Tuesday, November 21, 2006

More shipping news

A lumpy, little-heralded but steady increase of anti-missile capabilities....

USS McCampbell to replace USS Gary at Yokosuka
Stars and Stripes Pacific edition

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell will replace the USS Gary at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, the Navy announced Friday.

The Arleigh Burke-class McCampbell, currently based at San Diego, is scheduled to arrive at Yokosuka in June.

After a turn-over of duties, the Gary will return to the United States, the Navy said.
So the Aegis-equipped McCampbell (DDG-85) (9,217 tons, 153.9 m) replaces the guided missile frigate Gary (4,100 tons, 135.9 m).

This brings the total of Aegis-equipped vessels in the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk Strike Group to seven. Kyōdō, however, is claiming the number of Aegis-equipped USN vessels at Yokosuka will rise to nine.

A Carrier Strike Group with seven Arleigh Burke class destroyers?

Well, whatever the number, let us hope they bring along some much-needed anti-submarine warfare capabilities...

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