Final Hellenic Navy Roussen-class FAC enters service

by Kate Tringham

The Hellenic Navy commissioned its seventh and final Roussen-class (Super Vita) FAC-M, HS Ypoploiarchos Vlahakos , on 29 September. (Dimitrios Mitsopoulos)

The Hellenic Navy's (HN's) seventh Roussen (Super Vita)-class fast attack craft-missile (FAC-M), HS Ypoploiarchos Vlahakos (P 79), was commissioned into service during a ceremony held at Amfiali Naval Base on 29 September.

Ypoploiarchos Vlahakos is the final ship in the much-delayed Roussen-class construction programme, which dates back to 2000 when the first batch of three was ordered from Elefsis Shipyards. Options for the second batch of two were exercised in 2003, followed by a contract for the sixth and seventh boats in 2008.

UK shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft (now part of BAE Systems) provided the design – a stretched version of its Super Vita corvettes in service with Qatar – as well as logistical support and equipment for the programme.


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SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery unit achieves ‘proof-of-concept' certification

by Kate Tringham

The Victa DDU prototype is pictured during proof-of-concept trials, which were conducted at SubSea Craft's T3 facility in Portland, Dorset, in June and July 2023. (SubSea Craft)

The first prototype for SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery unit (DDU) has achieved proof-of-concept certification after completing a series of advanced sea trials at the company's trials, testing, and training (T3) facility in Portland, Dorset.

The milestone, which was completed in July, has paved the way to start manufacture of the second unit, which will be a production-standard vessel, SubSea Craft's CEO Scott Verney told Janes.

The company has started demonstrating Victa to potential customers while continuing with waterborne trials as it continues to optimise the craft.

“Achieving proof of concept has vindicated our digital-first approach and our flexibility to changing technology as time has gone by, so we're pleased with that,” Verney said. “And while it's a huge milestone, and we're incredibly proud of it, we continue to evolve [and] we continue to enhance and make our capabilities better as our clients move forward and as the world changes.”


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ASEAN navies omit live-firing activities at inaugural joint exercise

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel, KDB Darulehsan , one of three visiting vessels taking part in the inaugural ASEAN multilateral naval exercise, which is being hosted by Indonesia. (US Navy)

Navies at the inaugural Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) multilateral naval exercise will not take part in any live-firing serials throughout the activity, Janes has learnt.

The drills, which have been dubbed as ‘ASEAN Solidarity Exercise in Natuna (ASEX-01 N) 2023', are the first multilateral naval exercise to be carried out exclusively for navies in the ASEAN bloc.

It is being hosted by the Indonesian Navy at various locations across the Riau Archipelago. A harbour phase of the exercise began on 18 September in Batam and a sea phase is being held from 20 to 23 September in the southern extremes of the South China Sea.

When the exercise was first announced in June 2023, Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Admiral Yudo Margono described the exercise as one that would validate the combat capabilities of all 10 navies across ASEAN.

However, exercise documents provided to Janes


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Hanwha Ocean offers variant of KSS-III submarine for Philippine Navy's requirements

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A computer-generated image of Hanwha Ocean's KSS-III-derived proposal for the Philippine Navy's submarine programme. (Hanwha Ocean)

Hanwha Ocean has unveiled its latest, stepped-up proposal submitted for the Philippine Navy's (PN's) two-boat submarine requirement.

A computer-generated image (CGI) of the proposal, which has been dubbed as the Jangbogo-III PN submarine, was provided to Janes on 19 September ahead of a media release on the same day.

The vessel is derived from the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) KSS-III submarine, which has been designed and constructed by Hanwha Ocean. The proposed vessel has a surface displacement of about 2,800 tonnes, with an overall length of 77 m, and an overall beam of 9.7 m.

“Building upon the success of the Korean navy's (RoKN's) Jangbogo-III submarines, Hanwha Ocean's proposal, the Jangbogo-III PN (Philippine Navy), offers a proven platform that delivers unparalleled operational capability,” according to a company statement.

“This advanced submarine is equipped with the latest propulsion system and lithium-ion battery technology ensuring the Philippines' enhanced defence capability to safeguard its sovereign and strategic maritime interests,” the statement added.


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