• Russia to build five more auxiliary tankers

    Five more replenishment tankers are to be built for the Russian Navy to support warships on long-range missions. The announcement by Sergey Epifanov, Chief of the Auxiliary Fleet Service in the Russia Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Transport Support Department, was made during a ceremony

  • Indonesia completes diving trials on first locally assembled submarine

    Indonesia’s first indigenously assembled Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarine, Alugoro (405) , has successfully completed the nominal diving depth (NDD) phase of its sea trials. The trial phase was conducted on 20 January in waters off Banyuwangi in East Java and in the Bali Sea,

  • Two more Type 056A corvettes enter service with PLAN

    Two more anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first, Lu’an (pennant number 611), was commissioned on 18 January, while Liaocheng (608) was commissioned the following

  • Russian ship designers show latest advanced naval platforms

    Russian shipyards displayed scale models of new project developments during a meeting of Russian military officials and navy commanders in Sevastopol in early January. Among the items on display was a scale model of a Kalibr-armed version of the Project 20386 medium-sized multi-capability surface

  • New helo sees Honduras become first Central American nation to field naval aviation

    Honduras has become the first Central American nation to field naval aviation, with the arrival of a surplus Eurocopter BO 105 helicopter. The helicopter, received on 15 January, will operate from the recently acquired General Cabañas off-shore patrol vessel (OPV). The first landing of the

  • Surface Navy 2020: US Navy plans for carrier Truman refuelling ahead of budget

    While some military analysts in Washington have been saying the refuelling of US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) could be on the chopping block again in order to free funds for unmanned systems, the USN is still planning for the midlife carrier work with the likely proposed

  • US State Department approves potential USD1.5 billion FMS to support RAN’s Hobart-class destroyers and Hunter-class frigates

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD1.5 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of long-lead items, engineering development activities and other defence services to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Surface Combatant Program, the US Defense Security

  • RMN’s first Littoral Mission Ship arrives in Malaysia

    The Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) first warship made in China has arrived in Malaysia. KD Keris (with pennant number 111), the service’s first of four Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs), was officially welcomed at the Sepanggar naval base at Kota Kinabalu – located in the state

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN to start search for new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

    The US Navy (USN) is set to kick off a competition to acquire a new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) designed to support both mine countermeasures and oceanographic/environmental data gathering missions. To be deployed from both surface ships and submarines, the MUUV will be the de facto

  • New Russian amphibious ship prepares for acceptance trials

    Shipbuilders and state acceptance trials for Russia’s latest amphibious ship are to be combined to speed the vessel’s entry into navy service. The Project 11711 large landing ship Pyotr Morgunov completed the first phases of its builder’s trials in the Baltic Sea in December 2019,

  • Finnish Navy receives first FAC missile boat Tornio after MLU

    The first of four Hamina-class missile fast attack craft (FAC), FRNS Tornio , has been delivered to the Finnish Navy following the completion of its Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (SQ2000 MLU) programme. Work was carried out under a contract awarded to Patria in 2018. Under the terms of the

  • France orders eight diving tenders

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has ordered eight new diving tenders from Merré Shipyard for operation by the French Navy, the French Ministry of the Armed forces announced on 15 January. Under the terms of the contract, which was awarded to Merré

  • Surface Navy 2020: Radar upgrades could make US Navy DDGs suitable for air warfare command

    With the increased capability and potential provided by the AN/SPY-6(V) radar suite slated for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDGs), the US Navy (USN) is looking at DDGs for air warfare command roles. Currently, guided-missile cruisers (CGs) fill the role for the USN, but

  • Surface Navy 2020: Potential USN ammo could turn LCS into counter-drone ship

    A new kind of ammunition round being pursued by Northrop Grumman for the on-board Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) gun system could help the US Navy (USN) counter drone attacks, according to Kevin Knowles, the head of business development for LCS/Unmanned Surface Vessel programmes. Northrop Grumman has

  • China Coast Guard ship makes first-ever official visit to Philippines

    A China Coast Guard (CCG) ship has paid an official visit to Philippines for the first time ever and taken part in exercises with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in an effort to improve bilateral ties amid tensions between Beijing and Manila over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The

  • India’s Cabinet Committee on Security approves weapon and sensor package for four destroyers

    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved an INR61.50 billion (USD867.5 million) weapon and sensor package for four 7,300-tonne guided-missile destroyers that are currently being built for the Indian Navy (IN) by the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

  • Tensions and delays in Australia’s Future Submarine programme disclosed in official audit report

    Australia’s AUD80 billion (USD55.15 billion) Future Submarine programme, the country’s largest-ever defence procurement, is running nine months late and has missed two key contractual milestones, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reported on 14 January. The ANAO also revealed

  • Surface Navy 2020: Leonardo DRS sees growing USN interest in electric propulsion

    The inclusion of electric propulsion systems in future US Navy (USN) platforms, such as Columbia-class submarine, a guided-missile frigate, and the next large-surface combatant, underscores a growing need for such systems, according to Jamie McMullin, senior director of business development for

  • Damen Schelde/Lürssen team selected to build next German Navy surface combatants

    Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the German Navy’s MKS 180 multirole combat ships, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) confirmed on 14 January. The Dutch

  • First ‘stretched’ Type 052D destroyer enters service with PLA Navy

    The first of the ‘stretched’ 7,500 tonne Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyers for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) entered service with the East Sea Fleet on 12 January, the same day that the first of the 12,000-tonne Type 055 (Renhai)-class destroyers was

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