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'ctured is the U.S. Coast Guard’s Alert WMEC-630), the last-completed of 16 fiance (WMEC-615)-class medium endurance cutters and the most recent to '°<nplete a major upgrade. The 1,050-ton
>s seen on her recommissioning,
September 1994, after 18 months and "’"<10 man-hours of work at U.S. Coast 'Hard Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland. The ,ost easily seen modification is the provi- Sl<»n of an exhaust stack abaft the bridge, somewhat reducing the helicopter flight th Coast Guard ships that had
0,tl Mk 26, 76.2-mm single-fire gun- °unt, the Alert now carries in its place a 5'mm Mk 38 chain-gun mounting.
® Anzac, the first of eight German- ^S|gned MEKO 200 ANZ-design frigates r the Royal Australian Navy, is seen ,J'st after her launch on 16 September at . ^." iOiamstown yard of Transfield, i CON. Succeeding units of the class ,. carry the traditional Australian warp lp dames Arunta, Warrumungu, Stuart, frramatta, Ballarat, Toowoomba, and fff1—t*le *atter to complete in November % after the retirement of the guided- 'ssile destroyer currently bearing that arne. The Arunta's name originally was to ( ave been spelled “Arrernte,” in deference “Aborigine tribal wishes, but it was hanged to commemorate earlier ships a«ied Arunta; the Warrumungu was not 2 'Ucky, for her naval predecessors had f eir names spelled “Warramunga.” Two arther ships of the 3,495-ton full load ass are on order for New Zealand, which ust decide by 1997 whether to pick up ° °Ption for a second pair to provide four
"®'v units to replace the current quartet * binder-class units. New Zealand’s
■ctured is the Cape Race, one of three ( -'Car-old Saudi Riyadh-class roll-on/roll- ‘ 'chicle cargo ships purchased abroad ‘,r the Maritime Administration’s Ready cserve Force (RRF) in December 1992 ar|d brought up to current standards “ring overhauls at Bethlehem Steel’s parrows Point Shipyard. The ship is seen lasted in layberth at Norfolk, Virginia,
J? ^ePtember with sisters Cape Ray and aPe Rise. Each ship of the trio, at 14,825 ^ross registered tons and 22,735 dead- e‘§ht tons, has 141,680 square feet of ehicle cargo space and also can be used transport standard cargo containers.
JJf the 29 RO/ROs in the 104-ship RRF eet, 12 were activated for service under ae Military Sealift Command during the Second week of September to carry equipment to Haiti; also activated was the barge '“Tier Cape Mohican.
r°eeedings / December 1994
By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World
U.S. COAST GUARD
MEKO 200 ANZs are to be armed only with one 127-mm U.S. Mk 45 gun and an 8-cell vertical-launch Sea Sparrow module, while Australia’s also will have antisubmarine torpedo tubes. Australia is
considering building four more of a longer variant of the design as replacements for its three U.S. Charles F. Adams (DDG-2)- class guided-missile destroyers, the Perth, Hobart, and Brisbane.