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UK Navy Submarines to Get OSI Portable AIS System

RN Astute-class submarine: Photo credit MOD

Vancouver-based OSI Maritime Systems has been contracted to provide a portable Warship-AIS and Situational Awareness System for immediate deployment across the entire UK submarine flotilla. Under the terms of this contract, OSI will provide a portable system that will allow a submarine to benefit from the AIS picture as well as providing an advanced situational awareness and navigation system deployable in the conning tower of all UK submarines. OSI has been supporting the UK Royal Navy warship integrated navigation system requirements since 2005 and this recent contract confirms their on-going commitment to the Company’s technology. The company says it has been providing advanced integrated navigation and tactical solutions to military and commercial customers for over 35 years. As a pioneer of Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (WECDIS), it has grown to be a leading provider of integrated navigation and tactical solutions designed for naval and maritime security operations. OSI Maritime Systems develops and delivers integrated bridge systems for warships, integrated dived navigation systems for submarines, and C2 systems for small craft.


SD Extends Range of Naval Ship Models

Model Aircraft Carrier: Photo credit SD Model Makers

California-based SD Model Makers announce the expansion of their made-to-order, museum quality, naval warship model offerings. The company offers made-to-order, museum quality, replica models of any modern naval warship, including aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, patrol craft, submarines and more. From historical warships like the first United States Navy's aircraft carrier -- the USS Langley, or the infamous USS Arizona battleship


Spanish Warship Disrupts Suspected Pirates

Photo courtesy EUNAVFOR

On 28 March 2011, the EU NAVFOR Spanish warship SPS Canarias disrupted a suspected Pirate Action Group (PAG), consisting of a whaler-style boat and a skiff, 260 Nautical Miles North-West of the Seychelles after a fishing vessel reported the PAGs presence to the warship.  Early morning on 28 March, the Seychellois flagged fishing vessel reported that a whaler and a skiff had approached her in a suspicious manner with automatic weapons and a Rocket Propelled Grenade(RPG) clearly visible


EU NAVFOR Warship Sinks Pirate Skiffs

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On the morning of 10 June, the EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Niedersachsen detected a suspected Pirate Action Group (PAG) whilst conducting a routine patrol in the Southern Somali Basin.     The PAG, which is suspected of carrying out a number of attacks on merchant vessels in the area, consisted of a fishing dhow and 2 attack skiffs. Small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG)s were also seen on board.  


Pirates Attack EU NAVFOR Warship

Early the morning of March 17, two small skiffs made a fast approach on the EU NAVFOR Dutch HNLMS Tromp with what appeared to be a pirate attack. The Tromp fired warning shots as they approached and it was this action that alerted the “would be” pirates to the fact that they were trying to attack a well armed Naval warship.  The warship, HNLMS Tromp of the Royal Netherlands Navy, was patrolling the region as part of the ongoing EU counter-piracy mission


Indian Navy Commissions Stealth Frigate

'INS Sahyadri', the third stealth frigate of the Shivalik Class, commissioned at the Mumbai Naval Dockyard. The warship, named after the mountain range Sahyadri, can generate speeds of 30 knots and is equipped with an array of surface, sub-surface and air defence weapons, including long range anti ship missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, with two multi role helicopters embarked on the vessel. India's Defence Minister AK Antony said the event was a big step towards “self reliance”


LR Goes Navy

Cracking new markets, U.K. ship classification body Lloyd's Register launched Naval Ship Rules, a move expected to result in cheaper, better warship.


Octogenarian Yachtsman on Ocean Passage Rescued

The 83-year-old British man was homeward bound from the Azores Islands when his yacht became disabled through storm damage. The crew of the Russian warship Vice-Admiral Kulakov responded to the lone yachtsman's MAYDAY call from his yacht Elixir in the North Sea. The yachtsman was given medical aid, telling the Russian sailors his yacht was pounded by a strong gale more than ten days ago while traveling to the UK from the Azores Islands


Somali Pirates Jailed by Kenyan Court

The Pirate Skiff Boarded: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Seven Somali's found guilty of piracy against a French fishing vessel, sentenced to 20 years. Following a terrifying attack against the MV Captain St. Vincent in October 2009 the pirates, operating in 2 attack skiffs, were located by a EU an Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) warship that was conducting counter-piracy patrols nearby. A boarding team from the warship detained the suspect pirates, and they were subsequently transferred to Kenya for trial. 


