Hellenic Navy set to receive new special operations vessel

by Dimitrios Mitsopoulos

Agenor was built with funding provided by the Hellenic Navy. (Dimitrios Mitsopoulos)

Hellenic Shipyards is preparing to hand over the first domestically designed and built special operations craft (SOC) to the Hellenic Navy in the coming weeks, the shipbuilder has told Janes.

The new vessel, named Agenor, was built with funding provided by the Hellenic Navy. It was launched on 30 July and is currently completing sea trials.

The SOC is based on a design provided by Navinco featuring a deep V-shaped hull manufactured from aluminium alloy, which was donated by ElvalHalcor. Displacing 22 tonnes, the craft has an overall length of 17.60 m, a beam of 4.20 m and a draught of 0.95 m. It is powered by two 1,200 hp MAN V8 engines providing a cruise speed of 35 kt and a top speed of more than 45 kt at full load. It can carry a maximum payload of 4.5 tonnes.


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Argentine and Peruvian navies focus on joint submarine training as they eye fleet revamps

by Alejandro Sanchez

Argentine sailors train aboard Peruvian submarine. (Peruvian Navy)

As the Argentine and Peruvian navies revamp their struggling submarine fleets, the two countries' maritime forces are focusing on joint training to help retain their subsea operational capability.

Joint training programmes aboard Peruvian submarines have become a catalyst to increase training ties between the navies of Argentina and Peru. Educational exchanges of naval personnel and joint training are not uncommon and the most recent wrinkle includes putting Argentine sailors aboard Peruvian submarines for training.

This initiative occurred for the first time in 2018 after the loss of Argentina's TR-1700-class diesel-electric submarine ARA San Juan (S-42) on 17 November 2017, hampering Argentina's ability to conduct – or prepare for – subsea operations. The Peruvian navy offered to support the training process of its counterpart. “As long as the Argentine navy does not have the necessary resources [for submarine training], they can count on the support of the Peruvian Navy,” a retired Peruvian naval officer told Janes, on condition of anonymity.

The most recent training programme, from 17 October to 6 November, involved three Argentine officers and 13 non-commissioned officers who took courses at Peru's submarine school.


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Naval Group lays keel for first new Belgian MCM vessel

by Kate Tringham

A keel laying ceremony for the first of 12 new MCMVs being built for the BE/NL next-generation offboard MCM programme took place at Piriou shipyard in Concarneau, France on 30 November. (Belgian MoD)

French shipbuilder Naval Group held a keel laying ceremony for the Belgian Navy's new mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) at Piriou Shipyard in Concarneau, France, on 30 November.

The new vessel, named Oostende (M 940), is the first of 12 MCMVs on order for the Belgian and Netherlands (BE/NL) navies under the joint next-generation offboard MCM programme. The new MCM capability is intended to replace the Belgian Navy's five Tripartite minehunters and support ship Godetia , and six Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) Tripartite minehunters.

The Belgium-led BE/NL MCM programme is being delivered by Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium of Naval Group and French 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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Peru takes delivery of corvette BAP Guise

by Guy Toremans

Pictured here is Peruvian Navy corvette BAP Guise , which was handed over in South Korea on 26 November 2021. (Peruvian Navy)

The Peruvian Navy took delivery of its new corvette BAP Guise on 26 November.

Guise , the former Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Po Hang-class corvette ROKS Suncheon , was commissioned in June 1989 and decommissioned on 24 December 2019.

Prior to the handover, the corvette underwent an extensive hull, mechanical, and electric overhaul. The ships' MTU 125V956 TB 82 diesel engines and GE LM 2500 gas turbine were disassembled and reviewed, and new parts were installed where necessary.

The two MM-38 Exocet missile launchers, the Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes and associated computers in the operations room were removed. All other weapon and sensor systems remained onboard.

A bakery and a sickbay have been installed to enable the ship to operate for longer deployments and the crew's accommodations were improved in line with the Peruvian standards.

Between 5 April and 4 July 2021, a Peruvian naval commission inspected the corvette.

After arriving in Peru, Guise


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