• Philippine commissions third, fourth Boracay-class patrol vessels

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has inducted the final Boracay-class vessels ordered in a 2012 contract Vessels will be jointly operated by customs and coastguard officials to bolster the country’s anti-smuggling efforts The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned its third and

  • Work begins on first of five Saudi corvettes

    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first of five corvettes for the Saudi Arabian Navy at its San Fernando shipyard in the Bay of Cadiz on 15 January. Work on the corvettes, which are based on Navantia’s Avante 2200 design, is being carried out under

  • Japan to deploy five more coastguard vessels in 2019

    The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) plans to deploy five more large patrol vessels in 2019 to bolster its present fleet of 62 at-sea boats. The additional deployment will consist of one 6,500-tonne, two 6,000-tonne, one 3,500-tonne, and one 1,500-tonne patrol vessels. The 6,500- and 6,000-tonne vessels

  • Philippine’s lead Del Pilar-class frigate out of service till end 2019

    A Philippine Navy frigate that ran aground near Half Moon Shoal in August 2018 will be out of service till the end of 2019, according to the service’s chief. The frigate, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF 15), ran aground while it was on routine patrol operations in the South China Sea. All 117 of

  • UK Royal Navy to deploy Type 23 frigate to Japan

    The UK Royal Navy will deploy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose to Japan in early 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May announced during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held on 10 January in London. The warship will be dispatched to Northeast Asia to help enforce sanctions

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