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[*] posted on 10-7-2019 at 03:22 PM
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New thread to cover transfers of warships and auxiliaries between navies...…..

Former PLAN frigate arrives in Sri Lanka

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

09 July 2019

A former Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Jiangwei I (Type 053 H2G)-class frigate acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on 8 July: a little over a month after the vessel was formally transferred to the service.


Ex-PLAN frigate <I>Tongling</I>, which was formally handed over to the SLN on 5 June, arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on 8 July. (Sri Lanka Navy)

In a statement issued that same day the SLN said the refurbished 111.7 m-long and 12.4 m-wide vessel, which bears pennant number P 625, is scheduled to be commissioned “in the near future”.

The ship, which has a full-load displacement of 2,286 tonnes and a crew of 110 (including 18 officers), first entered service with the PLAN in 1994 under the name Tongling (542).

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Nicaragua commissions new Damen patrol vessels

Alejandro Sanchez, Washington, DC - Jane's Navy International

09 July 2019



Nicaragua’s naval force commissioned two Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol boats into service on 21 June.

Soberanía I (409) and Soberanía II (411) will be used to carry out maritime security and humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Nicaragua’s territorial waters.

Plans to acquire two Damen Stan Patrol 4207 craft from Damen were confirmed in December 2017. The ships are understood to have previously been operated by Jamaica until 2016 and were overhauled in the Netherlands.

According to the Nicaraguan military, the naval force seized 735 kg of cocaine and 134 kg of marijuana, among other narcotics, in various naval operations during 2018.

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Chile's frigate modernisation plans make progress

Jose Higuera, Santiago - Jane's Defence Weekly

17 October 2019


A view of part of the Chilean Navy’s Escuadra Nacional – the surface combat squadron – gathered at Valparaiso in 2018 for the navy’s 200th anniversary. In the foreground are two former Royal Navy Type 23 frigates acquired in 2005, while in the distance are three Dutch-built frigates procured in 2003. Source: Chilean Navy

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- Chile's acquisition of two former Australian frigates is expected to be agreed by the end of the year
- The modernisation of three former UK frigates is also making progress

With the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates surplus to the needs of Australia and the modernisation of its three Cochrane-class multipurpose frigates, the Chilean Navy is giving shape to its future force of main surface combatants.

According to senior military sources in Santiago, the acquisition of the former HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle is expected to be finalised by the end of the year, with their transfer taking place in 2020.

The 4,267-tonne Australian frigates will replace two former Royal Netherlands Navy air defence frigates of the Jacob van Heemskerck class acquired in 2004 and known as the Latorre class in Chile.

Armed with SM-2MR Standard and ESSM surface-to-air missiles, the Australian-built, second-hand frigates will increase the range of the Chilean fleet's air defences substantially compared to the capacity of the SM-1MR-missile-carrying frigates currently in service.

Meanwhile, the modernisation of three former UK Royal Navy Type 23 frigates acquired in 2005, known as the Cochrane class in Chilean service, began in 2017 at the ASMAR naval shipyard in Talcahuano and is advancing apace. The vessels are being refitted and upgraded with new CMS 30 combat management systems provided by Lockheed Martin Canada, together withTRS-4D 3D radars from Hensoldt and the Sea Ceptor air defence missile system from MBDA.

The first modernised frigate, Almirante Cochrane , is currently undergoing acceptance trials. Work on the second Type 23, Almirante Lynch , began in May and the ship is expected to be back in service late in 2020, to be followed in 2022 by the third ship, Almirante Condell .

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[*] posted on 20-10-2019 at 10:01 AM


Interesting, they are stating the FFG purchase as a done deal, but there's been almost nothing public here in Oz.



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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 12:20 PM


The Spanish speaking media have been reporting this for a few weeks. They believe it to be a done deal.

https://www.infodefensa.com/latam/2019/10/04/noticia-armada-...
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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 12:56 PM


They are certainly gathering together a wide and representative collection of weapons systems and sensors.
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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 01:24 PM


My understanding is that the upgrades to the ex-RN Type 23s is taking longer than they can afford to wait, so they opted to buy the ex-RAN FFGs as they are still operational and don't need extensive upgrades. Therefore they will be in-service by the end of 2020.

