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[*] posted on 18-5-2017 at 01:16 PM
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IMDEX Asia: IAI Ramta showcases Super Dvora Mk 3

17th May 2017 - 13:00

by Wendell Minnick



IAI Ramta, a division of Israel Aerospace Industries, is promoting the latest Mk 3 variant of the 50t Super Dvorafast patrol boat for the Southeast Asian market at IMDEX Asia.

The new Mk 3 has been in Israeli military service for three years now, noted a company representative. The Mk3 variant can carry surface-to-surface missiles, with ranges of 8km and a CEP of less than 1m.

The precision can be attributed to the integrated day/night EO sensor suite that also gives the bow gun the same strike capability. The boat can be outfitted with a 20/23mm cannon and a 7.62mm machine gun, both manned.

There is no guess work with the Mk 3, he said, adding that the Dvora has a long combat history to back up its claims.

The representative said that Israel has threats coming from near its coastal borders, and in order to avoid collateral damage to Israeli citizens, it must get close and be accurate.

The answer was a multi-mission patrol and interdiction craft capable of tight manoeuvring while still maintaining a system of stabilisation that allows for accurate targeting.

The Mk 3 can travel up to speeds of 45kt via its articulating surface drive and has a range of 1,000nm. 

The Mk 3 is a high-speed, high-endurance platform for the diverse mix of missions, such as off-shore patrol, exclusive economic zone control, law enforcement, naval intelligence, command and control, and boarding of suspect targets, as well as non-military missions, such as search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
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Ecuador's new Isla San Cristobal OPV undergoes sea trials

Alejandro Sanchez, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

07 June 2017



Ecuador's domestically built Isla San Cristobal (LG 30) oceanic patrol vessel conducted sea trials from 1 to 2 June.

The new platform travelled to Salinas, Santa Elena Province, for open sea trials, Ecuadorian shipyard Astinave said in a 5 June statement.

A video of the manoeuvres, reviewed by Jane's , included launching a rigid-hull inflatable boat via the patrol vessel's stern slipway. Isla San Cristobal is 50 m long, has 22 kt a maximum speed, and a crew of 26. It is based on Damen's Stan Patrol 5009 model.

It is unclear when the new platform will be delivered to the Ecuadorian Navy's coast guard.

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Pakistan's 1,500-tonne MPV fitting out at shipyard in Guangzhou

Andrew Tate, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

13 June 2017



Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be a 1,500-tonne MPV on order for Pakistan's PMSA berthed alongside for fitting out at a shipyard in southern China.

Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing a cutter on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) berthed alongside for fitting out at the Huangpu shipyard in the southern Chinese port city of Guangzhou.

The ship is assessed to be the first of two 1,500-tonne maritime patrol vessels (MPVs) ordered in June 2015 by Pakistan's Ministry of Defence through the China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC).

The contract encompasses the construction of four 600-tonne, and two 1,500-tonne MPVs. The first three 600-tonne MPVs were built in China and have been delivered to the PMSA, with the most recent one being handed over in April 2017. Pakistan's state-owned shipbuilder Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) is building one vessel of each type locally.

Construction of the fourth 600-tonne MPV at KSEW is due to be completed by April 2018.

In January 2017 KSEW announced that it had commenced construction of the 95 m-long, 1,500-tonne MPV which is scheduled to be completed by February 2019.

From the recent photographs it is clear that the lead ship is under construction at China's Huangpu shipyard.

It is not known when it was laid down or when it was launched, but considering the evident progress towards completion, delivery by the end of 2017 or early 2018 seems likely. The ship has been given pennant number 143.

Photographs of the vessel fitting out at Huangpu show a gun installed forward of the bridge, likely to be 30 mm calibre, although definitive identification is precluded at present as the mounting is under wraps.

The ship also has a flight deck, though a helicopter is unlikely to be embarked as there is no hangar, nor are helicopters currently operated by the PMSA. However, a shore-based helicopter could land on the MPV if required, or from a Pakistan Navy ship.

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[*] posted on 22-6-2017 at 12:35 PM


USCG orders additional FRCs

21st June 2017 - 15:30

by The Shephard News Team



The US Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a $289 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards to produce and deliver an additional six Fast Response Cutters (FRCs), the USCG announced on 16 June.

This option award brings FRCs 39 through 44 under contract with Bollinger. The current FRC contract has options for up to 58 cutters.

The USCG is acquiring the FRCs to replace the 1980s Island class 110ft patrol boats. The FRCs are designed and equipped for multiple missions, including drug and migrant interdiction, ports, waterways and coastal security, fishery patrols, search and rescue and national defence.

Currently 22 FRCs are in service, with six stationed in Miami, six in Key West, Florida; six in San Juan, Puerto Rico; two in Cape May, New Jersey, and two in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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Metal Shark Wins $54 Million US Navy NCPV Contract

(Source: Metal Shark; issued June 23, 2017)



JEANERETTE, LA –--Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been selected by the US Navy to build Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) for United States partner nations through the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

Metal Shark’s proposal was selected by Naval Sea Systems Command from a field of six competing shipyards.

Under the terms of the award, potentially worth upwards of $54 million, Metal Shark will build up to thirteen 85-foot Defiant-class welded aluminum cutters for the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and other United States partner nations. Additionally, Metal Shark will supply electro-optical infrared sensors, diagnostic equipment, in-country reactivation, crew familiarization, and test support to NCPV operators.

The new vessels are based on Damen Shipyards’ Stan Patrol 2606 design, tailored by Metal Shark to suit the requirements of the NCPV mission. The versatile cutter can accommodate a wide range of mission profiles including search and rescue, border patrol, police and customs duties, counter-narcotics operations, and securing waters of economic importance.

Key attributes of Damen’s Stan Patrol 2606 include excellent performance and seakeeping, large payload capacity, economical operating cost, and proven durability. Metal Shark has applied its own enhancements to Damen’s standardized patrol platform to provide the crew-friendly functionality found on other Metal Shark patrol craft.

“The NCPV award is the first result of a multi-year collaboration between Damen and Metal Shark,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “The Damen team has consistently provided us with outstanding technical support, their designs are thoroughly proven in service across a range of markets, and their global service network has proven to be a very powerful selling feature. Metal Shark is eager to begin NCPV construction and showcase our capabilities as we quickly and efficiently build and deliver these state of the art patrol cutters.”

“Metal Shark has long impressed us with their ambitious growth and their considerable engineering resources,” said Jan van Hogerwou, Damen Shipyards’ North American VP of New Construction. “Damen is proud to now become a part of the Metal Shark growth story as we work together to deliver this newest fleet of Stan Patrol vessels to military operators worldwide. We look forward to working closely with Metal Shark not only on this program but also as we continue to collaborate on other opportunities in the pipeline.”

The NCPV fleet will be built at Metal Shark’s Franklin, Louisiana waterfront shipyard, which recently completed the on-time delivery of six 88-foot, high-speed passenger vessels for New York City’s new NYC Ferry Service, and also delivered the first six of eighteen 45’ patrol boats to the Vietnam Coast Guard.

Other noteworthy Metal Shark builds include ongoing construction of the 500-boat Response Boat – Small (RB-S) contract for the US Coast Guard and 80-boat Force Protection Boat – Medium (FPB-M) contract for the US Navy, four 88′ passenger vessels currently being built for the Potomac Riverboat Company division of Entertainment cruises for Washington DC, two 105’ high speed passenger ferries for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority, and nearly 200 vessels either in production or delivered over the past three years to the militaries of over 20 United States partner nations across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South America.


Established in 1986, Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, and its government/commercial boat entity Metal Shark Boats are leading suppliers of custom boats for defense, law enforcement, and commercial entities. Key customers include the United States Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army, foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, passenger vessel operators, pilot associations, fire departments, and other operators worldwide.

Metal Shark has produced over 500 vessels in the past three years at its two fully self-contained South Louisiana production facilities.

