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[*] posted on 23-9-2020 at 04:24 PM


Navy of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of French HS132 fast interceptor boats from France

22 SEPTEMBER 2020

According to a video released on the Official Twitter account of the Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia on September 20, 2020, the Navy has taken delivery of the second and third batches of French HS132 fast interceptor boats during a ceremony that was held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The delivery comes as part of an agreement with the French CMN shipyard for the construction of 39 boats.


Saudi Navy has taken delivery of the second and third batches of French HS132 fast interceptor boats during a ceremony that was held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. (Picture source Saudi Navy)

The delivery is part of a joint cooperation initiative in military manufacturing between Saudi Arabia and France. Adm. Fahad Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Navy, received the HS132 vessels in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province.

In April 2018, Navy Recognition has announced that Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with the French shipbuilding company CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for a Saudi state agency, likely the Coast Guards. According to the agreement, 19 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 20 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia.

The HS132 is a fast interceptor vessel designed and built by French shipyard CMN, a part of Privinvest Shipbuilding Group, She is designed to conduct sea strike operations, search and rescue (SAR), maritime security, sea safety, convoy protection, sea policing, anti-piracy, protection of vulnerable vessels and offshore installations, and control of illegal immigration.

The HS132 has an overall length of 32.2 m, an overall beam of 7 m, and a maximum draught of 1.4 m. It can accommodate a crew of 12, while up to 64 personnel can be carried for search and rescue operations. A 4.8m-long outboard rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) can be deployed through a launch-and-recovery ramp at the stern of the ship.

The HS132 is armed with one 20 mm remote-controlled gun turret as well as two 12.7mm machine gun mounted on each side of the vessel. She is motorized with three diesel engines, two main generators, and three waterjets. She can sail at a maximum top speed of 43 kts with a maximum range of about 800 nm. at a speed of 12 kts or 580 nm. at 33 kts.

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[*] posted on 1-10-2020 at 09:25 PM


01 OCTOBER 2020

Bangladesh announces steel-cutting ceremony for five Padma-class patrol boats

by Mrityunjoy Mazumdar

In a departure from conventional shipbuilding procedures, Bangladesh’s Khulna Shipyard Limited (KSL) has announced a “steel-cutting ceremony” for the navy’s second batch of five Padma-class patrol boats – more than nine months after keels for the vessels were laid down.


Computer-generated imagery of the Padma class. (Bangladesh Armed Forces ISPR)

A statement to announce the steel-cutting ceremony was released by KSL on 24 September. The 51.6 m vessels were laid down on 2 December 2019 at KSL’s facilities in Khulna.

The Bangladesh Navy currently operates a fleet of five Padma-class patrol boats, all of which were commissioned in December 2013. These vessels were built by KSL in collaboration with China’s Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

The second batch of patrol boats, which were signed for in a May 2019 contract, are largely identical to the earlier quintet except for variations in its weapon systems. The earlier vessels are armed with Norinco twin 37 mm naval guns and two 20 mm guns.

Images released by Bangladesh Armed Forces’ Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) office indicate that the newer vessels will be equipped with remotely operated guns instead of crew-served weapons, although the calibres appear to be similar.

Further details from the ISPR release indicate an overall length of 51.6 m, an overall beam of 7.5 m, with a top speed of 21 kt. The class’s full load displacement is estimated to be in excess of 300 tonnes.
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[*] posted on 2-10-2020 at 11:41 PM


Naval Group Launches the A.R.A. Piedrabuena, Second Argentinian Offshore Patrol Vessel

(Source: Naval Group; issued Oct. 02, 2020)


Piedrabuena, the second of four OPVs ordered by Argentina from France’s Naval Group, was launched on Oct. 1 at the Piriou shipyard in Concarneau, Brittany. The first ship, L’Adroit, was refurbished and has now been commissioned into the Argentine Navy. (NG photo)

CONCARNEAU, France --- The second of the four Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPVs) ordered by Argentina has been launched at Piriou’s Shipyards in Concarneau (Britany).

