Russian Navy anti-piracy flotilla on the way to Africa

The Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet has dispatched a fresh squadron of three vessels to combat piracy off the East African coast.

The squadron comprises destroyer Marshall Shaposhnikov, the oil tanker Irkut and the rescue tug Alatau. The flotilla sailed out of the Pacific Fleet naval base in Vladivostok on November 2, heading for the Arabian Sea, reports The Voice of Russia.

India to Buy Three More Russian Frigates

Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin reported to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that India was about to purchase three additional Project 11356 frigates, reports ITAR-TASS. According to Rogozin, the parties are negotiating about the contract terms. India decided to buy additional frigates because it was satisfied with the quality of five ships of this class previously delivered to the national navy.

Defense Ministry Delays Completion of Two Newest Corvettes

Construction of two newest Project 20380 corvettes Sovershenny and Gromky is being delayed because Russian defense ministry still has not agreed upon the price with the Amur Shipyard, said director general and chief designer of the Almaz Design Bureau Alexander Shlyakhtenko during presentation of the book "Corvettes: Conceptual Design" held on Nov 14 at Severnaya Verf shipyard on occasion of its centenary.

According to Shlyakhtenko, there are neither designing nor technological reasons for delay of the ships' construction.

Tobruk (II) develops NZDF amphibious capability during Pae Tata 12

by LEUT Samantha Dudley

HMAS Tobruk (II) once again proved her amphibious force, undertaking the bilateral exercise, Pae Tata, off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand over November 05-15.

Commander Task Group, LTCOL Glenn King, 1RNZIR, said Pae Tata successfully exercised NZDF Force Elements in the conduct of operational level planning and tactical level execution of amphibious operations.

“Tobruk (II)’s participation in Pae Tata was fundamental in developing the joint aspects of the NZDF amphibious capability.” LTCOL King said.

NASSCO launches unique Navy ship in San Diego

General Dynamics-NASSCO on Tuesday launched the first in a new class of Navy auxiliary ships by moving the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) vessel Montford Point into San Diego Bay during a rising tide. The 765-foot ship made the transition from a building dock that was filled with water on Monday so that Montford Point could complete the so-called "float out." The launch represents a major departure for NASSCO, which historically has sent ships sliding down the ways into the bay. The company switched to the float out to save time and money.

Names Announced for RFA Future Tankers

The 200m long tankers will also be able to carry helicopters and will support the Royal Navy warships deployed around the world.

Head of the RFA Commodore Bill Walworth said:

“I am delighted that the MARS Fleet tankers will be called the Tide class.

“The original Tides were the first purpose-built fleet tankers to support aircraft carriers and were highly successful and popular ships.

"The new Tides promise to be better still. A large number of people have worked hard to get us to this point, with the ships on contract and the first to be delivered into service in 2016.

Nigerian Navy to conduct fleet evaluation exercise to comb Niger-Delta for oil theives

The Nigerian Navy is to conduct a joint fleet evaluation exercise in the Niger-Delta region in pursuance to President Goodluck Jonathan’s mandate that crude oil theft, bunkering and piracy must be stamped out off the nation’s maritime.

Nigeria is estimated to lose about $7billion to crude oil theft annually, with an alleged theft of about 250,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

The fleet exercise that will hold from the 11th of November to the 17th is expected to have a total of eight ships, six gun boats and three helicopters including the Army and Air force, taking part in the exercise.

CSTC to provide four naval ships to Pak Navy

KARACHI: China Shipbuilding Trading Corporation (CSTC) will provide four new F-22P ships to Pakistan Navy this year, a senior naval official confirmed.

The Chinese company has been involved in Pakistan since 1980s, and has also been working with Karachi Shipyard and Pakistan Navy.

Pakistan has been importing the F-22P multi-purpose frigates from China for last three years. The product is exclusively manufactured and exported to Pakistan. The new frigates will be equipped ffor air surveillance, navigation, missile launch, and gun weapon system.

Indian Navy commissions 'INS Tarkash'

Enhancing its firepower, the Indian Navy today commissioned 'INS Tarkash', the second of its three stealth frigates being built in Russia, at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad there.

The warship, which is expected to sail into Indian waters in December, was commissioned by Western Naval Commander Vice- Admiral Shekhar Sinha, the Navy said in a release.

The first warship of the series, INS Teg, had joined the naval fleet earlier this year.

Armed with the 290-km range supersonic BrahMos cruise missile, the warship is part of the follow-on Talwar class project.

China building its own aircraft carrier

The deputy chief designer of China's aircraft carrier project suggested China was building its own carrier on Monday.

China's first aircraft carrier, the LIAONING, refitted from a ship bought from the Ukraine, was delivered for training purposes to the People's Liberation Army in September. Wu Xiaoguang, the designer, told Xinhua that more good news will come and they will not fail the people's expectations. It's down to the country's needs as to how many carriers China should possess," said Wu, who is also a deputy to the 18th CPC National Congress, as quoted by Xinhua.

Nation's Seventh Littoral Combat Ship Takes Shape as Lockheed Martin Team Lays The Keel

MARINETTE, Wis., Nov. 8, 2012 - A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Detroit. The event was part of a time-honored keel laying ceremony that took place at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.

Need to maintain aging fleet hurting Navy’s flexibility

OTTAWA — A new Defence Department report shows the Royal Canadian Navy stretched thin over the past year as aging ships were forced to into dry-dock for maintenance and refits to keep them floating.

The repairs were scheduled and the report says the navy was able to do its job despite having fewer ships available.

But the revelations highlight the pressure the federal government, shipbuilding industry, but especially navy commanders are under to start cutting steel on replacement vessels in the coming years as the existing fleet continues getting older.

Scania to Supply 24 V8 Diesels to Finland Navy

The Finnish Navy’s new high-speed Watercat M18 AMC landing craft are to be fitted with twin 16-litre V8 engines from Scania.

Built and designed by Marine Alutech the new landing craft displace 29 tonnes, and are 19.3 metres in length. They are designed for a broad range of applications such as troop and medical emergency transportation, evacuation tasks and landing operations. 

Spanish patrol ships to be armed with Russian missiles

The Russian agency Rosoboronexport and the Spanish company Navantia have signed a contract to arm Spanish Avante-class patrol ships with Russian weapons for further export to third-party countries. The agreement was signed during the Euronaval 2012 International Naval Defense and Maritime Exhibition and Conference in Paris. Experts believe that the main objective of this alliance for Russia is to gain a stronger bid for the large contract to supply naval armaments to Kazakhstan.

Taiwan begins building prototype missile boat

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) A Taiwanese shipbuilding company commissioned by the Navy has begun building a prototype missile boat for Taiwan, as part of the country's efforts to counter the military threat from China, a defense official said Monday.

The prototype will be around 450 tons, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said in the Legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, but declined to discuss any further details of the project.