• USN releases RFI for Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) issued a request for information (RFI) on 15 February for the service’s proposed Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture (UMAA). NAVSEA’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC), Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) Program

  • Iran commissions Fateh submarine

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) officially commissioned its first indigenously developed Fateh-class submarine on 17 February. The ceremony was held at the Bandar Abbas naval base and was attended by President Hassan Rouhani. Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying that the

  • Singapore discloses further details of Invincible-class submarines

    Key Points Singapore has given further details on the capabilities of its new Type 218SG submarines The vessels will be equipped with indigenously developed data analytics as well as sense-making systems Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has disclosed further details of its new Type

  • US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

  • Argentina restarts work on ARA Santa Cruz

    Maintenance work on the Argentine TR-1700-class submarine ARA Santa Cruz has resumed, according to Argentine Defence Minister Oscar Aguad. Work on the boat was halted by the Argentine Defence Ministry following the loss at sea of sister submarine ARA San Juan on 15 November 2017 to determine

  • IDEX 2019: SANNI pitching LPD to Saudi navy

    SAMI Navantia Naval Industries (SANNI) has proposed building landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ships for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), the company’s CEO said during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. SANNI was formed as a joint venture between

  • Germany’s TKMS holds launch ceremony for Singapore’s first Type 218SG submarine

    Key Points TKMS has held a launch ceremony for the first Type 218SG boat on order for Singapore The country is on track to receiving its first-ever custom-built naval submarine in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has held a launch ceremony for the first of four Type

  • IDEX 2019: Pantsir-ME naval AAGM system makes international debut

    Russia publicly displayed the full configuration of it new Pantsir-ME naval anti-aircraft gun-missile (AAGM) system for the first time at the IDEX 2019 International Defence Show and Conference being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. The Pantsir-ME system comprises a command post,

  • Indonesia enters final stages of negotiations for another three-submarine contract with DSME

    Key Points Indonesia is close to signing a contract for three more Type 209 submarines with DSME Jakarta has been studying several vessel types for the requirement, but is now inclined towards the South Korean option given commonality with earlier boats Indonesian officials have entered the final

  • Russian Navy looks to extend Akula SSN life

    The Russia Federation Navy is aiming to keep its Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO reporting name ‘Akula’) nuclear attack submarines (SSNs) in service for another 25–30 years, according to a senior Northern Fleet officer. Speaking to the Russian Ministry of Defence’s Zvezda

  • Dutch Caribbean commissions four patrol boats

    The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) has commissioned four 38 ft Defiant-class patrol boats in the DCCG’s Station Aruba. The vessels, which were constructed by US shipbuilder Metal Shark, will be used to patrol the waters around the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St

  • NAVSEA asks boatbuilders for Force Protection proposals

    The US Navy (USN) has asked industry to submit blueprints for a fleet of Force Protection Medium (FPM) boats capable of guarding high-value ships, ports, and anchorages against terrorist attacks and other security threats. As many as 113 boats could be ordered under a planned five-year

  • Turkey’s Preveze-class submarines to be modernised

    On 8 February, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) signed a contract with local business partners STM, Havelsan, Aselsan, and Asfat on the mid-life upgrade of four Preveze-class (Type 209/1400) submarines. The modernised submarines will return to service in 2023–27.

  • Update: New Zealand’s future hydrography ship begins conversion into naval platform

    The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel, MV Edda Fonn , has arrived in Frederikshavn, Denmark, for a fitting-out process that will be conducted according to naval requirements. The 85 m vessel, which will be in service as HMNZS Manawanui once

  • Papua New Guinea commissions first Guardian-class patrol boat

    The first of four Guardian-class patrol boats for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force’s (PNGDF’s) Maritime Element has been commissioned, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) announced on 12 February. HMPNGS Ted Diro (with pennant number 401) entered service in a ceremony held on 1 February

  • Second Type 901 carrier supply ship in service with PLAN

    Photographs posted in online forums indicate that a second Type 901 fast replenishment ship has completed sea trials and entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Although no official announcement has been made and no reports by state-owned media have been

  • C-Enduro USV delivered for military data gathering trials

    L3 ASV has announced the delivery of a new long-endurance autonomous unmanned surface vessel (USV) to the Royal Navy (RN) for military data gathering trials in support of the Mine Countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) programme. Acquired under the Military Data Gathering (MDG) Unmanned

  • UK to study fast-track plan for Littoral Strike Ships

    Key Points The UK MoD is studying an accelerated acquisition of Littoral Strike Ships Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the vessels could be used for missions ranging from crisis support to warfighting The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to explore the accelerated acquisition of two new

  • Turkey launches intelligence ship

    Turkey’s first national test and training ship, TCG Ufuk (A-591), was launched on 9 February at Tuzla shipyard near Istanbul, Turkey. The ship was described by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country’s first ‘intelligence corvette’. “The Ufuk corvette

  • Norway awaits arrival of new LSV

    The Royal Norwegian Navy’s (RNoN’s) new and much-delayed Logistics and Support Vessel (LSV), KNM Maud , has begun its delivery voyage from South Korea. Separately, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (Forsvarsdepartementet) has announced that Maud will be dual-crewed to maximise

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