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  • Thales onboard the Greek Navy Defence and Intervention Frigates

    Thursday, 24 March 2022 — Thales welcomes Greece’s decision to acquire the [email protected]® export variant of Naval Group’s FDI defence and intervention frigate for the Hellenic Armed Forces. A firm order for three frigates, with another one on option, has been signed by the Greek authorities.

    Designed to conduct a broad range of naval missions and to adapt to new technology and changes in the operational context, Greece’s [email protected]® frigates will be equipped with a complete set of primary sensors developed by Thales and integrated with the warship’s combat system.

    Thales will provide its Sea Fire radar, a fully solid-state multifunction radar with a fixed, four-panel antenna that simultaneously performs long-range air and surface surveillance as well as guidance for anti-air missiles. This is the first export success for the Sea Fire radar, which is designed to deliver outstanding performance in high-intensity combat situations. The frigates will also be equipped with an IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) solution and fire control radar.

    In addition, Greece’s FDI frigates will rely on a complete Thales sonar suite comprising the Kingklip MK2 hull-mounted sonar and the Captas-4 Compact towed-array sonar, as well as a digital electronic warfare suite and a full range of integrated naval communication systems to guarantee interoperability and seamless connectivity for the frigates and their crews.

    The contract will sustain employment at Thales’s industrial facilities, particularly in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Greece.

    “Thales thanks the Greek authorities for the trust they have placed in us by selecting our state-of-the-art naval systems. The new contract further strengthens the strategic ties between Greece and France.” Patrice Caine, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Thales

    Image and viewgraph courtesy Thales


    • And the French version.............

      Posted By Military News Posted On March 29, 2022Amiral Ronarc’h class: The Future Frigates of the French Navy


      The French Navy is planning to build a new class of frigates, identified as the Amiral Ronarc’h class, also known as FDI frigates.

      The Amiral Ronarc’h class will include 5 frigates. The first ship, the Amiral Ronarc’h, was laid down on 17 December 2021, and is expected to be commissioned in 2024.

      These ships will replace the La Fayette class frigates, and will provide the service with a compact intermediate-sized multimission frigate to augment its two Horizon anti-air ωλɾʄλɾɛ frigates and the eight Aquitaine-class vessels. This is a class with a moderate size, which will better meet the needs of the export market and can also maintain the development and production capacity of French shipyards.

      Amiral Ronarc’h will have a displacement of about 4,460 tons, a length of 122 m and a beam of 17.7 m. The Propulsion will be a Combined diesel and diesel arrangement with a total capacity of 43,000 horsepower. The maximum speed can be up to 27 knots, the operating range reaches 5,000 nmi.

      The main gun will be an Oto Melara 76 mm Super Rapid gun mounted in stealth cupola, in addition to 2 × 20 mm remotely operated guns. Anti-ship ωɛλρσɳs are eight Exocet MM-40 Block 3 missiles. To counter air threats, there are 16 Sylver A50 vertical launch cells for MBDA Aster 15/30 surface-to-air missiles. Anti-submarine ωɛλρσɳs will be 2 × dual torpedo tubes with EuroTorp MU90 Impact torpedoes.

      The ships will be equipped with avionics and sensors developed by Thales. The SEA FIRE all-digital multi-function radar with four fixed antennas, which will meet the requirements of a broad range of missions, from ship self-defence to extended air defence.

      In order to speed up manufacturing and meet the tight handover deadline, the ship’s mast with its radars, cameras, and battle system, will be manufactured separately from the rest of the vessel and then mounted onto the almost-finished hull. The Sea Fire multifunction 4 fixed panel radar, the digital RESM (radar electronic support measure) and the CESM (communications electronic support measure), the 360-degree observation and surveillance system and the new version of Naval Group’s SETIS combat system can all be tested and integrated into the mast long before the hull itself is finished. Admiral Ronarc’h is the first ship to be equipped with this new SETIS system.



      • Dutch MoD photo

        Netherlands To Extend The Life Of Walrus Class Submarines

        The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced that the service life of the Walrus-class submarines will be extended.

        Naval News Staff 03 Apr 2022

        Netherlands Ministry of Defence press release – Translation by Naval News

        The Netherlands wants to maintain its high-demand submarine capability within NATO and the EU. Allies and partners can thus continue to count on the Netherlands in the decades ahead. Developments on the eastern flank of the NATO treaty area make it particularly clear how important it is that NATO partners continue to invest in their (niche) capabilities.

        The Ministry of Defense is now taking steps to improve the submarine replacement project. This was announced today (01 April) by State Secretary Christophe van der Maat in a letter to the House of Representatives.

        More information has been gathered during the last few months, indicating that the research is approaching a new phase. Van der Maat has already made three decisions for one of Defense’s most complicated procurement initiatives. The first step is to develop a quotation request right away. Furthermore, the present Walrus class will remain in service for a longer period of time, but with fewer boats. Project management will be improved as well.

        Quote request

        There is a distinction drawn between the procurement of submarines and their maintenance. This is done based on the outcomes of the dialogue session. The remainder of the discussion phase is removed. Defense Ministry would want to send the request for a quotation to the yards before the end of the year. This makes it evident which of the three potential yards will manufacture the submarines more swiftly. Only then will agreements about maintenance during the service life be arranged. In this context, the Materiel Preservation Department (DMI) in Den Helder plays an important coordinating function.

        The Netherlands wishes to include particular design requirements in the requirements package in order to maintain its differentiated capabilities within NATO. The new submarines, according to Van der Maat, must also be capable of launching long-range missiles. The Defense Memorandum includes plans for possible maritime clout reinforcement.

        Sail longer with Walrus class

        Dutch MoD photo

        In order to maintain submarine service until the new boats are available, the present submarines will have to sail longer. The intent is to sail until the mid-2030s, but only if it can be done safely. Sailing through will require, among other things, a different maintenance approach. Therefore, DOD must decommission 1 of the 4 Walrus-class submarines in the short term, and a second later. Parts of these 2 oldest boats will then be used to maintain the other submarines.

        The safety of submarine personnel will not be jeopardized by a prolonged voyage, Van der Maat emphasizes. The military seaworthiness authority keeps a watchful eye.

        Improved control

        After investigations, it was determined that various improvements are needed in the management of the project. Therefore, measures are being taken to organize management differently and improve communication within the project. It is also important to strengthen the project team and professionalize planning and risk management.

        A Royal Netherlands Navy Walrus-class submarine sailing in British waters (Dutch MoD picture)Rough planning

        In this phase, DOD moves to milestone planning, which is adjusted as each new milestone is reached. The first milestone currently being worked toward is the award model after the summer, which will be followed by the solicitation in late 2022. The first two new submarines can be expected to enter service in the 2034-2037 timeframe. This could be sooner than if the current process is maintained (2035-2038), but much later than the schedule envisioned last year (by the end of 2031 at the latest).

        – End –

        Naval News comments:

        The procurement of four new-generation submarines to replace the Royal Netherlands Navy’s four in-service Walrus-class submarines has been delayed because discussions with the three competing shipbuilders have yielded less information and less depth than the Dutch Defense Ministry had hoped. (The original bidders for the project were Navantia, Naval Group, Saab Kockums, and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, but Navantia was ruled out with an announcement in December 2019.)

        The first boat was expected from 2028 and at least two submarines were to be fully operational by the end of 2031 in order for the Royal Netherlands Navy to start phasing out the Walrus class.

        Decommissioning two boats to keep the other two submarines operational seems a reasonable interim solution if there are obstacles to keeping all submarines operational. Decommissioned submarines will likely be used for spare parts to isolate and repair defects in active submarines in a timely manner.


        • unicorn11
          unicorn11 commented
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          They're old boats, with the first two laid down in the early 1980s. The most modern is older than Collins.

      • French Member of Parliament wants drone aircraft carrier for the Navy

        POSTED ON TUESDAY, 05 APRIL 2022 16:28

        According to information published by Opex360 on April 3, 2022, the French Member of Parliament, Fabien Gouttefarde, wants to open the reflection on the realization of a drone aircraft carrier, based on the Dassault nEUROn for the French Navy.

        Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Dassault nEURON (Picture source: Dassault)

        The Dassault nEUROn is an experimental unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) being developed with international cooperation, led by the French company Dassault Aviation.

        Countries involved in this project include France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The design goal is to create a stealthy, autonomous UAV that can function in medium-to-high threat combat zones.

        This flying wing stealth UCAV project is the final phase of the French Dassault LOGIDUC 3-step stealth "combat drone" program. Until June 2005 it had the form of the original Dassault developed Grand Duc vehicle: a supersonic two-engined long-range unmanned bomber, capable of performing attacks with nuclear weapons.

        Under the pressure from international cooperation, especially from Sweden and Saab, it was transformed into a demonstrator of smaller single-engine technology.


        • Navantia hires JFD to support Spanish Navy’s new submarine rescue mothership

          April 8, 2022, by Fatima Bahtić

          UK-based engineering company JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons, has been awarded a contract by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to conduct a ship survey and suitability assessment of the Spanish Navy’s new submarine rescue mothership (BAM-IS).

          The contract gave JFD responsibility for completing an initial assessment of the design, to ensure the new vessel will be capable of embarking on such systems.

