After a long-time absence, the UK is set to beef up its naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region.
EUNAVFOR using UAV to track pirates
The commander of EUNAVFOR says he expects his counter-piracy force operating off the Horn of Africa to be strengthened and also rates the usefulness of UAVs in discovering where pirates are operating.
EUNAVFOR Operation Commander Maj Gen Martin Smith said he expects his task group to be increased from three to five ships, a figure he described as ‘optimum’.
The five ships will also be supported by two maritime patrol craft and a Predator UAV provided by the Italian Air Force.
At the peak of pirate attacks off Somalia post-2011, the EUNAVFOR fleet comprised up to 15 ships.
A construction programme for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces also includes technology transfer for Saudi Arabian Military Industries.
For over a hundred years submarines have lurked beneath the waves, providing a silent and current threat to surface shipping, both commercial and military. During World War I, the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a torpedo fired from a German U-Boat showed the tactical advantages of having an underwater capability in maritime operations.
India does not have a large number of AUVs in service, but it now has a road map to change that situation.
The Royal Australian Navy has extended its Camcopter S-100 contract by three years.
Local SME to conduct dockyard services for Latvian Naval Forces vessels.