After a long-time absence, the UK is set to beef up its naval presence in the Indo-Pacific region.
Incidents of maritime crime drop
Global piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to their lowest levels since 1995 according to the latest report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
Figures for the first half of this year recorded 98 incidents compared to 134 in the corresponding period of 2015. This contrasts sharply with the peak of 2010 and 2003 when nearly 450 attacks a year were reported.
In the first half of 2016, the IMB recorded 72 vessels boarded, five hijackings, and a further 12 attempted attacks. Nine ships were fired upon.
The only worrying trend is ...
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.