Ghana to receive Flex Fighter security vessels

by Jeremy Binnie

A still from a corporate video shows Flex Fighter armoured crew boats. (Penguin Shipyard International)

The Ghana Navy will soon receive four Flex Fighter vessels, the Ghanaian newspaper The Graphic reported on 5 January.

It cited Egbert Faibille, the chief executive of the country's Petroleum Commission, as saying the vessels were part of a wider plan to equip the navy so it can provide security for offshore petroleum infrastructure.

The Graphic illustrated its report with photographs of six Flex Fighters, one with the Ghana Navy name GNS Volta , at an undisclosed location that was presumably Singapore's Tuas Basin, where the Penguin Shipyard that makes the vessels is based.

The Flex Fighter is an armoured version of Penguin's Flex-40 crew boat aimed at offshore oil companies operating in high-threat environments. Several are already operated by Nigerian security companies.


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First Italian PPA departs on maiden deployment

by Guy Toremans & Kate Tringham

The Italian Navy's first PPA, ITS Paolo Thaon di Revel , has embarked on its maiden deployment. During the four-month mission the PPA will participate in international exercises in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean. (Italian Navy)

The first of the Italian Navy's new class of multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura: PPA), ITS Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), has set sail for its maiden deployment.

Paolo Thaon di Revel , the newest addition to the Italian Navy's fleet, departed from La Spezia on 12 August under the command of Commander Emanuele Morea, an Italian Navy official confirmed to Janes .

The four-month deployment will extend through the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and on to the Indian Ocean, the official said.

After crossing the Suez Canal, Paolo Thaon di Revel


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Carrier Washington redelivery confirmed for 2023

by Michael Fabey

Aircraft carrier USS George Washington is scheduled to be redelivered to the US Navy following the ship's overhaul in 2023. (Newport News Shipbuilding)

Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is scheduled to return to the navy following its refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) in 2023, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) CEO Chris Kastner confirmed.

“USS George Washington continues to make progress on the testing phase, and redelivery is now expected in the first quarter of 2023,” Kastner said on 4 August during a quarterly earnings call with investment analysts.

Started nearly five years ago at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding, the carriers' RCOH was initially schduled for an August 2021 redelivery.

Regarding other carrier RCOH programmes, Kastner told analysts, “CVN 74, USS John C Stennis, continues to make progress, and pre-advanced planning is under way on CVN 75, USS Harry S Truman ”.

Citing new carrier-construction programmes, Kastner said, “On CVN 79 [ John F ] Kennedy


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Fassmer starts construction on two SVK boats for German Navy

by Kate Tringham

View of the building block with section 5 of the first SVK boat for Germany. (WTD 71/Thomas Wallner)

Construction work has started on two new German Navy Seeversuch Küste (SVK) coastal trial support boats on order for the Bundeswehr's naval test and trials unit WTD 71.

In a 7 August announcement, the Bundeswehr said a keel-laying ceremony for both boats took place at the shipyard of Western Baltija Shipbuilding in Klaipėda, Lithuania, on 22 June.

The two SVK boats are being built under a contract worth EUR95 million (USD97 million) awarded to Fassmer by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on 22 July 2021.

Hull construction is taking place at the facilities of Western Baltija Shipbuilding in Lithuania, after which the boats will be transferred to Fassmer's shipyard in Berne, Germany, for outfitting. Under current plans the first boat will be transferred to Fassmer's yard for outfitting in October 2022, followed by the second boat in December 2022. The first boat is scheduled for handover to the Bundeswehr in June 2023, followed by the second boat in November 2023.


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