, the Intelligent Ship programme is seeking to mature

  • Brazil to launch the last prototype of locally developed anti-ship missile

    The Brazilian Navy is scheduled to launch the third and final prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 18 June, a local industry source told Jane’s . The missile

  • South Korea’s first KSS-3 submarine begins sea trials

    Key Points South Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine The Republic of Korea Navy is on track to receive the land-attack cruise missile-capable vessel by 2020 South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has begun initial sea trials for

  • Isotta Fraschini Motori to provide diesel generators for Italy’s fourth PPA vessel

    Fincantieri subsidiary Isotta Fraschini Motori (IFM) is to supply its new 16V170C2ME diesel generator system (DGS) for the Italian Navy’s fourth multirole offshore patrol vessel (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura: PPA). The new generator model was unveiled by IFM on 11 June following the

  • Spain opts to discontinue exercise series with USN

    Spain has decided to cancel the remainder of a near year-long series of exercises planned for one of its F-100 frigates with the US Navy’s (USN’s) Carrier Strike Group 12, led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln . Méndez Núñez (F-104) had already withdrawn

  • Thales targets April 2020 delivery for MMCM demonstrators

    Thales is working to complete integration, testing, and qualification of Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) demonstrator systems planned to be delivered to France and the UK in April 2020. Being jointly funded by the two nations, the MMCM programme covers the design, development, integration, and

  • US Navy performing VH-92A landing zone testing

    The US Navy (USN) is performing testing with the Sikorsky VH-92A presidential helicopter to determine if aircraft modifications are required to enable the aircraft to land without damaging the landing zone. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in an April 2019 report that the programme

  • Indonesia designates two Panther helicopters for anti-submarine operations

    Key Points Indonesia has designated two of its AS 565 Panther naval helicopters for anti-submarine warfare duties Nine other airframes are currently being fitted for multimodal missions and will replace the service’s fleet of ageing BO 105 helicopters Only two of the Indonesian Navy’s

  • Russian FSB Border Guard and USCG start joint patrols in Bering Sea

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Guard and the US Coast Guard (USCG) have started conducting joint patrols in the Bering Sea in a bid to combat illegal fishing in the controlled North Pacific area. "As part of the 2019 joint plan of action of [Russia’s] border force and

  • US Navy rotates European-based BMD warships

    More capable warships will be deployed to Europe by the US Navy (USN) to replace four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that have been based in Spain since 2014. The four ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) are also planned to be supported by the basing in Rota,

  • RNZN to re-set for future challenges in 2020s

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is set to enhance its capabilities over the next decade to meet a growing number of commitments and increase engagement in the Pacific and Southern Oceans. A new Defence Capability Plan (DCP) launched by defence minister Ron Mark on 11 June has identified a need

  • US Navy awards Sikorsky first production contract for VH-92A presidential helicopter

    The US Navy (USN) on 10 June awarded Sikorsky its first low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for the VH-92A presidential helicopter. The contract, worth USD542 million, is for six aircraft, spares, and support equipment, according to a USN statement. Government testing will continue to

  • USN’s focus on unmanned systems seen as aimed at China

    The increased, accelerated US Navy (USN) investment in unmanned systems appears to be geared for facing future threats from China and other potential peer competitors, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The navy wants to develop and procure three new types of

  • Malaysia to deploy donated ScanEagle UAVs with navy

    Key Points Malaysia will deploy all 12 ScanEagle UAVs it is receiving from the US with the Royal Malaysian Navy The UAVs will be deployed to assist with maritime surveillance operations All 12 units of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that Putrajaya is receiving from the US will be

  • USN readies carrier fleet for F-35Cs

    The US Navy (USN) is designing modifications for its next Ford-class carriers to accommodate operational Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) squadrons, service officials said, and the USN remains on schedule for changes to existing Ford- and Nimitz-class ships.

  • Unmanned and aerial MCM testing slated for ‘BALTOPS’

    The Baltic Operations (‘BALTOPS’) Mine Warfare Task Group will be testing unmanned and aerial countermine (MCM) systems during the exercise, which began 9 June, according to US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral Scott Robertson, ‘BALTOPS’ Mine Warfare commander and commander of the US

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