          Image credit: Navantia

          It is a critical requirement that in the event of a distressed submarine (DISSUB), there is an available vessel that can host submarine rescue system equipment, as well as support the other necessary aspects of a rescue. Not having a suitable vessel available will likely result in delays, which can have catastrophic consequences, according to the company.

          The current intention is that the BAM-IS will be able to host critical international submarine rescue systems. As well as initial ship survey and suitability assessments, JFD can provide a range of services in support of MOSHIPs and VOOs, including on-site ship surveys and airport and port assurance surveys.

          Alongside these capabilities, JFD also operates a VOO Database Service to track and monitor suitable VOOs that could be called upon during the time of need.

          JFD is proud to work alongside Navantia and assist the Spanish Navy in taking proactive action to ensure that they can support international submarine rescue systems by assessing and surveying their Rescue Motherships or Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) which operate in the waters,” Greg Cotten, Head of Operational Capability and Technical Authority, JFD said.

          Navantia is in the process of completing the preliminary design for the BAM-IS. The new mothership (MOSHIP) will replace the Spanish Navy’s existing vessel which is not adapted to host submarine rescue systems.


          • F-110 Frigate. Navantia image.

            Navantia Begins Construction Of The First F110 Frigate For The Spanish Navy

            Navantia has started the construction process of the new F-110 class frigate for Spanish Navy, with the cutting of the first steel plate in an event presided by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

            Naval News Staff 08 Apr 2022

            Navantia press release

            The programme, whose implementation order was signed in 2019, foresees the construction of five frigates, valued at 4,320 million euros. The F-111 will be commissioned in 2027 and deliveries will take place yearly.

            The cutting of the first steel plate has taken place the 6th of April in Navantia’s shipyard in Ferrol (A Coruña, Spain), where all five F-110 class frigates will be built. The event was also attended by Spanish Vice Prime Minister for Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz; Finance Minister María Jesús Montero, along with Navantia’s Chairman, Ricardo Domínguez; VP for Shipbuilding, Agustín Álvarez; VP for Systems and Services, Donato Martínez, and Ferrol shipyard’s director, Eduardo Dobarro, among other authorities.

            Cutting the first steel of F110 (Navantia photo)

            The F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy are multi-purpose escort ships, with anti-aircraft, anti-surface, and anti-submarine capabilities to perform their force protection and naval power projection duties. They will operate in combination with other units, and they are versatile platforms that can also perform functions related to maritime security and support to civilian authorities.

            The design of this new frigate includes advanced technological features, such as an integrated mast with different sensor and antenna solutions, a multi-mission space that expands the ship’s capabilities in all defence segments and a new, more efficient and silent hybrid propulsion plant, providing the ship with great versatility. The frigates will be equipped with the Spanish combat system, SCOMBA, developed by Navantia Sistemas.

            Digital Twin

            Navantia image

            The F-110 frigate will be a smart ship, the first Spanish naval programme designed to have a Digital Twin: a virtual replica of the ship that constantly receives information from the vessel, data permanently supplied by a network of sensors distributed throughout the ship, constituting a cyber-physical system that through the use of behavioral models and technologies such as Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) allows to support its maintenance and operation even thousands of miles away through the Digital Twin deployed ashore.

            The Digital Twin is complemented by an Integrated Services System (ISS), an R&D developed with the Universities of Vigo and Coruña, which will provide the ship with integrated sensors in its light points, substantially reducing its wiring. The F110 will also have 3D printers on board for the manufacture of spare parts.

            They will be the first ships in the fleet to have an integrated cybersecurity system to protect the vessels against increasing cyberthreats. This will enable the ship to have a reduced crew complement for operation, which will result in improved habitability.

            About F110 Frigate

            Scale model of the F-110 frigate

            Navantia and the Spanish Ministry of Defense have signed the contract for the construction of five F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy in April 2019.

            F-110 frigates are set to replace the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigates which have been in service for over 30 years. F-110 frigates will be fitted with the Aegis combat system integrating a new solid-state S-band radar by Indra. Lockheed Martin and Indra have been collaborating since 2009 to develop a state-of-the-art S-band solid state radar for Spain’s F-110 Frigate Program.

            Known as the Bonifaz-class, these frigates will feature:
            Indra leads the development within the F110 Program of some of several advanced sensors.


            • unicorn11
              unicorn11 commented
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              That was the alternative to the Hunter, that could have been us cutting steel, but no, we wanted to gold plate an ASW frigate into a cruiser

          • French Navy releases video about the future aircraft carrier PA-Ng

            POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL 2022 16:55
            According to a tweet published by the French Navy on April 13, 2022, the Navy has released the first video about the future French aircraft carrier (PA-NG), "the new generation aircraft carrier".

            Artistic rendering of the future French aircraft carrier (Picture source: French Navy)

            The French Navy is actively planning for a future aircraft carrier and new flagship. It is known in French as Porte-avions de nouvelle génération (PA-Ng) for "new generation aircraft carrier".

            Construction of the PA-Ng is expected to begin around 2025 and it will enter service in 2038; the year the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is due to be retired. The ship will be nuclear-powered and feature the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) catapult system.

            In October 2018, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced the start of a second carrier program, as a replacement for Charles de Gaulle.

            The aircraft carrier will have a displacement of 7500 tons, a length of 305 meters, and a beam of 40 meters (131 ft 3 in). She will have two elevators.

            She will be equipped with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) which is a type of aircraft launching system developed by General Atomics for the United States Navy. The system launches carrier-based aircraft by means of a catapult employing a linear induction motor rather than the conventional steam piston.

            The PA-Ng will carry aircraft and helicopters including E-2 Hawkeye early-warning fixed-wing, 30 Dassault Rafale fighter jets, or FCAS (French: Système de combat aérien du futur; SCAF), Airbus Helicopters H160M, and NHIndustries NH90 helicopters.


            • French frigate Normandie sails without EW suite’s jammers for budgetary reasons

              POSTED ON THURSDAY, 14 APRIL 2022 11:22
              According to information published by Le Point on April 13, 2022, the French Aquitaine-class (FREMM) frigate reportedly sails without Electronic Warfare suite's jammers for budgetary reasons.

              French Aquitaine-class Normandie during NATO Exercise Dynamic Mariner/Joint Warrior (Picture source: Royal Navy)

              About the frigate Normandie

              Normandie (D651) is an Aquitaine-class frigate of the French Navy. The Aquitaine class were developed from the FREMM multipurpose frigate program. Constructed from 2014. On 1 February 2018, the frigate Normandie was launched.

              The FREMM ("European multi-purpose frigate"; French: Frégate européenne multi-mission; Italian: Fregata europea multi-missione) is a class of multi-purpose frigates designed by Naval Group and Fincantieri for the navies of France and Italy.

              The frigate is powered by a combined diesel and gas propulsion system including an MTU Series 4000 engine. She can reach a maximum speed of 15.6 knots (28.9 km/h; 18.0 mph) with a cruising range of 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph). The ship has a crew of 145 sailors. The frigate has an aft helicopter hangar and deck of approximately 520m².

              Unlike previous ASW variants of the FREMM class, Bretagne and her sister ship Normandie are fitted with SYLVER A50 launch cells (instead of SYLVER A43) able to accommodate larger Aster-30 surface-to-air missiles.

              This provides both ships with a potentially enhanced area air defense capability, though both vessels still lacked the boosted variant of the Herakles multifunction radar (which was necessary to accommodate the full range of Aster 30) as well as a complementary fire control radar.


              • unicorn11
                unicorn11 commented
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                Frigging stupid. Just ask the Russians about lack of functional EWAR protection.

              • Magnify v2.0
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                USN is right, you can't hide ships from targeting but you can electronically blind sensors and burn holes in them and remain dominant on the water to fight. The fact also remains that SM2 ESSM ships have hard to beat missile defenses that can withstand heavy attack. But you can't have kinetic systems on hair-triggers. But electronic defenses can be.

            • NVL Group photo

              Germany Christens The First K130 Batch-II Corvette “Köln”

              The first of five K130 Batch II corvettes built for the German Navy, Köln, was christened on April 21 at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg.

              Tayfun Ozberk 22 Apr 2022

              The ceremony hosted several Parliamentary representatives and high-level officials, as well as the mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, who was the godmother of the ship.

              In addition to best wishes for the ship, Henriette Reker mentioned the significance of the ship to protect Germany’s interests and protecting territorial waters in her speech.
              “The Corvette Koln will protect our lifestyle and our values, our country’s territory and our alliance.”
              Henriette Reker, Mayor of Cologne

              German government placed an order for five corvettes in 2017 in order to enhance the German Navy’s capabilities and answer NATO requirements. The 2 billion Euro order covers corvette design and construction, as well as other services such as ILS and crew training. Koln’s keel-laying ceremony took held on April 25, 2019 at the Peene shipyard in Wolgast.

              Christening ceremony (NVL Group photo)

              The second batch of corvettes will be named Köln, Emden, Karlsruhe, Augsburg, and Lübeck. Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have been contracted to deliver the combat system for the five new K130 corvettes. The keel-laying ceremony was conducted for the final corvette at PeeneWerft in Wolgast.

