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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]ra® 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
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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, 02:44 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.


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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.


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                                      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.


                                      • German frigate Sachsen Anhalt tests for the first time laser weapon in Baltic Sea

                                        POSTED ON MONDAY, 04 JULY 2022 11:12

                                        According to a tweet published by MBDA on July 4, 2022, the German Navy's Baden-Württemberg class frigate Sachsen Anhalt has tested for the first time a laser weapon in the Baltic Sea.

                                        German Navy's Baden-Württemberg-class frigate Sachsen Anhalt (Picture source: MBDA)

                                        A joint venture (ARGE) comprising MBDA Deutschland and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition was established in 2021 to build, integrate and support the testing of a laser weapon demonstrator in the maritime environment. MBDA Germany was responsible for tracking, the control console and linking the laser weapon demonstrator to the command and control system.

                                        On the other side, Rheinmetall was in charge of the laser weapon station, the beam guidance system and the cooling and integration of the laser weapon demonstrator into the project container of the laser source demonstrator.

                                        About Sachsen Anhalt frigate

                                        Sachsen-Anhalt (F224) is the third ship of the Baden-Württemberg-class frigates of the German Navy. Sachsen-Anhalt was designed and constructed by ARGE F125, a joint-venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen.

                                        They are primarily designed for low and medium-intensity maritime stabilization operations, where they are supposed to provide sea-to-land tactical fire support, asymmetric threat control at sea, and support of special forces. Their crew is comprised on average of 150 sailors, although that can change depending on the mission.

                                        The Baden-Württemberg-class frigates are equipped with ten guns for defence against air and surface targets. The vessels are also armed with non-lethal weapons, such as water cannons and searchlights for non-provocative deterrence and defence.

                                        Beyond capabilities that might be provided by the ship's helicopter(s), sensors for anti-submarine warfare have not been integrated into the platform while the ship's air defence capability is limited to relatively short-range point defence systems.


                                        • unicorn11
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                                          Pretty piss poor capabilities on this 'frigate'.

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                                          According to that article perhaps… That picture isn’t Sachsen Arnhalt… (F224). It’s Sachsen (F219).

                                          In reality -

                                          127mm Lightweight Otobreda gun with 100k ranged Vulcano ammunition.
                                          2x 27mm medium calibre gun systems.
                                          5x 12.7mm Hitrole RWS systems.
                                          8x Harpoon ASM, transitioning to 8x RBS 15 Block IV (Gungnir).
                                          2x 21 round RAM Block II systems.

                                          A bit light on air defence perhaps, but she is designed as a land attack frigate.

                                          The others in her class are air defence frigates and are equipped with RAM Block II, ESSM and SM-2 Block IIIA, along with 76mm guns, Harpoon ~ RBS-15 BlkIV, etc.

                                      • Greece may choose Al Zubarah class corvettes built by Fincantieri

                                        POSTED ON TUESDAY, 05 JULY 2022 17:03
                                        According to information published by la Tribune on July 5, 2022, the Hellenic Navy may choose the Al Zubarah class corvettes built by Fincantieri. The Greek Ministry of Defense's decision also depends on the geopolitical situation amid the tensions with Turkey. The other two bids still in the competition would be the Gowind class 2500 built by Naval Group and the Sigma 10514 built by Damen.

                                        Artist rendering of Al Zubarah class corvette (Picture source: Fincantieri)

                                        The Al Zubarah-class corvettes, designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules, will be highly flexible and capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to being fighting vessels.

                                        They will be about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, and equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD), with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The units will be able to accommodate 112 persons on board.

                                        Furthermore, the corvettes will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The flight deck and hangar are sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.

                                        About Sigma 10514

                                        The SIGMA 10514 is a guided-missile frigate that was jointly built by Damen Shipyard and PT PAL from Indonesia for the Indonesian Navy. This frigate was designed to conduct different types of missions including the patrol of economic zone, deterrence, maritime security, search-and-rescue, anti-surface, and electronic and anti-air warfare.

                                        The Sigma 10514 has a length of 105.11 m, a width of 14.2 m, and a displacement of approximately 2,365t. The ship has a crew of 100 people. The ship features a helicopter hangar and an aft flight deck with astern fueling capabilities to hold and operate a 10t helicopter day and night. It can carry two rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) for patrol and transport operations.


                                        • Bug2
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                                          The Greeks have their own version of Border Force and a very active CG, unlike our, what appear to be, dysfunctional arrangements. Mind you, the Med is a whole lot different to what we have north of us.

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                                          I'm a firm believer in an Australian Coast Guard, to take over Australian Border Force's maritime operations and free the RAN to concentrate on actual warfighting operations, not constabulary tasks.

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                                          Yep, cross-post RAN personnel to get that (apparently) essential minor vessel command experience with the Coast Guard whilst building up inter-agency links and have RAN focus on fighting wars as it should…

                                      • German Navy commissions the fourth F125 frigate Rheinland Pfalz

                                        POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2022 16:56
                                        According to information published by the German MoD on July 13, 2022, the Navy commissioned the Rheinland-Pfalz, the last of four Baden-Württemberg-class F125 frigates, in Wilhelmshaven.

                                        Commissioning ceremony of the F125 frigate Rheinland Pfalz (Picture source: German Navy)

                                        On the order of Vice Adm. Frank Lenski, Deputy to the Inspector General of the Navy and Commander of Fleet and Support Forces, Frigate Captain Stefan Rappelt, Commander of Crew F125 Charlie, will commission the frigate.

                                        The Rheinland Pfalz completes the squadron of F125s alongside the "Baden-Württemberg," Nordrhein-Westfalen" and the Sachen Anhalt. As a state-of-the-art combat ship, it can remain in the area of operations continuously for up to two years, regardless of its home port, thus increasing the fleet's performance.

                                        Its high level of automation reduces manpower requirements by nearly half compared to previous frigates. The frigate will perform maritime surveillance in crisis regions and support special forces from the sea.

                                        The close ties and lively sponsorship between the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the ship's crews will be revived when the new Rheinland-Pfalz enters service. There was already a "Rhineland-Palatinate" in the F122 frigate class, which made the state known on the world's oceans.

                                        About the F125 frigates

                                        The F125 Baden-Württemberg-class frigates are a series of frigates of the German Navy, which were designed and constructed by ARGE F125, a joint-venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen. The Baden-Württemberg class has the heaviest displacement of any class of frigate worldwide.

                                        They are primarily designed for low and medium-intensity maritime stabilization operations, where they are supposed to provide sea-to-land tactical fire support, asymmetric threat control at sea, and support of special forces.

                                        The frigates have a length of 149.52 m (490 ft 7 in), a beam of 18.80 m (61 ft 8 in), and a draft of 5 m (16 ft 5 in). They can reach a top speed of 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph).

                                        German Baden Wurttemberg class frigate Rheinland Pfalz (Picture source: German Navy)


                                        • unicorn11
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                                          Frak me, they're ugly ships. They look partly uncompleted.

                                        • Magnify v2.0
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                                          I hope it's a lot more functional than it looks.

                                      • The USV “Vendaval”, owned by the Port Authority of Ceuta and developed by Navantia (top) was integrated with BAM “Audaz” of the Spanish Navy. Navantia picture.

                                        Navantia Integrates Unmanned Vehicles On Spanish Navy Vessel

                                        Navantia has successfully carried out the integration of unmanned vehicles aboard a Meteoro-class offshore patrol vessel. This is the first time Navantia integrates unmanned systems aboard a Spanish Navy vessel.

