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UK’s new tanker fleet completed with fourth ship

The last of four Royal Fleet Auxiliary new-generation tankers, RFA Tideforce, recently arrived in Portland to be accepted into operational service, the Royal Navy (RN) announced on its website on 30 July. This followed...

Russia’s Improved ‘Kilos’ begin overhaul cycle

Four of the six Project 636.3 Improved ‘Kilo’-class diesel-electric submarines in operation with Russia’s Black Sea Fleet are undergoing a maintenance cycle at Sevastopol Shipyard in Crimea this year. Novorossiysk , the first boat...

Order backlog holds steady for BAE Systems

BAE Systems on 31 July reported sales of GBP9.4 billion (USD11.4 billion) and underlying pre-tax profits of GBP999 million for the six months ending 30 June 2019, with net debt of GBP1.9 billion. The...

Fourth Tide-class RFA enters service

Following a formal dedication service held in Portland, Dorset, on 30 July, the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s (RFA’s) fourth Tide-class tanker, RFA Tideforce, has officially entered operational service. The 39,000-tonne tanker will join sister...

North Korea conducts second missile test in six days

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on 31 July; six days after the Northeast Asian country conducted a similar test launch....

Kawasaki reports defence sales growth

Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) reported strong defence sales in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, although its top-level group performance was mixed. In a statement on 30 July, KHI said group net...

Japan, US focus R&D on ‘new domains’

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) is progressing plans to expand its military research and development (R&D) partnership with the United States in line with efforts to boost indigenous industrial capability and national security....

Egypt – Follow on Technical Support (FOTS) for Ships

­­­The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) for various ships for an estimated cost of $554 million. The Defense Security Cooperation...

U.S. Marines holds JLTV field training exercise

U.S. Marines with 3d Marine Regiment participated in Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at the Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, part of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The JLTV family of vehicles is a U.S....

Standing NATO groups welcome new flagships in Spain

NATO’s two standing maritime groups welcomed new flagships in a ceremony at naval station Rota, Spain, on July 26. SNMG1, the group that mainly operates in the North and Baltic Sea, has a US…...

Indian Navy commissions sixth landing craft utility

The Indian Navy has commissioned its sixth landing craft utility (LCU 56) in a milestone for both the navy and shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE). LCU 56 is the sixth… [[...

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