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  • 12 July 2013
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress July 9 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 30 Mark V patrol boats and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $ 1 .2 billion. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 30 […]

  • 19 June 2017

    The Royal Saudi Navy prevented a possible attack on Saudi oil platforms on Friday, June 16, chasing away two and seizing one weapon-laden boat, according to an official Saudi Press Agency report on Monday. Citing an official source, SPA said three small boats entered Saudi waters in the Arabian Gulf and were headed towards the Marjan oil […]

  • 4 October 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    The first of ten future Royal Saudi Arabian Navy MH60-R Seahawk helicopters landed at Naval Station Mayport on October 2. Saudi pilots and crew are expected to spend the next three years training with HSM 40, a helicopter squadron based out of Naval Station Mayport. “This is an exciting day!” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Miller, […]

  • 18 February 2019
    Authorities, Industry news

    The Saudi Arabian state-owned defense company Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Naval Group for cooperation in the construction of naval vessels. The two sides would work together on building a range of warships, including frigates and corvettes, SAMI announced at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi, according to […]

  • 13 April 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Spain and Saudi Arabia have finalized a framework agreement which will see Spanish shipbuilder Navantia deliver five Avante 2200 corvettes for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). The deal, signed during Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s official visit to Spain, is worth around €2 billion (approx. $2.46b), according to media reports. Defense cooperation agreements signed […]

  • 25 July 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    French shipbuilder CMN has launched the first two of a planned 39 high-speed interceptor boats it is building for the Royal Saudi Navy. The launching of the boats, with hull numbers 315 and 316, was announced by the Saudi Arabian defense ministry. The boats will be built and delivered through a transfer of technology agreement […]

  • 16 January 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia held a steel cutting ceremony at its San Fernando shipyard on January 15 to officially mark the start of construction of the first Royal Saudi Navy Avante 2200 corvette. The ceremony was attended by company officials and representatives from the navies of Saudi Arabia and Spain. The Royal Saudi Naval Forces delegation […]

  • 18 April 2013
    Training & Education

    The frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ arrived at Jeddah on April 8th, three days after concluding her deployment in Operation Atalanta. During the port-call, the F-100 frigate welcomed a Royal Saudi Navy delegation accompanied by the president of Navantia Shipyards and other directors of the company. The Commanding Officer of the ‘Méndez Núñez’ briefed the Saudi delegation […]

  • 21 October 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The U.S. government approved a possible sale of four Lockheed Martin Corp multi-mission warships to Saudi Arabia, October 20. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the U.S. Congress about the possible sale of a derivative of the US Navy’s Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships, made by Lockheed Martin, and program office support to Saudi Arabia on Oct 19. […]

  • 17 December 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, officially concluded exercise Red Reef 15 with a joint demonstration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dec. 16. Over the nine-day span, 11th MEU personnel worked, trained and lived alongside Saudi Marines from the 1st, […]

  • 12 March 2013

    Saudi Prince HRH Major General Naif Bin Abdullah Bin Saud Bin Abdullah Al Saud, Director of Safety for the RSAF, visited 1710 Naval Air Squadron at Portsmouth’s naval base on a fact-finding mission. He was given a comprehensive tour of the headquarters including the squadron’s repair office and various laboratories. The squadron is the Ministry […]

  • 10 February 2012
    Training & Education

    A port stop in Saudi Arabia gave personnel on board a Royal Navy warship the rare chance to train alongside the kingdom’s Special Maritime Border Security Unit. Type-23 frigate HMS Somerset is currently on maritime security operations in the Middle East working alongside Saudi Arabian authorities to ensure free and safe passage for ships in […]

  • 10 January 2018
    Industry news, Vessels

    US defense company Lockheed Martin has contracted naval architecture firm Gibbs & Cox for work on the functional design of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships. A derivative of the US Navy’s Freedom-variant littoral combat ships, Lockheed Martin’s MMSC was selected to fulfill the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF) multi-mission surface […]

  • 17 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Two Sandown-class minehunters, one from the Royal Navy, one from the Royal Saudi Navy, recently completed two days of training in the Arabian Gulf. Royal Navy’s HMS Bangor was on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Naval Base (KANB) located 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) southeast of Jubail, Saudi Arabia. During the visit, […]