                                        Naval News Staff 15 Jul 2022

                                        Navantia press release

                                        Navantia Sistemas, the systems division at the Spanish company, has successfully carried out the integration of unmanned vehicles in the Combat System (SCOMBA) on board the BAM “Audaz”, during the tests carried out in Cartagena as preparation for the upcoming NATO Dynamic Messenger exercises. This is the first time that this integration has been achieved in a real environment, thanks to the NAIAD system (Naval Advanced Integrated Autonomous vehicles Defence system), also developed by Navantia.

                                        Navantia’s SCOMBA consoles have been able to monitor the data and videos received from the vehicles, and the sending of missions to the USV “Vendaval”, owned by the Port Authority of Ceuta and developed by Navantia, has been successfully tested.

                                        Likewise, communications have been successfully tested between the NAIAD on board the BAM “Audaz” and the NAIAD on land, installed for these tests at the Naval Station in Cartagena. The communication between the two systems allows the information from the unmanned vehicles available on board the “Audaz” to be transmitted to the shore control centre. The USV “Vendaval” can be used as a relay between the two NAIADs, thus allowing a longer communication range. Tests of the remote control of the “Vendaval” from both the on-board NAIAD and the shore-based NAIAD were also successfully carried out.

                                        The Spanish Navy expressed its satisfaction with the results obtained, describing the event as a historic milestone, as it was the first time that unmanned vehicles had been integrated into one of its ships.

                                        The Dynamic Messenger (DYMS22) exercises, organised by NATO, will take place next September in Portugal, with the aim of testing operational concepts and doctrines for the use of unmanned vehicles in naval tactical operations. Following the good results achieved in the 2021 REPMUS exercises with Spanish participation, the Spanish Navy will participate with the BAM “Audaz”, whose Combat System will integrate, through NAIAD, three unmanned surface vehicles (Vendaval, Kaluga, and Sead 23) and an unmanned aerial vehicle (Airfox).


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                                          That's the class of OPV the RAN was offered and knocked back. Apparently too capable at 90 metres in length.

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                                          There is nothing really polite to say about the Arafura selection and design as-chosen. The fact a 90 metre design is "too big" is mind blowing in it's crass stupidity.

                                      • Navantia successfully performs the first integration of unmanned vehicles on Spanish Navy ship

                                        15th. July 2022 – Navantia Sistemas, the systems division at the Spanish company, has successfully carried out the integration of unmanned vehicles in the Combat System (SCOMBA) on board the BAM “Audaz”, during the tests carried out in Cartagena as preparation for the upcoming NATO Dynamic Messenger exercises. This is the first time that this integration has been achieved in a real environment, thanks to the NAIAD system (Naval Advanced Integrated Autonomous vehicles Defence system), also developed by Navantia.

                                        Navantia’s SCOMBA consoles have been able to monitor the data and videos received from the vehicles, and the sending of missions to the USV “Vendaval”, owned by the Port Authority of Ceuta and developed by Navantia, has been successfully tested.

                                        Likewise, communications have been successfully tested between the NAIAD on board the BAM “Audaz” and the NAIAD on land, installed for these tests at the Naval Station in Cartagena. The communication between the two systems allows the information from the unmanned vehicles available on board the “Audaz” to be transmitted to the shore control centre. The USV “Vendaval” can be used as a relay between the two NAIADs, thus allowing a longer communication range. Tests of the remote control of the “Vendaval” from both the on-board NAIAD and the shore-based NAIAD were also successfully carried out.

                                        The Spanish Navy expressed its satisfaction with the results obtained, describing the event as a historic milestone, as it was the first time that unmanned vehicles had been integrated into one of its ships.

                                        The Dynamic Messenger (DYMS22) exercises, organised by NATO, will take place next September in Portugal, with the aim of testing operational concepts and doctrines for the use of unmanned vehicles in naval tactical operations. Following the good results achieved in the 2021 REPMUS exercises with Spanish participation, the Spanish Navy will participate with the BAM “Audaz”, whose Combat System will integrate, through NAIAD, three unmanned surface vehicles (Vendaval, Kaluga, and Sead 23) and an unmanned aerial vehicle (Airfox).

                                        Photos courtesy Navantia


                                        • Romania wants to buy French Scorpene class submarines and helicopters

                                          POSTED ON MONDAY, 18 JULY 2022 16:54
                                          According to information published by Bursa on July 15, 2022, the Romanian Minister of Defense, Vasile Dincu, said during an interview that he has signed a letter of intent to buy French-made Scorpene class submarines and helicopters.

                                          Artist rendering about the French Scorpene class submarine (Picture source: Naval Group)

                                          The Romanian Minister of Defence said that they have learned the lessons from what is happening in Ukraine and they want to see in the coming period whether the initial programming of the Armed Forces 2040 project, which passed the Supreme Council of National Defence two years ago, still meets the current requirements or not.

                                          He said that the national defense industry could benefit from rapid development following the establishment by NATO of the Defence Innovation Accelerator (DIANA), which is funded in the first phase with €2 billion.

                                          About the Scorpene class submarines

                                          The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines jointly developed by the French Naval Group (formerly the Direction des Constructions Navales) and the Spanish company Navantia.

                                          The Scorpène class of submarines has four subtypes including the CM-2000 conventional diesel-electric version, the AM-2000 air-independent propulsion (AIP) derivative, the downsized CA-2000 coastal submarine, and the enlarged S-BR for the Brazilian Navy, without AIP. The Scorpéne-class submarines are in service with Chile, Malaysia, India, and Brazil.

                                          The Scorpène submarine is capable of carrying out all types of missions, such as anti-surface vessel warfare, anti-submarine warfare, long-range strikes, special operations, or intelligence gathering. It is extremely stealthy and fast, and is equipped with a comprehensive range of weapons (torpedoes, missiles, mines).

                                          The Scorpène submarine can carry 18 torpedoes and missiles or 30 mines. It is equipped with six bow-located 21in torpedo tubes providing salvo launch capability. Positive discharge launching is by an air turbine pump. It can launch anti-ship and anti-submarine torpedoes, as well as anti-surface missiles. The handling and loading of weapons are automated.


                                          • Video: Interview With Admiral Vandier

                                            Interview with Admiral Pierre Vandier, Chief of Staff of the French Navy (Marine Nationale) following his recent trip to the United States.

                                            Xavier Vavasseur 19 Jul 2022

                                            The head of the French Navy discusses cooperation with the U.S. Navy, the PA-Ng future aircraft carrier program and the war in Ukraine...

                                            Xavier Vavasseur, Naval News: You have just completed a trip to the United States during which you visited several U.S. Navy sites and units. What was the purpose of this trip?

                                            Admiral Vandier: In fact, I was invited by my counterpart for in-depth discussions on future operations, deployment and interoperability. We work a lot with the U.S. Navy, we train with them and a number of operations have been conducted jointly in recent years, and are currently being conducted in the Atlantic.
                                            So asking the question of operability for the 2030 horizon is extremely necessary considering the technological acceleration linked to the global naval rearmament.

                                            Xavier Vavasseur, Naval News: You had the opportunity to visit the USS Gerald R. Ford, the new generation American aircraft carrier. In France we have the PA-Ng program for new generation aircraft carrier. Do you think that synergies are possible between the two programs?

