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  • Ukraine launches new reconnaissance ship in Kyiv

    Photo: Ukraine defense ministry Ukrainian shipbuilder PSC Kuznya on Rybalsky launched a new medium reconnaissance ship for the Ukrainian Navy on April 23. Video of the launch and images were shared by the Ukrainian defense ministry but no vessel specifics or delivery schedules were revealed. As pointed out by Ukrainian…

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  • US Navy christening final Zumwalt-class destroyer in Maine

    zoomFuture USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) ahead of its launch at General Dynamic-Bath Iron Works. Photo: General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works/ US Navy The US Navy is to christen its third and final Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), in a ceremony at the…

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  • US destroyer uses combat system virtual twin in first live-fire test

    zoomUSS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) fires an SM-2 missile during a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia, March 25, 2019. The AEGIS Virtual Twin controlled the missile to successfully intercept an inbound target. Photo: US Navy US destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) tested the new AEGIS Virtual…

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  • Work progresses on first Royal Navy Type 26 frigate

    zoomPhoto: Royal Navy Future HMS Glasgow, the first of the new class of Royal Navy Type 26 frigates, is beginning to resemble a ship as her manufacturing progresses on the Clyde. The new City-class ships will be the successor to the Duke-class Type 23 frigates currently in service. She’ll comprise…

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  • Russia launches Poseidon-capable “special-mission” submarine Belgorod

    zoomPhoto: Sevmash Shipyard Russia’s Sevmash Shipyard launched the special-purpose submarine Belgorod at its Severodvinsk site in a ceremony on April 23. The ceremony was restricted for media representatives and only few photos of the submarine are available. Belgorod started construction in July 1992 and was initially to be part of…

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  • VT Halter Marine to build first new heavy icebreaker for US Coast Guard in over 40 years

    zoomIllustration. US Coast Guard file photo of USCGC Polar Star The US Coast Guard and US Navy have awarded VT Halter Marine a contract for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of the lead Polar Security Cutter (PSC). Under an initial award valued at $745.9 million, the Pascagoula-based shipbuilder will…

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  • First new Argentine OPV officially starts construction in France

    zoomFrench government and Piriou officials pose for a photo in front of the first Argentine Navy OPV block. Photo: Gwendal Rouillard/Twitter While the first block of a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Argentine Navy was already assembled in Concarneau, French defense minister Florence Parly visited the site of…

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  • Lockheed gets $20m for US Navy AN/BLQ-10 electronic warfare systems

    zoomIllustration. Photo: US Navy The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $20 million contract for engineering and technical services for the AN/BLQ-10 Electronic Warfare System Technology Insertion (TI)-20, TI-22 and TI-24. The AN/BLQ-10 system includes extensive commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and non-developmental item hardware and software that is cost-effective to…

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  • Australian researchers find wreck of ship sunk by Japanese sub

    zoomDrop camera: Bow with anchor chains. Photo: CSIRO Researchers have located the wreck of an Australian freighter sunk by a Japanese submarine during World War II, 77 years after it was lost. The lost ship was located by maritime archaeologists using CSIRO research vessel Investigator. The SS Iron Crown, a…

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  • Australian IPE task group in Malaysia after drills with India

    zoomIllustration: Australian and Sri Lankan Navy ships sail in formation during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019. Photo: Australian Navy Royal Australian Navy ships deployed as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force arrived into the Malaysian ports of Port Klang and Langkawi on April 21, after completing the…

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  • India launches hull of third Project 15B destroyer Imphal

    zoomPhoto: Indian Navy Indian shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited hosted a launching ceremony for the Indian Navy’s third Project 15B destroyer at its Mumbai shipyard on April 20. Imphal, as the third unit is the class will be named, entered water with a launch weight of 3,037 tonnes. The 163-meter…

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  • Two US Navy aircraft carriers meet in the Mediterranean

    zoomAn F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Photo: US Navy US Navy carrier strike groups assembled around aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis and USS Abraham Lincoln CSG…

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  • Russia’s lead Gremyashchy-class corvette starts first trials

    zoomSevernaya Verf photo of Project 0385 corvette Gremyashchy Two brand new Russian Navy ships got underway from the Severnaya Verf in St. Petersburg on April 21 to start their trials in the Baltic Sea. The second Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov got underway for another round of trials after making…

