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  • 9 September 2020

    On 28 August, Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) held a keel-laying ceremony for the second of three multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPV) being built for the South African Navy’s Project BIRO.

  • 18 April 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the Royal Canadian navy made their Phoenix Express debut as they joined the exercise on March 29. The 15th edition of the training event kicked off in the western Mediterranean Sea, in and around the territorial waters of various North African countries. For the next week, they worked cooperatively to enhance their responses […]

  • 20 March 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Armed forces from 33 nations gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, for the start of exercise Obangame Express 2019, a US Africa Command (AFRICOM) led exercise which is now in its ninth iteration. Obangame Express 2019 will be conducted in multiple areas at sea and ashore. At-sea operations will be throughout the Gulf of Guinea. The largest […]

  • 4 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The annual IBSAMAR maritime exercise organized between the navies of Brazil, India and South Africa kicked off at Simons Town, South Africa, on October 1. The two-week exercise changes hosts every year, with the previous edition taking place in India. The exercise is designed to build interoperability and mutual understanding between participating nations. The Indian Navy […]

  • 18 September 2018
    Industry news, Vessels

    Cape Town-based shipbuilder Veecraft Marine has contracted Australia’s Incat Crowther for the design of a 20-meter monohull workboat for the South African Special Forces. The vessel will be tasked with the transportation of personnel and equipment and supporting training activities in coastal areas up to 10 miles off the coast under inclement weather conditions often experienced […]

  • 14 August 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    After ceding command over the EU-led counter-piracy operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa to the Spanish Navy, the Italian Navy has deployed its newest FREMM frigate – ITS Federico Martinengo – to support the mission. The frigate got underway from its homeport in Taranto and joined the operation on August 11. Federico Martinengo is expected […]

  • 8 June 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    Canadian navigation system manufacturer OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced it has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) for the Project BIRO vessels being built for the South African Navy. Under the announced contract, the three multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPV) will receive OSI’s integrated navigation & tactical system (INTS), tactical asset control […]

  • 25 April 2018

    A Spanish offshore patrol vessel replaced an auxiliary oiler as the Spanish Navy contribution to the counter-piracy effort off the Horn of Africa – operation Atalanta. On April 21, oiler ESPS Patino left the Somali basin after five months of operations as part of the EUNAVFOR-led operation. Filling Patino’s place is BAM (Buques de de […]

  • 5 March 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    South African defense procurement agency ARMSCOR has finalized negotiations with South African Shipyards (SAS) for the construction of a hydrographic survey vessel as part of the navy’s Project Hotel. The agreement was finalized in February 2018, a year after SAS was selected as the preferred bidder for the project. The new vessel will replace the […]

  • 26 February 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    South African defense procurement agency Armscor has awarded Damen a contract for the construction of three inshore patrol vessels as part of the South African Navy’s Project Biro. South African Navy Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) will build three 62-meter vessels after being selected as a preferred bidder for the contract in February 2017. The vessels […]

  • 30 January 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Canadian Navy coastal defense vessels HMCS Summerside and HMCS Kingston got underway from Halifax on January 26, starting a deployment to West Africa. The two Kingston-class ships will foster relationships with partner navies and take part in exercise Obangame Express 2018, in the Gulf of Guinea, led by US Naval Forces Africa. The exercise will […]

  • 24 October 2017

    NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples and US Naval Forces Europe-Africa welcome US Navy Admiral James G. Foggo III as their new commander during a ceremony held at the headquarters of JFC Naples, October 20. Foggo assumes command from U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard and comes to Naples from the Pentagon where he served as the […]

  • 26 September 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the US Navy’s Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BAT ARG), together with 4,000 sailors and marines aboard, returned to Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on September 23 following a seven-month deployment. The amphibious group consists of assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), […]

  • 28 August 2017

    A Dutch Navy landing platform dock ship has embarked Swedish CB-90 fast assault craft for a deployment to the African counter-piracy operation Atalanta. HNLMS Rotterdam set sail from her homeport on Sunday heading for Somalia with two CB-90 boats and a Swedish boarding team. The boats were earlier transported to the Netherlands by the Swedish […]

  • 18 August 2017

    Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ‘Infanta Cristina’ got underway from Cartagena, Spain, on Wednesday to start a four-month deployment to Western Africa. Infanta Cristina will spend the next four months in and around the Gulf of Guinea working with regional countries as part of the Spanish Defense Diplomacy Plan. The ship will cooperate with navies […]

  • 12 July 2017

    Italian Navy frigate ITS Espero is en route to her homeport after over two months of counter-piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa as part of the EUNAVFOR operation Atalanta. During her 108-day deployment ITS Espero’s ship’s company helped deter and suppress pirate attacks which started again in 2017 after several years of stagnancy. During […]

  • 14 June 2017

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Arunta interdicted 260kg of heroin in the north Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa on June 8. This is the frigate’s third drug interception as part of operation Manitou. The drugs were intercepted after the ship’s embarked Seahawk helicopter detected the suspicious dhow on June 7 during a planned surface search. The […]

  • 25 May 2017

    The crew of U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) started their deployment departing Naval Station Norfolk on May 23. USS James E. Williams will be conducting a regularly-scheduled deployment to perform maritime operations in the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. “Sailors have worked hard to prepare for […]

  • 12 May 2017

    Royal Australia Navy frigate HMAS Arunta seized some 250 kilograms of heroin from a vessel off the coast of Africa. The interdiction took place on May 10 in the waters of the Indian Ocean. This is also Arunta’s second narcotic interdiction since she joined counter-terrorism operations in December last year. Following detection by a Royal New Zealand […]

  • 8 May 2017

    French frigate FS Surcouf collaborated with a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to make her first cocaine interception as part of the Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150). Less than three weeks into its deployment, FS Surcouf made two narcotics seizures, with back to back boardings yielding around 400kg of heroin. Early in […]

  • 3 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Two Royal Canadian Navy Kingston-class coastal defence vessels, HMCS Summerside and Moncton, returned to Halifax on May 2, following a two-month deployment to West Africa. The deployment was part of a mission called Neptune Trident 17-01 and saw the ships work with allies and partners to build relationships and strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. During their […]

  • 27 March 2017

    Italian Navy’s Maestrale-class frigate ITS Espero has joined the EU’s counter piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. ITS Espero was welcomed to the counter-piracy task force on Saturday, March 25. Led by Commander Luigi Pirozzi, ITS Espero’s sailors and marines prepared for their mission with operational sea and counter-piracy training prior to departing their base port in […]

  • 14 March 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    South African Navy frigate SAS Amatola and two German Navy ships returned to the port of Warnemünde on March 10, thereby concluding the bilateral exercise Good Hope. The 2017 edition of Good Hope started on February 24 and marked the first time the drill took place in the Baltic Sea. This was also the first time […]

  • 12 March 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    South African defense contractor Denel has teamed up with German ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for joint work on South African Navy frigates and submarines. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding on board the SAS Amatola, in Rostock, Germany, during the frigate’s deployment to European waters. Denel’s Maritime division will take responsibility for maintenance and upgrades on three […]

  • 2 March 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel Vigía set sail from Cadiz to conduct a series of activities in Africa as part of the Spanish government’s Defense Diplomacy Plan and a follow-on of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative. These deployments are intended to enhance maritime security and to carry out cooperative security operations in West Africa […]

  • 24 February 2017

    Spanish Navy Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas assumed the role of force commander of the European Union’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa. Rojas assumed command on board his flagship, ESPS Galicia, during a ceremony held in Djibouti on Friday. Djibouti is a key partner to the EU, with the busy port providing valuable […]