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[*] posted on 11-12-2018 at 12:07 AM


Cyprus orders second Saar 62 OPV

Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - Jane's Defence Weekly

10 December 2018



The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus has ordered a second Saar 62 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) from Israel Shipyards, Haifa, for delivery in early 2020, according to local press reports on 5 December, which a source also confirmed to Jane’s .

In Cypriot service, the Saar 62 has a gross displacement of 500 tonnes and a 30-strong crew and carries two rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RIBs) for inspections. Its armament includes two stabilised, remotely operated turrets with one 23 mm gun each; a Simbad mount with two Mistral very short-range air-defence system missiles; and two 12.7 mm machine guns.

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[*] posted on 21-1-2019 at 09:45 PM


Malta purchases its second offshore patrol vessel

POSTED ON MONDAY, 21 JANUARY 2019 11:54

The Maltese MoD has signed a €35 million contract with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the building of a second offshore patrol vessel named P71.


OPV P71 (Picture source : The Armed Forces of Malta)

This new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) is expected to complement the P61 (Diciotti-class patrol vessel) and a former Irish Navy OPV. Its construction is scheduled to start in 2019 with delivery expected for late 2020.

This new OPV has to be more endurant, to have a better sea keeping and to be able to provide better living conditions to its crew. And all of that, at lower maintenance costs than the previous OPVs Malta has acquired.
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[*] posted on 24-1-2019 at 07:55 PM


Navantia Delivers BAM ‘Furor’ to the Spanish Navy

(Source: Navantia; issued Jan 21, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

FERROL Shipyard, Spain --- Navantia on Monday, January 21 handed over the ‘Furor’ Buque de Acción Marítima (maritime action ship) to the Spanish Navy at the Ferrol Shipyard. It is the sixth ship of this class built by the company.

The event was chaired by the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, and by the President of the Galicia regional government, Alberto Núñez Feijoo, who were hosted by the president of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá.

Navantia video of its BAM-class patrol corvettes: https://vimeo.com/299636404

The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, announced that the implementation order to build the new F-110 frigates that Navantia will build in the shipyards of the Ferrol estuary may be ready in the month of April. The Council of Ministers in December approved an investment plan that will enable the construction, over a period of ten years, of five frigates with a budget of 4,325 million euros.

"This will allow a major modernization of the Navy," said the minister, who highlighted that the advanced technology means the Navy’s future ships will "almost look like space vessels.”

Robles estimated that the investment of more than 4,000 million euros will generate 8,000 jobs "with high qualification and projection over time," and added that that the project represents "an important investment in innovation and technology."

Versatility and high performance

The BAM-class ships are modern, advanced technology vessels of moderate size, providing high performance, great versatility in terms of missions, and a high level of interaction with other Navy ships, with reduced acquisition and life-cycle costs.

They incorporate all the latest measures in terms of MARPOL regulations on the environment, such as the new propulsion, auxiliary and emergency engines, as well as the TAR plant for wastewater treatment.

Likewise, they have improvements aimed at reducing the weight, new equipment, adaptation for a greater allocation and the application of updated regulations on prevention and operational safety.

Their main missions are:
• Protection and escort of other vessels
• Control of maritime traffic
• Control and neutralization of terrorist and piracy actions
• Operations against drug and human trafficking
• Rescue operations
• Support for crisis situations and humanitarian aid
• Control of fisheries legislation
• Control of environmental legislation and anti-pollution

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[*] posted on 14-2-2019 at 09:25 AM


Papua New Guinea commissions first Guardian-class patrol boat

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

12 February 2019


Guardian-class patrol boat HMPNGS Ted Diro, the first of four vessels of the class for Papua New Guinea, was commissioned in a ceremony held on 1 February in Port Moresby. Source: Austal

The first of four Guardian-class patrol boats for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force's (PNGDF's) Maritime Element has been commissioned, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) announced on 12 February.

HMPNGS Ted Diro (with pennant number 401) entered service in a ceremony held on 1 February in Port Moresby that was also attended by Chief of the Australian Defence Force General Angus Campbell.

The vessel, which had been handed over to the PNGDF by Australian shipbuilder Austal in November 2018, is the first of 21 boats of the class to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (Sea 3036) programme, which is aimed at enhancing maritime security co-operation across the South Pacific region.

Ted Diro had been launched by Austal in May 2018 and commenced sea trials in August.

The vessel has an overall length of 39.5 m, a beam of 8 m, and can accommodate a crew complement of 23. It is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C engines and can attain a top speed of 20 kt.

The steel-hulled boat was built with space and weight considerations for a 30 mm naval gun as a primary weapon, as well as port and starboard mounts for 12.7 mm general-purpose machine guns.

The Sea 3036 programme, which seeks to enhance the security of Australia's maritime region by augmenting the maritime capabilities of its immediate neighbours, will replace a current fleet of 22 patrol boats gifted to Pacific Island states between 1987 and 1997.

The 13 countries set to receive these boats are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The next vessel will be gifted to Tuvalu in April 2019, and the last will go to Timor-Leste in October 2023, according to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD).

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[*] posted on 16-2-2019 at 06:22 PM


Contract for the Sale of Four OPVs to Argentina Comes Into Force

(Source: Defense-Aerospace.com; posted Feb 15, 2019)


L’Adroit, built by France’s Naval Group as a private venture, will soon head to her new home in Argentina after a refit, and will be followed by three other new-build OPVs. Note how her bridge affords 360-degree visibility. (FR Navy photo)

Good luck sailing GOWINDS in the South Atlantic! :no:

PARIS --- Naval Group’s €318 million contract with Argentina for the delivery of four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has come into force, the French website Mer et Marines reported Feb. 15. Contracts generally come into force when the seller receives a down payment.

