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  • 21 August 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The Raytheon-developed SPY-6(V)2 Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar that will be deployed on US Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships has been put to its first test. In a test conducted at the Surface Combat System Center at Wallops Island, the radar searched for, detected, identified and tracked numerous targets – including commercial aircraft, Raytheon […]

  • 20 August 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The missile firing took place ahead of the ship’s maiden operational deployment.

  • 13 August 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The US Navy amphibious ready group (ARG) assembled around amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) has completed its first Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. For the Bataan ARG, SWATT provided an important transition from single ship operations to multi-ship, aircraft, and landing craft operations in scenarios that spanned multiple warfare areas. SWATTs […]

  • 12 August 2019
    Authorities

    The New Zealand government has opened tenders for the construction of a new home for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. The government expects that the new facility for the P-8A fleet at RNZAF Base Ohakea would be completed in three years. “The government’s investment in this key part of the defense estate […]

  • 9 August 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp used the GAU-22 cannon against a simulated target and executed the first shipboard hot reload of ordnance in the Indo-Pacific region while underway in the Solomon Sea. The aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (REIN), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, carried out […]

  • 6 August 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    US defense contractor Raytheon has delivered the first next generation jammer mid-band engineering and manufacturing development pod to the US Navy to begin ground and aircraft integration testing. Raytheon will deliver 15 EMD pods for mission systems testing and qualification as well as 14 aeromechanical pods for airworthiness certification. NGJ-MB is a high-capacity and power […]

  • 2 August 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra has completed trials to transport an M1A1 main battle tank and large vehicle loads ashore using an LHD landing craft. The tests, carried out with the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion, took place after the landing craft recently underwent […]

  • 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 […]

  • 24 July 2019
    Authorities, Industry news

    The German Navy’s new NH90 Sea Lion helicopter performed mission demonstrations for its relevant roles earlier this month, ahead of first unit deliveries later this year. The demonstrations included SAR missions, checking navy reconnaissance capabilities, and dropping off commandos and special forces equipment, including an inflatable boat. Germany has a total of 18 helicopters on […]

  • 15 July 2019
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK’s first Poseidon MRA Mk1 (P-8A) maritime patrol aircraft has completed its first flight, marking another milestone ahead of delivery in early 2020. Following this first test flight, the aircraft will transfer from Boeing Commercial Airplanes to Boeing Defense, Space and Security to be fitted out with the Poseidon-specific military systems. The aircraft is […]

  • 12 July 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Suffren boats will be more silent, durable, and deadly than their predecessors.

  • 8 July 2019
    Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has carried out the first test of its two Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS), engaging both air and surface targets. The trial took place on July 7, as the ship is in the final stages of preparations for a departure to the US coast where it will wrap […]

  • 8 July 2019
    Authorities

    US Navy’s Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base on July 6, becoming the first LCS to deploy to Singapore since late 2017. Montgomery’s arrival is part of a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific area of operations and is the fourth deployment of littoral combat ships to Southeast Asia, […]

  • 19 June 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    The Philippines Navy welcomed its first anti-submarine helicopters as it commissioned two AW159 Wildcats in a ceremony at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite on June 17. The helicopters were commissioned after being delivered by Italy’s Leonardo in May this year. Ordered in 2016 under a contract worth over €100 million, the helicopters had […]

  • 18 June 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The second of the Royal Navy’s new River-class offshore patrol vessels has arrived at its Portsmouth for the first time, ahead of a formal commissioning ceremony later this year. “Today is a significant step in HMS Medway’s journey and a great achievement for both the Ship’s Company and our industrial partners in BAE Naval Ships […]

  • 16 June 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Paolo Thaon di Revel, the first unit in a new class of Italian Navy multipurpose offshore patrol ships (abbreviated to PPA in Italian), was launched on Saturday, June 15. The launching ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, in the presence of Italian defense minister Elisabetta Trenta, and the Chief of Staff […]

  • 11 June 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    IT provider Stefanini has been contracted for work on the Brazilian Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the future SN-Álvaro Alberto. Brazil is developing the sub in cooperation with France’s Naval Group, who will deliver four months of training to a group of IHM Stefanini engineers in Ruelle-sur-Touvre, France. The project includes designing the Integrated Program Management […]

  • 5 June 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Marines from a number of European countries raided the coast of Denmark for the conclusion of first stage of the two-month Baltic Sea maneuver Baltic Protector. British Royal Marines and their Dutch counterparts waged a battle around the towns of Esbjerg and Varde in western Denmark, taking on Danish troops. The focus of the first […]

  • 24 May 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Advance construction of the first in a new generation of US Navy ballistic missile submarines kicked off with a steel-cutting ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division. With the press of a button, a plasma-burning machine cut the first steel plate that will be used to build Columbia (SSBN 826), the lead ballistic […]

  • 23 May 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries launched the Philippine Navy’s future frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) at its shipyard on March 23. BRP Jose Rizal is the first of two 2,600-ton units built under the Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP) after a contract was signed in 2016. The future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) represents the first […]

  • 23 May 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    INS Magen, the first of four Israeli Navy Sa’ar 6 corvettes, has been officially named in Germany. The ceremony took place at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems yard in Kiel on May 23. The ship was named by Eti Sharvit, wife of Vice Admiral Eli Sharvit, Chief of the Israeli Navy, in presence of high-level representatives […]

  • 22 May 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is afloat again after completing its first docking and maintenance period at Babcock’s Rosyth site. After the planned six-week work package was successfully delivered, the aircraft carrier departed Rosyth through the specially designed roller-fender system at high tide into the River Forth. The carrier will now embark on […]

  • 21 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The 9-nation live-fire integrated air and missile defense exercise Formidable Shield 2019 concluded at the UK defense ministry’s Hebrides Range off Scotland on May 19. The US-led drill helped allies hone interoperability in defending against missiles but it also saw Canadian and French Navy ships achieve national firsts during one of the many training scenarios. […]

  • 20 May 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Vessels

    The first Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate to undergo the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade has completed the inclining experiment at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia to test stability. HMAS Arunta underwent the test after more than a year out of the water as part of the upgrade. An inclining experiment is a test […]

  • 17 May 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The first of two Pakistan Navy offshore patrol vessels (OPV) was launched in Galata, Romania, the Pakistan Navy announced on May 17. The ship was launched after starting construction in a keel-laying ceremony in April 2018. While the navy refers to them as corvettes, the two vessels built by Dutch shipbuilder Damen are based on […]

  • 14 May 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    A keel-laying ceremony for the first in a new class of US Military Sealift Command operated oilers was held at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego on May 13. Kevin Graney, NASSCO president welcomed ship namesake, Rep. John Lewis (D Ga.), and ship’s sponsor, actress Alfre Woodard who attended the ceremony. “I am […]