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Japan conducts deck landing of MCH-101 helicopter on Mogami frigate

By Ridzwan Rahmat 17 July 2023
An illustrative view of the MCH-101 helicopter with the Northrop Grumman airborne laser mine detection system. The aircraft type has since conducted deck landing trials on a Mogami-class frigate. (Northrop Grumman)  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has conducted deck landing trials of the MCH-101 airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) helicopter on one of its Mogami-class guided-missile frigates.    The milestone was confirmed by Fleet Air Squadron 51, a unit of the    JMSDF's Fleet Air Wing, on 13 July via an offici...

Portugal to modernise OPVs

By Victor Barreira 17 July 2023
The first of the Portuguese Navy's two Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessels, NRP   Viana do Castelo  , was commissioned into service on 30 December 2010.  (Victor Manuel Saraiva Barreira)  The Portuguese Navy is to progressively upgrade its Viana do Castelo-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), service representatives told Janes.  The four OPVs – NRP Viana do Castelo (P360), NRP Figueira da Foz (P361), NRP Sines (P362), and NRP Setúbal (P363) – will be upgraded throughout their maintenance cycles.  The p...

US Navy completes structural upgrades on Dry Dock 5 at Bremerton yard

By Michael Fabey 14 July 2023
USS   Connecticut   is in the re-certified dry dock in Bremerton, Washington.  (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) finished structural upgrades meant as interim seismic mitigation on Dry Dock 5 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington, the USN confirmed on 12 July.  The USN has tested and re-certified the dry dock, the service said in a statement.    Seawolf-class attack submarine USS   Connecticut  (SSN 22) docked for its Extended Dry-dock Selected...

Thales awarded contract for Dreadnought submarine masts

By Kate Tringham 14 July 2023
An artist's impression of the Dreadnought-class submarine. (Crown Copyright)  Thales has been awarded a GBP169 million (USD220 million) contract to equip the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Dreadnought nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) with a new Integrated Combat System Mast solution.  Announcing the award on 13 July Thales said the new mast would provide the submarines' above-water situational awareness by – for the first time – combining advanced visual sensors, electronic warfare (EW), and communications capabilities into a sing...

Ukraine's new Sandown-class minehunters conclude MCM training with ‘Sea Breeze'

By Kate Tringham 14 July 2023
The Ukrainian Navy's two newly acquired ex-Royal Navy Sandown-class minehunters completed their latest phase of training in the multinational ‘Sea Breeze' exercise, held in UK waters in late June/early July. (Armed Forces of Ukraine)  The Ukrainian Navy has completed its first multinational exercise series, ‘Sea Breeze 2023', operating the service's two newly acquired ex-Royal Navy (RN) Sandown-class minehunters, Chernihiv (ex-HMS Grimsby) and Cherkasy (ex-HMS Shoreham).  In a Twitter announcement on 12 July the UK RN said the exercise marked...

Thailand uses DP16 UAV to test-fire laser-guided bombs

By Oishee Majumdar 14 July 2023
A model of the DP16 UAV displayed at the Defense & Security show in Bangkok in August 2022. ATIL used the DP16 to test-fire laser-guided bombs on 13 July. (Janes/Amit Kalra)  Thailand's Aero Technology Industry Company Limited (ATIL), which is partly controlled by the state-owned Defence Technology Institute (DTI), has test-fired laser-guided bombs (LGBs) using its DP16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  The test, announced by the DTI on 13 July, helped evaluate the strike capabilities of the DP16.  The DTI said two LGBs were launched from the D...

India moves closer towards procuring more Kalvari SSKs

By Ridzwan Rahmat 14 July 2023
INS   Karanj  , the Indian Navy's third of six Kalvari-class submarines. The service may soon procure three more vessels in the class.   (Ministry of Defence, Government of India)  The Indian Navy has edged closer towards acquiring another three Kalvari (Scorpene)-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) now that the plan has been endorsed by a defence ministry decision making body.  The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 13 July that its Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) granted the procurement with an Acceptanc...

US CRS report underscores Polar Security Cutter schedule uncertainty as USCG cites need for more icebreakers

By Michael Fabey 13 July 2023
The US Coast Guard says it will need more icebreakers for polar operations. (VT Halter Marine/Technology Associates)  As the US Coast Guard (USCG) is planning for a bigger fleet of new icebreakers, the service is facing continued uncertainty about the delivery schedule for its proposed new Polar Security Cutters (PSCs), the Congressional Research Service (CRS) noted in a recent report.  “The coastguard testified in April and June 2023 that it had recently signed out a new fleet mix analysis that concluded that the coastguard will require a to...

North Korea confirms test firing of another Hwasong-18 missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 13 July 2023
People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on 12 July. North Korea fired a Hwasong-18 ICBM earlier that day. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images)  North Korea has confirmed that the missile it fired on 12 July was a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), marking another milestone in the country's strategic weapons capabilities.  The confirmation was provided by state-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in a statement published on i...

US Navy secretary touts unmanned operations for ‘UNITAS' exercise

By Michael Fabey 13 July 2023
The US Navy will be operating unmanned platforms such as Wave Glider during the ‘UNITAS' exercise. (Liquid Robotics)  US Navy (USN) Secretary Carlos Del Toro emphasised the potential for unmanned systems during the ‘UNITAS' exercise in his keynote speech on 12 July in Cartagena, Colombia.  “As we look for new ways to counter both narcotics smuggling and Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing, this year's iteration of UNITAS will include several opportunities to experiment with unmanned systems,” Del Toro said.  “Unmanned systems – above...