              Since their commissioning in 2008-2013, the first five ships in the class have become proven workhorses of the German naval forces. On the one hand, one of the corvettes for the UNIFIL stabilization mission in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon has been in use virtually since 2012. On the other hand, the small, maneuverable ships with a sea endurance of up to seven days are specialists for national and alliance defense missions in the Baltic Sea, where they regularly practice with NATO and EU partners.

              German Navy photo

              The five new corvettes are being built by a joint venture of three shipbuilding companies: Lürssen Werft, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, and German Naval Yards. Lürssen built the foredeck of the “Köln” in its shipyard at Lemwerder near Bremen, while the aft part was built at the Wolgaster Peene shipyard. These two large sections were then assembled and equipped at the Thyssen shipyard Blohm & Voss in Hamburg. In Wolgast, the aft of the remaining four new corvettes are also being built.

              Two of the five Batch 2 corvettes are being built at the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, while the three others are being manufactured and pre-equipped at the German Naval Yards site in Kiel. The ships’ stern is manufactured at the Lürssen Peene shipyard. Lürssen subsidiary Blohm + Voss is in charge of connecting the ship’s fore and aft parts in Hamburg, a major step known as the “wedding thrust”.

              Scale model of the K130 Batch 2 Corvette on Lürssen stand at PACIFIC 2019

              The roughly 89-meter-long corvettes will also be fully equipped and put into operation in Hamburg. They also go through their functional tests and approvals from Hamburg – in coordination with the Bundeswehr and the German Navy.

              The K130 Batch 2 are fitted with the latest variant of the 76mm main gun by Leonardo (with a stealthy shield, while existing K130 main guns have a round cupola). Existing K130 Corvettes weapon systems include four Saab RBS-15 anti-ship missiles, two 21-cell RAM point defense missile systems and two Rheinmetall MLG 27 guns. This seems to be unchanged for corvettes of the Batch II


              • Spanish S-80 Plus-class submarine Isaac Peral to start sea trials

                POSTED ON TUESDAY, 26 APRIL 2022 10:07
                According to information published by Infodefensa on April 25, 2022, the Spanish S-80 Plus-class submarine Isaac Peral will start sea trials in one month.

                S-80 Plus class submarine Isaac Peral (Picture source: 123ru)

                The S-80 Plus class (or Isaac Peral class) is a Spanish class of four submarines—late-1990s design, initial production order in 2003, redesign/rebuild mid-2010s, and currently in production—being built by the state-owned Spanish company Navantia in its Cartagena shipyard for the Spanish Navy.

                The S-80 Plus-class submarines have a full load displacement of 3,200 tons, a total length of 81.05 m, a beam of 11.68 m, and a draught of 6.20 m. The submarine has a crew of 32 personnel and can accommodate eight troops. The S-80 is able to reach a top speed of 12 knots (22 km/h) on the surface and 19 knots (35 km/h) when submerged.

                The submarine is powered by three bio-ethanol engines, one 3,500kW main electric engine, and a 300kW air-independent propulsion (AIP) reactor.

                The Isaac Peral class submarine can be armed with the DM2A4 heavy torpedo SeaHake, the UGM-84 anti-ship missile Sub-Harpoon, and SAES mines.

                The S-80's air-independent propulsion (AIP) system is based on a bioethanol-processor consisting of a reaction chamber and several intermediate Coprox reactors. Provided by Hynergreen from Abengoa, the system transforms the bioethanol (BioEtOH) into high purity hydrogen. The output feeds a series of fuel cells from UTC Power Company.


                • Italy's new assault helicopter carrier has received its long-range radar

                  By Vincent Groizeleau - 02/05/2022

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                  © GIORGIO ARRA

                  Called to succeed the aircraft carrier Garibaldi, dating from 1985, the Trieste, the new assault helicopter carrier (Landing Helicopter Dock – LHD) of the Italian Navy, received its distant watch radar. This is the Kronos Power Shield, an active antenna rotating radar (EASA) developed by the Leonardo Group. It was installed at the top of one of the two islands of the building, the one placed the most forward and which houses the navigation bridge (the aviation bridge being housed in the rear island). With a range of several hundred kilometers, it is added to the Kronos StarFire surveillance and tracking radar, whose four fixed antennas are placed on the islands to provide permanent 360° coverage. ...

                  © Mer et Marine


                  • unicorn11
                    unicorn11 commented
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                    Why have rotating radars when you have already incorporated phased arrays into the superstructure design?
                    Last edited by unicorn11; 04-05-22, 01:44 AM.

                  • Magnify v2.0
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                    It'll be a VHF band. Not a bad idea.

                • Denmark installs SM2 missiles on frigate Niels Juel for first time

                  POSTED ON TUESDAY, 03 MAY 2022 16:41
                  According to information published by the Danish MoD on May 3, 2022, surface-to-air SM2 missiles are installed for the first time on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate Niels Juel.

                  Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Niels Juel (Picture source: Danish MoD)

                  HDMS Niels Juel (F363) is an Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate in the Royal Danish Navy. The ship is named after Niels Juel, a 17th-century Danish admiral.

                  The Iver Huitfeldt class is a three-ship class of air defense frigates that entered service with the Royal Danish Navy in 2012 and 2013. The ships were constructed in blocks in Estonia and Lithuania. These blocks were then towed to the Odense Steel Shipyard where they were assembled.

                  The Iver Huitfeldt-class displaces at 6,500 tons full load and is propelled by four MTU 20V 8000 M70 diesel engines in Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD) configuration, allowing a maximum speed of 28 knots, and a maximum range of 9,300 nautical miles at 18 knots.

                  The Iver Huitfeldt class frigates are equipped with four Mk. 41 8-cell VLS, two Mk. 56 12-cell VLS, up to 16 Harpoon anti-ship cruise missiles, 2 OTO Melara 76mm guns, a 35mm Oerlikon Millenium naval gun, and two triple lightweight torpedo launchers.

                  It also has a hangar and helicopter deck for medium-sized military helicopters.

                  The SM-2 missile chases threats closer to the water's surface, defending against anti-ship missiles and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles. SM-2 is a cornerstone of a ship’s layered defense.

                  It can also be used against in-coming missiles, from very low to very high altitudes and from stationary to supersonic speeds, under a variety of weather conditions, and across a spectrum of electronic countermeasures environments.


                  • Iver Huidfeld-class frigate fires an SM-2 missile (Royal Danish Navy photo)

                    Danish Navy Test-Fires SM-2 Surface To Air Missile

                    The Royal Danish Navy's Iver Huidfeldt-class frigate Niels Juel test-fired for the first time an SM-2 missile off the coast of Norway.

                    Tayfun Ozberk 05 May 2022

                    Denmark Armed Forces press release – Translation by Naval News

                    There was an intense but concentrated environment on board when an SM-2 missile was fired from a Danish ship for the first time last night. The whole ship’s crew was stationed at their positions, waiting for the distinctive sound that can be heard throughout the ship when a missile exits the firing well.

                    All operators in the ship’s combat information center, from where the launch was managed, were completely focused on the task at hand: a safe and successful launch.

                    However, there was room for a smile on the focused faces when the button was pressed and the missile successfully launched into the sky. The Danish warship has fired an SM-2 missile for the first time, marking the First of Class (FOC) firing, and it was carried out by the frigate Niels Juel under the Ministry of Defence’s Materiel and Procurement Agency. It’s a significant step toward equipping the three Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates with SM-2 missiles.

                    Royal Danish Navy photo
                    “It is a significant achievement to have the missiles tested on our Iver Huitfeldt class frigates. When the missiles are deployed on the three frigates in the class, we will be able to use these units for what they were originally purchased and planned for: area air defense. The frigates already have radars and other sensors, as well as a well-trained crew, which allows them to monitor an airspace closely and precisely, as well as detect enemy planes or missiles rapidly. With the SM-2 missiles, the frigates will be able to take down potentially enemy aircraft and missiles from a greater distance, making a substantial contribution to the Danish air force, for example. It simply improves the frigates’ air defense capabilities, which is critical for Denmark’s defense and fulfills NATO’s need.”
                    Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, Chief of the Royal Danish Navy

                    When the new missiles are fully phased in, the frigates will be able to deploy quickly for defense tasks in conflict areas throughout the world as well as to defend Denmark and Danish territory.

                    On the other hand, the upgrading makes the frigates more useful to NATO, as the ability to deploy a ship with sensors and weaponry that can guard airspace is something that NATO is highly interested in. As a result, Denmark’s contribution to NATO will be enhanced.

                    Long-term project

                    Prior to the test-fire, the Department of Defence’s Office of Materiel and Procurement (FMI) prepared to install and test the missile over several years. The procurement consists of several parts. The missile itself is being procured through the U.S. Navy. In addition to procuring the missile, a great deal of work has been done at FMI to upgrade the electronics and software aboard the frigate so that the missile can be integrated with the ship’s other systems.

                    Likewise, FMI prepared the MK41 launcher, which has been installed in the ships from the beginning and from which the missiles are fired. During the land phase, a storage room and a workshop for the missiles were set up at the same time.

