NAVAL NEWS December 2023

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In a landmark development, the UK is set to lead a new Maritime Capability Coalition in collaboration with Norway. The British Ministry of Defense, in its statement dated December 11, 2023, announced this strategic alliance. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the transfer of two Royal Navy Sandown Class minehunter ships to the Ukrainian Navy, marking a significant step in strengthening Ukraine’s maritime capabilities.

The eighth edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2024) is set to kick off from March 4 to 6, 2024, at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), as announced by the organizing committee. The event is under the high patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. Navy Recognition will be present on-site in its capacity as the official show of daily news and web TV for DIMDEX 2024.

The Latvian Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Embassy in Latvia jointly announced a defense acquisition: the purchase of Naval Coastal Defense Missile Systems. The agreement, involving Norwegian company Kongsberg and American manufacturer Raytheon, was officially disclosed on December 8, 2023, by Latvian Defense Minister Andris Sprūds and U.S. Ambassador Christopher Robinson.

December 10, 2023 – The French Ministry of Defense announced on December 9, 2023, that the French Navy frigate Languedoc, a warship patrolling the Red Sea, shot down two drones late last night that were targeting the ship. These drones were launched from northern Yemen, a region under the control of the Houthi rebels. The Houthis have been threatening to disrupt strategic maritime traffic in the area amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

According to a PR published by Saab on December 5, 2023, the Swedish defense and security company, has recently embarked on a new venture with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). The contract involves conducting concept development studies focused on advancing future underwater capabilities for Sweden. Let's take a look at Saab's experience in submarines.

At the EDEX military exhibition, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) showcased the JARI-USV-A unmanned surface vessel for the first time at this event. This presentation comes after the USV was previously displayed at the IDEX military expo.

At ExpoDefensa 2023, the Turkish defense company ASELSAN displays its STAMP-2 Remote Controlled Weapon System (RCWS), a stabilized weapon station designed for small caliber guns that has been observed on the Yonca-Onuk MRTP20 Improved Fast Intervention Craft. This system, incorporating advanced technology, includes various features aimed at enhancing military capabilities across different applications.

According to information published by the South Korean MoD on December 5, 2023, the Republic of Korea Navy's Cruise Training Task Group recently made a significant visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This visit, which took place on October 1, is the first time in eight years since 2015 that the task group has visited Saudi Arabia.

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