Turkey’s first dedicated intelligence-gathering ship, TCG Ufuk (A-591), was officially commissioned into service at Istanbul Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, on 14 January, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), has announced. The ship will be jointly operated by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the Turkish Naval...

South Korea has completed a programme to enhance the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) systems and combat information processing capabilities of its three Gwanggaeto Daewang (KDX-1)-class destroyers. The milestone was achieved with the return of Eulji Mundeok (972) to service, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 28 December. The...

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) conducted a high-energy laser weapon system demonstration on 14 December, while operating in the Gulf of Aden, US Navy (USN) officials confirmed. During the demonstration, the Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapons System Demonstrator (LWSD) Mark 2 MOD 0 aboard Portland successfully engaged a static...

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 18 November that it had signed two agreements with Emirati defence conglomerate Edge at the Dubai Airshow covering unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) system maintenance. The first agreement covers the development of a new USV between IAI and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), with ADSB to be responsible...

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 9 November that it has secured a KRW636.3 billion (USD541.7 million) contract for the construction of the second of three KDX-III Batch-II guided-missile destroyers for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). The announcement comes after the company revealed in early October that it had begun building the...

The Nigerian Navy signed a contract with the Turkish shipyard Dearsan covering the delivery of two new 76 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on 3 November. It released a video of the signing ceremony during which Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo said the order is a milestone in achieving the navy’s 2021–2030 strategic plan. He described the OPVs...

The new task force that the US Navy’s 5th Fleet set up to pioneer unmanned systems demonstrated its role during an exercise that included Bahraini naval and coastguard vessels. The 5th Fleet announced on 26 October that the two-day Exercise ‘New Horizon’ involved Task Force 59 integrating unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with manned vessels for the first...

The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru: MGP) recently conducted its first live-fire exercises with its surface-to-surface MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 and air-to-surface MBDA Exocet AM-39 missiles, navy officials said. The successful live-fire test of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile firing – the first since this weapon was introduced in the service five years ago –...

The Qatari landing ship Al-Abrar Fuwairat before it was launched at Anadolu Shipyard in Istanbul. (Qatari Ministry of Defence) Turkey’s Anadolu shipyard launched a landing ship that it is building for the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) on 25 September. The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) identified the vessel Al-Abrar Fuwairat , saying it is an LCT80-type landing...

The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) guided-missile destroyer successfully completed acceptance trials, according to a press release issued Friday by Huntington Ingalls Industries. According to a company news release, its Ingalls Shipbuilding division completed the final round of sea trials Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) navigates in the Gulf of Mexico during...