                                            Admiral Vandier: So the choice made by France is to have a superiority aircraft carrier in order to deploy conventional aircraft and therefore a carrier equipped with catapults. France had not developed its own catapult know-how, as a consequence the Charles de Gaulle is today equipped with American catapults. An American officer is present among the crew of the aircraft carrier to ensure the maintenance interfaces.
                                            For the future aircraft carrier it was also decided to go for American equipment which will be electromagnetic catapults and electromagnetic arresting gear. Therefore we will have similar cooperations with Lakehurst and the U.S. Navy in order to support the ramp-up in operational power and to ensure the maintenance of these catapults.

                                            Xavier Vavasseur, Naval News: Very well, Admiral, one last current issue; the conflict in Ukraine continues with a significant development on the naval side: The loss of the Moskva for the Russian Navy. Which first lessons do you draw from the conflict in Ukraine?

                                            Admiral Vandier: There is an extremely important strategic dimension to the conflict in Ukraine which is the access to the sea, the privatization of the Black Sea, the closing of the Bosphorus by the Turks to avoid that additional belligerents enter it…
                                            All this has resulted today in a Russian-Ukrainian confrontation in the Black Sea which prevents Ukraine to ship out its agricultural production and to fulfill its food and wheat contracts abroad. So today this is an extremely critical situation on the military level, the three months of conflict have allowed the display of many facets of naval warfare:
                                            • The embargo, with more than a dozen commercial ships that were destroyed by the Russian Navy;
                                            • The mining and thus the counter-mining;
                                            • Firing from the sea whether from naval platforms or submarine platforms;

                                            And of course the loss of the Moskva which shows that naval combat is fundamentally about violence and dazzling, so to be able to fight with naval forces at sea today requires very very solid training and state-of-the art equipment.


                                            • Indonesian officials agree to procure two Scorpene submarines
                                              Scorpene submarine. Naval Group photo.

                                              Romania’s Submarine Ambitions: Which Impact For The Black Sea Region?

                                              Romania's defense minister confirmed plans to procure new Submarines from France. What would be the impact on the Black Sea region should the move come to fruition ?

                                              Xavier Vavasseur 20 Jul 2022

                                              Local defense media DefenseRomania broke the news last week following an exclusive interview with Vasile Dîncu, Romania’s defense minister: The procurement plan of the Romanian Armed Forces includes French Scorpene submarines and French helicopters. The minister added that a letter of intent was signed with the French Minister of Defense in this regard.
                                              “We have signed a letter of intent with the French Minister of Defense for a future project for which we have already started the steps to take it to the Parliament. This is a project related to Scorpene submarines and helicopters. It’s a letter of intent I made with the French government. We are considering this program in the future, which we are trying to substantiate “

                                              Romaniian Defense Minister Vasile Dîncu, in an interview for DefenseRomania.

                                              The announcement follows the LOI signed signed on 15 June 2022 by both parties. A French MoD statement released at the time said:
                                              “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”.

                                              Contacted by Naval News, Naval Group, the designer and producer of the Scorpene submarine, didn’t wish to comment the new information.

                                              The Romanian Navy (Forțele Navale Române) has maintained a submarine force since World War II and is therefore familiar with submarine operations in the Black Sea. However, the single submarine currently in its fleet, Kilo-class submarine Delfinul, has been inactive and kept in reserve for over 20 years. Romanian Submarines: Impact on the Black Sea region

                                              Khanderi, the second of six Scorpene submarines in service with the Indian Navy. Indian Navy picture.

                                              To shed light on the possible impacts such a procurement could have in the Black Sea region, we reached out to Hugo Decis, Research Analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and expert in naval affairs and maritime secutiry topics.

                                              Naval News: What implications would a submarine deal have for France, for Romania and for the Black Sea region ?

                                              Hugo Decis: Beyond the historical ties that exist between France and Romania for a variety of reasons, the prospect of a submarine deal between the two countries would confirm that the bilateral relationship between them has reached a new level following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

                                              France’s ability to quickly provide troops to the defence of Romania has marked it as a valid and trustworthy ally, which may in turn up the value of France’s offers with regards to defence exports. France, of course, would benefit from securing yet another deal in Europe, a region in which it has historically struggled to export armament despite recent successes.

                                              As for Romania, the prospect of receiving modern assets would largely benefit its navy’s capabilities after years, if not decades, of decline in capabilities. Last but not least, the prospect of seeing more NATO submarines operate in the Black Sea would overall benefit the Alliance’s stance in the region and reduce its dependence on Turkey, a country that has recently proven largely unreliable and alienated most of its NATO partners.

                                              Naval News: Why would a new submarine for Romania be more of a “game changer” compared to the corvettes they are planning to procure or coastal missiles (for example) ?

                                              Hugo Decis: This question is difficult to answer while we lack details on the submarine(s) sensors suite and weapons fit. To stick to generalities, a Romanian submarine operating in the Black Sea would be a relevant platform from which to collect data and intelligence on Russian operations in the region, track specific assets and overall contribute to the country’s conventional deterrence by denying Russia and Turkey a complete monopoly on the local underwater domain. The local balance of powers would of course remain firmly in Russia’s favor, but the presence of yet another NATO sub in the Black Sea would have to be taken into account when designing and performing local naval operations. This does not mean that Romania should look the other way with regards to land-based anti-ship missiles (AShM) however. In effect, Romania will have to balance out multiple requirements with the financial means at its disposal to better reinforce its armed forces’ capabilities.

                                              Naval News: On the other hand, isn’t the procurement of a small number of submarines (one, two maybe three) making them priority “high value” targets for the adversary ? How could Romania address this issue ?

                                              Hugo Decis: These assets would become high value targets in most scenario involving a clash between Romania and Russia. This would make Romania’s main naval base in Constanta a particularly valuable location to defend from a variety of threats, most of them primarily airborne and seaborne and should, in my opinion, kick-start the process of planning for the worst-case scenario, even as a clash between Russia and NATO appears unlikely.


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                                                A man who knows who his enemy really is.

                                            • NAVY NEWS U.S., Royal Navies Cut Ribbon at London Innovation Hub


                                              By Mikayla Easley

                                              Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby and Rear Adm. James Parkin CBE, of the Royal Navy, cut a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the London Tech Bridge
                                              Navy photo

                                              LONDON — After operating virtually for more than a year, the U.S. Navy’s tech bridge network recently opened its London-based office.

                                              The London Tech Bridge is a conduit for innovation between the U.S. Navy and British Royal Navy. The partnership aims to accelerate technology development and cooperation between the military, industry and academia from both countries.

                                              With its new facilities, the program plans to host more in-person events and foster more dialogue between the two navies and potential partners, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, chief of naval research, said in June during the office’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in Central London.

                                              “There is nothing like looking at my partners in industry eye to eye as we sit down to talk about the future and the systems we need,” he said. “That has to be done in person, and having a place like this where we can all come together to talk about our problems and talk about solutions — that’s what this is all about.”

                                              The London office is part of the network of “tech bridges” powered by the U.S. Naval Agility Office, or NavalX. The program is designed to help nontraditional acquisition partners — like startups, small businesses, academia or nonprofits — find a path to work with the Navy.

                                              Of the service’s 18 tech bridges, the London Tech Bridge is one of two international outposts. The other is located in Yokosuka, Japan.

                                              Since it was initially established in December 2020, the London Tech Bridge has operated virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, the office built its network and found areas of collaboration between the two navies, said Laurence Mallinson, the U.K. co-director of the London Tech Bridge.

                                              “We’re looking for opportunities that the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy could exploit,” he said. “Where do we have problems that we want to solve with technology, and where might technology exist that we need to bring into the hands of the warfighters quicker?”

