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  • 28 February 2020
    Authorities, Industry news

    France and Italy have signed an intergovernmental agreement reaffirming their support to Naviris, a joint venture between Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and French defense contractor Naval Group. Signed on February 27, the agreement makes the long term alliance launched by these two industrial groups fully operational. “We welcome this intergovernmental agreement, which reinforces our joint-venture Naviris,” […]

  • 25 February 2020

    The US Navy’s 68th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), successfully completed builder’s trials on February 22 after spending three days underway in the Gulf of Mexico. The trials were conducted by the shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), Ingalls Shipbuilding Division. The ship was previously underway for Alpha trials in […]

  • 21 February 2020

    James Fisher’s Perth-based business, JFD Australia, will continue to supply its submarine rescue system to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for at least the next four years. The company has been awarded a GBP 35 million (USD 45.2 million) contract extension with the Australian government to deliver its submarine escape and rescue system until December 2023 […]

  • 20 February 2020
    Industry news

    Last week, ground was broken on a new expansion to Rolls-Royce’s Centre of Excellence for Naval Handling equipment in Peterborough, Ontario. The company welcomed Minister Maryam Monsef, MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, Dave Smith, Member of the Provincial Parliament, and Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien to break ground on the new facility. “We are pleased to welcome Minister […]

  • 19 February 2020

    More than a hundred mainly Dutch companies will contribute to the construction of the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) new combat support ship (CSS) HNLMS Den Helder (A834), shipbuilder Damen said. The contract was signed today in Den Helder by the Director of Defence Material Organization (DMO), Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard and Arnout Damen, […]

  • 17 February 2020
    Industry news, Vessels

    French shipbuilder Naval Group has unveiled its long-term cooperation plan developed to support the acquisition program of two FDI frigates — [email protected] class — for the Hellenic Navy. The group’s industrial and academic cooperation plan with Greece was presented during an event at the French Embassy on February 13, 2020. During the event, Naval Group […]

  • 13 February 2020
    Industry news

    The Netherlands-based company Royal IHC and trade unions FNV, CNV, RMU and De Unie have signed a covenant within the framework of the program for the replacement of the Dutch Walrus class submarines. A year ago, Royal IHC and France’s defense contractor Naval Group joined forces in a bid to secure a contract for […]

  • 11 February 2020

    The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) completed Type Command (TYCOM) Readiness Evaluation Five (RE-5) sea trials, February 5, 2020, the U.S. Navy said. Sea trials are conducted after Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) to test operational capabilities of equipment that was corrected over the last year during the yard period, and to […]

  • 3 February 2020

    The Royal Netherlands Navy’s amphibious transport ship Johan de Witt will receive a midlife upgrade (MLU) as it has almost reached the halfway point of its expected lifecycle. The upgrade will guarantee its capabilities until 2032 and keep the ship operational, Dutch shipbuilder Damen said. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and RH Marine, which specializes in […]

  • 3 February 2020

    Austal’s shipyards and service centers in Australia have been approved to bid for and provide support services, including ship repairs, maintenance and sustainment activity for US Navy and Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships. The announcement comes after the Australian shipbuilder signed an agreement of boat repair (ABR) with the navy. As explained, Austal’s Australian operations […]

  • 21 January 2020
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    France’s Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered eight diving support fast boats for the French Navy.  The contract was awarded to Merré Shipyard on December 18, 2019, the country’s Ministry of Armed Forces said in a statement. The units — Vedettes de soutien à la plongée (VSP) — are slated for delivery by the end […]

  • 16 January 2020
    Equipment & technology

    For the first time, the US Navy and Boeing flew an F/A-18 Super Hornet equipped with an Infrared Search & Track (IRST) Block II pod in late 2019. IRST Block II is a critical component of the Block III Super Hornet. The Block III conversion will include enhanced network capability, longer range with conformal fuel […]

