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[*] posted on 12-10-2018 at 11:34 AM


Autonomous vessels may be part of the solution to this, even ones partially armed with both weapons and electronic gear. A degree of AI could eliminate the need for continuous control................
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[*] posted on 12-10-2018 at 03:02 PM


A large part of the problem is the fact that during the Cold War, the smallest viable surface combatant in the USN wasn't a nearly 10,000t destroyer.

The downside of consolidating the fleet around a smaller number of larger, more capable ships, is now they are left with a smaller number of larger, more capable ships.

Even the currently proposed frigates are overkill for the large majority of general escort duties that western navies now struggle to maintain. Only France with its FTI frigate is coming up with a sensible general escort design capable of performing the task, without robbing funds from other parts of the defence budget.




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[*] posted on 12-10-2018 at 04:57 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ARH  
A large part of the problem is the fact that during the Cold War, the smallest viable surface combatant in the USN wasn't a nearly 10,000t destroyer.

The downside of consolidating the fleet around a smaller number of larger, more capable ships, is now they are left with a smaller number of larger, more capable ships.

Even the currently proposed frigates are overkill for the large majority of general escort duties that western navies now struggle to maintain. Only France with its FTI frigate is coming up with a sensible general escort design capable of performing the task, without robbing funds from other parts of the defence budget.

Yep, the OHP (or something like it) lives again! Good range and endurance, an ASW helo and an anti air weapon/targeting setup capable of addressing crossing targets. And that's pretty much it.
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[*] posted on 12-10-2018 at 07:04 PM


The Merchant Marine of many nations, especially Western orientated ones, have very low nationally-registered vessels, one reason why the British Forces built their own RoRo's to support Gulf and Afghanistan operations.

The blunt fact is that Flags of Conveience reign supreme. Only the Chinese have a major Merchant fleet.....at the moment...................

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[*] posted on 18-10-2018 at 09:22 AM


Pakistan Navy commissions fleet tanker PNS Moawin

Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

17 October 2018


The PN commissioned PNS Moawin, a 17,000-tonne fleet tanker, in a ceremony held on 16 October at the naval dockyard in Karachi. Source: Via ISPR

The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned a new fleet tanker in a ceremony held at the naval dockyard in Karachi.

Named PNS Moawin (with pennant number 39), the 158.4 m-long vessel, which displaces about 16,400 tonnes at full load, entered service with the PN on 16 October during an event attended by Pakistan's President Arif Alvi and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, among others.

The tanker, which was built in collaboration with Turkish defence engineering firm Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM), is the largest naval vessel to be built by state-owned shipbuilder Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR): the media wing of the Pakistani military.

Launched in August 2016 Moawin , which has a top speed of 20 kt, is "capable of performing a variety of maritime operations, including [the] provision of logistics support to other ships at sea through the transfer of fuel and other important military cargo", stated ISPR.

The platform can carry two helicopters, is equipped with medical facilities, and can provide overseas support during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, it added.

As Jane's previously reported, the tanker has two deck cranes and two replenishment-at-sea (RAS) masts, one each on the port and starboard sides, which enables it to refuel two vessels simultaneously via the alongside connected replenishment (CONREP) method.

The vessel features a flight deck to support vertical replenishment operations and facilitate the transfer of stores between ships. For improved visibility, at-sea replenishment operations can be co-ordinated from a separate superstructure built amidships.

The tanker's defences against aircraft and precision-guided weapons are provided by two close-in weapon systems, each of which is located on the forecastle and on the main superstructure facing the flight deck.

Moawin replaces an older ex-Royal Netherlands Navy ship of the same name operated by the PN's 9th Auxiliary and Mine Warfare Squadron.