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  • GDEB gets $269m for US, UK SSBN missile tube work

    zoomPhoto: US Navy The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) a $269.3 million contract for work on missile tubes for the ballistic missile submarines of the US and UK. The contract will see GDEB manufacture 42 missile tubes and missile tube outfitting material for…

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  • USS Charleston completes maiden voyage, arrives in San Diego

    zoomUSS Charleston (LCS 18) sails through San Diego Bay in transit to the ship’s Naval Base San Diego homeport. Photo: US Navy The US Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, USS Charleston (LCS 18), arrived at its San Diego homeport April 19 after completing its maiden voyage from the Austal USA…

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  • US 7th Fleet flagship visits Hong Kong

    zoomUSS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrives for a port visit in Hong Kong. Photo: US Navy The flagship of the US Navy’s Japan-based Seventh Fleet, USS Blue Ridge ,arrived in Hong Kong on April 20 for its first visit to the port in more than three years. “Hong Kong is…

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  • Last Week’s Most Read

    IDEF’19 30/04/2019 – 03/05/2019 Hosted by the Ministry of National Defense and under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, IDEF 2019 read more > UNMANNED MARITIME SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY 08/05/2019 – 09/05/2019 Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019 is a crucial forum for the discussion of current and…

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  • Last Week’s Most Read

    IDEF’19 30/04/2019 – 03/05/2019 Hosted by the Ministry of National Defense and under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, IDEF 2019 read more > UNMANNED MARITIME SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY 08/05/2019 – 09/05/2019 Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019 is a crucial forum for the discussion of current and…

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  • Contenders invited to submit final bids for Germany’s MKS180 project

    zoomPhoto: German Navy Shipbuilders German Naval Yards Kiel (GNYK) and Damen have been invited to submit their final bids for the German Navy’s MKS 180 multi-purpose warship project. According to GNYK, the invitation was issued by the German defense ministry on April 12. The shipyard will now have three months…

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  • French aircraft carrier headed for drills with Indian counterpart, “largest bilateral exercise ever”

    zoomFS Charles de Gaulle (F 91) sails in formation with US destroyer McFaul, cruiser Mobile Bay, and Danish frigate Niels Juel in the Red Sea, April 15, 2019. Photo: US Navy French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle and its carrier strike group are set to sail to India…

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  • Second batch of German K130 ships making headway with first keel laying

    zoomIllustration. German Navy file photo of a Braunschweig-class corvette German shipbuilder Lürssen is set to host a keel-laying ceremony for the first of a second batch of Germany Navy K130 (Braunschweig-class) corvettes at its Peene shipyard in Volgast on April 25. The keel-laying for future FGS Köln comes two months…

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  • France launches seventh FREMM frigate Alsace

    zoomFREMM Alsace. Photo: Naval Group The French Navy’s seventh FREMM frigate was floated out Naval Group’s Lorient shipyard on April 18. In addition to being the seventh unit in the class, FREMM Alsace is also the first of two air-defense variants that will be delivered to the navy under the…

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  • Lockheed contracts OSI for Canadian Type 26 integrated bridge design

    zoomArtist’s rendering of the Canadian Surface Combatant design. Photo: RCN The integrated bridge and navigation system (IBNS) for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Type 26 surface combatants will be designed and delivered by OSI Maritime Systems. OSI said the contract was awarded by Lockheed Martin Canada, who is working with Irving…

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  • Canadian Navy ships join Phoenix Express drill in Africa for first time

    zoomA Tunisian Maritime Interdiction Team prepares to board HMCS Kingston during Phoenix Express 19. Photo: Cpl David Veldman 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…

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  • US destroyer Ross stops in Bulgaria on first Black Sea port visit

    zoomUSS Ross (DDG 71) arrives at Varna, Bulgaria, April 15, 2019. Photo: US Navy US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, April 15 for the first port visit of its Black Sea tour. The ship transited the Bosphorus Strait to enter the Black Sea on…

