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Old April 28th, 2017   #526
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http://navy.mil.nz/downloads/pdf/navy-today/nt209.pdf

A small piece on p14 of RNZN's monthly magazine describes an overhaul of the Noumea-based light frigate Vendemaire at Devenport naval base in Auckland. It included swapping out the 100mm gun and turret, so more than an oil change and filters!

Nice to see MN using a facility in the Pacific.
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A small piece on p14 of RNZN's monthly magazine describes an overhaul of the Noumea-based light frigate Vendemaire at Devenport naval base in Auckland. It included swapping out the 100mm gun and turret, so more than an oil change and filters!

Nice to see MN using a facility in the Pacific.
The impressive bit was that it didn't take long. Blink and you missed it. Well less than 1/2 an hour for replacement.
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Nice to see MN using a facility in the Pacific.
Vendemiaire is the only one that actually has to sail from its homeport - since Noumea doesn't have the necessary facilities. It's her second maintenance in Auckland under the current contract, first was in 2014. Full overhaul takes around 70 days.

DCNS and STX France SA Win Maintenance Contract for French Surveillance Frigates Based Overseas

It's always subcontracted locally. There's a team of about 40 people with DCNS and STX that deploys globally for the maintenance contract.
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Just a heads-up for ASSAIL in Darwin.

French LHD Mistral is currently doing the rounds, working with US and Japanese forces and with UK air elements embarked.

Heading to Darwin very soon, with her escort, FS Courbet.

Approx nine months ago her sister Tonnerre and escort swung by FBW after an ADF PASSEX.

Those Marine Nationale boys and girls throw great parties, ASSAIL, so maybe time to ring around for an invite.
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French LHD Mistral is currently doing the rounds, working with US and Japanese forces and with UK air elements embarked.

Can you elaborate on this please, is it a French lead task group with US/JPN escorts and what is the make up of the UK air element please.
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Just a heads-up for ASSAIL in Darwin.

French LHD Mistral is currently doing the rounds, working with US and Japanese forces and with UK air elements embarked.

Heading to Darwin very soon, with her escort, FS Courbet.

Approx nine months ago her sister Tonnerre and escort swung by FBW after an ADF PASSEX.

Those Marine Nationale boys and girls throw great parties, ASSAIL, so maybe time to ring around for an invite.
A little embarrassing for us in Australia at the moment ... given that both our new LHDs are laid up with mechanical problems.
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Can you elaborate on this please, is it a French lead task group with US/JPN escorts and what is the make up of the UK air element please.
UK element is 2 Merlin HC4 plus a few dozen personnel
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TG is MISTRAL and frigate COURBET. It's a 6-month job.

Some bumph on embarked A Flight, 845 NAS Jungly det here - Commando fliers make the French connection on unique deployment to Far East

Both ships were in Sasebo the other day, where the LHD embarked USMC ground elements. Some footage here - https://youtu.be/6jpjgMsg1kE

Currently in Guam.
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A French catarmaran Landing Craft ran aground during the exercises in Guam which were temporarily suspended. There's no information on how or why.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-sta...ndings-on-guam
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Just a heads-up for ASSAIL in Darwin.

French LHD Mistral is currently doing the rounds, working with US and Japanese forces and with UK air elements embarked.

Heading to Darwin very soon, with her escort, FS Courbet.

Approx nine months ago her sister Tonnerre and escort swung by FBW after an ADF PASSEX.

Those Marine Nationale boys and girls throw great parties, ASSAIL, so maybe time to ring around for an invite.
Thanks, I'll try to get some pics during her stopover.
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Thanks, I'll try to get some pics during her stopover.
If you are too busy driving give me a yell and i'll come along with my DLSR
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Sounds like a plan Paul.
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A little embarrassing for us in Australia at the moment ... given that both our new LHDs are laid up with mechanical problems.
Why is it embarrassing ? are people still not getting and understanding what IOC, OT&E and FOC are all about ?
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Ah, I see, the spirit of Trafalgar is not yet dead.
Bit more recent than that - NFR90 and then Horizon - it wasn't a happy time and the summary of the outcome of the common frigate program was that "it wasn't common and it wasn't a frigate."

While notionally there should be some good points to a collaboration, recent experience in attempting it wasn't much fun.
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