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Fairbanks Morse buys naval supplier Hunt Valve

By Marc Selinger 14 September 2021
US naval engine builder Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) has expanded its portfolio by acquiring Hunt Valve Company, which makes valves and actuators for defence and industrial markets, FMD announced on 13 September.  “Our core customers value quality...

Russia's Northern Fleet launches large-scale Arctic exercises

By Bruce Jones 14 September 2021
The Russian Northern Fleet Joint Strategic Command has begun a major independent combined arms Arctic exercise led by the Northern Fleet commander Admiral Alexander Moiseyev.  As reported by Russia's Ministry of Defence on 9 September, Exercise ‘Ar...

Royal Malaysian Navy receives third Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship

By Gabriel Dominguez 14 September 2021
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has received the third of four Keris-class Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs) ordered from China as part of a contract awarded in 2017 and renegotiated in 2019.  The 68.8 m-long vessel (pennant number 113), construction of...

DSEI 2021: SEA wins communications system upgrade for RNZN ANZAC frigates

By Richard Scott 14 September 2021
HMNZS   Te Kaha  on post-refit trials.   Te Kaha  and sister ship HMNZS   Te Mana  are to receive a major communications upgrade.  (RNZN)  SEA, a subsidiary of the UK-based technology group Cohort, has been contracted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence as prime integrator for the first phase of a communications upgrade on the Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) two MEKO 200ANZ ANZAC frigates.    Valued at GBP4.6 million (USD6.3 million), this initial contract increment covers...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

By Ridzwan Rahmat 13 September 2021
HMAS   Launceston (foreground)  and HMAS   Wollongong  sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period.  (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.  The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg,...

SCO fires SM-6 from LUSV prototype

By Richard Scott 13 September 2021
An SM-6 missile being launched from   Ranger  , one of two LUSVs forming part of the Ghost Fleet Overlord programme  (US Navy)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) has revealed a live firing test of the Raytheon Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) from a large unmanned surface vessel (LUSV) testbed.    A short video released by the DoD on a social media account on 4 September showed the SM-6 launch from   Ranger  , one of two LUSVs forming part of the Ghost Fleet Overlord programme. Ghost Fleet Overlord is an...

Japan detects suspected Chinese submarine near southern island

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 13 September 2021
Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 12 September that it detected a submarine believed to belong to China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) navigating in the contiguous zone east of the island of Amami Oshima in southern Japan's Kag...

UK details SV-CAMM upgrade for Type 45

By Richard Scott 13 September 2021
The SV-CAMM implementation will introduce the CAMM missile (pictured) into the Sea Viper guided weapon system.    (MBDA)  The United Kingdom is moving forward with plans to introduce the MBDA Common Anti-air Missile (CAMM) into the Sea Viper guided weapon system as part of an anti-air warfare (AAW) upgrade for the Royal Navy's (RN's) six Type 45 air-defence destroyers.  As a replacement for the current Aster 15 short-range missile and a complement to the longer-ranged Aster 30, the CAMM effector will provide inner layer anti-air defence...

North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 13 September 2021
North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)  Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.  Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science....

Update: SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery craft enters the water

By Peter Felstead 10 September 2021
SubSea Craft's Victa-class DDU prototype being lowered into the water for the first time on 9 September 2021 outside the company's waterfront facility in Portsmouth, UK. (Blue Harbour Creative Media/SubSea Craft)  The first prototype of SubSea Craft's innovative Victa-class diver delivery unit (DDU) entered the water for the first time on 9 September.  Initial testing of the vessel is being conducted adjacent to the company's headquarters in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and focused on checking the vessel's equilibrium: a key first stage given that,...

5th Fleet sets up task force to integrate AI and unmanned assets

By Jeremy Binnie 10 September 2021
US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) announced on 9 September that it has established a new task force to rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations.  NAVCEN...

IAF begins inducting MRSAM system jointly developed with Israel

By Rahul Bedi & Mark Cazalet 10 September 2021
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun inducting the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) system, which is the domestic variant of the Israeli-developed Barak-8 SAM system, to engage multiple targets out to ranges of up to 70 km.  The first ba...

UK reveals USSV requirement for covert surface and sub-surface delivery

By Richard Scott 10 September 2021
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for information (RFI) supporting the potential acquisition of a clandestine multi-payload, low-signature, long-endurance uncrewed surface and subsurface vessel (USSV).  Released on 10 September...

US Navy starts Portsmouth Naval Shipyard modernisation

By Michael Fabey 10 September 2021
The US Navy is modernising Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as part of its overall effort to upgrade its shipyards. (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) broke ground on 8 September to start a multimission dry dock project and modernisation effort at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.  Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) awarded a USD1.7 billion construction project contract for the modernisation work on 13 August to expand and reconfigure the dry dock complex to increase the shipyard's capacity to maintain, modernise, and repair...

TecnoVeritas readies UOPV prototype for naval trials

By Victor Barreira 09 September 2021
Computer-generated imagery of the UOPV being developed by TecnoVeritas. (TecnoVeritas)  Portuguese engineering firm TecnoVeritas is finalising the production of a multipurpose long-endurance unmanned surface vehicle (USV) prototype. Testing of Unmanned Oceanic Patrol Vessel (UOPV) is expected to begin in early 2022 with the Portuguese Navy.  The USV is designated the UOPV and features a fibreglass hull supplied by local shipbuilder Nautiber-Estaleiros Navais do Guadiana and is expected to displace 10 tonnes. The hull is equipped with solar pa...

US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

By Michael Fabey 09 September 2021
The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)  US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.  Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, c...

Taiwanese navy commissions first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette, receives second FMLB minelayer

By Gabriel Dominguez 09 September 2021
The RoCN commissioned   Ta Chiang  , its first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette, in a ceremony held on 9 September at the Suao naval base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County.  (Ministry of National Defense)  The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has commissioned its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette and received its second FMLB fast minelaying vessel.  The events took place in a ceremony held at the Suao Naval Base in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County that w...

Australia accepts delivery of second Supply-class AOR vessel from Navantia

By Gabriel Dominguez 09 September 2021
Stalwart,   the second Supply-class AOR on order for the RAN, is seen here arriving in Australia from Spain on 21 June. Shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the DoD in Canberra had accepted delivery of the ship following the completion of a final fit-out and sea trials.  (Royal Australian Navy)  Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced on 8 September that the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has accepted delivery of the second and final Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship ordered for the Royal...

Two Royal Navy OPVs begin five-year deployment to Indo-Pacific region

By Gabriel Dominguez 08 September 2021
HMS  Spey  (pictured) is one of two RN OPVs that began a five-year deployment to the Indo-Pacific on 7 September as part of efforts by London to enhance defence ties and bolster the UK's presence in the region.  (Crown Copyright)  The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on 7 September that two of its River-class Batch II offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) – HMS Spey and HMS Tamar – have begun a five-year-long deployment to the Indo-Pacific to bolster the United Kingdom's presence in the region.  The RN said in a statement that the two war...

HMS Prince of Wales prepares for operations

By Nicholas Fiorenza 08 September 2021
The UK Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 6 September that its second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, left its home port of Portsmouth the day before for its first longer period of time training with F-35B short take-off and vertical landing fighters from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 207 Squadron before participating in the multinational exercise ‘Joint Warrior', which is being held off the Scottish coast from 27 September to 4 October. The RN said the F-35 training would “pave the way for front-line carrier operations” and ‘...
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