Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry

On March 29, 2024, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) Intelligence Services released satellite imagery that confirms the aftermath of a series of targeted strikes by the Ukrainian Armed Forces against the Russian Navy naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea. The strikes, which took place on March 24, 2024, have resulted in considerable damage to key components of the Russian Navy's operational capabilities in the region including two Ropucha-class large landing ships and one Yury Ivanov-class intelligence ship.

Sweden has announced its intention to enhance its naval capabilities with the purchase of eight new mortar vessels equipped with the Patria NEMO mortar system. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) is overseeing this procurement, having selected Swede Ship Marine AB for the construction of the vessels, with Patria acting as a subcontractor for the project.

On March 29, 2024, the Peruvian Navy awarded a contract to HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), valued at $463 million, for the co-construction of one 3,400-ton frigate, one 2,200-ton Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), and two 1,500-ton Landing Craft Units (LCUs), with a completion target set for 2029. For this project, the largest defense deal for a South Korean company in Latin America, HHI will collaborate with Sima Shipyard, a Peruvian local shipyard.

According to information published by General Electric on March 27, 2024, GE Vernova’s Power Conversion business has been selected by ST Engineering Marine Limited to equip the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) new fleet of Multi-Role Combat Vessels (MRCVs) with advanced Ship’s Electric Grids, featuring Integrated Full Electric Propulsion (IFEP) systems.

The Royal Navy is preparing for the introduction of the Dreadnought-class submarines, which are set to replace the Vanguard-class. This next-generation fleet is expected to play a key role in the United Kingdom's maritime nuclear strategy from the 2030s onwards. This overview provides an insight into the specifications, capabilities, and anticipated role of these submarines within the Royal Navy's operations.

According to information published by the Canadian government on March 26, 2024, an initial contract has been awarded to Chantier Davie Canada Inc., located in Lévis, Quebec. Valued at $19.6 million, inclusive of taxes, this initial contract tasks Chantier Davie with developing the preliminary design for the icebreakers.

According to information published by the UK MoD on March 26, 2024, DE&S has awarded a contract worth £135 million to Systems, Engineering and Assessment Ltd (SEA). This contract is focused on equipping Type 26 and Type 31 frigates, along with Type 45 destroyers, with Ancilia, a new generation of decoy launchers designed to counter hostile drones and missiles.

According to information published by the Western Naval Command on March 25, 2024, eight submarines were observed operating together off the Western Seaboard in a recent exercise in the Indian Ocean. This move is reflective of the Indian Navy's intention to assert its presence and readiness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) amidst the growing maritime assertiveness of the PLA Navy.

According to information published by Bollinger Shipyards on March 21, 2024, commemorated the commencement of construction for the USNS Muscogee Creek Nation, a Navajo-class Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ship (T-ATS), with a ceremonial keel laying in Houma. This ship marks the tenth in its class and symbolizes the fifth vessel undertaken by Bollinger since the shipyard took over the program in April 2021.

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