After the arrival of the A.R.A. Bouchard in Argentina on February 2020, the second OPV has been launched this Thursday 1st of October, 2020, in Piriou’s shipyards in Concarneau. This launching comes ahead of schedule – 2 months before the contractual deadline – despite the adverse sanitary context. The two upcoming ships are also built by Kership (joint venture between Naval Group and Piriou) in Lanester.

Signed on June 22nd, 2018 in Buenos Aires, the contract for the delivery of four multi-mission ocean patrol vessels for the Argentinian Navy came into force on February 13th, 2019.

This contract covers the delivery of L’Adroit – a vessel commissioned at the end of 2011 and operated by the French Navy before being modernized to become the A.R.A. Bouchard - as well as the construction of three new units with an enhanced design (known as OPV 87). The three new vessels are specially adapted to navigation in iced waters of the Southern Ocean, through a reinforcement of their structure.

Naval Group is the prime contractor, in charge of the Program Management and the relationship with the Argentinian customer, of the general design work of the armed vessel as well as of all the studies, development and integration of the Polaris combat system. Over 100 professionals are fully dedicated to this successful program.

This is an important milestone for Naval Group as this ship is the first OPV built for the export market.

“This project is a great pride for the Naval Group teams. We are proud of the successful collaboration with Piriou. This OPV meets all the expectations of the Argentinian Navy. Her design has been specifically adapted for the navigation in the Southern Ocean,” explained Olivier Michel, Naval Group Sales Vice-president for Latin America.

The OPV 87, a multipurpose ship

Involved in several military operations but also fisheries policy and maritime security missions, the Naval Group OPV’s design demonstrated its efficiency and the relevance of the innovations developed by Naval Group to serve navies and special forces.

The Argentinian Offshore Patrol Vessels benefit from the innovations proposed by Naval Group and the sea-proven design operated by the French Navy:
-- long endurance and an excellent sea-worthiness;
-- A 360° visibility from the bridge and a unique mast for a panoramic radar coverage;
-- The discrete and safe implementation in less than five minutes of fast crafts for Special Forces thanks to an ingenious ramp system at the rear of the patroller.

This range of ships also benefits from Naval Group expertise in terms of information and commandment systems, allowing an extended surveillance of the maritime space and the automatic detection of suspect behaviors thanks to the Polaris, a system specifically developed by Naval Group for state missions at sea that is sea-proven by the French Navy.

Technical characteristics

The Offshore Patrol Vessel is able to stay at sea for more than three weeks, to reach a speed of 20 knots and to accommodate a helicopter in its hangar. Operated by a reduced crew of forty members, she is also able to accommodate extra passengers.
-- Length: 87 meters
-- Beam: 14 meters
-- Displacement: 1,650 tons
-- Max. speed: 20 knots
-- Accommodation: 59 (crew and passengers)
-- Endurance: > 7,000 nautical miles
-- Housing capacity: two light crafts of 9 meters and one 5-ton class helicopter

Naval Group is the European leader in naval defence. Naval Group uses its extraordinary know-how, unique industrial resources and capacity to arrange innovative strategic partnerships to meet its customers’ requirements. As a system-integrator and prime contractor, the group designs, produces and supports submarines and surface ships. It also supplies services to shipyards and naval bases. The group reports revenues of 3.7 billion euros and has a workforce of 15,168 (data for 2019).

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[*] posted on 17-10-2020 at 12:43 PM


Construction of first of 6 new Overseas Patrol Vessels for New Caledonia begins at Socarenam in Saint-Malo

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2020 15:53

The POM (Patrouilleur Oure-Mer, Overseas Patrol Boat) program was announced by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, at the Assises de l'Economie de la Mer on December 3, 2019. It allows the restoration of the component of patrol boats stationed overseas.


