Harland & Wolff starts shipyard revamp ahead of FSS construction
27 September 2023
by Kate Tringham
Work has begun revamping Harland & Wolff's yard in Belfast to support construction of a new class of three Fleet Solid Support ships for the UK Royal Navy. (Harland & Wolff)
Harland & Wolff has announced the start of work to upgrade the existing fabrication halls at its Belfast shipyard to support the construction of the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) future Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships.
The three FSS vessels will be delivered under a GBP1.6 billion (USD1.94 billion) contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence to the Team Resolute consortium – led by prime contractor Navantia UK, a subsidiary of Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia, and including Harland & Wolff and BMT – in January 2023.
Construction of the new ships is planned to begin in 2025, with final assembly of all three ships set to take place at Harland & Wolff's Belfast yard.
Naval Group starts experimental trials with Sterenn Du MUSV testbed
08 December 2023
by Guy Toremans
has been reactivated by Naval Group for use as an experimental testbed for large unmanned platforms and autonomous systems.
French shipbuilder Naval Group has started experimental at-sea trials with the medium unmanned surface vessel (MUSV)
from its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) centre of expertise in Saint-Mandrier.
A Naval Group spokesperson told
that the trials, expected to continue well into 2024, include testing manned-unmanned teaming, the capability to integrate large USVs (LUSVs) with manned warships, optimal payload configurations, controlled decision-making autonomy based on artificial intelligence technology, and the autonomous launch and recovery of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and small USVs such as Naval Group's D-19 UUV and its new oceanic drone demonstrator (DDO).
The results of these tests will also enable the development of MUSV and LUSV concepts of operation (CONOPS).
Damen Naval marked the official start of the construction phase of the Type 126 frigates programme with a steel-cutting ceremony on 5 December. Pictured (from left to right): Damen Shipyards Group's CEO Arnout Damen and Lürssen CEO Friedrich Lürssen. (Damen/Felix Matthies)
Damen Naval held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first Type 126 multi-purpose frigate on order for the German Navy at NVL Group's Peene-Werft shipyard in Wolgast, Germany, on 5 December.
Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group was awarded a EUR4.6 billion (USD5 billion) design and construction contract for four Type 126 frigates by Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in June 2020. Under the contract, Damen, acting as prime contractor, is delivering the programme in partnership with NVL Group subsidiary Blohm+Voss and Thales (as mission systems integrator).
Spanish Navy commissions first S-80 Plus-class submarine
04 December 2023
by Kate Tringham
The Spanish Navy's first S-80 Plus submarine,
was commissioned into service on 30 November 2023.
The Spanish Navy's first new S-80 Plus-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has been commissioned into service following the completion of sea acceptance trials.
(S-81) was formally commissioned during a ceremony held at the Spanish Navy's naval base in Cartagena on 30 November.
is the first of four S-80 Plus-class submarines being built by state-owned shipyard Navantia at its facilities in Cartegena for the Spanish Navy under a contract awarded in 2004. Laid down in 2007 and launched in May 2021 following multiple delays, the lead submarine was put to sea for the first time in May 2022. In early 2023 it moved into final sea acceptance testing, completing its first static dive on 30 March 2023 and its maximum operating depth dive test in October.
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