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Published: Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:18

18 Modernized CB90s Combat Boats Ordered for Swedish Navy
 
Sweden's Defense Materiel Administration, FMV, announced the procurement of 18 new combat boats Stridsbåt 90HSM from local boat-builder Dockstavarvet. The M stands for modernization. This includes upgraded driveline, upgraded protection, environmentally friendly engines, modern electronics and a remote-controlled weapon station for a 12.7 mm gun. The estimated life of the new combat boats is beyond 2040.
 
 
CB90H. Photo: Kim Svensson / Swedish Armed Forces
  
The order value amounts to approximately SEK 400 million and includes 18 boats including documentation, training, spare parts and options. The first boat will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

Battleboat 90 (or CB90) is used earlier in versions H and HS. They are used by the Amphibian Department, the Navy Base, and the Home Security. Stridsbåt 90 HSM will be delivered to the amphibian battalion.

The new boats to Sweden are based primarily on the existing design, but are introduced to new technologies in the form of environmentally friendly engines, modern electronics and a remote-controlled weapon station for a 12.7 mm gun.

The battle boat is built entirely in aluminum and is 15 meters long and 3.8 meters wide. The propulsion consists of two Scaniadieslar with a water jet propeller. The boat is manned by three people. It can transport 18 soldiers and carry out so-called violent landing.

DOCKSTAVARVET is currently in the process of completing the life extension of 30 Swedish Navy CB90s. The shipyard was the main supplier of 147 Battleboats to the Swedish Navy between 1989 and 2003 and has also exported almost 100 units to Mexico, Malaysia and Greece.

The CB90 is built entirely in aluminum and is 15 meters long and 3.8 meters wide. The propulsion consists of two Scaniadieslar with a water jet propeller. The boat is manned by three people. It can transport 18 soldiers and carry out so-called violent landing.
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Austal lays keel for first Pacific Patrol Boat

31 Jul 2017


Minister Pyne welds his signature onto a plate prior to its placement in the keel of the first Pacific Patrol Boat destined for PNG. Credit: Austal

Austal today held the ceremonial keel laying of the first Pacific Patrol Boat vessel for the Commonwealth's $306 million Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne authenticated the keel by committing his signature to a plate that was subsequently welded and placed in the hull of the vessel.

“Austal is delivering on every aspect of the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement project; from the design and build here in Henderson, to the sustainment of the vessels in Cairns,” Austal CEO David Singleton said.

“This project is anticipated to employ more than 200 people directly at Austal and hundreds more through our growing Australian supply chain, providing outstanding career opportunities for both qualified workers and apprentices across the country.

“We’ve already employed more than 30 new apprentices so far this year and we anticipate having 100 on board by the end of 2017,” he added.

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) contract was awarded to Austal following a competitive tender in May 2016 and comprises the design, build and sustainment of nineteen 39.5 metre steel-hulled patrol boats, for 12 Pacific Island nations. The vessels are being gifted by the Commonwealth to enhance practical maritime security cooperation across the South Pacific region.

The first vessel, one of four to be delivered to Papua New Guinea, is due for completion in the last quarter of 2018.
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Mauritius commissions FPV Valiant

23rd August 2017 - 10:30

by The Shephard News Team



The Mauritius National Coast Guard has commissioned its new Water Jet fast patrol vessel (FPV) CGS Valiant, in Port Louis, it was announced on 16 August 2017.

The 50m patrol vessel, built by India’s Goa Shipyard, is the second Water Jet FPV supplied by India to Mauritius. The Indian Navy oversaw construction of the ship and was involved in its trials, acceptance, and delivery.

The FPV is powered by three 2720KW diesel engines driving three independent water jets, and can reach a top speed of over 35 knots. It has a range of more than 1500 nautical miles with an endurance of seven days.

The vessel is designed for patrolling, anti-smuggling and anti-terrorist operations, and can support naval vessels as a coastal convoy escort and communication link..
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Army-2017: Kalashnikov unveils BK-16 fast attack craft

Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 August 2017

After the acquisition of the Rybinsk Shipyard, the Kalashnikov Group is diversifying its boat portfolio, which includes the BK-16 fast attack craft (FAC) unveiled at the Army-2017 exhibition.


Kalashnikov unveiled the BK-16 fast attack craft at Army-2017. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The BK-16 is intended for offshore operations, troop transport, fire support, counter-piracy and counter-terrorism missions, and search and rescue operations.

