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German frigate to help monitor enforcement of UN resolutions against North Korea

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 09 November 2021
Brandenburg (Type 123)-class frigate   Bayern  (F 217) approaching the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal on 5 November. The German Navy warship is on an almost seven month-long deployment to the Indo Pacific as part of efforts by Berlin to show an ‘increased presence' in the region.  (Japanese Ministry of Defense)  As part of its almost seven month-long deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the Germany Navy's Brandenburg (Type 123)-class frigate Bayern (F 217) has arrived in Japan from where it will join monit...

HHI to build second KDX-III Batch-II destroyer for South Korean navy

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 09 November 2021
An artist's impression of a KDX-III Batch-II guided-missile destroyers for the RoKN. HHI announced on 9 November that it has secured a KRW636.3 billion contract from DAPA to build the second destroyer of this batch. (HHI)  South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 9 November that it has secured a KRW636.3 billion (USD541.7 million) contract for the construction of the second of three KDX-III Batch-II guided-missile destroyers for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).  The announcement comes after the company revealed i...

Pakistan Navy commissions its first of four Type 054A/P frigates

By Gabriel Dominguez 09 November 2021
The Pakistan Navy announced on 8 November that it commissioned PNS   Tughril  , its first of four Chinese-built Type 054A/P frigates, in a ceremony held at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai.  (Pakistan Navy)  The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced on 8 November that it has inducted into service its first of four Type 054A/P multirole frigates being built by China's Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard.    Named PNS   Tughril  , the 134 m-long frigate – which was launched in August 2020 – entered service in a c...

Keel laid for Pakistan Navy's fourth Milgem-class corvette

By Gabriel Dominguez 09 November 2021
Pakistan's state-owned Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) has laid the keel for the fourth and final Milgem-class corvette on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN).  The PN said in a statement that the keel-laying ceremony took place on 5 Novem...

HHI launches seventh Daegu-class frigate for South Korean navy

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 09 November 2021
South Korea's HHI launched   Cheonan,   the seventh Daegu (FFX-II)-class frigate on order for the RoKN, in a ceremony held on 9 November at its facilities in Ulsan.  (RoKN)  South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the seventh of eight Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).    Named   Cheonan  (with pennant number 826), the 122.1 m-long warship entered the water during a ceremony held on 9 November at HHI's shipyard in Ulsan and...

Nigeria orders Turkish OPVs

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 08 November 2021
A computer-generated image of the Dearsan OPV 76 offshore patrol vessel. (Dearsan Shipyard)  The Nigerian Navy signed a contract with the Turkish shipyard Dearsan covering the delivery of two new 76 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on 3 November.  It released a video of the signing ceremony during which Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo said the order is a milestone in achieving the navy's 2021–2030 strategic plan. He described the OPVs as high-endurance vessels capable of maritime interdiction, surveillance, special forces o...

NATO naval presence outnumbers competitors ‘two to one', says alliance maritime commander

By Dr. Lee Willett 05 November 2021
The collective presence of NATO naval forces deployed across the Euro-Atlantic theatre is currently giving the alliance a ‘two-to-one' numerical advantage at sea over its competitors, according to the head of Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM).  “Tod...

Norway proceeds with NSM mid-life update, buys new production missiles

By Richard Scott 05 November 2021
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is to deliver a new batch of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) rounds to the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) and also undertake a life extension for the RNoN's existing NSM warstock.  Announced on 29 October, the two contracts wi...

China rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, says US DoD report

By Gabriel Dominguez 04 November 2021
Several road-mobile DF-41 ICBM systems on display during a military parade held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 1 October 2019. According to the Pentagon's ‘2021 China Military Report', Beijing is rapidly increasing its nuclear arsenal and also considering additional launch options for the DF-41, including silos. (Zoya Rusinova/TASS via Getty Images)  China is expanding its nuclear weapon capabilities much faster than US officials had predicted a year ago, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2021 report on military and security d...

New US naval aviation vision emphasises nuclear-powered carriers in future air power

By Pat Host 04 November 2021
A F-35C taxis on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS  Carl Vinson  (CVN 70) in the South China Sea on 31 October 2021. A new USN strategy document reaffirms the importance of CVNs to future air power despite the platform's vulnerability to advanced anti-ship missiles.  (US Navy)  A new US Navy (USN) strategy document has reaffirmed the importance of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) to future air power, despite the platform's vulnerability to advanced anti-ship missiles.    Released on...

