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20 Oct 16. Indian Navy commissions second improved variant of Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel. The Indian Navy has inducted the second improved variant of the Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel. The vessel, INS Tihayu, was commissioned on 19 October in a ceremony held in Visakhapatnam and will be deployed for coastal patrol and surveillance missions along India’s eastern coast. Tihayu is part of a four-ship programme known locally as the ‘follow on waterjet fast attack craft’ (FOWJFAC). First-of-class INS Tarmugli was commissioned in May 2016. The vessels were designed and built by Indian company Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE). The 320-tonne platform has an overall length of 49m and can accommodate a crew of 41, according to specifications provided by the Indian Ministry of Defence on the day of the launch. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Oct 16. Rafael Peralta Completes Alpha Trials. Future guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed Alpha trials Oct. 18 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine.
Alpha trials, the initial set of builder’s trials, is the first of three underway periods the ship will conduct to test and demonstrate the ship’s systems are properly installed and operational. Rafael Peralta successfully conducted a series of test events to demonstrate the operational capability of key communication, damage control, navigation, and propulsion systems.
“Rafael Peralta is the first Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) destroyer that BIW has taken to sea since the program restarted in 2010,” said Capt. Casey Moton, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The ship performed tremendously well, and that’s a testament to the hard work and commitment of our Navy team and industry partners.”
Rafael Peralta is equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, which includes an integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capability incorporating Ballistic Missile Defense 5.0 Capability Upgrade and Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air. The ship’s IAMD radar will provide increased computing power, and radar upgrades that improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare threats. The Aegis Combat System will enable the ship to link radars with other ships and aircraft to provide a composite picture of the battlespace and effectively increase the theater space.
DDG 115 is the 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships to be built at BIW. The shipyard is currently in production on future destroyers Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), and Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), and under contract for three additional ships awarded as part of the five-ship multi-year procurement for fiscal years 2013-2017.
As one of the Department of Defense’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and boats and craft. (Source: ASD Network)
18 Oct 16. Euronaval 2016: CNIM pitches L-CAT variant for shore-to-shore missions. Key Points:
• The shore-to-shore L-CAT variant has been optimised for independent amphibious, logistics, and humanitarian relief operations
• CNIM sees opportunities emerging in Southeast Asia
French engineering group CNIM has unveiled proposals for a new shore-to-shore variant of its L-CAT fast amphibious landing catamaran.
The modified design has been optimised for independent amphibious, logistics, and humanitarian relief operations, with the Southeast Asia region seen as a particularly promising market.