EU NAVFOR Disrupts Another Suspected Pirate Action Group

Photo courtesy EUNAVFOR

During the early morning of April 6, the EU NAVFOR Finnish warship FNS PohjanMAA identified a suspected Pirate Action Group (PAG) consisting of a dhow and two attack skiffs approximately 250 NM South East of Salalah, Oman. The PAG is believed to have been responsible for an unsuccessful attack on a merchant vessel in the area the day before.   When Pohjanmaa approached the PAG, the dhow tried to flee the scene and the suspected pirates were observed throwing equipment overboard


China Strengthens Maritime Ties with Pak

Image: Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLAN)

 The Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission General Fan Changlong has pledged to deepen maritime security and military technology cooperation during his meeting with the Pakistan Navy Chief Muhammad Zakaullah.   Zakaullah said that Pakistan Navy and Chinese Navy are


Japan's Navy Unveils De-Facto Aircraft Carrier

JS Izumo: JMSDF Photo

 Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) took delivery of its biggest warship Izumo, since World War II, a vessel that observers say is a "de-facto aircraft carrier".   The 19,500-ton destroyer Izumo, measuring 248 meters long and 38 meters wide


NATO Warships in Black Sea Naval Exercises

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 will resume patrols in the Mediterranean Sea following a series of NATO training exercises in the Black Sea - Photo courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office

 NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) have completed their participation in joint NATO training exercises and maritime situational awareness operations in the Black Sea.   Warships of from six NATO countries – the US, Canada, Turkey, Germany


British Queen visits Plymouth for HMS Ocean rededication

The Queen honours HMS Ocean refit: Photo by Royal Navy

 The Queen, who is the sponsor of HMS Ocean, attended the celebration of rededication of the ship following a £65 million refit at Devonport dockyard in Plymouth.    HMS Ocean, Britain’s largest warship and helicopter carrier was granted Freedom of the City in 2004


Putin Puts Northern Fleet on Full Combat Alert

Ships of Russian Navy Northern Fleet. Photo: Gazprom

 Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia's border.  


Russian Submarine Seen Near Latvian Waters

National Armed Forces coast guard patrol boat Klints by Public broadcasting of Latvia

 The Latvian armed forces spotted a Russian submarine in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia on March 16, reports BBC.   The warship was seen at a distance of 27 nautical miles from the territorial waters of the country. The vessel was a Russian Project 877 Paltus submarine


Iranian Navy Claims as Forerunner of Fight against Maritime Terrorism

Irans New Home-Made Destroyer Damavand (Photo by Iranian Navy)

 Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iranian Navy is a “symbol of fight against maritime terrorism and establishing security”   He underscored his forces' high level of preparedness to push back any possible threat to the nation


HMAS Anzac Deploys for Gallipoli Commemorations

HMAS Anzac is the first of her class and a modern warship, capable of operating in a multi-threat environment.  Courtesy Australian Navy

  HMAS Anzac and the ship’s company of 192, departed Sydney today for a once in a life-time deployment, supporting the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. Family and friends were on the wharf to farewell the frigate


Has Russian Ship Confronted Canadian Warship?

Image: NATO warship

 NATO disputes Conservative claim that Russians confronted Canadian warship.  The parliamentary defence secretary said Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea. Nonsense, say NATO officials.   A report in Ottawa Citizen says that the federal government has


US Navy: One Year Delay in Zumwalt Class Destroyers

General Dynamics Corp will deliver two Zumwalt-class destroyers a year later than planned, U.S. Navy officials said, blaming complications related to new technology. The Navy is adjusting its official baseline for the $22 billion DDG 1000 ship program to reflect the new delivery dates but the


General Dynamics Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for Submarine Colorado

Annie Mabus chalked her initials into the keel of the nuclear submarine Colorado, which were then welded by Electric Boat employee John Alves (Photo courtesy of General Dynamics)

  Continuing a time-honored shipbuilding tradition, Ship Sponsor Annie Mabus laid the keel of the submarine Colorado, on Saturday, March 7, marking the ceremonial start of construction for the 15th ship of the Virginia Class. The event was hosted by General Dynamics Electric Boat at its


India's Naval Help to Small Indian Ocean Nations

Narendra Modi (by Indian Prime Minister Website)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assigned senior officials in the Ministry of Defence with a task to “identify” and “support” maritime needs of smaller nations in the IOR is being undertaken so as to counter the Chinese presence in the region


6 NATO Ships Begin Joint Black Sea Exercise

Photo Courtesy: MARCOM Public Affairs Office

 Six NATO warships, including Turkish, Bulgarian and Romanian vessels, have arrived to the Black Sea to start joint training exercises.    NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived today in the Black Sea to operate and train with ships from the


Indian Navy to Buy 50 Ship Borne Drones

Image: Indian Navy

 Seeking to enhance its surveillance capabilities on its warships, the Indian Navy (IN) has now announced a global competition for procuring ‘Ship-Borne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV) that can augment various patrolling and search-related tactics on its vessels.  


Fast Patrol Vessel launched by Cochin Shipyard

ICGS APOORVA (Courtesy: Cochin Shipyard Ltd)

 Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has launched the 14th of the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) being built for the Indian Coast Guard.    With this, CSL said, it has accomplished a rare feat of achieving three ship building milestones viz, keel laying






 
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