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Papua New Guinea commissions second Guardian-class patrol vessel

By Ridzwan Rahmat 14 October 2021
HMPNGS   Ted Diro  , Papua New Guinea's first of four Guardian-class patrol vessels. The Papua New Guinea Defence Force's Maritime Element commissioned the second vessel, HMPNGS   Rochus Lokinap  , on 7 October 2021.  (Austal)  Papua New Guinea Defence Force's (PNGDF's) Maritime Element has commissioned its second Guardian-class patrol vessel, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) announced on 13 October.  The vessel, HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap, was commissioned at the Lobrum Naval in Papua New Guinea's Manus p...

HMS Vanguard expected to return to sea next year

By Tim Ripley 14 October 2021
Under current planning HMS   Vanguard  is expected to rejoin the fleet next year following the completion of its delayed LOP(R).   (Crown Copyright)  UK Royal Navy (RN) chiefs hope the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) HMS Vanguard will have competed a delayed refuelling next year and sail to the east coast of the US to test fire its Trident weapon system.  A senior RN source told Janes on 8 October that the submarine would complete the refit – which has taken twice as long as expected and is b...

AUSA 2021: General Micro Systems unveils new artificial intelligence server

By Carlo Munoz 14 October 2021
Tactical server manufacturer General Micro Systems unveiled its newest, high-powered server designed specifically to operate and support the plethora of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and applications set to flood the battlefiel...

India and Japan demonstrate high-tempo naval interoperability at maritime exercise

By Ridzwan Rahmat 13 October 2021
Indian MiG-29K fighters seen here at drills with the JMSDF at JIMEX 2021. (Indian Ministry of Defence)  The navies of India and Japan have further demonstrated their ability to interoperate in high-tempo operations including co-ordinated anti-submarine warfare.  The drills were carried out at the fifth iteration of the bilateral Japan‐India Maritime Exercises (JIMEX) that took place in the Arabian Sea from 6 to 8 October, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed.  The Indian Navy was represented at the exercise by the Kolkata-class...

Hellenic Navy set to receive new special operations vessel

By Dimitrios Mitsopoulos 12 October 2021
Agenor  was built with funding provided by the Hellenic Navy.    (Dimitrios Mitsopoulos)  Hellenic Shipyards is preparing to hand over the first domestically designed and built special operations craft (SOC) to the Hellenic Navy in the coming weeks, the shipbuilder has told Janes.  The new vessel, named Agenor, was built with funding provided by the Hellenic Navy. It was launched on 30 July and is currently completing sea trials.  The SOC is based on a design provided by Navinco featuring a deep V-shaped hull manufactured from...

AUSA 2021: Pentagon eyes new ‘rapid fielding' experimentation series for 2023

By Daniel Wasserbly 12 October 2021
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is plotting to begin a series of technology experiments in fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023) to consider a variety of rapid fielding projects, and is seeking FY 2022 funding to get the effort started, according to the Pe...

Philippine Navy receives Mistral 3 SAMs for new frigates

By Gabriel Dominguez 12 October 2021
BRP   Antonio Luna  , the PN's second Jose Rizal-class guided-missile frigate, during its commissioning ceremony on 19 March at South Harbor in Manila. Philippine media reported on 11 October that the Mistral 3 SAMs meant to arm the two frigates have been delivered to the PN.  (Philippine Navy)  Philippine media reported on 11 October that the Philippine Navy (PN) has received an undisclosed number of Mistral 3 short-range surface-to-air-missiles (SAMs) from MBDA to arm its two recently acquired Jose Rizal-class g...

Myanmar inaugurates coastguard service with initial fleet of four vessels

By Chinmay Kohad & Ridzwan Rahmat 11 October 2021
Myanmar Coast Guard vessels seen here during the service's inauguration in Yangon on 6 October 2021. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)  Myanmar has inaugurated its first coastguard service.  The agency was inaugurated on 6 October at Thilawa Port in Yangon. Brigadier General Ko Ko Kyaw has been appointed as the service's director general.  The Myanmar Coast Guard was launched with an initial fleet of four patrol vessels that were previously in service with the Myanmar Navy.  Among these were the vessels bearing the pennant numbers P 311 and P 312....

US Naval Reactors engineer arrested on espionage-related charges involving sale of Virginia-class submarine data

By Michael Fabey 11 October 2021
Jonathan Toebbe, an engineer for the US Navy (USN) Naval Reactors, and his wife Diana, both of Annapolis, Maryland, were arrested on 9 October in Jefferson County, West Virginia, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Naval Crimina...

