• China launches Malaysia’s second Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship

    Key Points China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has launched a second Keris-class patrol vessel on order for Malaysia The ship is scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Malaysian Navy in April 2020 A second Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has

  • Superlift at Newport News Shipbuilding completes carrier JFK primary hull

    Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding performed the final upper bow superlift on 11 July to complete the primary hull of the US Navy (USN) Ford-class aircraft carrier John F Kennedy (CVN 79), the company said. The upper bow section is one of the last superlifted steel

  • Flottille 36F to become French Navy UAV parent squadron

    The French Navy will make Flottille 36F, based at Hyères, near Toulon, its first shipborne unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadron. The move will see Flottille 36F operate the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter UAVs, which will be deployed onboard the navy’s Mistral-class landing helicopter dock

  • Belgium, Netherlands sign joint MCMV contract

    Belgian Defence Minister Didier Reynders and Dutch Secretary of State for Defence Barbara Visser signed the contract with Naval Group and ECA Robotics on 5 July in Brussels to supply their countries with six mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), their ministries announced. The 2,800-tonne vessels

  • Former PLAN frigate arrives in Sri Lanka

    A former Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Jiangwei I (Type 053 H2G)-class frigate acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on 8 July: a little over a month after the vessel was formally transferred to the service. In a statement issued that

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  • UK Poseidon makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) made its maiden flight on 13 July. The first of nine Poseidon MMAs for the UK, serial number ZP801, made its inaugural flight out of Boeing’s Renton facility near Seattle, Washington, ahead of
  • Nigerian Army commissions new locally produced vehicles

    The Nigerian Army formally commissioned into service a range of new indigenously designed and manufactured vehicles during its annual celebration day at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos state on 6 July. Several types produced by the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) were