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Second PPA Launched

Gerhard Heiming The second Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura (PPA, multipurpose offshore patrol vessel) for the Italian Navy has been launched, taking precautions against the COVID 19 crisis. The FRANCESCO MOROSINI, the second PPA after the lead ship THAON DI REVELO, was launched at the Fincantieri shipyard in Riva Trigoso, Liguria. The European procurement agency OCCAR has […]

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems hands over third HDW Class 209/1400mod submarine to Egypt

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has handed over “S43”, the third of four new HDW Class 209/1400mod submarines to the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The event took place in Kiel with only the inner circle of project managers present. This was decision was taken in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Vice […]

Ultra Electronics installs the first S2150 Hull Mounted Sonar on Royal Navy Frigate

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Portland has become the first ship to be fitted with Ultra’s next generation Hull Mounted Sonar Type 2150. This comes as part of a wider refit of the Royal Navy’s frigates. The sonar has been designed by Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems. It will replace the legacy Sonar […]

Strategic Sea Transport Extended

German parliament discussed the extension of the bilateral agreement on the provision and operation of commercial strategic maritime transport capacity with the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Denmark last week. Within the framework of this ARK project, the Bundeswehr has secured access to commercial roll-on-roll ships for strategic sea transport since 2006. In […]

DARPA Selects four Companies for Manta Ray Program

U.S. DARPA has selected four companies for a program seeking to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of unmanned underwater vehicles. The Manta Ray Program aims to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). DARPA has commisioned the teams of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology […]


The four-corvette TAMANDARÉ program of the Brazilian Navy is awarded to thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. On March 5 Emgepron and the Águas Azuis consortium signed the contract in Rio de Janeiro. Emgepron (Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais) is a state owned company linked to the Ministry of Defence of Brazil through the Command of the Navy. […]

U.S. Navy First Convoy Exercise in Decades

As part of the largest deployment of US soldiers to Europe in 25 years, Exercise Defender-Europe 20, the U.S. Navy exercises a cross-Atlantic convoy operation. Carrier Strike Group (CSG) USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, using the transit from Norfolk to the Mediterranean, “cleared” together with a submarine and P-8A Poseidon the deployment area. Possibly, the (not […]

Gecko Boats for the German Navy

The German Navy will receive 22 Geckos. These powerful and flexible boats will be used for rescue and transportation. They can be adapted according to the role. If, for example, more space is required for transporting materials, six of the eight seats can be removed or flexibly installed due to a rail system. Another twelve […]

Polish Naval Helicopter Programme

Poland’s Armaments Inspectorate, acting for the MoD, shared a list of nine companies (Polish and international) keen to participate in the technical dialogue preceding an anticipated Polish Navy helicopter tender, called the “Kondor” programme to replace the currently operated Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprites. Poland procured four SH-2Gs that came with two OLIVER HAZARD PERRY frigates […]

Patria Delivers First Upgraded HAMINA Missile Boat

Finland’s MoD confirmed completion of the first of four HAMINA class missile boat mid-life upgrade (MLU) project. The HAMINA class upgrade programme started in early 2018, adding new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surface defence capabilities, should reach completion in 2021. Prime contractor Patria’s division Systems delivered the Tornio to the Finnish Navy during a ceremony […]

Two Non-Nuclear Russian Submarine Projects

Nikolay Evmenov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy confirmed to ESD, during a ceremony raising the Russian Navy flag onboard the submarine PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY at Admiralty Shipyards, that Russia will continue construction of diesel-electric submarines for two more projects. PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (diesel-electric) is the first of six Project 636.3 submarines ordered in 2016 for Russia’s Pacific Fleet. It […]

Future Ships for Russian Navy

During his visit to Sevastopol Russian President Vladimir Putin met with naval industry executives and visited a special exhibition showcasing new naval development prospects that are in line with his vision for Russia’s overdue modernisation. President Putin saw a number of future ship models and naval weapons concepts, including the Lamantin – Russia’s new aircraft […]

MKS 180 – Alea Iacta Est

The news spread like wildfire late Monday night: The order for the Multipurpose Combat Ship (MKS) 180 goes to the Damen Group (based in Gorinchem, Netherlands). The remaining German competitor in the international bidding process, German Naval Yards Kiel, which had entered with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as subcontractor, is left behind. The information is based […]

U.S. Navy: 2nd Fleet Declared Fully Operational

Seven months after assuming initial operational capability (IOC), the U.S. Navy’s Second Fleet was declared fully operational capability (FOC) December 31, 2019. With a focus on better serving and supporting operations in the North Atlantic and Arctic, it was reactivated in May last year as a “leaner, agile and more expeditionary” fleet after its decommissioning […]

New Combat Support Ship for The Netherlands

Yesterday the Cabinet of the Netherlands’ Government has submitted a so-called D-letter to the Parliament, to begin the construction of the Combat Support Ship ZR.MS. DEN HELDER. With this new ship, the supply capacity of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) will once again expand to two ships. The construction of this new vessel for the […]

Three Companies Shortlisted for Dutch Submarine Program

The Netherlands selected Naval Group, Saab and TKMS as shortlisted companies for the next phase of the Submarine Replacement Program, pushing Navantia out. “Naval Group is thankful to be one of the designers selected for this strategic programme,” the company announced. “Naval Group looks forward to entering an in-depth technical cooperation with DMO to conduct […]

Realistic Speedboat Training

Dutch company Cruden presents their Fast Craft Simulator (FCS) at I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida. “With rapidly growing fast craft deployment and today’s awareness of the risks involved in crew training, safe and efficient training methods specifically for these boat types are in high demand,” the company stated. “Existing large vessel simulator technology does not satisfy […]

German Sea Lion Grounded Due to Lack of Security

“The Bundeswehr has decided not to commence initial flight operations with the new NH90 Sea Lion helicopter,” said a rather astonishing message from the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) this morning. Not meeting the set high standards of safety and quality were the reason given. “We are basically convinced of the performance of the NH90 […]

French Patrol Boats for Ukraine

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov signed a government agreement with his French counterpart Christophe Castaner on the purchase of twenty 32-metre FPB 98 MK II coastal patrol boats from the Ocea (Sables d’Olonne). The 32 metre long and 6 metre wide aluminium patrol boats are designed for surveillance missions in the exclusive economic zone. They […]

Maiden Flight of a New Unmanned Naval Helicopter

Airbus Helicopters wants to enter the market for unmanned naval helicopters. The first VSR700 prototype made its maiden flight in southern France on November 8. Several take-offs and landings were carried out with the longest flight lasting 10 minutes. “The VSR700 is a fully-fledged unmanned aerial system, capitalising on Airbus Helicopters’ extensive experience of advanced […]

Voice, Tracking and Monitoring

Thuraya announced the launching of MarineStar, a maritime satellite voice solution with advanced two-way tracking and monitoring capabilities. MarineStar is based on the same platform as other Thuraya voice hardware and therefore quick and easy to install for a wide range of operations including vessel tracking and monitoring, crew welfare and voice communications. “Thuraya MarineStar […]

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