Signed during December’s G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, the contract covers the refit and delivery of L’Adroit, an innovative OPV built as a private venture by Naval Group and leased by the French Navy to explore and validate its design concept. Her delivery to Argentina is planned for 2019, after a general refit and specific modifications requested by the Argentine Navy.

The other three ships will be new vessels built to Naval Group’s Gowind OPV-87 design.

Altogether, the four ships will cost 319.03 million euros, that Argentina will pay thanks to a financing package put together by French banks Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Natixis, together with Spain’s Banco Santander.

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Four Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Argentine Navy

(Source: Naval Group; issued Feb 14, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

Following the entry into force of the contract with Argentina, Naval Group is launching work on the four offshore patrol boats.

Argentina has chosen Naval Group's four Naval Group Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

The contract was put into effect on February 14, 2019 and Naval Group began the first work on the four patrol boats. The first ship to be delivered will be L'Adroit. Developed on our own funds and built in less than two years by Naval Group, L'Adroit was put at the disposal of the French Navy since 2011, thus demonstrating its operational capabilities at sea. The three other OPVs will be built in France.

Naval Group teams will first proceed with the complete overhaul of the ship and equipment upgrades to ensure the maximum potential of L'Adroit to the Argentine Navy, while integrating its specific needs.

The range of all four vessels will be strengthened with an increase in fresh water production capacity on board. The three new OPVs will also be adapted to navigation in cold waters in the southern seas, with a reinforcement of the structures. They will all be equipped with a tele-operated 30mm cannon.

OPV 87 Gowind, an innovative vessel

Deployed on several military missions but also for fisheries and maritime security, and particularly in the Atalanta operation against piracy, L’Adroit has demonstrated its effectiveness and the relevance of Naval Group's innovations in the service of the navies, commandos and coast guards.

The Argentine offshore patrol boats will benefit from the same Naval Group innovations, tested by the French Navy:
-- long endurance and excellent seakeeping
-- 360° visibility from the bridge and a single mast for 360° radar coverage
-- discreet and safe deployment of fast boats in less than 5 minutes
-- Pre-equipment for the operation of aerial and surface drones

This range of vessels also benefits from Naval Group's expertise in information and command systems, enabling extensive surveillance of the maritime area and the automatic detection of suspicious behavior. The Adroit is thus equipped with the POLARIS mission system specifically developed by Naval Group for the missions of action of the State at sea and validated by the Navy.

Technical characteristics
The OPVs can stay at sea for more than three weeks, reach a speed of 20 knots and operate a helicopter. Operated by a crew of 40 people, they can also accommodate thirty passengers.

-- Overall length: 87 meters
-- Width: 14 meters
-- Displacement: 1,650 tons
-- Maximum speed: 20 knots
-- Accommodation: 40 people (crew) + 19 people (passengers)
-- Endurance: 7,000 nautical miles
-- Boarding capacity: 2 light craft of 9 meters and 1 helicopter of class 10 tons

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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 09:33 PM


NAVDEX 2019 : Vigor showcases its Vigor Fast Interceptor

POSTED ON MONDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2019 15:55

Vigor, the builder of the US Navy’s Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) and Combatant Craft Heavy (CCH) as well as the United States Coast Guard Response Boat – Medium (RB-M) will feature its new 21 meter patrol boat, the Vigor Fast Inceptor (VFI) at NAVDEX 2019.


Vigor Fast Interceptor (Picture source : Vigor)

VFI is the next evolution of a proven hull form based on thousands of hours of successful operation. Engineered for superior seakeeping in challenging environments, high speed interdiction, addressing swarm threats, UAV launch and retrievals, the craft delivers powerful multi-mission capabilities with sprint speed of 70 knots.

“The design of VFI is a response to the needs of governmental agencies around the world to achieve the critical missions facing today’s maritime security agencies,” said Bill Blount, Vigor International Business Development Manager. “Our teams have been perfecting performance for the applications and we’re excited to share the result at NAVDEX.” Vigor partnered with Michael Peters Yacht Design (MPYD), world renowned for its pioneering work in high-speed hull forms including offshore racing and patrol craft to deliver a high-performance patrol boat with unequaled control and maneuverability and specifically tailored to the unique environment of the Middle East. The company is already in discussion with multiple government organizations for orders of the VFI and will display a model of the vessel at NAVDEX.

The craft features a hybrid aluminum/composite design, multiple options for remote controlled weapons systems, crewed served weapons mounts and a FLIR night vision system. Suspension seats keep crew and passengers mission ready and drive-by-wire propulsion and steering controls deliver unequaled control and maneuverability.

Vigor’s international sales portfolio has been steadily growing in recent years, particularly in the Middle East. In 2016, Vigor delivered two 19m all-weather Pilot Boats for the Port of Duqm Company SAOC, Sultanate of Oman to support the Port’s major multiphase expansion. In addition, Vigor is now building two RB-M’s as part of a Foreign Military Sale to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, six additional RB-M’s are on order for The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Coast Guard and the company is in talks with several additional Gulf nations for this proven vessel. The RB-M is widely considered the gold standard for Coast Guards and elite law enforcement agencies around the world.
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[*] posted on 20-2-2019 at 02:14 PM


Watercat sharpens its claws [IDEX19D4]

RICHARD SCOTT

20 February 2019



Finnish boatbuilder Marine Alutech Oy (Stand C-014) is showcasing its new Watercat M22 AMC patrol craft design. Based in Salo, southwest Finland, Marine Alutech specialises in the design and manufacture of fast patrol boats and government vessels. The company has extensive experience in both aluminium and composite boat construction.