                    The crew of Niels Juel frigate transferring SM-2 missiles (Royal Danish Navy photo)
                    “We have worked for many years towards being able to implement this capacity. It is therefore a great pleasure that all that everyone has worked towards went up into a higher unit at a very successful first shot last night. Now we look forward to being able to use the data we have from the test launch to the further work towards a final implementation of the missile system.”
                    Anders Skeel Bytzau, PM for the SM-2 acqusition at the MoD Materiel and Procurement Agency

                    Area air defense with SM-2

                    The capabilities of the new missiles will be to contribute to an area defense.

                    “Area defense is crucial for a naval force or an aircraft carrier group to operate freely. With the SM-2 missiles, the Danish frigates can much better escort other ships and protect a naval force, and the area the naval force is in, against enemy missiles or aircraft, ” says Captain Simon E. Schultz-Larsen, the commanding officer of the Niels Juel.

                    The Niels Juel is the first Danish frigate to fire a SM-2 missile. The missile launch is a test to see if all systems are working properly and interacting, which took place at a firing range at sea at Andôya Space Defense (ASD) in the northern part of Norway.
                    “When we get the missiles tested, it is not only a milestone for Denmark and Danish defense, it is also a big event for the ship and the crew. We have clearly been looking forward to the test-fire, and the crew has been working intensively and purposefully for a long time towards the events of the night. We now have a capability on board that puts the frigate Niels Juel and our sister ships well ahead in terms of naval usability for Denmark and NATO. The Niels Juel has a dedicated and professional crew – and I am proud of their approach to the task.”
                    Captain Simon E. Schultz-Larsen, the commanding officer of the Niels Juel


                    • VARD 7 125 Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (VARD Marine image)

                      Lloyd’s Register Approves VARD Marine For Next-Gen OPV

                      Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) to Vard Marine Inc., a Fincantieri company, for its Vard 7 125 Next-Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).

                      Naval News Staff 01 Jun 2022

                      VARD Marine press release

                      The design of the 125-meter vessel is based on the successful Vard Series 7 OPV reference vessels and can be tailored to a broad range of military and naval missions. Enhancements include an upgraded weapons and sensors package, reduced acoustic, magnetic, and infrared signatures, minimized radar cross-section, Nuclear/Biological/Chemical defence, and improved damage control and survivability are given compliance with military stability standards.

                      The vessel is offered as either a General Purpose (GP) or Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) variant. The vessel arrangement offers a multi-mission bay and a set-down area for containerized mission payloads, with a configuration that can be tailored to meet a variety of mission objectives.

                      LR is the first classification society to award AiP to the 125m offshore patrol vessel having completed an appraisal of the design, in accordance with the LR Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Naval Ships. The vessel design carries LR notations ✠ 100A1 NS2 Offshore Patrol Vessel, SA1, ✠ LMC and PSMR*.

                      The application of LR’s Naval Ship Rules and INSA’s Naval Ship Code are industry benchmarks; receiving approval to these standards offers additional assurance that the vessel’s design is fit for purpose and safe.
                      LR is delighted to have been selected as the first company to provide Approval in Principle for this vessel, the most modern variant of a very successful series of naval ships by Vard Marine. We have a longstanding working relationship with Vard and we are keen to continue supporting their growth and development”.

                      Kevin Humphreys, LR Americas Marine and Offshore President
                      “With our proven track record in the offshore patrol segment, and LR’s pedigree with naval programs, we are delighted to be working together in developing this enhanced product. We already have experience supporting many shipyards worldwide in constructing our offshore patrol vessel designs, so we are excited to now have an updated and enhanced design to support our customers and their evolving requirements with a highly capable yet cost-effective light-combatant naval solution.”
                      Derek Buxton, Vice President Business Development, Vard Marine Inc.
                      About VARD 7 125 NGOPV

                      Rendering of the 125-meter Next-Gen OPV (VARD Marine image)

                      The VARD 7 125 NGOPV provides air, surface, and sub-surface surveillance and engagement capabilities consistent with robust OPV littoral, task group light escort, sovereignty, and constabulary roles, and includes an operations room accommodating up to 16 operator positions with a secure, segregated server room.

                      A rotating electronically scanned array of medium-range multi-mode radar supports situational awareness, early detection, tracking, and cueing of surface and air threats beyond the main gun and point defense missiles. This along with 360-degree electro-optical surveillance and missile warning systems complement the weapons capabilities – a 76 mm super-rapid gun system and SeaRAM. A fire control radar supports the main gun.

                      Key Data:
                      • Length Overall: 125 m
                      • Breadth: 17.4 m
                      • Design Draft: 4.4 m
                      • Max Speed: 23 knots
                      • Range: 8500 nautical miles at 14 knots
                      • Endurance: 60 days
                      • Crew: 150 people


                      • First Spanish S-80 Plus submarine starts sea trials

                        31 MAY 2022

                        by Kate Tringham

                        The Spanish Navy's first S-80 Plus SSK, Isaac Peral (S-81), sets out for initial sea trials on 27 May. (Navantia)

                        The first of the Spanish Navy's new class of S-80 Plus diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) has started initial sea trials.

                        First-in-class Isaac Peral (S-81) was put to sea for the first time from state-owned shipbuilder Navantia's facilities in Cartagena, where the boat was built and launched, on 27 May.

                        Navantia is building four S-80 Plus submarines for the Spanish Navy under a contract awarded in 2004. The boats are intended to replace the Spanish Navy's Galerna (Agosta)-class (S-70) SSKs.

                        Laid down in 2007 and launched in 2021 following multiple delays, Isaac Peral is on track to be handed over in 2023. Under current planning, its delivery will be followed by that of Narciso de Monturiol (S-82) in 2024, Cosme García (S-83) around early 2026, and Mateo García de los Reyes (S-84) around mid-2027.


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                          Laid down in 2007 and launched in 2021
                          A litany of problems during the build, not least grossly overweight, stability and dive problems, etc etc.

                      • French Defence Minister visiting Suffren (French MoD photo)

                        French Navy’s 1st Suffren-Class Nuclear Powered Submarine Enters Service

                        The French Navy's (Marine Nationale) brand-new nuclear-powered attack submarine "Suffren" entered "active duty" (admission au service actif in French) on 03 June 2022.

                        Naval News Staff 03 Jun 2022

                        The new Minister of Defence, Sébastien Lecornu, came to Brest and visited Suffren on the occasion of commissioning, and announced on his Twitter that the nuclear attack submarine is now in active service, which means that Suffren is able to conduct operational missions.

                        Admiral Pierre Vender, Chief of Staff of the French Armed Forces, also celebrated Suffren’s commissioning on his official Twitter account, mentioning that Suffren is the French Navy’s first Barracuda submarine.
                        “The Suffren is the first Barracuda to enter operational service after being accepted. She is promising submarine developed by our engineers from DGA, Naval Group, and Technic Atome. I wish Suffren and her crew fair winds and following seas!”
                        Admiral Pierre Vandier, Chief of Staff

                        In October 2021, Naval News was granted access to the Suffren and experienced what it is like to step inside a next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine. Click here to read a more in-depth article about Suffren.

                        About Suffren

                        Suffren SSN during sea trials in 2020, South of Toulon. French Navy picture.

                        Six new attack submarines will form the vanguard of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) for the coming decades. Developed as the Barracuda program, the lead boat of the new class, Suffren, was launched in July 2019. The new submarines will offer a massive capability leap over the current Rubis-class boats.

                        Suffren in numbers:
                        • Surface displacement: 4,700 tons
                        • Diving displacement: 5,100 tons
                        • Length: 99 meters
                        • Diameter: 8.8 meters
                        • Maximum depth: > 350 meters
                        • Speed: > 25 knots
                        • Armament: naval cruise missiles, F21 heavy-weight wire-guided torpedoes, modernized Exocet SM39 anti-ship missiles, FG-29 mines, D-19 UUV (future development)
                        • Hybrid propulsion: pressurized water reactor (150MW) derived from the reactors on board the Triomphant-class SSBN and Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier, two propulsion turbines, two turbo generators and two electric motors
                        • Crew: 63 crew members + approx. 15 commandos
                        • Endurance: 70 days at sea (or until food supplies run out)

                        Innovation for naval combat

                        The Suffren is equipped with numerous innovations that allow it to demonstrate differentiating capabilities in many areas. The French Navy’s new submarine is able to strike deep behind enemy line all while remaining stealthy thanks to the torpedo tube-launched naval cruise missile (MdCN). The integration of state-of-the-art sensors also gives it superior anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. Commander Colonna D’Istria mentioned that the non-penetrating optronic masts (by Safran Electronic and Defense) were a disruptive technology. They bring unmatched high quality (4K) imagery and every sailor in the CIC can access them. Finally, Suffren comes with systems that facilitate the deployment of naval special forces. In particular, the Dry Deck Shelter, a removable deck hangar, allows the deployment of the new PSM3G swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and a dozen combat swimmers.

                        Suffren with the Dry Deck Shelter (DDS) fitted behind the sail. The DDS allows the transport, launch and recovery of the PSM3G swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) of the “Commando Hubert”. French Navy picture.

                        Further, longer, with a smaller crew

                        The Suffren also brings its share of improvements to the benefit of the 63 sailors who constitute each of its two crews (the French Navy uses a dual crew system for all its submarines and some of its surface ships). Many equipment have been automated, or their use simplified. Living conditions have also been improved, with the sailors gaining in privacy and comfort with more personal space compared to the Rubis-class SSN, as well as a greater number of showers.