The six POMs (Patrouilleurs Oure-Mer, Overseas Patrol Boats) will be delivered by the end of 2025 and will fully replace the older generation of P400 patrol boats (Picture source : Socarenam)

On December 24, 2019, the DGA ordered the six POMs from the consortium formed by Socarenam and CNN MCO, responsible respectively for manufacturing and maintenance during the first six years of their operational service. These six POMs will be based in Noumea for New Caledonia, Port des Galets for Reunion Island and Papeete for French Polynesia, with two units per home port. They will completely replace the older generation of P400 patrol boats.

In a context of growing threats to fishery resources, biodiversity and the application of international rules of the law of the sea, the POMs will carry out missions of sovereignty and protection of national interests in the French exclusive economic zones and their surroundings: police fisheries, intervention against maritime pollution and in favor of the preservation of the environment, fight against illicit activities including drug trafficking and illegal immigration, assistance to vessels in difficulty, rescue of people at sea.

The POM is the first small ship to integrate a drone system. Its stability performance has been adapted to the navigation conditions which can be extremely difficult in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

It also features an innovative hybrid propulsion architecture and hydrographic capability. It will be able to carry out missions of up to 30 days without refueling, with a crew of 30 sailors and carry up to 23 passengers.

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[*] posted on 31-10-2020 at 05:27 PM


Kingdom of Tonga receives second Australian-built Guardian-class Patrol Boat VOEA Ngahau Koula P301

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2020 18:06

According to a joint media release published by Australian Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC on October 30, 2020, the Morrison Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program has reached a new milestone as the Kingdom of Tonga received their second Australian-built Guardian-class Patrol Boat VOEA Ngahau Koula (P301) at a ceremony in Henderson, Western Australia.


Australian-built Guardian-class Patrol Boat. (Picture source Austal)

The Pacific Maritime Security Program is the successor to the original Pacific Patrol Boat Program, which saw Australia gift vessels to Pacific Island countries between 1987 and 1997. These vessels, which are packaged with long-term Australian sustainment, training, infrastructure, and advisory support, are now approaching the end of their serviceable life. Defence will progressively replace these with 19 larger and more capable Guardian-class Patrol Boats, to be gifted to 12 Pacific Island countries from late 2018–23. Two further vessels will be gifted to Timor-Leste in 2023.

The Guardian-class patrol boats are a class of small patrol vessels designed and built in Australia for small Pacific Ocean countries. Austal was commissioned to build 19 Guardian-class boats in 2016.

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (SEA3036) Project is part of the Commonwealth’s Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP) that aims to enhance practical maritime security cooperation across the South Pacific. The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project broadens and further strengthens the region’s capability to respond to issues such fisheries protection, trans-national crime, and search and rescue through the provision of patrol boats to Pacific Island nations.

The Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program (PPBR) comprises 21 x 39.5m steel hull vessels designed and constructed by Austal for delivery to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste from late 2018 to 2023, including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Timor Leste.

The Guardian Class Patrol Boat is based on Austal’s proven patrol boat design platform, originally developed for the Australian Customs Service (now Australian Border Force) and is 39.5 meters long with a beam of 8 meters and a loaded draft of 2.5 meters. It is capable of traveling at 20 knots and at 12 knots possesses a 3,000 nautical mile range. Each vessel can accommodate 23 people.

Tonga, officially named the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometers (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometers (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean.
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[*] posted on 3-11-2020 at 11:19 AM


MAN Energy to supply 16V175D-MM engines for two OPV-45 offshore patrol vessels of Israel Shipyards

POSTED ON MONDAY, 02 NOVEMBER 2020 20:41

According to a press release published on October 29, 2020, MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to supply complete propulsion packages to two OPV-45 offshore patrol vessels currently under construction at Israel Shipyards in Haifa.


Israel Shipyards OPV-45 offshore patrol vessel. (Picture source Israel Shipyards)

The contract covers two identical shipsets, each featuring 2 × MAN 16V175D-MM engines (2,960kW at 1900 rpm) and gearboxes, as well as ALPHA FPP propellers with struts and Alphatronic 3000 propulsion control systems.

