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AMPHIBIOUS CLOSE AIR SUPPORT - Navy League of Australia

FLASH TRAFFIC. . – . . – . . . – . . . . . . . – . – . . – . . – . . . – . . . – . – . . . – . . – . . . – . . . . . . .PORTLAND, and is to spend the majority ofher deployment patrolling the waters aroundthe British South Atlantic islands, namely theFalkland Islands and South Georgia.She will also make official visits to variousSouth American countries, including Braziland Chile.A highlight of the deployment will be the chanceto represent the UK at an exhibition of defencetechnology in Chile in November called the ExpoNaval. But HMS GLOUCESTER’s main concernwill be providing security and assurance to thepeople of the Falkland islands.250 miles (400km) away from mainland SouthAmerica at their nearest point, the islandsare dominated by the surrounding seas, anddependent on them for their livelihood.GLOUCESTER’s Commanding Officer,Commander David George, said:”GLOUCESTERwill be providing British citizens in the SouthAtlantic with the reassurance of knowing thatthe RN is looking out for their interests.“But while we are down there, we are alsopolicing the seas and ensuring that they aresafe for all to use and pass through.”With the ship away until March next year manyfamilies made alternative arrangements forcelebrations such as birthdays and Christmas.Some have even celebrated Christmas already.RUSSIA TO MODERNISE FIFTHINDIAN SUBMARINEA fifth Indian Kilo class diesel-electricsubmarine has arrived to Russia’sZvezdochka shipyard for an overhaul undera recent contract, the shipyard companysaid during August.Russia has built ten Kilo class submarinesfor India and has already overhauled fourof them at the Zvezdochka shipyard in thenorth of the country.INS SINDHURAKSHAK is being upgradedunder a contract between the Zvezdochkashipyard and the Indian defence ministry,signed on June 4, 2010.The upgrade programme includes a completeoverhaul of the submarine, including itshull structures, as well as improved controlsystems, sonar, electronic warfare systems,and an integrated weapon control system.The upgrade is reported to cost aroundUS$80 million.10 USN TO INACTIVATE 11 SHIPSEleven USN vessels face inactivation inthe upcoming months, according to anadministrative message released in July.The Los Angeles-class USS MEMPHISfast-attack submarine will be inactivatedin March 2011, which will lead to itsdecommissioning, according to the messagesigned by Vice Adm. J.T. Blake, deputy chiefof naval operations.The frigate USS HAWES will be inactivatedlater this year and will be used as a logisticsupport asset for remaining Perry class FFGfrigates. Two other frigates, the USS DOYLEand USS JARRETT, will be sold to foreignmilitaries after inactivation next year.The amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU’sfate will be determined following a servicelife extension review, according to themessage. If decommissioned, the ship willremain in reserve.The amphibious transport docks USSDUBUQUE and USS CLEVELAND will bedecommissioned and enter reserve status,while the transport tankers USNS SamuelL. Cobb and USNS Richard G. Matthiesenwill be inactivated and transferred to the USMaritime Administration.The Military Sealift Command’s USNS Shastaand USNS Kiska will be dismantled next year,according to the message.10 The amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU. Her fate will be determined following a service life extension review. (USN)22 THE NAVY VOL. 72 NO. 4

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