                                              Rear Adm. James Parkin CBE, Royal Navy director develop, noted the importance of the tech bridge’s location for attracting future collaborators.

                                              “It’s in a global city at the heart of [time zones geography] and the center of a tech revolution right now,” he said.

                                              During a tour of the office, London Tech Bridge U.S. Co-Director Jeff Brewer said the office’s setup is conducive to its overall goal in removing bureaucratic barriers industry might experience when working with the military.

                                              The office is a small space located in the same building with other London-based startups and small companies. In addition, the room has couches and moveable tables that can be rearranged like a conference room or in a less formal set up.

                                              “When you work with a small company and bring them into a military base, it’s a very different field — they’re getting frisked and going through metal detectors, and they have to have a badge,” Brewer said. “This is a lot different, and it’s a lot more what they’re used to.”

                                              The London Tech Bridge also plans to host events at their new facility. For example, in June they conducted the first monthly “Tea and Tech” session where industry from specified technology areas can pitch their ideas to the U.S. and U.K. navies.

                                              The London office will explore all areas of technology, but it will take special interest in ideas from six focus areas: artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, directed energy, green energy, advanced manufacturing and maintenance and sustainment.

                                              “It’s about tech, because for the first time in many years, people are recognizing that the level of technological advancements ... are at a tipping point,” Parkin said.


                                              • ITS Vulcano LSS Italian Navy
                                                ITS Vulcano, the first LSS for the Italian Navy. NATO picture. Fincantieri Cuts Steel Of Second LSS For Italian Navy

                                                The steel cutting ceremony of the second Logistic Support Ship (LSS) for the Italian Navy, within a program including the option for a third ship, took place 20 July at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard, where the LSS will be entirely built and delivered in 2025.

                                                Naval News Staff 21 Jul 2022

                                                Fincantieri press release

                                                The value of the contract is approx. 410 million euros including the combat system.

                                                As part of the multi-year program aimed at safeguarding Italy’s Defence at-sea capacity (known as the “Naval Act”), Fincantieri is currently building seven multi-purpose offshore patrol vessels (PPA) – the first one, “Thaon di Revel”, was delivered in March – and the “Trieste” Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD). Last year the Group delivered the “Vulcano” LSS, a vessel launched at the Castellammare di Stabia shipyard. That project was also acquired by the French Navy for the definition of the Flotlog program, a series of units built in partnership with the same shipyard.

                                                The basic characteristic common to all three classes of ships is their very high level of innovation, which makes them extremely flexible in their various profiles of use with a high degree of efficiency. Most importantly, it will be possible to use these units in a complementary way even for non-military-related activities, such as, for example, supporting civil protection in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Moreover, their environmental impact is low, thanks to advanced low pollution emission generators and electric-drive propulsion motors and biological waste control systems.


                                                Naval News comments:

                                                The first LSS, ITS Vulcano, was delivered to the Italian Navy in March 2021.

                                                As Naval News previously reported, the Chief of Italian Navy unveiled plans to fund under the DPP 2020-22 planning document the procurement of this additional Vulcano-class Logistic Support Ship.

                                                The LSS were initially expected to be fitted with a 76mm main gun with STRALES (DAVIDE) guided ammunition for air defense. It appears that they will be “fitted for but not with” for the time being…

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                                                LSS Vulcano. Fincantieri picture.

                                                The LSS is a vessel that provides logistics support to the fleet, endowed with hospital and healthcare capabilities thanks to the presence of a fully equipped hospital, complete with operating rooms, radiology and analysis rooms, a dentist’s office and hospital rooms that will be capable of hosting up to 17 seriously injured patients. The ship combines capacity to transport and transfer to other transport vessels used for liquids (diesel fuel, jet fuel, fresh water) and solids (emergency spare parts, food and ammunitions) and to perform at sea repairs and maintenance work for other vessels. The defense systems are related to the capacity of command and control in tactical scenarios, communications and dissuasive, non-lethal defense systems. The vessel is also capable of embarking more complex defence systems and becoming an intelligence and electronic war platform.

                                                LSS Vulcano-class main specifications
                                                • 193 meters long
                                                • speed of about 20 knots
                                                • 235 persons including crew and specialists
                                                • 4 replenishment station abeam and 1 astern
                                                • Capacity to supply drinking water to land
                                                • Capacity to provide electricity to land with 2500 kw of power
                                                • Possibility of embarking up to 8 residential and healthcare modules
                                                • Capacity to perform rescues at sea, through recovery and seabed operations (the ship is equipped with an 30 tons offshore stabilized crane stabilized)
                                                • base for rescue operations through helicopters and special vessels


                                                • Suffren SSN Charles de Gaulle carrier
                                                  Suffren SSN sailing as part of the Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group during exercise POLARIS in 2021. French Navy picture.

                                                  French Navy Plans Aircraft Carrier Mission To The Pacific In 2025

                                                  The French Navy (Marine Nationale) is working towards a Pacific Region deployment for its Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group in 2025.

                                                  Xavier Vavasseur 22 Jul 2022

                                                  One of the focus of the mission would be the level of interaction and synchronization with American assets. Naval News learned the information from a French Navy Command source. The source explained:
                                                  “The objective is that in 2025 we conduct dual carrier operations with the Americans. This would involve the cooperation between 4th generation [Rafale M] aircraft and 5th generation [F-35C] aircraft.”

                                                  The French-US interaction would be in the context of the recently signed “Strategic Interoperability Framework” (SIF). The inking of this SIF started a disclosure process where the U.S. administration and Navy can now share high level information with the French Navy on a number of issues including communication (as well as encrypted communication), seabed warfare, interoperability between F-35 and 4th generation aircraft as well as US strategy in the Pacific region. Our source added: “10 months after AUKUS, the relationship on the military level is maintained at a very high level, the Americans are willing to share as much as possible with us […] We think that the Americans have understood the differentiated nature of the French position on the political level, which is not a position of pure alignment with the American position. There are different interests, but on the strategic level, there is a common concern about preventing escalation, preventing miscalculations and containing the growing military ambitions in the whole Indo-Pacific region”.

                                                  Prior to 2025, the US Navy has already invited the French Navy to take a look at the tactics currently being evaluated between F-18s (which are 4th generation aircraft) and F-35s. This is currently being done aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). The French Navy was also invited to an upcoming Red Flag exercise which will focusing on 4th gen / 5th gen aircraft teaming and tactics.

                                                  How far East in the Pacific Ocean the French Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will sail in 2025 ? It is much too early to know. Naval News understands that, ultimately, it will be a political decision, because this deployment will be a “high-level strategic posturing”.

                                                  That being said, it would not be a first for the Charles de Gaulle, our source recalled: The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, flagship of the French Navy, already sailed at least twice “a few hundred miles East of Singapore”. This was in 2002 and, more recently in 2019 during the Shangri-la Dialogue, during which one of the escorts of the French CSG sailed all the way to the South China Sea.
                                                  Dual Carrier OPS between aircraft carriers Charles de Gaulle and USS Eisenhower, in the Mediterranean sea, 03 March 2020. ©Johann Guiavarch/Marine Nationale/Défense

                                                  Naval News understands that the French CSG could potentially take part in a POLARIS-like high intensity exercise, in the Pacific region, with key regional partners such as the U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy and JMSDF. The French Navy Command ambitions to turn POLARIS into a brand of “high level training” and to invite allied navies to the exercise. “The objective is to increase the credibility of our posture, our ability to react in a difficult environment, to have proven logistics and to have crews that can react when faced with the unexpected”. The first edition of POLARIS took place in late 2021. This joint, combined and inter-theatre exercise involved 6,000 French troops from the three services (French Army, Navy and Air Force), including 4,000 French Navy sailors, and was the largest exercise of this type ever conducted in France.

