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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.

PH to buy 5 French patrol boats

THE government will spend P4.8 billion for the acquisition of five patrol vessels from France next year, the Philippine Coast Guard announced on Monday.

Rear Admiral Luis Tuason, Coast Guard officer-in-charge and commandant for operations, did not specify the manufacturer and class of vessels they plan to acquire, but stressed that the vessels will be brand new and French made.

“The President has ordered the procurement of additional ships for the Coast Guard,” said Tuason. “We have a forthcoming one unit 82-meter and four 24-meter long brand new patrol vessels from France.”

US Coast Guard Continues Search for the Captain of the Bounty, Search Area Expands Exponentially

The United States Coast Guard continues its search today for Captain Robin Walbridge, the missing captain of the HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat which sank approximately 125 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C.

Iranian Warships Dock in Sudan

Iran says two of its warships have docked in Sudan, days after Sudan accused Israel of bombing an arms factory in Khartoum.

Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA, says a destroyer and a helicopter carrier arrived in Sudan Monday to ensure security for shipping lanes. It said the vessels were also bringing a message of peace and friendship.

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said the Iranian fleet's commanders will meet their Sudanese navy counterparts during their visit.

First locally built warship for Bangladesh

Naval expansion in Asia continues apace, with the Bangladesh Navy (BN) being the latest Asian navy to emerge as a regional force to be reckoned with. The current BN order of battle includes the modern South Korean-built frigate 'Bangabandhu', and the Jianghu frigate 'Osman', which was constructed in China. The latter warship has for some years been a mainstay of the UNIFIL maritime patrol off Lebanon.

USS Crommelin retired in Pearl Harbor ceremony

The ongoing evolution of the U.S. Navy came to Pearl Harbor last Friday (Oct 26th) with the first of two frigate decommissionings — a class of warship being replaced by new littoral combat ships. For about 20 Crommelin family members, who came from California, Oregon, and even Australia, the retirement amounts to a loss of one of their own — the USS Crommelin, named for brothers who fought in the Pacific in World War II. John G. Crommelin the fifth, 32, who lives on the Hilo side of Hawaii island, said it was an honor to be a part of the decommissioning.

Navy techical sailors lured by mine cash

A SHORTAGE of technical sailors, blamed on the resources boom, has forced the navy to tie up two frontline warships indefinitely while its remaining 10 frigates lost 459 days in just six months this year due to "unscheduled" repairs and maintenance.

The navy describes the temporary withdrawal from service of the WA-based frigate HMAS Arunta and the Sydney-based HMAS Stuart as "extended readiness" and it blames the mining boom's high wages for cornering the market in highly qualified technicians.

Enterprise Completes Final Ammunition Offload Before Inactivation

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian G. Reynolds, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Weapons Department completed the historic carrier's final ammunition offload Oct. 24-26.

During the offload, 3,348,000 pounds of ordnance and ammunition were transferred from Enterprise to Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ships USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) and USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2).

Navy keeps some Hampton Roads ships in port

The Navy on Saturday modified its guidance for ships in Hampton Roads, after a change in forecast for Hurricane Sandy.

Ships already underway will continue to maneuver clear of the storm, while ships still in port as of Saturday will remain there.

“We kept a very close watch on the storm all night,” Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said, according to a news release. “As a result of these projected changes, we determined that the safest place for the ships not already underway is in port.

BAE and Thales plot course for smaller warships to fight pirates

Robert Wall , Bloomberg News
London
Friday 26 October 2012

BAE Systems and Thales are among defense companies increasing their focus on patrol vessels to drive naval sales as countries from Libya to Brazil modernize and expand their fleets.

The market for offshore patrol vessels in the next 10 to 15 years is estimated at 14 billion pounds ($22.4 billion), said Ian Leach, a business development executive for BAE's naval ships business. About 15 percent of that market will be up for competition, he said.

After $700,000 in repairs, Navy ship is back in action

In the hours after a massive Japanese oil tanker smashed into the guided missile destroyer Porter in the Strait of Hormuz two months ago, it wasn't clear whether the warship would be able to steam back to Norfolk under its own power.

"There was a lot of talk about just doing a quick patch on her and letting her just limp home," said Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander of the five-ship Enterprise carrier strike group, which includes the Porter. "We decided we could do better than that."

Capability Boost for Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron

The Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron, based at HM Naval Base Clyde, recently received a boost to its operational capability with the delivery of two batch 2 P2000 patrol boats.

The new vessels, HMS Raider and HMS Tracker, replace the older batch 1 ships, HMS Pursuer and HMS Dasher, which had become familiar sites on the Clyde since the creation of the Squadron back in 2010.

Navy to Christen Submarine Minnesota

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine Minnesota, Oct. 27, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va.

Adm. Kirk Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead and a Minnesota native, will serve as ship's sponsor and break a champagne bottle against a plate welded to the hull, and officially christen the ship 'Minnesota.'

China developing new type of destroyer with superior stealth: media

Hong Kong, Oct. 19 (CNA) China is developing a new type of guided-missile destroyer that is larger and stealthier than its present destroyers, an influential China newspaper said Friday.

The China Youth Daily said the new destroyer, believed to refer to 052D vessels now in construction, are the next generation of the 052C destroyers China's Navy currently operates.

The newspaper said the new type of destroyer has maintained an emphasis on seaworthiness and durability but has also been designed for greater stealth.