HMS Dragon

British News

Whilst on patrol in the Gulf, the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon seized and destroyed ten tonnes of hash which, if it had found its way onto the streets, would have had a street value of £75 million.

The destroyer intercepted two boats carrying the drugs in an area that is known as the ‘Hash Highway’. The interception is just the latest in a string of successes for the destroyer which had already seized 13.3 tonnes of drugs during the fi rst month of her current deployment.

The £1.25 billion contract to build the future Type 31e frigates for the Royal Navy will be decided from three shipbuilding groups.

In late 2018, three multi million contracts were awarded to the trio of companies for detailed designs for ships to replace fi ve of the current Type 23 frigates. The companies awarded the contracts were; BAE Systems, Babcock and Atlas Elektonik UK. The Ministry of Defence needs the first of the ships in service by 2023.

New Zealand News

The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new multi purpose support vessel HMNZS Resolution (formerly the Edda Fonn) will be equipped with the very latest state of the art Saab Seaye Cougar XT underwater robotic vehicle.

The ship will also be fitted with a control room and recovery system.

Indonesian News

The Indonesian Government has ordered an additional four KCR-60M class fast attack craft. The missile armed vessels will be built by state owned shipbuilder PT PAL at Surabaya.

Three of the class already operate within the fleet, but the new vessels will, probably, feature new off the shelf combat systems which have yet to be defi ned. The new ships will start to appear in the Indonesian fleet from around 2021.

The Indonesian Navy also announced, early in 2019, that the sixth landing platform dock KRI Semerang has been confi rmed to serve as a hospital ship and will undertake mainly humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

Saudi Arabian News

The first components in the construction of the first Avante 2200 corvette for the Royal Saudi Navy commenced on January 15 at the Spanish shipyard of Navantia in San Fernando.

The day saw the fi rst of five projected ships started and was overseen by a Saudi delegation led by Rear Admiral Fahad Ali Al Furaidan. Each of the heavily armed corvettes will have a length of 98.9 metres and will displace 2,500 tons as well as having facilities for the operation of a helicopter weighing up to 10 tons.

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