21 April 2010

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Pakistan Navy Purchases Frigate USS McInerney from USA, Know about guided-missile frigate USS McInerney

Pakistan Navy Purchases Frigate USS McInerney from USA, Know about guided-missile frigate USS McInerney
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Pakistan and United States signed a contract for the transfer of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney.
Pakistan will pay $78 million for 30-year-old frigate

In the year 2008 Pakistan, started process to purchase this frigate, and that time USA agreed to give them.
In September 2008, the US Congress approved selling the frigate to Pakistan with a delivery date of August 2010.
On August 31 this year, Pakistan will take over the USS McInerney at the US Naval station Mayport, Florida, it will be renamed, commissioned as PNS Alamgir, and a comprehensive refurbishment of the ship will be undertaken under the supervision of US Navy, which will be completed by January 2011, which includes anti-submarine capability
Pakistan Navy is planning to purchase such eight Perry-Class frigates.
The Pakistani Navy currently has six frigates, ex-UK Type 21s

Does India Needs to fear that now Pakistan Navy Got the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney?

India does not need to fear from this Purchase of Pakistan Navy.

India already got the INS Shivalik, an Indian Shivalik-class frigate that is equal to this USA frigate. It is expected that this month The Indian Navy will induct its first indigenously built Shivalik class stealth frigate and we got warplanes, which will easily overcome Perry class frigate.
Shivalik is equipped with state-of-the-art defense against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.

Let us understand what is guided-missile frigate USS McInerney?

This frigate is not required by the USA navy now, so they have sold it.
As India got the Shivalik, it was must for the Pakistan to get frigate USS McInerney
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates were designed primarily as anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare guided-missile warships intended to provide open-ocean escort of amphibious warfare ships and merchant ship convoys
These warships are equipped to escort and protect aircraft carrier battle groups, amphibious landing groups, underway replenishment groups, and merchant ship convoys. They can conduct independent operations to perform such tasks as surveillance of illegal drug smugglers, maritime interception operations, and exercises with other nations.
The addition of the Naval Tactical Display System, LAMPS helicopters, and the Tactical Towed Array System (TACTAS) gave these warships a combat capability far beyond the original expectations. They are well suited for the littoral regions and most war-at-sea scenarios.
The FFG 8, 29, 32, and 33 were built as "short-hull" warships but were later modified into "long-hull" warships.

USS McInerney (FFG-8), was laid down on 16 January 1978, launched on 4 November 1978, and commissioned on 15 December 1979.
Therefore, now you got the point the warship is more than 30 years old.
In this period, this warship was used by the America in many successful missions.
McInerney's first major deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean began in November 1982.
In October 1984, McInerney deployed again to the Middle East in the midst of the Iran/Iraq Tanker War.
McInerney performed in every warfare area during the conflict, including convoy escort, mine, anti-air and anti-surface operations. McInerney earned the Navy Unit Commendation, the National Service Defense Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) for her wartime service.
On September 13, 2008, McInerney intercepted a 59-foot self-propelled semisubmersible carrying 7 tons of cocaine off the coast of Guatemala. Four Colombian drug smugglers were captured aboard. The cargo had an estimated street value of $187 million.
On 3 April 2010, an MQ-8 Fire Scout from McInerney helped to confiscate 60 kg of cocaine from a speedboat.

Armament: -
One OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
Two Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes
One Vulcan Phalanx CIWS; four .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns.
One Mk 13 Mod 4 single-arm launcher for Harpoon anti-ship missiles and SM-1MR Standard anti-ship/air missiles (40 round magazine)
Aircraft carried: two × SH-60 LAMPS III helicopters

Meaning of Frigate?
Frigate means war ship.

Amphibious warfare means army, commandoes travel in warship, then warship enters seashore, landing army on the sea beach and conquering the land of enemy.

Suggested Reading -
Know About INS Shivalik Warship – The First Stealth Warship Build by India

Below is the photo of Frigate USS McInerney


HaRy!! April 21, 2010  

news at one spot :)

sm,  April 22, 2010