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[*] posted on 25-10-2018 at 09:23 AM


Signature of a Franco-Italian Agreement for the Future Logistics Vessels of the French Navy

(Source: French Armed Forces Ministry; issued Oct 24, 2018)

(Issued in French; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


France has agreed to buy four fleet support ships derived from the Vulcano-class Fincantieri in building for the Italian Navy, and the first of which was launched in June. The French ships will be built in France with some hull sections provided by Fincantieri. (Twitter photo)

PARIS --- Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced at the Euronaval 2018 trade exhibition that France will execute the "FLOTLOG" fleet oiler program in cooperation with Italy. Four ships will be ordered, and the first two will be delivered before 2025. This joint decision enhances Franco-Italian cooperation in the field of surface vessels.

The Director-General of Armaments, Joel Barre, and his Italian counterpart, Secretary-General of Defense Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, signed tonight a Franco-Italian agreement for the construction of four logistic support ships ("Flotte logistique,” or FLOTLOG) in the presence of Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, and Elisabetta Trenta, the Italian Minister of Defense.

France joins the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) program, which Italy has entrusted to the management of the Joint Organization for Co-operation in Armaments (OCCAR). OCCAR is already running several joint programs between France and Italy: either through cooperation between these two countries - FREMM multi-mission frigates and the FSAF air defense system - or through broader cooperation involving other countries - MALE-RPAS medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft and the ESSOR software-defined radio program.

The FLOTLOG program aims to replace the current single-hulled tankers of the French Navy, which entered service in the 1970s and 1980s, with modern vessels with double hulls, in accordance with the best international standards. They will support long-range ships deployed on the high seas (aircraft carriers, projection and command buildings, frigates) by supplying them with fuel, ammunition, spare parts and food.

The French ships will adopt the design of the Italian ship Vulcano, currently under construction, and incorporating necessary modifications required to support the carrier group formed around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

They will be built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, in partnership with Naval Group, particularly for the combat system. The hull sections that host the refueling system will be built by Fincantieri in Italy.

The French military programming law 2019-2025 provides for a target of four ships, two of which will be delivered by 2025.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Given that the Italian Navy’s Vulcano costs about 350 million euros, this new Franco-Italian initiative is worth about 1.4 billion euros.)

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[*] posted on 5-11-2018 at 08:20 PM


PIRIOU delivers Hydro-oceanographic and Multi-Missions vessel to Royal Moroccan Navy

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PIRIOU delivered the 72 meters hydro-oceanographic and multimissions vessel (BHO2M) ‘DAR AL BEIDA’ to the Moroccan Royal Navy on October 26th at its shipyard in Concarneau, France.


PIRIOU delivers Hydro oceanographic and Multi Missions vessel to Royal Moroccan Navy 1 PIRIOU delivered the 72 meters hydro-oceanographic and multimissions vessel (BHO2M) ‘DAR AL BEIDA’ to the Moroccan Royal Navy. Picture: Piriou.

This contract is the third the Moroccan Royal Navy (MRM) entrusts PIRIOU with - following the contract for the building of a 50 m Landing Craft Tank and the refit of offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 64 ‘Rais Bargach’.

The BHO2M is a last generation scientific vessel equipped with systems matching the topographic studies answering the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards. She was designed from the Multi-Missions vessel (B2M) presently under construction in Concarneau for the French Navy.

This contract is the outcome of the significant work of a tight team comprising:

- PIRIOU who ensures the vessel design, studies and building,
- The SHOM (French Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department) for the scientific part of the vessel and the training of the technicians of the Hydrography, Oceanography and Cartography Division (DHOC) of the MRM,
- KERSHIP for the expertise in military systems and contract management.


PIRIOU delivers Hydro oceanographic and Multi Missions vessel to Royal Moroccan Navy 2 The BHO2M is able to fulfil long lasting operations, mainly hydrographic and oceanographic missions. Picture: Piriou

The BHO2M is able to fulfil long lasting operations, mainly hydrographic and oceanographic missions such as the completion of topographic studies, data acquisition and process, scientific sampling and the related analyses. She is fitted with an appendix where the acoustic bases of the scientific equipment -including the two multibeam echo sounders- are located. As the most performing vessel of her generation regarding acoustics, the BHO2M will be able to achieve these missions at high speed while in a rough sea.

