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  • 25 October 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    UK-based ship repair and conversion company A&P Group is launching a defense division to better position itself for UK defense ministry’s future Type 31 frigate and Type 45 destroyer contracts. The new division will be headquartered at A&P Falmouth and managed by Gerald Pitts, who now takes the role of Managing Director of A&P Group Defence. […]

  • 21 November 2016
    Authorities, Industry news

    A UK Defence Committee Report has said that the Ministry of Defence will have to devise a sound plan for replacing its 13 ageing frigates while maintaining the already low number of operational vessels in the fleet. The report calls for the National Shipbuilding Strategy, due to be published this week, to provide the necessary detail […]

  • 26 March 2019
    Industry news, Vessels

    France-based defense contractor Thales is opening a UK office for work on the Royal Navy’s future Type 31 frigate program. The company said it would be joining the Babcock-led team which is proposing the Arrowhead design for the new class of general-purpose frigates for the Royal Navy. Should the Arrowhead proposal be accepted, Thales would […]

  • 16 August 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    After halting a competition for the construction of five Type 31 frigates late July, the UK defense ministry has now relaunched the process. The program was halted on July 24 due to what the defense ministry identified as inadequate competition prior to awarding competitive design phase (CDP) contracts. On August 14, the UK MOD issued […]

  • 26 July 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    They will be known as Type 707.

  • 19 July 2016
    Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    British defense company BAE Systems has introduced a new analytical tool designed to warn crews about potential ship faults in real time. Known as System Information Exploitation, or SIE, the tool is capable of processing ‘big data’ – tens of thousands of equipment data samples per second, according to BAE. The information is securely sent […]

  • 13 September 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    A German Navy sailor has captured her walk through the German Navy U34 submarine on video which was then shared on social media. The walkaround offers an insight into what life on a Type 212 A air-independent propulsion submarine might look like. U 34 is currently home to 35 sailors who are engaged in the German-sponsored exercise Northern […]

  • 22 January 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    The training deployment of U36 in Norway is part of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries which are jointly procuring six Type 212 CD (Common Design) submarines.

  • 21 December 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    China’s Hudong Zhonghua shipyard hosted a steel-cutting ceremony on December 20 to mark the official start of construction of the second Pakistan Navy Type 054A frigate. Hudong Zhonghua is a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation with which the Pakistan Navy signed contracts for the delivery of a total of four frigates. All four units will […]

  • 10 December 2018

    Three shipbuilding teams have received funds from the UK to continue developing their plans for the construction of Type 31e frigates. On December 10, 2018, the country’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) awarded three contracts for the Competitive Design Phase. The contracts have been awarded to consortia led by BAE Systems, Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK […]

  • 12 December 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Egyptian Navy officially received its first Type 209/1400 submarine from the German submarine specialist ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) on December 12. The submarine is named S41 and is the first of four submarines Egypt will receive from Germany. S41 was launched in Kiel, Germany, in December 2015. Officials also held a naming ceremony for the […]

  • 29 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Chilean Navy frigates Almirante Cochrane, Almirante Condell and Almirante Lynch are set to undergo an obsolescence upgrade that will be undertaken by Cohort subsidiary Sea. The programme is being carried out in preparation for a major revamp of the Chilean Navy ships’ air warfare systems. The British company said it would fit the frigates with new […]

  • 27 September 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Royal Navy is now capable of having its recompression chambers reach stricken submariners and divers faster as a recent trial showed that the navy’s six Type 45 destroyers can fit the chambers to their flight decks. Until now only the Navy’s thirteen Type 23 frigates were able to deploy the emergency stores which are held at […]

  • 8 June 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    The engines on Royal Navy’s mighty Type 45 destroyers break down when they sail in waters warmer than those of the Portsmouth naval base, members of Parliament were told Tuesday by BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Northrop Grumman and General Electric executives. MPs questioned the managers as to why the £1 billion ships which form the ‘backbone of the fleet’ […]

