• Fincantieri revamps Wisconsin yard to meet USN FFG(X) capacity needs

    To ensure its Wisconsin shipyard can meet the US Navy (USN) requirement to build two guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)) per year to compete for the contract to build the warship, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) has embarked on a programme to overhaul the yard and revamp some of its shipbuilding

  • Australia declares final operational capability for Canberra class

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of two Canberra-class amphibious assault ships has achieved final operational capability. In a 12 November statement announcing the milestone, Australia’s Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds described the class as one that is now ready to

  • RAN’s two LHDs achieve final operational capability

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels have achieved final operational capability. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said in a 12 November statement that the 27,500- tonne amphibious assault ships, which are home-ported at

  • Ecuador’s Astinave starts building multipurpose vessel

    The Ecuadorian state-run shipyard Astinave started building new multipurpose vessel Project Alpha-2021 on 11 November with a steel-cutting ceremony. The shipbuilding contract was signed by the Ecuadorian Ministry Of Defence on 31 October for the ship, which is meant to be used by the Ecuadorian

  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces

    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those systems, industry officials say. Recent operational

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  • Eagle V 6×6 awaits production green light

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – MOWAG said it has completed development of its latest Eagle 6×6 and is awaiting a production contract, with the Swiss army likely the first customer. The Swiss army has said the Eagle 6×6 will meet its requirement for 100 reconnaissance
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