Former U.S. Cutter Morgenthau Transferred to Vietnamese Coast Guard

The former high endurance cutter Morgenthau was originally commissioned in 1969 and was decommissioned in mid-April ahead of the planned transfer.

The transfer comes as tensions in the South China Sea continue to simmer between China and its neighbors. Vietnam’s inability to control access to its own exclusive economic zone was put in stark relief when a Chinese oil rig operated in 2014. Since the incident, Vietnam has reportedly moved to expand its Coast Guard fleet.

The United States has also delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam’s coast guard in a move that expands the two nation’s security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea.

Vietnam and China along with four others including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan claim all or parts of the Spratly islands in the South China Sea believed to sit on rich natural resources and occupies one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.

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Special Report : Finland; Preparing for change…

Finland is gearing up for the massive defence procurement which is including army, navy and air force platforms and supportive auxillary combat systems.

It is said that this procurement programme is worth several billion euros. And this is a major-step change for a nation after it has been allocated an average of just %1.54 of GDP to defence since 1988.

So Russia is heating up all the waters and the borders in the world and there is still a warm Ukrainian situation on the table as an example. The Finns are considering that the defence landscape in their region has changed and they feel more threatened now than they did before.

As a part of this procurement programme The Defence Forces has launched a project to buy surface combatants to replace the Navy’s capabilities which will become outdated in the 2020s. The Project was named Squadron 2020 also known as Laivue 2020.

You can find some related links below for the details of the procurement programme and  Squadron 2020 Project :

Link-1 : Short Brief Dr.Gareth Evans on Global Defence Technology 

Link-2 : Squadron 2020 introduction from Finland Defence Forces Command

Link-3 : Squadron 2020 File from

Link-4 : Looking for Squadron 2020 Combat System from

Link-5 : Squadron 2020 Story from

TCG Alemdar Submarine Rescue Mother Ship (MOSHIP), Turkey

TCG Alemdar Submarine Rescue Mother Ship (MOSHIP) entered service with the Turkish Naval Forces Command in January 2017.

It was designed by Turkish company SEFT based on the SNR-MOSHIP, and was built by Istanbul Shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey.

The ship is intended for a number of surface and underwater missions, such as search and rescue of submarine personnel, towing broken down and wrecked surface ships, removal of underwater debris, and underwater repair works.

The MOSHIP is capable of operating in adverse weather and sea conditions.

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Royal New Zealand Navy names its largest vessel HMNZS Aotearoa

The Royal New Zealand Navy has named its latest and largest vessel as HMNZS Aotearoa.

The 24,000t HMNZS Aotearoa will be delivered to the navy in January 2020, and will be the biggest ship ever operated by the New Zealand Navy.

Construction of the vessel is slated to begin next year.

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Peruvian Navy BAP Pisco Landing Platform Dock has been launched…

BAP Pisco (AMP-156) is a new multi-purpose landing platform dock (LPD) being built by SIMA-Peru Marine Industrial Services for the Peruvian Navy. The ship is a variant of the Makassar Class LPDs in service with the Indonesian Navy.

The BAP Pisco multi-mission LPD is scheduled to be commissioned into the Peruvian Navy by the end of 2018.

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Saudi Arabia Set for $6B Lockheed Martin Frigate Deal

Saudi Arabia is set to pull the trigger on a $6-billion deal to purchase four Lockheed Martin-built frigates based on the company’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship

The purchase of the four frigates for the Royal Saudi Navy is set to be the centerpiece of a refresh of the country’s Eastern Fleet as part of the Saudi Naval Expansion Program II

The frigate will be built around an 8-cell Mk-41 vertical launch system and a 4D air search radar. At about 4,000-tons, the frigate can field a crew of 100 to 130. It runs on a power plant of two Rolls Royce MT-30 gas turbines and two Colt-Pielstick diesel engines. The ship will field eight RGM-84 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles (ASM), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar suites, and torpedoes

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F-35 experience….

F-35 Lightning II video used at trade and air shows around the world to give viewers the F-35 Experience. See why stealth, battle space awareness, performance and sustainment make the F-35 the world’s only 5th generation multi-role fighter. Includes footage of the F-35 Lightning II production line.

New era for the US Carriers aircraft launching and recovery systems

General Atomics has received a $195.2 million contract modification for the advanced arresting gear (AAG) of the CVN-80 Enterprise aircraft carrier currently under construction.

And The Ford Class Carriers have also Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, as opposed to the steam-powered aircraft catapults that have been in use for decades.

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Read the AAG here (General Atomics Web Site)

Read the EMALS here (General Atomics Web Site)

Rolls Royce has been awarded to supply 3 more MT30 Gas Turbines for the next three Korean Daegu-Class Frigates

Eight Daegu-class frigates are scheduled to be built. The first MT30 gas turbine has been successfully installed in Ship 1 and is currently successfully supporting the commissioning of ROK Daegu’s propulsion system. The MT30 gas turbines for Ships 2 and 3 are due to be delivered in the second half of 2018 and for Ship 4 very early in 2019.

According to Rolls Royce;

The MT30 gas turbine is the world’s most powerful in-service marine gas turbine with the highest power density and will deliver a high power output in a compact space.

Rolls-Royce MT30s are in service with the US Navy’s Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship and already successfully powering the Zumwalt class. MT30 has been selected for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship and is powering the Royal Navy’s new Aircraft Carriers. On HMS Queen Elizabeth the two MT30 gas turbine alternators have now been released to full power. MT30 has been recently selected for the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock”

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