She will also be able to answer the operational requirements of the authorities regarding patrol, humanitarian assistance, Special Forces or divers deployment, search and rescue and environment protection.

She features:

- Built to European standards
- The most recent scientific integrated equipment matching the works and answering the IHO standards
- Endurance, seakeeping behaviour and high performances for long lasting deep sea missions
- Versatility enabling a large range of specific missions thanks to:
o a wide rear deck to store containers or other equipment o handling means to load and operate special equipment
o two VERTREP areas - Dedicated facilities: sickbay, divers fittings, conveniences for scientists.
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[*] posted on 13-11-2018 at 09:01 PM


Rolls-Royce to deliver design and ship equipment for Belgium’s new research vessel

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2018 11:32

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by the Spanish ship builder Freire to deliver ship design and equipment systems for a new oceanographic research vessel for Belgium. The IMO polar code compliant vessel will be designed to carry out research and survey tasks in the North Sea and its adjacent sea areas, but also in the Mediterranean and more northern areas.


The vessel, which is to replace the current RV Belgica, will be a UT 844 WP design from Rolls-Royce.

The research vessel will cater for the requirements of the Belgian marine scientific community when performing advanced marine research and education at sea – today and in the coming years. This will include research within the fields of geology and sedimentology, fisheries, biology, chemistry, oceanography (including meteorology). In addition, the vessel will be part of hydrography campaigns.

Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital & Systems - Marine, said: “Three European countries have now chosen Rolls-Royce as a supplier of design and technology to their new research vessels; Belgium, Norway and the UK. These are all advanced, high-tech vessels that will carry out fundamental research at sea and below the seabed. We are of course honored to be part of such great tasks.”

The vessel, which is to replace the current RV Belgica, will be a UT 844 WP design from Rolls-Royce. In addition to ship design, Rolls-Royce will supply the main propulsion system, including side thrusters, Promas integrated propulsion and maneuvering system, power electric system and steering gear. A vital part of the systems delivery is also automation and control systems such as the propulsion control system, Unified Bridge and dynamic positioning (DP).

The project team responsible for the new research vessel is formed by the Belgian Defence, the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Operational Directorate Natural Environment (RBINS-OD Nature).

Detailed engineering and construction will take place at Freire’s shipyard in Vigo, Spain and the vessel is scheduled for delivery towards the end of 2020. Rolls-Royce currently has design and system deliveries for two other vessels under construction at Freire Shipyard.
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[*] posted on 14-11-2018 at 07:19 AM


They'll probably get the nod for our new Oceanographic vessel as well



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[*] posted on 27-11-2018 at 10:05 AM


A Bright Spot In A Demanding Period

(Source: Norwegian Defence Force; issued Nov 21, 2018)

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The Norwegian Navy has taken delivery in South Korea of KNM Maud, its new fleet support ship, derived from the Tide-class ships also built by Daewoo for the Royal Navy. She is due to enter service in 2020. (RNoN photo)

OSLO --- It's a challenging time for the Norwegian Navy. However, during the night to Friday there was a bright spot as the Navy took delivery of its brand-new logistics and support vessel, KNM Maud.

“This is a great and historic day for the Navy and for all of maritime Norway. It is not every day that we take over a new vessel,” said the Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Øystein Wemberg during a ceremony in South Korea on Friday.

KNM Maud will in the future constitute an entirely new logistics and support capability for the Navy. This modern ship is equipped to maintain and support our ships and those of allies; providing the necessary fuel, supplies, ammunition, spare parts and workshop facilities.

"KNM Maud will increase the Navy's operational endurance, and will primarily be able to provide important support for our own and allied naval forces," the Chief of Staff said.

