US Navy commissions newest Freedom-variant LCS USS Detroit

Sailors assigned to USS Detroit (LCS 7) man their ship and bring her to life during the commissioning ceremony on the Detroit River on Oct. 22. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, Detroit (LCS 7), became the newest LCS to join the U.S. Navy fleet during an ...

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Austal CEO: We don’t do what everybody else does


With an order book of over $3 billion, Austal is the only Australian company to make it into the top 100 defence ...

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USS Mason's defense systems proven in real-life scenario?

An SM-2 missile is launched from the aft vertical launching system aboard USS Arleigh Burke. Photo: US Navy

USS Mason (DDG-87) is a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with a range of combat systems providing

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USS Mason's defense systems proven in real-life scenario?

An SM-2 missile is launched from the aft vertical launching system aboard USS Arleigh Burke. Photo: US Navy

USS Mason (DDG-87) is a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with a range of combat systems providing ...

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USS Nimitz cleared to deploy fighter jets again

An F/A -18F Super Hornet from the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while an EA-18G Growler from the "Gray Wolves" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 stands by. Photo: US Navy

Aircraft can once again take off from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) after the ship earned ...

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UK's first Successor submarine to be named HMS Dreadnought


Her Majesty The Queen has given her consent for the first of the next-generation nuclear-missile-armed ...

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Collins-class submarine review shows increased effectiveness

A 1997-photo of HMAS Collins arriving in Freemantle Harbour. Photo: Australian Department of Defence

Improved strategies in the sustainment of Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarines have allowed the ...

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10th annual Border Security Conference

The 2017 conference will possibly be the most relevant and topical event to date as we enter our 10th successive year…

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Naval Mission Systems Technology

Integrating Naval Assets to Ensure Enhanced Maritime Operations and Support.

Navies are constantly looking at how the collection and dissemination of data from marine helicopters, UAVs, radars and shore based sensors through C2 systems can be improved to produce an accurate, clear, and all-encompassing picture of the maritime theatre for allied forces.

The complexity associated with effectively coordinating the variety of operations of these systems means that interoperability between all systems, divisions, and nations is of paramount importance. Therefore, SMi’s Naval Mission Systems Technology Conference will explore the strategies and technologies required to develop next generation capability in this vital area of national defence.

The expert speaker panel includes: Italian Navy, U.S. Navy, NATO Modelling and Simulation Center of Excellence (M & S COE), BAAINBw, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), University College London and many more.

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Exponaval 2016

EXPONAVAL and TRANS-PORT have become established as one of the most important international naval defence and maritime fairs in Latin America…

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Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2017

Maximising Maritime Situational Awareness Capabilities for the Safety and Protection of International Waters

Gold Sponsor: PAE
Sponsored by: exactEarth

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After last year’s huge success the SMi Group is proud to announce the 2nd Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology. The event will be held in Rome on the 30th and 31st of January 2017.

Based on the success of the 2016 conference, we aim to replicate and improve by providing a more regional focus, not just on the Mediterranean, but other areas of interest including the Black Sea and further beyond in the Asia Pacific region. All of which have keen collective interest on ensuring the safety and security of legitimate maritime activities.

This high level meeting will bring together senior military leadership, project decision makers, technical experts and cutting edge industry solution providers to explore future endeavours that will enhance the security and stability of the world’s oceans.

The 2017 programme will:

  • Provide a wider regional focus outside of the Mediterranean where challenges are also persistent
  • Feature high ranking military personnel involved with the enhancement of maritime surveillance platforms and systems
  • Present a running theme on the importance of information sharing as operations are increasingly conducted at an international level
  • Include Informal networking time to talk to peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing Maritime ISR programs today
  • Allow learning on how other nations are developing their maritime surveillance and reconnaissance provision from past experience and cutting edge research and development
  • Get to the heart of challenges faced by modern maritime forces such as capability gaps and what requirements they now have


  • Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi, Chief of C4 and Security Department, Italian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Nicola Carlone, Chief of Operations, Italian Coast Guard
  • Colonel Sergio Cavuoti, Chief of the Intelligence and Awareness Policy Branch of the Air Staff Aerospace Planning Division, Italian Air Force


  • Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, EU Navfor Med Operation Commander, EU Naval Force
  • Commodore William Ellis, Commander CTF-67, US Naval Forces Europe
  • Captain Jan De Beurme, Chief of Staff, Belgian Navy
  • Captain Fernando Angelo, Director, Navy Intelligence Analysis Centre,  Portuguese Navy 
  • Wing Commander Richard Berry, P-8 Poseidon Program Manager, Royal Air Force
  • Commander Michael Sela, Head of C5I Branch in the R&D department, Israeli Navy
  • Commander Pasi Staff, Chief of Surveillance, Finnish Navy
  • Commander Hannes Schroeder-Lanz, Branch Chief C4ISR, Germany Navy
  • Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA
  • Gerard O’Flynn, Head of SAR Ops, Irish Coast Guard
  • Leendert Bal, Head of Department C Operations, European Maritime Safety
  • Joachim Beckh, Technical Working Group Chair, MARSUR
  • Vice Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Hudson, Former Commander, NATO MARCOM







