Rayal Navy News
The first in the second batch of River class offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy, HMS Forth, was rolled out of her construction hall and onto the semi submersible barge Dina Launcher in mid August.
She was later lowered into the River Clyde. The photographs released by BAE Defence Systems revealed the ship to be virtually complete with only final fitting out to be completed on the warship.
BAE Systems are currently building two sister ships with the options of a further pair under consideration.
In a Defence Select Committee in July, the Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Andrew Jones told the committee that the planned sixth new vessel had now been abandoned and the fifth, as yet unnamed, vessel would in turn replace the Falklands Patrol Vessel HMS Clyde in the longer term.
The submarine is the third of the U212A Todaro class which features the very latest highly innovative technology including amagnetic materials on her hull to reduce her acoustic signature.
The last of the four submarines, Romeo Romei, is expected to join the Italian fleet in around a year's time.
New Zealand News
The New Zealand Government announced that it had ordered a new $348 million replenishment tanker from the Hyundai shipyard in South Korea. The new ship will replace the 30 plus year old HMNZS Endeavour, which has in recent years been expensive and troublesome to maintain and keep operational.
The new ship will feature improved communications equipment and for self defence there will be provision for a Phalanx close in weapon system plus small mini guns. The new ship will also be significantly larger than the old tanker and will be able to refuel two ships simultaneously and will also feature an ice strengthened hull for operations within the Antarctic region. She will also have a hangar and flight deck for the operation of a wide variety of naval helicopters.
Unfortunately, due to the condition of HMNZS Endeavour, she will be decommissioned in 2018 two years before the new ship will be available for operations.