The ship can support all Navy vessels, and can operate in all waters around the world. The KNM Maud can also act as a command ship, and can embarks a staff to direct naval operations. The chief of staff emphasized the ship’s very good helicopter capacity, as well as its large load and crane capacity.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/arGt7oOlKSI

The ship is also equipped with a medical facility for up to 48 patients, with its own operating room, trauma room, monitoring facilities, CT scanner and many other special facilities found in a hospital. This allows the vessel to assist civil society in a crisis or a disaster, and for humanitarian operations as well as search and rescue operations (SAR).

Important Nato Contribution

"As a small nation, Norway is totally dependent on our allies in NATO. At the same time, we rely on actively contributing to the alliance in order to expect support back if we ever needed it. Therefore, we must continue our long-term efforts to maintain Norway's credibility in NATO,” Wemberg said.

"KNM Maud has an attractive logistics capacity, which is also in demand within NATO, so it will be noted that Norway has now acquired such an important vessel, which can also be used for the alliance or in other international operations," Wemberg said.

Good teamwork

The admiral used the opportunity to praise all the staff who have worked for many years to acquire KNM Maud. In particular, he commends the project management of the Forsvarsmateriell (FMA) defence procurement agency, for very good work, and emphasized that the Navy is proud of FMA and the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Korea, which has provided this formidable resource to the Navy.

"Good cooperation between the shipyard, FMA and the Navy is an essential and important part of this acquisition. A proficient project management on both sides has meant a lot in this process. In addition, it has resulted in a ship that fits our needs and patterns of use, designed in conjunction with the crew who has closely followed the entire process thanks to regular visits to the shipyard.

On Friday, it was the Rear Admiral Bjørge Aase took over KNM Maud on behalf of the Defense Force and the Navy. FMA has been in charge of procurement and has formal ownership, while the Navy has now taken over the responsibility.

Training and fitting out remains

The ship now has a Norwegian flag, and will now go through a period of training and fitting out in South Korea before she and her crew can be considered operational. The new pride of the navy will sail home during the first quarter of 2019. KNM Maud with her crew are expected to be fully operational by 2020.

KNM Maud is built by the South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), and was ordered in 2013 under a contract worth 1.32 billion Norwegian kroner ($150 million). The ship is the largest in the Norwegian Navy, with a tonnage five times larger than the Nansen-class frigates.

General characteristics:
• Length: 183 m
• Beam: 25.9 m
• Design draft: 8.62 m
• Maximum displacement: ~ 27,500 tonnes
• Speed:> 18 knots
• Two main engines at 7500kW (Wärtsilä)
• Two diesel generators at 3170kW (Wärtsilä)
• Two bow thrusters at 1000kW (Wärtsilä)
• Propulsion Type: Diesel Hybrid (CODLOD)
• Two "dual abeam" RAS Rigs for Transfer of Fuel into the Sea (Rexroth)
• 25-tonne lift-compensated deck crane (Pellegrini)
• Fire Sea Protector remote controlled weapon platforms (Kongsberg)
• Core crew: 43 people
• Additional capacity for 116 people

Load Capacity:
• Diesel (F76): > 7000 tonnes
• Helicopter fuel (F44): > 300 tonnes
• Provisions:> 30 tonnes
• Can carry over 40 20-foot containers
• Smaller vessels
• Vehicles
• More than 200 tons of ammunition
• Capacity for two NH-90 helicopters (on helicopter deck and hangar)
• Medical facility for up to 48 patients
• Treatment room for divers

Milestones:
• Contract Award: June 28, 2013
• Preliminary Design Review (PDR): May 2014
• Critical Design Review (CDR): April 2015
• Steel Cut: May 22, 2015
• Keel laying: December 15, 2015
• Launch: Completed 4 June 2016
• Delivery: November 16, 2018

Contractor:
• Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)
• British Maritime Technology (BMT)

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[*] posted on 2-2-2019 at 03:12 PM


French navy to get four new logistics ships in $1.9 billion deal

By: Christina Mackenzie   16 hours ago


A picture shows the Italian navy's logistic support ship "Vulcano" during the launching ceremony of the bow section at the Fincantieri Shipyards in Castellamare di Stabia near Naples, on April 10, 2017. The vessel is the design base for four new ships to be built for the French navy. (Carlo Hermann/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS – The Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation, OCCAR, has signed a €1.7 billion contract on behalf of the DGA French procurement agency with Chantiers de l'Atlantique and Naval Group for four Italian-designed logistic support ships.