Ben Andres, Head of High-Speed Sales, MAN Energy Solutions said: “The MAN 175D type is ideally suited to demanding naval applications and this is the latest in a series of orders we have won globally. The engine’s technical and economical credentials stand it in good stead, while its compactness, shock capability, and best-in-class fuel-oil consumption are always key criteria for customers. Delivering complete propulsion packages to these two vessels also meets our ambition to increasingly become a supplier of complete solutions. I am delighted to partner with Israel Shipyards in the important high-speed naval segment, and look forward to building up our relationship in the future.”

Israel Shipyards ‒ one of the largest privately owned shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean ‒ is constructing the newbuildings for an undisclosed, African navy. The vessels are designed for a wide range of missions, including protection against the increasing threat of piracy in the region.

The OPV-45 has an overall length of 45.7 m, a displacement of some 300 tons, while its MAN 175D engines enable a sustained speed of above 24 knots and a maximum range of over 3,500 nautical miles.

MAN Energy Solutions has developed the MAN 175D engine range to supplement and complete its product portfolio in the maritime sector. In three variants of 12, 16 and 20 cylinders, the engine is available with an output ranging from 1,500 to 4,400 Kilowatts and is optimized for propelling ferries, offshore supply vessels, tug boats and other working vessels. Other market areas, such as super-yachts and naval marine applications are also served by additional, specialist model versions.

It is also an extremely eco-friendly engine, being designed from the outset with compliance to the latest, as well as future, exhaust-gas-emission requirements and utilizes a very compact and flexible SCR system, which enables vessel designers to optimize space on board to the maximum.
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[*] posted on 7-11-2020 at 04:42 PM


Bulgaria approves the purchase of new patrol ships from the German company Lürssen

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 06 NOVEMBER 2020 20:13

According to information published by the "Bulgarian Military" website on November 6, 2020, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has received approval from The Council of Ministers for the purchase of two new modular patrol ships OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) types from the German company Lürssen.


German Company Lurssen has developed a full range of OPV Offshore Patrol Vessels. (Picture source Lurssen)

An OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) is a patrol boat typically smaller in size than a corvette and can include fast attack craft, torpedo boats and missile boats, although some are as large as a frigate. The offshore patrol vessels are usually the smallest ship in a navy's fleet that is large and seaworthy enough to patrol off-shore in the open ocean.

In April 2019, the Milmag website has announced that three companies have submitted a bid to respond to the Bulgarian tender for new patrol vessels. The three candidates German Lürssen with its modified OPV 80/85/90 series vessel, Italian Fincantieri with its Abu Dhabi class corvette and the local shipyard manufacturer MTG Dolphin offering a modified version of its K-90 multi-role corvette.

Citing milmag.eu, the Bulgarian Navy has a requirement for two modular, multi-role patrol vessels, which would be capable of performing various types of tasks, such as anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare

According to local media, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has requested a ship that will be armed with one 76mm naval gun, anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles, lightweight torpedos and close-in weapon systems for self-defence. The ship will also have a flight deck to accommodate a medium-sized helicopter.

The German company Lürssen is a global leader in the design and construction of high-quality ships for customers all over the world. For more than 140 years, Lürssen have earned the reputation, experience and expertise required to build vessels that meet virtually any set of individual requirements and with varying demands.

Lürssen has developed three types of OPVs including OPV 80, 85, 90. The OPV 90 can be armed with one 76mm naval gun, 4 x MM40 EXOCET or 4 x RBS 15 Mk3 or 4 x NSM anti-ship missiles, 1 VLS Mk56 or RIM-116 RAM air defense missile system, two Decoy (e.g. MASS or SWKS), two Remote Controlled 20mm automatic cannon and two .50 M2HB Machine Guns.
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[*] posted on 7-11-2020 at 04:43 PM


Look at the OPV 90 and weep.............
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[*] posted on 7-11-2020 at 05:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
Look at the OPV 90 and weep.............


Maybe next time… 15 – 20 years.

