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RAN: Nuship’s bad vibrations
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:22

The helicopter carrier Nuship Canberra has suffered teething problems during sea trials. Andrew MackinnonThe helicopter carrier Nuship Canberra has suffered teething problems during sea trials. Andrew MackinnonThe ‘shakedown’ cruise of the Royal Australian Navy’s new helicopter carrier Canberra was literally that, as the ship encountered excessive vibration at high speed, leaks and electrical problems during her sea trials while en route from Williamstown to Sydney in May.

The source of the vibrations was attributed to cavitation caused by the incorrect operation of the ships two propulsion pods, which were not aligned in tandem as required above speeds of eight knots. Canberra was calling at the New South Wales capital to be dry-docked for the hull to receive its final coat of paint and for flight deck painting.

A crack in the hull, thought to have been caused during the heavy-lift transit from Spain, was also repaired. Other problems with an electrical starter box and the anchor windlass revealed by sea trials were also fixed. Canberra is scheduled to return to sea for further sea trials in July ahead of her delivery later this year.

 
US Navy: Ten for price of nine
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

The US Navy plans to build around 33 Virginia class attack submarines. Maritime PhotographicThe US Navy plans to build around 33 Virginia class attack submarines. Maritime PhotographicThe US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded its largest shipbuilding contract ever, worth a record US$17.8 billion. The fixed-price incentive multiyear contract for ten Block IV Virginia class attack submarines is for two vessels per year up to 2018, from hull numbers SSN 792 through to SSN 801.

The size of the order is anticipated to save US$2 billion through production efficiencies, together with design modifications that reduce maintenance periods, bringing down the cost of each Block IV Virginia to around $1.78 billion, compared to $2.6 billion for the first Block III boat.

 
Russian Navy: Russia fuels expansion
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

 An artist impression of Academician Pashin in Russian merchant navy colours. An artist impression of Academician Pashin in Russian merchant navy colours.The first of a new class of fleet tanker for the Russian Navy was laid down at the Nevsky Shipyard near St Petersburg on 26 April. Academician Pashin will become the first purpose-built ship to provide logistical and replenishment-at-sea support to the Russian fleet since the days of the Soviet Union.

Slated for delivery by October 2016, the Project 23130 medium-sized tanker has been designed to transfer both dry and liquid cargoes to two ships simultaneously while under way at sea. The design also features a small forward-located helipad, which provides a limited VERTREP capability.

 
ROYAL NAVY: Artful enters the water
Friday, 27 June 2014 08:04

The two-day operation to launch Artful took place over 16-17 May. BAE SystemsThe two-day operation to launch Artful took place over 16-17 May. BAE SystemsThe future HMS Artful is afloat after a delicate two-day operation to roll her out from the Devonshire Dock Hall and into the basin at Barrow-in-Furness. With experience gained in building earlier boats being applied, the third of the highly complex Astute class boats was launched in the most advanced state of construction of any submarine to be built by the submarine specialists at Barrow. After a phase of harbour trials to prove system safety and operability, initial sea trials are scheduled to begin in 2015.

Artful is the first boat of the class to be equipped with the Common Combat System (CCS). Using common consoles, electronics cabinets and commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software, the CCS is intended to be easier to update and maintain. Of the first two boats, Astute is on her maiden deployment, while Ambush is working toward becoming operational. Audacious, Anson, Agamemnon and Ajax are to enter service 2018-2024.

 
ROYAL NAVY: D-Day 70th anniversary
Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00

The 18,500-tonne amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark has paid tribute to the Royal Marines and Allied Forces. Maritime PhotographicThe 18,500-tonne amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark has paid tribute to the Royal Marines and Allied Forces. Maritime PhotographicThe Fleet flagship HMS Bulwark led a Royal Navy contingent of five ships and an international flotilla to the beaches of the coast of Normandy, France as part of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. These began on 5 June with a public demonstration of the ship’s amphibious capability, with an assault by the Royal Marines onto the beach at Southsea in front of the Naval War Memorial.

There were also ceremonies across the Channel at Sword Beach, near Caen, on 6 June and at Port-en-Bessin on 7 June, with services of remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery at Bayeux and a parade of veterans, drumhead service and laying of wreaths at Arromanches-les-Bains. Prior to participating in the remembrance of Allied Forces at D-Day, HMS Bulwark made a five-day visit to Greenwich in support of activities to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

 
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