The vessels are meant to provide long-term support for France’s blue-sea combat fleet, supplying fuel, ammunition, spare parts and food. Each LSS can carry 13,000 cubic meters of fuel.

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri will supply part of the hulls and technical assistance, having designed and built the recently-launched Vulcano for the Italian navy as the design base for the vessels. The ships will be built in Saint-Nazaire on France’s Atlantic coast, and the first two will be delivered by 2025 to start replacing the last three Durance-class command and supply ships in line to be phased out of the French navy.

“Through this order, our expertise in the design and construction of complex ships, civilian or military, is acknowledged once again,” Yves Pelpel, senior vice president of naval programs at Chantiers de l’Atlantique, said. "After the construction of the Mistral, Tonnerre and Dixmude LHD platforms, we are proud to contribute again, in partnership with Naval Group, to the modernization of the French navy’s fleet.”

The French defense ministry also announced the signature of a €60 million contract with a consortium of CNIM, Socarenam, CNN MCO and Mauric to design and build 14 EDA-S amphibious landing craft to replace its ageing fleet of such vessels over the next decade.

Eight of the craft will be deployed from the Mistral-class landing helicopter docks whilst the remaining six will be based at French overseas territories (Guyana, Mayotte, Martinique, New Caledonia and Djibouti). Six of the ships will be under construction by the end of this summer at the Socarenam shipyard in Saint-Malo, Brittany.
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[*] posted on 4-2-2019 at 08:51 PM


PIC of the vessels being procured...........


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KNM Maud to Norway for the First Time

(Source: Norwegian Ministry of Defence; issued March 29, 2019)

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Displacing five times as much as one of its frigates, the Norwegian Navys new logistic support ship, KNM Maud, finally arrived in Bergen on March 29. She is named after the first queen of independent Norway. (RNoN photo)

OSLO --- On Friday 29 March, KNM Maud, the Norwegian Armed Forces' new logistics vessel, arrived at the Haakonsvern naval base in Bergen. Maud is a new and important logistics and support resource in the Navy. With her large cargo capacity, the ship can resupply her own and allied forces, allowing operational units to operate further out in the theater of operations.

In addition to being important for strengthening the operability and endurance of the Navy's other vessels, KNM Maud is a sought-after resource in NATO. We have planned that KNM Maud will participate in, and supportn NATO's standing maritime forces, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

The logistics vessel is the largest ship in the Navy, with a tonnage that is over five times larger than a frigate. The vessel can support all Navy vessels and can operate in most waters worldwide. KNM Maud can also act as a command vessel to conduct military operations from the sea.

KNM Maud will give Navy vessels significantly increased operational availability and the ability to be present in the operating area over time. The navy must be able to operate in the north for long periods of time, both offshore and in coastal waters. With improved logistics, our ability to monitor the nation's most important areas will be significantly reinforced, says Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen.

The Navy's primary function is to safeguard, at all times, the military defense of Norwegian territorial waters. This responsibility also entails preserving Norways freedom of action against military and other pressures, and ensuring free access to Norway's waters and ports. The vessel will also be able to support the other military services, and also the civil population in case of disasters and emergencies.

Maud is capable of supporting civil society during a crisis or disaster, humanitarian operations or search and rescue operations (SAR). She is equipped to receive and treat up to 48 patients, and has her own operating room, trauma room, monitoring, CT scanner, pressure chamber and other medical facilities available in hospitals.

The Defense Matriel Organisation and the Armed Forces took delivery of KNM Maud from South Koreas Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in the autumn of 2018, and her christening is planned for May. The vessel will now be equipped with defense-specific installations. KNM Maud is expected to be fully operational by 2020.

