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    Not that I have heard. We are still awaiting info on the Kitty Hawk as she is in hold status at the moment. Depending on who we talk to she will be open for parts harvesting or she will not be open.

    Have heard positive info that we will be going back to Suisun in 2017 and that some more ships are going to be moored there.

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    The Kitsap Sun has reports about the cleaning of the hull of the Independence. If they are correct it started about the 6th January and there is 3 inches depth of underwater fouling to remove before the carrier can leave for Texas. The paper comments on the environmental concerns that the hull is not being cleaned in drydock.

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/opini...ater/96558368/

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/...erns/96360224/

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    Independence is nearly ready to depart Bremerton for Brownsville. They are waiting on the tow ship to arrive. ETA mid-Feb.

    http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/new...6be5fe831.html

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    In another development the navy has cancelled the plan to start dismantling the ex-Enterprise (CVN 65) in September this year. The RFP was withdrawn last week and floating storage seems to be intended. Where tbd.

    Options had ranged from towing the whole vessel to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from Newport News Shipbuilding to entirely dismantling the carrier at NNS. While the navy is concerned that PSNS has more than enough work maintaining active ships as well as scrapping subs, no other facility has ever dismantled a nuclear powered vessel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisV71 View Post
    Independence is nearly ready to depart Bremerton for Brownsville. They are waiting on the tow ship to arrive. ETA mid-Feb.

    http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/new...6be5fe831.html
    Any updates?

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    NAVSEA inactive ship question

    I read in the September 2016 pdf document that all SINKEX ships are in the Pacific; none in the Atlantic. Are there any SINKEX exercises scheduled for the Atlantic fleet in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archdude View Post
    Any updates?
    Dino Chouest appears to be the tow ship and is arriving in Puget Sound today.

    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...DINO%20CHOUEST

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisV71 View Post
    Dino Chouest appears to be the tow ship and is arriving in Puget Sound today.

    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...DINO%20CHOUEST
    A NAVSEA statement said on Monday that departure would be 'mid March', but the date was not yet fixed.

    TerraServer has updated its site with good images of Brownsville from January this year. There is no progress on any of the vessels at the ESCO site as neither MARAD nor the Navy has approved the new owners (HRP Brownsville) as recyclers so far. The demolition of Ranger is well advanced and what's left of Constellation is now on a slipway and disappearing rapidly.

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    Dino Chouest is now located in Sinclair Inlet, near Independence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisV71 View Post
    Dino Chouest is now located in Sinclair Inlet, near Independence.
    Independence is now scheduled to depart at 08.00 on Friday (10th March).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrosalt View Post
    Independence is now scheduled to depart at 08.00 on Friday (10th March).
    From a NAVSEA Facebook post:

    This Just In: Ex-Independence (CV 62) Departure Update:

    Due to inclement weather in the Northwest Pacific Region, departure of ex-Independence (CV 62) from the U.S. Navy's Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington, has been delayed to Saturday, March 11 at 9:00 a.m. PST. The ship will be visible along the waterfronts of Bremerton, Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island as it makes the trip through Rich Passage. Spectators may view the ship pulling out from the south end of the Navy parking lot running alongside Hwy 304, near Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Pass & ID.

    Ex-Independence (CV 62) is being towed to Brownsville, Texas for dismantlement by International Shipbreaking Limited. The ship will transit around South America through the Straits of Magellan to the Atlantic Ocean and is planned to arrive in Brownsville this summer.

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    An article on Indy's last transit.

    https://news.usni.org/2017/03/10/nav...pyard-saturday

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    2 Foreign Military sales frigates delivered to Taiwan

    MELBOURNE, Australia*—*Two decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates reserved for Taiwan were handed over last week; however, analysts say Taiwan needs to put into place an ambitious plan to boost its naval capabilities against China’s increasingly powerful forces.*

    According to a report in the Taipei Times, the decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates Gary and Taylor were signed over to Taiwan on March 9 at a ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina.*

    The two ships were reactivated in Charleston by VSE Corporation. Following the handover, they are scheduled to enter service with Taiwan’s Republic of China Navy, or RoCN, by the end of May. Taiwan had initially requested four decommissioned Perry-class frigates, which the Obama administration approved in late 2014, but the East Asian island nation eventually settled on only two for an estimated cost of $177 million.*

    According to Michal Thim, a Taiwan defense specialist with the Prague-based Association for International Affairs, the reactivated frigates are being earmarked to replace some of the six Knox-class frigates that serve in the anti-submarine role.*


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    Taiwan’s other main naval combatants are four Kidd-class destroyers, which like the frigates are also decommissioned U.S Navy vessels. The RoCN also has six French La Fayette-class and a further eight license-built Perry-class frigates. These are fitted with Taiwanese Hsuing-Feng II anti-ship missiles, and will eventually include the supersonic HF-3, which is being retrofitted on the latter ships. *

    It is unclear if Taiwan intends to bring the two frigates up to similar standards as their locally built equivalents, although the 2015 notification issued by the Defense and Security Cooperation Agency on the transfer of the ships includes the AN/SQR-19 Multi-Function Towed Array as part of the transfer. Taiwan had previously been blocked from acquiring the AN/SQR-19, and the retention of the system onboard the ships points to an anti-submarine focus in line with the Knox-class ships they will replace.*

    While not exactly cutting edge, the two ships add much needed capability to Taiwan’s Navy, which has found itself at the end of a determined effort by China to diplomatically isolate Taiwan. China uses its substantial economic and political clout to restrict the sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan, which it sees as a renegade province.*

    The U.S. does, however, maintain strong de facto diplomatic relations with Taiwan’s government, and the Taiwan Relations Act enacted by Congress in 1979 commits the United States to “make available to Taiwan such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability." Although in reality that has meant the most advanced U.S. weapons are out of Taiwan’s reach so as to avoid incurring China’s wrath.

    This has resulted in Taiwan trying to build up its indigenous defense industry, which has made strides in the research, design and development of advanced weapons. Although as Thim and Taipei-based military and cybersecurity analyst Yen-Fan Liao wrote in The Jamestown Foundation’s "China Brief" last year, Taiwan "will still need U.S. assistance in regards to sales or technology transfer of key components."

    Taiwan previously had an ambitious list of 12 new shipbuilding and force modernization programs spanning 23-years and costing almost $15 billion. This list included new amphibious ships and submarines, as well as the eventual recapitalization of the RoCN’s surface combatants.*

    However, Thim told Defense News that priority should also be given to the development of the Hsun-Lien combat system. Similar to the U.S. Navy’s Aegis System that Taiwan has previously tried unsuccessfully to acquire along with the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System, the Hsun-Lien combat system will be paired with a locally developed phased-array radar to provide fleet air defense against adversarial aircraft and anti-ship missiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admiral Nelson View Post
    Looks like ESCO will restart operations early next year: Callidus Capital updates MD&A Discussion regarding Bluberi Gaming Technologies and Esco Marine. They must still Have SARATOGA and the two YELLOWSTONE destroyer tenders sitting there.
    The ESCO site is finally restarting with new ownership under the name of Steelcoast.

    Their website is:http://www.steelcoastus.com/

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    Independence has arrived at Brownsville.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LeMB4NoWGb8

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