Angola inaugurates Soyo Naval Base

By Jeremy Binnie 12 July 2023
An Ocean Eagle 43 patrol vessel is seen with an unusual weapon during the inauguration of Angola's Soyo Naval Base. A 12-tube launcher mounted on the deck behind the bridge is obscured by the sailors standing in front of it. (Centro de Imprensa da Presidência da República de Angola)  Angola's President João Lourenço formally inaugurated the expanded naval base at Soyo on 10 July, the 47th anniversary of the Angolan Navy.  Located at the mouth of the Congo River in the far north of Angola, the Soyo base is far better located than the main nava...

Investigation notes US Coast Guard patrol boat's ‘blind spot' in deadly collision with fishing vessel

By Michael Fabey 12 July 2023
The US Coast Guard acknowledged its Fast Response Cutters have a bridge-window view blind spot. (US Coast Guard)  A “blind spot” in the bridge-window view “hindered” the overall helm view of a Sentinel-class US Coast Guard (USCG) Fast Response Cutter (FRC) before the vessel collided with a fishing vessel on 8 August 2022, resulting in an injury and fatality aboard the civilian craft, according to a USCG investigation report of the accident, released on 7 July.  The report also noted that the FRC was travelling at relatively high speeds to emb...

Hellenic Navy receives first former US Island-class cutters

By Guy Toremans 12 July 2023
The first two of four ex-USCG Island-class cutters, ex-  Adak  and ex-  Aquidneck  , have been delivered to Greece.  (Hellenic Navy)  The Hellenic Navy has taken delivery of the first two of four ex-US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class cutters.    The two vessels, ex-  Adak   (WPB 1333) and ex-  Aquidneck  (WPB 1309), were towed to Salamis Naval Base on 4 July following their arrival at Piraeus port the previous day on board the heavy-lift ship M/V SLNC   Magothy  ....

Navantia cuts steel for new submarine rescue ship for Spanish Navy

By Kate Tringham 11 July 2023
The new BAM-IS is intended to replace the Spanish Navy's ageing salvage and rescue ship   Neptuno  (pictured).  (Spanish Navy)    Navantia staged a steel-cutting ceremony for the Spanish Navy's new submarine rescue ship (Buque de Acción Marítima Intervención Subacuática: BAM-IS), to be named   Poseidon  , at its yard in Puerto Real on the south coast of the Bay of Cádiz on 3 July.   The new vessel is based on the Spanish Navy's Meteoro-class BAM offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) but adapted for un...

Germany signs off on Type 424 AGI build contract

By Richard Scott 11 July 2023
NVL Group will build three new Type 424 SIGINT vessels for the German Navy. (NVL Group)  Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and Naval Vessels Lürssen (NVL) Group have signed a contract amendment covering the construction and delivery of three new Type 424 intelligence-gathering vessels (AGIs) for service with the German Navy.  Intended to replace the three Type 423 Oste-class AGIs, all of which entered service in the late 1980s, the Type 424 design has been developed to...

L&T, Navantia propose S-80 submarine design for India's P-75(I)

By Ridzwan Rahmat 11 July 2023
An artist's impression of the S-80 submarine that L&T and Navantia have offered for India's P-75(I). (Navantia)  Indian engineering firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has formed a teaming arrangement with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to offer the latter's S-80 submarine design for India's Project-75 (India) or P-75(I) programme.  India has a longstanding requirement for six new air independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), and the contract for these boats is expected to be India's largest defence acquisition project giv...

PAC-3 interceptor communicates with the AN/SPY-1 radar for first time

By Michael Fabey 11 July 2023
Lockheed Martin completed another milestone in its efforts to integrate the PAC-3 missile with Aegis. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability – 3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor successfully communicated with the AN/SPY-1 radar, a key component in the Aegis Weapon System, for the first time, the company confirmed on 10 July.  “This successful test is a major step forward to fully integrate PAC-3 MSE into the Aegis Weapon System,” Tom Copeman, vice-president, Naval Systems, Lockheed Martin Missile...

Navantia cuts steel for Moroccan OPV

By Kate Tringham 11 July 2023
Computer graphic of the Avante 1800 OPV on order for Morocco. (Navantia)  Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia has started manufacturing activities for a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Royal Moroccan Navy.  A steel-cutting ceremony for the new OPV, which is based on Navantia's Avante 1800 design, was held at the shipbuilder's San Fernando shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, on 3 July.  Navantia is building the OPV under a contract announced in January 2021. The scope of supply includes a technical-logistical support package that...

Equatorial Guinea negotiating Chinese frigate acquisition

By Jeremy Binnie 10 July 2023
Equatorial Guinea's Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is presented with a model ship during a visit to CSSC on 5 July. (Vicepresidencia de la República Guinea Ecuatorial)  Equatorial Guinea's Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue visited China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSSC) twice during an official tour to China that began on 4 July.  His office announced the first visit to the company on 5 July, saying it “shows the commitment of the Equatorial Guinean government to the protection of its coasts and the fight against mari...

French Navy's fire-damaged SSN Perle operational again

By Kate Tringham 10 July 2023
Three years after suffering serious damage caused by a fire while it was undergoing its final major overhaul, the French Navy's Rubis-class SSN   Perle  has been returned to active service.  (French Navy)  The French Navy's fire-damaged Rubis Améthyste-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Perle (S 606) has been returned to active service following the successful completion of its refit, repair, and upgrade period, the French Navy has announced.  Perle, the youngest of the French Navy's four remaining Rubi...
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