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    Naming and Commissioning Ceremony for New Naval Service Vessel Lé James Joyce

    (Source: Ireland Ministry of Defence; issued September 1, 2015)

    The Irish Naval Service’s first OPV, Samuel Beckett, is the lead ship for a class of three vessels, two of which have now been commissioned with the third to follow in mid-2016. (Ireland Defence Force photo)

    An Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D and Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Defence attended this afternoon at the naming and commissioning ceremonies for the new Naval Service ship, LÉ James Joyce berthed at the Carlisle Pier in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.

    The event was attended by members of the Joyce family with the naming ceremony carried out by a grandniece of James Joyce, Ms. Carol Joyce.

    In his address, An Taoiseach said that “It is a great pleasure for me as Taoiseach to welcome the second of three new ships as it commences a long and industrious career in service with the Defence Forces”.

    The Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D. said that “The naming and commissioning of the ship carries with it a great sense of pride and anticipation for all Naval Service personnel. LÉ James Joyce will be a tremendous asset to the Naval Service. I know that the ship’s first captain, Lieutenant Commander Brian Dempsey and his crew are eagerly looking forward to working up the new ship to its full potential.”

    An Taoiseach commended all involved in the build project of the ship. He particularly thanked the main contractor Babcock Marine Appledore, part of the Babcock International Group in the United Kingdom, members of the Naval Service and the Department of Defence and everyone who played a part leading to the arrival of this impressive Naval Service vessel into Dun Laoghaire today.

    An Taoiseach also added “that the Naval Service presents a wide range of challenging roles to all of its personnel, now more than ever before. The continuing success of the Naval Service in fulfilling the roles of fishery protection, marine search & rescue and its many other tasks has resulted in a much more widespread public appreciation of the importance of the Naval Service to the entire community. The recent actions of both LÉ Eithne and LÉ Niamh in the Mediterranean have brought home to us the clear professionalism of Naval Service personnel in carrying out the very difficult tasking in that area. We all appreciate the tremendous work the Naval Service continues to do in the region.

    Mr. Kenny finished by extending his very best wishes and that of the Government to the Captain and crew of LÉ James Joyce.

    Current ships replacement programme

    The Department is currently in the midst of a three ships replacement programme. Following a tender competition, a contract was placed in October 2010 with Babcock Marine, UK, for the provision of two new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Naval Service with the option of a third OPV.

    Two of the ships, LÉ Samuel Beckett (named and commissioned May 2014) and LÉ James Joyce (to be named and commissioned today Tuesday 1st September 2015) have been delivered.

    In June 2014 the Department exercised the option under the original contract to place an order for a third OPV (to be named LÉ William Butler Yeats) which is scheduled for delivery in the middle of 2016.

    The value of the contract, including the third ship, is €199,358,000, inclusive of VAT. The cost of the main armaments for the three ships is €13.1m, inclusive of VAT.


  3. #123

    Friday, 04 September 2015 12:39

    MSPO 2015: TKMS Unveiled a New Variant of MEKO A-100 PL With Energy Saving Hull Design

    At MSPO 2015, the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Poland which took place in Kielce from the 1 to 4 September 2015, German naval vessels designer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) unveiled a new variant of the MEKO A-100 PL with a unique "Energy Saving Hull Design".

    At MSPO 2015, the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Poland which took place in Kielce from the 1 to 4 September 2015, German naval vessels designer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) unveiled a new variant of the MEKO A-100 PL with a unique "Energy Saving Hull Design".

    The generic MEKO A-100 corvette design (scale model at the bottom) and the new variant with energy saving hull design (image at the top).

    Poland has expressed a future need for six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) in two configurations: a mine warfare configuration and a coastal defence variant (three vessels in each variant) with significant combat capabilities in all four domains (anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine and electronic warfare).

    The new MEKO variant shown by TKMS' Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) represented an example of the mine warfare configuration to answer the Polish Navy need. (This hull design is available for all variants however).

    Talking to Navy Recognition, a TKMS representative explained that the new "Energy Saving Hull Design" allows the vessel to go 1.5 knots faster compared to the regular hull (at equal power output) which translates in a 5% increase in speed approximately. They insisted on the fact that this is not an inverted bow (like Ulstein X-Bow). Dimensions of the hull should otherwise remain quite similar to those of ORP Slazak or generic MEKO A-100 design. Poland recently launched the Slazak OPV, its first naval vessel launch in years, which is based on the MEKO A-100 design. TKMS representative explained that their Polish partner for the six OPV tender is Naval Shipyard Gdynia S.A.

    At MSPO 2015, the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Poland which took place in Kielce from the 1 to 4 September 2015, German naval vessels designer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) unveiled a new variant of the MEKO A-100 PL with a unique "Energy Saving Hull Design".