The Watercat M22 AMC builds on the design pedigree of the Watercraft M18 AMC combat support service vessel, 12 of which have been delivered to the Finnish Navy. Designed for beach assault, troop transportation, medical evacuation and patrol/escort tasks, the M18 AMC offers full ballistic and CBRN protection for an embarked force of up to 24 troops.

It is fitted with a single Saab Trackfire remote weapon station, plus mountings for manually operated small-calibre weapons.

According to Niko Haro, Marine Alutech’s CEO, the Watercat M22 AMC has been evolved from the M18 AMC to meet the needs of regional navies and maritime security forces requiring a high-speed patrol craft that combines a powerful armament with good troop-carrying capabilities. “We have received feedback from customers who are looking for something with a greater combat capability, and a larger suite of weapon systems,” he told IDEX Show Daily. “They are looking for something that carries a good payload, and offers a high level of ballistic protection for the troops.”

The Watercat M22 AMC is a ‘stretch’ of the existing M18 AMC hull, but with more powerful diesel engines and waterjet propulsors to give a top speed in excess of 50kt.

Space below decks provides for 26-30 seated troops. Armament would typically include a 30mm gun forward, a remote weapon station or 40mm grenade launcher above the bridge deckhouse, and crew-served 12.7mm machine guns on either beam.

“There is also space on the working deck aft for lightweight missile launchers and obscurant dispensers,” said Haro.

“Alternatively, you could use this deck for a rigid inflatable boat if needed. The boat has been designed for easy reconfiguration in just a few hours.”

An integrated bridge and tactical system would provide for navigation and mission management. Sensors would include a navigation radar and an electro-optical/infrared turret.

According to Haro, Marine Alutech is open to co-operation with local industry in the region.

“We have previously undertaken transfer of technology to enable local construction of other boats in our portfolio,” he said.

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[*] posted on 4-3-2019 at 09:40 PM


Damen ceremonially laid the keel of South African Navy first MMIPV

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 01 MARCH 2019 15:34

On February 23, Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has ceremonially laid the keel for the South African Navy’s first of class Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel (MMIPV) at its shipyard in the Port of Cape Town.


Artist rendering of the three Multi-mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (Picture source : Damen Shipyards Cape Town)

As explained by Chief of the South African Navy Vice-Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, a keel laying ceremony is an important tradition for any shipyard. It is naval tradition that every ship constructed for service be honoured on four historical ceremonial occasions, being: the keel laying; the christening (or launching); the commissioning; and decommissioning.

Although most ships are constructed using a modular system that does not include a traditional keel, the keel laying ceremony is still an important part of the construction process. Traditionally, the ceremony is meant to invite good luck during the construction of the ship and continued good fortune throughout the life of the vessel, whereby a commemorative coin is placed into the area of the keel and welded into place. The event in a modern sense celebrates the first milestone of a ship’s construction.

As a reminder, the acquisition of the MMIPV under the R1.5 billion Project Biro was approved in October 2017. The new vessel, P1571, will be completed in 2021 and is expected to be commissioned in June the same year. The second and third platforms are expected to be delivered in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

The IPVs will be the first vessels of a Damen Sea Axe design to operate in South Africa. The Sea Axe is a revolutionary, Damen patented hull design, which offers exceptional seakeeping behavior. The straight-edged, axe-shaped bow cuts through the water, minimising slamming for improved safety and comfort on board and significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
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[*] posted on 9-4-2019 at 04:30 PM


Guardian Class Patrol Boat Gifted to Tuvalu

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued April 07, 2019)

The Australian Governments recent boost to security in the Pacific has been demonstrated by the gifting of a Guardian-class patrol boat, the Te Mataili II, to the Government of Tuvalu today in Western Australia.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the second patrol boat to be gifted under the Pacific Maritime Security Programs Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement project was an important part of regional security.

Defence is delivering 21 steel-hulled patrol boats to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste, which contributes to the nations ability to defend against regional maritime security threats, Minister Pyne said.

The enhanced capabilities of the latest vessel will enable improved maritime surveillance and law enforcement operations by the Government of Tuvalu.

Te Mataili II was received by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the Right Hon Enele Sosene Sopoaga at a handover ceremony attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, the Hon Taukelina Finikaso, the Minister for Natural Resources, the Hon Dr Puakena Boreham, and the Commissioner of the Tuvalu Police Service, Commissioner Luka Falefou.

Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the gifting of this vessel marked the start of a busy delivery period.

The remaining 19 vessels will be delivered to the participating nations approximately every quarter, until the last vessel is gifted to Timor-Leste in October 2023, Minister Reynolds said.

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement project is worth over $500 million. Australian designer and manufacturer, Austal, estimates it supports around 400 direct and indirect jobs.

The project is one component of the Governments $2 billion 30-year commitment to the Pacific region under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.

Defence gifted the first Guardian class patrol boat to Papua New Guinea on 30 November 2018.

