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  • Indonesian Navy’s new training ship arrives home

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy’s new training ship has arrived in-country Platform provides the Indonesian Navy with improved ab initio training capabilities A Spanish-built three-masted training ship commissioned by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or

  • BN commissions two more Durjoy-class large patrol craft, says report

    Two more Durjoy-class large patrol craft have entered service with the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) news agency. The service commissioned Nishan and Durgam in a ceremony presided over by Bangladeshi President Md Abdul Hamid at the Titumir naval base in

  • Honduran navy commissions logistics support vessel

    The Honduran Naval Force (FNH) formally received and commissioned its first Logistics Support and Cabotage Vessel (BAL-C) at the Puerto Cortés naval base on 4 November. Christened Gracias a Dios (FNH-1611), the vessel cost USD13.5 million and was built by the Colombian Science and Technology

  • Japan launches 10th Soryu-class submarine

    Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has launched the 10th Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the company said in a press statement. The 84 m-long boat, which has been named Shoryu (with pennant number SS 510), was

  • Mexico commissions new coastal patrol vessel

    The Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (Secretaría de Marina: SEMAR) commissioned ARM Chichén Itzá (PC 340), a Tenochtitlan-class coastal patrol vessel (CPV), in Veracruz on 6 November. Chichén Itzá was constructed by Mexico’s state-run shipyard Astilleros de la Marina

  • Timor-Leste to receive two Pacific Patrol Boats in 2023

    The government of Timor-Leste has accepted Australia’s offer of two new Guardian-class Pacific Patrol Boats (PPBs) to boost its maritime security capabilities, according to a 4 November statement by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “Based on current build schedules, delivery

  • NOMAD flight vehicle completes at-sea demonstration from LCS

    Key Points NOMAD is a low-cost rotary-wing UAV forming part of ONR’s wider NEMESIS Innovative Naval Prototype Testing from USS Coronado demonstrated NOMAD’s upgraded launch and control capabilities, as well as a new recovery capability The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has

  • USN expects to meet Columbia-class sub-motor delivery schedule

    Despite some earlier problems with a prototype main propulsion motor for its Columbia-class strategic submarine replacement fleet, the US Navy (USN) expects to keep to the proposed delivery schedule for that equipment, Admiral James Caldwell, director of naval nuclear propulsion, said.

  • COTECMAR’s BAL-C logistics ships garner more interest

    Colombian shipbuilder COTECMAR is moving towards potential new orders for its Short Range Logistic Support Ship (BAL-C) from Peru, Paraguay, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), sources in Bogota told Jane’s . A USD13.5 million BAL-C vessel was ordered in October 2016 by Honduras, was

  • South Korea launches fourth and final LST-2 tank landing ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched on 2 November the fourth and final LST-2 tank landing ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) at its Ulsan dockyard, the company said in a press statement. The 127 m-long vessel, which has been named Nojeokbong (with pennant number

  • Germany contracts second phase of Orion upgrade

    The German Navy is moving ahead with the upgrade of its eight Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), with the manufacturer announcing a USD158.5 million contract on 1 November. The contract is for the second phase of a wider German P-3C upgrade effort that began in 2016 and is

  • China trials new marine propulsion system

    China has successfully conducted trials of a new permanent magnet electric propulsion motor installed in an unidentified naval vessel at the Sanya naval base on the country’s southern Hainan Island, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 24 October. The report follows the claim

  • New Zealand to retire replenishment ship in December 2017

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will retire its 138 m replenishment ship, HMNZS Endeavour (A 11), on 15 December. The vessel, which has been in service since April 1988, will be retired in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland, said the service.

  • Singapore receives fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral Mission Vessel Service will commission two more vessels by end-2017, and is on track to operate all eight ships in the class by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has taken delivery of its fourth Littoral

  • USMC sees need for different unmanned undersea littoral systems

    The US Marine Corps is discovering not one-size-fits-all for effective operations of unmanned undersea vehicles in the littorals. “We’ve found out a lot of different environments need different systems,” Major Justin Gogel told Jane’s during a break in unmanned operations

  • Namibian Navy commissions ‘sub chasers’

    The Namibian Navy commissioned two ex-People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) patrol vessels at its main base in Walvis Bay on 27 October. Namibian President Hage Geingob gave a speech, saying China offered to donate what he described as “two submarine chasers with surface and

  • 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

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