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USCG Cutter Tahoma Returns from 79-Day Counter-Narcotics Patrol

edited by Curtis Hand from press statement. All images: USCG. The crew of the US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Tahoma (WMEC 908) returned to Kittery on Friday after a successful 79-day counter-narcotics and smuggling patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The Tahoma’s crew interdicted two vessels, seizing 7,300 pounds of cocaine, worth a combined total of […]

USCG Leadership Praised and Promoted

by Curtis Hand, from press release and internal resources Less than 12 hours after MSD Online reported the US Coast Guard (USCG) Pacific Area Command change on Wednesday, 16 June – whereby RAdm Peter W Gautier relieved VAdm Linda L Fagan as the acting Pacific Area Commander at Coast Guard Base Alameda on the US […]

US Coast Guard Pacific Area Held Change of Command Ceremony

by Curtis Hand with content from Press Release The US Coast Guard Pacific Area Command (USGC-PAC) hosted a change of command ceremony Wednesday, 16 June, at Coast Guard Base Alameda. The change-of-command ceremony is a historic military tradition. The event, which has remained unchanged for centuries, includes a reading of the command orders in the […]

UK MOD Awards Patrol Boat Contract to MST Group

by Curtis Hand, from Press Release The UK MOD Defence Equipment & Support Organisation (DE&S) awarded Marine Specialised Technology (MST) Group a competitive contract to supply 18 of its 15m high-speed patrol boats to is MOD Police (MDP) and Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP), replacing existing craft in use with the MDP and GDP.  It is […]

MSD Coffee Klatch with Galucus. The FRSN: Keeping the Mission Active

Interview by Curtis Hand While the coffee is brewing in a machine for someone’s cup somewhere, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine had a primo opportunity to catch up with and interview Mr Christoffer Gregers Glæsel, Managing Director, Glaucus ApS about the FRSN Forward Repair System NATO and how it keeps the mission active at […]


by Michael Meyer Serious kidnapping cases are increasing in the Gulf of Guinea. Battle-hardened pirates are becoming more professional. Politicians and regulators are lagging behind these developments. Pirates and shipping have formed an indissoluble relationship for centuries, imposed by one side but chained together by inseparable bonds. The number of cases fluctuates and the so-called […]


by Curtis Hand CHALLENGE: Piracy continues to threaten seafarers in strategic waters and EEZs worldwide. Vigilance, preparation, early detection and rapid response remain the best means to counter pirate tactics since the earliest days of armed robbery on the high-seas. However, these are difficult to achieve because pirate vessels range in size from high speed skiffs […]


by Igor Tabak (All photos accredited to contributor) The Adriatic, as an enclosed part of the Mediterranean, has a long tradition of maritime commerce, shipbuilding and – more lately – tourism. In recent years, it has been a relatively calm area on the very fringe of the major transport or migrant routes, with most coastal […]

EDITORIAL – Britain’s Integrated Review: Setting a Course for Change

by Conrad Waters, Co-Editor in-Chief, Maritime Security & Defence March 2021 saw the conclusion of a long-awaited review of the United Kingdom’s future security and defence policy with the publication of two important documents aimed at setting out a framework for the post-Brexit era.  Whilst squarely directed towards defining “Global Britain’s” strategic relationship with the […]

ERA’s Testing Trials for Passive System’s Ability to Detect UAS

by Curtis Hand from Press Release While the Czech Republic is land-locked and without a navy, MSD magazine feels the following technology and application are relevant for protecting shore-based naval assets and bases. A extensive testing regimen called “CW Trial” sought to verify if a Passive ESM Tracker, (e.g. VERA-NG by ERA, photo right)) can […]

Major Order for Bredo in Bremerhaven – Frigate “Baden-Württemberg” is completing its first repairs

translated and edited by Curtis Hand Bredo Dry Docks in Bremerhaven secured the multi-month contract for German Navy‘s new F125 frigate “Baden-Württemberg” scheduled maintenance. Based on the published tender, the total volume for the repair work amounts to over 30 million euros. After a trip from the naval arsenal in Wilhelmshaven and a short North […]

