• South Korea receives first PKX-B missile craft

    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has delivered the first 'B' variant of the Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX) fast attack craft to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). The vessel was delivered on 30 October in a ceremony held at HHIC’s shipyard in Busan,

  • Indonesian Navy receives second SIGMA 10514-class frigate

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has received its second Martadinata (SIGMA 10514)-class guided-missile frigate, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The vessel, which will be the future KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (with pennant number 332), was

  • Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate arrives home

    Key Points Vietnam’s third Gepard 3.9-class frigate has arrived in-country Platform will significantly improve the country’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities A third Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate ordered for the People's Army of

  • Scandal surrounds refit of Russian spy vessel

    A criminal case has now been filed in regard to a major servicing of the Kurily , one of seven Vishnya class Project 864 intelligence ships. These ships were originally built in the 1980s at the Stocznia Pólnocna shipyards in Gdansk, Poland. The ship is used for radio interception of

  • Yunzhou-Tech unveils M80B USV

    Zhuhai-based Yunzhou Intelligence Technology (Yunzhou-Tech), a company specialising in the design and manufacture of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), has unveiled a new oceanographic survey USV development at the Ocean Sciences and Technology Exhibition held in the port city of Qingdao. Developed

  • 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

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