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US Coast Guard cleared to issue polar icebreaker RFP

The US Department of Homeland Security on February 21 granted the US Coast Guard an approval to proceed to the next step of its polar icebreaker program. The department’s approval allows the… [[ This...

Keel laid for 21st US Navy littoral combat ship

The Lockheed Martin-led team in charge of constructing the Freedom-variant littoral combat ships held a keel-laying for the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the US Navy’s 21st LCS. The… [[ This is a content summary...

Royal Navy frigate stops in Sydney on Australia tour

Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland stopped in Sydney on February 23, for a visit as part of her tour of Australia tour. Sutherland is on a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific to…...

Second Ford-class carrier hull 70 percent complete

The structures necessary to complete US Navy’s second Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) are 70 percent complete, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced. Like… [[ This is a content summary only....

Russian “spy ship task group” reaches North Sea

After entering the Atlantic Ocean on their return home from Mediterranean tasking on February 19, a Russian task group composed of three ships has now passed the English Channel. The Royal Navy… [[ This...

US Navy contracts Alion for media support services

The US Chief of Naval Information Command (CHINFO) has awarded Alion Science and Technology a contract potentially worth $34 million to provide worldwide communications and media support services…. [[ This is a content summary...

NATO minehunters discover WWII mines in Oslo Fjord

Mine countermeasure ships deployed to NATO’s Standing Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) worked with the the Royal Norwegian Navy recently to locate WWII ordnance in the waters of Oslo… [[ This is a content...

Kongsberg to test Eelume unmanned subsea residency vehicle

Kongsberg is preparing for a month-long residency test on its Eelume remotely operated vehicle (ROV)/autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) hybrid. The Eelume is a modular, flexible robot designed for inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) of...

Bulgaria modernises armed forces

By the end of March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Sofia will present the Council of Ministers investment projects worth more than BGN3.5 billion (USD2.2 billion) for the acquisition of new armoured vehicles,...

Russian Su-57 fifth-gen fighter prototypes touch down in Syria

Key Points Two Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter prototypes have been deployed to Syria It is unclear what the real benefits of the deployment are The Russian Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily: VKS) have deployed two...

Indonesian Navy to receive four ScanEagle UAVs in 2018

Key Points The Indonesian Navy will receive four ScanEagle UAVs in mid-2018 Equipment is provided under a grant from the US government, which seeks to build maritime surveillance capabilities of Southeast Asian countries The...

New Zealand decommissions diver support ship

The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has decommissioned its diver support ship, HMNZS Manawanui . The vessel was officially retired in a decommissioning ceremony held at Devonport Naval Base on the morning of 23...

HII: 70 Percent of CVN-79 Structural Work Finished

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Newport News Shipbuilding has completed building 70 percent of the future John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) aircraft carrier, the company said. The company specified it has built this amount “of the...