The LUPO Class frigate Alimirante Brion (F-22), which is undergoing a modernization for the Venezuelan Armada by Northrop Grumman's Ingalls
Operations, Pascagoula, Miss., sails through the
Gulf of Mexico during the ship's first sea trial
, October 17 to 18, 2001. During the sea trial, various systems were tested including propulsion, electronics and communications. The ship's combat systems will be tested during a second
sea trial in November. Ingalls is also performing similar work on a second
LUPO Class ship, Marsical Sucre (F-21), which has completed first trials and goes on combat systems trials later this month.