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07 Oct 16. UK DIO sets out infrastructure plans. A GBP1.3bn (USD1.6bn) programme to refurbish buildings and facilities at Clyde naval base complex is at the heart of the UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO’s) future procurement plan. For the first time the Ministry of Defence (MoD) organisation responsible for the management of its estate used by all three UK armed forces and supporting civilian organisations, has laid out its future procurement plans to cover the next decade. This includes the management of buildings, construction programmes, and the provision of facilities and services, such as catering, sewage, power, and cleaning. According to the ministry’s 2015-16 annual accounts, infrastructure costs were GBP4.12bn in the past financial year. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
13 Oct 16. Peruvian Navy awaits launch of first new LPD in November 2016. Key Points:
• Peru is awaiting the launch of its first new LPD later this year
• Following harbour and sea trials in 2017, it is planned that the ship will be ready for operations by early 2018
The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP) is anticipating the launch of the first of two new landing platform dock (LPD) vessels, BAP Pisco , in November 2016. The Buque Multipropósito ship will then undergo harbour and sea acceptance trials that will run throughout 2017.
Harbour trials will start almost immediately, once the ship is in the water. These trials will focus on power distribution, basic hull and machinery issues, and ship stability. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
13 Oct 16. China launches three more corvettes. Photographs posted on Chinese online forums show that a further three Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvettes have been launched. The latest of the vessels was launched at the Wuchang shipyard in Wuhan around 3 October and is the 39th of the class to enter the water.
On 19 June satellite imagery showed the two other corvettes under construction in a dry dock at the Liaonan shipyard in Lushun. By early October photographs of the fitting-out berths in the yard showed that the ships had been launched and that the installation of sensors, antennas, and missile launchers was continuing with the ships afloat. Online sources suggest that these ships were launched about 14 September. A total of 27 Jiangdao-class corvettes are currently in service with the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy (PLAN), according to IHS Jane’s World Navies. The vessels displace around 1,500 tonnes, are armed with four YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, a 76 mm gun, two triple-barrelled lightweight torpedo launchers, and an eight-cell HQ-10 short-range surface-to-air missile launcher. While a number of the class are equipped with a variable depth sonar, the photographs available of the three recently launched ships do not show whether any of them are the anti-submarine variant. The rate of production of the Jiangdao-class ships averages about one every six weeks. Twelve ships of the class are currently being fitted out or undergoing pre-commissioning trials at the four shipyards involved in their construction: three each at Liaonan, Wuchang, Hudong, and Huangpu. Fitting out and sea trials for these ships takes around 12 months, so four of these are likely to enter service before the end of the year. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
12 Oct 16. US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier CVN 68 completes sea trials. The US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), has successfully completed sea trials, marking the completion of a 20-month extended planned incremental availability.
The six-day long sea trials were carried out to assess the ship’s readiness by eval