The FAC has a full displacement of 19.5 t, a length of 16.45 m, a width of 4 m, a draught of 0.87 m, and a height over waterline of 4.33 m. It has two crewmembers and can transport up to 19 soldiers. The craft has a cruising range of 400 n miles and an endurance of one day.

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Bahrain lining up Swiftships FPBs

Jeremy Binnie - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

12 September 2017

Bahrain has requested two of Swiftships’ new 35 m Fast Patrol Boats (FPBs).


A computer-generated image of the FPB. (Swiftships)

The proposed sale was announced on 8 September, when the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) formally notified Congress that the US State Department had approved the sale of the two vessels at an estimated cost of USD60.25 million.

The DSCA said the vessels would be equipped with BAE Systems 25 mm Mk 38 Mod 3 gun systems and FLIR Systems SeaFlir 380-HD electro-optical systems.

Swiftships has already delivered 12 35 m patrol boats to the Iraqi Navy with 30 mm MSI Seahawk gun systems, but the Louisiana-based company confirmed to Jane’s that Bahrain has requested its new FPB design.

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Royal Thai Navy takes delivery of four M21-class patrol boats

Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

13 September 2017

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- Thailand has taken delivery of four new M21 patrol boats from a local shipbuilder
- Vessels will improve the service’s constabulary capabilities in the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand


The handover ceremony of four new M-21 boats at Sattahip Naval Base in September 2017 (Royal Thai Navy)

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has taken delivery of four new M21-class patrol boats from local shipyard Marsun Company Limited.
The boats, which were ordered from the company in July 2015, were received by the RTN in a handover ceremony held at the Sattahip Naval Base in Thailand’s Chonburi province.

The vessels bear pennant numbers 261, 262, 263, and 264 respectively, and will join three other M21 boats in the same class, which were delivered by the same shipbuilder in May 2013.

According to specifications provided by Marsun, the M21 class features an overall length of 21.4 m, an overall beam of 5.56 m, and a hull draught of 1.05 m. The platform is powered by two MAN diesel engines driving two fixed pitch propellers, and can attain top speeds in excess of 30 kt.

The aluminium-hulled platform can accommodate a crew of nine, and has a mission endurance of 24 hours. It can also carry 4,000 litres of fuel and 1,200 litres of water.

The M21 class features one bow-mounted Denel GI-2 20 mm gun in the foredeck, and one 12.7 mm machine gun with a co-axial 81 mm grenade launcher in the aft section. The patrol vessel can embark one rigid hull inflatable boat at stern.

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DSEI 17 – Cox Powertrain Offers First Look at World’s Highest Power Density Professional Diesel Outboard for DSEI Visitors

September 13th, 2017



Tuesday 12th September 2017 – British diesel engine innovator, Cox Powertrain, will show a full-size model of its game changing high powered, low weight 300hp diesel outboard engine, the CXO300, at DSEI this week.

It is the first time a full size replica of the CXO300 has been shown at the leading defence industry event allowing visitors to see how much the ground-breaking engine design and layout has evolved since the previous show in 2015.

Backed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the original concept of the CXO300 is based on a supercharged, two-stroke diesel engine. It has been developed for commercial, government and military applications, where performance, durability and fuel efficiency are paramount. NATO’s single fuel policy, which aims to completely eliminate the use of gasoline from military use, means that a viable high powered diesel outboard engine such as the CXO300 will be of specific interest to Navies, Coast Guards and other governmental organisations around the world for use on their fast response vessels.

Light in weight, the CXO300 offers the flexibility and convenience of a high powered gasoline outboard engine with the diesel economy and reliability of an inboard. The engine topology provides power-to-weight ratio comparable with high-performance gasoline engines, whilst delivering diesel fuel consumption and a package volume around half that of a state-of-the-art diesel engine. Crucially for military applications, it also offers much longer service intervals for heavy use, vital when lives are on the line.

Summer 2017 saw the completion of a strong line-up of US and European distributors for the Shoreham-by-Sea, UK based company who is keen to achieve this standard globally ahead of engine launch.

