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India completes 8000TD hovercraft acquisition programme

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has taken delivery of the 12th and final 8000TD hovercraft of a batch ordered in 2011 under a GBP32 million (USD51.1 million) procurement contract with UK-based manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork....

US ONR solicits for non-lethal maritime weapons

Key Points US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeking proposals for next-generation non-lethal vessel immobilisation and counter-personnel systems Department of Defense (DoD) seeks to reduce system size, weight, and cost while significantly enhancing...

Carl Vinson strike group readies for Gulf deployment

Key Points USS Carl Vinson will relieve USS George H W Bush in the Gulf to continue airstrikes against militants in Iraq and Syria Carl Vinson strike group commander Rear Admiral Christopher Grady believes...

France announces flat 2015 defence budget

France has announced a defence budget for 2015 that is static in nominal terms, although investment in equipment procurement and maintenance will increase by almost EUR1.5 billion (USD1.26 billion). Expenditure of EUR31.4 (or EUR39.2...

US eases military sales ban on Vietnam

The United States has eased its ban on military sales to Vietnam to allow the southeast Asian country to procure “maritime security-related defence articles”, the US Department of State announced on 2 October. The...

Alion wins US Naval Surface Warfare Center contract

Alion has been awarded a contract from the US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to support the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, Indiana’s mission to equip soldiers with the latest weapon systems...

LCS, JHSV ‘Marginal’ For Marine Ops: Gen. Pexton

WASHINGTON: Even as the Navy pursues cheaper ships such as LCS and JHSV, the Marines’ message is: Amphibious Warships; Accept No Substitutes. There’s real interest and opportunity in non-traditional ways to deploy Marines, assistant...

Cohort Buys J+S Limited

Cohort, the independent technology group, has acquired J+S Limited, an independent systems and in-service support provider for the defence and offshore energy markets, from its shareholders for a… [[ This is a content summary...

Image of the Day: Clear the Launch Path!

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Daniel Alt clears the launch path of an E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Seahawks of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VA) 126 after attaching it to a… [[ This is...

ESPS Navarra Carries Out Friendly Approach

Recently, whilst conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden in an area with a large number of fishing vessels, EU Naval Force Warship ESPS Navarra conducted a friendly approach on a… [[ This...

SNMG2 Supports Operation Active Endeavour

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) resumed exercises in support of NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR (OAE) this week. SNMG2 currently consists of USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55),… [[ This is a content summary...

Sri Lanka Navy Stops Largest Ever Gold Haul

Sri Lanka Navy Ship Ranadheera attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol intercepted a fibre glass dinghy smuggling approximately 45 kilograms of gold in the seas 25 nautical miles… [[ This is...

HMAS Stuart Takes a Break in Malaysia

The Australian Navy’s HMAS Stuart took some time out of their hectic schedule to pay a visit to Malaysia. The Anzac class frigate arrived in Kuala Lumpur, one of the most advanced and… [[...

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