    The new MEKO A-100 design unveiled at MSPO 2015. The variant shown here is the Mine Counter Measures (MCM) one.

    TKMS representatives stressed that final weapons and systems fit depends on customer requirements, but the 3D image on display at MSPO showed the following equipment:
    A BAE Systems Bofors 57mm main gun, 2x Rheinmetall MLG27 remote weapon stations fitted on each side of the bridge, 2x Oto Melara MARLIN WS 30mm remote weapon stations on each side of the helicopter hangar, 2x 12.7mm manned weapon stations behind the bridge, 1x MBDA SIMBAD-RC short range anti-air self defence system fitted on top of the helicopter hangar, 2x Rheinmetall MASS decoy launchers. Sensors include a Thales SMART-S Mk2 radar, a Thales Kingclip hull sonar, a Thales STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 fire control radar, and a MIRADOR electro-optical observation and fire control system.

    The stern of this new design is quite interesting: The helicopter platform was raised to make room for some mission modules or standard ISO containers (here for mine warfare missions). A crane has been fitted to deploy and retrieve UUVs and ROVs. There appears to be a door system (and maybe a ramp) at the stern to launch and retrieve RHIBS even tough there are davits with RHIBS on each sides of the vessel.

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    Monday, 07 September 2015 08:37

    French Navy Orders Four BSAH OPV from PIRIOU & DCNS Joint Company KERSHIP

    The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has selected the joint bid from PIRIOU and DCNS (KERSHIP) for the supply of four Offshore Patrol Vessels for the French Navy (Marine Nationale) BSAH program (Bâtiments de Soutien et d’Assistance Hauturiers or offshore support and assistance vessels). The contract includes associated maintenance as well. KERSHIP, a joint venture created by the two naval partners, will act as prime contractor for this program which includes two firm vessels and two optional.

    French Navy future BSAH OPV. Picture: Kership

    PIRIOU provides design and construction of vessels characterized by great versatility and an endurance of 30-days. Acting as co-contractor for military studies, DCNS will provide on-board communications systems and will be in charge of maintenance over a period of up to 5 years.

    Pascal Piriou, CEO of PIRIOU group said "This contract is an important foundation of our workload in France for the next three years and a successful bet offer which convinced on technical and price aspects. Our offer is an industrial solution based on a production to take place 100% in France. KERSHIP has clearly become the backbone of our collaboration with DCNS where we concentrate the specific expertise required for winning future export orders thanks to references such as the B2M and BSAH contracts."

    Pierre Legros, director of DCNS Programs, said, "DCNS consolidates its position as major partner of the French Navy by offering its client, in partnership with Piriou, vessels that meet that meet operational requirements. Through its KERSHIP joint venture, DCNS proposes a complete portfolio of entry and mid-range ships backed by French references, from OPVs to specialized support vessel (B2M multimission vessels and BSAH). KERSHIP can also draw on the experience of the original OPV L'Adroit developed by DCNS on its own funds and made available to the French Navy for four years now."

    French Navy future BSAH OPV. Picture: Kership

    The BSAH contract covers the design and construction of ships of 70 meters in length with a full load displacement of about 2,600 tons. Two units of the firm tranche are scheduled for delivery in 2018 while the tranche 2 vessel are expected to be delivered in 2019. The BSAH are intended to be used by the French Navy in connection with the use of forces and in the field of "State action at sea".

    BSAH Missions

    The diversity of the missions led Kership to propose a Supply Vessel with a towing capacity of 80 tons of traction, a navigation speed of 14 knots and a significant endurance of about 30 days without refueling or resuply operations. They will be equipped with an 8 meters boat, several RHIBs and a crane for loading and unloading containers. BSAH will be able to accommodate divers, to carry weapons and ammunitions, to support submarines and surface ships, to tow underwater antennas, as well as to deploy a pollution control dam.

    BSAH main characteristics
    Lengrh Overall: 70,30 m
    Breadth: 15.80 m
    Draft: 5.00 m
    Deadweight: approx. 1000 T
    Loading area on deck: 250 m²
    Speed: 14 knots
    Hull / superstructure: Steel
    Amenities: 17 (crew) + 12 passengers
    Engine: 2 x 2 650 kilowatts
    Generators: 2 x 300 kWe

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    Thailand launches navy's first M58 patrol boat

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

    06 September 2015

    The Royal Thai Navy's (RTN's) first M58 patrol boat has been launched, Thai shipbuilder Marsun confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 September.

    The Royal Thai Navy's M58 patrol boat Laemsing (561), during its launch on 25 August 2015. (Royal Thai Navy)

    The boat, Laemsing (561), was launched on 25 August at the RTN-owned Thonburi Naval Dockyard in Bangkok, Marsun's head of marketing Theerabhat Sroisena told IHS Jane's . The company first announced in December 2013 that it had been awarded the contract to build the 58 m vessel, which is the largest patrol boat the RTN has ordered from Marsun to date.

