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Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific

The planned arrival of amphibious support ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in the Pacific Ocean introduces a new capability for amphibious support ships carrying the F-35B fifth-generation stealth fighters without relying on large aircraft carriers. Apart from the American LHD, both Japan and South Korea are interested in the new potential mating STOVL fighters with flat-deck helicopter carriers. Both countries already acquired the conventional take-off variant (F-35A), and consider operating the Short Take-Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) B version from ships.

Egypt to Equip its New Mistral-Class Helicopter Carriers With 50 Russian...

Egypt, France and Russia have reached an agreement to sell Egypt the two Mistral Helicopter Carriers originally built in France for the Russian Navy. The ships could be delivered to Egypt in March 2016. Egypt is also buying Russian Ka-52K helicopters, to be delivered from 2017.

Largest amphibious landing ship joins the Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy has commissioned HMAS Canberra today at Fleet Base East at Sidney. Each of the two ships to be deployed will be able land a force of more than 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.

Russia could sue France for failing to deliver amphibious ship

Russia’s envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko said that Moscow will not rule out legal action against France if it fails to honor its contractual obligation to to deliver the two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.

HMS QE2 floats for the first time as outgoing carrier Illustrious...

The UK's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has been successfully floated out of the dock in which she was assembled. The dock she vacates will be used for final assembly of her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, which will begin in September.

Vladivostok – Mistral Class LHD Bound for Russia Begins Sea Trials...

A French-built helicopter carrier Vladivostok has set sail from the French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire on its first sea trial. The warship is part...

NUSHIP Canberra, the Newest Australian Landing Ship Begins Sea Trials

NUSHIP Canberra, one of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), left BAE Systems Williamstown March 4,...

Second Australian LHD Launched

The second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) HMAS Adelaide ship was launched at the Navantia Ferrol-Fene shipyard in Spain. According to Navantia, this milestone was achieved four and half months ahead of schedule.

Australia Revamps Reserve Brigades under Plan BeerSheba

Plan BeerSheba announced by the Australian Defence on December 12, 2011 aims to ensure that the country continues to contribute forces to operations including Afghanistan and successfully transition to a force that is able to respond effectively to future challenges, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and other operations.

F-35B Performs First Landing at Sea

The F-35B Short Take Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) fighter performs a first vertical landing on a ship deck, as part of the initial ship trials for the F-35B which started Monday October 3, 2011 and is expected to last two-weeks.

Australia Orders Sea Giraffe AMB Radars from Saab to Equip the...

Saab will supply the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radar to equip the Australian Canberra class amphibious ships. The value of the order is...

Navy receives New and Improved Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD-8) Makin Island

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding delivered the eighth Wasp class amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) to the U.S. Navy on April 16, 2009. Second...

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