Lockheed Martin details Chilean Navy Type 23 frigates upgrade
Following an extensive worldwide competitive tender, Lockheed Martin Canada was selected in 2017 to be the combat systems integrator for the Chilean Navy's three Type 23 frigates, leveraging its Canadian-developed combat management system, CMS 330.
This selection builds on the longstanding relationship between Chile and Canada and the countries’ two navies. It also represents Lockheed Martin’s global scale of expertise in naval systems integration and capability to support interoperability between allied countries.
In September 2005, three ex-Royal Navy Type 23 frigate were sold to Chile and renamed Almirante Cochrane (FF05), Almirante Condell (FF06), and Almirante Lynch (FF07). The value of the sale to Chilean Navy which includes the three ships, pre-sale sanitisation and maintenance, and training is £135 million (US$ 170 million).Lockheed Martin Canada is working alongside ASMAR Shipyard and DESA and executing two contracts with Chilean subcontractor DTS for the update of their ESM-RD-170 system and to support connectorization work onboard the T-23 frigates.
“Lockheed Martin Canada is an anchor employer in Halifax and Nova Scotia, and I am excited about the future work coming to Nova Scotia employees as a result of this latest export sale to Chile. The critical skills and expertise developed here in support of key naval programs positions us for continued economic growth. These valuable high tech jobs also attract top talent and offer exceptional opportunities for our local graduates,” said Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax.
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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 05:05 PM


Quote: Originally posted by unicorn  
Interesting, they are stating the FFG purchase as a done deal, but there's been almost nothing public here in Oz.


Speaking of things not mentioned here...

https://www.infodefensa.com/mundo/2019/10/17/noticia-navanti...

The translate tool won't let me do a cut and paste, but it mentions the purchase of 1-2 JSS type ships to be procured locally, or is this just the byproduct of a shitty translation?




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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 07:34 PM


Looks like a long-term replacement for Choules



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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 07:54 PM


Quote: Originally posted by unicorn  
Looks like a long-term replacement for Choules


In addition to...……….I would hope!
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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 08:24 PM


Given its role as an amphibious logistic support ship, realistically, the RAN needs two to ensure one can be kept in service, so I'm hoping it is for another ship. Choules didn't enter service until 2006, so it is pretty premature to be thinking about a replacement, unless the ship was found to be fundamentally inadequate.



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[*] posted on 21-10-2019 at 08:41 PM


I doubt we'd get another from the Brits, as far as I understand it they now want to keep all three sister ships?
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[*] posted on 22-10-2019 at 10:15 AM


I understand that Choules provides useful capability, but the RAN would prefer purpose built vessels, rather than a UK RFA capability.

Much like Manoora and Kanimbla gave the RAN the chance to work out what they wanted to do with amphibious capability, and let them stick their toe in the multi-helicopter, well deck, world, leading them to Adelaide and Canberra, the same is true of Choules, it's given them an entree to the capability and helped define the way forward, so now they want more purpose designed capability.

It would also allow Choules to be re-purposed towards the Pacific support ship role that was promised to the South Pacific nations.


Here is the original English version of the original article.




PACIFIC 2019: Navantia Australia Unveils Joint Support Ship Design
At PACIFIC 2019, the naval defense exposition held last week in Sydney, Australia, Navantia Australia, the local branch of Spanish shipbuilding group Navantia, unveiled a new Joint Support Ship (JSS) design for both the domestic and export market.
Xavier Vavasseur 13 Oct 2019

The JSS was fully designed in-house by Navantia Australia’s new design center of excellence based in Melbourne. This facility was opened in 2018 with the aim of increasing the sovereign capability of Navantia Australia.

The JSS was designed with an upcoming need of the Royal Australian Navy in mind, that Navantia Australia expects will come out in late 2020. The Australian need is likely to be for 1 or 2 units. Navantia Australia believes the JSS could answer some needs on the export market as well: For example a shorter version of the ship unveiled at PACIFIC 2019 could answer the Royal Malaysian Navy MRSS (Multi Role Support Ship) requirement.




“That ship is aimed at meeting a new market need, it is a sovereign, Australian, design. It will be fully exportable worldwide from Navantia Australia”

David Sippel, Corporate Director, Navantia Australia

Navantia Australia’s JSS design combines 70% of the load capacity of HMAS Choules LPD and 70% of the fuel capacity of the now decommissioned HMAS Success AOR. The Melbourne-based design team used the Galicia-class LPD as a base and came up with the JSS fulfilling the requirements.

The JSS has a capacity to embark a 300 strong force, up to 500 tons of vehicles, 3600 tons marine diesel capacity, 600 tons of aviation fuel and 400 tons of fresh water. The flight deck and hangar can accommodate 2 NH90 type helicopters. The well deck can launch and recover two LLCs. Navantia Australia is hopeful to keep the crew size below 160 sailors. The JSS comes with full medical facilities (dental, X-ray, operating rooms, critical unit intensive care ward etc…)



Navantia Australia’s JSS
The design has a length of 176 meters, a beam of 25 meters. JSS has a maximum speed of 20 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles

The CGI unveiled by Navantia Australia at PACIFIC 2019 featured two PHALANX CIWS, decoy launchers, a multifunction radar and two fueling stations (one port, one starboard side).