Now in its pre-production gamma phase after an intense development programme, the CXO300 is set for a 2018 launch following a series of trials and an extensive demonstration programme.

Those wishing to keep up to date with the CXO300’s progress can sign up online to receive Cox Powertrain’s regular news updates at www.coxmarine.com.
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Israel Shipyards Launched a New Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Cyprus Navy

(Source: Israel Shipyards; issued Sept. 18, 2017)


The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built for Cyprus was built at Israel Shipyards' facility at Haifa Bay in Israel and launched last week. It was ordered in December 2015 and will be delivered to Cyprus towards the end of the year. (IS photo)

In a project valued at tens of millions of Euros, the OPV carrying high-end systems will be delivered to the Cypriot Navy towards the end of 2017, to be used for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) protection

Haifa, Israel. September 18, 2017 - Israel Shipyards Ltd., a leading shipbuilding and repair company for the naval and commercial marine markets, launched a new OPV for the Cypriot Navy.

The OPV was unveiled and launched at a ceremony held last week at Israel Shipyards' facility at Haifa Bay in Israel – in the presence of senior members of the Cypriot Ministry of Defence, representatives of SIBAT (Israel MOD), and the management and employees of the company. The OPV was ordered in December 2015 and will be delivered to Cyprus towards the end of the year, to be used to protect the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cyprus. The project is valued at tens of millions of Euros.

According to Avi Shahaf, CEO of Israel Shipyards, “The project is of great importance for the company, and we invested our knowledge, experience and ingenuity in order to build and to supply this unique technologically advanced ship. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Cyprus Ministry of Defence for the trust they invested in Israel Shipyards in order to deliver this vessel.”

The new OPV has a displacement of 430 tons, an overall length of 62 meters, a maximum speed of 32 knots, and carries up to 30 crewmembers plus a Special Forces unit. Installed on the vessel are multiple sophisticated systems including 2 Rafael Typhoon Weapon Stations, advanced radar, electro-optical payloads, communications systems including satellite communications, navigation systems, command and control systems, and more.

Based on the battle-proven SAAR 4 and SAAR 4.5, Israel Shipyards’ OPV is available in a 62 or 58-meter length. Among the wide range of missions supported by the OPV are open sea patrolling and surveillance operations, as well as those related to seaborne terrorism, smuggling and illegal activity interdiction. The OPV is also ideal for offshore facilities protection, support of special operations forces, Search and Rescue operations, fishing control, and anti-pollution missions.

The OPV can accommodate a variety of advanced weapon configurations including a remotely controlled naval gun, 2 x 0.5" / 7.62 mm stabilized gun mounts, a Command and Control system, and Search Radar. It can also support the most advanced day and night vision systems, ARPA Navigation Radar, ECDIS, and, optionally, medium-range missiles. The OPV is certified by Lloyd's and complies with international regulations regarding stability, hull construction, navigation systems, etc.

Israel Shipyards Ltd. is one of the largest privately-owned shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean. The manufacturing and repair plant is spread over 330,000 sq. meters with 45,000 sq. meters of under-roof facilities and a wharf length of 900 meters. Israel Shipyards operates a floating dock with 4,500 tons of lifting capacity and has a total berthing area length of 1000 meters with 12 meters of water depth.

The company’s main offerings cover SAAR class missile corvettes including SAAR 4, SAAR 4.5 and SAAR S-72, Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), fast patrol craft including SHALDAG MK II – MK V, commercial ships, tugboats, and multipurpose boats. Over the past decades, the company has built and delivered a large number of these vessels, which are in active service in the Israeli Navy as well as in the navies, coast guards, and law enforcement authorities of countries around the world.

Israel Shipyards employs about 500 people, including more than 35 engineers in the design department. Its management is comprised of highly experienced and skilled professionals with extensive naval and technical backgrounds.

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Fourth OPV for Portugal floated out

Victor Barreira - IHS Jane's Navy International

20 September 2017

Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea-Estaleiros Navais floated out a fourth new Viana do Castelo-class NPO (Navio de Patrulha Oceanica) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on 13 September.