                                                  Recent high-level French Navy deployments to the Pacific

                                                  If it does take place in 2025, this French Navy deployment would follow the deployment of the Jeanne d’Arc mission to the Pacific region next year. “Jeanne d’Arc” is held every year and is a long duration and joint deployment which aim is to provide officer cadets with “at sea” operational training before joining their units as officers. It usually consists in an Amphibious Ready Group composed of a Mistral-class LHD and a La Fayette-class frigate. Jeanne d’Arc 2023 is set to take part in “Croix du Sud”: A large joint and combined exercise in New Caledonia. As we reported previously, the French Navy is also mulling to send an Air Defense FREMM frigate to take part in RIMPAC 2024. A Rubis-class nuclear powered submarine deployed to the region last year and conducted logistics stops in Australia and Guam. In 2021 as well, a combined and joint amphibious exercise (ARC 21) was held between Australia, France, Japan and the United States around a Japanese island. Later that year, French SIGINT ship Dupuy de Lôme made a rare Taiwan Strait transit. Of course, the French Navy maintains a permanent presence in the region, with two naval bases in its territories: Tahiti and New Caledonia.


                                                  • July 23, 2022

                                                    Greece provides the U.S. port of Alexandroupolis to help Ukraine

                                                    The United States of America has agreed with Greece that the Americans will have access to the Greek port of Alexandroupolis.
                                                    Access to the port will allow the U.S. to more effectively maintain Ukraine. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Kelly Austin met with Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panayotopoulos at the Pentagon, where the two politicians discussed a partnership between the United States and Greece.

                                                    The ministers also discussed the issues of military basing, defense, especially in the face of Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
                                                    The updated agreement between the United States and Greece allows for the expansion of US and NATO forces on strategic access to the region. Ministry of Defense Gaining access to the port of Alexandroupolis will allow you to quickly go to the Sea of Marmara and further through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea.

                                                    Such access to the Greek port will allow U.S. forces to improve the logistics of providing military assistance to Ukraine.

                                                    It will also improve capabilities in the Balkans, Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

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                                                    The Greek Minister assured that his country is still committed to supporting Ukraine.

                                                    «Greece's reaction to Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine was indeed immediate and decisive. We have offered all possible assistance to Ukraine, a country that is in violation of all norms of international law.

                                                    To recap, Greece handed over to Ukraine:
                                                    • 15 thousand 73-mm rockets
                                                    • 2.1 thousand 122-mm rockets;
                                                    • 20 thousand AK-47 assault rifles;
                                                    • 3.2 million rounds of 7.62 mm caliber;
                                                    • 60ПЗРК FIM – 92 Stinger;
                                                    • 17 thousand 155-mm shells for MLRS;
                                                    • 1.1 thousand RPG-18 anti-tank missiles.
                                                    Six Greek transport aircraft, ten Canadian and five New Zealand aircraft were involved in transporting aid.


                                                    • Video: Current And Future Programs Of The Royal Netherlands Navy

                                                      Update on current and future programs of the Royal Netherlands Navy (Koninklijke Marine).

                                                      Xavier Vavasseur 26 Jul 2022

                                                      During UDT 2022, Naval News met with Jaime Karremann, Founder and Edior-in-chief of , to discuss current and future programs of the Royal Netherlands Navy:

                                                      00:48 – Walrus-class submarine replacement program
                                                      01:57 – Current situation with the Walrus-class submarines
                                                      03:11 – Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigate (ASWF)
                                                      05:00 – Land Attack Cruise Missiles
                                                      05:34 – Ballistic Missile Defense / SM-3
                                                      06:00 – Replacement of LPDs, OPVs and support vessels


                                                      • EDA to support ‘European Patrol Corvette’ PESCO project
                                                        Early official design rendering of the EPC European Patrol Corvette (PESCO project). Naviris (Fincantieri / Naval Group) image.

                                                        EU To Accelerate Naval Projects Under Huge Defense Investment Budget

                                                        The EU Commission announced on 20 July that it will support 61 joint defence research and development projects with a total of almost €1.2 billion selected under the first call for proposals for the European Defence Fund (EDF). The most important project in the naval field is the EPC.

                                                        Tayfun Ozberk 26 Jul 2022

                                                        The European Defence Fund (EDF) is the Commission’s flagship instrument to support defense cooperation in Europe. Without substituting Member States’ efforts, it promotes cooperation between companies of all sizes and research actors throughout the EU. The EDF supports competitive and collaborative defense projects throughout the entire cycle of research and development, focusing on projects leading to state-of-the-art and interoperable defense technologies and equipment.

                                                        It also fosters innovation and incentivizes the cross-border participation of SMEs. Projects are selected following calls for proposals which are defined based on the defense capability priorities agreed by the Member States within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), and particularly in the context of the Capability Development Plan (CDP).
                                                        “With €1.2 billion invested in 61 European cooperative defence projects, the European Defence Fund is today delivering concrete results towards a more integrated European defence industry which fosters innovation and provides cutting-edge capabilities to our armed forces. Through the European Defence Fund, European cooperation in defence becomes increasingly the norm. We spend better by spending together. It benefits all Member States and European defence industry big or small.”
                                                        Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market

                                                        The most important project in the naval field is the European Patrol Corvette (EPC).

                                                        What is EPC project?

                                                        Screen capture of the EPC page on the PESCO website.

                                                        The project “European Patrol Corvette” (EPC) will focus on conceptual studies up to the initial design, and use as a reference corvette class vessel that can fulfill a wide range of missions in future contexts of operations. The produced design will be modular and flexible, more energy-efficient, greener, safer, more interoperable, and cyber-secured.

                                                        The EPC will perform offshore patrol vessel missions that the European navies to face the 21st-century challenges. The duration of the project is determined as 24 months. The estimated cost of the project exceeds €65 million, and EU will contribute €60 million.

                                                        The project has the support of the PESCO EPC Program, in which the Defense Ministries of France, Italy, Greece and Spain participate. In 2021, a consortium led by major defense contractors Fincantieri, Naval Group, and Navantia submitted an industrial proposal related to the EPC.

                                                        Here are members of the consortium and their counties;
                                                        • NAVIRIS ITALY (Coordinator)
                                                        • FEAC Engineering – Greece
                                                        • Fincantieri SPA – Italy
                                                        • Force Technology – Denmark
                                                        • HYDRUS Advanced Consolidated Engineering Services S.A. – Greece
                                                        • I.S.D. Integrated Systems Development S.A. – Greece
                                                        • INTRACOM Defense S.A. – Greece
                                                        • Naval Group – France
                                                        • Navantia – Spain
                                                        • Prisma Electronics ABEE – Greece
                                                        • SH Defence – SH Group A/S – Denmark
                                                        • STADT – Norway
                                                        • TERRA SPATIUM – Greece
                                                        • Vestdavit – Norway

                                                        The EPC project is expected to enter the industrialization phase from 2025. The vessels are being considered in Italy to replace the Comandanti-class patrol vessels from 2027 and in France to replace the Floreal-class frigates in the late 2020ies / early 2030ies.


