15 Sep 2014
Although IOC for the first of the RAN's two Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious ships is scheduled for mid to late 2015, the capabilities these 27,800 tonne vessels will deliver to the ADF have yet to be widely appreciated.
02 Sep 2014
When the first of the RAN’s three Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) is completed sometime around March 2016, much of the navy’s weaponry portfolio will be deployed on the one platform.
25 Jul 2014
When first mooted, the program to replace the Anzac class of frigates with another, more modern version, aka the Future Frigate, might have been seen as something of a blank canvas.
29 Apr 2014
Both HMS Daring and HMAS Perth were on hand for the International Fleet Review last year in Sydney to help celebrate the 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy. I was lucky enough to sail from Jervis Bay into the Sydney heads on Daring and spend some quality time on HMAS Perth during her stay.
28 Apr 2014
A silver proof $1 coin from the Royal Australian Mint was securely hammered under the keel of NUSHIP Brisbane on 3 February amid plaudits for the capability the three future Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) will deliver to the RAN, and growing concern about the extent of cost overruns in their construction.
With its world leading phased array radar and illuminator systems at the heart of the anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) system now in service with the Royal Australian Navy, CEA has quietly been pursuing other fields for its innovative developments in radar and communications
Despite being delayed by around four months on the original schedule signed in 2007, Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship is due to begin the next important phase of testing in late February or early March, when sea trials get underway.
25 Nov 2013
Over the coming two decades, Navy and the DMO have an impressive shipbuilding task ahead of them. At a glance the list is patrol boats, Future Frigates, oilers and replenishment, landing craft, submarines and a possible OCV type vessel. Works for each of these programs are at different stages but there is still much to be done on all fronts.
22 Nov 2013
Although Australia’s Future Frigate (Sea 5000) program is still at the requirements definition stage, there’s no discernible shortage of debate on capability and construction issues, or of lobbying to press the merits of individual platforms and systems.
The announcement that the next generation of patrol boats for Navy will be fast-tracked has now thrown somewhat of a question-mark over project Sea 1180, which was to deliver a modular solution for three types of vessel: Patrol boats, mine warfare ships and hydrographic survey vessels.
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