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[*] posted on 22-10-2019 at 12:21 PM


No visible provision for coop-eng ESSM 8-pack, they sure put a lot of faith in Phalanx and decoys. I hope they have plans to add a VLS 8-packs in service (if built). Ammunition/cargo, hospital and C&C seems to describe the intent. Not sure I'd want ammunition replenishment and a hospital in the same hull.
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[*] posted on 22-10-2019 at 12:34 PM


Basically the same armament as Canberra and Adelaide, like those ships they use the displacement for their primary role and rely on their escorts, rather than trying to be the air defence warship they're not.



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[*] posted on 22-10-2019 at 12:43 PM


Yep. Probably should insert your English version post in the RAN thread too.
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China hands over two ex-PLAN frigates to Bangladeshi Navy

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 December 2019


One of the two ex-PLAN Jiangwei II-class frigates that were formally handed over to the BN on 18 December. The ship shown here, formerly known as Lianyungang, was overhauled at the Shenjia Shipyard in Shanghai. Source: Via haohanfw.com

Two Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II)-class frigates decommissioned by the China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have been handed over to the Bangladeshi Navy (BN).

The BN said in a statement that the 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly known as Jiaxing (pennant number 521) and Lianyungang (522), were transferred in a ceremony held on 18 December at the Shenjia Shipyard in Shanghai after being overhauled.

The 112 m-long and 12.4 m-wide vessels, which will be renamed BNS Umer Farroq (also spelled Umar Farooq ) and BNS Abu Ubaidah once in BN service, were set to head to Bangladesh following the handover ceremony.

Pennant numbers F 16 and F 19 have been painted on the hulls of the ships, which can reach a top speed of 24 n miles, according to the BN.

According to Chinese media, the BN procured the two ex-PLAN frigates under a deal signed in June 2018.

In PLAN service the primary armament of the ships consisted of a twin 100 mm gun, eight YJ-83 anti-ship missiles fired from slant-mounted containerised launchers, an octuple launcher for HHQ-7 short-range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), and four twin 37 mm gun mountings. None of these have been removed, although the YJ-83 and HHQ-7 systems may have been modified in line with the C-802A and FM-90N export versions, particularly with regard to the missiles supplied.

In September 2019 the BN signed a contract for two more Type 053H3 frigates, including ex- Putian (pennant number 523), which is expected to be renamed BNS Khalid Bin Walid once in BN service.

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The Australian is running a story on the sale of Melbourne and Newcastle, it's got info that suggests it's been leaked by someone inside Defence, including Vietnamese and Greek interest in the ships, previously the only publicly acknowledged interest was supposed to be from the Poles and later the Chileans.

It's very sensitive inside Defence, with efforts being made to suppress discussion on the matter within the RAN, even though it's pretty much a done deal, awaiting only signatures and photo ops.

Apparently the frigates are scheduled to go into the Captain Cook dry dock for removal of specialist equipment and a new paint scheme.


Defence strategists lament sale of ‘most capable ships in RAN history’

The Australian government will sell two guided-missile frigates to Chile, disappointing strategists who say they should have been retained by the navy or given to a Southeast Asian neighbour.

The Adelaide-class vessels HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle were commissioned in the early 1990s and lauded in 2008 as “the most capable ships in the history of the RAN” after undergoing an extensive refit.

They will have US-­licensed combat systems — installed just over a decade ago — removed before they are handed over.

The frigates are the last of six Adelaide-class vessels to be retired. They will be replaced by three new air warfare destroyers.

John Blaxland, from the ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, said the frigates were in good condition and should continue to serve alongside the newer ships. “It remains a very good platform. The fact that Chile wants to buy them speaks to their enduring utility,” he said.

Rather than selling the ships, the government should be ramping up efforts to recruit new sailors, Professor Blaxland said.

He said rising tensions between the US and China, environmental disasters and governance challenges meant Australia could not afford to sell off tried and tested ships.

“This is a wake-up call. While we have embarked on a regeneration of the naval fleet, we are basically talking about one for one rather than growing,” he said.

“The government is focused so much on its deficit problem it’s not focusing on the bigger picture here. We need to keep these, and when the Anzac frigates come up to being replaced, we should keep them too.”

La Trobe Asia director Euan Graham said the guided-missile frigates were still valuable, and could have continued to play a strategic role.

