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  • 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...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles December 24 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...
  • Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design
    Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design November 21 2019
    Japanese shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation unveiled the preliminary design of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). JMU's Future Landing Helicopter Dock will have five helicopters in two aircraft hangars located beneath the flight deck. The LHD will be capable of embarking up to two Landing Craft Air Cushion-like vessels in its well deck and more than 20 amphibious assault vehicles. The LHD, will be ...
  • 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...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water
    US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water October 30 2019
    The US Navy’s second Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, John F Kennedy (CVN 79), is set to enter the water for the first time. The dry dock where the vessel’s keel was laid in 2015 is currently being flooded in phases with over 100 million gallons of water. Several tests will be carried out during the flooding process. CVN 79 will be put through more tests in November. The vessel will be named in a ceremony on 7 December. The Geral...
  • 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...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa September 20 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • Modernization from India and Russia
    Modernization from India and Russia September 13 2019
      Delhi-class destroyers getting new radar and missile systems. India is to upgrade the radar and missile systems of its Delhi-class destroyers with help from Russia. Under the agreement, the MR-755 Fregat-MAE E-band air and surface search radar will be modernized.  An Air Defence Complex Kashmir will be installed as well. The modernisation of Radar and Missile systems would substantially enhance the Air Defence capability of the P-15 Ships. As part of the scope ...
  • New Connection System to Navy
    New Connection System to Navy September 9 2019
    Canada will acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems. The National Defence Department of Canada has released a statement on its official website to announce a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. These ship-to-shore connector systems, vessels such as Joint Support Ships of the Canadian Navy will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and...
  • Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel
    Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel September 3 2019
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has launched the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the launch of the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel marked an important milestone in Australia’s $90 billion investment in the largest regeneration of Navy since WW2. “The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide...
  • Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel
    Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel August 22 2019
    Indonesia will work with BAE Systems. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is d...
  • Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program
    Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program August 18 2019
      Israeli Navy has integrated ALPHA radar to one of its three Saar-5 corvettes. The new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, is a multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that operates in the S-band to detect and track threats and provide guidance for weapon systems. Jane's found out the progress at multinational Exercise 'Mighty Waves'. The ALPHA is a multifunction active electronically sc...
  • New Contract for CH-53K
    New Contract for CH-53K August 16 2019
    Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility. Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall ...
  • Nuclear Breaker to Arctic Regions
    Nuclear Breaker to Arctic Regions August 11 2019
    FSUE ATOMFLOT continues to procure nuclear-powered icebreakers. Russia's Baltic Shipyard (Baltiysky Zavod) announced they have inked a 1.5 Billion USD contract with FSUE ATOMFLOT for the construction of the fourth and fifth Project 22220 class nuclear-powered icebreakers.  Delivery of both vessels is planned for 2024 and 2026 . The first ship of the class; Arktika was laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in November 2013. The second one; Siberia was laid down in May 2015. T...
  • Spearhead for Unmanned Ships
    Spearhead for Unmanned Ships August 5 2019
    The U.S. Navy tested expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) as a mother ship for unmanned aerial vehicle and unmanned underwater vehicle. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West. This experiment is in line with a global trend that consists of using manned surface vessels for the launch, operation and recovery of unmanned maritime systems, essentially using the manned vessel as a mother ship. Operated by the U.S. Military Sealift Command, USNS Spe...
  • Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong
    Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong August 3 2019
    Huntington Ingalls Industries,  the U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder, has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $290 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue planning for the Refuelling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The initial year of planning was funded at a base value of $187.5 million. The contract, from U.S. Navy, funds the second and third years of planning, long-lead-ti...
  • Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies
    Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies August 1 2019
    The fourth of the Tide-class fast fleet tanker entered service in Portland for the Royal Navy. The approximately 37,000 tons ship will provide fuel, food, freshwater, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world. Each of the Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge ve Tideforce vessels can deliver more than 1,500 cubic metres of fuel every hour. The vessels can also undertake a wide range of independent operations, such as patrols policing shipping lanes and humanitarian relief...
