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Schelde Shipbuilding of the Royal Schelde Company, based in Vlissingen in the Netherlands, has built the Rotterdam class Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ship for the Royal Netherlands Navy.

The Royal Schelde Company was awarded the contract to build Hr Ms Rotterdam (L801) in April 1993 – the ship was launched in 1997 and commissioned in 1998. In 2002, the Royal Netherlands Navy ordered a second Rotterdam Class LPD, HrMs Johan de Witt (L801).

AP News Story
SAN DIEGO - An Illinois teenager whose appendix ruptured at sea, hundreds of miles from help, got safely to shore Tuesday after an unusual rescue in which the Navy airlifted her from a cruise ship for emergency surgery.

Laura Montero, 14, of Albion, Ill., fell ill aboard the Dawn Princess cruise ship off the coast of Baja California. The Bahamian-registered ship sent out a distress call Friday that was answered by the USS Ronald Reagan, which was on training maneuvers about 500 miles away.
  • The six Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarines will replace the four R
Six Barracuda nuclear powered attack submarines are to be built for the French Navy.

The Barracuda class is being introduced to replace the existing force of the four SSN Rubis submarines which entered service from 1983 to 1988 and the two SSN Amethyst class submarines which entered service in 1992 and 1993.
  • The Frankenthal Minehunter Class 332 built by Lurssen.
The Frankenthal Class (Type 332) minesweepers have been built for the German Navy by Abeking & Rasmussen and Lurssenwerft shipyards. They were built between 1992 and 1998 and are part of the German Navy's minesweeper Squadron 1, with headquarters in Olpenitz.

The ships share a common hull design with the Hameln Class Type 343 minesweepers, built by the same prime contractor, an industrial consortium led by STN Systemtechnik Nord. The ships are constructed of non-magnetic steel.

  • The Italian Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the Cavour (formerly known as t
On 22 November 2000, a contract was drawn up between Fincantieri and the Italian Ministry of Naval Defence to supply an aircraft carrier vessel, known as the Nuova Unita Maggiore (NUM) or 'New Major Vessel', to the Italian Navy.

The Cavour was launched in July 2004 and began sea trials in 2006. The aircraft carrier will be commissioned in December 2007 and enter service in May 2008.
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Early Friday morning, a Canadian cruise ship struck an submerged iceberg off Antarctica and slowly began sinking. All 54 passengers and crew, including Americans and Britons, launched and manned the lifeboats and were rescued by another cruise ship. 20 hours after the impact, the MS Explorer slipped beneath the waves near the South Shetland Islands.
  • The General Dynamics team design is a high-speed trimaran with a slender st
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is the first of a new family of surface ships for the US Navy. The LCS is a fast, highly manoeuverable, networked surface combat ship, which is a specialised variant of the family of US future surface combat ships known as DD(X). LCS is designed to satisfy the urgent requirement for shallow draft vessels to operate in the littoral (coastal waters) to counter growing potential 'asymmetric' threats of coastal mines, quiet diesel submarines and the potential to carry explosives and terrorists on small, fast, armed boats.

Orders will be placed for nine Flight 1 (second-generation) LCS ships during 2008 and 2009, for ship commissioning during the period 2010 to 2012.

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A World War II ship that served for decades as a training vessel for Texas A&M University sea cadets was sunk in open waters off the Texas coast Saturday, November 17, beginning its new mission as an underwater habitat and diving destination. The 473-foot, 7,000-ton Texas Clipper slipped below the waves about 17 miles offshore at about 12:35 p.m. and took around two hours to sink according to Bob Murphy, a Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife reef specialist. The operation to turn the Texas Clipper into an artificial reef cost $4 million and has taken a decade to complete.
  • Navantia is building five Nansen Class anti-submarine warfare frigates for
The five Nansen Class anti-submarine warfare frigates, are being built by Navantia of Spain for the Norwegian Navy.

The vessels are: HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen (F 310), Roald Amundsen (F 311), Otto Sverdrup (F 312), Helge Ingstad (F 313) and Thor Heyerdahl (F 314).

  • The Project Delta design is a smaller derivative of the La Fayette class st
Six Formidable Class multi-mission frigates are being built for the Singapore Navy. The first of class, RSS Formidable, was launched on 7 January 2004 at the Lorient dockyard in Brittany, France.

The Republic of Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) awarded the contract in March 2002 to DCN (now DCNS) in France for the design and construction of the frigates.
  • U31, the first of class, began sea trials in April 2003
The U212 submarine is capable of long-distance submerged passage to the area of operation. The German Navy has ordered four of the submarines.

The Type 212 is being constructed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW) of Kiel and Thyssen Nordseewerke GmbH (TNSW) of Enden. HDW is responsible for the bow sections and TNSW for the stern section. HDW is assembling the first and third vessels, TNSW the second and fourth. U31, the first of class, was launched in March 2002 and commissioned in October 2005.

The second, U32, was launched in December 2003 and was also commissioned in October 2005. The third, U33, was launched in September 2004 and commissioned in June 2006. U34 was launched in July 2005 and commissioned in May 2007.

  • The two-island STOVL variant proposed by the Alliance industry team. The 70
The new UK CVF Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, are expected to enter service in 2014 and 2016.

