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USS Michael Monsoor

American News

The Zumult class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor was in dockyard hands at Bath in Maine for the removal and replacement of one of the massive turbines that drive the futuristic warship.

The 15 ton Rolls Royce marine turbine was gently eased out of the destroyer following the discovery of unacceptable levels of vibration during the ship’s sea trials.

In late September, the US Congress approved the funding of an additional 13 US Navy warships including three Arleigh Burke class destroyers and a further pair of Virginia class nuclear powered hunter killer submarines.

Additional funds were made available for the purchase of 93 F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters.

South Korean News

The launch of South Korea’s first KSS-III diesel electric submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, took place on 14 September at the shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).

The submarine features an air independent (AIP) propulsion system and has a cruising range of 10,000 nautical miles.

The class will be armed with a six cell vertical launch system which can deploy the Cheon Ryong land attack cruise missile with a range of 1,500 kilometres.

New Zealand News

The Royal New Zealand Navy has decided to restore its diving and hydrographic support capability with the purchase of an offshore support vessel called MV Edda Fonn.

The Norwegian vessel will be refitted and is likely to be renamed as HMNZS Manawanui in due course.

Philipines News

The frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, ran aground near Half Moon Shoal in the South China Sea on 29 August.

The vessel was stuck hard and fast for four days before being retrieved on 3 September.

The damage, caused by the grounding, was said to be extensive and at the time of writing, was being assessed as to whether it will be economical to restore the vessel or scrap her.

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