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ROYAL NAVY'S FIRST CARRIER SUPPORT SHIP HANDED OVER A YEAR LATE
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Source: U.K. Royal Navy


Source: U.K. Royal Navy


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LONDON - The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MoD) received the first of what will eventually be four new Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) carrier support ships on January 17. The ship arrives a year late after experiencing teething pains at the shipbuilder, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), in South Korea. Following a stretch of customization with A&P yard at Falmouth and capability assessment trials in the U.K. the ship, RFA Tidespring, is expected to enter service towards the end of 2017.

The problem is that this ship was slated to enter service in September 2016 as part of an effort to replace the single-hulled ships no longer up to international standards.

The new 37,000-ton four-hulled oil tankers being built for the Royal Navy's logistical and operational support body were purchased for roughly $600 million in 2012 as part of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) program, which aims to provide logistical ships for the Royal Navy and deployed maritime task forces through the replacement of the RFA's legacy vessels. The procurement garnered criticism for the path chosen by the MoD: instead of opting for a locally-sourced contract to aid domestic shipbuilders the ministry put the tender out for international bidding. Though designed by Britain's BMT Defense Services, the ships are instead being built by DSME.

The original delivery schedule foresaw all four ships being handed over to the MoD by April 2017. Instead the revamped timeline is for all ships to be in the MoD fold by year-end 2018. Once in service with the RFA the new tankers will carry ship and aviation fuel for the Royal Navy, as well as hold ammunition and solid stores.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/a-year-late-uk-receives-first-carrier-suppor
Source Date: January 17, 2017
Posted: 01/20/2017

 
 
FRANCE ORDERS FOURTH BATIMENT MULTI-MISSION VESSEL
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Source: French MoD


Source: French MoD


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PARIS - France's Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) agency placed an order on January 18 with joint Piriou and DCNS subsidiary Kership for the delivery of a fourth Batiment Multi-Mission vessel, or B2M.

The original December 2013 order by the DGA included an option for the fourth ship, rounding out an element that will add to the French Navy's future force structure as outlined under the last Defense White Paper (released in 2013) that is expected to be in place by 2025. That force structure will involve 4 ballistic missile submarines, 4-6 attack submarines, 1 aircraft carrier, 15 "first-rate" frigates, 6 light surveillance frigates, 15 patrol boats, and 3 BPC (Batiment de Projection et de Commandement) force projection and command ships (the current Mistral class fulfills this requirement), plus a renewal of mine warfare assets (slated for around 2020).

The first B2M, the D'Entrecasteaux, was commissioned on March 25, 2016. The second-in-class, Bougainville, was commissioned on September 16, 2016, and the third, Champlain, is slated for delivery this year. The newly-ordered fourth ship, to be called Dumont d'Urville, will be delivered in the second half of 2018.

The B2M ships are derived from an offshore support vessel design. Each ship displaces around 2,300 tons and has a top speed of 12-15 knots. They are capable of carrying out missions of up to 30 days without refueling and are able to remain deployed at sea for 200 days per year. The B2Ms are able to forward-deploy 20 personnel with two 4x4 vehicles, plus weapons and ammunition. In French service they are used for monitoring and protecting France's exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and the deployment of forces in support of humanitarian, peacekeeping and security missions.

The B2Ms are replacing the 1980s-legacy Batral-class light transport ships.

Source:  DGA
Associated URL: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/180439/france-orders-fo
Source Date: January 18, 2017
Posted: 01/20/2017

 
 
ROLLS-ROYCE TO SUPPLY MTU ENGINES FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE VESSELS IN TURKEY
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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SAR 1906 powered by two 8V 2000 M84L engines

Source: Rolls-Royce Power Systems


SAR 1906 powered by two 8V 2000 M84L engines

Source: Rolls-Royce Power Systems


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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany - Rolls-Royce will supply MTU diesel engines for six new search and rescue vessels to be built by Damen Shipyards and operated by the Turkish Coastguard. Damen Shipyards has been awarded a contract by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ankara to build the vessels which will each feature two 8-cylinder MTU Series 2000 engines.

The boats will support ongoing operations to rescue migrants and refugees from crisis areas along the Turkish coast. They are designed to be self-righting, should they capsize, the MTU engines will keep on running even in the extreme event that the vessel completes a full 360° vertical roll around its longitudinal axis. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

The six new vessels will be built by Damen Shipyards Antalya with the first delivery expected in May 2017 and the remainder by the end of the year. The vessels are designed and equipped to operate as lifeboats, and the aluminum hull is based on Damen’s Axe-Bow technology. The MTU 8V 2000 M84L engines enable a top speed of 33 knots for search and rescue operations.

Source:  Rolls-Royce Power Systems
Associated URL: rrpowersystems.com
Source Date: January 19, 2017
Posted: 01/20/2017

 

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