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PERUVIAN NAVY LAV II LOST DURING AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISES
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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LAV II

Source: Marina de Guerra del Peru


LAV II

Source: Marina de Guerra del Peru


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PAITA, Peru -- On October 12th, the Peruvian Navy reported the sinking of one of its recently acquired LAV-IIs (Light Armored Vehicle) during an amphibious training exercises as a result of an abrupt change in sea conditions. Two crewmembers of the vehicle are reported to have lost their lives in the incident. The vehicle was participating in the annual exercises known as Multinational Operation of Amphibious Response or 'Solidarex' 2019. The exercises is intended to build regional capacity for disaster response and preparedeness among participating armed forces. Officials from the Navy have stated that an investigation will be launched into the causes of the sinking.

The Peruvian Navy acquired its inventory of 32 LAV-II vehicles in 2016 from prime contractor General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada at a contract cost of around $67 million. The vehicles are utilized by the Peruvian Navy's 3,000 strong naval infantry component.

Source:  El Comercio
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Source Language: Spanish

 
U.S. NAVY COLLABORATES WITH INDUSTRY TO DOUBLE DOCK DESTROYERS
Friday, October 11, 2019
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USS Decatur (DDG 73) in dry dock for maintenance.

Source: U.S. Navy


USS Decatur (DDG 73) in dry dock for maintenance.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Navy's Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) supported the double docking of USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in BAE Systems - Ship Repair’s dry dock, the Pride of California, on Oct. 8m 2019.

The double-docking represents the first time since 2012, when USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) were docked in Norfolk, that the Navy has collaborated with Industry to simultaneously dry-dock two surface ships. The last time a west-coast shipyard executed a double-docking was in 2011 with the docking of USS Curts (FFG 38) and USS Vandegrift (FFG 48). Leading up to the tandem docking, SWRMC worked to prepare both ships for the event, readying them to meet stability requirements for successful coordination of the two-ship dry dock process.

Source:  U.S. Navy
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Author: U.S. Navy  

 
GREECE IN EARLY STAGES OF POTENTIAL FRENCH WARSHIP BUY
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Source: Naval Group


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Greece is in the early stages of a potential acquisition of a pair of French-built warships. On October 10, Greek Defense Minister Niko Panagiotopoulos and French Defense Minister Florence Parly inked a letter of intent (LoI) regarding the purchase of two midsize, multi-mission Belharra-class frigates from France' shipbuilding prime Naval Group.

A Greek purchase would make the country the first export customer for the warship, which was designed for the French Navy as the 4,000-ton Fregate de Defense et d'Intervention (FDI). France has ordered five of the future Belharra-class frigates with delivery of the lead-in ship scheduled for 2023. Powered by diesel engines, the frigates will have a speed of 27 knots with a 5,000-nautical-mile endurance.

The Belharra-class ships will be able to accommodate a helicopter and/or unmanned aerial vehicle. Armaments will include the MBDA ASTER 30 anti-air and Exocet anti-ship missile, an MU90 torpedo, and a 76mm cannon. Thales will supply its Sea Fire 500 digital radar, CAPTAS-4 towed-array sonar, Aquilon integrated naval communication system, and Sentinel Electronic Support Measures system for electronic warfare. For Greece the addition of the two Belharra-class frigates would mark a first step in the modernization of the Hellenic Navy.

Prior to the country's sovereign debt crisis that erupted in 2009-2010, Greece's Governmental Council on Foreign Affairs and National Defense (KYSEA) had outlined a requirement for four to six new multi-mission frigates (a firm order for four new ships, plus an option for two additional ones).

The sought-after frigates - ostensibly the FREMM (Frégate Européene Multimission) design from Naval Group - were slated as a replacement for the Hellenic Navy's Elli-class frigates originally commissioned in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

However, the economic and financial fallout that Greece suffered during the sovereign debt crisis made this targeted acquisition impractical.

As Greece emerged from its bailout program in 2018, Hellenic Defense Ministry talks with France regarding the lease of two FREMM frigates or new-build construction in Greece of French-design warships deepened.

The ongoing result is the LoI, which Greece hopes will lead to an agreement regarding a Hellenic Navy-customized Belharra-class design. An order - if one follows - would amount to somewhere in the vicinity of EUR1.5 billion ($1.66 billion), or EUR750 million ($828 million) apiece.

Source:  Ekathimerini
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Author: D. Darling, Europe Analyst 

 

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