Lockheed inks $2 billion contract for Saudi frigate

Defense News – The Navy announced Friday that Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.96 billion contract to build four multi-mission surface combatants for Saudi Arabia. The ships, which are slated to be built at Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, are derived from the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship design.

Saudi navy seizes boat with weapons near offshore oilfield

Reuters – The Saudi navy seized a boat carrying weapons as it approached the kingdom’s offshore Marjan oilfield in the Gulf on Friday evening.

Saudi Arabia’s Naval Capabilities Will Balloon Thanks To Huge U.S. Arms Deal

The Drive – Riyadh’s naval forces increasingly need new and better warships to counter Iran and project power throughout the region.

New Houthi weapon emerges: a drone boat

Defense News – The Houthi boat that attacked and hit a Saudi frigate Jan. 30 in the Red Sea, reported earlier as a suicide boat, was instead carried out by an unmanned, remote-controlled craft filled with explosives.

Yemen conflict: Rebels in deadly attack on Saudi warship

BBC – The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels says two crew members have been killed in an attack on one of its warships in the Red Sea.

Saudi Arabia Set to Buy Four Lockheed Martin Freedom-Class Variants in $11.25B Deal

USNI News – Four Lockheed Martin Freedom-class ship variants are set to form the backbone of the Royal Saudi Navy’s Eastern Fleet.

Saudi-led naval blockade leaves 20m Yemenis facing humanitarian disaster

The Guardian – Aid agencies say embargo imposed by US and UK-backed Arab coalition has had dramatic effect, with almost 80% of population in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies.

Saudi Navy – Naval battle between UAE and Saudi Arabia raises fears for Gulf security

Daily TelegraphNaval battle between UAE and Saudi Arabia raises fears for Gulf security

A naval clash in the Gulf has reignited fears over the security of the world’s most important shipping lanes and disputed oilfields.

Saudi Navy – Saudi navy blockades north Yemen coast

Associated PressSaudi navy blockades north Yemen coast

A Saudi Arabian government adviser says the kingdom has imposed a naval blockade on northern Yemen’s Red Sea coast to try to prevent weapons and fighters flowing to Shiite rebels in the area.