Naval

  • GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP: Future global appeal

    GLOBAL COMBAT SHIP: Future global appeal

    23rd March 2011

    Canada has been revealed as another potential market for BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship (GCS). Dubbed the Type 26 in the UK, the frigate-sized ship is also being pitched to Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, New Zealand and Turkey. In common with…

  • FINNISH NAVY: First for the Finns

    FINNISH NAVY: First for the Finns

    23rd March 2011

    The deployment of FNS Pohjanmaa, to take part in EUNAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta, sets a new precedent for the Finnish Navy. Although Finland has provided staff in Force Headquarters and Operational Headquarters in Northwood for the Somalia operation, it is the…

  • RAN: More care and attention

    RAN: More care and attention

    23rd March 2011

    The hull of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s two new amphibious ships was launched with a bottle of Canberra regional sparkling wine at Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in northern Spain on 17 February. The future HMAS Canberra will be…

  • ROYAL NAVY: The creditable hulks

    ROYAL NAVY: The creditable hulks

    23rd March 2011

    The UK MoD has invited tenders for the decommissioned Type 42 destroyers Exeter, Nottingham and Southampton via its Disposal Services Agency auction website. This follows the successful sale of the former HMS Invincible by the same method in January. The…

  • 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…