USMC plans AAV divestment, plots way to support vehicles sold to foreign nations

By Ashley Roque 04 November 2021
An AAV7 amphibious assault vehicle with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit enters the water at Camp Lejeune on 3 October 2018 to embark on USS   New York  (LPD 21) in preparation for Exercise ‘Trident Juncture 2018'. The USMC is planning to divest from the legacy platform in the coming years.  (USMC)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) is poised to retire its family of assault amphibious vehicles (AAVs) in the coming years, with tentative plans to sell legacy platforms to foreign nations. As it plots the vehicle divestme...

Fire-damaged SSN Perle returns to Toulon to resume refit following completion of ‘hybridisation'

By Guy Toremans 04 November 2021
FS   Perle  departs Naval Group's shipyard assisted by tugs to be loaded on board the heavy-lift vessel MV   Rolldock Storm   and transported to Toulon.  (Naval Group)    The French Navy's fire-damaged Rubis-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) FS   Perle  (S 606) was transferred to Toulon naval base by heavy-lift barge on 31 October to resume its overhaul following an 11-month repair at Naval Group's shipyard in Cherbourg.   Perle  was transferred to Cherbourg in D...

South Korea to develop next-generation variant of Blue Shark torpedo

By Ridzwan Rahmat 03 November 2021
South Korea has begun a KRW160 billion (USD134 million) programme to develop an improved variant of the K745 Cheong Sangeo (Blue Shark) lightweight anti-submarine torpedo.  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) first annou...

Argentine cadet-training boat delivered to navy

By Alejandro Sanchez 03 November 2021
Ciudad de Ensenada, the first of two cadet-training boats (Lanchas de Instrucción de Cadetes de la Armada: LICA), to be constructed by the Argentine shipyard Río Santiago, was launched on 18 October.  The design and construction of the vessels for...

NAVAIR confirms contract with Raytheon for first MST seeker buy

By Richard Scott 02 November 2021
The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Raytheon Missiles & Defense a first low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for the Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) sensor suite equipping the Tomahawk Block Va cruise missile.  Awarded on 29...

Replacement of Dutch Walrus-class submarines delayed

By Nicholas Fiorenza 01 November 2021
The replacement of the Royal Netherlands Navy's four Walrus-class diesel submarines will probably take longer than expected because talks are dragging on between the Dutch MoD and Naval Group, Saab Kockums, and TKMS. (Dutch MoD)  The replacement of the Royal Netherlands Navy's four Walrus-class diesel submarines will probably take longer than expected because talks with the three bidding shipyards are dragging on and the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking more information, Defence Minister Henk Kemp informed parliament on 27 October....

Philippine Navy marks first firing of missile at a naval exercise

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 November 2021
The Philippine Navy has fired a missile at a naval exercise for the first time.  The milestone was achieved on 28 October when the service's eighth multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) with pennant number 489 fired a Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile...

Indian Navy receives first Project 15B guided-missile destroyer

By Gabriel Dominguez 01 November 2021
The Indian Navy (IN) has received the first of four Project 15B guided-missile destroyers ordered in January 2011.  Named Visakhapatnam (pennant number D 66), the 163 m-long warship – which was launched in April 2015 – was handed over to the navy b...

ASPI think-tank criticises Australian DoD's strategic planning

By Julian Kerr 01 November 2021
The decision-making processes of Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) have placed the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in “an extremely precarious position” and can only be described as a failure of strategic planning, according to a report by the Au...

Chinese test accelerates hypersonics weapons race with US

By Michael Fabey 29 October 2021
The US Navy Strategic Systems Programs and the US Army Hypersonic Program Office conducted High Operational Tempo testing for Hypersonics flight campaign. (US Navy)  China's recent ‘hypersonic' vehicle testing is pushing the development race with the US for such a weapon into higher gear at a time when the Pentagon is seeking to secure more budget funding to keep pace with the overall Chinese threat.    “It is an escalation,” Brent Sandler, senior fellow for naval warfare and advanced technology at the Heritage Foundation's Center for Na...
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