  • The Ocean Shield from Russia
    The Ocean Shield from Russia August 1 2019
    Russia's Ocean Shield 2019 drill in the Baltic Sea will be held between 1-9 August. Around 49 warships and combat craft, 20 logistic support vessels, 58 aircraft of the Navy and the Aerospace Force and 10,634 personnel of the Russian Armed Forces will be involved in the drill, which will be commanded by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. The drills will practice the deployment of the Navy’s inter-fleet grouping and the skills of commanding the fleet’s fo...
  • Japan to Procure New UAV
    Japan to Procure New UAV July 31 2019
    The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said. Unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region. The helicopter model is expected to be selected in fiscal 2022, with the procurement starting in fiscal 2023, the sources said. Early warning and surveillance activities in the East China Sea are currently conducted using MSDF vessels, ...
  • Landing Craft in the Inventory
    Landing Craft in the Inventory July 30 2019
    Indian Navy commissions sixth Mk IV landing craft. Named IN LCU L-56, the 62.8 m vessel, which was developed and constructed by state-owned shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers in Kolkata. The LCU is part of a USD303 million contract signed between GRSE and the Indian government. Each vessel of the class has a crew of 50, including five officers, and is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems such as a locally designed integrated bridge system and an integrated...
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation July 25 2019
    French Shipyard CMN delivered the first two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy. In April 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for the Saudi Naval Forces. According to the agreement, 21 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia. The vessel has a range of 800 naut...
  • U.S. İnitiates Operation Sentinel July 21 2019
    The United States Friday announced the US Central Command is developing a multi-national maritime effort to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East. The effort, labelled as Operation Sentinel, comes a day after the US said it destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it came within threatening range. The goal of Operation Sentinel is declared as promoting maritime stability, ensuring safe passage, and de-escalating tensions in interna...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received July 18 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • India to Closely Watch Hot Waters
    India to Closely Watch Hot Waters June 27 2019
    The Indian Navy has deployed Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai and Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna to the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf while tension between the US and Iran arises. IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma said the IN’s Information-Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) would be monitoring all commercial shipping traffic in the area in a bid to augment maritime domain awareness to re-assure Indian-flagged commercial vessels transi...
  • The Coast Guard Getting Stronger
    The Coast Guard Getting Stronger May 31 2019
      The Canadian government announced new coast guard shipbuilding plan. Within the scope of this plan, which includes the construction of 18 new vessels, The Coast Guard is set to receive two new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), modified for Coast Guard missions. Irving Shipbuilding is already building a fleet of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy. The 5,200-ton ships are 103.6 meters long and have an open-water speed of 17 knots and a range of 6,800 nautical miles. ...
  • Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas
    Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas May 13 2019
    One of the biggest exercises of Turkish Naval Forces Command, DENİZKURDU-2019 started simultaneously in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The aim of the exercise, which will be performed live fire drills, is increasing the level of readiness of the operation of the amphibious, maritime and naval air units operating under the Naval Forces Command. 110 ships, maritime patrol aircraft, naval helicopters, UAV, marines, SAT and SAS elements are participating in the exe...
  • Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT
    Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT May 7 2019
    Vard Marine Inc. announced that an MoU has been signed with Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş. /ASFAT) in Turkey to promote a strategic partnership where Vard Marine provides the design of a wide range of paramilitary vessels and ASFAT coordinates construction of select projects at their approved naval shipyards in Turkey. The MoU provides an opportunity for Vard Marine to expand operations in the region and to collaborate with othe...
  • Neptune Ready for Service
    Neptune Ready for Service April 26 2019
    It has been announced that the final trials of the land-based missile Neptune have been completed and the system is ready to enter service with the naval and land forces. It has also been stated that the cruise missile, which was indigenously developed by Ukraine, will soon be distributed to the units. The system was developed to protect Ukraine’s coastal areas. Four missiles are carried ready to fire on a KrAZ-7634HE 8x8 truck. Each vehicle is operated by three personnel. The...