    According to specifications provided by the company, Laemsing is fitted with a 76/62 main gun, one stern-facing 30 mm cannon, and two 12.7 mm machine guns.

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    Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Takes Delivery of A Second Damen FCS 3307 Patrol

    (Source: Damen Shipyards Group; issued Oct 28, 2015)

    Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (HIOSL) will take delivery of its second Damen Fast Crew Supplier 3307 Patrol just 18 months after a sister vessel entered service in the Nigerian offshore market.

    Established in 2006, HIOSL serves the Nigerian oil and gas industry with a wide range of maritime, security and logistics services. The Lagos headquartered company has ambitious plans to become the leading marine logistics provider in the Nigerian offshore industry.

    Currently undergoing sea trials in Singapore, Guardian 2 is expected to be directly employed when she arrives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in December. HIOSL will then have five patrol vessels in its fleet.

    HIOSL Managing Director Louis Ekere, stresses: “We have had very positive experiences with our first Damen FCS 3307 Patrol – Guardian 1. She has been engaged since day one, working on behalf of the International Oil Companies.”

    Guardian 1 has largely been carrying out security patrol services for the IOCs, working alongside the Nigerian Navy, as well as transferring crew and supplies. “Guardian 1 is definitely the best vessel in the field in terms of speed and intervention abilities. Furthermore, with her unique Damen Sea Axe hull, she has fantastic seakeeping ability and still provides efficient fuel economy, even in rough terrain.” (Guardian 1 was actually named “Best Offshore Patrol Boat” by Work Boat World in 2014.)

    “We chose Damen again for a number of reasons, one of which is the reliability of the vessel. This patrol vessel is an excellent business model. She is robust, fast, with the required speed to intercept in critical situations. Our principals - the IOCs - have also been impressed. Damen’s speed of delivery was also another important factor. In addition, we are very pleased with the level of professionalism and after sales services at Damen.”

    After sales support is provided by Damen’s new Service Hub, which was opened in Port Harcourt in early 2015. Martin Verstraaten, Damen Regional Service Manager Africa, says: “The decision to establish the Service Hub ensures local presence, quick response times, Field Service Engineers and a local Site Manager on the ground. This dynamic team has close contact with local repair facilities, cooperation with local suppliers and builds up a strong relationship with our customers.”

    Further expansion

    HIOSL already has plans for a Guardian No. 3 and No. 4, with the further additions likely in the first half of 2016. As well as patrol vessels, HIOSL is considering expanding its fleet with Platform Supply Vessels. “This will take our company to the next level. We strive to ensure we deliver on our promises to the IOCs in terms of safety, reliability and effectiveness. We also want to make sure we are delivering what the IOCs require and this is one reason we want to work with highly experienced companies like Damen. The IOCs know that we are a professional, well-managed organisation, offering excellent service. And even though the oil price has dipped, oil companies are still keen to explore and develop.

    “We are on track with our own strategic expansion. We try not to overreach ourselves and acquire assets on a speculative basis. As soon as Guardian 2 is registered in Nigeria, she will be out to work!”

    As part of the contract, Damen provides five days of training but HIOSL was also keen for additional training options. Mr Ekere adds: “This extra training would help the crew make sure the vessel performs to its optimal level and realises its full lifespan.”

    In addition to patrol vessels and tugs, HIOSL provides equipment to the IOCs, supplies house boats, barges and cranes and the company operates one of the largest crawler cranes in Nigeria. With offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Warri, HIOSL has a core staff of around 100 and a total of 400.

    Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide.

    In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 15 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,500 repair and maintenance jobs annually.


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    BAE Systems enters partnership with Bangkok Dock to build second OPV for Thai Navy

    Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

    01 November 2015

    BAE Systems has entered eastablished a partnership with Thailand's state-owned naval shipbuilder Bangkok Dock to support the construction of a second modified River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), IHS Jane's has learnt.

    The vessel will be constructed in Thailand to BAE Systems' designs, with the UK company providing Bangkok Dock with technical guidance, consultancy and other assistance, a BAE Systems official said at the Defense & Security 2015 show in Bangkok on 2 November.

    Thailand purchased the River-class OPV design to support Bangkok Dock's earlier construction of HTMS Krabi , which was commissioned in August 2013.

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    Monday, 02 November 2015 08:18

    Video: CMN's Ocean Eagle 43 Trimaran Patrol Vessel Demonstrating Seakeeping in Sea State 5

    French shipyard CMN has just released a video showing its Ocean Eagle trimaran patrol vessel during sea trials in extreme weather conditions (Sea State 5). Thanks to its design, the Ocean Eagle 43 demonstrates exceptional stability. CMN confirmed in September 2013 the signing of a major export contract with Mozambique. The contract includes the delivery of three Ocean Eagle 43 trimaran patrol vessels, three HSI 32 interceptors and eighteen fishing vessels for a total of twenty-four ships.

