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German Warship Captain Pays Visit to HMS Bulwark

The captain of a German warship has paid a visit to his Royal UK Navy counterparts on board the Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark. German frigate Schleswig Holstein joined the assault ship while on… [[...

LE Samuel Beckett Stops By Dublin, Ireland

Irish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett made a one-day port visit to Dublin, Ireland, according to Dublin Port Company’s social media website. The vessel was docked… [[ This is a content summary...

British Ambassador Tours USS Theodore Roosevelt

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 hosted the British Ambassador to the U.S. and four other high-ranking officials aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR) for a day at sea, Sept…. [[...

French Navy’s FREMM Provence Starts Sea Trials

The FREMM Provence, intended for the French Navy, just completed its first sea outing on October 1st. This event marks the start of the vessel’s sea trials, which will be conducted off the Brittany…...

HMS Bulwark, FS Courbet Engage in Joint Drills

The UK Navy’s HMS Bulwark exercised with the French warship, FS Courbet, after passing through the Suez Canal on passage to the Gulf. A Task Group made up of RN and RFA vessels including…...

USS George Washington Docks in Guam

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in Guam for a goodwill port visit, Oct. 2. This marks George Washington’s third visit to Guam since relieving the… [[ This is a...

USS Defender Retires after 25 Years of Service

The US Navy’s mine countermeasure ship USS Defender (MCM 2), was decommissioned after 25 years of naval service at Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 1. Defender was launched on April 4, 1987… [[ This...

CNO, MCPON Hold US Navy Birthday All Hands Call

The US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) will hold a worldwide Navy birthday All Hands Call Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. EST from the...

US Navy Searching for Missing Aircrew Member

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces in the North Arabian Gulf are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who went into the water at 2:10 p.m. (GMT), yesterday, when...

Indonesian Navy inducts third PC-43 patrol vessel

Indonesian defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro commissioned the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL’s) third PC-43 patrol craft on 27 September. The 250-tonne vessel has been named KRI Sidat (pennant number 851)....

Colombia’s defence minister outlines offset gains

Colombia’s Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon described his country as a world-class success case in the implementation of offset agreements during the Global Offset and Countertrade Association’s (GOCA) Fall Conference held in Cartagena on...

PLAN decommissions Luda-class destroyer

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has decommissioned its Type 051D Luda-class guided-missile destroyer Chongqing (133), a PLA-sponsored online publication reported on 29 September. The 3,300-tonne vessel was formally taken out of service on...

Update: Spain to increase defence spending

Spain’s headline defence budget in 2015 is set to rise for first time in seven years, with a 1% gain to EUR5.71 billion (USD7.2 billion). According to figures presented to parliament on 30 September,...

US uses PGMs against area targets in Syria

The airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has seen the US military using multiple precision-guided munitions (PGMs) with unitary warheads against area targets that would have traditionally been engaged with submunition...

USC working on warships for Arctic operations

United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is developing a new warship concept for use by Russia’s Sever (North) United Strategic Command in the Arctic and is building support and patrol ships for it, USC President Aleksey...

Finland’s Katanpää-class MCMVs head for operations

Since their arrival in service in June 2012 and October 2013 respectively, the Finnish Navy’s first two Katanpää-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) Katanpää and Purunpää have been undergoing a full operational work-up. It has...

Peru outlines offset gains from first four years of programme

Peru has released details of programmes signed under its nascent national defence offset programme, revealing that almost a third of benefits obtained from suppliers from 12 countries have related to training and development programmes....

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