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                                                          The previous history of such multi-national projects doesn't fill me with confidence (see my post above on the NFR-90)

                                                      • Danish Frigate F363 Niels Juel
                                                        Danish Frigate F363 Niels Juel. Danish MoD photo by Henning Jespersen-Skree

                                                        Denmark Announces Significant Investment For Its Navy

                                                        The Danish Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 18 August a plan to invest up to 40 billion DKK ($5.5 billion USD) to strengthen the Royal Danish Navy (Søværnet).

                                                        Naval News Staff 19 Aug 2022

                                                        Danish MoD press release – translated by Naval News

                                                        The war in Ukraine increases the need for stronger, national maritime security equipment. Denmark must be able to build its own warships – and within the coming years this could lead to investments of up to DKK 40 billion. The new partnership will examine and recommend what is needed to support Danish shipbuilding capacity.

                                                        Defense Minister Morten Bødskov today launches a new, national partnership for the maritime area. The partnership must work for a stronger security of supply for the Danish defense and at the same time utilize the enormous potential that exists in the Danish maritime sector to support the ongoing needs of the Defence.
                                                        “With Russia’s attack on Ukraine and the new European security situation, it is more important than ever that Denmark is able to defend itself. Here, security of supply plays a decisive role. It is crucial that the Armed Forces can obtain the material which is absolutely central to ensuring a strong, Danish defence. This applies not least at sea, where Denmark is one of the world’s largest maritime nations,”
                                                        Minister of Defence Morten Bødskov.

                                                        “Within the next few years, the Defence Forces will have to replace a large number of ships. This means purchases in the region of DKK 40 billion. The new partnership will make recommendations so that the Danish maritime defence industry can share in these investments. For the benefit of the Danish defence industry, Danish jobs and not least for Denmark’s security,” says the Minister of Defence.

                                                        The Minister of Defense has appointed Anne H. Steffensen, managing director of Danske Rederier, as chairman of the partnership. Anne H. Steffensen states:
                                                        “We are a large maritime nation with a strong maritime industry both by virtue of our civilian merchant fleet and our navy, which have always had a close interaction. In the coming years, we must strengthen the navy, as a crucial part of Denmark’s defence. A close public-private partnership is the right way to go. In Denmark, we have many competencies that can and must be used when new ships are to be developed and built. As chairman of the new partnership, I look forward to making recommendations on how we can best and on reasonable terms support the needs of the Armed Forces in the maritime area”

                                                        CEO of Dansk Industri, Lars Sandahl Sørensen, states:

                                                        “To that extent, we look forward to contributing very actively to the new partnership, with the knowledge, technology and innovation we possess in the business world. It is a natural extension of the national compromise on Danish security policy, which we in the business community fully support. Stronger Danish security requires further intensified, close cooperation between defense and industry. We have a proud tradition of developing and building ships for Danish defence, and with this partnership we continue and strengthen this.”

                                                        Dansk Metal’s chairman, Claus Jensen, states:

                                                        “Denmark faces massive maritime investments in the coming years, which Danish shipyards can bid on. It is visionary that one politically wants to combine defense policy and industrial policy. This is what we at Dansk Metal have been calling for for many years – it could become a new business adventure and create lots of Danish jobs. The maritime partnership ensures that everyone works in the same direction for the benefit of Denmark.”

                                                        Facts about the partnership

                                                        The new, national partnership for the maritime area must ensure coordination across the state, industry, professional organizations and financial institutions. This applies, among other things, to the work to strengthen Denmark’s national shipbuilding capacity.

                                                        The partnership must prepare an analysis that results in concrete recommendations on how we can best support the Norwegian Armed Forces’ long-term needs for ship procurement – among other things by ensuring that Denmark has the skills to design, build and maintain warships.

                                                        The partnership is made up of members appointed by the following organisations:

                                                        Ministry of Defense (“Deputy Chairman”)
                                                        The Defense Command at the Defense Ship Programme
                                                        The Ministry of Defence’s Materiel and Procurement Agency
                                                        Ministry of Business
                                                        Ministry of Education and Research
                                                        Danish Industry
                                                        Danish Metal
                                                        Danish Maritime
                                                        3F Industry
                                                        Insurance & Pension
                                                        Maritime DTU
                                                        MARTEC in Frederikshavn

                                                        The partnership’s secretariat is managed by the Ministry of Defense in collaboration with The Ministry of Business and the Ministry of Education and Research.


                                                        • Finnish Navy Minelayer ran aground during exercise
                                                          Finnish minelayer Pyhäranta (92) (Finnish Navy photo)

                                                          Finnish Navy Minelayer Ran Aground During Exercise

                                                          The Finnish Navy's Pansio-class minelayer Pyhäranta (pennant number:92) ran aground on August 24, 2022, during Finnish Coastal Fleet's live-firing exercises west of Örö (a large island in the Archipelago Sea in Finland).

                                                          Naval News Staff 25 Aug 2022

                                                          Finnish Navy press release – Translated by Naval News

                                                          The minesweeper Pyhäranta ran aground today, 24 August 2022 at 18:30 west of Örö in connection with the Coast Fleet firing exercise. No personal or environmental damage was caused.

                                                          There was damage to the structures in the bow of the ship, which resulted in small water leaks in the bow compartment of the ship. The crew of the ship moved quickly to isolate the damage and avoid water intake; the ship’s status is stable. No oil has leaked from the ship into the sea. There is no need to evacuate the ship’s crew.

                                                          Navy divers are inspecting the external parts of the ship under the water surface during the evening, after which the ship is preparing to break contact with the seabed. There are other Finnish Navy vessels in the area. In addition, the Coast Fleet’s oil spill response vessel Halli and the Border Guard’s external guard vessel Tursas are on the scene and will assist the command as needed and secure the situation in case of environmental damage.
                                                          Finnish minelayer Pyhäranta (Finnish Navy photo)

                                                          The Coast Fleet is the standby group of the Finnish Navy responsible for securing territorial integrity at sea. The minesweeper Pyhaeranta is one of three Pansio-class minesweepers. The minesweeper, along with several other ships of the Coastal Fleet, participated in the firing exercise taking place this week at the Örö firing range. The vessel towed a floating target device for firing from the sea. The situation did not pose a threat to other vessels.
                                                          “The divers were not sent on the mission last night for safety reasons because it was already dark. The ship’s position did not change during the night and no further damage occurred. The weather in the area is good.”
                                                          Commander Juhani Lehtimäki, operations manager of the Finnish Coastal Fleet


                                                          • Rolls-Royce will supply MTU Naval Gensets for F126

                                                            POSTED ON TUESDAY, 06 SEPTEMBER 2022 12:38

                                                            Damen Naval and Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems have signed a contract to deliver 16 mtu diesel generator sets, for the four new F126 Frigates for the German Navy.

                                                            Damen Naval is the main contractor for the construction of the four new F126 frigates for the German Navy. The vessels will be built entirely in Germany and the first is expected to be delivered in 2028 (Picture source: Damen)

                                                            Although DAMEN and Rolls-Royce, whose business unit Power Systems is based in Friedrichshafen, Germany, have a long-standing cooperation in shipbuilding, this is the first time a contract has been awarded for mtu naval diesel generator sets. According to Managing Director of Damen Naval, Hein van Ameijden, the choice was based on Rolls-Royce’s high-end naval oriented mtu solutions and experience on the high-end naval market. “We are delighted to announce the news of this contract and the fact we have found another German partner for this prestigious and important project for the Bundeswehr. We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce and its mtu solutions again.”