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IMDEX 2019: Israel Shipyards unveils new OPV for multi-mission operations

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

14 May 2019


A model of the OPV 45, unveiled for the first time at IMDEX 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

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Israel Shipyards has unveiled a new offshore patrol vessel design at a defence and maritime exhibition in Singapore
The design is being marketed as a low-cost, yet highly configurable vessel type for a wide range of mission sets

Israel Shipyards Limited has unveiled a new type of offshore patrol vessel (OPV) at the IMDEX 2019 defence and maritime exhibition.

The design, which has an overall length of 45.7 m, is being marketed as one that is quickly configurable to take on a wide variety of mission sets including exclusive economic zone (EEZ) patrols, search-and-rescue (SAR) operations, anti-pollution patrols, and support of visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) operations.

The vessel has a maximum beam of 8.6 m, and a maximum draught of 2.4 m. It can accommodate a crew complement of between 16 and 21, and has additional berth for up to 24 mission-specific personnel. The design is known as the OPV 45, and has been conceived according to Lloyd's Register rules and regulations.

The OPV can carry a 7.2 m rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) in the aft section, within an automated launch-and-recovery system (LARS). It has also been designed with a deck space that can accommodate 20-foot containerised modules for various mission sets.

The vessel is driven by two fixed-pitch propellers, can reach sustained top speeds in excess of 24 kt, and a standard range of 3,000 n miles at 12 kt, depending on the power plants selected by the customer. The OPV has also been designed with considerations for a 45 kW bow thruster, allowing for additional manoeuvrability especially within shallow waters.

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IMDEX Asia 2019: New OPV design to complement Israel Shipyards' existing portfolio

10th May 2019 - 08:15 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London RSS



Israel Shipyards will unveil a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) design at IMDEX Asia in Singapore dubbed the OPV-45 as the company looks to gain further traction in potentially lucrative international markets.

According to the company, the OPV-45 is designed for a wide range of naval missions and can carry a variety of payloads as required to perform EEZ patrols and infrastructure security taskings, counter-piracy operations and fisheries protection, among others.

The vessel has a length of 45.7m and is capable of a sustained speed in excess of 24kt. For missions that require high-speed interceptions, the OPV-45 can embark a 7m rigid-hull inflatable boat.

The deck space can accommodate two 20ft containers that can be equipped for a variety of missions to enable rapid re-roling and additional capabilities, with up to 24 crew depending on requirements.

In addition, the vessel can accommodate up to 24 extra people for missions involving special forces, or survivors during search and rescue operations.

Speaking to Shephard, Eitan Zucker, CEO, said that the Asia-Pacific market has a large demand for OPVs of various types, with the OPV-45 a very good solution for coast guards and law enforcement agencies in the region, as well as for navies with a challenging budget.

We have discussed with some of them already, and are in a process of offering the required adjustments and turn-key project solutions to undisclosed potential customers in the region, Zucker explained.

The platforms versatility enables it to be equally applicable for military and civilian or parapublic agencies, he continued, with multi-disciplinary systems allowing for its easy modification and adjustment to each services requirements.

Currently, the OPV-45 can be manufactured in around 18 months for the first vessel, with this time decreasing to between 4-6 months for additional vessels. Zucker said that this short construction period makes it possible for customers to get several hulls in a short amount of time.

Zucker said that the OPV-45 sits between the Shaldag patrol vessel and Saar corvette currently in the companys portfolio, enabling a full and comprehensive solution when it comes to coast, border and EEZ protection in all sea states and weather conditions'.

The OPV 45 been under development for over two years with comprehensive studies and multiple tests, in order to maintain the highest standards of vessels we supply to our customers, Zucker concluded.
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IMDEX 2019: ST Engineering launches Super Swift series Fast Patrol Boats

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2019 17:27

ST Engineerings launches new naval defense products at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) 2019 to demonstrate its diverse capabilities as a Total Naval Defense and Security Solutions provider. One of the new products is the Super Swift series for homeland security.


Drawing of Swift 25 Picture ultra-high speed Fast Patrol Boat (Picture source ST Engineering)

The Super Swift series is a range of ultra-high speed Fast Patrol Boats (FPB) designed for interdiction, interception and patrolling. Customized for military and law enforcement applications, each FPB features an Air Cavity Hull (ACH) that enables the craft to reach high speeds of up to 70 knots, depending on the craft size.

Significant improvements in ride and crew comfort levels are key characteristics of Super Swift ACH series, with reduced ship motions and acceleration. Users will enjoy exceptionally high seakeeping and survivability abilities with this new series of vessels which is best suited for very high-speed activities such as pursuit and arrest, search and rescue, offshore patrolling and escort, surveillance and covert surveillance, as well as border patrol.

The SWIFT series of Interceptors is designed with an optimized air-entrapment hull form for high speed, stability and maneuverability. It is equipped with small caliber forward gun and RWS and EOD for target identification and engagement and complemented with light machine guns for all round coverage.

The SWIFT series is propelled either by waterjets or surface piercing propellers. The series forms an integral part of the total coastal surveillance and quick response system in and around ports, and also for the protection of offshore installations.
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Sri Lankan navy receives former PLAN frigate

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

10 June 2019


The SLN was formally handed over an ex-PLAN Jiangwei I-class frigate in a ceremony held on 5 June in Shanghai. Source: Sri Lanka Navy

The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has formally received a former Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Jiangwei I (Type 053 H2G)-class frigate.

The service said in a statement that it officially took over the refurbished 111.7 m-long and 12.4 m-wide vessel on 5 June in a ceremony held at the Shanghai Zhonghua shipyard in China that was attended by the Chief of Staff of the SLN, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna.

