USCG faces logistical and operational challenges in Alaska for Island-class patrol forces

by Michael Fabey

Older navigation and propulsion systems make it difficult for the US Coast Guard to operate and maintain Island-class patrol forces. (Michael Fabey)

To maintain its Island-class boats and continue patrolling the treacherous Alaskan coast, the US Coast Guard (USCG) must overcome logistical and operational challenges, USCG officials told Janes .

The USCG believes it can keep the 110-ft (33.5 m) Island-class boats operational as the service builds and deploys the replacement fleet of Fast Response Cutters (FRCs). The USCG commissioned its first 154-ft (46.9 m) Sentinel-class John McCormick (WPC-1121) on 14 April 2017 in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Eventually the remaining dozen Island-class vessels will be replaced by FRCs, countrywide. Alaska USCG officials are planning to keep patrols going until then.

“I'm very confident we can maintain the 110s beyond their scheduled decommissionings right now,” Commander Timothy Boettner, commander of the Ketchikan USCG base that supports the regional ship needs, told Janes in July.

He said there are three Island-class boats in Western Alaska and two FRCs supported by Ketchikan.


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First turret completed for upgraded Dutch CV90

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The first upgraded Dutch CV90 with a redesigned turret left the BSH plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September. (Dutch MoD)

The first-of-type (FOT) upgraded Dutch CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) left the BAE Systems Hägglunds (BSH) plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, on 26 September, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on the same day.

A BSH spokesperson told Janes on 30 September that the first turret for the Dutch CV90 mid-life upgrade (MLU) was completed on time and budget according to plan. On 3 October he added that testing is now beginning, leading up to the test readiness review and ending with a final design review in December 2023.

This will be followed by serial production according to the originally agreed timeline, the BSH spokesperson said. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026, according to the Dutch MoD.


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Taiwan takes delivery of locally built amphibious assault ship

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Taiwanese navy personnel walk by the landing platform dock Yu Shan during its handover ceremony in Kaohsiung on 30 September 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has taken delivery of its first locally built amphibious assault ship.

The vessel, Yu Shan , was handed over by Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation on 30 April in a ceremony attended by the country's president, Tsai Ing-wen.

CSBC Corporation received a TWD4.635 billion (USD145.93 million) contract to build the vessel in April 2018. Its keel was laid down in June 2020 and the vessel was launched in April 2021.

With an overall length of 153 m, an overall beam of 23 m, and a hull draught of 6 m, Yu Shan's main form factor shares similar characteristics with the US Navy's San Antonio class.


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US funding Jordanian armoured vehicles for Palestinian forces

by Jeremy Binnie

Palestinian National Security Forces personnel stand next to an Al-Jawad during protests in the West Bank city of Nablus on 20 September. (Getty Images)

The US embassy in Israel has ordered armoured vehicles from Jordan Light Vehicle Manufacturing (JLVM) on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces, according to a notice published on the US System of Award Management website on 21 September.

The order is for six Al-Jawad MK IV and nine Al-Maha light armoured vehicles (LAVs) at an estimated total cost of USD2.3 million.

The Al-Jawad uses the Ford F-550 chassis and has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 8.6 tonne, while the Al-Maha uses the Toyota Land Cruiser chassis and has a GVW of 5.5 tonne.

The notice, which was posted to justify placing an order without a full and open competition, said similar vehicles were procured for the Palestinian National Security Forces in 2016 from a partnership involving JLVM and the US company Jankel Tactical Services. “That partnership has dissolved and JLVM is able to offer nearly identical LAVs with significant cost reductions,” it said, adding that import/export challenges “plagued” the delivery of the previous vehicles from the US.


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