  • Last Days Before Launching
    Last Days Before Launching April 18 2019
    The Republic of Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) made a statement about the construction of the new logistic support ship. The ship, which will provide supplies, water, ammunition and spare parts replenishment vessels in the open sea to the friendly and allied platforms, will meet the sea in April. The first part of the construction of the new logistic support ship, which was built for the Royal New Zealand Navy and is planned to be commissioned under the name of HMNZS Aot...
  • 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...
  • US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks
    US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks March 25 2019
    The Navy on Wednesday released its first-ever long-range naval ship maintenance and modernization plan, in dealing with chronic mismatches between maintenance requirements and yards’ capacity. The report underlined the need for more dry docks. The report, Report to Congress on the Long-Range Plan for Maintenance and Modernization of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2020, highlights a shortage of dry docks for surface ship maintenance and the need to improve existing infrastructur...
  • Indonesia Likely To Acquire Iver Huitfeldt Class Frigate
    Indonesia Likely To Acquire Iver Huitfeldt Class Frigate March 14 2019
    Indonesia is considering to acquire a variant of Denmark’s -Iver Huitfeldt class frigate.  Indonesia runs frigate acquisition programme of USD720 million for two platforms. A defence industry co-operation agreement between Denmark's Odense Maritime Technology, and the Indonesian Navy's Naval Design Centre has been recently signed. The frigates are being acquired as part of the second phase of the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) modernisation blueprint. The...
  • Turkey and Russia Joint Drill at Blacksea
    Turkey and Russia Joint Drill at Blacksea March 8 2019
    The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s naval ships together with the vessels of the Turkish Naval Forces have conducted a passing exercise to improve interoperability in possible mine danger areas, Black Sea Fleet spokesman Capt. 2nd Rank Alexei Rulyov said on Friday. "During the drills, the patrol ship Vasily Bykov, the sea-going minesweeper Valentin Pikul of the Novorossiysk naval base held joint Russian-Turkish drills with the foreign corvette Burgazada and the minesweeper Akcay," t...
  • Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX
    Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX February 15 2019
    Russian, JSC Rosoboronexport and JSC NPO High Precision Systems will demonstrate the Pantsir-ME shipborne air-defence missile and artillery system at IDEX, Abu Dhabi. The Pantsir-ME air-defence missile and artillery system can be set up on ships with water displacement of more than 300 tons. The system provides protection of vessels from all the existing and prospective air assault weapons in the whole spectrum of their combat capabilities with an unconditional probability of kill, ...
  • Logistic Support Ship Order
    Logistic Support Ship Order February 4 2019
      France has taken action for logistical support fleet which are end of their useful life. In this context, the French Directorate General of Armaments made a statement to the OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation). France signed an agreement to procurement of four logistics support vessels. In this...
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” January 22 2019
      The Iranian Navy destroyer has been equipped with a close-in weapon system (CIWS) an indigenized version of Phalanx, that is used for defence against anti-ship missiles, for the very first time. Iran announced that it is working on such system in August 2018. Tasnim news agency quoted the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi that the system is going to be installed on vessels that carry out missions in deep and distant waters. He sug...
  • Ground breaking Ceremony for Tank Factory
    Ground breaking Ceremony for Tank Factory January 13 2019
    BMC company that will produce Altay Main Battle Tanks for Turkish Army has set ground breaking ceremony in Sakarya, Karasu district. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said “Turkish defence firms export armoured vehicles, air defence systems, rocket systems, simulators, coastal security vessels, communication control systems and various software across the world.” Moreover, as a result of accelerating efforts, the defence industry's exports recorded a 17 percent rise com...
  • New Hydrographic Ships On The Way
    New Hydrographic Ships On The Way January 3 2019
    Russia, which modernizing its armed forces and invested heavily in the navy in this field, has announced that it will build new platforms. In particular, the Russian Navy, directed to combat ships, requested additional support vessels to support the activities in the sea.   Accordingly, Moscow approved the construction of new hydrographic research vessels. The approved file includes two Project 19910 class, two Project 23040G, two Project 19920 and three Project 23370...