BAE Systems Delivers Sixth Type 45 Destroyer

PORTSMOUTH - The sixth and final Type 45 destroyer, DUNCAN, has been delivered to HM Naval Base Portsmouth by BAE Systems and will be handed over to the UK Ministry of Defence at a ceremony today. DUNCAN arrived into her new home of Portsmouth for the first time this morning with a combined BAE Systems and Royal Navy crew. The official handover ceremony will take place on … [Read more...]

Chinese Navy Receives Their First Aircraft Carrier, 27 Years in the Making

(Bloomberg) -- China’s first aircraft carrier, built with the hull of an unfinished Soviet-era ship, was handed over to the navy and formally commissioned this morning, the defense ministry said. The 65,000-ton vessel, named the Liaoning, enters operation after months of sea trials amid a dispute with Japan over islands claimed by both sides. Chinese President Hu … [Read more...]

Ship Photo of the Day: HNLMS Evertsen Showing Off in the Gulf of Aden

HNLMS Evertsen (F805) a Dutch De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate conducts a high speed turn while operating in the Gulf of Aden. Powered by two Wärtsilä 16 V26 diesel engines, and a pair of 18.5 MWRolls Royce Spey SM 1C gas turbines, and two propeller shafts, this ship is capable of reaching speeds of 30 knots while providing fleet air defense and command … [Read more...]

Container Based Cruise Missiles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3-YROQ2DW8&feature=player_embedded The USNI blog tells us why container based cruise missiles might not be so far off in their latest edition of The Problem With Proliferation: Cruise Missile Edition: Fiction you say? Perhaps — for now. However, given long-running trends and recent events, the threat to deployed forces, afloat and … [Read more...]

USS Fort Worth’s (LSC 3) Keel Laid

Saturday, a Lockheed Martin led team held a keel-laying ceremony at Marinette Marine's shipyard for the USS Fort Worth, marking the start of construction for the U.S. Navy's third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The future USS Fort Worth, named in honor of the Texas city, will be 378 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 57 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons and will make … [Read more...]