General Navies Thread

From Defence News:

New Missile Craft for Egypt Delivered

The first of four new fast missile craft for Egypt was dedicated Oct. 25 at a shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and the ship's name was announced.

The S. Ezzat is named after Soliman Ezzat, the admiral who founded and led the modern Egyptian Navy from 1953 to 1967, shipbuilder VT Halter Marine said in a press release.
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Today's Feature Story from The World Maritime News:

Russia: Sevmash Shipyard to Modernize Cruiser Admiral Nakhimov

Modernization of Project 1144 Orlan nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov will start at Sevmash shipyard after 2012; the emphasis will be put on enhancement of missile arms, said the shipyard’s director general Andrei Diachkov in the interview to RIA Novosti.
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Comment: It should be interesting to see if this effort ever bears any fruit. This elderly vessel has been laid up for nearly a decade and if past history is any indication, she won't be in very good shape. Don't be too shocked if nothing is ever heard about this again.
Today's Feature Story from The Washington Times:

Iran navy test fires new missile it says can elude radar

TEHRAN –Iran's navy said Sunday that it test-fired an advanced surface-to-air missile during a drill in international waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-sixth of the world’s oil supply.
Feature story from Baird Maritime:

Vietnam emerges as a warship builder

Vietnam already boasts a thriving merchant ship construction sector, and has also built some coastal paramilitary craft in recent years. Now, the country is rapidly emerging as a warship builder of significance.
From The World Maritime News:

Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya to Start Sea Trials in Four Months

About 100 days left to May 25 when Project 11430 aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will start sea trials. Up to 3,000 shipwrights and experts daily work on the carrier modernized at JSC Sevmash Shipyard. No wonder that labor power is such significant — only 3.5 months left to sea trials, and there is much work to be done. Igor Leonov who is in charge of the ship’s delivery told the yard’s newspaper Korabel about achieved results and plans for the winter.