The vessel, which has a full-load displacement of 2,286 tonnes and a crew of 110 (including 18 officers), will be used for "patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka, providing the maritime security and assistance to search-and-rescue operations", according to the SLN.

The ship, which was first commissioned by the PLAN in 1994 under the name Tongling (542), now bears pennant number P 625. It is scheduled to sail to Sri Lanka on 14 June and is expected to reach the island country by the end of the month.

The move comes only a few weeks after China agreed to provide aid worth USD14 million to Sri Lanka to procure Chinese-made counter-insurgency equipment. The funding - pledged on 14 May during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's visit to Beijing - is intended to boost the capability of Sri Lanka's security forces, the president's media division said.

China has also agreed to provide Sri Lanka's police force with 150 vehicles. The donations were pledged less than a month after Sri Lanka endured a series of suicide bombings, which killed more than 250 people.

The funding pledge is the latest that China has offered Sri Lanka to support defence equipment purchases. In 2016 China offered USD18 million to procure Chinese military equipment and also agreed to provide the Jiangwei I-class frigate that was handed over on 5 June.

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MAST Asia: Mitsui Unveils OPV Design Proposal for JMSDF OPV Requirement

Xavier Vavasseur 17 Jun 2019



At MAST Asia 2019, the defense exhibition and conference currently held near Tokyo, Japan, local shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (Mitsui E&S) unveiled its OPV design currently competing for a JMSDF requirement.

Japans Minitry of Defense (MoD) recently launched a competition for a new class of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) requirement is for twelve new generation OPVs.

Mitsui E&S design, which was unveiled to the public today at MAST Asia, benefits from full ship digitization according to its naval architect: The vessel is highly autonomous, meaning the highly reduced crew (of only 23 sailors) have less labor intensive tasks to complete compared to vessels of similar size available today.

Powered by two diesel engines (one for each shaft), the 100 meters long, 2,000 tons vessel is designed for long endurance missions (in excess of 1 month) and can reach speeds in excess of 25 knots.

Mitsuis OPV is designed to deploy UAVs and two USV thanks to stern ramps. It features a 360 panoramic bridge and some new systems designed by Mitsui to reduce labor for the crew such as an autonomous maneuvering system called Auto Target Chasing.


The weapon systems consist in a 76mm main gun and 2x 12.7mm remote weapon stations. The vessel will also be fitted with Chaff launchers and a multifunction radar.

The main missions of the JMSDFs future OPV will be surveillance, coastal patrol and intelligence gathering. There two other Japanese companies taking part in the competition (in addition to Mitsui): Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Japan Marine United. One of the competing design is rumored to be a catamaran design. The Japanese MoD is set to award a contract to the winning company in 2022. Mitsui told Naval News that it would take them 3 years to deliver the first ship, including the basic design phase.

Besides the OPV requirement, Mitsui is looking forward to the FFM baseline 2 frigate requirement. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is currently under contract to build the first frigate of the first baseline, while Mitsui will build the second one (of baseline 1).
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Tonga Receives Guardian-Class Patrol Boat

(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued June 21, 2019)

Australia is stepping up in the Pacific as we continue to take engagement with our regional partners to a new level with the handover of a new Guardian-class Patrol Boat to the Kingdom of Tonga.

The Tongan Royal Navys Ngahau Koula was received by His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala and Captain Sione Ulakai, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff to His Majestys Armed Forces, at a ceremony in Western Australia.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the replacement of the Pacific Patrol Boats is an important part of the Governments $2 billion 30-year commitment to the Pacific region under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.

The Australian Government is delivering 21 new Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste, as well as delivering improved maritime surveillance capability to our Pacific partners, Minister Reynolds said.

Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, representing the Australian Government at the official ceremony said the Guardian-class Patrol Boats make an important contribution to regional security.

Tonga is one of Australias key partners in the Pacific region and we work closely together to address regional maritime security threats, Minister Hawke said.

Tongas military plays an important and active role in the security of the region.

The enhanced capabilities of the Ngahau Koula, together with other maritime surveillance and law enforcement operations, contribute to the Pacific communitys efforts in securing the sea.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the Pacific Maritime Security Program demonstrates the Governments commitment to delivering more jobs and opportunities in the Australian defence industry.

The Guardian-class Patrol Boat Project supports around 400 direct and indirect Australian jobs through the supply chain and is part of our Governments wider commitment to increasing opportunities for small and medium enterprises in the Australian defence industry, Minister Price said.

The first Guardian-class Patrol Boat was gifted to Papua New Guinea in 2018 and the second to Tuvalu in April this year.

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[*] posted on 11-7-2019 at 08:58 PM


IMDS 2019: Kalashnikov exports BK-10 and BK-16 boats

Posted On Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:51

The Kalashnikov Concern signed the first export contracts for amphibious assault BK-10 and BK-16 boats and has already begun the supplies, Rosoboronexport Deputy CEO Igor Sevastyanov said at the naval salon in St. Petersburg.


BK-16 at IMDS 2019 (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

"We have to mention the transport and amphibious assault boats BK-10 and BK-16 of Kalashnikov Concern. Some contracts have been signed and supplies began. I hope we shall together promote the brand of Kalashnikov and the USC," he said.

In 2017, Kalashnikov said South Africa was eyeing 12 boats of both modifications, as well as the Philippines and Argentina.

