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Turkey successfully test fires new indigenous 76/62mm naval gun

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 03 December 2021
Turkey successfully conducted a second land-based live test-firing of its indigenous 76/62 mm naval gun at the Karapınar shooting range in central Konya province on 2 December, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced.  The latest test follows...

Navantia starts work on reinforced cyber-security system for Spanish Navy's S-80 subs

By David Ing 02 December 2021
Navantia has started work with Telefónica Tech to develop a reinforced cyber-security system for the S-80-class submarines it is building for the Spanish Navy.  It will be incorporated in the final phase of construction and offers a high level of c...

Argentine and Peruvian navies focus on joint submarine training as they eye fleet revamps

By Alejandro Sanchez 01 December 2021
Argentine sailors train aboard Peruvian submarine. (Peruvian Navy)  As the Argentine and Peruvian navies revamp their struggling submarine fleets, the two countries' maritime forces are focusing on joint training to help retain their subsea operational capability.  Joint training programmes aboard Peruvian submarines have become a catalyst to increase training ties between the navies of Argentina and Peru. Educational exchanges of naval personnel and joint training are not uncommon and the most recent wrinkle includes putting Argentine sailo...

Naval Group lays keel for first new Belgian MCM vessel

By Kate Tringham 01 December 2021
A keel laying ceremony for the first of 12 new MCMVs being built for the BE/NL next-generation offboard MCM programme took place at Piriou shipyard in Concarneau, France on 30 November. (Belgian MoD)  French shipbuilder Naval Group held a keel laying ceremony for the Belgian Navy's new mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) at Piriou Shipyard in Concarneau, France, on 30 November.    The new vessel, named   Oostende  (M 940), is the first of 12 MCMVs on order for the Belgian and Netherlands (BE/NL) navies under the joint next-g...

Peru takes delivery of corvette BAP Guise

By Guy Toremans 01 December 2021
Pictured here is Peruvian Navy corvette BAP   Guise  , which was handed over in South Korea on 26 November 2021.   (Peruvian Navy)    The Peruvian Navy took delivery of its new corvette BAP   Guise  on 26 November.   Guise  , the former Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Po Hang-class corvette ROKS   Suncheon  , was commissioned in June 1989 and decommissioned on 24 December 2019.   Prior to the handover, the corvette underwent an extensive hull, mechanical, and electric over...

Argentina increases defence and security spending for remainder of 2021

By Santiago Rivas 01 December 2021
A first H225 helicopter was delivered to the Argentine Coast Guard in 2015. (Airbus Helicopters)  On 26 November the Argentine government issued ‘Decree 809/2021' that provided additional funding for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Security, adding about USD220 million for defence.    The Ministry of Security received an allocation of approximately USD17 million dollars for “offshore heavy helicopters”, which a coast guard source told   Janes  is for two H225s that are being negotiated with Airbus Helicopter. The...

Australian frigate returns to fleet with AMCAP upgrades

By Ridzwan Rahmat 30 November 2021
HMAS   Perth  , seen here on its return to Fleet Base West, Garden Island.   (Commonwealth of Australia)    The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Anzac-class frigate HMAS   Perth  has been redeployed to its home port of HMAS Stirling in Fleet Base West at Garden Island after receiving upgrades under the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP), the service announced on 29 November.     The vessel has been undergoing the upgrades since 2018. As part of AMCAP,   Perth  was...

Indra to supply upgraded Pegaso defence system for Korean KSS-lll SSK

By David Ing 26 November 2021
Indra is to supply South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with an upgraded version of its Pegaso electronic support measures (ESM) system for fitting to the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) first    KSS-...

Lithuania orders navigation radars for OPVs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 26 November 2021
Lithuania's OPV   Dzūkas   is one of four Lithuanian OPVs that will receive a GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radar from Leonardo.  (Lithuanian MND)    Lithuania has ordered GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radars from Leonardo for its offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed to   Janes  on 19 November.   The ministry announced on its website on 27 October that the EUR7.9 million (USD8.9 million) contract was signed the previous week,...

