Taiwan to add two warships

Taiwan plans to buy two warships from the United States as part of an effort to modernise its naval force amid a perceived military threat from China, defence minister Kao Hua-chu said Monday.

The two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, now serving in the US navy, will be delivered to Taiwan by 2015, Kao said while answering questions in parliament, AFP reports.

"The defence ministry has decided to take the two Perry-class frigates. It is a good bargain,'' Kao added, according to a statement released by Lin Yu-fang, the legislator who raised the question.

INS Viraat arrives in Kochi for periodic refit

INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier operated by the Navy, arrived in Kochi on Friday for its periodic refit at the Cochin Shipyard (CSL). The work is expected to last at least three months The Navy’s flagship, now berthed at the Cochin Port, is expected to be dry-docked at the shipyard sometime next week, primarily for the restoration of its underwater surface and gears.

DND deal for Italian warships nearing completion

MANILA, Philippines - Negotiation for the acquisition of two warships from Italy may be completed within the year.

In an interview, Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo told The STAR the Navy is expected to come up with a decision package, a document needed to make the ships ready for operation.

“I would like to say that it (negotiation) is in its advanced stage,” he said.

“When we receive a decision package, we will submit to the (defense) secretary the acquisition decision memorandum (ADM) and then submit the proposal to the president for approval,” he said.

Israel mulls purchasing 4 South Korean warships

Israel has voiced enthusiasm in purchasing four frigates from South Korea and plans to send a team of its officials to Seoul next month to pursue a potential deal.

"Israel recently expressed an interest to buy four frigates," Yonhap news agency quoted an official at South Korean’s state-run weapons procurement agency, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), as saying Saturday on condition of anonymity.

The 1,400-ton frigates under negotiation with Israel are said to be priced at about US$100 million each.

Southern African Shipyards refurbishing Navy strike craft

Durban-based Southern African Shipyards is refurbishing the South African Navy’s three surviving strike craft, converting them to offshore patrol vessels. Southern African Shipyards told defenceWeb that the main work being performed on the vessels related to electrical, mechanical and general hull maintenance and involved refurbishment, replacement and repainting.

Enterprise scheduled to arrive home Sunday

The aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE is scheduled to arrive home at Naval Station Norfolk on Sunday, its final homecoming after 51 years of military service, the Navy announced Tuesday. In all, more than 5,500 sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group will reunite with families and friends after a 7.5-month deployment that took them to the Mediterranean and Arabian seas.

Navy’s new ship, USS Anchorage, to be christened in its namesake city 4 May 2013

ANCHORAGE — The USS Anchorage, an amphibious transport dock ship, will be commissioned in its namesake city on May 4, 2013, according to an announcement Thursday from the USS Anchorage Commissioning Committee.

It will be the first time that a U.S. Navy vessel has been formally commissioned in Alaska, the committee said. The ceremony will be open to the public.

Buddy Whitt, a member of the committee,said the ship is scheduled to be in Anchorage for 10 days, starting in late April, and be open to groups and individuals wishing to tour the ship during that time.

All new-type-warship captains experienced in high-sea practice and training

A new-type-warship formation of the North China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) returned to its home port after accomplishing its high-sea practice and training in mid October of 2012. During the 20-day-and-night high-sea training, captains steered the new-type warships to conduct actual-combat drills on comprehensive defense, ship-submarine-airplane integrated confrontation and so on, in a bid to explore various tactics for high-sea operations.

Hammond: Keep Both Carriers in Royal Navy Service

LONDON — British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has thrown his weight behind the Royal Navy operating both of the new aircraft carriers once the new Queen Elizabeth class warships enter service starting late this decade.

Istanbul Shipyard interested in Project Biro

Turkish company Istanbul Shipyard is seeking to take part in the South African Navy’s Project Biro competition for new offshore and inshore patrol vessels, with its 42 metre long fast patrol craft being best suited to the requirement.

The company has been in touch with South Africa and is going to ask for tender requirements for Project Biro. “We are just at the kickoff,” said Hakan Karademir, who is in charge of Business Development at Istanbul Shipyard.

Upgraded Indian Submarine starts Sea Trials in Russia

Moscow, Oct 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti): An Indian Kilo class diesel-electric submarine that has been overhauled at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia has sailed for two-week sea trials, the company said.

INS Sindhurakshak, which was handed over to the Indian Navy in 1997, has been upgraded under a direct contract between the Zvezdochka shipyard and the Indian defence ministry, signed June 4, 2010.

"The Indian submarine, which has been repaired and modernized at the Zvezdochka shipyard, sailed for sea trials on Monday," the company said in a statement.

Russia On Target To Float Out Five Warships Each Year

Russian shipyards will float out five combat and auxiliary ships for the Russian Navy each year in line with the existing shipbuilding program, Navy chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday.

“I think that we will be able to float out up to five warships and auxiliary ships every year,” Chirkov told reporters in St. Petersburg at the launch of the Igor Belousov sea-rescue ship, which is expected to be commissioned in 2014.

The construction of the Igor Belousov started in 2005 at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg but has faced a series of setbacks.

Kenyan Navy’s newest warship takes the fight to Somalia

The KNS Jasiri is the largest vessel in the Kenyan Navy fleet and also the most recently delivered. Shortly after arriving in Kenya two months ago, it was involved in military operations in neighbouring Somalia, taking part in the battle for the coastal city of Kismayo.

DND puts on hold plan to get third warship from US

MANILA, Philippines - Acquisition of a third warship from the US has been put on hold to allow the government to equip two former US Coast Guard vessels now known as BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz.

The Gregorio del Pilar was acquired last year, and the Ramon Alcaraz is expected to arrive by February.

Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo told The STAR existing vessels must be equipped with the necessary weapon systems.

“The additional (cutter) was put on hold,” he said.

New Moroccan Frigate Sails Through Sea Acceptance Trials

Recently, the third and last of the Royal Moroccan Navy’s new Sigma class frigates was subjected to its Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT). All Thales systems on board of the ship as well as the functional chains for Anti Air Warfare, Anti Surface Warfare and Electronic Warfare performed flawlessly. Tacticos, Thales’s Combat Management System is the first CMS in the world to have been successfully teamed with the MBDA VL MICA. The ship was commissioned in September 2012.