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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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