Construction for guided-missile frigate Constellation set to begin

by Michael Fabey

The US Navy recently exercised an option to acquire the guided-missile frigate Chesapeake (FFG 64). (US Navy)

Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is set to start building the first Constellation-class guided-missile frigate (FFG 62) close to the scheduled construction-start time, programme sources confirmed.

FMM and US Navy (USN) sources say Constellation work will begin during the US summer – that started 21 June and ends 22 September – but a source familiar with the programme told Janes the shipbuilder will likely begin construction in August.

That start is a bit later than the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) had indicated in its annual report on major Pentagon acquisition programmes, released on 8 June.

“The [FFG 62] programme office confirmed that the programme delayed the start of lead ship construction planned for April 2022,” the GAO reported. “The official said that the programme now plans to begin construction in July 2022.”

Officially, though, FMM spokesperson Eric Dent told Janes, “We are planning to start construction of the lead ship, the future USS Constellation, this summer.”


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Keel laid for first new Bulgarian MMPV

by Aleksandar Mladenov & Krasimir Grozev

The keel-laying ceremony for the first of two Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessels to be built for the Bulgarian Navy was held on 17 June at MTG Dolphin's shipyard near Varna, in the attendance of country's president, Rumen Radev, and the minister of defence, Dragomir Zakov. (Bulgarian Navy)

German shipbuilder NVL Group (formerly Lürssen Werft) held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessels (MMPVs) on order for the Bulgarian Navy at the yard of its local shipbuilding partner MTG Dolphin in Varna, Bulgaria on 17 June.

The new ship, named Hrabri (12), is planned to be delivered to the Bulgarian Navy in late 2025. Meanwhile, the keel for sister ship Smeli (11) will be laid in early 2023 and is expected to be handed over in late 2026.

The MMPVs are being built under a contract signed with NVL Group on 12 November 2020 valued at BGN820 million (USD473 million). The vessels are based on the NVL Group's OPV-90 model.


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Indonesian shipyard begins work on new missile-capable ‘president ship'

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Indonesian private shipyard PT Karimun Anugrah Sejati (KAS) has begun work on a new guided-missile corvette that will double up as transport for dignitaries such as the Indonesian president.

A ceremony to mark the vessel's “first steel-cutting” and keel-laying was held on 9 June at PT KAS's shipbuilding facilities in Batam, Indonesia, a representative from the company has confirmed with Janes . It will be known as KRI Bung Karno once it is commissioned.

Actual work on the vessel's keel began in March 2022, but the “first steel-cutting” ceremony was held in conjunction with a visit by the Indonesian Navy's Logistics Assistant to the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Puguh Santoso, to the facilities that day, the company said.

An IDR300 billion (USD20.2 million) contract to build the vessel was signed between PT KAS and the Indonesian defence in 2021. It has an overall length of about 73 m and will be powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M71 diesel engines that can propel the vessel to a top speed of 24 kt and a cruising speed of 16 kt.


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Naval Group lays keel for first new Dutch MCMV

by Kate Tringham

Naval Group held a keel-laying ceremony for the Dutch navy's first new MCMV, Vlissingen , in Lanester on 14 June. (Belgium Naval & Robotics)

French shipbuilder Naval Group held a keel-laying ceremony for the first new mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) on order for the Royal Netherlands Navy in Lanester on 14 June.

The new vessel, named Vlissingen , is the second of the 12 MCMVs on order for the Belgian and the Netherlands (BE/NL) navies under their joint replacement rMCM programme.

The latest milestone follows the keel laying for the Belgian Navy's first ship, Oostende (M 940), in Concarneau in November 2021.

The Belgium-led BE/NL MCM programme is being delivered by Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium of Naval Group and ECA Group – under a contract awarded in May 2019. Valued at almost EUR2 billion (USD2.4 billion), the contract includes the supply of 12 2,800-tonne displacement mother ships (six for each navy) and an MCM ‘toolbox' of unmanned/autonomous systems that will equip the vessels.


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