44 navies embark on the largest naval exercise spanning the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf

Navies from 44 nations are participating in this year's exercise, whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations.

USS San Diego declared ready for combat operations

The US Navy's sixth San Antonio-class amphibious landing platform dock (LPD), USS San Diego (LPD 22), has been declared ready for combat operations following the successful completion of final contract trials (FCT). // Conducted by the US Navy Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the FCT helps ensure that the USS San Diego ship meets all standards and requirements expected...

Shaldag MkII Fast Patrol Boat

Shaldag Mk-II class Fast Patrol Boat is the latest version of the original design, launched in 1989. Constructed of welded marine aluminum structure, 24.80 m long, and maximum beam width of 6 meters. The hull is shaped with smooth lines both above and below the water line, offering exceptional handling even at high sea state. The hull is divided...

Russia Plans to Deploy Six Carrier Battlegroups By 2025

By the year 2025 Russia plans to increase its ocean going fleet size to a total of 300 battleships, exceeding the level it maintained during the 'cold war'. The Russian Navy plans to maintain six battlegroups, each consisting of an aircraft carrier and various combat support and auxiliary ships. Three attack groups are to be based in the Northern...

Assad’s Ticket to Putins Mid East Comeback

Last November Iran has invited the Iraqi and Syrian presidents to Tehran. The Iranian move was a clear display of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's increasingly muscular role in the Middle East, where it already has established deep influence over Syria and Lebanon. Surprisingly however, Bashar Assad preferred not to accept the invitation and look for more lucrative solutions in breaking...

Russia Extends it’s Arctic Naval Powerbase

The Russian navy and air force continue to expand their operations on a global base. Their most recent plans call for joint naval exercises, combining naval units, Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear long-range strategic bombers, to be held in Indian Ocean later this autumn. // // According to the Russian Air Force commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, the Air Force...

Russia to build 12 nuclear-powered Leader destroyers

The Navy of Russia intends to order 12 advanced Leader destroyers. A half of them will be designed for the Northern Fleet, and another half - for the Pacific Fleet, officials with the Defense Ministry of Russia said. The lead ship of the new class will join the Russian Navy not earlier than in 2023-2025. The Leader will be presented...

Israel Turns to Germany for Naval Stealth Ships

Israel is interested in acquiring two corvette size ships to extend its naval operational capabilities. After analyzing the U.S. Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Israel decided these vessels would be too costly. While each LCS would have cost $480, Israel was prepared to spend up to $300 per ship, which roughly corresponds with what the Malaysian Navy spent on a similar...

US Congress Approves Second Warship For The Philippines

The United States Congress gave its blessing for the US Coast Guard to transfer a second ship to the Philippine Navy on February 10.  This approval is in keeping with the increased emphasis the United States is placing on the Asia-Pacific region. Most US-Philippine cooperative efforts have in the recent past been primarily focused on fighting terrorists.  Now, the US...

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Deploys to The Persian Gulf

A third aircraft carrier, USS NIMITZ, departed from its homeport of San Diego on April 2 to join 5th fleet operating in the Persian Gulf. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG, currently operating in the area. Nimitz’s arrival will continue the current two-carrier presence in the U.S. Central Command area...

Stennis Strike Group Steam West to Join the U.S. 5th Fleet

The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility (AOR) Jan. 31. Stennis and the rest of the strike group, led by Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn, is headed west to provide support for U.S. and coalition forces operating in the 5th Fleet and will support Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom,...

Asian Navies to Invest $60 Billion Developing New Maritime Capabilities

The spending of Asian countries on naval procurement is expected to top $60 billion over the next five years, over what the whole NATO alliance (excluding the USA) is expected to invest in naval buildup. The biggest spenders in the region are expected to be China, Japan and South Korea, followed by India, Australia and Singapore. Closing the list...

Russia offers India three additional Talwar class frigates

Russia is offering to build for Indian Navy three additional Project 11356 frigates - the type designated 'Talwar class' by the Indian Navy. In addition, the two countries are negotiating weapon systems upgrades to the three frigates delivered under the first order is also being negotiated, integrating the Indo-Russian Bramos missile.

13 Navies are Visiting Singapore for IMDEX 2009

Above: KD PAHANG, the Royal Malaysian Navy MEKO 100 class frigate and KD LAKSAMANA TAN PUSMAH (ASSAD) Class missile patrol boat at berth in Singapore Naval base for IMDEX. IMDEX 09 is providing a biannual hub for naval affairs, gathering leading delegations from 35 navies and coastguards from five continents represented at the show and the conference. The top brass comprises about...

Naval News

More