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COTECMAR CELEBRATES KEEL CUTTING CEREMONY FOR HONDURAN LOGISTICS SHIP
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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The BAL-C is based on the BDA Mk II

Source: Cotecmar


The BAL-C is based on the BDA Mk II

Source: Cotecmar


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CARTAGENA, Colombia - On February 27, 2017, a keel cutting ceremony for a new logistics vessel destined at Honduras was held at the Cotecmar facilities in Cartagena, Colombia. The construction start event was attended by General Francisco Isaías Álvarez Urbina, Joint Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Honduras and Rear Admiral Jesús Humberto Benítez Alvarado, Commander General of the Naval Force of the same country.

Cotecmar expects the ship to be completed in 11 months.

The vessel is a BAL-C, or Disembarkation and Disaster Relief Ship (BDAD), based on Cotecmar's BDA Mk-II amphibious vessel. It will be used for humanitarian missions by the Honduran armed forces. The vessels 49 meters in length, 11 meters in width, and displaces 6,257.5 tons. They can reach a speed of 8.5 knots and can maintain operates for 20 to 44 days depending on the size of the crew. They can carry up to 200 tons and include room for refrigerated food storage.

The vessel is being built under a November 2016 agreement. In addition to the BAL-C, Cotecmar is also building an offshore patrol vessel (OPV). Cotecmar's OPV-80 are used to conduct maritime interdiction, security and maritime traffic control, search and rescue, environmental control operations, and humanitarian aid missions. They can accommodate speed boats and helicopters to support in these rolls.

Source:  Cotecmar
Associated URL: http://www.cotecmar.com/node/211
Source Date: February 28, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 02/28/2017

 
 
RUSSIA REDEPLOYS NEW FRIGATE TO MEDITERRANEAN
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Source: Russian MoD


Source: Russian MoD


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MOSCOW - The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed on February 27 that it was redeploying Admiral Grigorovich to the Mediterranean Sea, to support the Russian naval presence there.

Russian Navy Captain 1st-Class Vyacheslav Trukhachyov told Sputnik International, "The military vessel, under the command of Captain 3rd-Class Anatoly Velichko, has embarked on its third long-distance mission." The ship was commissioned in March 2016.

Russian officials did not comment on what the frigate's mission would be once it arrives in the Mediterranean. Sputnik International however cited a military commentator as noting that the vessel could support the Russian operations to recapture Palmyra, in Syria, from Islamic State militants.

The Syrian Army, backed by Russian airpower, captured Palmyra in the first half of last year, only to lose it again later when Islamic State launched a counterattack amid the Syrian Army's efforts to take all of Aleppo city. Currently, Syrian troops are advancing back towards Palmyra, with the aim of taking the strategic city that is situated along a road linking the west of Syria to the east.

Among its array of weapons, Admiral Grigorovich is armed with Kalibr cruise missiles, which can be used to target militant positions. In November, during Admiral Grigorovich's last deployment to the area, the frigate fired Kalibr cruise missiles at Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (now known as Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham), which is an al-Qaeda linked jihadist group, in Idlib and Islamic State in Homs.

Source:  Sputnik International
Associated URL: https://sputniknews.com/military/201702281051112811-russia-frigate-mediterranean-mission/
Source Date: February 28, 2017
Posted: 02/28/2017

 
 
KEEL LAID FOR FUTURE USS FRANK E. PETERSEN JR.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Future USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (DDG 121)

Source: U.S. Navy


Future USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (DDG 121)

Source: U.S. Navy


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PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (DDG 121) was ceremoniously laid Feb. 21 at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard.

Although official construction of DDG 121 began April 2016, the keel laying symbolically recognizes the ceremonial beginning of the ship. The keel was said to be "fairly and truly laid" and was authenticated by D'Arcy Neller, the ship's sponsor, and Donald Brabston, a master Ingalls shipbuilder.

Frank E. Petersen, Jr. was the first African-American aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps general. When he retired in 1988 after 38 years of service, he was, by date of designation, the senior-ranking aviator in the Marine Corps and the United States Navy.

DDG 121 will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System which includes integrated air and missile defense capability. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability for anti-air warfare.

These multi-mission surface combatants serve as integral assets in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense, as well as providing increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Associated URL: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98983
Source Date: February 21, 2017
Author: U.S. Navy 
Posted: 02/27/2017

 

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