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Cristobal Colon Arrives in Sydney

ESPS Christobal Colon of the Spanish Amarda arrives in Sydney Harbour. The crew of ESPS Christobal Colon will be helping to train and familiarise crew's of Australia's Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMA Ships Darwin, Melbourne and Parramatta have escorted the Spanish Armada's Cristobal Colon into Sydney Harbour as part of her role in providing platform and familiarisation training to Australian personnel.   Over the next three months the ship will assist in enabling Australian Navy people to

ICT Changes Bring Capability Enhancement for Navy

Sub Lieutenant Samuel Penfold working on one of the older Defence IT computers prior to it being upgraded to the newer system. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 The biggest upgrade of Defence Secret and Protected networks in more than ten years will drive significant change for Navy, with 192 shore locations set to experience major network overhauls.   The magnitude of the program reflects the need for the department’s information footprint to be able to support Defence capability well into the future.

China Says Hopes New Japanese Carrier Doesn't Mark Return to Militarism

China said on Thursday that it hoped the entry into service of Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, did not mean a return to the country's past militaristic history.   The ship, along with its sister the Izumo, gives Japan's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes

Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight, set throughout the bay.   Australian

Trump's Navy: A Look at the Future US Navy

President Donald J. Trump speaks with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Trump visited to meet with Sailors and shipbuilders of the Navy’s first-in-class aircraft carrier during an all-hands call inside the ship’s hangar bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Joshua Sheppard)

It’s still too early to know for certain what the new administration will do about building up the U.S. Navy, as the numbers are a moving target. But with President Trump’s recent pledge to add $54 billion to defense spending, it’s a safe bet to make that the fleet will grow.    So let’s start with the numbers.

US Navy Tests UUV for Mine-hunting Operations

U.S. Navy mine test targets being readied for Knifefish at-sea mine-hunting evaluation (Photo: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

The General Dynamics Mission Systems Knifefish team completed a comprehensive evaluation of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure (SMCM) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). In coordination with the U.S. Navy, the test events took place off the coast of Boston using submerged Navy mine test targets.

Damen OPV Roadshow Tours Australia

Mark Todd (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyard Group’s Australian team has delivered two more industry briefings to potential suppliers from Australian industry ahead of its bid submission for the design and build of 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPV). Following February’s events held in Adelaide and Perth, Damen hosted a third in Brisbane

MAN 48/60CR Engines for New US Navy Tankers

The FM-MAN 14V48/60CR engine (T-AOX will use 2 x 12V46/60CR Engines) (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Fairbanks Morse to build 34 × 12V48/60CR engines for TAO-205 program   The U.S. Navy has chosen the Fairbanks Morse MAN 12V48/60CR engine as main propulsion for a new series of 17 ships as it begins plans to phase out its existing tanker fleet. Known colloquially as oilers, the existing aging fleet

Mazagon Docks to Make 3 more Scorpene-Class Subs

Photo: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders

 Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has approached the Indian Navy with a repeat order for three Scorpene-class submarines, reports The Hindu Businessline.   The leading shipyard of the country has  French shipbuilder DCNS as its technology partner for the Scorpene submarines.   Like the first six Scorpenes,

Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation of Australia

Training Ship Young Endeavour returns to Fleet Base East, Sydney, after completing a ten month circumnavigation of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy-operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour returned to Sydney recently after a 10-month circumnavigation of Australia.   Since departing Sydney in May 2016, more than 500 young people have developed important leadership and life skills as part of the youth development program conducted onboard.

Skilled Workers Needed to Build Trump's Navy Vision

File Image: AdobeStock CREDIT Bogdan Vasilescu

U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan.   The initiative could cost nearly $700 billion in government funding,

China Pledges Firm Response to Japan's S.China Sea Visit

China on Thursday pledged a firm response if Japan stirs up trouble in the South China Sea, after Reuters reported on a Japanese plan to send its largest warship to the disputed waters.   The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines

Somali Force, Pirates Exchange Gunfire

Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of the maritime force said.   This is the first time Somali pirates have taken over a commercial ship since 2012 and locals blame the attack on foreign fishermen flooding into their waters,

Adelaide’s Fighting Edge Tested

HMAS Adelaide leads a close formation of warships from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy and the Spanish Armada during a photographic exercise, part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17, off the western coast of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide lead from the front during the recent Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER.   Exercising task group operations off the Western Australian coast, the landing helicopter dock was the centrepiece to war-fighting scenarios.   En-route to the ‘war-zone’, the crews of Australian,

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