HEADLINES

  • First Estonian minehunter enters refit

    The first of the Estonian Navy’s three ex-UK Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), EML Admiral Cowan (ex-HMS Sandown ), arrived at Babcock Shipyard in Rosyth, Scotland, on 3 July, to begin upgrade work as part of the country’s naval minesweeper capacity building

  • RAN grants operational licence for JFD-developed submarine rescue system

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian government have granted an operational licence for a new AUD19.7 million (USD14.7 million) submarine rescue system developed by JFD, the Australian subsidiary of the UK-based company announced in a 3 July statement. The move means that for the

  • Indonesia commissions seventh PC-40-class patrol vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its seventh PC-40-class patrol boat The vessel will bolster security in the Gulf of Youtefa, and along Indonesia’s maritime border with Papua New Guinea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned

  • German Navy lacks at-sea refuelling capability

    The German Navy announced at the end of June that its two replenishment tankers are not available to refuel ships at sea because of wear and tear and engine problems. German navy chief Vice Admiral Andreas Krause said, “We cannot make up for the unavailability of the tankers. The navy has

  • Plans for India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier continue to stall

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) longstanding plan to build and commission its second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) into service by 2030–32 has been further postponed due to steadily declining budgets, technological hurdles, and, above all, enduring delays by the Ministry of Defence

  • Argentina considers resuming nuclear submarine project

    Following the loss of Argentina’s TR 1700-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) ARA San Juan in November 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering restarting construction of sister vessel ARA Santa Fe and competing it as a nuclear variant, the Argentine Congress was informed on 3

  • Tunisian Navy commissions latest Damen OPV and locally built patrol boat

    The Tunisian Navy commissioned its second Damen Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (MSOPV) 1400 and a third Istiklal-class patrol boat at the port of La Goulette on 25 June. Syphax (P 611), the second of four MSOPV 1400s on order for the Tunisian Navy, was delivered to Tunisia the previous month

  • India lays keel for fifth, sixth Vikram-class OPV

    Key Points Keels for the Indian Coast Guard’s fifth and sixth new Vikram-class vessels have been laid down Programme is running ahead of schedule, and service is on track to operate the entire class by 2021 Indian shipbuilding and engineering company, Larsen & Toubro, has laid down

  • Indonesia on track to commission amphibious tank carrier by end-2018

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is set to commission an amphibious tank carrier by 2018 Vessel will improve the Indonesian Marines’ mobility and presence across the archipelago A 117 m landing ship tank (LST) on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or

  • Fincantieri launches logistic support ship

    Fincantieri shipbuilding group launched the Italian Navy’s new logistic support ship (LSS), Vulcano (A 5335), at its Muggiano shipyard near La Spezia on 22 June. Fincantieri has built the LSS under a contract awarded by European defence procurement organisation OCCAR in May 2015 on

  • Kenyan patrol ship returns after refit

    The Kenyan patrol ship KNS Shujaa has returned from a 21-month midlife refit and training voyage, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 3 July. The refit was carried out in the Netherlands by Damen Shipyards, the KDF said. It released a photograph showing the ship’s 76 mm main gun had

  • China launches two Type 055 destroyers simultaneously in Dalian

    Two 10,000-tonne Type 055 destroyers were launched simultaneously by the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) on 3 July in a move that reflects the rapid pace at which China is building this new class of warship. The latest ships are the third and fourth to be launched, with all four

  • USN to test untethered subsea power concept at ANTEX 2018

    The US Navy (USN) will test Teledyne Energy Systems’ untethered subsea power concept at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2018, company officials have disclosed to Jane’s. Scheduled to take place in August at Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, the exercise is poised to explore

  • Singapore to replace Victory-class missile corvettes with Multi-Role Combat Vessels

    Key Points Singapore has laid out plans to replace its Victory-class corvettes with a new type of multi-mission ship known as the Multi-Role Combat Vessel New ship type will further enhance the country’s ability to secure its sea lines of communication The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)

  • ASW capabilities of Type 26 Global Combat Ship variant win AUD35 billion contract for BAE Systems

    Although the first of BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ships (GCSs) will not be delivered to the launch customer until 2025, its projected high-end anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities have proved instrumental in beating Italian and Spanish rivals to provide Australia’s next

  • Royal Navy commissions new survey craft

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has commissioned the 18 m inshore survey vessel HMS Magpie , marking the introduction to service of the first of up to 38 new workboats ordered by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2017 from Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK). Built under subcontract by Safehaven Marine in County

  • Indonesian Navy launches tank landing ship

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama (DRU) launched a 117 m-long tank landing ship (LST) for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) on 28 June at the company’s facilities in Bandar Lampung on the island of Sumatra. Named KRI Teluk Lada (with pennant

  • Singapore to replace Endurance class with Joint Multi Mission Ship after 2020

    Key Points Singapore will retire its Endurance-class landing platform dock-like ships after 2020 Vessels will make way for the Joint Multi Mission Ship vessel type, which features greater military lift, and humanitarian assistance capabilities In a bid to enhance the service’s international

  • GRSE unveils design proposal for Brazilian corvette programme

    Indian naval shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has unveiled its design concept for the Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré-class corvette programme. The Kolkata-based shipyard has teamed with Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd for the supply of combat systems and local firm

  • BAE Systems to build nine next-generation frigates for Australia

    BAE Systems has won an AUD35 billion (USD25.9 billion) competition to provide Australia with nine next-generation, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates for the country’s largest peace-time warship building programme. Formally announcing the selection of the company’s 6,900-tonne Type

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