• Two Israeli fast patrol boats arrive in Argentina

    Two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats (FPBs) were delivered to the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentine Coast Guard) on 19 May: the first of four ordered platforms. The two other FPBs are scheduled to be delivered in mid-November to complete the order. Manufactured by Israel

  • UK parliamentarian proposes putting retired Type 23 frigates in ASW reserve

    A UK member of parliament, Mark Francois, has proposed that the Royal Navy’s Type 23 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates be placed in a war reserve when they are retired, instead of being sold or scrapped. The proposal was made to Secretary of Defence Gavin Williamson during a 22 May

  • Launch of third Chinese Type 927 acoustic surveillance ship confirmed

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 3 May confirms that China has launched its third Type 927 acoustic surveillance ship. The 90 m-long vessel is the second one to enter the water at the Huangpu shipyard near the southern city of Guangzhou, with another one being launched about two months ago

  • Saudi spokesman confirms Turkish ship attacked off Yemen

    The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) was responsible for an attack on the Turkish-flagged bulk carrier Ince Inebolu , Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, announced on 21 May. The ship was carrying wheat from the Russian Black Sea port of

  • Australia launches third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer

    Australia has launched the third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Named Sydney (with pennant number 42), the 146.7 m-long ship entered the water on 19 May in a ceremony presided over by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at the

  • Japan orders third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship

    Japan’s Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding has received an order from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo to build a third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), an MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 21 May. The SWATH (small waterplane area twin

  • Libyan National Army takes delivery of ex-Irish OPV

    The Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern Libya, welcomed a new flagship for its naval forces on 17 May when the ex-Irish offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Aisling arrived in the port of Benghazi. The LNA released a video showing the vessel is now named Al-Karama (Dignity) after the

  • US strengthens capacity building efforts across Asia Pacific with expeditionary fast transport ships

    Key Points The US Navy has expanded on the scope and involvement of its Spearhead-class fast transport ships in a series of humanitarian and capacity building missions Vessel type is proving out to be an instrumental component of the service’s effort to strengthen relationships with partners

  • TWL launches fuel barge for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL) has launched the first of two barges on order for the Indian Navy (IN) capable of carrying 1,000 tons of fuel. In an 18 May statement, the IN said that the 68-m long vessel, which has an overall maximum displacement of 2,000 tons, entered the water on 17

  • Indonesia’s second Nagapasa-class submarine arrives home

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has received its second South Korean-built diesel-electric boat Service is on track to operate a fleet of four submarines, including two older boats, in 2018 The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL’s) second

  • Modernisation work starts on Peruvian submarine Chipana

    Peru has officially started work on modernising its naval submarine fleet with the recent hull-cut into submarine BAP Chipana (SS 34), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement released on 16 May. The upgrading of the platform is taking place in the Callao facilities of the Peruvian

  • USS Milwaukee fires missiles to start LCS missile module testing

    The Freedom-class variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise to start mission-module testing off the coast of Virginia on 11 May, US Navy (USN) officials said. Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack

  • China’s second aircraft carrier begins sea trials

    China’s second aircraft carrier sailed from the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) shipyard on 13 May to commence initial sea trials, according to Chinese state media, a move which comes just one year and two weeks after the ship was launched. The ship, which has yet to be given

  • South Korea launches second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier

    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) launched the second Dokdo-class landing platform helicopter (LPH) on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) on 14 May, the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement. The launch

  • Carrier USS Gerald R Ford cost rises

    The US Navy (NAVSEA) will have to pay more and face another schedule delay for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said on 11 May. The USN will pay another USD120 million for Ford , NAVSEA spokesman Alan Baribeau said, increasing the cost to about

  • UK MoD awards contract for seventh and last Astute-class submarine

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems a GBP1.5 billion (USD2 billion) contract to deliver the seventh and last Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, named Agincourt, BAE Systems announced on 14 May. The announcement was made by UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin

  • Panama commissions new Stan Lander 5612

    A new Damen Stan Lander 5612 vessel was commissioned into Panama’s National Naval-Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN) on 10 May. The ship, Presidente Manuel Amador Guerrero (L-403), was purchased for USD16 million, said Panama’s Ministry of Public Security. The multipurpose

  • NAVSEA releases RFI for future common-hull, multi-mission auxiliary ship

    Key Points The new construction plan includes a domestic common-hull design to replace aging mission-specific sealift and auxiliary ships The navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan envisages funding for the first CHAMP ship in FY 2028 Plans are taking shape in the US Navy (USN) for the procurement of a

  • Portugal plans to induct fifth Stanflex 300 patrol ship

    The Portuguese Navy is planning to put in service the fifth Standard Flex 300 (StanFlex 300) coastal patrol boat it acquired from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO). The navy is currently taking steps to obtain funding to modernise the ship with communications,

  • Polish submarine programmme delayed until at least 2022

    Poland will not buy new submarines before 2022, Wojciech Skurkiewicz, secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defense (MND), has said in response to a question from a member of the lower chamber of the Polish parliament, Adam Andruszkiewicz. Skurkiewicz said Poland is currently in the

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