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Mercado, who is retiring from the military in March, was temporarily replaced by Rear Adm. Robert Empedrad, who had opposed Mercado’s position on the frigate deal.
The traffic on the water meant British sailors on the Royal Navy frigate St. Albans spent Christmas tracking their Russian counterparts.
The boat, defense officials said, was identical to one used to attack a Saudi frigate this year.
North Korea, South Korea and Japan also operate frigates.
Australia will finalize its frigate choice next year.
The company also has a good order book for its nuclear submarines and is making eight Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy.
The atoll is a nature sanctuary that lures bird watchers (for parrots and seabirds like the great frigate and noddy) as well as snorkelers and divers that come to see colorful parrotfish, blacktip sharks, bonefish, and nesting turtles.
But the maritime strategy relies on making a new generation of frigates, the Type 31e, that are easy to export.
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In the 17th–19th centuries, a frigate was a three-masted, fully rigged sailing ship, often carrying 30–40 guns in all. Smaller and faster than ships of the line (the principal vessels of naval warfare), frigates served as scouts or as escorts protecting merchant convoys; they also cruised the seas as merchant raiders themselves. In World War II, Britain revived the term frigate using it to describe escort ships equipped with sonar and depth charges, and used these ships to guard convoys from submarines. In the postwar decades, the frigate also adopted an antiaircraft role, adding radar and surface-to-air missiles. Modern frigates can sail at a speed of 30 knots and carry a crew of 200.
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