NRP Setubal displaces 1,868 tons, has an overall length of 83.10 m, a 12.95 m beam, and a top speed of 21 kt. (Portuguese Navy)

The OPV, designated Setúbal (P363) , is the second of an additional two OPVs under construction in a contract worth approximately EUR77 million (USD84 million) awarded to a consortium comprising West Sea and Thales subsidiary EDISOFT in July 2015. Setúbal is scheduled to be commissioned in June 2018, while sister ship Sines (P362) , which was launched on 3 May 2017, will be delivered in September 2018.

Fittings include a Leonardo Medusa MK4/B electro-optical fire control system; iXblue Quadrans inertial navigation system; Palfinger FRSQ 600 and FRSQ 700 rescue boats; EID’s integrated communications system; Wärtsilä propulsion; Furuno Electric's FAR-3230 F-band and FAR-3220 I-band navigation radars; a 30 mm Leonardo MARLIN WS remote weapon station; and the EDISOFT/Rolls-Royce integrated platform management system.

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Metal Shark clinches US Navy PB(X) patrol boat contract

Richard Scott - IHS Jane's Navy International

02 October 2017


Metal Shark's winning PB(X) design, dubbed 40 PBX, is a 40 ft, welded-aluminum pilothouse patrol boat that can achieve sprint speeds in excess of 35 kt. Source: Metal Shark

Key Points
- Metal Shark is to build new PB(X) patrol boats for the US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command
- The initial order, valued at USD29.8 million, covers the delivery of 11 craft

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has won out in a seven-way competition to build a new fleet of patrol boats for the US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command.

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC – of which Metal Shark Boats is the government/commercial boat entity – a contract worth a potential USD90.27 million for the construction of up to 50 PB(X) vessels for the navy, along with trailers, spares and training packages, and technical support. The design solution is based on Metal Shark’s 40 PBX monohull platform.

The initial order, valued at USD29.8 million, covers 11 craft in addition to the initial engineering and design of the patrol boats and data rights to the design. Work under the first order is expected to be completed by March 2020; the PB(X) will be built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, Louisiana, production facility.

The PB(X) is intended to replace the fleet of force protection boats currently in use with Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF). Subject to annual appropriations, the navy intends to replace approximately 100 to 160 of its existing 25 ft and 34 ft CRF patrol boats with the larger and more modern PB(X) platform over the next 15 years.

40 PBX – as the winning PB(X) design – is a 40 ft, welded-aluminum pilothouse patrol boat designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team. Characterised by a chiselled, angular profile and a faceted hull, the PB(X) design is powered by twin diesel inboards driving water jet propulsors.

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Works Start on Second Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship

(Source: Fincantieri; issued Oct 03, 2017)



TRIESTE --- The steel cutting ceremony of the Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) took place today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Riva Trigoso (Genova), officially marking the beginning of construction works on the second unit.

The unit will be delivered in 2022 and it is part of the renewal plan of the surface operational lines of the Italian Navy vessels, approved by the Government and Parliament and started in May 2015. The steel cutting ceremony of the first PPA took place in February 2017.

The multipurpose offshore patrol vessel is a highly flexible ship with the capacity to serve multiple functions, ranging from patrol with sea rescue capacity to support Civil Protection operations and, in its most highly equipped version, first line fighting vessel.

There will be indeed different configurations of combat system: starting from a “soft” version for the patrol task, integrated for basic self-defence ability, to a “full” one, equipped in response to three-dimensional threats (air and surface).

The vessel is also capable of operating high-speed vessels such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) up to 11 meters long through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern.

Vessel’s characteristics: PPA – Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship

• 132.5 meters long
• Speed more than 31 knots according to vessel configuration and operational conditions
• A combined diesel, electric and a gas turbine plant
• Capacity to supply drinking water to land and to provide electricity to land with 2000 kw of power
• 2 modular zones at the stern and at the center of the ship that allow the embarking of various types of containerized operating/logistic/residential/healthcare modules.

The PPAs are built at the Integrated Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano, with delivery expected, for the first vessel of the class, in 2021, while the following deliveries will take place in 2022, 2023, 2024 (two units), 2025 and 2026.

Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors. Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), Fincantieri is the leading Western shipbuilder, with more than 19,400 employees, of whom more than 8,200 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today.

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[*] posted on 5-10-2017 at 08:51 PM


Damn those Italians love putting a heap of guns on their ships...

It seems anachronistic, yet cool. :lol:




In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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Armament of the PPA-class vessels

The PPA-class offshore patrol vessels will be armed with OTO Melara 127/64 LW high-calibre Vulcano gun system (main armament) and OTO Melara 76/62 medium-calibre gun mounts for defence against surface, airborne, maritime, and asymmetric targets.

Two 25mm remotely controlled small-calibre gun systems will be used for close-range combat operations, anti-smuggling and maritime interdiction. MBDA's anti-ballistic missile system will be fitted to further increase the vessel's anti-ship defence capability.

The multi-role vessels will use a heavy-weight torpedo system to detonate under-water targets.
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Pacific 2017: Pacific Patrol Boat production gathers steam

5th October 2017 - 09:10 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Sydney



Good progress is being made on the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPR-B) programme, with the first vessel slated for Papua New Guinea on schedule for delivery in October 2018.

Speaking to Shephard at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, Brett Reed, Austal’s technical sales manager - defence, said boats would be successively delivered every three months, and four hulls would be under construction at any one time.

Reed explained that a lot of effort went into improving safety aspects of the new patrol boats, including the work deck and boat recovery systems. The new design has a stern ramp rather than davits on the previous-generation Pacific-class patrol boat, for example.

Austal’s representative also noted that equipment selection was carefully analysed so that greater reliability levels could be achieved. This is important as the up to 13 user nations may not have the wherewithal to adequately upkeep their boats.

Another example of such considerations was the decision to fit a pair of Caterpillar 3516C engines, as most of the user nations have Caterpillar dealers able to service the engines.

Instead of the previously used aluminium hulls, the new class, which Austal has named PPB 40, uses 39.5m-long steel hulls, increasing each boat’s displacement to 180t. They can accommodate 23 personnel.

Austal won the A$280 million ($210 million) contract to build 19 patrol boats in April 2016. They are being constructed in Henderson, Western Australia, although they will undergo five-yearly refits in Cairns.

Reed acknowledged that Austal, after somewhat neglecting the Asia-Pacific region, is now focusing more on regional opportunities, particularly in the law enforcement arena. The design of the PPB 40 provides a useful basis for a family of boats for potential customers.
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Singapore commissions two Littoral Mission Vessels

Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

13 November 2017


RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity at its commissioning ceremony on 14 November. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

Key Points
- The Republic of Singapore Navy has inducted two more Independence-class vessels
- Service is making good progress towards operating a class of eight Littoral Mission Vessels by 2020

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned two more locally built Littoral Mission Vessels.

The platforms, which have been named RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity with pennant number 16 and 17 respectively, were inducted in a commissioning ceremony on 14 November at RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base.

The ceremony was officiated by the country’s minister of defence, Ng Eng Hen, who described the LMV platform as a “quantum jump” compared to its predecessor, the Fearless-class patrol vessels. “Whether it is speed, endurance, anti-air or command, control, communications, and computers [C4] capabilities, the LMVs outperform by leaps and bounds the patrol vessels that were built in the 1990s,” he added.

Sovereignty and Unity are the second and third ships out of eight LMVs ordered from shipbuilder ST Marine in January 2013.

First-of-class RSS Independence was commissioned on 5 May.

The LMV measures 80 m in length, 12 m in breadth, and has a hull draught of 3 m. The platform is powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines in a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration, and has a top speed in excess of 27 kt and a standard range of 3,500 n miles (6482 km) at 15 kt.

The 1,250-tonne warship platform has a baseline crew complement of 23 including five officers, and has a mission endurance of 14 days. The LMV is armed with one Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid naval gun, two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations, and a Rafael 25 mm Typhoon stabilised naval gun system in the aft section.