  • 14 January 2020
    Industry news

    Naviris, a joint venture between Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and French defense contractor Naval Group, is now fully operational following the first board meeting held on January 13, 2020. The JV is said to pave the way to the consolidation of European naval defense in response to the increasing pressure of worldwide competitors. With the head […]

  • 20 December 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The cabinet of the Dutch government has submitted a D-letter to the parliament to begin the construction of the combat support ship (CSS) Zr.Ms. Den Helder, shipbuilder Damen said. The D-letter, part of the Defense Materiel Process (DMP), is the conclusive letter announcing the procurement decision for a large military project. With this new ship, […]

  • 19 December 2019

    The Royal Navy’s ocean survey vessel HMS Scott (H131) arrived several days ago to the south of Chile to assist in the search for debris from a missing Chilean military plane. The plane, C-130 Hercules, crashed in the Drake Passage while en route to a Chilean military base in Antarctica on December 9. At the […]

  • 19 December 2019
    Equipment & technology

    French shipbuilder Naval Group and South Australia-based Airspeed, a specialist of composites manufacturing, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to respond to the design competition launched by Lockheed Martin Australia for the masts of the Royal Australian Navy’s Attack-class submarines. Under the Future Submarine Program, a total of twelve units will be built, with […]

  • 16 December 2019
    Equipment & technology

    French shipbuilder Naval Group has signed nine different memoranda of understanding (MoU) with Australian companies to manufacture its countermeasure solutions for the Royal Australian Navy in Australia. As informed, Naval Group Pacific is proposing a breakthrough in anti-torpedo countermeasures for Australia’s submarine and surface ship programs with CANTO, the latest countermeasure generation based on Dilution/Confusion […]

  • 28 November 2019

    The sailors and marines of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to their homeport of San Diego, Nov. 27, following a successful seven-month deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet operating areas. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the Boxer ARG and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and […]

  • 25 November 2019

    The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG) began air operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), Nov. 22. Close air support operations and defensive counter air support operations were carried out by Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW 7) as part of broader CENTCOM counter terrorism operations in the region. “Today’s operations are a testament […]

  • 5 November 2019
    Industry news

    German shipbuilder and submarine specialist thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has announced that it would invest 250 million euro in its Kiel shipyard by 2023. As explained, the aim of the investment will be to develop the shipyard into an international competence center for conventional submarine construction. The company added that it would hire around 500 new […]

  • 4 November 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Brazilian Navy has signed a contract for the acquisition of the former commercial dive support vessel Adams Challenge that would serve as its new submarine rescue ship (SRS). In its new role, Adams Challenge would replace the navy’s current SRS Felinto Perry, that was commissioned in 1988. The new ship is currently in Abu […]

  • 4 November 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The French naval air station Lann-Bihoué received the first two ATL2 maritime patrol aircraft upgraded to standard 6 in late October. Carried out by Dassault Aviation, the aircraft upgrades included the installation of a Thales Search Master with active antenna, a new Thales acoustic subsystem to gather and process signals from the air-dropped sonobuoys for […]

  • 30 October 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Defense contractor Saab has delivered the first of 18 new and upgraded CB90 HSM boats to the Swedish defense material administration (FMV). The additional boats were ordered in July 2017 under a $47.3 million contract. Delivered by Saab’s Dockstavarvet, the new boats have improved speed and maneuverability – as well as attack power and surveillance […]

  • 23 October 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    BMT has teamed up with Australian-based Nautic Star to offer the M80 Interceptor next generation sea boat to the Australian government. The M80 has been fine-tuned over years to optimize the balance between soft riding, rough water performance in any direction and calm water performance. “BMT is excited to team up with a great South […]

  • 18 October 2019
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    HMZS Te Kaha arrived in Canada for modernization in March 2018.

  • 16 October 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The US Navy’s newest expeditionary sea base (ESB) ship, Miguel Keith (ESB 5), successfully completed Acceptance Trials on October 11, four months after it first took to sea. The trials were conducted off the coast of southern California after departure from the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in San Diego. During the […]