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Danish ocean patrol vessel procurement programme expected this year

By Olivia Savage 03 February 2023
The Thetis-class patrol vessels completed their mid-life upgrade in 2017, extending the units' in-service date for another 10–15 years. (Maritime Photographic)  The Royal Danish Navy (Søværnet: SVN) is expected to announce the formal replacement of its ocean patrol vessels this year, a Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) official said at the 2023 Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference held in London on 1 and 2 February.  Speaking to Janes, Commodore Claus Andersen, deputy national a...

Harland & Wolff signs subcontract with Navantia UK for FSS

By Kate Tringham 03 February 2023
While some of the building work for the new FSS vessels will take place at Navantia's shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, the majority of the blocks and modules will be built at Harland & Wolff's facilities in Belfast and Appledore. (Team Resolute)  Belfast-based shipbuilder Harland & Wolff has signed a manufacturing subcontract with Navantia UK for work to be delivered under the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Fleet Solid Support Ship (FSS) programme.  The manufacturing subcontract, announced by Harland & Wolff on 1 February, is worth an estimated GBP700–800 m...

US Navy cannibalises more ships to make up for part shortfalls

By Michael Fabey 03 February 2023
Aircraft carrier combat-system part shortfalls are    forcing the US Navy to cannibalise parts from other Nimitz-class ships  (Michael Fabey)  The US Navy (USN) is cannibalising ships more often than in previous years to make up for part shortfalls and meet operational commitments, according to a recent report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).  “With the exception of fiscal year (FY) 2017, the average number of cannibalisations per ship increased every year from 2015 to 2021,” the GAO said in its r...

Royal Thai Navy unveils FK-3 air-defence system

By Kapil Kajal 03 February 2023
The FK-3 air-defence system, an example pictured above in service with the Serbian Armed Forces, was unveiled by the Royal Thai Navy's Air and Coastal Defence Command. The FK-3 is the export variant of China's HQ-22 medium- to long-range semi-active radar homing/radio command guidance air-defence system. (Serbian MoD)  The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has unveiled its Chinese-made FK-3 air-defence system during a visit by Commander-in-Chief Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengphaet to the Air and Coastal Defense Command (ACDC) stationed in Chonburi provin...

Irish Naval Service opts to mothball Roisin-class OPVs due to manning issues

By Kate Tringham 03 February 2023
The Irish Naval Service has decided to place its two 1,700 tonne Róisín (PV 80)-class OPVs into operational reserve as a result of ongoing staffing shortages. (Irish Navy)  The Irish Naval Service (INS) has been forced to mothball its two Róisín (PV 80)-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) as a result of ongoing recruitment and retention issues.  An Irish Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson confirmed to Janes that LÉ Róisín (P 51) was placed into operational reserve with effect from 31 January and that LÉ Niamh (P 52) would be placed into opera...

Saudi navy opts for MBDA SAM for Multi-Mission Surface Combatants

By Jeremy Binnie & Richard Scott 02 February 2023
A CAMM is ejected from a modified Mk 41 launcher during a test. (MBDA)  The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has selected MBDA, rather than Raytheon, to provide the primary surface-to-air missile (SAM) for its new frigates, the US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed on 31 January.  It announced that MBDA's US subsidiary had been awarded a USD118.7 million non-competitive contract to deliver its Common Anti-Air Module Missile (CAMM) for Saudi Arabia's Multi-Mission Surface Combatants (MSSCs), which are being built by Fincantieri Marinette Mar...

German Navy receives final Sea Lion helicopter

By Kate Tringham 02 February 2023
The 18th and final NH90 Sea Lion naval utility helicopter ‘79+51' arrives at the German Navy's airbase in Nordholz on 31 January 2023. (Bundeswehr/Julia Kelm)  The German Navy has received its final NH90 Sea Lion naval utility helicopter.  The delivery completes the contract for a total of 18 aircraft awarded by Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) to NHIndustries in June 2015.  Germany selected the Sea Lion, which is based on the NH90 NATO Frigat...

Indonesia approves proposal to procure ex-South Korean corvettes

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 February 2023
The Peruvian Navy Pohang-class corvette BAP  Guise  (CC-28). The vessel was previously in service with the Republic of Korea Navy. Indonesia is hoping to receive similar vessels from South Korea and has proposed to take on foreign loans to fund the possible acquisition.  (US Coast Guard)  In an apparent about-turn, the Indonesian Ministry of Finance (MoF) has approved a previously rejected proposal for the country to purchase ex-Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) Pohang-class corvettes with foreign-sourced loans....

New specialist UK MCM mother ship arrives in Plymouth for conversion

By Kate Tringham 01 February 2023
The OSV MV   Island Crown   sails into Plymouth on 30 January. Ahead of delivery to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the ship will undergo a short period of modifications for its new role as an MCM mother ship, with a view to being operational during the second quarter of 2023.  (UK MoD/Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has procured a second-hand Norwegian commercial offshore support vessel (OSV) that will be converted into a mother ship to host offboard autonomous minehunting systems.  The vessel, currently nam...

China launches second possible Type 093B hull

By Christopher Biggers 01 February 2023
Planet imagery showing Type 093 SSN hull 8 during launch at Huludao shipyard in China. This is possibly the second Type 093B hull. (Planet Labs PBC/Janes)    China launched the eighth Type 093 Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) at Huludao shipyard in northern China between 13 and 18 January 2023. This is the second    Type 093 hull to be launched from the new assembly halls on the eastern side of the harbour.   On 11 January, the SSN was brought out to the graving dock where it was visible on a floating tran...

