Colombian Navy to get a new hydrographic multipurpose vessel

The Colombian Navy commissioned a new hydrographic multipurpose vessel into service on 14 June.

Originally built as an offshore supply vessel (OSV) by Chinese shipyard Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, ARC Caribe was procured by Colombia in December 2017 and modified to meet navy requirements. While the ship will primarily perform hydrographic and oceanographic investigation duties, it will also be able to provide support services to Colombia’s offshore oil exploitation platforms and logistics support to the navy fleet.

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ARC Caribe has an overall length of 59.6 m, a beam of 15.2 m, and a displacement of 2,195 tonnes. It can achieve a top speed of 12.5 kt.

For more details please visit Jane’s article.

First Aegis Destroyer (HMAS Hobart) has been delivered to Australian Navy

HMAS Hobart (DDG-39) was commissioned in a ceremony at Fleet Base East on 23 September 2017.

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull joined with ship’s company and family and friends to welcome the newest ship to the Australian Fleet.

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Prime Minister said Australia plays a leading role in ensuring the world remains at peace. “In these uncertain times, a strong, well equipped Australian Defence Force is absolutely critical,” he said.

“The commissioning of HMAS Hobart provides clear evidence of our determination to keep Australians safe and ensure we are ready and able to meet the challenges that come our way in the years ahead.Wherever she may travel around the world, Hobart will serve our nation and take action in Australia’s name.”

Ship has Aegis combat system, including the phased array radar and missile systems, will provide an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150 kilometres.

Hobart, the first-of-class of three new guided missile destroyers, will provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft.

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US Navy Commissioned New Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115)

The commisioning ceremony was held on 29th July

(http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/07/28/uss-rafael-peralta-ddg-115-commissioning-ceremony/)

USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) honors Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for actions during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Peralta is credited with saving the lives of fellow Marines during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004.

Rafael Peralta, the 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. Rafael Peralta will be capable of engaging in air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare, including Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capabilities.

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DDG 51 Class Features:

  • AEGIS Weapons System (AWS) including SPY-1 Radar, 96 cell MK 41 VLS, MK 99 Fire Control System
  • AN/SQQ-89 Sonar
  • 5-inch MK 45 Gun for ASuW, AAW, and land attack targets
  • 25mm CIWS and MK 38 self-defense guns
  • SLQ-32 or SEWIP Electronics warfare system
  • Helo landing capability (DDG 51-78); Dual Hangars for organic Helo support (DDG 79 and follow)
  • Four Gas Turbine Engines driving twin controllable propellers
  • Three SSGTG (Ship Service Gas Turbine Generators)
  • Robust, redundant, and survivable design with low signature requirements