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PT Palindo launches 110 m OPV for Indonesia’s maritime security agency

Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Navy International

22 November 2017

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- Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s maritime security co-ordination agency
- Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia’s intention to have a stronger presence in the country’s waters

Indonesian shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) destined for the country's maritime security co-ordination agency (Badan Koordinasi Keamanan Laut, or BAKAMLA).


Still image taken from a video of the launch ceremony of BAKAMLA's 110 m vessel. (BAKAMLA)

The ship will be the largest yet to be operated by the service, and was ordered by the Indonesian government in 2015 with the aim of improving BAKAMLA’s constabulary, and search and rescue (SAR) capabilities, especially in the country's exclusive economic zones (EEZs).

“The launch of this 110 m ship is a historical event for Indonesia. And never again will we be looked down upon by other nations,” said BAKAMLA Chief Vice Admiral Ari Soedewo, in a message read out by Commodore Eko Santoso, who represented him at the launch ceremony on 21 November in Batam.

The vessel, which will be known in service as KN Tanjung Datu with pennant number 1101, measures 15.5 m in breadth, and has a standard displacement of 2,400 tonnes. The platform’s hull and superstructure are both made of steel. The OPV is powered by two 5,300hp diesel engines, and can attain a maximum speed of more than 20 kt, and a cruising speed of 15 kt.

The platform can accommodate a total of three rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), one each on the port and starboard sides, and a smaller RHIB at the stern that can be deployed via a small boat recovery system. The vessel also features a flight deck that can support either helicopter or rotor-winged unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations.

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AMRJ to complete third patrol ship for Brazilian Navy

Victor Barreira - Jane's Defence Weekly

04 December 2017


Sister ship, same class

Brazil’s state-owned shipyard Arsenal de Guerra do Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ), beginning in 2018, will work to complete construction of a third Macaé-class coastal patrol ship for the Brazilian Navy.

The ship, Maracanã (P 72), already mostly built, was sent to AMRJ in Rio de Janeiro from privately owned shipbuilder Estaleiro Ilha (EISA) in late November.

EISA was contracted to build ships Maracanã , Mangaratiba , Miramar , Magé, and Maragogipe , but the navy revoked the contract in February 2016 after EISA failed to fulfill contractual obligations, including delivery timelines. The first four are at different stages of construction.

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[*] posted on 8-12-2017 at 06:43 PM


New Vietnamese SAR vessel



The RMDC 3074 search and rescue vessel model from Polish Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting, designed for the South China Sea and capable of carrying out offshore operations for the Vietnamese Coast Guard. In accordance with the terms of the contract, the Gdansk company Remontowa Shipbuilding will build the first two ships. The remaining four will be built in Vietnam. Poland will ensure the transfer of technology and equipment kits.

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Malaysia lays keel for third Littoral Combat Ship

Ridzwan Rahmat - Jane's Navy International

17 December 2017



Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the third Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

Keel for the 111 m vessel was laid down on 18 December at BNS’ facility at Lumut, Perak, in a ceremony officiated by the defence ministry’s secretary general, Abdul Rahim Bin Mohamad Radzi.

The warship is part of a MYR9 billion (USD2.2 billion) contract for six vessels awarded to BNS in 2014. The platform derives its design from the Gowind 2500 corvette produced by French shipbuilder Naval Group, which is also collaborating with BNS on the project.

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France orders third Caribbean patrol ship

Victor Barreira - Jane's Navy International

17 December 2017


The new PLG patrol ship will join FS La Confiance and FS La Resolue for operations in the in the French Navy's overseas territories in the Caribbean. (French Navy)

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has ordered a third light patrol vessel (Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais: PLG) from French shipbuilder Socarenam. The vessel will be delivered in 2019 for operation from Fort-de-France in Martinique to cover the Antilles archipelago.

The vessel will join PLGs FS La Confiance (P733) and FS La Résolue (P734), which were ordered in 2014 and delivered in February and September 2017 respectively for operation from Dégrad-des-Cannes in French Guyana.

The PLG displaces around 750 tons and has a length of 60.8 m, a 9.55 m beam, a maximum speed of 21 kt, and an endurance of 12 days at 12 kt. It is manned by a crew of of 24 and can accommodate an additional 14 personnel.

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