Read more about the vessel at Defense Materials Organisation (in Norwegian)

https://forsvaret.no/forsvarsmateriell/nytt-logistikk-og-st%...

(EDITORS NOTE: KNM (His Norwegian Majestys Ship) Maud is named after the first queen of independent Norway.
She can carry up to 200 tonnes of ammunition, 30 tonnes of foodstuffs, as well as boats, vehicles and 7,000 tonnes of diesel fuel, with a maximum displacement of 27,500 tonnes and a top speed of 18 knots.
She is the biggest vessel ever operated by the Norwegian Navy.
KNM Maud has a core crew of 43 people, with accommodations for 116 more.)

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[*] posted on 13-4-2019 at 09:48 PM


The Ministry of the Armed Forces Takes Delivery of Fourth Overseas Support and Assistance Vessel

(Source: French Ministry of the Armed Forces; issued April 12, 2019)

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Frances Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) took delivery on April 5 of the fourth and final French Navy overseas support and assistance ship, the Dumont d'Urville, which will operate from Fort-de-France, on Martinique Island in the Caribbean. (DGA photo)

PARIS --- As part of the renewal of the operational capabilities of armed forces provided for by the 2019-2025 Program Law, the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) took delivery on April 5, 2019 of the Dumont d'Urville, the fourth and final ship of the Btiment de Soutien et dAssistance Outre-Mer (BSAOM) class and formerly known as the Btiment Multi-Mission (B2M).

She was commissioned in January 2017 by the Kership joint venture, which brings together Piriou and Naval Group.

This new Navy vessel, currently located in Brest, will be home-ported in Fort-de-France in Martinique.

The first BSAOM, D'Entrecasteaux, has been operating since July 2016 from Noumea, in New Caledonia. Bougainville, the second ship in the series, has been stationed in Papeete, Polynesia since December 2016. The third unit, Champlain, has been operating from her home-port of at Port-des-Galets, in Reunion Island, in the summer of 2017.

The BSAOMs are vessels intended to ensure overseas sovereignty missions, such as surveillance and protection of French interests in the exclusive economic zones, safeguarding and assist civil populations and other ships, as well as force-projection, transport of freight, or as diver mother ship.

They are operated by two crews of 23 sailors who alternate every four months. Displacing around 2,300 tonnes, the BSAOMs can remain at sea for 30-days without refueling and can for 200 days a year.

State investments in the defense industry are essential for the protection and safety of our fellow citizens. They are also an asset for the French economy as a whole, as each program launched with a manufacturer is a source of economic activity and jobs.

Florence Parly, Minister of the Armies, observed that said that, "every program that is launched means jobs and wages, and our defense protects the French, so our defense industry protects employment".

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[*] posted on 14-4-2019 at 12:03 PM


All those AORs are looking very same-y



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[*] posted on 14-4-2019 at 12:36 PM


.....except ours! We go for the late 40's / early 50's look instead, sort of the Art Deco look of AOR's................
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[*] posted on 27-4-2019 at 11:43 AM


Ukraine launches new reconnaissance ship

Bruce Jones, London - Jane's Navy International

26 April 2019

Trawler design by the looks of it.............

Kiev shipbuilder PSC Kuznya on Rybalsky launched a new medium reconnaissance ship for the Ukrainian Navy at its yard on the Dnieper River on 23 April.


Ukraine launches a new medium reconnaissance ship in Kiev on 23 April. (Ukrainian MoD)

The vessel forms part of the Programme for the Development of Arms and Military Equipment, running through 2020, to meet the needs of Ukraines Navy and strengthen its maritime borders.

The new medium reconnaissance ship is based on the hull and power plant of Project 502 EM fisheries and refrigeration vessel design, which carries a complement of 29, displaces 1,220 tonnes, and has an overall length of 54.8 m, a beam of 9.8 m, and a draught of 4.14 m. Its top speed is 11.6 kt at a range of 7,200 n miles. The technical equipment and weaponry to be installed have yet to be announced.

