• South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system

    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports, the country’s Defense Acquisition

  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision

    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted in serious damage to the

  • 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

  • Australia begins construction of third Arafura-class OPV

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 27 March that construction work had begun on the third of 12 Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Unlike the first two ships of the class, which are being built at the Osborne Naval

  • 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

  • Brazil discards the Barroso corvette upgrades

    The Brazilian Navy dropped its initial plan to modernise one of its frontline surface combatants, the corvette CV Barroso (V34) as part of the offset package for acquisition of four Tamandaré-class frigates, it told Jane’s on 20 March. The technical risks involved in the compensation

  • US Navy prepares for possible Columbia delay, GAO reports

    While the US Navy (USN) still considers the timely acquisition of its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to be its priority programme to ensure there is no gap in strategic patrols, the service is hedging against a potential delay in the delivery of the new submarine, according to the

  • South Korea to transfer two decommissioned patrol vessels to Ecuador’s coastguard

    The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) is working towards the transfer of two recently decommissioned 300-tonne patrol vessels to Ecuador. The vessels – with pennant numbers 302 and 303 – have a length of 53.7 m, a beam of 7.4 m, and a draught of 2.5 m. Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), they

  • China lays keel for Pakistan Navy’s second Type 054A-class frigate

    China held a keel-laying ceremony on 23 March at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai for the second of four Type 054A-class frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN). The contract for the first two of these frigates is believed to have been signed in 2017 and a further contract for two more

  • Russian Navy to receive new and overhauled submarines

    The Russian Navy is set to receive new and overhauled strategic and conventional submarines, the military service’s commander-in-chief, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, told Ministry of Defence newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ( Red Star ) on 18 March. Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of United

  • USN adopts modular approach for SUUV programme

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved ahead with efforts to introduce a new unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) capability for the US Navy (USN) following the selection of two prototypes for further testing. The DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) awarded two separate contracts for

  • US carrier Ford certified for flight deck, air traffic control operations

    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completed Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Certification on 20 March, the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 23 March. With the completion of FDC and CATCC certifications, Ford will now be the only carrier qualification asset

  • China’s latest Haiyi underwater gliders complete Indian Ocean deployment

    Upgraded Haiyi (Sea Wing) underwater gliders deployed from a Chinese government scientific research vessel on 11 December 2019 have successfully conducted an underwater survey expedition in the East Indian Ocean, the company responsible for manufacturing the gliders announced in late March. The

  • Indian Navy outlines plans to berth new aircraft carrier at private shipyard

    Faced with ongoing budget shortfalls that have delayed the completion of one of its major bases, the Indian Navy (IN) is now seeking to lease a private shipyard to berth its indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant after its commissioning in 2021. The navy has approached the

  • Japan commissions first Maya-class guided-missile destroyer

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the first of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class, Aegis-equipped destroyers in a ceremony held on 19 March in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Named JS Maya (pennant number 179), the 170 m-long warship was inducted into the service’s

  • UK SSBN refuel runs behind schedule

    A GBP200 million (USD237.5 million) programme to refuel the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) nuclear-powered ballistic missile (SSBN) submarine HMS Vanguard is now nine months behind schedule. The submarine was originally scheduled to leave Babcock International’s refuelling facility at

  • Covid-19: Aircraft carrier Ford reaches milestone with anchor ops

    Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed a significant milestone on 15 March, despite US Navy (USN) compliance with the restrictions of Covid-19 guidance. Ford conducted an inaugural anchoring evolution during its independent steaming event, the USN confirmed on 18 March, marking the

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