Philippines eyes second Pohang-class corvette

By Manasvi Shanker Sharma 26 November 2021
A total of 24 ships of this class were built and commissioned by the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in four batches between 1984 and 1993. Of these, 10 are still in service with the RoKN, while several others have been transferred to countries inclu...

Ukraine receives two former US Coast Guard Island-class patrol vessels

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 26 November 2021
M/V   Ocean Grand  passes through the Bosphorus en route to Odessa with the delivery of two ex-USCG Island-class patrol boats,   Sumy  (ex-  Ocracoke  ) and   Fastiv  (ex-  Washington  ), on board.   (Devrim Yaylalı)  Two decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, destined for the Ukrainian Navy, arrived in Odessa onboard the US-flagged cargo ship M/V Ocean Grand on 23 November.  The two vessels, renamed Sumy (ex-Ocracoke) and Fastiv (...

Djibouti substantially expands navy

By Jeremy Binnie 24 November 2021
One of the two Damen FCS 5009 patrol vessels that arrived in Djibouti on 22 November. (Forces Armées Djiboutiennes )  Djibouti's Navy formally took delivery of four vessels in a ceremony attended by President Ismail Omar Guelleh on 22 November.  Photographs released by the Armed Forces of Djibouti (FAD) and local television coverage showed two Damen FCS 5009 high-endurance patrol vessels, a landing ship similar to the Chinese Type 074 Yuhai class, and a smaller patrol boat that looked like the 27 m vessel China delivered to Côte d'Ivoire in 2...

AUKUS countries ink agreement to share nuclear propulsion information

By Ridzwan Rahmat 23 November 2021
Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines HMAS   Waller   and HMAS   Dechaineux  . Australia is planning to replace the class with a fleet of nuclear-powered boats.  (Royal Australian Navy)  The UK and the US have signed an agreement to share naval nuclear propulsion information with a third country for the first time.  The pact was signed with Australia, and it is known as the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Agreement (ENNPIA). It allows Washington and London to provide Canberr...

Jamaica bolsters Coast Guard patrol force

By Nick Brown 23 November 2021
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) formally stood up a new formation – the Second District Coast Guard – on 16 November, shortly after formally accepting the service's first new Stan Patrol 4207 patrol boat into service at the Coast Guard's HMJS Cagwa...

US Navy awards HII Advance Procurement Contract for Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 9

By Michael Fabey 23 November 2021
The US Marine Corps is rethinking some of its core operations, anchored by amphibious assault ships. (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a contract modification for USD113.6 million to enable long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9.  This modification brings the total advance funding for LHA 9 to USD651 million.  Ingalls is the sole builder of the USN's large-deck amphibious ships, considered to be the centrepiece of the navy amphibious ready groups (ARG...

MDA awards Other Transactional Agreements for Glide Phase Interceptor prototype design

By Robin Hughes 22 November 2021
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 19 November announced the award of Other Transactional (OT) Agreements to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon Missiles and Defense for the completion of an accelerated concept of a prototype sea-la...

US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy returns to homeport following Northwest Passage transit and circumnavigation of North America

By Michael Fabey 22 November 2021
US Coast Guard Cutter   Healy  (WAGB-20) transited the Northwest Passage while on an Arctic deployment.  (US Coast Guard)    The US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter   Healy  (WAGB-20) returned to its Seattle home port on 20 November following a 22,000-mile (35,406 km) 133-day deployment circumnavigating North America.   The medium icebreaker transited north of Canada via the Northwest Passage, where the crew trained with members of the Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Rangers for a search-and-rescu...

India commissions first Project 15B destroyer

By Ridzwan Rahmat 22 November 2021
The Indian Navy has commissioned its first Project 15B guided-missile destroyer.  The vessel, INS Visakhapatnam (D66), was inducted into service on 21 November at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced on the same da...

UK explores ‘hybridisation' of powertrains for RN, RFA ships

By Richard Scott 19 November 2021
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed plans to identify hybrid powertrain technologies with application to Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels.  Under a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) market exploration – dubbed...

Greek navy becomes first customer for Spanish Alpha UAV

By David Ing 19 November 2021
Spanish company Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS) has won an order to supply five of its Alpha 900 helicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Hellenic Navy.  It will be the company's first major client for its intelligence, surveillance, target a...
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