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Spain angling to sell Brazil frigates with or without US systems

Spanish Defence Minister Pedro Morenés said on 12 March that if Washington were to block the sale of US-made systems used on F-100 class frigates, Spain would push ahead by offering alternative equipment in its attempt to win an order for the ships from Brazil.

Following his meeting with Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim in Brasilia, the Spanish state news agency EFE reported the minister as saying the one obstacle that could emerge would be an objection by Washington.

JHSV 2 Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials

Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) 2, the future USNS Choctaw County, conducted builder’s sea trials March 7-8, in Mobile, Ala.

The ship, now under construction at Austal USA, is the second ship of the JHSV class.

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U.S. Navy Weighs Halving LCS Order

WASHINGTON — Whatever the future holds for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, it’s becoming less likely the service will continue to buy both variants after 2015.

The successor may either be the Freedom-class or Independence-class designs now being built, an up-gunned, multimission variant of the current ships, or a completely different type of ship, according to senior Navy officials familiar with high-level thinking.

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Royal Navy Welcomes Fifth Type 45 Destroyer Into Its Fleet

Hundreds of guests including families of the 190 ship’s company will attend a colourful ‘Christening’ ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base to mark the ship’s transition into front-line service.

Principal guests include Lady Julie Massey - the ship’s sponsor who launched the vessel at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard on the River Clyde on 21 October 2009 - and Vice Admiral Philip Jones, Fleet Commander Royal Navy.

The ceremony will be conducted by the Venerable Scott Brown, Chaplain of the Fleet.

Russia to resurrect titanium subs

Moscow, March 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian Navy will refit, modernise and recommission two Sierra class (Project 945) titanium-hull nuclear-powered attack submarines by 2017.

The Zvezdochka shipyard said the Sierra class has a light and strong titanium pressure hull, enabling the vessels to dive to depths of up to 550 metres and enhancing their survivability, as well as having a low magnetic signature.

A total of four Project 945 and 945A submarines were built in Russia.

Read more: http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/03/06/15--Russia-to-resur...

US Navy funds Austal LCS Team to build two more ships

March 05, 2013

Additional contracts affirm commitment to the LCS Program

Austal USA’s order backlog has grown by approximately US$681.7 million as a result of two additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract options being exercised by the United States Navy.

The contract options fund construction of the LCS 14 and LCS 16, the fifth and sixth ships in the 10-ship block buy award made to an Austal-led team in December 2010. That 10-ship program is potentially worth over US$3.5 billion.

China’s Navy Goes Stealth

In what it called a major step in the “systematic upgrade of its equipment and defense,” the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on February 25th received the first of an expected 20 Type 056 Jiangdao-class stealth corvettes, a new type of ship that experts say will play a major role in defending China’s territorial waters.

Read more: http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/02/28/chinas-navy-goes-stea...

Greek Frigate Bouboulina Decommissioned

18 Feb 2013: Today Greek Nay decommissioned one of her 10 Elli lass frigates F-463 Bouboulina with a solemn ceremony.

Like all Elli class ships the ex Bouboulina started her life in the Dutch Navy. At that time she was known as Pieter Floriz. She was transferred after 18 years of service in Royal Netherlands Navy.

Read more: http://turkishnavy.net/2013/02/18/greek-frigate-bouboulina-decommissioned/

Missile Sub Rejoins Russia’s Northern Fleet After Refit

MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Navy ballistic-missile submarine Verkhoturye has returned to service with the Northern Fleet after completing a refit, Fleet Spokesman Captain First Rank Vadim Serga said on Wednesday.

The Project 667 class boat (NATO Delta 4) arrived at the main nuclear submarine base in Gadzhiyevo, Murmansk Region, after refit at the Zvezdochka shipyard at Severodvinsk, Serga said.

Read more: http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20130206/179258899.html

Trapped U.S. Navy Minesweeper To Be Broken Up

Caught between the jagged coral of an ocean reef and Filipino environmental and political concerns, the U.S. Navy says it will cut up the trapped USS Guardian and take it away piece by piece.

“Our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections,” Capt. Darryn James, spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said Jan. 29.

The decision, James said, keeps salvage equipment in deeper water and minimizes further damage to the coral reef.

Read more: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130129/DEFREG02/301290008/Trapped-U...

Ford takes shape with island placement

After a week full of finishing touches that included 90 gallons of gray paint and the installation of a new lighting system, the shipyard is ready to place its redesigned island on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford.

Newport News Shipbuilding, the nation's largest shipyard and a unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is set to place the island onto the carrier Saturday, a construction milestone and one of the late steps in the process of completing the ship's structure.

White Ensign flies over ‘remarkable’ Ambush as new £1bn submarine formally joins the Fleet

The White Ensign now billows over two Astute-class submarines after the second boat, HMS Ambush, was officially handed over to the Royal Navy following successful trials.

Builders BAE Systems formally transferred the £1bn hunter-killer – one of seven successors to the long-serving Trafalgar-class – to the Silent Service in Ambush’s home port of Faslane.

Read more: https://navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/6845

USS Guardian Runs Aground in the Sulu Sea

Story Number: NNS130117-01Release Date: 1/17/2013 7:02:00 AM

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- No one was hurt when the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) ran aground on Tubbataha Reef at 2:25 a.m. local time, Jan. 17, while transiting the Sulu Sea.

The Avenger-class ship had just completed a port call in Subic Bay, Olongapo City and was en route to her next port of call when the grounding occurred. The ship is currently stuck on the reef, approximately 80 miles east-southeast of Palawan Island. The crew is currently working to determine the best method of safely extracting the ship.

Four Royal Navy frigates in Portsmouth Harbour for sale

Four decommissioned Royal Navy ships have been put up for sale by the Ministry of Defence.

The Type 22 frigates HMS Cumberland, HMS Campbeltown, HMS Chatham and HMS Cornwall are currently moored in Portsmouth Harbour.

The navy is open to offers for the former Devonport-based ships, including being scrapped and recycled, reused or sunk to become artificial reefs.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21009533

USS Buffalo Bids Farewell to Guam

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- After five-and-a-half years as a forward-deployed submarine stationed in Guam, the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) departed for her new homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 11.

Buffalo and its crew now head to Hawaii for a scheduled extended maintenance period and mission availabilities.

Read more: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=71428