Given they were being sold, he said they should have gone to a nearer neighbour.

“Australia has relatively few opportunities to make its ­capacity-building felt to this level, and the strategic priority should fall on Australia’s near regions, and in concentric circles beyond that,” Mr Graham said.

The Greek government expressed its interest in the ships, and it’s understood Vietnam was also considering whether to make a bid, but The Australian has learned Chile will take the ships off Australia’s hands.

Defence Minister Linda Rey­nolds declined to comment.




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[*] posted on 7-2-2020 at 12:47 PM


Egypt, Italy in Talks on Possible FREMM Buy

(Source: Forecast International; posted February 5, 2020)

By Derek Bisaccio

The Egyptian Navy is said to be close to purchasing a pair of European Multi-Purpose Frigate (FREMM) warships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

On February 4, 2020, French newspaper La Tribune reported that Egypt is “very close” to signing a deal with Fincantieri for the procurement of the two FREMM frigates. According to the report, these frigates may be drawn from the Italian Navy’s procurement program – the vessels Spartaco Schergat and Emilio Bianchi, launched in January 2019 and January 2020, respectively – enabling Fincantieri to sell the vessels for an estimated cost of €1.2 billion.

To support the purchase, Italian [state] bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) will issue an export financing loan worth up to €500 million.

Earlier in the week, Italian media had reported that the two sides were in discussion on a possible FREMM agreement. Il Sole 24 ORE Radiocor also reported that CDP would provide export financing.

Egypt’s interest in the FREMM frigates – as well as its decision last year to procure up to six warships from Germany, at least three of which are Meko frigates – comes as Cairo’s relationship with France has cooled. La Tribune reported that French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to press his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, on human rights during the former’s visit to Egypt in January of last year likely played a role in Egypt’s shifting gears on military procurement towards other European suppliers.

The Egyptian military procured a range of equipment from France after 2015, including Rafale fighter jets, Mistral helicopter carriers, a FREMM frigate, and Gowind corvettes. Follow-on agreements for a dozen Rafales and two Gowind corvettes had been expected but now appear to be frozen, La Tribune reported.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Contrary to some recent reports, Italy’s rumored sale of two Fremm frigates to Egypt won’t happen unless and until adequate compensation is agreed with Italian Navy, which has ordered ten Fremm frigate because it needs ten Fremm frigates.)
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Italy in talks to sell frigates to Egypt

By: Tom Kington   17 hours ago


The Italian FREMM Alpino pierside in Baltimore. Manufacturer Fincantieri in February 2020 confirmed ongoing talks with Egypt for two vessels of the class. (Staff photo by David B. Larter)

ROME – Italy is negotiating to sell two FREMM frigates to Egypt as local conflicts, rivalries over natural gas and shifting alliances ratchet up naval competition in the Mediterranean.

The talks by Italy’s Fincantieri to sell the two vessels to Egypt were confirmed this month by Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono following days of press speculation a deal was on the cards.

What makes Italy’s offer particularly appealing to Egypt is that the vessels are almost ready. Fincantieri is proposing to sell Cairo the final two of ten frigates now being built for the Italian navy.

The plan is to divert the two vessels to Egypt, then win a top-up order from Italy to complete the Italian navy’s complement of ships.

Of the two frigates in question, the Emilio Bianchi was launched in January and was due for delivery to the Italian navy in 2021, while the Spartaco Schergat is due for launch in a few months.

With a displacement of 6,700 tonnes, the 144 meter long Emilio Bianchi can reach a top speed of 27 knots.

The two vessels, which may Egypt may buy for around €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) for the pair, are general-purpose variants of the FREMM frigate. If they are sold to Egypt, the Italian navy may decide to order its replacement ships with anti-submarine warfare capabilities, an upgrade reflecting heightened tensions in the Mediterranean.

News of the deal drew criticism in Italy from politicians who have been concerned over human rights abuses in Egypt since with the arrest, torture and murder in Cairo in 2016 of an Italian PhD student, Giulio Regeni. Italian prosecutors have named members of Egypt’s security services they suspect ordered the arrest, but the Egyptian government has done little to cooperate in the investigation.

Italy has also found itself on the other side from Egypt in the proxy conflict underway in Libya, where Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE back the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to conquer the capital Tripoli.

Italy is lined up with Turkey and Qatar defending the UN-backed government in Tripoli run by Fayez al-Sarraj.

But in recent weeks, the dynamics of the conflict have changed after Turkey sent military backing, including Syrian fighters, to help Al Sarraj defend Tripoli against Haftar’s forces, contrary to Italy’s call for a negotiated solution to the fighting.

