• Aircraft carrier Kuznetsov set for upgrade

    Aircraft carrier Kuznetsov set for upgrade

    12th August 2016

    The Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier is scheduled to undergo her first major refit in 2017. RFS Admiral Kuznetsov has not been extensively modernised since entering service in 1990. The 58,000-tonne carrier had been due a major upgrade at Sevmash…

  • New Damen Patrol vessels delivered

    New Damen Patrol vessels delivered

    23rd May 2016

    Following successful sea trials, C&I Leasing Plc, a leading player in the Nigerian offshore support vessel market, has taken delivery of four Damen SPa 1605 ballistic protected security patrol vessels. The patrol boats will be used to provide security patrol…

  • Fifth FREMM frigate Languedoc delivered

    Fifth FREMM frigate Languedoc delivered

    19th March 2016

    On 16 March 2016 DCNS delivered the FREMM frigate Languedoc intended for the French Navy, with the acceptance ceremony by OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) on behalf of the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement). FREMM Languedoc is the…

  • Maritime Britain captured in new book

    Maritime Britain captured in new book

    5th February 2016

    Just out is the latest Ships Illustrated, No.9: Maritime Britain, by well-known photographer and Ships Monthly contributor Gary Davies. This outstanding new book provides a pictorial record of shipping in and around the waters of Great Britain over the last quarter of a century. It…

  • Damen frigate for Indonesia

    Damen frigate for Indonesia

    20th January 2016

    PT PAL has launched the first of two SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigates designated for the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL). PT PAL bui these ships in collaboration with Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS). The launching ceremony was…

  • Canadian Coast Guard awards contracts

    Canadian Coast Guard awards contracts

    14th November 2015

    Chantier Davie Canada at Lévis, Quebec has won a C$16 million Vessel Life Extension (VLE) contract covering the 28-year-old Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker CCGS Henry Larsen. This is the fourth Canadian Coast Guard contract awarded Davie through a competitive bidding…

  • Canadian warships in Portsmouth

    Canadian warships in Portsmouth

    11th October 2015

    The Canadian Warship HMCS Athabaskan called into Portsmouth for repairs on 7 October 2015 after a lubrication oil failure in the starboard cruise engine. The vessel was travelling across the Atlantic Ocean to take part in two multinational military exercises…

  • Swedish submarine stealth

    Swedish submarine stealth

    10th September 2015

    Sweden has committed SEK8.6 billion towards improving her underwater security with the signing of separate contracts for the design, build and support of two Type A26 submarines and the mid-life upgrade of two existing Gotland class submarines for the Svenska…

  • US Navy Decommissions USS Peleliu

    US Navy Decommissions USS Peleliu

    12th June 2015

    The US Navy has decommissioned USS Peleliu (LHA 5), the last of five Tarawa class big deck amphibious carriers. The assault ship, nicknamed ‘Iron Nickel’, deployed 17 times and steamed more than a million nautical miles during 35 years’ service,…

  • Sweden ups the ante

    Sweden ups the ante

    4th May 2015

    Sweden is to increase defence spending by SEK6 billion ($696 million) between 2016 and 2020. Much of it is to be spent on improving the navy’s anti-submarine warfare capability after the unsuccessful hunt for what is thought to have been…