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July 2013 Issue

Austal Delivers USNS Choctaw County to Navy
The second joint high speed vessel (JHSV) from Austal (Henderson, Australia), USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2), was delivered to the United States Navy.

JHSV-2 completed acceptance trials in May, during which the Navyís Board of Inspection and Survey evaluated performance of the shipís major systems and equipment.

Intended to provide transportation in shallow-draft waterways and ports, the JHSV is capable of transporting 600 short tons at least 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.

The ship also features a flight deck designed to support helicopter operations and a fast-rescue boat mounted midship on the port side.

The vessel has airline-style seating for 312 embarked forces, with fixed berthing for 104.

Navy, Civilian Planners Get Assist in Storm Predictions
With the arrival of the Atlantic hurricane and Pacific typhoon seasons, new technology sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research will be used to help Navy and civilian officials plan for stormy weather.

The Coupled Ocean/Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System-Tropical Cyclone is a new weather prediction model that offers forecasters a detailed look at tropical storms and gives accurate predictions of a stormís intensity from one to five days out.

The new model went fully operational on June 6 at the Navyís Fleet Numerical and Meteorology and Oceanography Center.

The program was developed by researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory, primarily to support the Department of Defenseís Joint Typhoon Weather Center.

Russia Renews Presence in Mediterranean
Citing defense of national security, Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed 16 warships to the Mediterranean Sea, reported Reuters. This is the first time since the Soviet era that Russia has had a presence in the Mediterranean.

Though not intended as a threat, the fleet moved into Western waters while Russia is at odds with the West over the conflict in Syria. Moscow has sold arms to the Sryian government, and the nationís support for President Bashar al-Assad has been a point of contention. Russia has recently engaged in naval exercises and moving ships toward Syria, actions viewed by the West as muscle flexing.

Since returning to office last May, President Putin has made a capable military a priority. As part of a campaign to rebuild Russiaís military power, submarines carrying nuclear weapons will begin to monitor the nationís southern seas.

Damen to Design Ship for Mexico Navy
The Mexican Navy has contracted Damen Shipyards Group (Gorinchem, Netherlands) for the design and material package of a Damen Stan Patrol 4207, including technical assistance. Construction of the vessel will start in the summer of 2013 at ASTIMAR 1 (Tampico, Mexico), one of the five naval shipyards of Astilleros de la SecretarŪa de Marina.

The vessels are designed to perform patrol duties in designated areas. Other clients who operate similar vessels in the region include the navies and coast guards of Jamaica, Barbados, the Dutch Caribbean, Honduras and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Spa 4207 patrol vessel will be the third of its class. The previous two vessels, ARM Tenochtitlan (PC-331) and ARM Teotihuacan (PC-332), started construction in 2011 and were delivered mid-2012.

Seakeeper Stabilizes Naval Vessels
Under contract with the U.S. Navy, Modutech Marine Inc. (Tacoma, Washington) completed the first of four 95-foot-range training support craft, each equipped with three Seakeeper (California, Maryland) M26000 gyro stabilizers.

Crews aboard naval vessels benefit from having a stable operating platform. Compact and internal, Seakeeperís gyro stabilization systems create roll reduction for vessels underway and at low or zero speed.

Now being fit with government-furnished equipment, the first vesselís final delivery is expected in Guam.

With an average displacement estimated at 130 tons, the vessel will provide support to naval operations. A multimission weather deck and aft ramp accommodate the launch, recovery and storage of targets, as well as MK-30 and BQM-74 aerial targets and a variety of torpedoes. There are also two hydraulic mission equipment handling winches and dual 5.5-ton cranes. The vessel is fitted to perform towing operations.

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