                                                            Efficiency, fuel savings and maintenance reductions

                                                            The onboard power of each F126 vessel will be provided by four mtu Series 4000 variable speed gensets. These high performance gensets are the most environmentally friendly naval gensets Rolls-Royce has ever produced: They meet the requirements of the IMO III emissions directive thanks to state-of-the-art mtu selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. Due to their variable speed capability, the engines can be operated efficiently, saving fuel and reducing maintenance. The agreement also includes an Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package. It is the second F126 contract awarded to Rolls-Royce; earlier this year Damen Naval chose the company to supply the automation solutions mtu NautIQ Master and mtu NautIQ Foresight.

                                                            Paul Röck, Director Sales Governmental at Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems, said: “We are extremely proud to once again be chosen by Damen Naval as partner in this very important and prestigious project. Our advanced sustainable solutions for both power and control of the F126 vessels will play a key role in ensuring the frigates’ reliability, efficiency, and operational success.”

                                                            Rolls-Royce will deliver mtu Series 4000 gensets similar to the one pictured for the F126 frigates, bedded on specialist mounts and surrounded by an acoustic enclosure. Not pictured: the mtu SCR system for fulfilling the IMO III emissions directive (Picture source: Damen)

                                                            The future of high-end naval applications

                                                            Mr Van Ameijden adds: “The biggest advantage of the variable speed generator set is reduction of fuel consumption at part load operation. For Damen Naval it is the first time that variable speed generator sets are applied on Naval vessels in combination with a DC Grid. We expect that this type of configuration will be the new standard in high-end naval applications.”

                                                            With this contract, Rolls-Royce continues its decades-long cooperation with the German Navy. Vessels such as the predecessor frigate classes F124 and F125 as well as the corvettes K130 are equipped with mtu engines and diesel generator sets from Rolls-Royce. The diesel generator sets will provide electrical power to the F126 combined diesel electric and diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system. The CODLAD propulsion system provides a top speed of more than 26 knots. The first diesel generator sets will be delivered early 2024 to the yard.

                                                            In June 2020, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded the construction contract for the four F126 frigates to Dutch shipbuilder Damen as the general contractor with its sub-contractors Blohm+Voss and Thales. The ships will be constructed entirely in Germany at shipyards in Wolgast, Kiel and Hamburg. The first ship will be handed over in Hamburg in 2028. The contract includes an option for two further frigates.


                                                            • Poland’s frigate programme, MIECZNIK
                                                              Artist impression of the future frigate of the Polish Navy. Babcock image.

                                                              Babcock Wins Contracts For Poland’s MIECZNIK Frigate Programme

                                                              Babcock, the international defence company, has secured two further contracts relating to Poland’s frigate programme, MIECZNIK (Swordfish).

                                                              Naval News Staff 07 Sep 2022

                                                              Babcock press release

                                                              The Class Design Contract and the Transfer of Knowledge & Skills (TOKAT) framework agreement respectively support the further development of the programme and the enhancement of shipbuilding capability in Poland to deliver MIECZNIK to schedule. The two contracts underpin the strong economic and trade relations between the United Kingdom and Poland.

                                                              Babcock was earlier this year chosen as the platform design provider and technology partner for Poland’s new frigate programme. Babcock is supporting the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium for three Arrowhead 140 frigates to be built in Polish shipyards by a local workforce, drawing significantly from Polish suppliers and Babcock’s global supply chain.

                                                              The MIECZNIK programme is an important addition to Babcock’s established support to international defence customers across the globe and its continued international growth ambitions.

                                                              The Class Design contract is key to supporting the maturity of the MIECZNIK frigate and the provision of a design documentation package to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ S.A) for submission to the Classification Authority. This critical and timely process in the contract will drive forward the next stage of the engineering process and support the programme to achieve cut steel of Ship 1 in 2023.

                                                              Under the TOKAT framework contract, Babcock will share its technology, engineering expertise and industry know-how with PGZ S.A., PGZ SW and Remontowa Ship Building with the aim to transform their shipyards and deliver the MIECZNIK programme for the Polish Navy. The cooperation will include human resources development and staff training, support in infrastructure upgrades planning and the implementation of tools and technologies.

                                                              Babcock announced its MIECZNIK frigate programme contracts during MSPO, the 30th International Defence Industry event held in Kielce, Poland.

                                                              Babcock CEO David Lockwood said:
                                                              “I am delighted with the progress on the Polish MIECZNIK programme. Our work in Poland builds on the shared interests of the NATO countries. Babcock will deliver first-class frigates that will contribute significantly to the sovereign defence capability in Poland. We look forward to building on our close working relationship with the PGZ-MIECZNIK Consortium.”

                                                              Earlier this year Babcock supported the opening of a new PGZ S.A Project Management Office in Gdynia, Poland, that will manage the in-country delivery of the country’s MIECZNIK frigate programme.

                                                              Poland’s MIECZNIK frigate programme is the second export contract for Arrowhead 140 following the first order of a design licence agreement with PT PAL in Indonesia for two frigates. Babcock was announced as the preferred bidder for the UK Type 31 frigate programme in 2019, with the contract confirmed in November of the same year.


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                                                                It's an interesting to get a 17,000km range ship to operate in the Baltic.

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                                                                Well, it's not going to have to go into Port to refuel very often.............

                                                            • Three FDI HN patrolling the Agean Sea
                                                              Artist impression: Three FDI HN patrolling the Agean Sea. Naval Group image.

                                                              ‘FDI HN Will Dominate The Aegean Sea’ – Hellenic Navy

                                                              During a recent visit to the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient, Naval News had the chance to interview a Hellenic Navy Commodore on the FDI HN program.

                                                              Xavier Vavasseur 09 Sep 2022

                                                              The program for three frigates (plus one as option) for the Hellenic Navy was signed on 24 March 2022. According to Naval Group, the FDI HN will quickly and sustainably enhance the capabilities of the Hellenic Navy’s surface fleet as they will be delivered in a very short timeframe, starting in 2025 for the first two units and in 2026 for the third one.

                                                              Naval News had the chance to ask a few questions to Commodore Theocharis Chatzopoulos, the Commanding Officer of the Hellenic Navy Detachment in Lorient.

                                                              Commodore Theocharis Chatzopoulos (third from right) is the Commanding Officer of the Hellenic Navy Detachment in Lorient. Naval Group picture.
                                                              Naval News: What is your role and the role of your crew here at the shipyard?

                                                              Commodore Theocharis Chatzopoulos: The mission and tasks of the Hellenic Navy’s Detachment in Lorient is to coordinate all required actions in relation to the proper implementation of the relevant Contract and to monitor the shipbuilding process and progress.

                                                              Naval News: How important will the FDI be for the Hellenic Navy?

                                                              Commodore Theocharis Chatzopoulos: FDI’s insertion in the Hellenic Fleet will be a pivotal point towards rejuvenating required capacities to address the security challenges of the coming decades in our Area of Interest.

                                                              These powerful combatants will dominate the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean flying proudly the Greek Flag.

                                                              Naval News: How is the level of cooperation between the Hellenic Navy and the French Navy and industry, and is the cooperation satisfactory

                                                              Commodore Theocharis Chatzopoulos: The cooperation of the Hellenic Navy and Industry in the context of FDI program is just starting to take place, so all I can say at this point is that there are promising signs of a smooth and productive collaboration. I am looking forward to maintain and even improve current level of cooperation all the way along, until the delivery of all vessels within the contractual dates and within their contractual specifications.

