‘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.

Austal delivers first JHSV to US Navy

Austal says it has delivered the first of its joint high-speed vessels to the US Navy.

The USNS Spearhead, handed over to the navy yesterday, is part of 10-ship, $US1.6 billion contract.

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Ukraine Builds Corvette Vladimir Veliky Ahead of Schedule

Corvette Vladimir Veliky is being build for Ukrainian Navy at Chernomorsky Shipyard ahead of schedule, said executive director of charity organization the Ukrainian Navy Revival Fund Vadim Makhno, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

As for him, Ukraine "continues systematic financing of the project, and the Ukrainian Navy Revival Fund has already channeled over UAH 150,000 charity for the corvette building", reports the news agency.

Royal Navy has a new Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Philip Jones

Royal Navy has welcomed its newly-appointed Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff at a handover ceremony in Portsmouth. Vice Admiral Philip Jones takes up the role from outgoing Fleet Commander Admiral Sir George Zambellas who will continue in his NATO role, Commander Maritime Command, at Northwood in North West London.

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Intermarine delivers first Katanpää vessel to Finnish Navy

Italian shipbuilder Intermarine has delivered the first of three 52.5 metre Katanpää-class mine countermeasure vessels to the Finnish Navy upon successful completion of sea trials.

The order further strengthens Intermarine's role as a leader in the military work boat sector, with the Group's shipyard completing 41 vessels of this type for the navies of seven countries, including Italy, the United States and Australia.

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New Deputy Commander of Royal Brunei Navy Appointed

Bandar Seri Begawan - Colonel (L) Pg Norazmi bin Pg Hj Muhammad, Fleet Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) officially took over from Colonel (L) Hj Aznan bin Hj Julaihi, the Deputy Commander of RBN, at a handover ceremony for the appointment of the new Deputy Commander of RBN at Muara Naval Base yesterday morning.

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Brazil takes delivery of second ocean patrol vessel

Portsmouth, United Kingdom: APA, the second of three Ocean Patrol Vessels built by BAE Systems, was handed over to the Brazilian Navy in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday, November 30, the shipbuilding company news release said. Employees joined guests from the Brazilian and UK Royal Navies, to watch as members of the ship’s company raised the ensign for the first time, formally marking the handover of the Brazilian Navy’s newest vessel.

Redeeming Freedom - Changes for the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship

It is rare the U.S. Navy makes drastic tack changes in its public persona for major shipbuilding programs once a course has been set and navigated, but that is exactly what the service brass has done with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

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Indian navy to induct 5-6 warships every year

The Navy will rapidly modernise by inducting five to six new warships every year in the next five years with 42 out of 44 ships under construction indigenously in public and private sector and the force is inducting “more ships than retiring,” Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi said here on Monday.

Fourth destroyer still an option: Smith

Defence Minister Stephen Smith says Australia is still keeping its options open on whether it will purchase a fourth air warfare destroyer to bolster the country’s maritime defences. Mr Smith made the comment while visiting the BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne, where work is being undertaken on hull blocks for the first three air warfare destroyers as part of an $8 billion project.

Enterprise, Navy's First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier, Inactivated

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Nearly 12,000 past and current crewmembers, family and friends attended the inactivation of aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Dec. 1, 2012, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

Enterprise, the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, recently completed its 25th and final deployment and returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled inactivation, held prior to the ship's terminal offload program and subsequent decommissioning.

4 Frigates on Line for Turkish Navy

Turkey has chosen an ambitious project to follow the building of eight corvettes: this time the production of four air defense frigates worth around $4 billion dollars, the largest ships in the inventory of the country’s Navy.

11-vessel order with DMS Maritime culminates in Rescue Gear Ship for the Royal Australian Navy

An 11-vessel order for DMS Maritime Pty Limited culminated recently with a Rescue Gear Ship 9316, which will be used to support the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine fleet. Damen Shipyards and DMS Maritime signed the contract for the RGS 9316 on November 16 in Sydney, Australia. The vessel will be built at a Damen yard in Vietnam and is due to be delivered in 2016. Having built a similar vessel, the SD Victoria for Serco UK supporting the Royal Navy, the RGS 9316 is based on a proven Damen concept.