Babcock to Build on its Busan Base at MADEX 2021

Edited by Curtis Hand, from press release Babcock – the Aerospace, Defence and Security company – is preparing to showcase the breadth and depth of its in-service naval support at MADEX 2021 – 9-12 June, Republic of Korea.    Babcock continues to enhance its market presence with its facility in the large port city of […]

Varjo Brings Virtual Reality to Flight Simulators

by Curtis Hand, adapted from press release material Varjo Technologies is working together with a European fighter aircraft manufacturer to revolutionise flight simulators. The Finnish company Varjo developed a human eye resolution mixed reality technology – Bionic Display – that will be integrated into all of its client’s fighter aircraft simulators. In addition to the […]

Operation Irini: UN Security Council Renews Inspection Authorisation

from Official Press Release with minor edits by Curtis Hand The UN Security Council renewed the authorisation for inspections by Operation Irini for one more year. With the vote on Thursday, the UN Security Council extended the Resolution 2292 of 2016 that allows offshore inspections and port diversions of vessels suspected of breaches of the […]

Babcock CEO Hosts Arrowhead 140 Engagements in Greece

from Release David Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer, of Babcock International, the aerospace, defence and security company has led a series of meetings in Greece with key industry figures, Government officials and supply chain companies as Babcock continues to build international interest in its Arrowhead 140 general purpose frigate and bid to deliver the Hellenic Navy’s […]

Damen Lays the Keel for the RNLN CSS Den Helder in Romania

by Curtis Hand from press release On the 2 June, Damen Shipyards Galati performed the keel-laying ceremony on the Combat Support Ship (CSS) Den Helder, being built in Romania. This marks an important milestone in the construction of this new supply ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The keel laying ceremony was performed by the […]

Elbit Systems Awarded $80 Million Contract to Supply AI-Powered El-Op Systems for APAC Navy

by Curtis Hand, from Press Release Elbit Systems announced today that following competitive technical evaluations it was awarded an approximately $80 million contract by a country in (the) Asia-Pacific to supply SPECTROTM XR multi-spectral electro-optic (“EO”) systems for maritime forces. The contract will be performed over a period of four years. Under the contract, Elbit […]

Multi-Frequency Doppler Radar Tracks Rogue Space Junk

by Aleksandar Grgic, Director, Space Solutions at Weibel Scientific edited by Curtis Hand Space objects usually disintegrate when entering Earth’s atmosphere, but the immensity of some objects cause great concern. This was the case when all eyes were on a 21-tonne, 30-metre section of a rocket hurtling towards Earth in the days leading up to […]

US Coast Guard Conducts At-Sea Exercises with Malta

by Curtis Hand from official press release by the US Coast Guard Atlantic Area. …All images contributed from the skilled Petty Officer 3rd Class Sydney Phoenix, US Coast Guard Atlantic Area The Legend-class national security cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) conducted at-sea engagements with the armed forces of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, May 17 […]

EUNAVFOR MED IRINI’s 4th webinar: “A strategic compass for a Mediterranean maritime security”

Another edition of SHADE is scheduled for 26 May at 1500 hours CET / Six Bells of the Afternoon Watch Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI is organizing the 4th webinar to walk the Road to Shade Med: “A strategic compass for a Mediterranean maritime security” in collaboration with La Sapienza University of Rome and Nato Defense […]

Rolls-Royce to Supply MTU Generator Sets for US Navy Frigate Programme

Edited by Curtis Hand from Press Release US Navy’s new frigate programme – the next generation of small surface combat ships – will have benefit of mtu naval generator sets from Rolls-Royce. These will be a key component of propulsion and on-board power generation for phase one of the US Navy’s Constellation (FFG-62) class frigate […]

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