The BK-16 FAC is intended for offshore operations, troops transporting, fire support, counter-piracy and counter-terror missions and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations. According to the official catalogue of the Kalashnikov Group, the FAC has a full displacement of 19.5 t, a length of 16.45 m, a width of 4.0 m, a draught of 0.87 m, a height over waterline of 4.33 m. It has a crew of two members and can transport up to 19 servicemen. The craft features a cruising range of 400 nautical miles and an endurance of one day. The BK-16 is powered by two engines with a power output of 780 hp each. The FAC demonstrated at the Army-2017 international military-technical forum received a remote control weapon station (RCWS) with a heavy machinegun (HMG) and several medium machineguns.

The BK-10 craft also intended for offshore operations, personnel transportation, troop landing on unprepared beaches, fire support, counter-piracy and counter-terror missions, medical evacuation and salvage services. According to the official catalogue of the Kalashnikov Group, the BK-10 FAC has a full displacement of 6.6 t, a length of 10.48 m, a width of 3.7 m, a draught of 0.6 m, a height over waterline of 2.8 m, a maximum speed of 40 knots and an economical speed of 22 knots. It has a crew of two members and can transport up to 10 servicemen.

The craft features a cruising range of 400 nautical miles and an endurance of one day. The BK-10 is powered by two engines with a power output of 300 hp each.

The 9th naval salon will continue in St. Petersburg until July 14. 45 official delegations from 33 countries and 28 companies from 19 countries are participating.

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Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

16 August 2019

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- Australia has handed over the fourth of 21 vessels being delivered to 12 Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste
- Vessel will strengthen the Samoan Police Service's maritime surveillance capabilities

The Australian government has handed over a Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa.

The boat, which has been named Nafanua II , was handed over to representatives from the Samoan government at Henderson, Western Australia on 16 August.

Nafanua II will be operated by the Police Maritime Wing of the Samoan Police Service. The vessel is part of the Australian government's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (SEA 3036) programme, which will see the donation of 21 new patrol vessels to 12 Pacific Island countries, and Timor-Leste.

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[*] posted on 19-8-2019 at 11:37 PM


Austal Signs A$126M Contract to Export Two Cape Class Patrol Boats

(Source: Austal Limited; issued August 16, 2019)


Trinidad & Tobago is the latest buyer of Austals Cape-Class Patrol Boats, originally built for the Royal Australian Navy. They have a range of 4,000 nautical mile range and a 28-day patrol cycle with a crew of up to 22 people. (Austal image)

Austal Limited (Austal) is pleased to announce it has signed a contract worth approximately A$126 million to construct two Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPB) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GORTT). The vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2020.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the award of the contract confirmed an important defence export opportunity for Austal and consequent workflow for the Companys Henderson operations.

It is important to acknowledge that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian Government were instrumental in the success of this defence export program, Mr Singleton said.

The RAN, which operates two CCPBs, was an effective advocate of the CCPB capabilities, hosting a sea ride for the visiting Trinidad & Tobago Chief of Defence Staff and engineering team to assess and experience the vessels capabilities. The Minister for Trade, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence have all provided continuing support and assistance ensuring Commonwealth support was available for this program. The whole of government advocacy in support of this defence export opportunity has been instrumental to its success.

Austals Cape Class Patrol Boats have been deployed in difficult maritime situations, intercepting irregular arrivals and preventing illegal smuggling. This proven capability has attracted attention from a number of export markets, including Trinidad & Tobago.

This latest order adds to Austals largest forward order book. The increasing demand in the international market for our unique vessel designs and maritime technology is a real credit to our highly skilled workforce across our operations, who continue to deliver some of the worlds most sophisticated vessels in a highly efficient and cost effective environment.

The GORTT contract award follows an announcement by Austal on 30 July 2018 that the GORTT intended to purchase two CCPB. An interim Schedule Protection Agreement was signed and fees paid to Austal to facilitate commencement of construction and early procurement on the project whilst the contract arrangements were finalised. Austal began construction with a metal cutting ceremony at the Companys Henderson shipyard on 8 April 2019, attended by Captain Douglas Archer representing the GORTT Coast Guard and Australian Defence Export Advocate, the Hon. David Johnston.

Austal originally designed and built ten CCPBs used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Australian Border Force (ABF). The 58 metre all aluminium monohull patrol boats were specifically designed and manufactured to combat the full range of maritime security threats. The CCPB has a 4000 nautical mile range and a 28-day patrol cycle with a crew of up to 22 people, and is fitted with two high speed rigid hull inflatable boats used for intercepting other vessels.

The GORTT requested that the purchase be supported by a financing package through Export Finance Australia (EFA). The Commonwealth announced in December 2018 that the Defence Export Facility would be available to support this program.

Austal is a worldwide ship manufacturer with its corporate headquarters and Australian manufacturing facility based in Henderson, Western Australia. The companys global operations include manufacturing facilities in the United States and the Philippines with service centres in Darwin and Cairns, Australia, Muscat, Oman, and Singapore.
Austal is Australias largest defence exporter and the only ASX-listed shipbuilder.

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[*] posted on 20-8-2019 at 07:31 PM


State credit supports Austal export of patrol boats

Jon Grevatt - Jane's Defence Industry

20 August 2019

Australian shipbuilder Austal has confirmed a deal to supply two 58 m Cape-class patrol boats to the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The contract - valued at AUD126 million (USD85 million) - is supported through state credit provided by the government of Australia.

Austal said the export contract follows an announcement by Austal in July 2018 that Trinidad and Tobago intended to procure the vessels. Following this announcement, Austal signed an interim agreement with Trinidad and Tobago, with fees paid to the Australian company to facilitate early procurement while the contract was being finalised.