First French FLOTLOG logistic support ship starts sea trials

By Kate Tringham 31 January 2023
The French Navy's first new BRF,   Jacques Chevallier  (A 725), started sea acceptance trials off the coast of Saint-Nazaire on 25 January.  (Naval Group)  The French Navy's first new batiments ravitailleurs de forces (BRF) logistic support ship (LSS), Jacques Chevallier (A 725), has started sea trials.  Laid down in December 2021 and launched on 29 April 2022, Jacques Chevallier is the first of four new BRFs being built for the French Navy by a consortium comprising Chantiers de l'Atlantiqueand prime contractor...

Work begins on first NSM fit on Type 23

By Richard Scott 31 January 2023
The MK 141 launcher structure being removed from HMS   Somerset   in preparation for the installation of NSM.  (HMS Somerset/Royal Navy)  The Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset is in line to become the first UK Royal Navy (RN) ship to receive the Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace Naval Strike Missile (NSM).  Replacing the ageing Harpoon Block 1C surface-to-surface guided weapon, which will be retired from service in December this year, NSM is being procured as part of the RN's Maritime Offensive Surface Strike programme....

New sea trials planned for Northrop Grumman EA prototype

By Carlo Munoz 31 January 2023
An artist's rendering of the SEWIP Block 3 EA subsystem installed on a DDG-51 destroyer. (Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman is preparing to conduct a new round of sea trials of its prototype electronic attack (EA) system for the US Navy, building upon the lessons learned from the system's last live demonstration carried out during the sea service's Rim of the Pacific' (RIMPAC) exercises in the summer of 2022.  As part of thatramp up to the new sea trials, tentatively scheduled for the end of 2023, company officials are preparing to conduct...

Ares Shipyard unveils new-generation interceptor

By Kate Tringham & Shaurav Gairola 30 January 2023
ARES 32 Predator  will be equipped with Cakir cruise missiles for longer-range targets.  (Ares Shipyard)  Turkey's Ares Shipyard has unveiled a new addition to its family of fast interception craft (FIC).    Based around a 32 m advanced composite hull, the new FIC comes in two variants, known as   ARES 32 Predator   and   ARES 32 Dagger  .   Both vessels are built to the same specifications, with a maximum speed of more than 45 kt, a range of 2,000 n miles, and the ability to operate in conditions up...

Scottish shipyards seek more clarity over future naval ship orders

By Kate Tringham 27 January 2023
The decision to award the FSS programme to the international consortium ‘Team Resolute' is seen an example of a shift in the UK government's approach to warship procurement. (Team Resolute)  A UK parliamentary select committee has said that the lack of certainty across the whole of the government's 30-year shipbuilding pipeline could jeopardise the future prosperity of Scottish naval shipyards.    Published on 27 January, the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee (SAC) report,   Defence in Scotland: military shipbuilding...

Columbia programme running ahead of contract schedule, GD CEO says

By Michael Fabey 27 January 2023
General Dynamics says the Columbia-class lead submarine is running ahead of contract schedule. (US Navy)  Amid government oversight concerns about lead-ship construction delays of the new Columbia-class strategic ballistic missile submarines, the programme is actually running ahead of contract schedule, according to Phebe Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics, whose submarine-building Electric Boat (EB) unit is building the boats.  “We're about 30% done on the first ship and we are ahead of the contract schedule,...

Pakistan receives second modernised Khalid-class submarine

By Ridzwan Rahmat 26 January 2023
A file image of PNS   Saad  , one of the Pakistan Navy's three Khalid-class submarines. The service recently took delivery of another modernised boat, PNS   Khalid  , from STM. Another vessel, PNS   Hamza  , completed its modernisation programme with STM in 2021.   (Naval Group)  The Pakistan Navy has received its second modernised Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) from Turkish company STM.    The vessel, PNS   Khalid  , was handed over to the serv...

India commissions fifth Kalvari-class submarine with expanded local content

By Prathamesh Karle 25 January 2023
The Indian Navy commissioned its fifth Kalvari-class submarine, INS   Vagir  , on 23 January at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.  (Janes/Prathamesh Karle)  The Indian Navy has commissioned the fifth of its six Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs).  The submarine, INS Vagir (S 25), was inducted in a ceremony on 23 January held at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. All the Kalvari (Scorpène)-class SSKs are licence-built by state-owned Mazagon Dockyard Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai in collaborat...

US Navy Columbia-class programme lead ship faces construction delays, GAO says

By Michael Fabey 25 January 2023
The US Government Accountability Office said that the Columbia-class lead submarine faces potential construction delays. (US Navy)  There are concerns about lead-ship construction delays of the new Columbia-class strategic ballistic-missile submarines, according to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).    “After more than a year of full-scale construction on the lead Columbia submarine, the shipbuilders are facing delays because of challenges with design, materials, and quality,” the GAO said in its report,   Columbia Class...

Stinger missile production to rise 50% by 2025, US Army says

By Marc Selinger 25 January 2023
US Army soldiers prepare to fire a Stinger missile during an exercise. (US Army)  The US Army expects to increase production of Stinger missiles to 60 a month by 2025, up 50% from the current rate, according to a spokesperson for the service's Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS).  The ramp-up comes amid growing demand for the surface-to-air missile. The US government has provided about 1,500 Stinger missiles to Ukraine to help it counter Russia's February 2022 invasion. “The Stinger has proven to be effective in the support o...
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