• Sea lines security is central to ‘BALTOPS’, say US commanders

    Key Points Sea lines of communication (SLOC) security has a more significant emphasis in ‘BALTOPS’ for 2019 An amphibious capability is underscored as central to securing such SLOCs Senior US commanders have underscored a greater focus on sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and the

  • Sweden’s second upgraded Gotland submarine returns to the water

    The second Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) A19 Gotland-class submarine to undergo a mid-life upgrade (MLU) has been relaunched by Saab’s Kockums business. HMS Uppland was lowered from the shiplift at the company’s Karlskrona facility on 19 June. The milestone occurred 12 months after the

  • Philippine Navy commissions two AW159 helicopters, four KAAVs

    The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s, which arrived in the Philippines on 7 May 2019 as part of a PHP5.24

  • UK Public Accounts Committee lambasts delays to nuclear submarine disposal

    A cross-party committee of UK parliamentarians has warned that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) could run out of storage space for decommissioned nuclear submarines unless action is taken to accelerate dismantling. In a highly critical report on submarine defueling and dismantling published on 19

  • Philippines seeks new LPDs optimised for assault craft operations

    Key Points The Philippine government is acquiring two more landing platform dock vessels for the country’s navy At least one vessel in this contract must be constructed in-country, in partnership with a local shipyard The Philippine government has issued bidding documents for two new

  • Russian Udaloy destroyer modernised for land-attack mission

    The Russian Navy will take delivery of its first modernised Project 1155 Udaloy-class destroyer before the end of 2019, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 29 May. Upgrades to anti-submarine warfare (ASW) destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov will convert the ship into a robust land-attack and anti-surface

  • Anzac-class frigate HMAS Arunta rejoins RAN fleet after AMCAP upgrade

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Anzac (MEKO 200)-class frigate HMAS Arunta (II) has rejoined the fleet after having undergone a 20-month-long Anzac Mid-Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia. The RAN

  • F125 frigate Baden-Württemberg joins German Navy

    The F125 frigate Baden-Württemberg entered service with the German Navy on 17 June 2019 following a commissioning ceremony in the presence of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has announced in a press release. TKMS leads the Arbeitsgemeinschaft

  • Indian Navy postpones induction of second Kalvari-class submarine

    The Indian Navy (IN) has postponed by several months the commissioning of the second of six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) following the discovery of what appear to be manufacturing defects. A senior IN officer told Jane’s on 16 June that the service

  • South Korea’s first KSS-3 submarine begins sea trials

    Key Points South Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine The Republic of Korea Navy is on track to receive the land-attack cruise missile-capable vessel by 2020 South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has begun initial sea trials for

  • US Navy sends second ship to Gulf of Oman after attacks

    The US Navy (USN) said it has sent a second guided-missile destroyer, USS Mason (DDG 87), to the Gulf of Oman “to provide assistance” in the aftermath of tanker attacks there, while the US also disavows any desire to start a conflict in the region. Tankers M/V Front Altair and M/V

  • RAN’s two Adelaide-class frigates return from final overseas missions

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) last two Adelaide-class (US Oliver Hazard Perry design) guided-missile frigates, HMAS Melbourne (III) and HMAS Newcastle , have returned to Australia from their final overseas deployments, and are set to be decommissioned in the near future. Melbourne

  • US blames Iran for second tanker attack

    The Trump administration has directly blamed Iran for attacking two more oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman with limpet mines as part of a wider response to economic sanctions. Having transited the Strait of Hormuz, the two tankers were near each other when they were hit by explosions on their

  • Indonesia designates two Panther helicopters for anti-submarine operations

    Key Points Indonesia has designated two of its AS 565 Panther naval helicopters for anti-submarine warfare duties Nine other airframes are currently being fitted for multimodal missions and will replace the service’s fleet of ageing BO 105 helicopters Only two of the Indonesian Navy’s

  • UAE reportedly finalises Gowind corvette order

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has finalised a contract for two Gowind corvettes that will be built by France’s Naval Group, the French newspaper La Tribune reported corroborating sources as saying on 7 June. It said the contract was signed “very discreetly” on 25 March and the

  • US Navy rotates European-based BMD warships

    More capable warships will be deployed to Europe by the US Navy (USN) to replace four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that have been based in Spain since 2014. The four ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) are also planned to be supported by the basing in Rota,

  • Ex-US Coast Guard cutter enters service with Sri Lanka Navy

    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) commissioned an ex-US Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton-class cutter on 6 June. Named SLNS Gajabahu (with pennant number P 626), the 115.2 m-long vessel entered service in a ceremony held at the Colombo harbour attended by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The

  • USN’s focus on unmanned systems seen as aimed at China

    The increased, accelerated US Navy (USN) investment in unmanned systems appears to be geared for facing future threats from China and other potential peer competitors, according to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The navy wants to develop and procure three new types of

  • Ecuadorian shipyard Astinave looks to build new navy multipurpose vessel

    The Ecuadorian state-run shipyard Astinave is negotiating to build a multipurpose vessel for the Ecuadorian Navy. The vessel will be utilised for several missions, including maritime patrols, supply deliveries to the Galápagos archipelago, fuel and water transportation to vessels out at sea,

  • RAN frigate out of service for more than three years largely due to personnel issues

    Personnel shortages have left one of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) eight Anzac-class frigates on shipyard blocks for 21 months, with a further 16 months anticipated until HMAS Perth completes an impending mid-life upgrade and again becomes available for operations. The 3,900-tonne

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