• 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…

  • Come in number four

    Come in number four

    27th April 2015

    HMAS Sydney has entered Sydney Harbour for the final time ahead of her decommissioning towards the end of the year. The Adelaide class frigate flew a paying-off pennant held aloft by balloons as she made her way to the naval…

  • Better late than never

    Better late than never

    20th April 2015

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s troubled fleet of Victoria class submarines has finally achieved operational status. The milestone means that three of the four vessels are each available for operations for the first time since they were acquired in 1998. HMC…

  • ANZACs remember Gallipoli

    ANZACs remember Gallipoli

    17th April 2015

    Anzac class frigates from Australia and New Zealand have sailed from the southern hemisphere to take part in commemorative events in Turkey marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign. HMAS Anzac and HMNZS Te Kaha sailed from their homeports in…

  • Black Sea royalty

    Black Sea royalty

    6th April 2015

    The Romanian Navy is to resurrect plans to upgrade the Type 22 frigates it acquired from the UK in 2003. The so-called Phase 2 modernisation will include the addition of anti-surface and anti-air missile systems, a 3D surveillance radar, close-in…

  • Carrier to be retired

    Carrier to be retired

    30th March 2015

    The Indian Navy has set a date for the retirement of INS Viraat, a ship perhaps better known as HMS Hermes and the Royal Navy’s flagship during the Falklands War. The aircraft carrier will receive a grand send-off at the…

  • Quick sale prompts reshuffle

    Quick sale prompts reshuffle

    24th March 2015

    Egypt has signed contracts with the French defence companies DCNS, Dassault Aviation and MBDA worth €5.2 billion for the supply of a FREMM frigate, 24 Rafale fighters and a large batch of missiles. In order to meet the very short…

  • China helps Argentina

    China helps Argentina

    19th March 2015

    A new level of Argentine-Chinese cooperation has led to agreements for the procurement of a new ice breaker, naval tugs and warships. The collaboration is a boost to the Argentine Navy, which is severely underfunded and struggles to maintain a…