The Japanese submarine KOKURYU was launched Oct. 31 at Kawasaki Industries in Kobe. See below for more.
A look at some developments around the world in new naval projects. An occasional feature of Intercepts
The tower superstructure of the new Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS HOBART (39) was lifted into position on Sept. 29 at the ASC Shipyard in Techport, Adelaide, South Australia. The superstructure mounts the four octagonally-shaped phased array panels of the Aegis SPY-1D search radar.
Most of the hull components had been set in place by early October, and the HOBART is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2014.
HOBART is the first of three destroyers under construction in Australia with assistance from the Spanish firm Navantia. A keel-laying ceremony for the second ship, BRISBANE (41), is scheduled for February. Sections for the third ship, SYDNEY (42), also have begun to be fabricated.
According to the AWD Alliance, all three ships are on schedule to be delivered in March 2016, September 2017 and March 2019.
The frigate SOMUDRA JOY (F 28), the former US Coast Guard cutter JARVIS (WHEC 725), left Alameda, Calif., Oct. 26 bound for her home in Bangladesh. The frigate’s name means “victory at sea” in Bengali. The cutter, which entered US service in 1972, was decommissioned by the Coast Guard on Oct. 2, 2012 and transferred to Bangladesh May 23. Two sister ships have been transferred to the Philippines, and one to Nigeria.
Heshan (844), first of a new class of minesweeper, was commissioned Oct. 10 at the military port of Jiangmen, in south China’s Guangdong province. The ship is assigned to the South China Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
NORMANDIE (D 651), the second French frégate multi-mission (FREMM frigate), put to sea for the first time Oct. 25 to begin builder’s sea trials. Built at the DCNS shipyard in Lorient, the frigate carried out a series of propulsion and navigational tests. Further tests of the combat system will take place early next year. AQUITAINE (D 650), first of the class, was commissioned in November 2012 and already has carried out an overseas cruise.
India “inducted” – – a term that apparently indicates accepted – the new offshore patrol vessel Sunayna (P 57) Oct. 15 at Kochi. The 2,215-ton ship, second unit of the Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Project, was designed and built at Goa Shipyard, and will operate with the Indian Navy’s Southern Command. The first NOPV, Saryu, was commissioned on Jan. 21.
The Irish patrol vessel SAMUEL BECKETT (P 61) was launched in the early evening of Nov. 3 from Babcock Marine, Appledore, North Devon in Britain. The ship, expected to enter service in 2014, is the first of two PV 90 craft built to a modified Roisin-class design from STX Marine. The second unit will be named JAMES JOYCE (P 62), expected to be delivered to the Irish Naval Service in 2015.
The two PV 90s are replacing three Emer-class patrol ships built in the late 1970s. The EMER, decommissioned on Sept. 20, was sold at auction Oct. 23 to an unidentified Nigerian businessman for €320,000 for an unspecified use.
Japan launched the submarine KOKURYU (S 506) on Oct. 31 at Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Kobe. The diesel-electric sub is the sixth ship of the Soryu class. Displacing 2,950 tons on the surface and 4,200 tons submerged, the 83.7-meter long vessel will be operated by a crew of 65. The KOKURYU — the name means Dragon Body — is expected to enter service with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force in 2015.
Taiwan christened the PANSHIH, a new fast combat support ship, Nov. 3 At Kaohsiung. The 196-meter long ship will have a full-load displacement of 20,859 tons and be manned by a crew of 165. The ship is expected to enter service next year.
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