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Littoral combat ship USS Kansas City finishes acceptance trials

Littoral combat ship USS Kansas City finishes acceptance trials

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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's 11th Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the USS Kansas City, this week finished its last major task before its delivery to the branch. The Kansas City on Thursday completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, including tests of the vessels systems and a series of demonstrations in port and underway, the Navy said. Tests of the vessel, expected to be delivered to the Navy in December, focused on propulsion and electrical systems, as well as measures of its capability that included a full-power demonstration, steering and quick reversal, anchor drop test and combat system detect-to-engage sequences. "This level of performance is among the best I've seen for this class," Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager for the Navy, said in a press release...
Royal naming for Sir David Attenborough polar ship

Royal naming for Sir David Attenborough polar ship

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially name the UK's new polar research ship after Sir David Attenborough on Thursday. The famous broadcaster and naturalist will be on hand to witness the ceremony, which is taking place at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead.In time-honoured tradition, a bottle of champagne will be smashed against the vessel's hull. Some 200 children dressed as penguins will be among the large ticketed crowd. The £200m vessel was commissioned to replace the James Clark Ross and the Shackleton, which between them gave almost 50 years' service in support of UK polar science.The RRS Sir David Attenborough will now carry the union flag into the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

Iran tanker row: Gibraltar rejects US request to detain ship

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Gibraltar has rejected a request by the US to again seize an Iranian tanker that it has been holding since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria.The US made the last-minute request on Friday, a day after Gibraltar lifted its detention order against Grace 1.Gibraltar said it could not comply with Washington's request to issue a new detention order because US sanctions against Iran did not apply in the EU.The tanker is due to leave Gibraltar later on Sunday, Iran's UK envoy says.Tehran said it was ready to dispatch its navy to escort the ship, which has had its named changed from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya 1. Iran, tankers and the Gulf crisis explained What's so important about a ship's flag? T...
Italy lets 27 minors off migrant ship after loosening ban

Italy lets 27 minors off migrant ship after loosening ban

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Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Under political heat, Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reluctantly loosened the ban Saturday to let 27 unaccompanied minors off the stranded migrant rescue ship. The humanitarian ship operated by Spanish nonprofit group Proactiva Open Arms has been stranded off the Italian island of Lampedusa, and an Italian court ruled earlier in the week to allow it to dock in Italy despite Salvini's ban against the ship docking in Italy. Salvini, who came to power with anti-immigrant sentiment, had been in political standoff with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte before loosening the ban. On Saturday, he authorized the disembarkation of 27 unaccompanied minors off the ship though he said he was doing so "against his will" and only because the prime minister asked him to ...
USS Billings undergoing repairs in Montreal after striking moored ship

USS Billings undergoing repairs in Montreal after striking moored ship

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June 27 (UPI) -- The USS Billings, a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, is undergoing repairs in Montreal after striking a moored merchant ship last week. The Billings, which was delivered to the Navy in February and is designated as LCS 15, made contact with the bulk carrier Rosaire Desgagnes as it was leaving its slip at 2 p.m. Friday, a U.S. Navy official told USNI News. Two tugs were assisting the warship named for the city in Montana when the starboard side of the warship made contact with the port side of the carrier moored at the pier at Montreal's Sainte-Marie neighborhood. "Billings sustained minor damage above the waterline," Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson told USNI News. "While the ship is able to safely transit to its homeport, Naval Station Mayport, Fla., the ship will temporar...