HEADLINES

  • Sri Lanka Coast Guard inducts Vikram-class OPV from India

    The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) has inducted its first Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV). The 74.1 m vessel, which has been named Suraksha with pennant number 60, was commissioned into the SLCG on 21 October at a ceremony in Colombo port. Suraksha was previously in service with the Indian

  • Russian Navy to build third Yantar intelligence ship

    The head of the Russian Ministry of Defence Directorate of Deep Water Research, has revealed that a third Project 22010 intelligence ship is to be built at Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad. Construction will begin in 2020, following the completion of the second in class, Almaz , in 2019, according to

  • Cammell Laird, BAE Systems tie knot for Type 31e frigate bid

    Commercial engineering, shiprepair, and shipbuilding group Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems to bid for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) GBP1.25 billion (USD1.65 billion) Type 31e general purpose frigate requirement. The move, announced on 18 October, positions Birkenhead-based

  • German U212A submarine damaged during deep water trials

    One of the X rudder blades of the German Navy's U35 U212A submarine was damaged during deep-water trials in the Kattegat, the service announced on 18 October. The boat is being examined at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel. The U35 was conducting various tests off the Norwegian coast until

  • Ecuadorian Navy commissions first Damen Stan Patrol 5009 OPV

    The Ecuadorian Navy commissioned Isla San Cristobal (LG 30) on 15 October at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, the navy said. The new vessel is the first of two Dutch designed Damen Stan Patrol 5009 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) produced by Ecuadorian

  • Two SSK builders opt out of India's Project-75(I) programme

    Key Points Two of six international SSK builders have opted out of India’s long-delayed Project-75(I) programme Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Navantia did not respond to the RFI by its 16 October deadline Two of six conventional submarine manufacturers have opted

  • Australia completes operational evaluation phase of the ScanEagle UAS

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy has completed operational evaluation of the ScanEagle UAS Milestone paves the way for greater adoption of MUM-T operations across the service After executing a number of successful missions from an Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided-missile frigate in

  • Draft RFP for USCG Heavy Polar Icebreaker released

    The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with the US Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft request for proposals (RFP) on 19 October for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The draft RFP is for one HPIB, with options for two

  • Indonesia delays decommissioning of Ahmad Yani-class frigates amid South China Sea obligations

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has delayed the planned retirement of its ex-Royal Netherlands Navy frigates Move to ensure that the service can fulfil operational requirements and deployment obligations, especially in the South China Sea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia –

  • US Coast Guard donates cutters to Costa Rica

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) donated two vessels to the Costa Rican Coast Guard (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas) on 13 October as part of the Office of International Acquisition’s Excess Defense Articles programme. The two patrol boats, Long Island and Roanoke Island , are 110-ft Island-class

  • Davie launches Resolve-class naval support ship

    Canada’s Davie Shipbuilding launched its Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) conversion from the company’s yard in Quebec City on 15 October. The vessel represents the largest-ever naval vessel to be launched from a Canadian shipyard and will serve as an interim supply

  • Egyptian corvette, sub arrive in Alexandria

    The Egyptian Navy’s first Gowind-class corvette Elfateh (971) and second Type 209/1400 submarine S 42 (864) have arrived at the main naval base in Alexandria for the first time, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 October. The second of four submarines ordered by Egypt, S 42 was

  • US Navy decommissions Ponce Afloat Forward Staging Base

    Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB (I) 15) was decommissioned 14 October in Norfolk, Virginia, after more than 46 years in service. Best known in its last three years of service for shipboard US Navy laser-systems testing, Ponce served as an amphibious ship before proving out the

  • India commissions third Kamorta-class anti-submarine corvette

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine

  • Peruvian Navy commissions new social action platform

    The Peruvian Navy commissioned Lake Titicaca I , an Itinerant Social Action Platform (Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social: PIAS) on 16 October to assist communities in the Puno region that borders Lake Titicaca. The vessel is equipped to provide health, government, and banking services to

  • Japan launches second Asahi-class destroyer

    Key Points A Japanese shipyard has launched the country’s second Asahi-class destroyer Vessel is expected to assume the principal anti-submarine escort role for the JMSDF Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched a second Asahi-class destroyer on order for the Japan Maritime

  • Philippine Coast Guard’s sixth Parola-class vessel arrives home

    Key Points The Philippine Coast Guard has received its sixth Parola-class patrol vessel Service is on track to receive the entire class of 10 vessels by end-2018 The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) sixth multirole response vessel (MRRV) has arrived in the country, the service announced on 11

  • South Korea approves use of locally developed submarine combat system on KSS-3 class

    Key Points South Korea has developed an indigenous submarine combat system for its KSS-3 class Platform will also likely be used to test a number of locally developed submarine warfare systems South Korea’s Ministry of Defense has approved an early version of a locally developed submarine

  • Vigor to build new US Army watercraft

    Key Points The MSV(L) will replace Vietnam-era LCM-8 landing craft The US Army plans to buy a class of 36 MSV(L) watercraft The US Army has selected Oregon-based Vigor Works to build a new fleet of watercraft to replace its outdated Vietnam-era Landing Craft Mechanized 8 (LCM-8) Mod I and Mod II

  • India's nuclear-powered submarine damaged in accident, says report

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) has been damaged in an accident and could require “substantial repair work” to render it operational again, The Print news website reported on 3 October. The outlet quoted unnamed sources as saying the

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