I've said it before. Our history of build and capability in this area always seems to go with something one generation behind our needs. Funny thing is, by now, you would swear it's being done on purpose.
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[*] posted on 7-11-2020 at 06:52 PM


Once the Hunters are under way, replacing the OPV's with a fleet of corvettes may be a viable option. I'd prefer it if they did a faster build on the Hunters, then work on a fleet of corvettes to follow up.



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[*] posted on 24-11-2020 at 11:14 AM


French General Directorate of Armament notifies Oceanic Patrol Vessel Program

POSTED ON MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2020 15:19

The French defense procurement agency (DGA, Direction Générale de l’Armement) notified a framework agreement relating to French Navy oceanic patrol vessel (PO, patrouilleurs océaniques) program on Oct. 23.


Oceanic patrol vessels will carry out deterrence support, autonomous situation assessment in areas of sovereignty or interest, escort of valuable or vulnerable units, evacuation of nationals, sovereignty and protection of national interests in maritime approaches and state action at sea (Picture source: French DoD and DGA)

In a context marked by the increase in maritime traffic and the increase in threats at sea, oceanic patrol vessels will carry out deterrence support, autonomous situation assessment in areas of sovereignty or interest, escort of valuable or vulnerable units, evacuation of nationals, sovereignty and protection of national interests in maritime approaches and state action at sea.

The objective of the program is to have multi-mission combat boats, with a better situational awareness capacity than the patrollers currently in service (combat direction system, radar, sonar, tactical data links, infrared sensor , helicopter, drone, new generation drome), a self-defense capability against asymmetric threats and efficient communication systems. The program also incorporates an overall energy efficiency target.

The oceanic patrol program will allow the complete renewal of the patrol boats stationed in metropolitan France, namely the high seas patrol boats (PHM, Patrouilleurs de Haute Mer) based in Brest and Toulon, and the public service patrol boats (PSP, patrouilleurs de service public) based in Cherbourg. Oceanic patrol vessels will resume all of their territorial defense and maritime security missions, with an extension of their capabilities, in particular the ability to accommodate a drone or a helicopter.

The chosen acquisition strategy is based on a framework agreement made up of several subsequent contracts. Considering the nature of the missions which will be entrusted to the POs, it aims to make the most of national industrial skills in the fields of development, construction and naval equipment. The program will consist of two stages: a design / development phase, which has just been launched, then a production phase.

The first contract, awarded to Naval Group, concerns a value analysis as well as the design activities that will be carried out at objective cost.
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Austal Australia launches the first of two Cape-class Patrol Boats for Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard

POSTED ON FRIDAY, 04 DECEMBER 2020 17:30

According to a press release published on December 3, 2020, Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Austal Australia has launched the first of two Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), under construction at the Company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard.


Austal Australia has launched the first of two new Cape-class Patrol Boats for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. (Picture source Austal Australia)

Under a A$126 million contract awarded by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), Austal is constructing two 58 metre Cape-class Patrol Boats for the TTCG, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2021.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the launch of the vessel, Hull 398, provided a genuine sense of accomplishment and anticipation throughout Austal’s Australasian business.

“With 10 vessels already in operation with the Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy, and a further 6 ordered by the Navy, the Cape is undoubtedly one of Austal’s most successful and proven naval vessel designs,” Mr Singleton said.

“Now, we’re exporting the Capes to the world, and we look forward to additional international orders that will continue to build Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability,” Mr Singleton added.

The new TTCG Capes are based on the 58-meter aluminum monohull patrol boat, first developed by Austal in Australia for Australian Border Force. The vessels have a 4,000 nautical mile range and 28-day patrol cycle, with a crew of up to 22. Each Cape is equipped with two high-speed 7.3 metre rigid hull inflatable boats used for intercepting other vessels.

Austal is also delivering 21 Guardian-class Patrol Boats for 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste under the SEA3036-1 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project, with eight patrol boats delivered since 2018. Austal provides in-service support to both the Cape and Guardian-class Patrol Boat fleets through an expanding service centre network including Henderson, Western Australia, Cairns, Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory.
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