Author: DFNS

First Australian LHD On Final Builder’s Trials

NUSHIP Canberra, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Australian Defence Force, has sailed on her final contractor sea trials before delivery to the Australian Government. The ship...

New Zealand’s OPVs complete Typhoon gun acceptance trials

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) Otago-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington , have completed successful acceptance trials of the Typhoon naval gun system, an RNZN spokesperson told IHS Jane’s...

Navy Defends UCLASS Goals As Drone Decision Looms

It’s crunch time for UCLASS. On September 10th — after multiple delays — the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer and his Defense Acquisition Board will sit in judgment on the proposed combat drone. The question:...

Navy Outfits Sailors on Destroyers with Tablets

The Navy has begun a new pilot program to put tablets on board a destroyer in order to reduce paperwork and more efficiently streamline maintenance procedures, service officials said. Roughly 20 wireless tablets will...

Boeing Wins $300 Million Contract for P-8 Parts

The award comes as the Chicago-based aerospace giant is cutting costs from its defense segment in anticipation of a downturn in U.S. military spending. …read more Source:: DoD Buzz (Naval)

Navy Designs New Amphib

The Navy is evaluating designs, costs and specifications for a new class of amphibious assault ships designed to replace the current fleet of cargo-carrying LSD 41/49 dock landing ships, service officials said. The existing...

Report: Pentagon Made Hasty LCS Fleet Cut to 32

A new Congressional report suggests the Pentagon may face further scrutiny over its direction to issue no new contracts for the controversial Littoral Combat Ship program beyond 32 ships. The August report questions whether...

Philippines sets aside USD57 million to arm new frigates

The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has set aside PHP2.5 billion (USD57 million) to procure weapon systems and armaments for its two new-build light frigates, according to Patrick Velez, the assistant defence secretary...

Navy: Cuts Threaten 306-Ship Fleet Goal

The Navy’s latest 30-year shipbuilding plan calling for a fleet size of more than 300 ships and submarines is at risk because of budget cuts. …read more Source:: DoD Buzz (Naval)

Navy Awards Deal to Plan for Carrier Defueling

The U.S. Navy awarded a contract to begin planning to defuel the USS George Washington, which may be targeted for decommissioning due to budget cuts. …read more Source:: DoD Buzz (Naval)

UK casts doubt on Harpoon future beyond 2018

The UK could remove the GWS60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service as early as 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed. Withdrawal of Harpoon would leave RN warships without...

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