The vessels will be delivered to Trinidad and Tobago in the second half of 2020 and will be constructed at Austal's Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.

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[*] posted on 27-8-2019 at 09:06 AM


Bolivian Navy Receives New Patrol Boats From China

Posted On Monday, 26 August 2019 09:53

The Bolivian Navy held a public ceremony August 15 inaugurating the incorporation of two new Type 928 YC patrol vessels acquired from the People's Republic of China.


Type 928 YC Patrol Boats (Picture source: Bolivian Navy)

The two new vessels will be deployed from the Santa Cruz Fifth Naval District's Tamarinero base and will be utilized to conduct surveillance and interdiction duties along the Bolivian-Brazilian border. According to statements made by Bolivian Naval officials, these two new vessels are merely the most recent of the country's maritime acquisitions from China - with the service now having received six Type 928 class patrol boats in total.

The Navy is organized into ten naval districts with flotilla headquarters in Guaqui, Guayaramern, Puerto Surez, Riberalta, and San Pedro de Tiquina and bases in Puerto Busch, Puerto Horquilla, Puerto Villarroel, Trinidad, and Rurrenabaque.

Naval vessels include several dozen boats, a dozen or more of which are for riverine patrol. Seagoing vessels, including the American-made PR-51 Santa Cruz de la Sierra and several other vessels, sail the oceans with the Bolivian flag with the granted permission of the "Capitanias Navales" Naval Registration Office.

The Libertador Simn Bolvar, a ship acquired from Venezuela, used to sail from its homeport in Rosario, Argentina on the River Paran. In 1993 the Navy was formally renamed the Naval Force (Fuerza Naval) and moved with the Bolivian Army under a single military authority.
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[*] posted on 27-8-2019 at 09:11 AM


DSEI 2019: Streit Group Triton 850 RIB Armored Boat in naval live demonstration

Posted On Monday, 26 August 2019 15:28

The new high-performance interceptor armored boat "Triton 850 RIB" of Streit Group will participate in waterborne demonstrations during the international defense exhibition (DSEI) which takes place in London, United Kingdom, from September 10 to 13, 2019.


The armored boat Triton 850 RIB (Picture source: Sviatoslav Plekhin)

Exhibitors can showcase their autonomous and maritime capabilities to the DSEI community in live waterborne demonstrations. Taking place twice daily on the Royal Docks the demonstrations can be viewed from a purpose-built grandstand.

The action will also be shown on DSEI TV which is broadcast on screens throughout the exhibition halls and via a big screen on the dock edge. Outside of the official demo times, the vessel can be taken out onto the water for private client demonstrations. See below for details of what will be included in the demonstrations.

STREITs Triton boats are used for wide range of mission profiles, from fast patrol crafts that provide maximum mission-range and crew comfort to suitable size with many options available including deck mounting of crew-served weapons systems, tactical boarding ladders, FLIR cameras and recording and wireless headset communication systems; Triton boats offers anti-piracy, tactical configurations that are designed to meet each clients unique mission requirements.

The Triton 850 RIB (Military Armored Compact Vessel) is 8.5 m in length, with a beam of 2.32 m, a draught of 0.85 m. It is currently built with 2x250-hp twin engines (Mercury) but a similar version is available with 1x250-hp engines. They have a top speed of 100 Km/h and a maximum capacity of ten passengers with a top weight of 1300 KG. Each vessel is estimated 3700 KG without engine whereas amazing fuel capacity of 350 litres (armored).
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[*] posted on 17-9-2019 at 09:48 PM


Indonesian shipyard completes contract to supply 18 high-speed boats to Bangladesh

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

16 September 2019


An artist's illustration of the X12 high-speed patrol boat. Source: Dockyard and Engineering Works

Indonesian shipyard PT Lundin (North Sea Boats) has completed a contract to supply and assist with the construction of 18 high-speed patrol boats for Bangladesh.

Delivery of the final vessels, which have been built to the company's proprietary 'X12' design, were completed in the week of 9 September, PT Lundin announced via an official social media channel.

Citing a senior company official, Jane's first reported in November 2014 that the company has secured a contract to build eight fast patrol boats for the Bangladesh Navy. The contract also includes an option, which has since been exercised, to build 10 more vessels for the Bangladesh Coast Guard.

As part of the contract's technology transfer clause, two of the vessels under the contract were built in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, while the remaining 16 vessels were constructed at the Bangladesh Navy-owned Dockyard and Engineering Works in collaboration with Indonesian engineers.

The vessels are based on PT Lundin's X15 patrol boat concept, which in turn derives its design from the Royal Swedish Navy's Combat Boat 90 (CB90) fast patrol craft. It has an overall beam of 3.5 m, has a length of 11.7 m, draws 0.84 m of water, and displaces 10.2 tonnes when fully loaded.

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Brazilian Marine Metalrgica develops armoured RHIB for domestic market

Victor Barreira, Rio de Janeiro - Jane's Navy International

24 September 2019

Looking to secure domestic military and homeland security rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) contracts, Brazilian shipbuilder Marine Metalrgica has designed a range of armoured fast multi-mission armed RHIBs meeting Brazilian Army and navy requirements for such craft.


RHIB MM12000 features ballistic protected cabin and three machine guns (Marine Metalrgica)

The Brazilian Army and navy, as well as several police forces, have purchased several protected and unprotected armed fast craft in previous years to more effectively counter illegal activities and surveil coastal and riverine areas. However, the country's budget constraints have limited the number of needed boats purchased.

