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  • Sonardyne to provide underwater positioning and tracking technology for RoKN's future ASR-II submarine rescue ship

    Sonardyne International has been awarded a contract by General Electric's (GE’s) Power Conversion business to provide underwater positioning and tracking technology for the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) future 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II). In a 3

  • USN deploys USS New Orleans and USS America to Japan

    The US Navy (USN) has announced the deployment of a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock vessel and of its lead America-class amphibious assault ship to the Japanese coastal city of Sasebo to become part of the service’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces. The transport dock vessel, USS New

  • Contract for design, construction of RoKN’s first FFX-III frigate to be awarded in first quarter of 2020

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that the contract for the detailed design and construction of the first FFX-III-class guided-missile frigate for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests

    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing undertaken at the Maritime Research Institute

  • USV operates with offboard ECM payload in NATO NEMO trial

    Thales UK has demonstrated the operation of an offboard electronic countermeasures (ECM) payload from an unmanned surface vessel (USV) testbed as part of a NATO electronic warfare trial. Although self-funded by the company, the trial outputs are intended to inform research being undertaken by the

  • China advances unmanned underwater capabilities

    China’s scientific and defence science communities have revealed several active autonomous and unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV and UUV) development programmes within the final quarter of 2019, demonstrating the country’s intent to construct and field increasingly sophisticated and

  • First drugs submarine seized in Spain

    Police forces in Spain have seized what is believed to be the first known submarine used to transport drugs into Europe from Latin America. The submarine has been taken to the port of Aldan, in the northwestern region of Galicia, after being captured with two of its crew near the beach of O Foxo on

  • Navantia teams up with Huisman for Dutch sub contract

    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Rotterdam with local company Huisman Equipment to compete for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Walrus-class submarine replacement programme. The company said the both firms had agreed to look at setting up

  • Pakistan launches fourth Azmat-class fast attack craft

    Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) launched on 27 November the fourth missile-capable Azmat-class fast attack craft (FAC(M)) on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN). The ship, which is expected to have pennant number 1028, entered the water in a ceremony held at

  • Details emerge of new Chinese armoured breaching vehicle

    Details have emerged about a new Chinese amphibious vehicle described as an armoured breaching vehicle in a 23 November video released by state-owned broadcaster China Central Television-13 (CCTV-13). From the video it appears that the vehicle is based on the Type 05 family of amphibious vehicles

  • HHIC hands over second PKX-B-class patrol craft to RoKN

    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has handed over the second Patrol Killer Experimental-B (PKX-B)-class fast attack craft on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), according to South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The

  • US to transfer second Hamilton-class cutter to Vietnam

    US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced during a 19–21 November visit to Vietnam that Washington will hand over a second ex-US Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton-class high-endurance cutter to the Southeast Asian country. “The delivery of the vessel – one of the largest class ships

  • South Korean navy receives second PKX-B missile craft

    Key Points HHIC has delivered the second PKX-B attack craft on order for the Republic of Korea Navy The vessel will strengthen the service’s defences against swarm attack tactics South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has delivered the second Patrol Killer

  • German coastguard commissions third Potsdam OPV

    The coastguard arm of the German Federal Police commissioned its third and final Potsdam-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), FGS Bad Düben (BP 83), during a ceremony held in Cuxhaven, Germany, on 20 November. The 86 m OPVs were built under a contract awarded to Fassmer shipyard in December

  • Philippine Navy’s first José Rizal-class frigate to begin sea trials

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is preparing the Philippine Navy’s first José Rizal-class frigate for sea trials. The vessel will sail in waters off Ulsan, Busan, and Mokpo from 23–27 November as part of the trials, the Philippine Navy announced via its

  • Navantia continues FSS bid despite stopped competition

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has reaffirmed its pursuit of the UK’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ship programme despite the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) recent decision to halt the current competition. The company told Jane’s that it is continuing to refine manufacture and

  • PLAN trials underway replenishment from commercial ships

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted replenishment at sea (RAS) trials using commercial ships, according to a 16 November report in the Global Times newspaper. It described this as “a new approach to facilitate warship supplies in distant waters”.

  • Senegal orders three 62 m OPVs from Kership

    Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership, a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group, to procure three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Under the terms of the contract, announced on 17 November, construction will start in early 2020, and all three OPVs are expected to

  • DSEI Japan 2019: JMU Defence Systems developing new multipurpose amphibious vehicles for JGSDF

    JMU Defence Systems, a subsidiary of Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation, revealed at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba that it is developing two types of multipurpose amphibious vehicles for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). A company official told

  • DSEI Japan 2019: JMU unveils preliminary LHD design

    Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation unveiled at the 18–20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba the preliminary design of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship that it plans to propose to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

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