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USS Jacksonville Strikes Vessel, No Injuries

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- No one was hurt when the periscope on USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), a Los Angeles-class submarine, struck a vessel while operating in the Arabian Gulf Jan. 10 at approximately 5 a.m. local time.

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Russian Navy plans further expansion

The Russian submarine, Yuri Dolgorukiy, was passed into service during its inauguration at the Sevmash shipbuilding company in Severodvinsk, Archangelsk Region on Jan. 10. This indicates that Russia is finally aware of the need for a powerful and effective navy.

Read more: http://rbth.ru/articles/2013/01/11/russian_navy_plans_to_expand_21795.html

Advanced Navy Ship, DDG 1000, Progresses

On December 14, 2012, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), erected the composite deckhouse for Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the U.S. Navy’s next generation destroyer, and in the process achieved two new milestones in the company’s 128-year history: a 900-ton, four-crane, static lift of the deckhouse module for DDG 1000, and a record-breaking movement of the ship and deckhouse on the shipyard’s Land Level Transfer Facility, the total combined weight of which exceeded 13,000 tons.

Read more: http://www.marinelink.com/news/progresses-advanced-ship350230.aspx

Iraqi Navy Receives Two US Navy OSV's

The Iraqi navy and the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command mark delivery of two 60-meter Offshore Support Vessels (OSV's).

The delivery ceremony was held recently at the Umm Qasr naval facility in Iraq.

Read more: http://www.marinelink.com/news/receives-iraqi-navy350242.aspx

Russia Drops Plans to Build Two Mistral Class Ships

MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to abandon plans for construction of two Mistral class amphibious assault ships under the French license in Russia, business daily Vedomosti said on Friday citing a government source.

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Malaysian navy's latest training vessel launched

KUALA LANGAT, Malaysia - Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday named and launched the Royal Malaysian Navy's new training vessel K.D. Gagah Samudera at the NGV Tech Sdn Bhd shipyard in Sijangkang, here.

The 76-metre ship, which has a maximum speed of 20 knots, is the first of two ships built for RMN by local shipbuilder NGV Tech Sdn Bhd in collaboration with South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).

Read more: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story2012121...

Royal Navy to refit HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) as part of a £65m Contract

HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s largest warship which played a starring role during the London 2012 Olympics, will receive a £65M upgrade, the MoD announced. Her upgrade will be carried out at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth and will be the largest upkeep programme of its kind to be carried out at the docks in more than 20 years.

The contract has been awarded to UK maritime support specialists Babcock, securing 300 jobs in Devonport. More than 70 contractors are also set to be involved in the project securing a further 300 jobs across the UK.

Landing Ship Caesar Kunikov to Pass Repair in Bulgaria in 2013

Black Sea Fleet (BSF) landing ship Caesar Kunikov will leave Sevastopol in March 2013 and head for Bulgaria to pass repair, a source in the fleet told Central Navy Portal.

As is planned, Caesar Kunikov would undergo repairs at the Flotski Arsenal shipyard in Varna. The ship will pass interim overhaul and modernization; working period will last 2 years. Repair will be performed in settlement of Bulgaria's national debt to the USSR.

Read More: http://rusnavy.com/news/navy/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=16644

New Zealand to upgrade two frigates

Tenders will be sought to upgrade the self-defence and sensor capabilities of the Royal New Zealand navy frigates HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Te Mana, Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced today.

“The frigates are a vital part of our Defence Force but the weapons and sensor systems were designed in the late 1980s and require a mid-life upgrade,” said Dr Coleman.

Cabinet has approved a Detailed Business Case and a Request for Tender will be issued by the Ministry of Defence early next year.

Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/new-zealand-to-upgrade-two-frigates-45936/

HMAS Wewak decommissioned

Navy personnel and dignitaries today gathered at HMAS Cairns to farewell an old friend, Balikpapan Class Landing Craft Heavy (LCH), HMAS Wewak.

The ship is being decommissioned after almost 40 years of service moving large amounts of cargo, personnel and equipment from larger ships to shore.

Read more: http://www.navy.gov.au/news/hmas-wewak-decommissioned

Denmark selects US Navy's MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter

The U.S. Navy announced today that the Danish government signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and comprehensive logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program.

Valued at US $686 million (Kr 4 billion), the aircraft will be procured via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program.

Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/denmark-selects-us-navys-mh-60r-seahawk-helic...

IRGC Navy Building Jetty in Northern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy is building a jetty of its own on the rims of the Caspian Sea in Northern Iran, an IRGC commander said Saturday.

"The jetty is being built in Gilan (province) and has military and training applications," Commander of IRGC's Seyed al-Shohada Commando Training Center First Captain Asqar Shokrollahi told FNA today.

Read more: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107125300

‘Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell ‘Bud’ Zumwalt, Jr.’ by Larry Berman

By John Lehman, Sunday, December 9, 7:21 AM

There is nothing wrong with hagiographies, if they are well researched and written — and if the praise is deserved; we need more of them. “Zumwalt” is a fine example, an engaging book about an extraordinary sailor and human being who had an inspirational faith in the strengths of America, its people and its Navy.

India Navy’s second P-8I moves closer to delivery after first flight

India’s P-8I is destined for delivery to the Indian Navy next year after a successful first flight put the military aircraft on course for mission systems installations and checkout work.

Indian Navy’s second P-8I is a derivative of The Boeing Co.’s 737-800 long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The P-8I is expected to replace the Indian Navy’s Russian Tupolev Tu-142M maritime surveillance turboprop. The first of as many as two dozen planes is expected to be delivered to the Navy next year.

The state of the South African Defence Force

The South African Defence Force (SANDF) is one of Africa’s largest military forces with an estimated 75,000 uniformed soldiers. The power of command is vested in an officer, designated Chief of the SANDF (CSANDF), who is appointed from any of the Arms of Service. The CSANDF is the only person in the SANDF at the rank of General or Admiral and is accountable to the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, who is the head of the Department of Defence.