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  • 26 March 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy landing ship HMAS Choules recently welcomed the Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter aboard for its first of class flight trials. Elements from the Australian Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment and the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit embarked Choules for the duration of the flight trials. The CH-47F conducted 206 launches and flew for a […]

  • 20 March 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Royal Netherlands Navy’s first upgraded Goalkeeper close-in weapon system recently passed its sea acceptance trials aboard landing platform dock HNLMS Johan de Witt, Thales – the company in charge of the system modernization – announced. The test came six years after the company was contracted for upkeep modifications in 2012. Goalkeeper proved its mettle against […]

  • 7 March 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    US Navy ships from the USS Essex (LHD 2) amphibious ready group (ARG) got underway from Naval Base San Diego on March 5 to start the first Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise conducted by an ARG. The exercise is focused on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship interoperability […]

  • 5 March 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) got underway from her new homeport in Sasebo, Japan, to complete a pre-deployment readiness assessment before switching to operations as part of the ship’s first patrol in the Indo-Pacific region. Wasp is undergoing a Naval Surface Forces-led ready for sea assessment (RFSA), led by the Type […]

  • 27 February 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Royal Navy’s first Batch-2 River-class offshore patrol vessel HMS Forth arrived in her new homeport at Portsmouth Naval Base on February 26.  She is the first of five vessels in the class, designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defense duties. HMS Forth will enter service this year, while the […]

  • 22 February 2018
    Industry news, Vessels

    Turkish shipbuilder ARES has completed sea trials for the first of two 48-meter patrol boats designed and built for the Qatar Coast Guard. The vessels were designed by UK-based BMT who have partnered with ARES Shipyard (ARES) to design and build 17 patrol boats from advanced composites in 36 months, 18 months ahead of schedule. […]

  • 21 February 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Vessels

    The three separate sections of the Brazilian Navy’s first Scorpene submarine ‘Riachuelo’ were integrated into a single unit during a ceremony on Tuesday at the assembly facility in Itaguaí in the Sepetiba Bay. Brazilian president Michel Temer attended the ceremony together with navy and defense chiefs. The sections of the first Scorpene were built and […]

  • 16 February 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has delivered the first battery shipset for the US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) new dry combat submersible (DCS). The long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting personnel in a dry environment will use Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) batteries for propulsion and internal support systems. GA-EMS was awarded the battery delivery contract […]

  • 13 February 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Italian Navy shipyard in Augusta has completed a two-year modernization process and is now ready to offer extensive services for the navy fleet, including submarines. As a result of the upgrade, a Sauro-class submarine is dry docked in Augusta for an overhaul for the first time in 14 years. The last time a submarine […]

  • 9 February 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth pulled into Gibraltar on Friday morning for her first ever overseas port visit. The visit will be a logistical one for the 65,000-tonne future flagship which left her home in Portsmouth last week for helicopter trials. These helicopter trials take place before the fixed wing F35 Lightning II […]

  • 9 February 2018
    Vessels

    The lead ship of the Royal Australian Navy’s air warfare destroyers newest ship in the fleet arrived to Hobart for the first ever visit to its namesake city. This port visit is the first time in 18 years a ship carrying the name Hobart has visited the city of Hobart and will see the guided […]

  • 8 February 2018
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    Construction of a new class of Israeli Navy corvettes started in Germany on February 7, with a steel-cutting ceremony at the Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Kiel. The high profile ceremony was attended by the head of the Israeli Navy, Admiral Eli Sharvit, and German Navy inspector Vice-admiral Andreas Krause. The steel cutting ceremony marked the start […]

  • 6 February 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Argentine Coast Guard is set to receive the first of four Shaldag-class patrol boats after it was launched by Israel Shipyards on January 26 and loaded for shipping as commercial cargo. The lead boat will become part of the Naval Prefecture fleet under the name Guarani, with pennant number GC 195. Argentine ministry of security […]

  • 6 February 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth embarked 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) on February 5 in what is the first time that any squadron has embarked the ship. The Merlin Mk 2 helicopters of 820 NAS have been working with the ship since she sailed for the first time from Rosyth in June last […]

  • 2 February 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    After spending four years in mothballs and another two undergoing a £90m refit, the Royal Navy’s amphibious assault ship HMS Albion is deploying early next week to become the flagship of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2. “It is a huge privilege for us to fly the flag of the NATO task group commander in such […]

  • 1 February 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    The Republic of Korea Navy has received the first of eight Daegu-class (FFX II) frigates, ROKS Daegu (FFG-818), South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on Thursday. Daegu is expected to become operational in the second half of 2018. The frigate was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and launched at DSME’s […]

  • 1 February 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Construction of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s largest ever vessel, the HMNZS Aotearoa, officially started on January 31 with a steel cutting ceremony at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan shipyard in South Korea. The ice-going tanker will be launched in March next year, and enter service in 2020. The tanker acquisition was approved by the New Zealand […]

  • 31 January 2018
    Authorities

    US Navy ships assigned to the Carl Vinson carrier strike group arrived in Guam on January 30 and 31 for the first port call of their Western Pacific deployment. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived with nearly 6,000 […]

  • 26 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Italian Navy on January 25 received the first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II aircraft assembled at the Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) in Cameri, Italy. This is the first F-35B built outside the United States. The Italian FACO is operated by Leonardo in conjunction with Lockheed Martin with a current workforce of more […]

  • 25 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    HMS Forth, the first of five second-batch River-class offshore patrol vessels to be built for the Royal Navy, was officially received by the UK defense ministry on Thursday. Forth will be commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet at her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base later this year. UK defense procurement minister Guto Bebb MP visited […]

  • 25 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    A US Navy aircraft carrier is likely to visit Vietnam in March, in what would be a first since the Vietnam war ended in 1975. This was announced on Thursday by officials from both countries during a two-day visit of US defense secretary Jim Mattis to Vietnam, according to media reports. No specific details were provided […]

  • 24 January 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Polish shipbuilder Remontowa Shipbuilding SA has laid the keel for the first of six tugs to be built for the Polish Navy under a contract signed in June 2017. The first tug, bearing pennant number 860/1, started construction in November 2017 when the first steel was cut. The tugs will be used for port tasks, […]

  • 23 January 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Vessels

    The Royal Bahrain Naval Force received its first upgraded Al-Manama class guided-missile patrol combatant in a ceremony on January 22 at the main navy base in Mina Salman. The FPB 62 patrol combatant was delivered by Italian defense company Leonardo after the company was awarded a modernization contract in 2015. The €50 million contract will see the […]

  • 16 January 2018
    Industry news, Vessels

     The Royal Navy’s fourth Astute-class submarine, Audacious, completed her first ever dive last week, shipbuilder BAE Systems announced. BAE Systems also shared a video of the trim and basin dive which took place over two days in Devonshire Dock, at the company’s site in Barrow-in-Furness . The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully under water […]

  • 15 January 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Cyprus Naval Command commissioned its first ever offshore patrol vessel – Commodore Andreas Ioannides (P61) – in a ceremony on January 15 at the Evangelos Florakis naval base. The 62-meter OPV was built by Israel Shipyards and launched in September 2017. After further outfitting and trials, P61 arrived in Larnaca, Cyprus, on January 2. […]

  • 15 January 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    First three sections of the Brazilian Navy’s lead Scorpene submarine, the S40 ‘Riachuelo’, were moved from the pre-outfitting site to the assembly site, ahead of the submarine’s launch in the second half of 2018. The move of three of overall five sections of the Riachuelo took place on January 13 and 14 and saw the 619-ton, 39.8-meter structure […]