Deep dive into Sea 1180's OPV

Damen's OPV 2600 design for Sea 1180. Credit: Damen

Of all the vessels outlined in the continuous shipbuilding plan, the OPVs have received relatively little attention compared to the Future Frigate and Future Submarine. With the build split between Adelaide and WA for political reasons, much of the capability discussion has been lost.

Sea 5000 CEP into the final phase

Italian FREMM frigate ITS Carabiniere in Sydney prior to going alongside at Fleet Base East, Garden Island. Credit: Defence

In February this year Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne revealed that a second pass decision on the $35 billion Project Sea 5000 (Future Frigates) would likely occur earlier than the originally anticipated date of 2018.

Defining future naval UAS capability

An S-100 Camcopter during Brazilian Navy trials. Credit: Schiebel

As the RAN looks forward to trials with an embarked unmanned aerial system (UAS) under operational conditions in the middle of the year, further evaluation of both fixed and rotary wing platforms will continue to inform Project Sea 129 Phase 5, the service’s tactical maritime UAS program for both minor and major surface combatants.

Sustainment: Keeping the LHDs spic and span

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide off the north Queensland coast during Exercise Sea Explorer 2016 on 2 June 2016. Credit: Defence

Behind every RAN ship at sea there’s a team of shore-based support specialists who are dedicated to its well-being, none more so than those responsible for the sustainment of Navy’s newest and largest assets.

Making the most of unmanned MCM

Sailors from HMAS Yarra take control of the steading line as they deploy the ships SUTEC Double Eagle mine disposal vehicle during mine operations at Exercise Dugong 2015. Credit: Defence

The RAN’s Mine Counter Measures (MCM) capability, important as it is, often appears to be the poor relation to larger, more visible programs for larger, more visible assets.


Where to now for naval missiles?

An Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) is fired from HMAS Perth at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. Credit: Defence

The critical design review for the upgrade of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) that currently provides the RAN’s primary anti-ship missile defence capability will be completed by the end of this year; one of several ongoing weapon developments that in due course will enhance the surface fleet’s anti-air and strike capabilities.


Sea Power: The Italian Job - Fincantieri's proposal for Sea 5000

The general purpose variant Carlo Bergamini, lead ship of the FREMM class in Italian Marina Militare service. Credit: Fabius1975 licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Fincantieri's proposal for the Sea 5000 Future Frigate is based upon the Italian version of the European FREMM. Premium

Defence Business: A French connection for Australia

The nuclear-powered attack class submarine Barracuda under construction for the French Navy. The large white box in at top right contains the sealed nuclear section of the boat. Credit: DCNS Group

DCNS Australia might be a new entity on the Australian Defence Industry landscape but they have big plans for the local market. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing explored two of their upcoming offerings into the ADF on a recent trip to France; the Shortfin Barracuda for Sea 1000 and the FREMM for Sea 5000.


Project Review: Maritime - Biggest naval recapitalisation program in a generation

Credit: Defence

With the RAN on the cusp of recapitalising its fleet at a greater tempo than at any time since WWII, major maritime capability programs are inevitably focusing on naval shipbuilding.


Sea Power: The Aegis Evolution

Credit: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has been the US Navy’s Aegis combat system engineering agent for the past 40 years. During this time, they have managed the entire Aegis lifecycle from concept through lifetime support and sustainment; everything from cradle to grave.


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Minehunters on path to 2030s with new deployable MCM

The multinational task force in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe pause for a team photo at the Port of Honiara next to HMAS Huon on 30 September, 2016. Credit: Defence
The Commonwealth has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s minehunters and Thales Australia is to deliver and support new deployable mine countermeasures (MCM) over the next 15 years.