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  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Last Frigate Launched
    Last Frigate Launched January 30 2020
    Fincantieri Shipyard came to an end during the construction phase of the FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) Program. ITS Emilio Bianchi (F 589), the last FREMM built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare), was launched at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso Shipyard. The ship, which is the 10th and last platform ordered by Italy, will arrive at Muggiano Shipyard located in La Spezia for refit process. Following the fitting and testing phase, which will be completed under the coo...
  • Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean
    Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean January 22 2020
    Turkey and Greece, which are experiencing high tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, met in the eastern Mediterranean. In addition to the Aegean sea and airspace disputes, Turkey and Greece experiencing high tensions between them due to natural gas parcels in the Mediterranean. Although high tensions, both countires performed joint exercises in the eastern Mediterranean. Two Passing Exercise (PASSEX) were held on January 19th and 20th in order to increase situa...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service January 17 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • MEHS for Turkish Navy
    MEHS for Turkish Navy January 7 2020
    Another program launched for the locally-built critical sub-components of the platforms operating in the Turkish Navy is finished. In this way, the electronic warfare capability of the Turkish Naval Forces has been increased. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries; ASELSAN's MEHS (Milli elektronik Harp Suiti / National Electronic Warfare Suite) integrated third and fourth Yavuz Class frigates and platforms delivered to the Navy. Under the co...
  • Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate
    Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate December 23 2019
    Saudi Navy will get four Multi-mission surface combatants frigate from Lockheed Martin, a derivation of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) design. The U.S. Navy announced the $1.96 billion contract on Friday. The ships will be built at Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The contract was awarded as part of the U.S. Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program.
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards December 20 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • Wind of Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea December 12 2019
    US Navy mission group and Turkish Navy conducted training. Turkish Navy Gabya class (former Oliver H. Perry) TCG Gediz F495 and TCG Gaziantep f490 frigates participated in the training. The Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier from the US Navy to the 6th fleet USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) took part at training. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced its Twitter account;  Turkish Naval Forces conduct Operation Mediterranean Shield (OMS) continuously and effectively to...
  • Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates
    Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates December 4 2019
    Spanish Government, the Council of Ministers has authorised the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism to sign an agreement with the entity Navantia S.A., for the development program of the F110 Frigates. The program will cost a maximum of 1,638 million euros over seven years (from 2019 to 2025). The F110 frigates project will allow Navantia to be digitised through the Shipyard 4.0 program. With the agreement, Navantia secures the sale of five F110 frigates. ...
  • China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill
    China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill December 3 2019
    China and Pakistan will phase a joint maritime exercise in Pakistan in January 2020. China's Ministry of National Defence stated that the drill was scheduled for the annual exchange plan between the two militaries. China will join in drilling with destroyers, frigates, supply ships and submarine rescue ships. "The exercise is conducive to deepening security cooperation between the two militaries, consolidating and developing the China-Pakistan all-weather strategi...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy November 12 2019
    The Republic of Korea launched a new, guided-missile frigate equipped with advanced sonar and propulsion systems. The platform, called Seoul, is 122 meters long. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with guided missiles and guns and can carry a helicopter for marine operations. The warship boasts of advanced anti-submarine patrol and combat capabilities, as it employs an advanced sonar system as well as a hybrid propulsion system that reduces the level of noise the vessel makes underwater. Acc...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM
    Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM October 15 2019
    Signatures were signed for the fifth ship of the MİLGEM program of the Turkish Naval Forces and the first ship of class I. The fourth ship of the ADA class submarine defence warfare corvettes was signed on September 29th with the delivery ceremony of TCG Kınalıada. In the design of the fifth ship class, I air defence frigate, Defence Technologies Engineering Inc. (STM) will serve. The company had previously installed the design of four Ada classes. The ships were built under the command of th...
  • Green Light from Greece to France
    Green Light from Greece to France October 15 2019
    Greece has been looking for new frigates in its inventory. While talking about the procure of Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates who retired in the Australian Navy, it was on the agenda to focus on France’s multi-purpose Belharra frigates. Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said he had signed a statement of intent for the acquisition with his French counterpart. Panagiotopoulos, adding that there was “a long way to go” before an agreement is reached on the requ...
  • Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate
    Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate September 15 2019
    The Royal Navy has selected Babcock as its preferred bidder to build the UK’s new fleet of five Type 31 frigates. The new Babcock Arrowhead 140 ships, will be designated Type 31 by the Royal Navy. The ships will be smaller than the Type 26 fleet currently under construction. They will replace the Type 23. The programme will be led by Babcock with support from Thales. The ships will cost around £250m per vessel and once complete will be based across the World.
  • ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November
    ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November September 11 2019
    Roketsan’s Atmaca anti-ship missile will be test-fired from an Ada-class corvette TCG Kınalıada in November this year. The event will mark the first time that the Atmaca is tested at sea. Atmaca was unveiled for the first time by Roketsan during IDEF 19 defence exhibition. The serial production contract of Atmaca anti-ship missile was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Roketsan on November 2nd, 2018. According to Roketsan, Atmaca is a subso...
  • SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate
    SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate August 26 2019
    Sri Lanka commissions ex-Chinese navy frigate. In 2015, Jiangwei I Type 053 H2G class frigate Tongling (542), who served in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), was transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in September 2018. The vessel, which has been renamed SLNS Parakramabahu (P625), was commissioned on 22 August in Colombo in the presence of the Sri Lankan and Chinese governments and military leaders. The ship will boost the country’s maritime security and conduct search an...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance August 19 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials
    Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials August 17 2019
    The Project 22350, newest Russian frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will set off for Baltic Sea ranges in the coming week for the concluding stage of shipbuilders’ trials, Russian Navy Spokesman Captain Igor Dygalo said. "A decision on its departure will be made following a final report to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov and upon the readiness of the frigate’s crew and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team for fulfilling the program of trials”. <...
  • Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction
    Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction August 16 2019
    BAE Systems starts construction on Royal Navy’s 2nd City-Class Type 26 frigate (HMS Cardiff). The ceremony took place that the BAE Systems shipyard, attended by employees, representatives from the Royal Navy and Minister for Defence Procurement Anne-Marie Trevelyan. “These ships will clearly contribute to the UK and allied security, but also make a strong economic contribution to the country. With 64 sub-contracts already placed with UK-based businesses, there will be new export o...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020
    Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020 August 2 2019
    Australia progresses Hunter-class frigate programme. In 2018, BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government that provides the framework for the design and build of nine Hunter Class frigates. The mobilisation of the Hunter-class frigate programme for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is progressing with the continued development of BAE Systems’ Type 26 design. A system requirements review is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. Construction of the firs...
  • Greece Wants to Procure Belharra
    Greece Wants to Procure Belharra July 27 2019
    France and Greece are actively working on a Government-to-Government agreement for the procurement of two Belharra frigates for the Hellenic Navy. Laurent Mourre, Vice President of Sales for Europe and North America, explained that Greece is “very interested” in the Belharra. In January 2009, Greece announced the beginning of exclusive talks with France for the potential procurement of 6 multi-missions frigates. This contract never came into effect because of the economic crisis t...
  • China Retires Three Jianghu II-Class Frigates to Replace With Type 054A Frigates
    China Retires Three Jianghu II-Class Frigates to Replace With Type 054A Frigates July 23 2019
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) retired three of their older frigates on 13 July 2019. The frigates were assigned with the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet. The frigates, all ships of the Type 053H1 Jianghu-II class are the Taizhou (533), Jinhua (534), and Linfen (545), all built made in Hudong and were commissioned in June and December 1982, and September 1987, respectively. The frigates are commonly equipped with two 100mm naval guns, four twin 37mm ...
  • MANSUP is Ready
    MANSUP is Ready July 18 2019
      The Brazilian Navy announced it has successfully launched the third and final prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile on 10 July. The missile was fired from one of the two ITL-10 twin missile launchers on board the Niterói-class frigate F Independência. MANSUP is a locally-developed missile measuring 5.6 meters in length, weighing about a ton and reaching a speed of 1000 km/h. The navy w...
  • LLM is at Trial
    LLM is at Trial July 17 2019
    After the recent UK tension with Iran around the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal British Navy successfully tested the Thales developed Martlet LLM missile to provide close defence on the warships. The Martlet originally designed to be fired by air and navy platforms. Four missiles were fired in the test to try to defend against speedboats. The missile was fired from the LLM missile system developed by ASELSAN and Thales between 2010-14. The service has not specified which vessel classes will even...
  • Gowind Coming to the Navy July 4 2019
      The Romanian authorities have selected French Naval Group and its Romanian partner Santierul Naval Constanta for the program to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes,to modernize the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance centre and a training centre.  The platform and its combat system offer a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art NATO-standard combat-proven capabilities for anti-surface warfare. Naval Group is due to build the first corvette within ...
  • Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year
    Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year June 24 2019
    Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the country's first missile frigates will be delivered in April and September of next year. The Department of National Defence signed a PHP18-billion contract for BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna, including weapons systems.  These ships fully equipped with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, launchers and weapon systems and sensors for four-dimensional warfare. The s...
  • Double Support to the Navy
    Double Support to the Navy June 21 2019
      The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s as part of a USD 101 million contract signed with Leonardo in 2016, feature anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. The rotorcraft are expected to be deployed from the PN's two José Rizal-class frigates. The first of these frigates ...
  • “Ocean” Drains Budgets
    “Ocean” Drains Budgets June 11 2019
    The Brazilian Navy is having hard times on a budget. At the beginning of 2018, Brazil procured the HMS Ocean from the UK and it is talking that the navy having difficulty in paying the maintenance and repair costs of its platforms. Following the HMS Ocean, which costs £ 84 million, Brazil has budgetary problems. In this context, it has been announced that the frigate Niterói (F40), who has been moored to pier for a long time and awaiting its fate, will not be modernized...
  • Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS
    Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS June 1 2019
      Russian Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will take part in the International Maritime Defence Show Russian Tass Agency reported. During the next stage of the ship’s trials in the Baltic Sea, "the crew of the frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team checked its main power unit at various speed modes, the operation of the steering and anchor handling systems, the ship stabilizer, the ventilation and air condit...
  • Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate
    Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate May 17 2019
    Repairing the frigate “KNM Helge Ingstad“, built by the Navantia shipyards would be more expensive than ordering a new one, concludes a report presented on Wednesday by the Agencia de Material de Norwegian defence. The study estimates that the cost of repairs will be between 12,000 and 14,000 million Norwegian crowns (1,223 and 1,427 million euros), while that of acquiring a new one would be 11,000 to 13,000 million (from 1,121 to 1,325 million euros).  Th...
  • Additional Helicopters to the Philippines
    Additional Helicopters to the Philippines May 13 2019
    Philippines, which increased their procurement fort he military, has taken delivery of new vehicles after KAAV7A1’s Two AW159 ASW helicopters ordered by the Philippines Navy to be used in the security of trade routes, logistics and naval operations were delivered to the country. The platforms, which are described as having a significant ability leap for the navy, have also been reported to have a anti-submarine warfare capability. The helicopters, which the country will deploy...
  • New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy
    New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy May 11 2019
    The Defence Acquisition Council on Friday cleared the purchase of 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 31 Helix airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). ANI news agency reported the proposed acquisition would cost approximately Rs 3,600 crore (US$518 million).. The procurement of 10 Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters, used as airborne pickets by the IN, will allow them to improve their situational awareness at sea, and follow-on orders after India ordered...
  • New Frigate Agreement Inked
    New Frigate Agreement Inked April 26 2019
    The new frigate project was inked almost a month after the cabinet approval. Under the agreement, Navantia will build five frigates. The ceremony of the project, whose main contractor is Navantia, was held in the Ministry of Defence of Spain building. Spain will procure five frigates, with a total cost of € 4,317 billion. It is reported that 80% of the components required for the platform will be purchased from Spanish companies during the process, which will start in Ferrol fa...
  • China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations
    China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations April 25 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday afternoon in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province by holding a grand maritime parade, which featured China's latest and most powerful destroyer, the Type 055, for the first time. Making its first public appearance at the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary parade, the Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ displaces over 10,000 tonnes and carries 112 vertical launch cells for anti...
  • Giant Step from Spain
    Giant Step from Spain April 2 2019
    A new step has come from Spain which which has taken action to strengthen and renew its army. The Spanish Council of Ministers approved the construction of five F-110 class frigates.   Spain will procure five F-110s as part of the project, with a total cost of EUR 4,317 billion. The ships to be built in the activities to be carried out in the main contractor of the Navantia Company will replace the F-80 class platforms. The project will offer significant opportunities...
  • Malaysian Frigates Get Combat Management System Upgrade
    Malaysian Frigates Get Combat Management System Upgrade April 1 2019
    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) plan to install a new locally-developed Combat Management System (CMS) made by Malaysia's TCM Innovations Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of T7 Global Bhd. to replace the current one. The new CMS, called Vibrant 1 was co-developed by Marine Crest Technology and T7 Global Bhd., in cooperation with India's C2C-DB Systems Pvt Ltd., which provided the base software. The first ship to receive the new CMS is the Lekiu-class frigate KD Jebat ...