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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

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

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.  

Indian Navy To Limit Ship Buys to Domestic Yards

Indian ship building yards are procuring increasing orders from the defense sector

  The Indian Ministry of Defence has directed future warship and submarine building orders be given only to domestic shipyards. The Navy has potential orders worth more than US $50 billion over the next 10 years for ship and submarine builds, said a Defence Ministry source. However, the $12 billion purchase of six conventional submarines with air independent propulsion, for which a request for proposals is being prepared, will still allow foreign participation in the design phase

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.

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”

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. 

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

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

HII Ship Repair Arm Honored for Green Efforts

Photo: Continental Maritime of San Diego

Continental Maritime of San Diego (CMSD), a ship repair subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), has been awarded the Blue Sky Award by San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District APCD for its initiatives targeting reduced air pollution.  

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

Somali Pirates Hijack Iranian Fishing Vessel

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean.   Although there are still occasional cases of sea attacks

Angry China Warns U.S. Navy Ship

Map by Asep Setiawan

 A US Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said its warships tracked and warned the American vessel, reports Reuters.  

China Warns US on 'Provocative Attacks'

U.S. Navy file photo of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States did not stop its "provocative acts" in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday. Admiral Wu Shengli made the comments to U.S

INS Sahyadri in Philippines for Goodwill Visit

INS Sahyadri. Photo by Indian Navy

 The INS Sahyadri, a Shivalik-class stealth frigate, of Indian Navy arrived in Manila on Sunday for a four-day goodwill visit to the country.  It is docked at the South Harbor.   The warship is likely to remain in Manila till November 4 for extensive interaction with the

India's BrahMos Missile Test-Fired From New Naval Ship

Photo Credit: ANI Twitter

 The world's fastest cruise missile - Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos - successfully hit decommissioned target ship 'Alleppey' located at a distance covering nearly the full range of the missile with high precision, India's defence officials said.   

RAN, French Navy Hold Joint Exercises in S. China Sea

HMAS Stuart sailors stand at ease on the forecastle as they and HMAS Arunta prepare to come alongside in Zhanjiang, China.

  HMA Ships Arunta, Stuart and Sirius, have rendezvoused at sea with the French frigate FNS Vendemiaire as part of a Royal Australian Navy Task Group deployment to North and South East Asia.   Following successful port visits to Zhanjiang, China

Japan Delivers 2 Used Ships to Vietnam

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: U.S. Naval Institute.

 Japan delivered on Tuesday two used ships to the Vietnamese Coast Guard to help the Southeast Asian country strengthen maritime security, reports the Japan Times.   The two 600-ton vessels, provided in a ceremony in the city of Da Nang

Asean Sets up Maritime Crisis Hotline

Photo: Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen Facebook Page

 The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) has established a hotline to resolve maritime disputes and to ensure the line of communications between the countries remain open during a crisis, reports the Star.  

China Downplays South China Sea 'freedom of navigation'

The issue of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea should not be "hyped up" or used as an excuse for provocation, China's defence minister said on Wednesday, in response to recent U.S. action in the sea. Minister of National Defence Chang Wanquan made the remarks at a forum of

Keel Laid of US Navy’s Future LCS Billings

A welder authenticates the keel by welding the initials of the ships sponsor, Sharla D. Tester, onto the keel plate of the U.S. Navys fifteenth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. The Keel Laying is the formal recognition of the start of the ship and module construction process. (U.S. Navy photo by Lockheed Martin)

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Billings (LCS 15) at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Wisconsin.   Sharla Tester, Billings' sponsor and wife of Sen. Jon Tester, authenticated the ship's keel

Japan, China to Quick Launch Maritime Communication Mechanism

Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) ships. Photo: Japan Navy

 Japanese and Chinese defense ministers agreed that an early launch of a maritime communication mechanism and defense exchanges are important for the countries to prevent accidental clashes in their first such talks since June 2011, reports Japan Times.  

China: U.S. Patrol in S.China Sea 'harmed trust'

The patrol by a U.S. warship close to islands China controls in the South China Sea harmed mutual trust between China and the United States and caused regional tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his U.S. counterpart in a call.

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