  • The Alvaro de Bazan is the first of five multipurpose frigates for the Span
The F100 is a 5,800t multipurpose frigate built by the Spanish shipbuilder, Izar (formerly E.N. Bazan). In February 2005, the naval shipbuilding activities of Izar were spun off into a new company, Navantia.

  • The De Zeven Provincien air defence and command (LCF) frigate.
De Zeven Provincien Class (LCF) Air Defence and Command Frigates, Netherlands

Royal Schelde have built four De Zeven Provincien Class guided missile carrying fast frigates for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The air defence and command (LCF) frigates were built at Royal Schelde's Flushing shipyard. They replace Tromp class and Jacob van Heesmarck Class frigates
  • Nuclear power for the Astute will be provided by the Rolls-Royce PWR 2 pres
SSN Astute Class Attack Submarine, United Kingdom

The Royal Navy's Astute Class submarine is a nuclear-powered attack submarine which is to replace the five Swiftsure Class submarines, launched between 1973 and 1977 and approaching the end of their operational life
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Two Chinese Navy ships will make a rare call at Portsmouth Naval Base on Thursday, September 6 for a four-day goodwill visit, bringing almost 500 naval personnel from the People’s Republic of China.
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News from Great Britain. Inspired by the Barbary pirates from the 17th century, a retired Royal Navy commander has spend 12 years converting an Arctic trawler into a £6 million replica pirate ship, which is now set for its maiden voyage.
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Story Number: NNS070829-09
Release Date: 8/29/2007 1:51:00 PM
By Jeffrey Nichols, Commander Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

In honor of the 65th anniversary of the Seabees, the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet will feature a special Navy Seabee’s paint scheme for the Sept. 1 race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Instead of the regular navy-colored paint scheme, the No. 88 will be tan with the Seabee’s 65th anniversary logo adorning the hood.
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Wreckage of World War II Submarine Found Off Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The mangled remains of a vessel found in the Bering Sea are likely those of a World War II submarine that disappeared with a crew of 70 off the Aleutian Island of Kiska.

The Royal Navy joins the elite storm chasing fraternity by chasing down Hurricane Dean. Preparing to help those in need, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Portland and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Wave Ruler have been following Hurricane Dean through the Caribbean as it swept towards Central America. Follow along with these brave sailors on their humanitarian mission.
Story Number: NNS070815-05
Release Date: 8/15/2007 8:52:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jeff Hall, USNS Comfort Public Affairs

Aboard USNS Comfort (NNS) --
Personnel deployed with hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) hit the halfway mark of their four-month humanitarian deployment while setting up for medical operations in Ecuador Aug. 15.
By Thomas Harding on HMS Daring

A warship that can defend the entire city of London from missile and aircraft attack successfully completed its first Royal Navy sea trial yesterday.
The £1 billion HMS Daring will become the most advanced warship in the world when it enters service with the Navy in 2009.
  • HMAS Sydney, One year before she was sunk
The patron of a long-running effort to find the wreck of the Australian World War II warship HMAS Sydney, claims that the ship has been found, and needs to be verified as soon as possible.
A new USS Indianapolis Exhibit has opened at the Indiana War Memorial.

Charles W. Lindberg, one of the U.S. Marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, has died. He was 86.
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  • BB59-1991 #2
Ahoy maties!
This is something new here at MSW, introducing our first in a series of detailed walk-arounds, in an ongoing effort to expand our NEWS section, and bring you valuable modeling help and reference.

Site member and Naval Historian Pieter Bakels, (PBBAKs), will be providing us with detailed photo-walkarounds for modeling reference.

"#1 in this series, we will begin with a selection of High Resolution images from BB55,59, & 60, with more to follow!"

CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. - Lloyd Brown, the last known surviving World War I Navy veteran, has died. He was 105.

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In correlation with our upcoming Riverine Craft Campaign here at MSW, here's a NEWS story direct from the U.S. Navy!
Here is this weeks "Naval Photo Of the Week" , 1/1/2007.

Remember, if you've got a great photo, young or old, Royal, German, Italian, or ANY Navy, and would like to share it with us, then by all means, send it in to us HERE!

Here is this weeks "Naval Photo Of the Week" , 12/26/06.

Remember, if you've got a great photo, young or old, Royal, German, Italian, or ANY Navy, and would like to share it with us, then by all means, send it in to us HERE!

Here is this weeks "Naval Photo Of the Week" , 12/18/06.

Remember, if you've got a great photo, young or old, Royal, German, Italian, or ANY Navy, and would like to share it with us, then by all means, send it in to us HERE!

Here is this weeks "Naval Photo Of the Week" for 12/11/06.

Remember, if you've got a great photo, young or old, Royal, German, Italian, or ANY Navy, and would like to share it with us, then by all means, send it in to us HERE!

Ahoy mates!

Here is this weeks Naval "Pic-of-the-Week", sent in by Kenny (Gator) Loup. Thanks Gator!
Ahoy, mates!

In an ever present, ongoing attempt at bringing you fresh news, items of interest, and other stuff, we're going to try a new weekly feature, "Navy Pic of the Week". . .

If you've got a great photo, young or old, Royal, German, Italian, or ANY Navy, and would like to share it with us, then by all means, send it in to us HERE!

And if this proves to be a popular section, then maybe we can expand into a daily feature!