IRANIAN WEAPONRY STILL FUELLING YEMEN WAR Despite a UN-authorised coalition presence at sea, weaponry suspected to have mainly originated in Iran, is being smuggled to Houthi rebels. A recent report by the think-tank Conflict Armament Research highlighted how Australian, French, and US warships operating in the Arabian Sea in 2016 intercepted shipments of small arms, ammunition, and weaponry, such as guided anti-tank missiles of Iranian and Russian origin. The recovered weapons were similar to those being ...Read more
The lead vessel of Italy’s FREMM frigate class, Carlo Bergamini, was the first ship of her kind to fire an Aster 30 missile during a test on the Quirra missile range.Read more
The French Navy strike carrier FNS Charles De Gaulle returned to the fray against ISIL as a coalition of forces gathered for a big assault on the last major bastion of ...Read more
Most if not all of Russia’s Project 949A Oscar II nuclear-powered guided missile submarines (SSGN) are to be put through a comprehensive US $372 million upgrade by 2020 to keep them operational ...Read more
A proposal from French defence giant DCNS for a conventionally-powered development of its Barracuda Class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) has been selected to replace Australia’s six Collins Class patrol boats (...Read more
The replenishment vessel Protecteur has been towed out of Esquimalt, the latest Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) vessel sent to be scrapped before a like-for-like replacement is in place.
NORTH KOREAN SSBN PROGRAMME IS A BUST? North Korea’s December 21, 2015 submarine-launched ballistic missile test, which it trumpeted as a success, was in reality a failure, analysts have concluded. ...Read more