On Tuesday 31 January, the Ticonderoga class cruiser USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Yokosuka in Japan.
The incident occurred in high winds that had caused the cruiser to drag her anchor. After getting under way, the ship juddered to a halt near the entrance to the harbour. About 1,100 gallons of oil were lost and no sailor onboard the warship was injured. USS Antietam was subsequently towed back into port.
On 30 January, the last of the three Zumult class guided missile destroyers, named after former American President Lyndon B Johnson, was laid down at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine.
The Zumult class is built in modular form comprising of 94 separate units and is already around 60 percent complete.
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The frigate was struck by a fast boat that was packed with explosives which targeted the stern of the frigate. The Houthi terrorists claimed that the Saudi warship was subjected to missile attack, but a widely seen video posted online showed this claim to be false.
Two sailors were killed and a further three were seriously injured by the attack.
The frigate has been given the name RadenEddyMartadinatawas was built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in the Netherlands. The SIGMA 10514 PKR design is 105 metres in length and with a displacement of 2,365 tonnes, was built of six sections constructed by Damen Schelde Naval Shipyard and by PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia.
The Dutch components were shipped to Indonesia on heavy lift transport ships. A second vessel in the class is in an advanced state of construction and is expected to be delivered to the Indonesian Navy in October.
The destroyer is then expected to be delivered to the navy in June 2017. The other two ships of the class, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Sydney are scheduled for delivery in September 2018 and March 2020 respectively.