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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 […]

US Navy Exclusive: International Mine Warfare Technology Symposium

The International Mine Warfare Technology Symposium series is the only US Navy-sponsored event that has sole focus on naval mine warfare and related technologies. This event is jointly sponsored by the Mine Warfare Association and the US Naval Postgraduate School – and held every odd year in Monterey, California USA. With COVID restrictions still in […]

US Coast Guard Renews Cooperation and Influence in Tunisia

Yesterday (04 May 2021), the US Coast Guard (USCG) announced from Tunisia’s capital Tunis that it continues to build ties with the Tunisia Coast Guard – which shares the Mediterranen Dialogue Countries obligations. On 25 April 2021, The Sentinel-class fast response cutters USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and USCGC Robert Goldman (WPC 1142) departed Tunis […]

Maritime Patrol: Aeronautics’ New Orbiter 4 Small Tactical UAS Advantages

edited by Curtis Hand from Press Releases Aeronautics Group introduces its Orbiter 4 small tactical UAS, capable of performing long-range, long-endurance maritime patrol missions. Aeronautics averred that its Orbiter 4’s high-performance EO/IR and MPR payloads are ideal for maritime monitoring, off-shore protection, seaborne interdiction and tracking of illegal activities (illicit arms, drugs, fishing, and people […]

MSD Coffee Klatch with the Avnon Academy: “Knowledge is Power” is Not Just a Slogan; It is a Call to Action.

The MSD Coffee Klatch.  This is the first weekly installment of a series of quick chats planned with various industry insiders who are uniquely-qualified to provide insight on specific subjects. In this format, Maritime Security & Defence (MSD) magazine conducts a short interview – taking as much time to read as it would to visit […]


The New Geo-Polotical Challenges in an Evolving Mediterranean While the SHADE MED2021 is the annual conference on Mediterranean is planned for this autumn and organised by EUNAVFOR MED / Operation IRINI, it has begun already this spring with important events leading up to SHADE MED, including webinars such as the pne planned for tomorrow. (“We […]

Networking for Business, Careers and Enlightenment…MSD magazine is LinkedIn to You

by Stephen Elliott, Publisher Perhaps you are somewhat shy… Maybe you are reluctant to share your professional opinion… However, you certainly have unique insights that only your experience and knowledge can provide potential clients colleagues, employers and peers. As Publisher of Maritime Security & Defence, I am joined by our esteemed Co-Editors in-Chief Hans Uwe […]

EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta: New Operation Commander Appointed

Edited and expanded from press release by Stephen Elliott, Publisher  Starting on 21 April 2021, VAdm José M. Núñez Torrente (left) assumed the role of Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta. He took command from RAdm Eugenio Díaz del Río Jáudenes. VAdm Nuñez Torrente is currently serving as Commander of the Spanish High Readiness […]

New Danish Command Team for Operation AGENOR in the Strait of Hormuz

Direct from Press Release Operation AGENOR, the military leg of the European-led Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH), today got a new Force Commander. “I am honoured to have been appointed as the next commander of operation AGENOR. It is clear to me that AGENOR has established itself as a well-recognised and […]

EMSA Provides Schiebel S-100 to Estonia for Improved Surveillance

Edited by Stephen Elliott from Press Release The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for enhanced maritime surveillance in the Baltic Sea.  The Finnish Border Guard will adopt it later this year.  Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 is part of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service, delivered by the European […]

Adapting Aircraft Carriers to F-35B Operations – A Progress Report

Peter Donaldson Preceded only by the HARRIER and the Soviet era Yakovlev Yak-69, the Lockheed Martin F-35B LIGHTNING II is a member of a very exclusive club of jets to operate from carriers without catapults and arresting gear. This it achieves with the aid of a thrust vectoring nozzle for the engine exhaust, a lift […]

AGÉNOR’s View: from a Danish Frigate’s Bridge in the Strait of Hormuz

Hans Uwe Mergener The Danish frigate HDMS IVER HUITFELDT returned to her base on 10 December 2020 after a four-month deployment to Arab peninsular waters. From late August to late November 2020, it joined Operation AGÉNOR the military pillar of the European Maritime Surveillance Mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH). This European-led mission’s goals […]

Russia’s Baltic Fleet – Counterbalancing NATO’s Regional Build-Up

Dr. Nikolai Novichkov Some ten or fifteen years ago, Russia’s Baltic Fleet was the ‘neglected offspring’ of the Soviet Baltic Fleet. A depleted formation made up of its predecessor’s remnants, it did not represent a modern force. Moreover, the formation’s structure, warships and naval component were not supported by a combat concept, let alone a […]

Finnish Defence Forces Order Bittium TAC WIN

by Stephen Elliott Adapted from a press release Note: While often associated exclusively with land force communicaiton, MSD recognises this development is relevant for marine expeditionary forces. The Finnish Defence Forces order Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system’s products and Bittium Tough Comnode™ devices based on Framework Agreements on the purchase of the […]

Expeditionary Survey Boat Hydrograaf named at Damen Shipyards Den Helder

by Stephen Elliott Adapted from a press release On Friday, February 26, 2021, the naming ceremony and transfer of the Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB) of the Royal Netherlands Navy took place at Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH). Due to the coronavirus measures currently in force, the naming ceremony and handover took place in an adjusted […]

Elbit Systems Awarded a $300 Million Contract to Supply Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems to a Country in Asia

by Stephen Elliott Adapted from a press release Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded circa $300 million contract by a country in Asia* to provide its HermesTM 900 UAS. Performance of the contract will be for a period of five years. Elbit will provide its Hermes 900 UAS, associated sub-systems, and maintenance and […]


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 to watercraft […]

Growing Number of Russian Army UAVs

The Russian Army has a growing number of UAVs. According to an MoD spokesman quoted by national media, the new equipment will be used not only in combat, but for everyday activities such as training and exercises. The first use of quadcopter UAVs was during September exercises by the reconnaissance units of the 4th military […]

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