AUSA 2021: UVision showcases new Multi-Canister Launcher for USMC

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2021
A USMC 8×8 Light Armored Vehicle-Mortar integrated with UVision's MCL. (UVision)  UVision has unveiled a new Multi-Canister Launcher (MCL), adapted for launching all types of the company's Hero series of loitering munitions from a single platform, that it is integrating on US Marine Corps (USMC) vehicles.  “MCL is designed for modular adaptation to various types and sizes of platform, from armoured vehicles to large, medium, and small watercraft, manned or autonomous,” the company said, adding that MCL enables forces to “store, transport, an...

Autonomous APAC24 set for OPV trials

By Richard Scott 08 October 2021
NavyX's Pacific 24 USV pictured at launch in early June 2020. (BAE Systems)  The UK Royal Navy (RN) is planning to trial an Autonomous Pacific 24 (APAC24) rigid inflatable boat from a Batch 1 River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV).  Developed by BAE Systems and operated by the RN's NavyX autonomy and lethality accelerator, the APAC24 is an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) testbed being used to support investigations of how a USV based on a standard sea boat could deliver force protection and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR...

DALO signs framework agreement with OceanScan-MST to deliver LAUVs

By Nishant Kumar 08 October 2021
The Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle developed by Portugal's OceanScan-Marine Systems & Technology. (OceanScan Marine Systems & Technology)  The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) has signed a framework agreement with Portugal's OceanScan-Marine Systems & Technology for an initial purchase of up to six Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (LAUVs) to support the Danish Mine Counter Measure (MCM) Division.  A contract award notice was released by DALO on 28 September. Delivery is expected to start in the first quart...

Greek corvettes to follow frigates

By Euthymius Petrou 08 October 2021
A corvette programme for the Hellenic Navy is to follow the frigate programme already agreed, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced to the Greek Parliament on 7 October.  With the parliament approving the Greek–French Strategic Defence...

Spain orders four new patrol boats for its paramilitary police

By David Ing 08 October 2021
Spain's paramilitary police force, the Guardia Civil, has ordered four new ocean-going patrol boats for its marine division, the Servicio Marítimo (SEMAR), for a total of EUR10.8 million (USD12.5 million).  The two contracts have gone to yards in t...

Update: North Korea conducts test-launch of new surface-to-air missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Mark Cazalet 07 October 2021
North Korea's Academy of Defence Science (ADS) has test-launched what it claims to be a newly developed surface-to-air missile.  The test-launch was conducted on 30 September to confirm the “general combat functions” of the missile and its accompan...

Taiwan starts building second improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette for RoCN

By Gabriel Dominguez 07 October 2021
Taiwanese officials and navy personnel held a ceremony on 6 October at Lungteh Shipbuilding's facilities in Suao to mark the start of construction of the second improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette for the RoCN. (Taiwan's Military News Agency)  Taiwan's Lungteh Shipbuilding has begun construction work on the second improved Tuo Chiang (also spelt Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette on order for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN).  A steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel was held on 6 October at the company's facilities in Suao, Y...

DSME launches ASR-II submarine rescue ship for South Korean navy

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 07 October 2021
DSME held a launch ceremony for   Ganghwado  , a new auxiliary submarine rescue ship for the Republic of Korea Navy, on 7 October at its Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island.  (RoKN)  South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) held a launch ceremony on 7 October for a new auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II) for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).    Named   Ganghwado  , the 5,600-tonne vessel entered the water at DSME's Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island and is expected to be d...

Estonia to receive Blue Spear missiles

By Yaakov Lappin 07 October 2021
The Estonian Defense Forces are due to receive the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-made Blue Spear land-to-sea missile system, IAI said in a statement on 6 October.  According to the statement, the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) si...

Indian Coast Guard takes delivery of another Sankalp-class OPV

By Chinmay Kohad 06 October 2021
A Sankalp-class OPV, ICGS   Samarth  . Its sister ship, ICGS   Sarthak,   was handed over to the Indian Coast Guard on 30 September.   (Indian Coast Guard)  The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has taken delivery of another Sankalp-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV).  The vessel, ICGS Sarthak with pennant no 21, was handed over by its builder Goa Shipyard on 30 September.  It is the fourth vessel in Batch III of the Sankalp class, the contract for which was awarded in August 2016. The vessel was laid down on...

HHI lays keel for RoKN's first KDX-III Batch II guided-missile destroyer

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 06 October 2021
An artist impression of the first ship of the second batch of KDX-III-class guided-missile destroyers for the RoKN. South Korean shipbuilder HHI announced on 6 October that it had held a keel-laying ceremony for this destroyer the previous day. (HHI)  South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it held a keel-laying ceremony on 5 October in Ulsan for the first of three Sejong Daewang (KDX-III)-class Batch II guided-missile destroyers for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).  Construction of the destroyer began in...
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