HEADLINES

  • Malaysia lays keel for first helicopter-capable coastguard OPV

    Key Points The first of three new 83 m offshore patrol vessel destined for the Malaysia Coast Guard has been laid Service is on track to receive the first platform in class by 2020 A Malaysian shipbuilding joint venture has laid down the keel for an 83 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) that is being

  • Brazil launches Tamandaré-class corvette competition

    The Brazilian Navy on 19 December issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking four general-purpose Tamandaré-class corvettes, and said it expects to select a supplier in September 2018. The effort is slated to cost about USD1.6 billion. Brazil wants local construction by a state-owned or

  • Leidos contracted for Sea Hunter II testbed USV

    US science, technology, and services group Leidos has been contracted by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) to build a second Sea Hunter-type Class III Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vessel (MDUSV) to support science and technology (S&T) advancement of autonomous technologies and

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth springs a leak

    HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak due to a problem with a shaft seal, which is letting in water, UK media reported on 19 December. Jane’s understands the leak is not serious enough to prevent the carrier from putting to sea or conducting trials scheduled for 2018. There appears not to be a

  • China launches 29th Jiangkai II frigate

    China has launched another Jiangkai II (Type 054A) guided-missile frigate at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. The vessel, which will be in service as the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN’s) 29th Type 054A frigate, was launched on 16 December. The ship is seen without its

  • South Korea advances ASR-II submarine rescue ship project

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 15 December that its project to develop a new 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship, or ASR-II, for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has progressed after an agreement was reached last month on the

  • RNZN decommissions replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) decommissioned on 15 December its fleet replenishment tanker HMNZS Endeavour after almost 30 years of service. The navy announced on its Facebook page that the ship’s white ensign was lowered for the last time during a ceremony held a Devonport Naval Base in

  • Malaysia lays keel for third Littoral Combat Ship

    Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the third Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Keel for the 111 m vessel was laid down on 18 December at BNS’ facility at Lumut, Perak, in a ceremony officiated by the

  • China displays new armed unmanned surface vehicle

    China unveiled what it claims to be the world’s fastest armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) during the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai. Citing the Science and Technology Daily , Chinese news website ecns.cn reported on

  • France orders third Caribbean patrol ship

    The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered a third light patrol vessel (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) from French shipbuilder Socarenam. The vessel will be delivered in 2019 for operation from Fort-de-France in Martinique to cover the Antilles archipelago. The vessel will join

  • BAE Systems contracted for RN combat systems support

    Key Points BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP200 million contract to manage, maintain, and refresh the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted to RN surface ships The JSS2 contract forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has

  • Spanish sub Galerna set for major overhaul

    Spanish S 70-class submarine Galerna is to undergo a fifth major overhaul as the navy continues to maintain the boats to cover the long-delayed arrival of the new S 80s. Financing for the project was approved by the government on 8 December, with the EUR43.2 million (USD50.8 million) costs planned

  • Cantiere Navale Vittoria unveils details of new Italian Navy LCMs

    Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria is building four new LC23-class mechanised landing craft (LCMs) for the Italian Navy. The four craft, designed to equip the service’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD), are being built under a contract awarded by Fincantieri in the first quarter of

  • Coastal connections: US marines test technology and tactics to secure the shoreline

    The USMC is continuing its push to return to its expeditionary roots, focusing on equipment and systems that get it from ship to shore and inland more quickly and easily while enhancing operations in forward locations. Michael Fabey reports After years of ground combat operations, particularly in

  • China targets export market with latest submarine designs

    Key Points Buoyed by recent successes with the Pakistan and Thai navies, Chinese naval shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation has recently unveiled a slew of new submarine concepts targeted at the export market New export concepts include 200-, 600-, and 1,100-tonne diesel-electric

  • Gotland MLU programme targets mid-2018 sea trials

    Key Points HSwMS Gotland and HSwMS Halland are receiving a mid-life modernisation under a SEK2.1 billion contract Both boats are receiving an additional 2 m hull section being inserted by means of a ‘cut and plug’ operation The first of two Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) Type A 19

  • Peru kicks off submarine modernisation programme

    Peru’s state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) has begun modernising the Peruvian Navy’s Angamos-class (U209/1200) submarines. BAP Chipana (SS 34) has been placed on the shipyard’s new syncrolift, acquired from TTS Syncrolift AS, at SIMA’s Callao

  • First ship launched under Canada’s shipbuilding programme

    The Canadian government launched the first large vessel to be built under its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) in Vancouver, British Colombia, on 8 December. The ship, Sir John Franklin , is one of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OSFV) being constructed by Seaspan for the Canadian

  • India quietly launches second SSBN

    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presided over the launch of the second indigenously designed Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) on order for the Indian Navy (IN). Official sources told Jane’s that the launch of Arighat , which took place during a

  • RAN decommissions Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Darwin

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned its Adelaide-class, guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service. In a ceremony held on 9 December at the vessel’s homeport of Garden Island in Sydney, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said that “the ship and her

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