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Navy commissions 808 Squadron

The Navy’s newest Squadron - 808 - was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm on 11 July, in a traditional ceremony at HMAS Albatross.

The ceremony also marked the formal induction into the Australian Defence Force aircraft fleet of the MRH90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter, which will be operated by both the Navy and Army.

Alexander Nevsky submarine to be handed over to Russian Navy Nov 15

ST. PETERSBURG, July 6 (Itar-Tass) - The strategic nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky will be handed over to the Russian Navy on November 15, Sevmash shipyard Secretary-General Mikhail Budnichenko said.

Prior to that, the Project 995 Borei-class submarine will fire a Bulava ICBM in September, Budnichenko told ITAR-TASS at the 6th International Maritime Defence Show in St. Petersburg on Saturday, July 6.

Several countries interested in buying ex-Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias

According to rumors that emerged recently in the Spanish press, the Philippines as well as several Arab countries have expressed interest in purchasing the former Spanish Navy Aircraft Carrier Principe de Asturias. In case of a sale, the contract would include refit and upgrading of the vessel by Spanish shipyard Navantia.

It is reported that Indonesia already expressed interest in the vessel earlier this year. Following an official visit by TNI AL (Indonesian Navy) delegation to the El Ferrol naval base however, Indonesia decided not to purchase the aircraft carrier.

Navy to award contract for up to 10 destroyers

BATH, Maine (AP) — Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works will soon learn whether they're getting a critical contract.

The Navy has told Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine that it intends to issue a contract for up to 10 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers by June 4, with work to be completed over five years from fiscal 2013 through 2017.

Full story: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-05-06/navy-to-award-contract-for-up-...

Navy's Newest Warship Goes on Duty in Anchorage

America's newest warship, the USS Anchorage, was commissioned during a persistent spring snow Saturday morning at the Port of Anchorage. Several thousand people stood or sat in the slush on the dock facing the $1.3 billion ship, a vessel longer than two football fields and capable of carrying up to 800 Marines to combat zones or natural disasters.

Australian frigate embeds with US Navy at Yokosuka, Japan

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — An Australian Navy frigate joined the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet on Monday for a three-month embed, the latest example of tightening links during a time of heightened tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

The modified Perry-class frigate HMAS Sydney is now docked at Yokosuka’s naval harbor, where its 217-member crew will prepare for a patrol as part of the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group.

Full story: http://www.stripes.com/news/australian-frigate-embeds-with-us-navy-at-yo...

Royal Bahamas Defence Force contracts Damen for fleet of long range patrol craft

Following a six-year acquisition program, the Government of the Bahamas has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire 9 vessels for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and construction work for their naval bases. The contract has been placed with Damen Shipyards Group, headquartered in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.

Navy replaces maple leaf flag for new design

After 48 years, the Royal Canadian Navy will be flying a new flag.

The new ensign will debut on May 5, marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, a time when the navy and Canadians salute the sacrifices of sailors during the Second World War.

Since 1965, the Canadian maple leaf flag has flown off the stern of Canadian warships. The new design harkens back to the wartime navy. Back then, the naval ensign had a British flag in the upper corner on an all-white background.

USS Monterey Conducts Exercise With Albanian Navy

Story Number: NNS130429-08Release Date: 4/29/2013 11:24:00 AM

By Mass Communication specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho, USS Monterey Public Affairs

PORTO PALERMO, Albania (NNS) -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) conducted exercises with the Albanian navy in Porto Palermo, Albania, April 28.

The exercise is part of a continuing effort between the U.S. and Albania to improve Albanian maritime surveillance capabilities.

First Moroccan FREMM frigate beings sea trials

The Royal Moroccan Navy’s FREMM frigate yesterday began sea trials off the coast of Brittany in preparation for delivery to the North African country later this year.

Its builder DCNS said that after putting to sea for the first time yesterday, the frigate will begin several weeks of sea trials. During this first period at sea, the crew ( made up of French Navy personnel, Moroccan Navy representatives and DCNS employees) will focus primarily on the performance of the ship's propulsion system and navigation system.

Chinese Navy's Blue Water Dreams

It's now official. That China is building a blue water navy capable of operating far from its shores has been known for a while to observers of the rapid military modernization in Asia. Beijing's biennial White Paper on defence issued this week simply confirms it.

Unlike the previous reports, issued since 1998, the White Paper is expansive in identifying a range of missions for the armed forces in both war and peace. As Chinese armed forces look beyond their borders, the Navy's role as a flexible instrument has acquired greater salience in Chinese military strategy.

Russia to Lay Keel for 4th Project 11356 Frigate

MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Navy’s fourth Project 11356 frigate will have its keel laid on Thursday, the Yantar shipyard said on Monday.

The start of construction work on the Admiral Butakov frigate was postponed in October 2012.

The Kaliningrad-based shipyard is to build a total of six Project 11356 frigates under a contract with the Defense Ministry.

Read more: http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20130415/180651782.html

HMS Ark Royal to leave Portsmouth for scrapyard

FORMER Royal Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal will leave Portsmouth for the scrapyard next month, The News can reveal.

The Invincible-class carrier is headed for a Turkish scrap merchant after being left to rust in Portsmouth Naval Base for the last two years.

The Ministry of Defence says a date for her final departure has not yet been set, but The News understands it could be around mid-May.

Read more: http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/hms-ark-royal-to-leave-portsmouth...

Russia’s Third Borey-Class Sub to Start Trials in June

MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - A third Project 955 Borey-class nuclear-powered strategic submarine will start trials in the White Sea in June, United Shipbuilding Corporation President Andrei Dyachkov said on Monday.

Read more: http://en.rian.ru/military_news/20130401/180383681.html

Russia to Deliver First Kilo Class Sub to Vietnam in 2013

LANGKAWI (Malaysia), March 29 (RIA Novosti) – The first of six Varshavyanka class (Project 636M) diesel-electric submarines will be delivered to Vietnam in 2013 as scheduled, the submarine designer said on Friday.

The Varshavyanka class is an improved version of the Kilo class submarines, featuring advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

Read more: http://en.rian.ru/military_news/20130329/180332942.html