                                                              Hellenic and French Navy cooperation has gained a new momentum within the recently established strategic cooperation framework between the two countries. In that context it is a multidimensional one, expanding beyond the FDI program on various levels and fields: strategic to tactical, operations and exercises, training and education, logistics to name only a few.

                                                              Naval News recently had an exclusive access to the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient and could see the first blocks of the FDI HN. Here is our video coverage:

                                                              Technical specifications of the FDI HN
                                                              • Displacement: 4,500 tons
                                                              • Length: 122 meters
                                                              • Beam: 18 metres
                                                              • Maximum speed: 27 knots
                                                              • operational availability: 3,500 hours per year
                                                              • aviation facility: 10 ton-class helicopter, VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

                                                              The main weapon systems of the FDI HN are:
                                                              • 32 Aster missiles developed by MBDA
                                                              • 8 Exocet MM40 B3C missiles developed by MBDA
                                                              • RAM missiles
                                                              • MU 90 torpedoes developed by Naval Group
                                                              • 76 mm gun
                                                              • 4 torpedo tubes
                                                              • CANTO counter measures developed by Naval Group


                                                              • European Patrol Corvette to get fresh money from EU coffers

                                                                By Tom Kington

                                                                Sep 9, 11:40 PM

                                                                The European Patrol Corvette program could begin sailing the continent's waters around the turn of the decade. (Fincantieri image)

                                                                ROME — Nations teaming to build a flagship European corvette with the help of EU funding are looking ahead to a €200 million, or $202 million, investment from the bloc’s defense coffers next year to build the first prototype.

                                                                The so-called European Patrol Corvette (EPC) program, which teams Italy, France, Spain and Greece as launch partners has already received a €60 million ($60.5 million) cash injection from the European Defense Fund (EDF) this year for development of the vessel.

                                                                But the funding will continue in 2023, an Italian navy official told Defense News.

                                                                “Next year the EDF will issue a ‘call’ for participants to push on with the program, with a EU grant of around 200 million euros to be available, leading to the production of the first prototype,” said Captain Andrea Quondamatteo, the EPC project coordinator and head of the Capability Development Office at the Italian Navy General Staff in Rome.

                                                                Up to 110 meters long and displacing up to 3,300 tonnes, the European Patrol Corvette is being touted as a poster child for European defense integration, with Denmark and Norway joining the original members last year.

                                                                The EDF signed off on the first 60 million euros in July, with the cash available by year end for development work covering areas like propulsion, integration of unmanned platforms and modular design which will allow nations to put their own radars, combat systems and armaments on board.

                                                                Studies are also underway to cut the crew count by 30 percent from previous standards.

                                                                Beyond the core industrial involvement of Spain’s Navantia, France’s Naval Group, Italy’s Fincantieri and Navaris – the joint venture launched by the latter two firms – 40 firms from 12 nations are now on board, including Kongsberg, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, MAN and MTU.

                                                                The large number of propulsion specialists involved reflect work underway to see if full electric propulsion is an option for the vessel.

                                                                As talks have continued, Italy and Spain have come out in favour of a full combat variant of the corvette, while France and Spain are opting to pursue a long-range version.

                                                                “The full combat version would be designed for use in the Mediterranean with anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities including surface-to-air missiles and torpedoes,” said Quondamatteo.

                                                                An Italian version might feature a 3-inch caliber gun, a Close In Weapon System and a Point Defense Missile System, while all versions would host a medium-size helicopter and a modular mission bay, he said.

                                                                “By 2027 or 2028, about half the corvettes in service in the world will be near the end of their operational lives, so I believe this new and innovative naval program may find a market inside and outside the EU,” he said.

                                                                Italy has sped ahead with national funding already for the program, while this year’s defense budget document suggests it is also working on a national program for a smaller patrol vessel dubbed PPX, with a displacement of about 2,000 tonnes.

                                                                That vessel could enter service as soon as 2026, four years ahead of the corvette. The defense document cites a need for a total of eight vessels, including both PPX and corvettes.

                                                                France and Spain are meanwhile both expected to order six corvettes.

                                                                The €60 million for development work is to be topped up to €90 million ($91 million) by the partner nations and the program will also receive a boost thanks to being inserted in the EU’s so-called Permanent Structured Cooperation, or Pesco, list of recommended pan-European defense programs designed to create synergies among EU defense firms.

                                                                According to EU rules, programs awarded European Defense Fund cash get a 10 percent bonus in the funding rate if they are already PESCO projects.

                                                                The teaming of Italy and France on the program follows the two nations’ work together on the Horizon frigate program.

                                                                Enrico Bonetti, COO at Naviris, told Defense News that one lesson learned from the Horizon program was the need for partners to continue to work together after the vessels go into operation.

                                                                “The fleets were operated separately, but software becomes obsolete fast. This time the nations need better structures to manage the vessels jointly during the operational lives,” he said.​


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                                                                  Hello money-sink

                                                              • French Navy embraces commercial tech for directed energy, drones

                                                                By Vivienne Machi

                                                                Sep 13, 06:44 AM

                                                                The French defense ministry has qualified the Aliaca surveillance drone, made by France-based Survey Copter, for use on naval ships. (Survey Copter photo)

                                                                PARIS — The French Navy is setting its sights on commercially developed drones and laser weapons to field new capabilities before the end of the 2020s, a senior service officer said on Monday.

                                                                “We need to go faster to keep up with the threats and to keep up with our competitors. We cannot wait until 2030 for some capabilities,” said Rear Adm. Eric Malbruno, the deputy for planning and programs in the office of the Navy Chief of Staff.

                                                                To do so, the service needs to embrace and field disruptive technologies, and specifically off-the-shelf capabilities, he told reporters during a press briefing in Paris. The briefing kicked off the biennial conference organized by the French naval industry group GICAN – which stands for Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activités Navales – held ahead of the Euronaval trade conference scheduled for Oct. 18-22 here.

                                                                Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and directed-energy and electromagnetic weapons were key technology areas where the Navy is looking for products that are ready for operational testing out-of-the-box.

                                                                “Unmanned vehicles at large … are one of the domains where we are not at the state of the art, but we are recovering some experience on that,” Malbruno said. As an example, he referenced the service’s recent delivery of a new mini UAS dubbed SMDMfor “Systèmes de Mini-Drones aériens embarqués de la Marine,” built by Airbus subsidiary Survey Copter. The Navy in 2020 signed a contract worth €19.7 million ($19.73 million) for 11 systems, which includes 22 aircraft.

                                                                The SMDM is a “great illustration of a successful integration of light capability that significantly increases the platform capability,” Malbruno said.

                                                                The Camcopter S-100 UAV, built by Austrian company Schiebel Group, is another example of a recent off-the-shelf drone procurement for the Navy, Malbruno said. The rotary-wing vehicle has been integrated aboard the service’s Mistral-class helicopter carrier Dixmude.

                                                                The service is also interested in exploring off-the-shelf directed-energy and electromagnetic weapons, Malbruno said. The service will perform a live-fire test of a laser weapon system against a target from a French Navy ship for the first time in 2023, he shared, but declined to provide additional details.

                                                                Additionally, “we are investigating the potential of electromagnetic weapons in operational applications like tactical and anti-air warfare,” he added.

                                                                The goal is for the Navy to “take more risks, and to get the appropriate capability, not the state-of-the-art one … that would be too late,” Malbruno said. The service is also interested in standalone capabilities that can be quickly tested on a ship. “Is it necessary to get fully integrated capabilities? I would say no,” Malbruno said.​