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                          70 days is quite a short duration for a SSN, suggesting that they expect to transit to an operational area at high speed, then patrol for 5 weeks or so, then transit back at high speed.

                      • Ships participating in exercise BALTOPS22 prepare to depart Stockholm, June 5, 2022. BALTOPS 22 is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region. The exercise, led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and executed by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen combined response capabilities critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. (US Navy photo)

                        BALTOPS 22 Multinational Exercise Kicks Off In The Baltic Sea

                        Fourteen NATO allies, two NATO partner nations, over 45 ships, more than 75 aircraft, and approximately 7,000 personnel kick off Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 22) from Stockholm on 05 June 2022.

                        Naval News Staff 06 Jun 2022

                        U.S. Navy press release

                        This premier maritime-focused annual exercise in the Baltic Region takes place June 5-17 and provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen combined response capabilities critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. This is the 51st iteration of the exercise series that began in 1972.
                        “In past iterations of BALTOPS we’ve talked about meeting the challenges of tomorrow. Those challenges are upon us – in the here and now. BALTOPS 22 highlights our past investments and shows our collective partnership and capabilities as we recognize the importance of ‘freedom of the seas’ and the vital role the Baltic plays in European prosperity.”
                        Vice Adm. Gene Black, Commander Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) and U.S. Sixth Fleet

                        MCM Ships in Sweden for BALTOPS 22 (Naval News photos)

                        Participating nations include Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries will exercise a myriad of capabilities demonstrating the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. Exercise scenarios include amphibious operations, gunnery, anti-submarine, air defense, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, unmanned underwater vehicles, and medical response.

                        The exercise is led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Sixth Fleet, command and controlled by STRIKFORNATO. Royal British Navy Rear Adm. James Morley, STRIKFORNATO deputy commander, will command the exercise control group.

                        Wasp-class amphibious assault USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in Stockholm for BALTOPS 22 (Naval News photo)
                        “BALTOPS is a fabulous opportunity for allied and partner nations to train together at sea, in the air and on the ground – improving interoperability and experience working together. It also serves to assure those in the region that NATO is ready to defend itself.”
                        Royal British Navy Rear Adm. James Morley, STRIKFORNATO Deputy Commander

                        Unique to BALTOPS 22 is Sweden’s celebration of their Navy’s 500th anniversary coinciding with the exercise. BALTOPS 22 also features more robust medical response scenarios, specifically during personnel recovery training aboard a submarine. New to this year’s iteration is the incorporation of chaplaincy response, featuring five participating nation chaplains. The exercise also builds on previous iterations by enhancing the incorporation of the space domain through the NATO Space Center.

                        Enhanced COVID prevention measures afford participants the ability to have more interaction than the previous two years while ensuring crews remain healthy and ready to provide continuous regional security.


                        • F-110 Frigate. Navantia image.

                          LM2500 Gas Turbine To Power Spanish Navy’s New F-110 Frigates

                          GE Marine is under contract with Navantia to provide five LM2500 marine gas turbines that will power five new Spanish Navy F-110 frigates being built at its Ferrol Shipyard in Spain.

                          Naval News Staff 09 Jun 2022

                          GE Marine press release

                          These multipurpose, anti-submarine frigates are being co-developed by the Spanish Ministry of Defence and Navantia. Each F-110 frigate will be powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine and four diesel engines in a Combined Diesel Electric and Gas (CODLAG) propulsion system to achieve a maximum speed of more than 25 knots. The new ships will be used in both blue and littoral waters for fleet protection, maritime security, joint and combined mission, and will replace Santa Maria class frigates.

                          The F-110 frigate program will bring the total to 28 GE LM2500 marine gas turbines used to power Spanish Navy warships.
                          “We are proud to continue our successful partnerships with the Spanish Navy and Navantia to provide our dependable LM2500 marine gas turbines. It’s great to be a part of this new multi-purpose frigate that commenced construction this month (April 2022),” Shepherd added.
                          Kris Shepherd, Vice President & General Manager, GE Marine

                          The LM2500 gas turbines will be Made in the U.S.A. at GE’s manufacturing facility in Evendale, Ohio; the base and enclosures will be manufactured and assembled in Spain by Navantia.

                          With a GE gas turbine, navies have worldwide support whether onshore or at sea, and interoperability benefits with other allied ships. GE has delivered gas turbines onboard 633 naval ships worldwide and provides 95% of the commissioned propulsion gas turbines in the United States Navy fleet. With GE’s split casing compressor and power turbine design, in-situ maintenance is allowed, often making a gas turbine removal unnecessary; navies save millions of dollars a year and weeks/months of ship unavailability.


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                            1 x LM2500 for a ship of that size is surprising, explaining the slow maximum speed.

                            I suppose they are trying to reduce noise at slower speeds by relying on the diesels while undertaking ASW ops..

                        • The proposed design of the FDI-HN (photo : Naval Group)

                          Naval Group Signs Agreement With Hellenic Industry For FDI HN Program

                          On the 15th of June 2022 Naval Group and the Hellenic company MEVACO signed a Framework Agreement related to mechanical systems for the FDI HN (Hellenic Navy) frigates.

                          Naval News Staff 16 Jun 2022

                          Naval Group press release

                          Following the intensive preliminary phase launched a few years ago for the localization of production activities in Greece, the Naval Group has identified MEVACO as a key supplier for mechanical systems and metalwork equipment. Within the scope of the framework agreement, MEVACO will procure part of the mast, hull, and mobile equipment.

                          The signing of this framework agreement illustrates the Naval Group’s ambitious Hellenic Industry Participation Plan and demonstrates the Group’s commitment to developing and structuring strong industrial cooperation with the Hellenic industry.

                          In addition and following the same process, other agreements are on track to be signed with several other Hellenic companies in the coming months. Naval Group’s objective is to further develop its footprint in Greece through partnerships with Hellenic industry, research, and academic partners.

                          The Framework Agreement with MEVACO illustrates the French-Hellenic cooperation dynamic also structured by the partnership agreement signed between GICAN (French Marine Industry Group) and SEKPY (association of Hellenic Defence Manufacturers) in February 2020.


                          • NVL Group holds keel laying ceremony for first Bulgarian Navy's patrol vessel

                            POSTED ON MONDAY, 20 JUNE 2022 10:54

                            According to information published by MTG Dolphin on June 17, 2022, the keel of the first MMPV for the Bulgarian Navy was laid at MTG Dolphin in Varna. The first keel block, weighing 47 tons, was laid over “lucky coins” in a traditional shipbuilding ceremony.

                            Model of the future MMPV during the keel-laying ceremony (Picture source: MTG Dolphin)

                            Commander of the Navy Rear admiral Kiril Mihaylov announced the name of the new vessel, which will be “Hrabri”, meaning “Brave” in Bulgarian – proud inheritor of the Navy’s torpedo boat of the same name from the beginning of the 20th century.

                            The important milestone was attended by the President of Bulgaria Mr.Rumen Radev, Minister of Defense Mr.Dragomir Zakov, Chief of Defense Admiral Emil Eftimov, Commander of the Navy Rear admiral Kiril Mihaylov, and other officials.

                            The vessels, based on the proven NVL design, are being built in Bulgaria by MTG Dolphin, acting as a subcontractor to prime contractor of the project – NVL Group.

                            When completed, they will be 90 meters long, with a displacement of 2’300 tons, and will feature a wide variety of naval capabilities, supported by integrated CMS.

                            The MMPV project, with a total volume of around 420 million euros, is currently the largest new-build project of the Bulgarian Navy. Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for the third quarter of 2025, and the second vessel a year later.


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                              Oh look, an armed Arafura with a hangar, something Bugaria understands the need for, the RAN? Not so much.

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                              You forgot the SSM it's got fitted, or the fact it's got a small VLS in front too................meanwhile our guys get to stand there and wave their dicks in the air, so to speak!

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                              We doneed no stankin' weapons!

                          • Reuters

                            German government offers to buy Rostock shipyard to be used as navy arsenal

                            Yesterday 10:02 pm

                            BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Friday offered to buy the insolvent MV Werften's Rostock shipyard for an undisclosed sum to turn it into a navy arsenal, a defence source said, in a move to top up the navy's capacities for repairing and servicing war ships.

                            © Reuters/ANNEGRET HILSE News conference at MV Werften shipyards in Wismar

                            Germany, in response Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has been scrambling to bring its military back in shape after decades of attrition following the Cold War.

                            In a major policy shift, Chancellor Olaf Scholz pledged in February to sharply increase defence spending, including an initial 100 billion euro ($106 billion) fund to fill gaps in weapons and other military equipment.

                            The German navy aims to use the shipyard in Rostock - a town on the Baltic Sea coast in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania where the naval command is located, too - as a branch of its main arsenal in Wilhelmshaven on the North Sea coast in western Germany.

                            The navy has also been paying the industry to service its ships, but capacity has been so scarce that warships were out of operation for months while waiting for a slot to be repaired or serviced.

                            MV Werften, which filed for insolvency in January, had a payroll of around 2,000, including about 1,100 workers at Wismar.

                            (Reporting by Sabine Siebold, editing by David Evans)


                            • Navantia picture.

