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WRECK OF HELGE INGSTAD CLEARED OF ANTI-SSHIP MISSILES
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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The Wreck of the Helge Ingstad

Source: Norwegian Navy


The Wreck of the Helge Ingstad

Source: Norwegian Navy


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HJELTEFJORDEN, Norway -- Unmanned underwater vehicles have completed the salvage of anti-ship missiles from the sunken Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad, five weeks after the ship was lost following a collision with the tanker Solar TS. The UUVs picked up the missiles, still in their launch containers, as slung loads and brought them to the surface. The recovery of these missiles is primarily intended as a safety measure, eliminating any risk of an accidental explosion. The containers themselves are reported to be intended for spray and weather protection only and, after five weeks submerged in salt water, the missiles within them will be damaged beyond repair.

The film clip of the salvage operation also shows the extensive underwater damage suffered by the frigate. It leaves little doubt that the ship was mortally wounded in the first few seconds of the collision and nothing could have saved her. The Norwegian Navy reported six adjacent compartments out of thirteen flooded, a degree of damage that would have sunk even a much larger ship. Her fate was made certain by progressive flooding throughout the stern half of the ship, exacerbated by leakage along the hollow shafts and the shaft tunnels.

Yet more bad news for the salvage effort is that the wreck is still moving under the influence of the tides and weather conditions. Thus, the already-massive damage is steadily getting worse making salvage operations incrementally more difficult.

Source:  NRK
Associated URL: https://www.nrk.no/hordaland/unike-unde ... 1.14341000
Source Date: December 13, 2018
Source Language: Norwegian
Author: Stuart Slade, Senior Naval Analyst 
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
ARGENTINE PATROL VESSEL RETURNS TO SERVICE AFTER REPAIR & MAINTENANCE WORK
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Argentina's ARA King (P-21) returns to service

Source: Argentine MoD


Argentina's ARA King (P-21) returns to service

Source: Argentine MoD


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BUENOS AIRES -- The Argentine patrol vessel ARA King (P-21) sailed from the docking station of the Rio Santiago Shipyard to carry out a systems test before returning to service, after having undergone a repair and maintenance process.

The objective of the voyage was to fine-tune all the repairs that were made since 2014 and to that end, different maneuvers were carried out to verify the evolution of the ship with the new rudder system, monitor the main engines, the power generation plant and the response of both axes lines and associated systems.

Anchoring maneuvers were also carried out, verifying the functioning of the systems involved and different runs were carried out in an intense wind climate.

Tasks carried out during the repair and maintenance of the ship includes reinforcement of internal bulkheads, the design and installation of a new rudder system, construction and expansion of a new Integrated Command Bridge, and modernization of crew quarters.

Furthermore, shipyard personnel carried out the cleaning of fuel tanks, the sandblasting and painting of interior rooms, the repair of the tiller and both propellers, and the verification and alignment of both lines of axes, as well as the installation of the sanitary container in order to allow the execution of Sanitary Campaigns.

The ARA King was built at Rio Santiago Shipyard and was launched in 1948 and commissioned in 1946. During its seven decades in service, the vessel has traveled to Antarctica and has operated as part of the Seat Fleet in the south of the Argentine Sea.

It is expected that for the next year the vessel will be used to train cadets of the Naval Military School and to conduct health campaigns in the Paraná-Paraguay waterway.

Source:  Argentine MoD
Associated URL: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/noticias/tras-reparaciones-y-mantenimiento-el-buque-patrullero-ara-king-realiza-pruebas-en-el-agua
Source Date: December 18, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 
 
HUNTINGTON INGALLS INDUSTRIES LAUNCHES VIRGINIA-CLASS SUBMARINE DELAWARE (SSN 791)
Monday, December 17, 2018
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Virginia Class Submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789)

Source: Huntington Ingalls


Virginia Class Submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789)

Source: Huntington Ingalls


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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the recently christened Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water for the first time at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.

During a three-day process that began last Wednesday, the 7,800-ton submarine was moved out of a construction facility and into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River. Once in the water, the boat then was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification.

Delaware is the 18th Virginia-class submarine built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat and the ninth to be delivered by Newport News. More than 10,000 shipbuilders from Newport News and Electric Boat have participated in Delaware’s construction since the work began in September 2013. The submarine was christened by Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States and the ship’s sponsor, during a ceremony in October.

Virginia-class submarines, a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, are built for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions to replace the Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarines. Virginia-class submarines incorporate dozens of new technologies and innovations that increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth and significantly enhance their warfighting capabilities. These 377-foot long submarines are capable of supporting multiple mission areas and can operate at submerged speeds of more than 25 knots for months at a time. Following testing, Delaware is scheduled to be delivered to the U.S. Navy next year.

Source:  Huntington Ingalls
Associated URL: https://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/releases/virginia-class-submarine-delaware-ssn791-launched
Source Date: December 17, 2018
Posted: 12/18/2018

 

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