In November, Turkey and Al Sarraj also signed a bilateral maritime agreement which reportedly carves up the area of the Mediterranean between Turkey and Libya and cuts through waters recognized as belonging to Greece and the Republic of Cyprus.

Italy has sided with neighbors like Egypt in condemning the deal, while Rome is also irritated by Turkish prospecting for gas in maritime zones off Cyprus which have already been allocated to Italian state controlled energy firm ENI.

ENI is also working closely with Egypt after discovering an enormous new gas field in Egypt’s Mediterranean waters which could supply the country’s gas needs for years to come.

As Italy holds talks on the FREMM sales to Egypt, French newspapers have meanwhile accused the French government of losing its hegemony in naval sales to Egypt after it sold Mistral helicopter carriers to Cairo as well as corvettes and a FREMM frigate of its own.

“The equilibrium is changing in the Mediterranean since the U.S. is effectively now absent and the European Union members are not unified,” said Gabriele Iacovino, an analyst at the International Study Center in Rome.

“Italy has a longstanding dialogue with Egypt which was interrupted by the Regeni case, but has now resumed. Rome needs to talk to both Al Sarraj and Haftar in Libya and knows that to talk to Haftar you need to speak to Egypt,” he said.

Michele Nones, head of the security and defense department at the Rome IAI think tank, said Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was consolidating his power, building the Egyptian economy and putting the country back on the regional map.

“Egypt is a fundamental actor in Libya, the Mediterranean and the Middle East,” he said.

Rome’s ties with Egypt were strengthening for those reasons — as well as because Turkish activism in the Mediterranean increased, he said.

“Italy would have got closer to Egypt anyway, but Turkey’s strategy increases the need to do that,” he said.
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[*] posted on 5-3-2020 at 09:01 AM


No agreement yet on Italian frigate sale to Egypt

Jeremy Binnie, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 March 2020

Italian shipyard Fincantieri has yet to submit the necessary export request to sell two Bergamini-class frigates to Egypt, Alberto Cutillo, the director of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Military Material Authorisation Unit (UAMA), said on 3 March.

Cutillo told the commission investigating the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian who was tortured and killed in Egypt in 2016, that the foreign and defence ministries had no differing opinions when they approved Fincantieri’s request to negotiate the sale.

He added that the absence of an export request from the company indicated that talks are continuing.

The Italian press has identified the frigates that would be sold as Spartaco Schergat and Emilio Bianchi , both of which are being completed for the Italian Navy but have yet to be commissioned.

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US wants to provide Ukraine with patrol boats of type Mk VI

Posted On Monday, 09 March 2020 11:53

Members of Congress have been informally notified of the Defense Department's plans to provide $125 million in new military assistance to Ukraine, including armed patrol boats, according to a congressional aide and US official. This is the first half of the $250 million in Ukraine Security Assistance that has been appropriated by Congress.


Guards patrol boat type Mk VI of the U.S. Navy Guam (Picture source: U.S. Navy)

Reports in Ukrainian media claim that the US allegedly plans to supply Ukraine with only 12 Mk VI missile boats, which should be part of the Ukrainian naval forces on the Sea of ​​Azov, with some of these boats supposedly armed with Hellfire missile launchers.

First introduced to the US Navy in 2015, the Mark VI patrol boat is intended for coastal and riverine operations. It has modern weapons and is meant to operate mostly in shallow waters.

Mk VI missile boats were developed and are being built by the American shipbuilding company SAFE Boats International in Bremerton since 2014 for the coastal guard of the U.S. Navy; in total, the U.S. fleet received 12 Mk VI missile boats between 2015-2018, and the general plans for their purchases by the U.S. fleet make up 48 units.

The all-aluminum MK VI missile boat type has a total displacement of 72 tons, a length of 25.8 m, a width of 6.2 m and a draft of 1.2 m.

It is equipped with two MTU 16V2000M94 diesel engines with a total capacity of 5200 hp, with two water cannons and is capable of speeds up to 45 knots. Cruising range 690 miles at a speed of 30 knots. The crew of the boat is 10-11 people, and another seven or eight are able to accommodate additionally.

The standard armament of the boat is two 25-mm automatic remotely controlled Mk 38 Mod 2 units and six 12.7 mm M2 machine guns on turret installations.

The Mk 50 fire control system is actually a ship’s version of the land-based remote-control module fire control system for the M153 CROWS armored vehicles. It is currently into consideration whether to equip the missile boats with small-sized rockets VGM-176V Griffin or Hellfire.
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