US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy returns to homeport following Northwest Passage transit and circumnavigation of North America

by Michael Fabey

US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) transited the Northwest Passage while on an Arctic deployment. (US Coast Guard)

The US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) returned to its Seattle home port on 20 November following a 22,000-mile (35,406 km) 133-day deployment circumnavigating North America.

The medium icebreaker transited north of Canada via the Northwest Passage, where the crew trained with members of the Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Rangers for a search-and-rescue exercise.

There has been an increase in human activity, sea life, and vessel traffic in the region due to climate change, according to Captain Ken Boda, Healy commanding officer.

“The climate is changing,” Capt Boda said on 21 October during a press briefing aboard Healy as it made a port call in Baltimore on its transit back to Seattle. “You see a lot more vessels up there. You see a lot more people up there.”

That kind of increase leads to more search-and-rescue operations for the USGC and its partner services from Canada and other nations, he added.


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Philippines eyes second Pohang-class corvette

by Manasvi Shanker Sharma

A total of 24 ships of this class were built and commissioned by the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in four batches between 1984 and 1993. Of these, 10 are still in service with the RoKN, while several others have been transferred to countries including Egypt, Peru, Vietnam, and Colombia.

The Philippine Navy (PN) appears to be moving ahead with plans to acquire another retired South Korean Pohang-class corvette.

The vessel under consideration is ex-ROKS Andong (ex-PCC 771), which was withdrawn from RoKN service in December 2020.

If the transfer goes ahead, it will be the second Pohang-class corvette acquired by the PN from South Korea. The first, ex-ROKS Chungju (ex-PCC 762) , was transferred in 2019 and is now in Philippine service as BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). According to local Filipino news outlet Inquirer , a PN delegation visited South Korea in early November and conducted a joint visual inspection of ex- Andong


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Ukraine receives two former US Coast Guard Island-class patrol vessels

by Cem Devrim Yaylali

M/V Ocean Grand passes through the Bosphorus en route to Odessa with the delivery of two ex-USCG Island-class patrol boats, Sumy (ex- Ocracoke ) and Fastiv (ex- Washington ), on board. (Devrim Yaylalı)

Two decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, destined for the Ukrainian Navy, arrived in Odessa onboard the US-flagged cargo ship M/V Ocean Grand on 23 November.

The two vessels, renamed Sumy (ex-Ocracoke) and Fastiv (ex-Washington), were gifted to Ukraine under Washington's Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme. They will be used for maritime security operations in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. In preparation to operate the vessels, their Ukrainian crew completed a six-week training course provided by the USCG.

A total of five Island-class patrol boats are being supplied to Ukraine under the EDA. The first pair, Slavyansk (ex-Drummond) and Starobilsk (ex- Cushing), were commissioned into Ukrainian Navy in 2019.


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Indra to supply upgraded Pegaso defence system for Korean KSS-lll SSK

by David Ing

Indra is to supply South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with an upgraded version of its Pegaso electronic support measures (ESM) system for fitting to the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) first KSS-III-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) of the second batch.

Announcing the contract on 25 November, the Spanish group said its system “offered the probability of intercepting enemy signals in its working band close to 100%”.

Indra has already supplied the system for the first batch of the 3,750 tonne (dived), 83.5 m Dosan An Chang-ho-class submarines, and is hoping to secure the orders for the remainder in the scheduled nine-ship programme.

An Indra spokesman told Janes the latest version has been improved in that it combines the systems for monitoring electromagnetic signals for signals intelligence (SIGINT) with radar and communications electronic support measures (RESM/CESM).

“The solution integrates both sensors in a single antenna to increase its efficacy, saving on space and reducing the radar section of the submarine, making it more difficult to be detected by the enemy,” Indra said.


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