PH navy ship being prepared for voyage

BRP RAMON ALCARAZ, the second Hamilton-Class Cutter acquired by the Philippines from the US, is being prepared for its voyage to the Philippines by early 2013. The ship, formerly called the USCGC DALLAS, was a Coast Guard high endurance cutter commissioned in 1967 in New Orleans and was decommissioned in March 2012.

Flag raising ceremony on Caspian Flotilla’s frigate Dagestan

A handover and flag-hoisting ceremony was held November 28 in Makhachkala seaport on board the Gepard-class stealth frigate “DAGESTAN.” The warship was built at Zelenodolsk Shipyard (member of AK BARS HOLDING), the shipbuilding firm press release said.

Weapons stolen, guard tied up in Navy raid

Weapons have been stolen after a Navy patrol boat base was broken into and a guard assaulted overnight.

Police say that around 1am today a Defence member was assaulted and a cache of weapons stolen from a Navy patrol boat moored at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin.

In a statement, the Defence department said: "The intruder overpowered the duty member, accessed the vessel's armoury and removed a number of weapons. The person then departed the vessel with the weapons."

The number and types of weapons that have been stolen has not been divulged by authorities.

Production challenge met: DCNS Delivers First FREMM Frigate

On 23 November, European Joint Armament Cooperation Organisation OCCAR* formally signed acceptance documents on behalf of French defence procurement agency DGA following the delivery of FREMM frigate Aquitaine in compliance with all contractual requirements. Aquitaine is the first FREMM multimission frigate for the French Navy. This major technological and industrial achievement is the result of a design and construction process conducted under DCNS programme prime contractorship and in close collaboration with the Navy, the DGA and OCCAR every step of the way.

HMAS Choules out of action until April 2013

Defence has revealed that HMAS Choules, bought from the British last year, will be out of action until April following a mechanical breakdown June 2012. Following consultation with the transformer manufacturer, the Defence Materiel Organisation, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Lloyds Classification Society and the UK Ministry of Defence, the Chief of Navy has made the decision to replace the remaining four transformers on the Choules before the ship returns to sea.

Severodvinsk Sub Fires First Cruise Missile

MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's newest attack submarine, the Project 855 Severodvinsk, successfully fired its first cruise missile at a land target during manufacturer's sea trials in the White Sea, a source in the United Shipbuilding Corporation told RIA Novosti on Monday.

The Severodvinsk, laid down in 1993, is one of eight Yasen-class boats being built for the Russian Navy.

Russia’s second Borei-class submarine to undergo state acceptance trials

The Russian Navy's second Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), Alexander Nevsky, will undergo state acceptance trials in December. Sevmash shipyard's press service was cited by RIA Novosti as saying that the SSBN Alexander Nevsky deployment to the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet was rescheduled by former Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdiukov from 2013 to 2014.

Vikramaditya aircraft carrier to leave harbor after boilers repaired in early July

The Indian aircraft carrier, the Vikramaditya (formerly Admiral Gorshkov), being upgraded by the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, will resume at-sea trials in early July 2013, a spokesman for the Russian Navy's Main Staff told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

"Under the new timeframe, the Vikramaditya will leave the harbor on July 3. The at-sea trials plan will be fully implemented, despite the previous results," he said.

But before the sea trials the ship will spend two months at the Sevmash dock, where its underwater part will be examined between early May and late June.

Russian warships conduct firing drill in Indian Ocean

The Russian Pacific Fleet's warships will conduct maneuvers jointly with the Indian Navy on their way to the Gulf of Aden, Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain First Rank Roman Martov told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

The Russian warships will make a stopover in the Indian port of Mumbai. After the visit, naval maneuvers will be held with Indian warships, he said.

"The crew of the Marshal Shaposhnikov large antisubmarine warfare ship held a live firing drill after entering the Indian Ocean and reaching the Bay of Bengal, hitting simulated air and sea targets," Martov said.

Nigerian Navy halt ships carrying crude oil

The Nigerian Navy has successfully seized 17 ships carrying tens of millions of barrels containing crude oil believed to have been stolen during a major fleet exercise.

Chinese shipbuilder set to build more aircraft carriers

The company that played a key role in equipping China's first aircraft carrier is ready to build more "seagoing airbases", its chairman said. "China is the only one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council not to have an aircraft carrier wholly developed by itself," China Daily quoted Hu Wenming, chairman of China State Shipbuilding Corp. as saying.

Navy's Newest Amphibious Ship to Arrive at Future Homeport

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The amphibious transport dock Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Anchorage (LPD 23) is scheduled to arrive at her new homeport of San Diego Nov. 21.

Anchorage, under the command of Capt. Brian Quin, departed Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. Oct. 30 to sail to its new home port.

Delaware name to resurface on Navy submarine

WASHINGTON — It has been 89 years since a Navy ship bearing the name Delaware sailed the world’s waters.

The drought will soon end, as the Navy announced Monday that one of its newest attack submarines will be named Delaware.

And get this: It was a short, simple and slyly tongue-in-cheek letter to the editor of The News Journal last spring that prompted the state’s three-member congressional delegation to launch an inside-the-Beltway campaign to get the state a namesake ship.

Allegations Of Cost-Cutting On Astute Submarines

Saturday’s Guardian reported on an internal Ministry of Defence memo which raised concerns of corrosion on HMS Astute and HMS Ambush.

All Royal Navy submarines are subject to a continuous, thorough assessment of their components to minimise the risk of corrosion, and cosmetic problems with the paint finish inside HMS Astute and HMS Ambush were identified and rectified.

Norway Issues RFI for New Submarines

“Our current submarines will reach the end of their service life after 2020. I am therefore very pleased that the process that will eventually allow us to decide on how to best secure the continuation of a Norwegian submarine capability beyond this point is progressing according to schedule,” says Norwegian Minister of Defence Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen.