USS Tripoli

American News

Ingalls Shipbuilding achieved a remarkable achievement when they launched the latest America class amphibious assault ship, USS Tripoli, 13 weeks ahead of schedule.

Weighing in at 44,000 tons the LHA are extremely versatile warships.

Following a four year mid life refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding the American nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln started her initial post refit sea trials on 9 May marking her first time at sea since March 2013.

During her complex modernisation program the aircraft carrier has seen signifi cant enhancements made to her combat systems that will also see her being the first American carrier to be capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. The refit saw virtually every compartment onboard refurbished and will allow the ship to remain in service for another quarter of a century.

British News

The latest Astute class nuclear powered hunter killer submarine for the Royal Navy, HMS Audacious, was launched for the first time in late April.

The 7,400 tonne submarine is the fourth of a projected seven members of the class that are slowly replacing the elderly Trafalgar class submarines in service.

The Audacious is, however, a step change in technology from the earlier class and features a range of advanced new technologies including 39,000 acoustic tiles fitted to the hull to mask the boat’s acoustic signature as well as her sophisticated sonar that can detect the movement of ships in New York Harbor from the English Channel.

Indian News

Two Soviet era minesweepers that have been in service with the Indian Navy for over 31 years have finally been retired from service.

The pair of Pondicherry class vessels, INS Karwar and INS Kakinada were acquired from the then Soviet Union between 1978 and 1988. The Indian Navy is currently expanding its fleet of minesweepers with a dozen expected to be built by South Korean shipbuilder Kagnam as well as Indian state owned shipbuilder Goa Shipyard Ltd.

The Indians anticipate having a fleet of twenty four mine counter measures vessels in service within the next five years.

Italian News

THE sixth Italian version of the multi-national FREMM frigate programme with France, Luigi Rizzo was delivered to the Italian Navy by the shipbuilder Fincantieri at their La Spezia shipyard on 20 April.

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