China to build 40,000-ton amphibious assault ship: Kanwa

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To compete against the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s Izumo-class helicopter destroyers, China is planning to build a new class of amphibious assault ship with a displacement of 40,000 tons, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based Chinese-language military magazine. Continue reading

Model of PLA’s new amphibious assault ship shown on internet

The model showed an amphibious assault ship capable of operating between six and 10 helicopters with a weight of 15 tons from its deck. The ship has two HHQ-10 air defense missile launchers and three 16-cell HHQ-16 medium-range air defense missile launchers. A Type 1130 close-in weapons system can also be seen from the model. Continue reading

Captain of San Diego-based warship relieved of duty

Another senior military officer ‘redirected’.

 

The captain of one of the Navy’s premier warships has been relieved of command after an investigation found that he routinely used foul and abusive language toward crew members and engaged in inappropriate touching and questioning of women.

Capt. Wayne Brown was relieved as commander of the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship Boxer after an investigation concluded that he had “lost the respect, trust and confidence of his subordinates” because of his temper and his behavior toward female crew members, according to the investigative report. His behavior included touching and asking crew members whether they were using birth control with their husbands or boyfriends.

Brown created a “hostile, offensive and intimidating work environment,” according to the investigation that was undertaken after complaints from enlisted personnel and junior officers.

The recommendation to relieve him of command was endorsed by Rear Adm. Frank Ponds in late September. Continue reading