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  • Kership delivers final B2M multi-mission ship to French Navy

    zoomPhoto: French Navy The French defense procurement agency has accepted delivery of the fourth and final d’Entrecasteaux-class multi-mission ship from the Kership joint venture. Dumont d’Urville, as the unit is called, was delivered to the French Navy in a ceremony on April 5. Like its predecessors, the ship will sail…

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  • Sweden’s new signals intelligence ship HSwMS Artemis launched in Poland

    zoomPhoto: Saab Polish shipbuilder Nauta Shiprepair Yard has launched the hull of the Swedish Navy’s new signals intelligence (SIGINT) ship. In the same ceremony on April 17, Swedish Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist announced that the ship will be given the name HSwMS Artemis. Outfitting and equipment installation will take place…

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  • Royal Navy seeking proposals for autonomous XLUUV development

    The UK defense ministry is seeking proposals for the development of an autonomous version of an existing extra large unmanned undersea vehicle (XLUUV). The development would be part of a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) multi-year themed competition which will seek to develop a platform to understand the potential capabilities…

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  • USS Fitzgerald refloated in post-collision repair milestone

    zoomUSS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sits inside a dry-dock in preparation for launch at Huntington Ingalls Industries Pascagoula shipyard. Photo: US Navy US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) came a step closer to rejoining the fleet after it was launched and moored pier-side at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) –…

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  • US, French aircraft carriers meet up in the Red Sea

    zoomUSS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), front left, and FS Charles de Gaulle (F 91) lead a formation of ships in the Red Sea ON apRIL 15. Photo: US Navy Two groups of ships assembled around aircraft carriers from the navies of the US and France gathered in the Red…

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  • Malaysian Navy’s first Littoral Mission Ship launched in China

    zoomPhoto: Royal Malaysian Navy China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), has launched the first of a new class of four Royal Malaysian Navy littoral mission ships (LMS). The vessel was launched on April 15 and was named Keris, with pennant number 111. Keris is the first LMS to be built under…

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  • Indian Navy loses helicopter in Arabian Sea, crew escapes unharmed

    Indian Navy file photo An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter landed into the Arabian Sea last week, with all three crew escaping the accident unharmed, the Indian Navy has informed.  The helicopter was operating from aboard an undisclosed navy warship at the time of the accident. The navy said the helicopter…

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  • Italian Navy receives eighth FREMM frigate Antonio Marceglia

    zoomOCCAR photo of FREMM Antonio Marceglia during sea trials The Italian Navy has taken delivery of FREMM frigate Antonio Marceglia from shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Muggiano, La Spezia, shipyard. The eighth frigate in its class overall and the fourth in multipurpose configuration was delivered on April 16. The future ITS…

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  • Norwegian logistics and support vessel HNoMS Maud arrives home

    zoomHNoMS Maud is welcomed home. Photo: Royal Norwegian Navy HNoMS Maud, the Royal Norwegian Navy’s new logistics and support vessel, arrived to its new homeport of Haakonsvern navy base after a 14,598 nautical mile voyage from South Korea where it was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Maud…

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  • USS Abraham Lincoln pulls into Palma de Mallorca for first port call in seven years

    zoomPhoto: US Navy US Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on April 15, for its first port visit in seven years. The ship completed completed a mid-life overhaul in 2017 and has been working up for this deployment ever since. The visit…

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  • US, Indian P-8A submarine hunters hone skills in Indian Ocean

    zoomUS Navy file photo of Poseidon P-8As from the “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 8. P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the US and Indian navies met up in the Indian Ocean for a series of maneuvers on April 15. US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) also…

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  • Saab to deliver Sea Giraffe radars for US Navy

    zoomUS Navy photo of littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2), left, and USS Coronado (LCS 4) underway in the Pacific Ocean. Saab has received an additional order for the Sea Giraffe AMB AN/SPS-77 naval radars for installation on the US Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ships LCS 36 and LCS…

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  • Norwegian frigate HNOMS Helge Ingstad returns to water

    zoomPhoto: Norwegian Navy The Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad was refloated on April 10, less than six weeks after she was transported to the Haakonsvern navy base from the seafloor in Hjeltefjorden. Prior to her raising and transport, the frigate spent several months almost completely submerged after colliding…

