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United KingdomWhiteEnsignThe Last British Vessel with a black hull has passed from service with HMS Express receiving a paint job of traditional battleship grey during a maintenance period at Holyhead in Wales. The P2000 class training vessel was the last of the quartet of ships, Exploit, Example and Explorer, with a black hull. HMS Express

The growing international dispute between Great Britain and Argentina over te Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic raised its head again in early 2010, after a British company started drilling for oil in waters around 200 miles from the British sovereign territories. As the tension mounted the British Type 42 destroyer HMS York intercepted the Argentine corvette ARA Drummond ten miles inside the disputed and contested ‘oil zone’ around the islands. Both sides have since played down the significance of the encounter.
PakistanPakistanA deal was struck between the US Navy and the government of Pakistan and secured the transfer of the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate USS McInerney for the price of $78 million. The ship will be renovated by a contractor in the United States USS McInerneybefore her transfer, expected to be in the latter half of 2010 or early 2011.

A few days later the Pakistani Navy inducted the second Chinese built F-22 frigate PNS Shamsheer in to the fleet. The ship, which was built at Karachi Shipyards under licence from Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard of China joins sister ship PNS Zulfiquar as being amongst the best frigates in the region.

Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and TobagoThe islands of Trinidad and Tobago on 17 February accepted delivery of six high speed aluminium patrol craft for the Coast Guard.Austal TTCG The vessels are capable of speeds of more than 40 knots and are armed with 20mm cannon and general purpose machine guns. The boats were built by the Australian firm of Austal and have been given the names of TTS Scarlet Ibis, TTS Hibiscus, TTS Humming Bird, TTS Chaconia, TTS Poui and TTS Teak.

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