                              Spain’s F-110 Class Frigate Passes Critical Design Review

                              Navantia, Spanish Navy and Spanish Ministry of Defence have successfully concluded the CDR (Critical Design Review) of the F-110 frigate programme, which means the culmination of the ship's design and its readiness for full fledge production.

                              Naval News Staff 24 Jun 2022

                              Navantia press release

                              This milestone, key in the development of a system as complex as the F-110 smart frigate, is a fundamental element within the programme, as it ensures that the design developed by Navantia meets the capabilities requested by the Ministry of Defence.

                              The construction of the first pilot blocks of the F-111, the first of its class, began last April in a cut of first steel ceremony led by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez. The beginning of the manufactures, as well as the progress in the purchase of equipment and materials, have made it possible to reach the CDR with full guarantee of production work and with properly trained personnel. All the five F-110 class frigates will have been delivered by 2032.

                              The development of the design, fully validated after this review, has included a significant contribution from suppliers and collaborating industry, which has had to adapt its proposals to the new developments and capabilities that the frigate will incorporate.

                              In fact, this CDR has included new elements not contemplated in previous programmes, given the digital and smart profile of the new frigate, analysing the functionality of the future Digital Twin.

                              Thus, this milestone boosts Navantia’s international strategy as F-110 design is now ready to be showcased to international partners.

                              The CDR process began last December and has been fulfilled in June with around 30 technical sessions and two plenary sessions held at Navantia shipyard in Ferrol, on 21st and 22nd June. The level of technical maturity of the F-110 design is the highest ever reached in Navantia’s programmes. The plenary sessions were attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defence, the Navy and Navantia, as well as the U.S. Navy and top-level suppliers such as Lockheed Martin, Indra, Thales, Ingeteam and Ferri. On Thursday 23 June, the CDR closed with the executive session, which was attended by officials from the Directorate General for Armaments and Material (DGAM), the Navy’s Logistics Support Headquarters (JAL) and the Naval General Staff (EMA).


                              • French navy eyeing US progress in unmanned, ‘data-centric’ operations

                                By Megan Eckstein

                                Jun 25, 02:21 AM

                                A Dassault Rafale assigned to the 1/4 Gascogne Fighter Squadron, 113 Saint-Dizier-Robinson air base, France, and a U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation May 18, 2021 over France. (Staff Sgt. Alexander Cook/U.S. Air Force)

                                WASHINGTON — The French navy is assessing what it can learn from U.S. advances in “data-centric operations” and cloud technologies, its chief told reporters Friday following a week of travel in the United States.

                                Adm. Pierre Vandier spoke June 24 at the Washington Navy Yard about the need to be interoperable and interchangeable with the U.S. Navy as they partner in four oceans and all domains.

                                He said he spent the week in California, with an itinerary designed by U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday to show off future technologies and concepts of operations the French Navy could incorporate into its own modernization plans.

                                Vandier said he visited destroyer Zumwalt, the unmanned surface vessel squadron, industry in Silicon Valley and more. With European defense budgets back on the rise, he said, he has important decisions to make about the future navy.

                                “The main advance I think the U.S. has is in IT,” he said. “This is something I think Europe is late on, and we need to make a good choice in the future to be interoperable in managing huge amounts of data.”

                                He said France will begin using an unmanned vessel later this year for minehunting missions, but has not started working with the kinds of large USVs the Navy is experimenting with. These can operate for weeks or months at a time without human intervention.

                                France is also looking to unmanned systems as part of its new seabed strategy released in February.

                                Vandier told Defense News France wants to reconstitute the capability it lost in the 1990s.

                                “We think that the technology which is now available in industry, and especially in the offshore industry, is able to let us find some objects in the depth to monitor the undersea cables and to see what bad guys are doing in deep areas,” he said. “For the global protection of our [vast exclusive economic zone], of our submarines, this domain is critical.”

                                Gilday said the French navy participated in U.S. 5th Fleet’s International Maritime Exercise 2022 in February, which focused on incorporating unmanned systems, artificial intelligence and big data into routine naval operations.

                                He noted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has urged the U.S. Navy to collaborate with close partners on information-sharing and technology transfer opportunities One good example of that, Gilday added, would be learning to operate the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets and the vast quantity of data they collect with the French navy’s fourth-generation Dassault Rafale fighters.

                                U.S. carriers frequently operate alongside French carrier Charles de Gaulle, and Gilday said the strike groups must ensure they collectively make the most of the data they have access to.

                                “The cooperation we’ve see across NATO during this Russia-Ukraine crisis and the sharing of information and intelligence from the United States has also given us momentum to break down barriers and trade information and technology with our close partners like the French. We have to” now, Gilday said, before they find themselves in combat together.

                                “We’re trading information and concepts of operations from the seabed to space so that we can operate more closely together,” he added.


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                                  The best thing the French could do right now is swallow their vein pride, and immediately buy a squadron of F-35B, for their carrier and land forces integration, and get a clue about what can be done with them.

                                  The French don't have the IT base nor processing capacity like the USA, because they're not daily dealing with a jet that generates 1 terabyte of logged plus shared networked data, during a typical flight of only one F-35!

                                  Thus, nor are the French able to develop the level of JOINT integration for, “data-centric operations”, such as ADF's Project Jericho, for instance, which was to create a 5th-gen JOINT force, not just a 5th-gen RAAF force.

                                  While the US is doing even more again with their systems of systems, platforms and JOINT networked weapons.

                                  The French will just keep falling behind if they don't wise up and follow Germany, into buying F-35s, which absolutely will NOT be just a nuclear deterrent force, it will become their main conventional attack force.

                                  The same applied to Spain, they face exactly the same dilemma because they have not got F-35s coming yet and begun to integrate their massive advantages in, “data-centric operations”.

                                  Pretty much every country in the Western alliance needs F-35s, or they will keep falling behind in JOINT network warfare, and interoperability. Even Canada figured it out now.

                                  The other problem is there are far too many post-cold-war old-poops in western services, who have doctrinal concepts and tactical habits which they can't or won't break with. They do what they know works - 30 years ago! And that's preventing the full leverage of the electronic networked potential, available now.

                                  Younger and fresher minds need to take over, to get this done.
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                              • I'm posting this here as a salient reminder of why I am such a massive skeptic when it comes to NATO multinational naval programs (or NATO multinational programs at all). The NFR-90 program was a massive example of national commercial interest triumphing out over common sense.

                                I had some very, very minor peripheral contact with this program (there was some question as to whether Australia would be interested in NFR instead of the MEKO 200 / Anzac ship program but the RAN wisely said no).

                                NATO Frigate Replacement for the 1990s [NFR-90]

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                                Country Number
                                United States 18
                                United Kingdom 12
                                France 4
                                Italy 4
                                W. Germany 4
                                Spain 4
                                Canada 4
                                The Netherlands 2
                                TOTAL 52
                                The NATO Frigate Replacement for the 1990s [NFR-90] planned for the adoption of a standard frigate by NATO navies, and would have yielded valuable operational advantages in terms of interoperability. The discussion within the NATO working groups had led us very early to the realization that a great need for frigates unequivocally exists for the 1990's. The estimated unit numbers varied among the nations, but their sum always was definitely in excess of 50.

                                The NATO Frigate Replacement program originally consisted of seven participants: the United Kingdom, Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and the United States. Spain joined the program in 1983. The main rationale for the eight countries to proceed with a joint frigate program was the economies of scale obtainable from international collaboration. Given that the project was spread among eight countries, NFR-90 was anticipated to absorb a smaller percentage of national defence budgets than if each had chosen to go it alone. Savings were estimated at 25%.

                                In the "Mission Need Document," it was established when and why frigates will be needed by the different nations in the 1990s. That was received in December 1979. Then the assessment of the Mission Need Document led to the "Outline NATO Staff Target," which contains an outline of the objective. It was adopted in September 1980.

                                In the Mission Need Document it had already proved possible to stipulate the following as the operational objective for this ship, which was to be used predominantly in the escort service: Worldwide deployment, submarine pursuit in connection with other antisubmarine systems, air defense, surface naval warfare. The priorities varied with the separate nations, and even in the early stage of the discussion this led to the recognition that different equipment for the ships would be required. But on the other hand, a large number of common interests could not escape notice.

                                The Prefeasibility Study involved 90 companies and 150 engineers. The Prefeasibility Studies ran from February 1981 to October 1982 and were in part financed from the NATO budget. The residual financing rested with the industry concerned. One observer said itt was "downright inspiring" to see how so many firms from so many countries cooperated so openly and constructively. This gave all the participants the courage to continue on the path which had been optimistically entered. The Prefeasibility Study elaborated several parameters for the NFR-90: Global effectiveness of the frigates, construction of at least 50 ships, the nations are to build their NFR 90'6 at their own shipyards, specified components to be supplied by the separate nations are installed on all ships. Particular attention was focused on: Standardization, Interoperability, Flexibility (on allowing for national wishes),And the integration of differing subsystems in accordance with national preferences. In December 1983, from the outcome of this study it proved possible to derive the "NATO Staff Target" ~ the objective — and the "Statement of Work" — the description of the work to be carried out in a Feasibility Study (national conceptual phase). The 1984 feasibility study alone cost an estimated $15 million and involved the participation of "lead" companies: Acres International Ltd of Canada, Thomson-CSF of France, MTG Marinetechnik GmbH of the FRG, Cantieri Navali Italiani of Italy, Hollandse Signaal Apparaten BV of The Netherlands, Empresa Nacional Bazan of Spain, British Shipbuilders, and Westinghouse Corporation of the United States.