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  • US, French, UK navies kick off mine warfare drill in Persian Gulf

    zoomShips sail in formation during Artemis Trident 19. Photo: US Navy Ships from the navies of the US, the UK and France have kicked off the mine countermeasures exercise Artemis Trident in the Persian Gulf. “Mine laying poses a risk to naval ships as well as merchant shipping vessels,” the…

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  • GD awards HII USD 727m for Block V Virginia-class materials

    zoomPhoto: HII General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries a $727.4 million contract modification to continue the procurement of long-lead-time material for Virginia-class submarines. The award provides new funding to an existing contract for long-lead-time material to support construction of Block V submarines. According to HII, the…

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  • 20-ship Black Sea exercise Sea Shield 2019 concludes in Romania

    zoomPhoto: NATO MARCOM The Romanian-hosted exercise Sea Shield 2019 concluded in the Black Sea on April 13. In addition to Romanian Navy units, the annual drill was joined by five NATO ships which are part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). In total, over 20 ships and crews…

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  • HII lays keel for US Navy LPD Richard M. McCool Jr.

    zoomPhoto: Derek Fountain/HII US shipbuilder Huntington Ingals Industries authenticated the keel of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Richard M. McCool Jr. (LPD 29) on Friday, April 12. Ship’s Co-sponsors Shana McCool and Kate Oja declared the keel to be “truly and fairly laid.” LPD 29 is the first US…

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  • Royal Navy destroyer returns from 7-month Middle East drug stint

    zoomPhoto: Royal Navy Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon returned to Portsmouth on April 12, completing seven months of drug-busting action in the Middle East. During her time at sea, Dragon carried out eight successful raids on drugs smugglers, capturing narcotics worth an estimated £145 million. HMS Dragon deployed…

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  • TMT contracted to deliver ROV for Australia’s new submarine rescue capability

    zoomIllustration: Australia’s current submarine rescue vessel LR5 has been in service since 2009. Photo: Royal Australian Navy Perth-based Total Marine Technology has secured its first Royal Australian Navy contract as it landed a deal to design and deliver a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) for the service’s new submarine rescue system (SRS).…

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  • Indonesia orders additional three 1,400-ton submarines from South Korea

    zoomKRI Alugoro (405) was launched by Indonesia’s PT PAL on April 12. Photo: Indonesian defense ministry The Indonesian defense ministry ordered an additional three 1,400-ton submarines under a contract signed on the day of the launch of the country’s first locally-assembled submarine. On April 12, Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL launched…

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  • Northrop to help DARPA use undersea organisms for underwater sensing

    zoomPhoto: DARPA The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Biological Technology Office has partnered with Northrop Grumman for the development of prototype sensing capabilities that would use undersea organisms to detect and track undersea threats. The program is also known as Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) and seeks to…

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  • US, Philippine forces stage amphibious drill during Balikatan 2019

    zoomAAVs approach the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) off the coast of the Philippines during Exercise Balikatan 2019. Photo: US Navy Philippine and US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force service members on April 11 carried out an amphibious drill as part of the…

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  • New Zealand Navy’s biggest vessel ready for launch in South Korea

    zoomPhoto: Royal New Zealand Navy The future HMNZS Aotearoa, the biggest ever vessel to be built for the Royal New Zealand Navy, is taking shape and is ready for launch in South Korea. Aetorea is being constructed at Hyundai Heavy Shipbuilding’s Ulsan shipyard and is scheduled to be launched within…

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  • Royal Navy frigate arrives in Bahrain for three years of operations

    zoomPhoto: Royal Navy Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose arrived in Bahrain on April 3 to start a three-year mission in the Persian Gulf state. Montrose sailed into the UK’s new support facility in Bahrain after a six-month journey, which saw her cover 47,000-miles from her home in Plymouth. From Bahrain,…

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  • Bomb scare on Royal Navy nuclear submarine yard a hoax

    zoomRoyal Navy photo The BAE Systems’ Barrow-in-Furness shipyard was evacuated on April 10 after a bomb was reported to have been found on one of the Royal Navy nuclear submarines under construction at the yard. An estimated 1,700 staff are believed to have been evacuated in the process. “Following an…

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