• USN secretary looks to spark more R&D

    The US Navy (USN) needs to “expedite” research and development (R&D) to match similar efforts made by adversaries, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer said on 4 December at the Defense Forum Washington. Spencer said he has tasked his acquisition team with jumpstarting R&D, and

  • IDF declares C-Dome operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 27 November that the Rafael C-Dome naval point defense system – the maritime version of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system – is fully operational. The declaration came after intensive sea trials during which a C-Dome system installed on the

  • Indian Navy chief confirms nuclear-powered submarine was damaged

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) Chief of Staff has confirmed media reports that the service’s only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), which is on lease from Russia, was recently damaged. “INS Chakra ’s two sonar dome panels were dislodged and their replacements have been

  • China building more Yuyi-class LCACs

    Commercial satellite imagery of China’s Jiangnan Shipyard near Shanghai shows that the country is producing additional Yuyi-class (Type 726/726A) air-cushioned landing craft (LCACs). Five Type 726As that appeared to be nearly completed could be seen at the yard on 24 November. Six Yuyi-class

  • Finland completes Pansio minelayer upgrade

    Finland has completed the mid-life upgrade of its three Pansio class inshore minelayers, the prime contractor for the programme, Atlas Elektronik Finland, announced on 29 November. The upgraded Pyhäranta was delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command on 29 November, the

  • Netherlands suspends OPV patrols

    The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has suspended patrols of its four Holland-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) after finding a problem with the sprinkler system on one of them, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 November. The sprinkler systems are being replaced on all four OPVs

  • Russian Navy receives new icebreaker

    Oleg Kuleshov The Russian Federation Navy commissioned into service a new 6,000 tonne icebreaker during a ceremony at Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg on 30 November. The Project 21180 vessel, named Ilya Muromets , is the first new ice breaker to be built for the Russian Navy in more than 40

  • Iran claims to be building region’s largest warship

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) unveiled a large model of a training ship called Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf) on 29 November, saying it will be the largest warship in west Asia. The Iranian media reported that the vessel will be 135 m long and 16 m wide, have a displacement of 6,500 tonnes,

  • Saudi Border Guard takes delivery of additional Lürssen patrol boats

    The coastguard arm of the Saudi Border Guard (SBG) took delivery of two more Lürssen-built 40 m patrol boats in late November. Afif and Buqayq – the 6th and 7th hulls to be built – were delivered by transport ship to the port of Dammam on Saudi Arabia’s east coast. Notably,

  • Images of Russian Project 955A SSBN reveal design changes

    Photographs from the rollout of the first Project 955A ‘Borey-A‘ nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Vladimir for the Russian Federation Navy have revealed a number of design changes from the three earlier Project 955 ‘Borey’ boats Yuri Dolgoruky ,

  • China commissions another Type 056A corvette

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056A) corvette on 28 November, according to a report published on the service’s navy81.cn website. Named Suining (with pennant number 551), the 89 m-long vessel entered service at a ceremony

  • Argentina starts inquiry on possible loss of submarine ARA San Juan

    Argentina appears to be starting inquiries over its likely loss of TR 1700-class submarine ARA San Juan , which disappeared on 15 November while en route back to its base at Mar del Plata. Two separate hydrophones detected underwater sound anomalies, consistent with an explosion, in the expected

  • Spanish Navy pushes ahead with planning proposals for submarine rescue vessel

    The Spanish Navy is planning to have a new rescue vessel based on its Buque de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in operation ahead of delivery of the first of its new S-80 Plus-class submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 22 November. While no concrete

  • UK Type 45 deployment hit by propeller fault

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en route to its task. HMS Diamond is now sailing back to its home port of Portsmouth on the

  • Hope lost of finding Argentine submarine crew alive

    Key Points Reports of an underwater explosion shortly after the last communication with ARA San Juan suggest the boat was lost on 15 November Relatives of the boat’s crew have claimed the submarine had not been properly maintained Hopes of rescuing the 44 crew members from the Argentine

  • India to commission ocean surveillance ship in 2018

    India is set to commission its indigenously designed, missile-tracking ocean surveillance ship (OSS) in 2018 to support the country’s classified strategic weapon and ballistic missile defence (BMD) programmes, official sources have told Jane’s . Designated VC11184 after the yard in the

  • PT Palindo launches 110 m OPV for Indonesia’s maritime security agency

    Key Points Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s maritime security co-ordination agency Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia’s intention to have a stronger presence in the country’s waters

  • Chinese navy quietly commissions more ships

    Photographs recently emerged in Chinese online forums suggesting that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 16 November. A local news report posted on the Weixin website about the commissioning of Guangyuan ,

  • Another USN Pacific destroyer suffers mishap as tug loses propulsion

    A US Navy (USN) destroyer deployed to the Western Pacific suffered a mishap on 18 November when a Japanese tug lost propulsion and drifted into the ship as the two vessels were drilling together, USN officials said. Guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) was participating in a scheduled

  • Australia’s second Air Warfare Destroyer begins sea trials

    The second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun its first phase of sea trials ahead of the ship’s expected delivery to the service in mid-2018. This first phase of sea trials, which will take place over the coming weeks, will test the propulsion,

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