                                In the context of the International Ship Study (ISS) Association, Hamburg, eight NATO countries had arrived at a technically interesting concept for the NFR 90, the NATO frigate for the nineties, as the result of a 1985 feasibility study. The "Feasibility Study of a NATO Frigate Replacement for the 1990s" included the questions of work share, cost-sharing and the financial balance between the partners. In principle however as little money as possible should flow between nations. The scope of work for the study included the design of the ship. The idea was that although most wanted an identical ship design, the ships should also have enough space and weight for specific national needs. The study was concluded in October 1985, less than 18 months after the signing of the MOU. The result of the 10,000 pages strong study was very positive and promising. The concept study closed with no fewer than 18 different design variants for multipurpose frigates of about 4,400 to 5,000 tons displacement. The number of different design variants included the various national needs for their own equipment.

                                If everything proceeded as scheduled in the 1984 planning, the first ship could be placed in service in 1994. The First Ship would begin Sea Tests at the end of 1992. By 1987 it was planned that the first ship would be launched in the mid-1990s, to enter service in the late 1990s.

                                Closely linked with the NFR-90 was the program for future antiaircraft defense on ships. In two separate groups the countries involved in the NFR-90 program endeavored to resolve the question of a close-range air defense system because the eight countries in Project Group 33 in NATO's Naval Armaments Group were unable to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution in respect to a local area missile system (LAMS). NFR-90 was designed to utilize a new missile system, either the NATO Antiair Warfare System, NAAWS or Family of Air Missiles, FAMS. The choice between the two became the crux of the project's troubles.

                                Early in 1987 the USA came forward with a proposal for the other seven nations to participate in a US-led development of a missile system initially dubbed the Naval Defence Initiative, but soon called the NATO Antiair Warfare System (NAAWS). Countries supporting NAAWS included The Netherlands, Spain, UK and US.On the other hand was the European-led Family of Air Missiles (FAMS), which had support from France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Spain remained a member of both NAAWS and FAMS, despite being host nation for the latter's project office.

                                Italy, and particularly France, were keen to develop a European alternative to Naaws. In November 1987 the two countries signed a letter of intent covering the joint development of the Aster surface-to-air anti-missile systems. The short-range shortrange Aster 15 was being developed for the French Navy and the medium-range Aster 30 for the French Army. The French and Italians always considered these programs ripe for European co-operation.

                                Following completion of international feasibility studies, the UK considered whether to participate in the next stage, project definition, of the collaborative project NFR 90, which could potentially meet the Royal Navy's requirement for an anti-air warfare escort coming into service at the turn of the century to replace the type 42 destroyers. In the interests of sound and efficient procurement practice, the UK was concerned to ensure proper coordination between work on the frigate and work on the principal armament it would require for Royal Navy service, namely a support defence missile system, which was to be procured through a separate collaborative program.

                                Although British concerns on this score were not entirely allayed, in January 1988, following discussion with the allies, the UK decided to join the project definition stage of NFR 90 and to sign the implementing memorandum of understanding. Continued British participation was conditional upon the agreement of a timetable which was both realistic in technical terms and properly matched to the timetables for the ship's major weapon systems. The arrangements for project definition included provision for reviews at various points by the participating nations to take stock of progress. In January 1988 France and Germany signed the modernization project for the "project definition" phase, thus all eight countries were continuing their initial joint work on this project.

                                The three principal subsystems included: the hull and machinery, electronics, and weapons. A substantial amount of new technology was to be used in the NATO frigate, beginning with state-of-the-art computer technology. A new computer technology with a distributed architecture was to have used mini and micro computers connected together in a network.

                                Due to those delays interest faded in many participating nations. Germany, a driving force at the beginning of the definition phase decided in 1987 to build four frigates of the Type 123 Brandenburg class on its own, reducing the planned numbers of NFR-90 frigates from 8 (7) to 4. Marinetechnik GmbH (MTG) was the German national lead company. By 1988 the West German Navy's particularly urgent requirement for frigates necessitated priority construction of four ships derived from MTG designs for the F 123 [not F 124], the national version of the NFR 90. These frigates would, on the one hand, be patterned after the proven F-122 class but they would also provide sufficient flexibility for later adaptation to NFR 90 equipment.

                                During the Baseline Review in Hamburg in September 1989 the representatives from eight defence ministries were presented a design for the NFR 90, which found the basic consent of all parties. Of the presented alternatives the PMO recommended that the so-called “Baseline Ship” should serve as basis for the further work in the next phase: The ”Detailed Design Phase”. The "definitive" NFR-90 ended up being 134 meters long with a full load displacement of 5500 tons - quite small for a modern AAW frigate. At this stage the construction of 59 frigates was planned.

                                By 1989 it had become necessary to increase the budget or make a smaller, less capable ship. The preliminary figure of $30 billion for 52 ships was expected to rise unless the participants would agree to scale back operational requirements. In connection with every new construction and every rebuilding, legitimate desires of the fleet and the engineers involved had to remain unfulfilled in the past and would have to remain so in the future as well, in light of the budget limits.

                                One of the principal difficulties encountered in the co-development of weapon systems was that all participants must agree on the characteristics the weapon will have. In the NFR-90 program, in which eight countries were involved in the project definition phase, there was no firm accord on whether the frigate‘s anti-air warfare capability should provide only for local area defense or whether the ships should have separate point-defense and medium-range capabilities. In addition, there was little agreement on the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities of the frigate, nor even its size, as the ship had been variously viewed as ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 tons.

                                By the time France, Italy and the United Kingdom withdrew from the project in September 1989, costs were given as one of the reasons. A decision on whether to join the two-year $82 million project definition stage was the deadline which triggered the UK withdrawal. Comparative costings showed a 70 million pound difference between a Type 23 Frigate for the Royal Navy (at 130M) and the NFR-90 (at 200M). Upon withdrawing from NFR-90, the United Kingdom awarded a follow-on contract to Swan Hunter for three Type 23 frigates, at an estimated cost of 500 million dollars. The United Kingdom was supposed to purchase 12 NFR-90s, second only to the United States' order of 18. The new contract was expected to create 10,000 jobs over five years.

                                After Britain, France and Italy withdrew from the program, other countries followed. In January 1990 the Spanish Government decided to withdraw from the NFR-90 project. With Spain's withdrawal, of the eight countries which began the program, only Canada and the United States were left to attend an 18 January 1990 NFR 90 steering committee meeting, and thus the development of the NFR-90 frigate could finally be considered canceled. the reasons for abandoning the project included the pointlessness of remaining following the withdrawal of five of the eight countries which began its development, and the change in the world political situation with the end of the Cold War, which meant that these major naval programs no longer make sense to many politicians.

                                After the cancellation of the entire project in January 1990, most partners reverted to national procurement solutions. In March 1990, Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd., a subsidiary of the United Kingdom's General Electric Co., proposed a new Super Frigate as an alternative to the defunct NFR-90. Two other informal European proposals were also launched: a joint venture between the Germans and the Dutch and a French proposal to involve the Italians, Spanish and British defence ministries.

                                With the UK selection of FAMS over NAAWS, combined with the West German pull-out from NAAWS, only Canada, the USA, Spain and the Netherlands remained in the program. The NATO Anti-Air Warfare System (AAWS), intended to defend the frigate, was canceled as a consequence.

                                Over the decades, when a cooperative effort among several NATO nations with respect to a quite definite weapon system had been agreed on, again and again it turned out that such a joint task could not be done, given the multitude of national viewpoints and areas of interest.

                                1985 1989
                                Displacement (full load) 5,000 mt 5,400 mt
                                LOA overall length 143 m
                                waterline length 133 meters
                                Length BP 130 m
                                Length 131 meters
                                Width 15.9 m
                                Draft 4.8 m
                                Drive power 30,200 kW
                                Electrical power 4 x 1,200 kW
                                Speed 25 knots 28 knots
                                Range 5,000 NM @ 19 knots 5,000 nm
                                • 1 x 100mm Compact gun,
                                • 48 VLS cells for Aster 15 (32 forward, 16 aft)
                                • 8 MM-40 Exocet
                                • 2 Mistral launchers
                                Aircraft 1 medium helo (NH-90 or EH-101)
                                Crew 201 230
                                It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
                                It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning.
                                It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.


                                • Bug2
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                                  The biggest mistake the UK made was adopting the ASTER missile systems for the Type 45's, along with the shit propulsion system (for which NG has never been punished, despite being a PRIME cause)........the rest is history.

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                                For a very low-observable jet, no one was apparently thinking much about the very visible wing-tip vortices the F-35 very easily produces, if there's high-humidity around. Good luck with these not being a stealth and tracking disadvantage, at sub-15km ranges.

                                I'd be looking into a wing tip modification to reduce these. Left wondering why this has not been done already?