The Marine Metalrgica RHIB family, featuring MM7000, MM9000, and MM12000 designs, offers rigid hull fully built of welded naval-grade aluminium.

They can accommodate a payload of equipment including up to two four-stroke outboard motors, an electro-optical sensor, a public address system, a searchlight, navigation radar, communications, a GPS, an automatic identification system (AIS), ballistic protection, and 7.6 mm and 12.7 mm machine guns.

Both the MM9000 and MM12000 configurations include a fully enclosed ballistic protected pilot cabin with air conditioning. The MM9000, weighing 1,150 kg, measures 9 m in length and 3.2 m in width for a crew of two and space for 15 personnel. The MM12000, weighing 1,600 kg, measures 12 m in length and 3.2 m in width for a crew of two and space for 21 passengers.

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[*] posted on 28-9-2019 at 01:15 PM


Israel Shipyards sells OPV 45s, in talks for Saar S-72

Daniel Wasserbly, Haifa - Jane's International Defence Review

27 September 2019


A nearly complete Shaldag fast patrol craft that Israel Shipyards is building for an African country. Source: IHS Markit/Dan Wasserbly

Israel Shipyards has received orders for its newest patrol craft, the OPV 45, and is in discussions towards the first sale of a Sa'ar S-72 vessel, according to Noam Latsav, managing director at Israel Shipyards.

The Sa'ar S-72 is 71.8 m long, has a 3,200 n mile range, an 800 tonne displacement, and a 30 kt top speed. Contract talks are ongoing with one country, and one Sa'ar S-72 has begun construction in the meantime, Latsav said.

In September Israel Shipyards has sold two OPV 45s, which are 45.7 m long, have a 3,000 n mile range, a 290 tonne displacement, and a 24 kt top speed. The yard will start building those soon, he added. The OPV 45 is driven by fixed-pitch propellers and the power plants depend on the customer's needs. It can mount stabilised naval gun systems of up to 30 mm in the primary position, and 12.7 mm machine guns.

Meanwhile, the yard is building more of its Shaldag fast patrol craft. Shaldag variants - Mk II, III, IV, and V - are broken down by size to meet user-specific needs. The Israeli Navy, for example, typically wants small and fast vessels that can be operated by younger sailors.

So far 33 Shaldags have been sold around the world. According to a briefing presented by Latsav, the Mk II, which is used in Africa and South America, is 25.3 m long, has a 650 n mile range, 45 kt top speed, and displaces about 58 tonnes; the Mk III, which is used by the Israeli Navy, is 26.3 m long, has a 700 n mile range, 45 kt top speed, and displaces about 72 tonnes; the Mk IV, which is used by Romanian police, is 26.3 m long, has a 700 n mile range, 45 kt top speed, and displaces 72 tonnes; and the Mk V, which is used in Eastern Europe, is 32.6 m long, has a 1,000 n mile range, 40 kt top speed, displaces 95 tonnes.

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Latest Damen FCS 3307 Patrol Vessels for Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited Arrive in Nigeria

(Source: Damen Shipyards Group; issued Oct. 22, 2019)


Damen Shipyards has delivered additional patrol boats to Nigerias HIOSL, a private military contractor that is charged with protecting customers offshore assets in the Gulf of Guinea. (Damen photo)

The latest additions to the modern and diverse fleet operated by Homeland Integrated Offshore Services (Homeland IOS Ltd) have arrived safely in Nigeria and are now being prepared for their first assignments.

The addition of these vessels brings improved capability to Homelands squadron of Damen FCS 3307 Patrol vessels. These are deployed in the Gulf of Guinea to protect and support the offshore assets of Homelands clients which include many of the leading international oil companies.

The two new arrivals have been built to the same proven specifications as their sister ships. Key features of the 33-metre vessels include Damens trademark Axe Bow hull form that delivers excellent fuel economy and a top speed of 29 knots together with superb manoeuvrability and first-class seakeeping.

The power comes from three Caterpillar main engines totalling 3,579 bkW with each driving a fixed pitch propeller via a Reintjes WVS series gearbox. Capable of accommodating up to six crew and twelve security personnel they can remain at sea for up to four weeks and travel 1,200 nm in and around Nigerias coastal and offshore oil fields.

The security packages installed by Damen on both vessels are purely defensive. The bridges are bullet proof and armoured citadels within the hulls protect non-combatants.

In addition to their security role, each Damen FCS 3307 Patrol has a 75m cargo deck aft rated at 2.5 tonnes/m that adds an additional level of versatility and cost effectiveness to the benefit of Homelands clients. The decks allow them to deliver equipment and spares to offshore installations without any impairment to their primary security role. Additional equipment specified by HIOSL includes thermal imaging sets, diesel powered SOLAS fast rescue craft and Fuel Trax fuel monitoring systems as well as redundant fuel oil separators to protect the engines and generators from contaminated fuel.

We continue to invest in state-of-the-art vessels for our fleet so as to maintain our leadership position in servicing Nigerias offshore oil and gas sector, said Dr Louis Ekere, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Homeland Integrated Offshore Services. He went on to say; We work with many of the international oil companies (IOCs) operating actively in the Gulf of Guinea and these new additions will support them in achieving their strategic global objectives.

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited was founded in 2006 to support the international oil companies operating in Nigerias offshore oil and gas fields by providing a wide range of services both onshore and offshore. Homeland IOS Ltd is one of just a few indigenous Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) in Nigeria with a valid memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Navy for the provision of security services.

Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,500 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers around 175 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

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