Naval

  • SURVEY SHIP: Back to the ice for Scott

    SURVEY SHIP: Back to the ice for Scott

    10th March 2011

    HMS Scott has deployed to the Antarctic a century after her eponym Captain Scott’s final expedition to the area. The deep-water survey ship will once again conduct a survey of uncharted ocean for the UK Hydrographic Office and also provide…

  • SUBMARINES: Sting in the tail

    SUBMARINES: Sting in the tail

    10th March 2011

    DCNS and Navantia have ended their 15-year-long collaboration on the Scorpène submarine project after an acrimonious fallout over intellectual property. The split comes after an 18-month court battle during which Navantia was accused of siphoning off technology to develop its…

  • BRUNEI NAVY: German stock for sultanate

    BRUNEI NAVY: German stock for sultanate

    10th March 2011

    The Royal Brunei Navy took delivery of two 80m OPVs at a ceremony in Germany on 7 January. The patrol vessels, KDB Darussalam and KDB Darulehsan, were handed over at the Lürssen Werft shipyard ahead of their expected arrival in…

  • ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    ROYAL NAVY: The solidarity show

    10th March 2011

    Brazil is the latest Latin American country to publicly refuse a Royal Navy warship permission to visit one of its ports. A planned call to Rio de Janeiro by the permanent Falkland Islands Protection Vessel, HMS Clyde, was denied in…

  • RUSSIAN NAVY: The winds of change

    RUSSIAN NAVY: The winds of change

    10th March 2011

    The Russian government has announced plans to build new shipyards near St Petersburg specifically for the construction of helicopter carriers. The facilities on Kotlin Island will become part of Admiralty Shipyards and later be used for other military and civil…

  • OMANI NAVY: Oh man, it’s so cold!

    OMANI NAVY: Oh man, it’s so cold!

    10th March 2011

    The first of three Project Khareef ships being built for the Royal Navy of Oman by BAE Systems has completed her initial sea trials. The corvette, RNOV Al Shamikh, put to sea in freezing conditions, with a combined shipyard and…

  • ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY: Reprieve for auxiliary service?

    10th March 2011

    With little mention of the future of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the latest Defence White Paper, the service seems to have once again evaded the wholesale privatisation that many had feared. The optimistic outlook stems from a lack of…

  • ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    ROYAL NAVY: Something we made earlier

    10th March 2011

    Ambush, the second of the Royal Navy’s new Astute class submarines, was officially named in Barrow-in-Furness on 16 December 2010, although a technical fault with the lifting equipment prevented her being rolled out from the Devonshire Dock Hall for the…

  • DEFENCE REVIEW: Website auction for flagship

    DEFENCE REVIEW: Website auction for flagship

    10th March 2011

    The UK MoD’s Disposal Services Authority has offered ex-HMS Invincible for sale by tender on its website. The aircraft carrier is listed as sound for towing but not in running condition, and will almost certainly be scrapped, with the MoD…

  • US NAVY: Headlines and deadlines

    US NAVY: Headlines and deadlines

    10th March 2011

    The US Navy has capitalised on lower than expected tenders for a major contract to design and build up to 55 warships. Instead of an original intention to order a batch of ten Littoral Combat Ships of the winning design…