• JMSDF destroyer collides with Chinese fishing boat in East China Sea, two injured

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer JS Shimakaze (pennant number 172) collided with a Chinese fishing boat in the East China Sea on 30 March, injuring two people aboard the fishing boat. A spokesperson at the Ministry of Defense

  • Royal Navy shadows Russian warships in English Channel

    The Royal Navy (RN) reported on its website on 26 March that nine of its vessels had completed a “concentrated operation” shadowing seven Russian warships in the English Channel and North Sea. The development came as RN specialists and planners and other UK armed services were preparing

  • Carrier Ford completes first vertical replenishment

    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed its first vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, attached to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 while alongside fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188) in the

  • USN outlines ambitions for new Light Amphibious Warship

    The US Navy has outlined its requirements for a new class of beachable Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) intended to provide a manoeuvring and sustainment capability in contested littoral areas. A preliminary design effort is expected to start in late Fiscal Year (FY) 2020/early FY 2021, with

  • USCG contracts eight shipbuilders for fresh round of Offshore Patrol Cutter studies

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) has tasked eight shipbuilding companies to develop proposals to help reboot its hurricane-delayed Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. Worth up to USD22 million, the industry studies could lead to significant design changes for 21 of the 25 planned Heritage-class OPCs

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  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 1 April, the MoD said. Previously, the
  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 1 April, the MoD said. Previously, the
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