Babcock to modernise NZ inshore patrol vessels being sold to Ireland
18 March 2022
by Kate Tringham
Babcock has signed an agreement with the New Zealand Defence Force to carry out maintenance and upgrade work on two decommissioned Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Lake-class inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) that have been sold to Ireland.
The two vessels, ex-HMNZS Rotoiti and ex-HMNZS Pukaki, were acquired by the Irish Ministry of Defence for the country's naval service in a government-to-government agreement announced on 11 March worth EUR26 million (USD28.4 million). The acquisition includes a requirement to restore the ships to Lloyds classification standards in New Zealand before being delivered to Ireland in April 2023.
Naval Group launches second Gowind corvette for UAE
20 May 2022
by Kate Tringham
Naval Group launched UAE's second Gowind corvette,
in Lorient on 13 May.
French shipbuilder Naval Group has launched the second Gowind 2500 corvette on order for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The new ship, named Al Emarat, was launched during a ceremony held at Naval Group's shipyard in Lorient on 13 May, the shipbuilder announced on 20 May. The launch follows that of first-in-class Bani Yas six months earlier on 4 December 2021.
Russian Navy Kilo submarine Alrosa prepares to start post-refit trials
19 May 2022
by Miko Vranic
pictured before its overhaul and upgrade, which commenced in 2014.
The Russian Navy Kilo-class Project 877V diesel-electric submarine (SSK) Alrosa (ex-B 871) is set to start sea trials following the completion of its overhaul and modernisation programme.
In comments to Russian news agency TASS on 16 May, a representative from Sevastopol's military and security authorities confirmed that Alrosa had docked at the Black Sea Fleet's naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, after departing the service's 13th Ship Repair Plant.
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