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Patria joins in an EDIDP programme to develop maritime surveillance capabilities

Patria is part of three-country Northern-European co-operation in a consortium that was selected by the EU in the European Defence Industrial Programme for Maritime Surveillance Capabilities. The member states are Estonia, Finland and Sweden (the lead) all countries surrounding the Baltic Sea and the countries have signed the letter of intent. The consortium is led […]


edited by Curtis Hand The UV-based ballast water treatment specialist BIO-UV Group and The Columbia Group – its American engineering and servicing partner, were selected to develop a ballast water treatment system for the US Navy. The contract follows an international call for tenders to develop a military version of a UV ballast water disinfection system […]

Israel Shipyards Presents, for the First Time at IMDEC, its Flexible Commercial Options to Meet the New Economic Reality

Presenting for the first time at the prestigious African Naval event – IMDEC, Israel Shipyards Ltd. showcases its flexible options and solutions that address the immediate needs of fleets around the world and help them overcome harsh, new economic realities facing many countries in the region. As a leading shipbuilding and repair company in the […]

RNLN Adm Rob Bauer Begins NATO Military Committee Chairmanship

edited by Curtis Hand Adm Rob Bauer (photo, right) of the Royal Netherlands Navy took over as Chair of the NATO Military Committee. Elected in October 2020, Adm Bauer begins his three-year tenure just one week after the recent Brussels Summit with Heads of State and Government. With the ambitious NATO 2030 agenda agreed, the […]

Elettronica and Rohde & Schwarz cooperate for German RCESM/RECM systems

edited by Curtis Hand from official release Elettronica and Rohde & Schwarz signed a cooperation agreement for the conception and delivery of radar and communication electronic support measures/radar electronic counter-measures  in Germany, with a focus on German naval programmes. ELT and Rohde & Schwarz will continue their significant R&D spending in this area to offer […]

Rohde & Schwarz Supports Brazilian Navy Expansion & Modernisation

edited by Curtis Hand from release Rohde & Schwarz was awarded a contract from the Águas Azuis Consortium to supply the communications and intelligence suites for the Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré Frigates Class programme. They will be fully responsible for the development, design, production, integration and acceptance of the external and internal communication suite and will supply communication […]

Was There Any Doubt? Germany Approves the U212CD Project

by Curtis Hand from a press release, and with commentary from Merl Wachtberg thyssenkrupp Marine Systems CEO Dr Rolf Wirtz, commented on the German Parliament Budget Committee’s funding of the €25 million 212CD (“Common Design”) German-Norwegian submarine project: “…the German Bundestag today made it possible for the contract to be signed soon. This is good […]

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 Glaucus. 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. MSD:  […]


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 […]

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