                                Sure as hell would not want to be operating at low-level with those coming off the wings.


                                • France And Romania Ink Naval Cooperation Agreement

                                  France and Romania inked a letter of intent (LOI) aimed at increasing the cooperation between the two countries in the naval field.

                                  Xavier Vavasseur 30 Jun 2022

                                  According to the French Ministry of Armed Forces, the LOI was signed on 15 June 2022, on the sidelines of an official visit by French President Emmanuel Macron. The head of state was visiting French soldiers deployed to Romania as part as NATO’s reinforcement following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

                                  The LOI was signed by the new French Minister of Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, and by his Romanian counterpart, Vasile Dincu. According to the official French MoD statement:
                                  “This letter of intent marks the desire of our two countries to cooperate in the naval field. In the current strategic context, Romania wishes to develop its naval capabilities by relying on French industrial know-how and the operational credibility of our Navy”.

                                  The LOI signed on 15 June. French MoD picture.

                                  For the record, Romanian authorities announced in 2019 the selection of Naval Group and its partner local shipyard Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC) for the programme to build four new corvettes. The deal also includes the modernization the in-service T22 frigates and the creation of a maintenance and training centre. However the deal has yet to come into force.

                                  According to Dutch media Marineschepen, Dutch shipbuilder Damen (who has a shipbuilding facility in Romania) filed an official objection with the anti-corruption authorities of Romania and the Bucharest Tribunal. However, this had no effect, so that Naval Group was definitively designated as the winner. Some of the more recent delays would be due to disagreements between Naval Group and SNC on workshare. But the LOI signed on 15 June likely shows that an agreement is about to be reached.

                                  Contacted by Naval News, a Naval Group spokesperson said:
                                  “Naval Group and its partner SNC have been selected in 2019 to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes, to modernize the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance centre and a training centre. We are committed to providing the Romanian Navy with the ships it needs to fulfil its missions in the best possible timeframe and are discussing with the Romanian authorities to finalise the contract.”


                                  • The "plataforma naval multifuncional" (multifunctional naval platform). Portuguese Navy image.

                                    Portuguese Navy Unveils New Drone Mothership Project

                                    The Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa) unveiled details on a new drone motership project dubbed "plataforma naval multifuncional" (multifunctional naval platform).

                                    Naval News Staff 30 Jun 2022

                                    Portuguese Navy press release – Translation by Naval News

                                    As part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), it was published in the Diário da República and in the Official Journal of the European Union, the Portuguese Navy launched this month, the limited tender by prior qualification, for the design and construction of a multifunctional naval platform.

                                    This multipurpose naval platform will contribute, among other tasks, to the protection of marine resources and the Portuguese sea, through the prevention and surveillance of ocean pollution and maritime accidents, deterrence of illegal and irregular activities, monitoring of climate change and atmospheric events, as well as in humanitarian support.

                                    This ship, conceived under a new concept of operation, will represent a major investment in innovation through the use of new technology, high-performance digital systems, Big Data, Digital Twin, and Artificial Intelligence, using airborne, surface, and subsurface robotic/unmanned systems, as well as for studies and tests for new means and new concepts, developed by academia and industry.

                                    A technologically advanced Navy contributes to the country’s economic development and acceleration of change.


                                    The mothership is shown with two notional fixed wing UAVs on deck (they look like MQ-1C Grey Eagle but the new MQ-9B STOL may be a better fit) as well as 6 quad-copter UAVs and one NH90 helicopter. The design seems to lack an aviation hangar. Below decks is a modular area to launch and recover AUV, UUV and USV. Portuguese Navy image.
                                    The fixed wing UAVs are launched via a ski jump. Portuguese Navy image.


                                    • unicorn11
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                                      I absolutely guarantee it will end up looking nothing like that monstrosity of a CGI model

                                    • Bug2
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                                      It's silly in any case, the Portuguese navy needs new frigates not this "thing"............

                                    • unicorn11
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                                      Their Corte Real class are as old as our Anzacs, and haven't been upgraded all that much.

                                      Probably candidates for Type 31 / Arrowhead.

                                  • FDI Frigates: Naval Group Signs Contracts With Hellenic Companies

                                    On 30 June 2022, at the French Embassy in Greece and in the presence of the Ambassador, His Excellency Patrick Maisonnave, Naval Group gathered its Hellenic industrial partners to sign key contracts and teaming agreements as part of its Hellenic Industrial Participation plan for the FDI frigates for the Hellenic Navy.

                                    Naval News Staff 30 Jun 2022

                                    Naval Group press release

                                    A robust Hellenic Industrial Participation plan

                                    As part of the FDI frigates for the Hellenic Navy program, Naval Group designed a robust Hellenic Industrial Participation plan to develop new capacities in the Hellenic industry, sustaining highly qualified jobs and generating long-term economic spin-offs in Greece. Beyond the frigates program, Naval Group is committed to building strong and long-term partnerships to support the Hellenic Navy and support the development of the naval warfare capabilities of the Hellenic Industry.

                                    In this respect, 4 contracts were signed on 30 June with EMMIS for the supply of electrical transformators, with MEVACO for mechanical equipment, with STELMA for paint application work, and with VIKING HELLAS for the supply of rigid hull inflatable boats.

                                    In addition, Naval Group entered into teaming agreements and exclusive competitive dialogues with AKMON, INTRACOM, MILTECH, PRISMA and SCYTALYS.

                                    Alain Guillou, Naval Group Executive Vice-President Development said:
                                    “Today, we are celebrating a new milestone in our strategic partnership with Greece. I am convinced that this is only the beginning of our collaboration with our Hellenic industry partners. We are committed to supporting the Hellenic Navy in achieving regional superiority at sea, but also the ability of the Hellenic industry to actively prepare the future of naval warfare.”

                                    David Quancard, Naval Group Executive Vice-President Operation and Performance added:
                                    “At Naval Group, we are convinced that partnership is a key and strategic driver for the success of the complex programs that we conduct. We are proud to be signing today contracts and teaming agreements with our Hellenic partners. As the procurement for the frigates is on track, we know that this program will be the first of many we will work on together. “

                                    Patrick Maisonnave declared:
                                    “I am very happy to see the first contracts come to fruition between French and Greek manufacturers following Greece’s acquisition of Naval Group’s FDI frigates, armed with MBDA missiles. These contracts give form to the vision of the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis shared by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, for a strong partnership between our defence industries. This significant step will produce major benefits for the companies of our countries and for our Navies.”
                                    Increasing the industrial naval activity in Greece

                                    Beyond their participation to the frigates program, all qualified Greek companies will integrate the Naval Group’s supply chain and have the possibility to participate to other future international competitions, thus increasing their capabilities as well as their potential economic benefit and visibility on the worldwide naval market.

                                    Thanks to its long-term presence in Greece, Naval Group has been able to identify and build relationships with many high-skilled and innovative companies. As at today, more than 80 projects have been identified and the Group has started to engage with over 50 prequalified Hellenic companies.

                                    Naval Group’s Hellenic Industrial Participation plan will thus contribute to the construction of the FDI HN but also to the creation of a robust naval industrial ecosystem. The structured and longterm partnership proposed by Naval Group will foster production in Greece but also the capability to address future needs.


                                    • MARIN picture

                                      Dutch MARIN Opens New Defense Department

                                      The Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN) will combine its defence-related expertise as of 1 July in a new Defence department.

                                      Naval News Staff 30 Jun 2022

                                      MARIN press release

                                      The aim is to properly coordinate defence activities MARIN-wide with Dutch, NATO and EU Defence partners, to optimally contribute with MARIN’s knowledge contributes to an effective navy of the future. Pepijn de Jong, currently team lead Navy in the Ships department, will lead the new and growing department.

                                      Bas Buchner, president of MARIN:
                                      ‘A good organisation of defence work fits in with our mission and strategy. The Royal Netherlands Navy was one of the founders of MARIN, so we have been involved in defence research from its foundation. A free, safe and clean sea of the future is still our vision. This vision does not only include zero-emission ships, sustainable energy and food at sea, smart digital ships and innovative infrastructure, but also ships for a safe and free sea. The world depends on free and open sea routes, while the development of sustainable energy at sea is an important component in the energy transition and it is vulnerable to aggression. Free and sustainable use of the sea requires protection and defence when necessary. That is what the Royal Netherlands Navy and Coast Guard stand for and we want to contribute to that with our knowledge.’

                                      Pepijn de Jong, Defence Department manager:
                                      ‘We want to contribute to the maximum maritime-operational deployment of the navy of the future. That is broader than hydrodynamics, it is about how ships can be used effectively and safely in operations on, in and from the sea. We do this by combining our hydrodynamic knowledge base with our knowledge development in the field of emission-free sailing, Human Factors, new numerical and digital methods, data science and new concepts, such as autonomous underwater and above water systems. With new facilities such as the Zero Emission Lab and the Seven Ocean Simulator Centre, new opportunities are created to support the Royal Netherlands Navy, defence partner organisations and the wider defence market with applied research aimed at this optimal operational deployment. With the new Defence department, we are an unambiguous point of contact that is well prepared for the specific challenges for the Royal Netherlands Navy and within the broader defence sector.”
                                      Tank testing of Future Belgian Dutch MCM mothership and USV at MARIN facility.