Latest updates[?]: Denmark is buying Swiss Piranha V 8x8 armored personnel carriers. The new APCs will replace the fleet of legacy M113s, with the Danes planning on buying at least 206 new Piranhas. The Piranha beat off competition from the VBCI and three other competitors, including the BAE Systems CV-90. The Danish MoD previously ordered 45 of the CV-90 IFVs.
For most of the Cold War, peacekeeping deployments were generally seen as second-string efforts that could get by with less protection. That has begun to change. These days, international deployments have become a spur for many countries to invest in better equipment, from mine-resistant vehicles and armored personnel carriers to main battle tanks.
BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair in Norfolk, VA received a $16 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the USS Nassau’s [LHA-4] FY 2009 planned maintenance availability. This is a minor maintenance period, involving 30+ work items to repair, replace, preserve, install, or clean parts of the ship and its systems. In addition, the contractor will perform support services for several alteration installation teams, and for Norfolk Naval Shipyard work.
USS Nassau is named for the Battle of Nassau in 1776 – the US Navy and Marine Corps’ first-ever amphibious landing. This Tarawa Class amphibious assault ship was commissioned in 1979. She spent time in 2008 deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf, visited NYC, NY on Columbus Day to be part of the celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet, and was recently used to coordinate relief efforts around Galveston, TX after a hurricane.
Work will be performed in Norfolk, VA and is expected to be complete by February 2009. $15.9 million in contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center in Norfolk, VA issued the contract (N00024-05-C-4403).