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[*] posted on 4-6-2019 at 01:58 PM


Turkey's TAIS Contracted $2.3B Deal to Build Ships for Indian Navy (excerpt)

(Source: Daily Sabah; published June 01, 2019)

ISTANBUL --- TAIS, founded by the owners of the top five leading shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy.

According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons.

A member of the SAHA Istanbul Defense, Aviation and Aerospace Cluster, Turkey's largest industrial group that has undertaken important responsibilities for the country's defense and aviation industries, TAIS will manufacture the ships in a local shipyard as part of the Indian project.

As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the ships, engineering services, planning and management of production, preparation of shipbuilding material specifications and main materials.

As a pilot shipyard, the tender contract will be signed by Anadolu Deniz İnşaat Kızakları, TAIS's cofounder. A process of eight years is projected for the $2.3-billion tender. The total amount will be shared between TAIS and the local shipyard.

"We have won this tender in one of the most difficult markets in the world against the biggest global competitors with our design capabilities, technical competence, determination and courage. We have proven to the world what the Turkish private sector can do," said Salp rkmez, deputy chairman of the board of directors of TAIS and CEO of Anadolu Deniz İnşaat Kızakları.


TAIS Has Won 5-Ship Tender in India! Established by a group of private shipyards to produce naval ships, TAIS won the tender for the production of five 45,000 tons of fleet support tanker for the Indian Navy.


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[*] posted on 29-6-2019 at 11:39 AM


Brazilian Navys PHM Atlantico takes centre stage

Victor Barreira, Rio de Janeiro - Jane's International Defence Review

28 June 2019


PHM Atlantico is expected to play a significant role in safeguarding Brazilian territorial waters. Source: Brazilian Navy

Since the Brazilian Navy has formally decommissioned the aircraft carrier NAe So Paulo (A12) on 22 November 2018, PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose amphibious helicopter carrier (Porta-Helicpteros Multipropsito) has assumed the service's flagship role.

The purchase of PHM Atlantico enabled the Brazilian Navy to restore its amphibious aviation capability, the ship's commander, Captain Giovani Corra, told Jane's. The ship is to carry out a range of other roles such as amphibious assault, troop and equipment transport, humanitarian aid, command-and-control, and more.

A plan to acquire the ship, formerly the UK Royal Navy's HMS Ocean (L12), was approved on 29 November 2017. A GBP84.6 million (USD107.3 million) contract by Directorate General of Navy Material to purchase the ship was signed on 19 February 2018 with the Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA), part of the UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S). The contract included maintenance and overhaul work by Babcock and BAE Systems, which was done during a 4-29 June 2018 docking period, and supply of four Mk 5B landing craft and one landing raft. A comprehensive training package included two-week aviation training in January 2018 that involved British Apache, Chinook, and Merlin helicopters.

Several systems were removed prior to transfer to Brazil, including the ship's electronic support measures (ESM) system, communication systems, three Phalanx Mk15 Block 1B weapon systems, four 7.62 mm M134D machine guns, and a towed sonar system.

Following commissioning by Brazil on 29 June 2018 at the Royal Navy's HMNB Devonport in Plymouth, Atlantico conducted a three-week operational sea training (OST) at the Royal Navy's Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) in July 2018. Brazilian crews began working with the ship on 6 February 2018 and fully took over on 1 August 2018. It departed from Plymouth on 1 August 2018 and arrived at its homeport, the Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ), 24 days later.