Register online at: or email Justin Predescu on


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Japan, UK, US Navy chiefs sign maritime cooperation treaty

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson; First Sea Lord, United Kingdom Royal Navy, Adm. Phillip Jones; and Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, Adm. Tomohisa Takei, meet in the Pentagon for a trilateral maritime discussion. Photo: US Navy

UK’s Royal Navy is likely to join Japan and U.S. in their South China Sea patrols following a trilateral ...

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Unmanned Warrior 2016 concludes

Scott Wiltermood, INSITU demonstration team manager, carries an MQ-27A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle after landing at Benbecula Rangehead. Photo: US Navy

The Royal Navy-hosted review of unmanned technologies which took place on the West Coast of Scotland concluded on ...

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Qatar’s Coast Guard receives first batch of patrol boats

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Qatar’s Coast Guard Command has taken delivery of the first in a series of 17 Ares-built composite hull boats. ...

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USS Mount Whitney concludes engagement in Romania

The U.S. command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) participates in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Romanian Navy corvette Admiral Eustatiu Sebastian (F-264). Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) took part in a passing exercise ...

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France, UK begin manufacturing phase of joint MCM programmme

French company ECA Group will supply six autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) derived from the A27-M AUV during this stage. Photo: ECA Group

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) are continuing their collaboration ...

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OSI to deliver bridge systems for new Australian oilers

Illustration, Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has contracted Canadian OSI Maritime Systems to supply two integrated bridge systems ...

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Royal Navy frigate starts month-long break in South Africa

HMS Portland with the Simonsberg in the background. Photo: Royal Navy

Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Portland is currently in Simonstown, South Africa, where the crew started ...

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Future destroyer 'Rafael Peralta' completes Alpha trials

The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builder's trials off the coast of Maine. Photo: General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works

The U.S. Navy said its future guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed Alpha ...

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US, UK minehunters team up for Persian Gulf MCM drills

U.S. and Royal Navy mine countermeasures ships with two MH-53 helicopters from HM-15 Detachment Two during US-UK Mine Countermeasures Exercise 17-1. Photo: US Navy

Minehunters from the US and UK kicked off the mine countermeasures exercise 17-1 in the Persian Gulf with a ...

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Royal Malaysian Navy picks Terma radars for Lekiu frigates

Royal Malaysian Navy frigates RMN Jebat (FF 29) and RMN Lekiu (FF 30) sail in formation with  USS George Washington during a transit of the Andaman Sea in 2012. Photo: US Navy

The Royal Malaysian Navy has selected Terma’s Scanter 6000 radar as their combined navigation and helicopter ...

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Airbus, DCNS team up to develop the French Navy aerial drone

Photo: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and DCNS have signed an agreement to collaborate on designing the future tactical component of ...

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Czech Gripen fighter jets train with NATO ships

Photo: NATO/Czech Air Force

A Czech squadron of Gripen fighter jets have reached the second week of their air-maritime integration and carried ...

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US and Royal Navy officers discuss carrier operations

L-R: Captain Crawford USN, Vice Admiral Crawford USN, Commander Saybolt USN, Mr Jason Lawrence, Commander Park RN, Captain Wright RN, Commodore Jameson OBE RN, Commander Farrant RN. Photo: Royal Navy

Senior lawyers from the US Navy and the Royal Navy met at the stone frigate HMS Excellent for formal joint talks ...

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USS Essex upgraded for F-35B operations

USS Essex. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy is currently modifying its Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) to make it capable of ...

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US Navy helicopter squadron conducts mine warfare drills

The MH-53E Sea Dragon departs the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) flight line over St. Andrews Bay for an Airborne Mine Countermeasures mission off the coast of Panama City, Florida on Oct. 6, 2016. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s helicopter mine countermeasures squadron (HM) 15 carried out annual airborne mine countermeasures ...

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German Navy frigates to feature iXblue navigation systems

Photo: German Navy

French technology company iXblue has received a contract to supply inertial navigation systems for ...

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US Navy speeds up production of APKWSTM laser-guided rockets

APKWS. Photo: BAE Systems

The U.S. Navy has contracted BAE Systems to manufacture Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) ...

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German WWI 'mystery' submarine found off Scotland

Photo: Scottish Power

A WW1 naval mystery might be finally solved after a German U-boat was found off the coast of Wigtownshire, Scotland ...

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