  • 25 September 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    China has reached a new milestone in the expansion of its navy’s capabilities with the launch of the nation’s first amphibious assault ship. The Type 075 landing helicopter dock (LHD) was launched in Shanghai on September 25. The new class of ship builds upon the smaller Type 071 landing platform dock (LPD) which is already […]

  • 12 September 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    The Royal Navy has picked Babcock’s Arrowhead 140 proposal as the preferred design for its Type 31 frigates. As confirmed by Babcock, the fleet of five ships will be built at an average production cost of £250 million per ship. The announcement of the preferred design also means that the Royal Navy’s new frigates will […]

  • 16 January 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    The Republic of Singapore has started construction of additional two Type 218SG, air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarines, the country’s defense ministry announced. According to the defense ministry, the steel cutting ceremony for the third and fourth boats in the class took place on January 12. The ceremony was attended by the chief executive of Singapore’s Defence […]

  • 3 August 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth has welcomed back Type 23 frigate HMS Kent and Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender as they returned from refits and upgrades. Both have received command and control systems and weaponry upgrades over the last 18 months. HMS Defender was formally welcomed back into the fleet last week by Commodore Craig […]

  • 20 May 2019
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK defense ministry has approved an engine order for the second batch of Royal Navy Type 26 frigates, securing the immediate future of the General Electric’s Rugby site. The contract is important because GE had previously announced the site’s closure with its work being moved to Nancy in France by the end of 2019. […]

  • 14 February 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Vessels

    The Republic of Singapore Navy’s first Type 218SG submarine is scheduled to be launched later this month in Germany, in a ceremony attended by Singapore’s defense minister Ng Eng Hen. The defense minister will attend the 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich on February 16, before attending the submarine launch ceremony in Kiel on February 18. The […]

  • 16 May 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    Singapore’s ministry of defense announced the signing of a contract with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for the acquisition of additional two Type 218SG submarines. The ministry said the contract includes a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany. This contract brings the number of Type 218SG submarines on order for the Singapore Navy to four. The […]

  • 5 June 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Pakistan Navy has signed a contract with M/s China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd (CSTC) for the delivery of an additional two Type 054A frigates. The contract was signed at the Ministry of Defence Production in Rawalpindi with deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Rear Admiral Faisal Rasul Lodhi in attendance. With this follow-on contract, the Pakistan […]

  • 31 May 2018
    Industry news, Vessels

    A Babcock-led industry team has officially unveiled the Arrowhead 140 concept as their design for the UK defense ministry’s Type 31e general purpose light frigate program. Babcock, Thales, OMT, BMT, Harland and Wolff and Ferguson Marine are all part of the team bidding for the UK MoD’s £1.25 billion Type 31e program. As announced on […]

  • 8 October 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The eight Type 26 frigates being built for the Royal Navy will be homeported in Devonport, UK defense secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The 6,900-tonne frigates will be anti-submarine warships and will provide protection for the UK nuclear deterrent and the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. Speaking aboard Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose in Devonport, Gavin […]

  • 1 August 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    Engineers could be able to view the status and predicted health of ships’ systems.

  • 31 July 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose has returned to Plymouth after successful machinery and weapons trials at sea, the navy said. Montrose returned to port three weeks after leaving dry dock where it spent three years undergoing a upgrade. The ship’s engines have been pushed to the limits and have propelled the vessel […]

  • 27 February 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Turkey’s Gölcük shipyard hosted a keel laying ceremony on February 25 to officially mark the start of construction works on the Turkish Navy’s third Reis-class (Type 214) submarine. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım joined the ceremony and performed the ceremonial first weld. The third submarine will carry the name of Murat Reis, an Ottoman Navy admiral. Turkey […]

  • 8 January 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    UK defense contractor Babcock will be leading a team of industry partners in a bid for the Royal Navy’s new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate program, the company announced on Monday. According to the announcement, Babcock and Thales have joined forces with BMT, Harland & Wolff and Ferguson Marine to form ‘Team […]

  • 3 July 2017
    Industry news

    The first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation frigates will be laid down before the month is out after a £3.7 billion order was placed for three Type 26s. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon yesterday announced the contract with BAE Systems to deliver the first batch of global combat ships. They will be the first three […]