    CMN built Ocean Eagle 43 Trimaran Patrol Vessel for Mozambique during trials off the coast of Cherbourg in sea state 5. Picture: CMN

    According to the French shipyard, The Ocean Eagle 43 is a revolutionary concept with exceptional performance designed to meet the needs of maritime surveillance and security. It is the result of a fruitful collaboration between CMN, naval architect Nigel Irens, ProLarge and SeaTeam Aviation companies, two small businesses specialized in logistics and operational projects at sea.

    The Ocean Eagle 43 is a compact high-performance multifunction vessel that is suited to protect coastal areas, strategic offshore infrastructures. It can also conduct electronic warfare and intelligence missions through the use of 300 Kg class VTOL UAV (such as the SCHIEBEL S100 Camcopter).

    CMN Video

    The first Ocean Eagle 43 is set to be delivered to the Navy of Mozambique in early 2016 following training of the crew. While the vessels for Mozambique will be delivered without weapons, the Ocean Eagle 43 may be fitted with self-defense capabilities consisting in a 20 mm or 30 mm remote weapons station plus two 12.7 mm machine guns with 360° coverage. A ramp at the stern allows the rapid deployment and recovery of a 7 meters RHIB.

    The OCEAN EAGLE 43 offers an unmatched cost to performance ratio:
    » 3,000 nautical miles autonomy at 20 knots
    » Top speed of 30 knots sustainable over a distance of 1,000 nautical miles
    » Limited crew of 7 sailors
    » Accomodations for 8 additional Special Forces

    At Euronaval 2014, CMN unveiled a mine warfare variant of the Ocean Eagle.

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    Azeri coastguard receives first Saar 62 OPV, plus new Shaldag FAC

    Mrityunjoy Mazumdar, Alameda, California - IHS Jane's Navy International

    10 November 2015

    The Azerbaijan Coast Guard's first Saar 62 offshore patrol vessel (S 201) on its launch cradle at the Ship Construction and Repair Center in Turkan. The ship's equipment fit is visible. Source: President's Office, Azerbaijan

    The Azerbaijan Coast Guard's Ship Construction and Repair Center in Turkan has built the first of up to six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), as well as the coastguard's sixth Shaldag Mk V fast attack craft (FAC).

    The developments were confirmed in a press release from the Azeri Border Guard Service (DSX) - which has jurisdiction over the coastguard - issued at the pre-launch inspection of the vessels by Azeri president Ilham Aliyev in early September.

    The OPV (pennant number S 201) was launched on 9 September; the FAC (pennant number S 306) entered the water on 16 September.

    It is understood that another OPV is in build in the yard's covered construction hall. The hall has capacity for at least three vessels to be constructed simultaneously.

    The coastguard's sixth Shaldag Mk V fast attack craft (S 306), which was launched on 16 September. (Azerbaijan State Border Guard Service)

    The 61.8 m-long, 470-ton Saar 62 has a maximum speed of 32 kt. Armament comprises a 23 mm ZU cannon in a Typhoon remotely controlled weapon system (RCWS), four 12-barrelled launchers for the AMP decoy system, Rafael's MLS-NLOS eight-cell launcher with an integrated electro-optical (EO) device for firing the 25 km Spike NLOS missile, two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns in Mini Typhoon RCWS mounts, and two pintle-mounted 7.62 mm Negev light machine guns (LMGs). Sensors include Elta's EL/M-2228X radar, a mast-mounted Toplite EO fire-control director, a Furuno navigation radar, and a diver detection sonar. The OPV can embark a light helicopter.

    The 32.65 m-long, 95-ton Shaldag Mk V has a maximum speed of 40 kt. Armament includes a 23 mm Typhoon RCWS, two Mini Typhoon RCWSs, LMGs, and a four-tube Spike ER launcher. A Toplite director provides fire control.

    All five Shaldags built to date are operational.

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    Mexican Navy orders three more Damen 4207 patrol vessels

    Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC and Alex Pape, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    05 January 2016

    The Secretariat of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards for three Ténochtitlan-class 42 m patrol vessels that are based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 design.

    The Mexican Navy's third Tenochtitlan-class coastal patrol vessel, Palenque, is shown here. (Damen Shipyards Group)

    "Damen will provide the engineering, material package, technical assistance, and crew training," the Dutch shipbuilder said in a 6 January announcement.

    The vessels are to be built by the navy-run Astilleros de Marina (ASTIMAR) No. 1 shipyard in Tampico, and would bring the Ténochtitlan-class fleet to 10 hulls.

    For the last three or so years SEMAR has sought to modernise Mexico's patrol fleet for its coastal and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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