• DDG 1000 to start navigation certification, crew qualifications

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is getting ready to conduct navigational certifications and crew qualifications, the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told Jane’s . The ship is getting ready to get under way for the certifications and qualifications after having

  • Ecuadorian Navy receives two modernised Corvettes

    The Ecuadorian Navy received corvettes Manabi (CM 12) and Loja (CM 16) from the state-run shipyard Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (ASTINAVE) on 15 November, following extensive modernisation of the ships. ASTINAVE’s Project Jupiter included upgrades to three Esmeralda-class corvettes. The

  • NATO’s maritime research centre at risk for lack of stable funding model, says report

    NATO’s structure, funding, and approach to science and technology (S&T) research activities need a fundamental rethink to maintain the alliance’s technological edge for the future, according to a new draft report for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NPA). Of particular worry is

  • UK invests in Ashchurch vehicle depot

    Plans to run down the UK’s main armoured vehicle maintenance and storage depot have been halted, following the announcement by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) of investment plans to expand the site at Ashchurch in Gloucestershire. The GBP101 million (USD130 million) investment

  • Portugal retires NRP Jacinto Candido

    The Portuguese Navy officially withdrew its João Coutinho-class corvette NRP Jacinto Candido (F 476) from service on 15 November. The decommissioning leaves just two remaining corvettes in service: the Baptista de Andrade-class ship NRP João Roby (F 487) and João Coutinho-class

  • Australia names Sea 1180 patrol vessel as Arafura class

    Key Points Australia has marked further progress in its Sea 1180 programme with the naming of its new OPV class and the start of steel welding on the first of class The programme’s first of class is expected to be delivered by 2021 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has named the offshore

  • DSME awarded contract to build two more FFX II frigates

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has been awarded a KRW631.5 billion (USD558 million) contract for the construction of two more Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the company announced on 14 November. The

  • US Navy ramps up development of naval unmanned systems

    The US Navy (USN) is accelerating its development of naval unmanned systems through programmatic changes and contractual tools meant to field such systems as soon as possible, according to Captain Pete Small, programme manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems. For example, the (USN) has started the

  • AMCM squadron completes first embarkation on Lewis B Puller

    The US Navy (USN) Expeditionary Sea Base USS Lewis B Puller (ESB 3) has embarked airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) assets for the first time since the ship began operations with the US 5th Fleet. MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter from Bahrain-based Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15

  • Construction begins on final Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyer at BIW

    The construction officially started on 9 November at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), which will be the last Flight IIA configuration destroyer built by BIW, as the yard prepares to build Flight III

  • DDG 1001 leaves shipyard for commissioning

    The guided-missile destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second ship in the Zumwalt class of destroyers, departed General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine, on 9 November to be commissioned on the US West Coast. The destroyer is en route to California where it is scheduled

  • Airshow China 2018: ZB Intelligence unveils Marine Lizard amphibious combat USV prototype

    Zhongbang Intelligent Technology (ZB Intelligence), a Qingdao-based company specialising in the development of control and navigation systems for unmanned surface vessels (USVs), announced a new amphibious combat USV development called the Marine Lizard at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition in

  • First Australian Future Submarine may enter service later than anticipated

    The first of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of future submarines may not be fully operational until 2035, three years later than previously assumed, the service’s chief, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan, has disclosed. This could mean that more than three of the six in-service

  • First new Saudi corvette set for delivery in 2021

    The timetable for the delivery of five corvettes ordered for the Saudi Arabian Navy in July is to start in October 2021, the president of Spain’s state holding group has told parliament. The remaining four will be handed over in four-month intervals, said Vicente Fernández Guerrero, head

  • USN to keep Columbia line going after delivering planned submarine numbers

    The US Navy (USN) will keep the Columbia-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) line running even after the service receives all 12 of the vessels now being planned, said Rear Admiral John Tammen, director of Undersea Warfare. The navy wants to keep the line going not only to

  • Taiwanese navy commissions two Cheng Kung-class frigates

    The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) commissioned two Cheng Kung (ex-US Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided-missile frigates in a ceremony held on 8 November at the Zuoying Naval Base on Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung. PFG-1112 Ming Chuan and PFG-1115 Feng Chia – ex-USS Taylor (FFG

  • US donates Patrol boats to Panama’s SENAN

    Panama’s National Naval-Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN) received two Boston Whaler patrol boats donated by the United States for patrol and coastguard operations, SENAN confirmed on 1 November. The US also donated 15 night-vision goggles, two Ford 450 pickup trucks, and a

  • Indo Defence 2018: PT PAL prepares to handover Indonesian Navy’s sixth LPD

    Key Points A sixth landing platform dock on order the Indonesian Navy is complete, and ready to be delivered Delivery will come amid discussions for a seventh ship in the same class A landing platform dock (LPD) vessel on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan

  • Mid-life refit of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier completed

    Charles de Gaulle has been returned to the French Navy following the completion of the aircraft carrier's mid-life update, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, and Naval Group announced on 8 November. The carrier will be ready to conduct

  • USN starts ‘intrusive’ vendor inspections following submarine welding issues

    The US Navy (USN), along with prime submarine-building contractors, has begun aggressive on-site company inspections implemented to ensure lower-tier vendors are performing and verifying welding and other boat work properly, said Captain Jonathan Rucker, programme manager for the Columbia-class

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