  • 13 November 2017

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Sunday threatened they would attack enemy warships and oil tankers if a Saudi-led coalition continues to blockade Yemeni ports, Reuters reports. The Saudi military is blockading Yemen’s ports after Houthi fighters fired a ballistic missile towards Riyadh on November 4. According to a report from Sky News Arabia, Saudi coalition forces […]

  • 26 March 2015

    Commodore Brian Santarpia, Canadian Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), recently completed a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further deepen the cooperation and information sharing relationship between the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) and Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF) counter-terrorism and maritime security task force. During his two-day visit, Commodore Santarpia met […]

  • 23 November 2017
    Authorities, Vessels

    Lockheed Martin has received a $22.7 million contract modification under a wider, $6 billion contract for the construction of four up-gunned littoral combat ships for the Saudi Arabian navy. The contract modification was administered through the US Naval Sea Systems Command under the foreign military sales program with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia providing funds. Work under […]

  • 4 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The damage control training team (DCTT) aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) conducted joint training in damage control and firefighting techniques with Saudi Arabian sailors May 27 during Exercise Eager Lion 2014.   Gunston Hall, one of three ships that comprise the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), is currently exercising with […]

  • 18 June 2013
    Training & Education

    The Commandant of the King Fahd Academy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has visited HMS Raleigh where some of his students are undergoing a summer training programme. Rear Admiral Khalid Al Saeed met with the Service and civilian staff responsible for the delivery of the eight-week programme, which began in May. He was also […]

  • 13 July 2015

    In June 2015, French Ship (FS) Var, which is hosting CTF-150 commander Captain Crignola and his staff, stopped in Jeddah for a three days port visit. This was the opportunity for Captain Crignola to meet with several representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Navy, as part of a regional engagement program to improve maritime […]

  • 13 April 2011

      Saudi Arabia has recently shown interest in medium-sized U.S. warships as part of its naval buildup to counter Iran, particularly surface vessels capable of countering asymmetric and air threats. This is a key element in Riyadh’s program known as Saudi Naval Expansion Program II, worth as much as $23 billion over 10 years, which […]

  • 14 October 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    During its transit back to Spain after completing a deployment of more than five months in operation Atalanta, the amphibious assault ship ESPS Galicia has made a brief stopover in the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah. The purpose of the visit was to show the ship to the Royal Saudi Navy officials. This event was part […]

  • 2 May 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Fairbanks Morse has been awarded a contract to deliver eight high-powered diesel engines to power four frigates for the Royal Saudi Navy. As informed, the purchase is a part of the Saudi Naval Expansion Program II which has been in the works for over a decade with a cost of about $20 billion. The frigates […]

  • 16 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, began exercise Red Reef 15 Dec. 7 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Red Reef is a biennial, bilateral exercise between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, set to increase […]

  • 21 May 2012
    Training & Education

    One of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships, HMS Daring, has made an official stop in Saudi Arabia to reinforce the country’s strong relationship with the UK, Ministry of Defence announced on May 17. The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer is on her first operational deployment in the Gulf where she is working with partner nations, […]

  • 19 September 2013

    British warships have taken part in their first major exercise in the Persian Gulf since passing through the Suez Canal last week. Three Royal Navy ships – fleet flagship HMS Bulwark, helicopter and commando carrier HMS Illustrious and Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster – joined with 3 warships from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and […]

  • 19 November 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    US shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine has started construction of the Royal Saudi Navy’s first Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ship. The “cut steel” ceremony took place on October 24. Delivered by Lockheed Martin as prime contractor, the 4,000-metric-ton MMSCs were ordered in 2017 under a foreign military sales deal. The program manager for the US Navy’s […]

  • 19 May 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    Saudi Arabia and Lockheed Martin have reached a $6 billion deal for the acquisition of four littoral combat ships, according to a Bloomberg report. The report said that the signed letter of agreement included a better-armed version of the Freedom-variant LCS Lockheed Martin’s industry team is building for the U.S. Navy. The export variant of the U.S. […]

  • 6 January 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    Lürssen Defence, a German naval shipbuilder, is clinging on to an over-a-billion Euro offshore patrol vessel contract with Saudi Arabia amidst the uproar caused by recent executions in the Gulf country. Responding to the talks about sanctions and a possible stop of military exports, the German newspaper Die Welt quoted a media representative of the company […]