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Interesting that one of the items removed was a Towed Array Sonar......:cool:
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Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
Interesting that one of the items removed was a Towed Array Sonar......:cool:

It was a torpedo defence system wasn't it?
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[*] posted on 30-6-2019 at 12:38 PM


Part of, yes I believe so.....BUT also gave her limited ASW capability, albeit she usually carried a ASW Lynx, or two, for most of her RN existence.....
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Brazil considers VSHORAD system for Atlantico

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - Jane's Navy International

02 July 2019

The Brazilian Navy is considering installing three of its MBDA SIMBAD (Systme Intgr de MISTRAL Bitube d'Auto-Dfense) air defence systems on its PHM Atlantico (A140) multi-purpose helicopter carrier, service officials told Jane's .

The SIMBADs were formerly part of aircraft carrier NAe So Paulo (A12), which was officially decommissioned on 22 November 2018.

This potential installation of the SIMBADs will enable the navy to significantly improve the ship's self-protection capability without acquiring a costly new similar system.

The SIMBAD installation to PHM Atlantico is part of a study being run by Navy Weapon Systems Directorate, which is meant to evaluate adding several improvements to the ship.

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Indonesian National Police deploys largest-ever vessel for South China Sea patrols

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

04 July 2019


Yudistira, seen here during its sea trials in early-2019. Source: PT Daya Radar Utama

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- Indonesia has deployed its largest-ever police patrol vessel to the South China Sea
- The vessel will primarily conduct fishery resources protection duties in the Riau archipelago

The Indonesian National Police's water directorate has deployed its largest-ever patrol vessel, KP Yudistira (8003), to the service's Riau archipelago district command.

The vessel has been operating out of Batam island since mid-June 2019 where it conducts operations in and around the Riau archipelago in the South China Sea including the Natuna Islands cluster, reads a statement issued by the Indonesian National Police's public affairs office.

According to information from its shipbuilder, PT Daya Radar Utama (PT DRU), Yudistira has an overall length of 73 m, an overall beam of 11 m, a draft of 3 m, and a standard displacement of 1,100 tonnes. It was launched by PT DRU at its Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta shipyard on 4 May 2018.

Powered by two Caterpillar C175-16 diesel engines, and three Caterpillar 150 KW generators driving two fixed-pitch propellers, the vessel can reach a top speed of 18 kt. It also carries a spare 65 kW generator for emergencies.

Yudistira has a crew complement of 56, including segregated accommodation for up to 12 female crew members, and can accommodate up to 14 more mission-specific personnel. Its cargo carrying capacity include 200 tonnes of marine diesel, 8 tonnes of aviation gasoline, 8 tonnes of automotive diesel, and 95 tonnes of fresh water.

Yudistira can also accommodate a helicopter weighing up to 10 tonnes on its flight deck, and two crane-deployed rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) in the aft section.

The vessel has been equipped with two water cannons for firefighting missions, but is currently unarmed, according to a PT DRU official who spoke to Jane's on 2 July.

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[*] posted on 9-7-2019 at 11:54 AM


Armed Forces Ministry Receives Fourth Metropolitan Support and Assistance Vessel

(Source: French Directorate General of Armaments, DGA, issued July 05, 2019)

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France will base two of its new BSAM rescue and assistance vessels at its two major naval bases, Brest in Brittany and Toulon on the Mediterranean. (FR Navy photo)

On July 04, 2019, the Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA) took delivery of the Garonne, the fourth and final vessel in the Metropolitan Support and Assistance Vessels (BSAM) program, ordered from the Kership group of companies (Chantiers Piriou and Naval Group). This new Navy vessel will be based in Brest.

This new ship reinforces and modernizes the capabilities of the French Navy. An extremely versatile ship design, the BSAM is designed to carry out three types of missions: the support of naval forces (towing of large-tonnage ships; accompaniment and support of submarines; and training of the forces), maritime security (rescue at sea, assistance to ships in distress, fight against maritime pollution, etc.) and regional support activities (towing machinery, anchoring and maintenance of mooring boxes, lifting of wrecks ...).

The first BSAM, the Loire, operates from Toulon and the second one in the series, Rhone, operates from Brest. The third ship, the Seine, which will be admitted to active service in July, after its long-term shakedown cruise that ran from March 25 to June 25, will be based in Toulon.

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