HMAS Newcastle conducts Security Patrol's in the Gulf of Oman

Australia’s S. China Sea dilemma

Navy faces growing calls to be more assertive, but some analysts advise against provocation. Australia’s dilemma over patrols in South China Sea Jonathan Pearlman Australia

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Pricey upgrade for NZ Navy

The cost of upgrading the weapons systems for NZ Navy frigates will match their initial purchase price 20 years ago. Navy frigates’ upgrade to cost

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India hosts fleet review

India shows off its naval power. 52 countries take part in IFR – India’s biggest military exercise ever SUHAS MUNSHI The second International Fleet Review,

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Germany’s piracy concerns

German shipowners warn against complacency. Piracy threatens worldwide shipping André Klohn The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) has warned of a slowdown in the fight against

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65kg of illegal narcotics (heroin) hidden inside sunflower seed packets are laid out, awaiting analysis and disposal. The illegal narcotics were discovered by HMAS Melbourne's boarding team hidden in the deck of a dhow in the northern Indian Ocean. *** Local Caption *** HMAS Melbourne is conducting Maritime Security Operations under the authority of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf during her deployment in the Middle East Region.
HMAS Melbourne is deployed on Operation MANITOU, Australia's contribution to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). 
CMF undertakes patrols to combat piracy and to intercept the trafficking of drugs that help fund international terrorism.
CMF also encourages regional cooperation to create a safer maritime environment.
HMAS Melbourne is on her 8th deployment to the Middle East Region and is the 61st rotation of a RAN vessel in the region since the first Gulf War in 1991.

CMF nabs another heroin haul

65kg of heroin seized from dhow. CTF150 – HMAS Melbourne makes fifth drug seizure The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) made another seizure of heroin as part

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India, Thailand discuss marsec

Other issues included strengthening ongoing cooperation in counter-terrorism and security. Maritime security, trade routes on agenda at India-Thai meet Written by Maneesh Chhibber In a major

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Lack of cash = attacks

Amnesty payments to former militants stopped in December. Operator blames pipeline vandalism on collapse of amnesty Godfrey BIVBERE Former President of the Nigerian Merchant Navy

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Port Developments

Security, ports and the sea

More robust measures required, experts suggest. Europe’s ports vulnerable as ships sail without oversight Sam Jones in London As Europe’s politicians struggle to control a

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illegal fishing

USA and Indo fight IUU fishing

A new strategic partnership to improve marine law enforcement and combat illegal fishing in Indonesia builds on existing progress. Indonesia and US join forces to

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No anti-piracy patrol for SA

Mozambique Channel unprotected. No ship currently on station for Operation Copper Written by Kim Helfrich Operation Copper, the South African Development Community (SADC) counter-piracy tasking

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Pirates kidnap 3 in offshore Nigeria attack

Delta fishermen fury

Bayelsa and Rivers plan bloody attack on armed foreign fishing trawlers. Vincent Ehiabhi Local fishermen living in the coastal communities of the Niger Delta region

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International Port Security Conference

The SMi Group is proud to announce the 7th annual International Port Security Conference. The event will be held in London on the 1st and

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Operation Enduring Freedom

Exercise Cutlass Express 2016 commences

Cutlass Express scenarios will test watchstanders’ ability to respond to illicit trafficking, piracy, illegal fishing, and search and rescue situations. Exercise Cutlass Express 2016 commences

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South Africa’s counter-piracy operatio

Cooperation is key. An insight into South Africa’s counter-piracy operation Written by Kim Helfrich In a candid assessment of South Africa’s commitment to a continued

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Destroyers need huge refit

The Royal Navy's most modern warships are ...
Gulf of Mexico (Dec. 11, 2001) -- The Arleigh Burke (Flight III) class guided missile Destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) underway during builder’s sea trials.  U.S. Navy photo.   (RELEASED)

US drone tests continue

US Navy continues drone tests. DARPA Awards Northrop ...
A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach.

HMS Mersey provided the perfect platform for the University of Southampton to test out their SULSA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Weighing 3kg and measuring 1.5m the airframe was created on a 3D printer using laser sintered nylon and catapulted off HMS Mersey into the Wyke Regis Training Facility in Weymouth, before landing on Chesil Beach.

The flight, which covered roughly 500 metres, lasted less than few minutes but demonstrated the potential use of small lightweight UAVs, which can be easily launched at sea, in a maritime environment. The aircraft carried a small video camera to record its flight and Southampton researchers monitored the flight from their UAV control van with its on-board video-cameras.

Known as Project Triangle the capability demonstration was led by Southampton researchers, making use of the coastal patrol and fisheries protection ship.

Professor Andy Keane, from Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, says: “The key to increased use of UAVs is the simple production of low cost and rugged airframes – we believe our pioneering use of 3D printed nylon has advanced design thinking in the UAV community worldwide.”

It was back in 2011 that University of Southampton engineers initially designed, and flew project SULSA, the world’s first entirely “printed” aircraft.

With a wingspan of nearly 1.5 metres, the UAV being trialled has a cruise speed of 50kts (58mph) but can fly almost silently.

The aircraft is printed in four major parts and can be assembled without the use of any tools.

Watching the demonstration was the Royal Navy’s Commander Maritime Capability (Aviation), Cdr Bow Wheaton. 

He said: “The Royal Navy’s Maritime Capability organisation is very interested in conceptual applications of unmanned and highly automated systems.

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