Italian parliament green lights construction of third Near Future Submarine

by Kate Tringham

A graphic depiction of the Italian Navy's Near Future Submarine. (Fincantieri)

The Italian parliament has approved construction of the third Type 212 Near Future Submarine (NFS), marking another milestone in the programme.

The Italian Navy is planning to procure four boats under the NFS programme, which passed its critical design review in early 2023.

The first unit was laid down at Fincantieri's Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia in January 2022 and the boat is expected to be launched in 2026. Meanwhile, a steel-cutting ceremony for the second boat is scheduled for 6 June, the shipbuilder said. Fincantieri is building the first pair under a contract awarded via the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement: OCCAR) on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence in February 2021 that includes options for two more boats.

Under current timelines the units of the first pair are expected to be delivered to the navy in 2027 and 2029. The third submarine is planned to be delivered at the end of 2030.

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Damen positions for potential UK/Netherlands amphibious ship requirement

by Richard Scott

Damen sees its Enforcer family of amphibious ship designs providing the basis for a joint UK/Netherlands acquisition programme. (Damen Naval)

Dutch shipbuilding group Damen is pitching its Enforcer amphibious ship family as the basis for a potential joint UK/Netherlands amphibious ship acquisition.

Enforcer is a scaled portfolio of landing platform dock (LPD) designs, ranging from 120 to 180 m in length, designed for the transport and offload of an embarked military force using both surface connecters and helicopters. Damen Naval – the naval shipbuilding division of Damen Shipyards Group – has already commenced preliminary discussions with potential UK industry partners.

The UK and Netherlands governments in late June this year signed a statement of intent (SoI) to explore opportunities to develop a common littoral strike platform to address both UK Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) requirements in the early 2030s. The RN has laid out plans for the acquisition of up to six Multi Role Support Ship (MRSS) vessels to replace the two Albion-class LPDs, three Bay-class landing ship dock (auxiliary) – LSD(A) – vessels, and the primary casualty receiving ship RFA Argus

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Heinen & Hopman to supply HVAC-R and CBRN filter systems for Dutch/Belgian ASW frigates

by Kate Tringham

The new class of the ASWFs is planned to enter service with the Netherlands and Belgian navies from 2029 to 2031. (Damen)

Dutch shipbuilder Damen Naval has awarded Heinen & Hopman a contract to supply the climate and filtration systems for the four new anti-submarine warfare frigates (ASWFs) on order for the Netherlands and Belgian navies.

Under the contract, announced on 26 September, the Spakenburg-based company will supply a complete heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAR-R) system as well as a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) filtration system for the four ships.

The Dutch Materiel and IT Command (COMMIT) awarded Damen Shipyards Group a contract for the design, build, and delivery of the ASWFs on 29 June 2023. Under their joint ASWF programme, the Belgian and Dutch navies are procuring two ships each to replace their respective M-class multi-purpose frigates.

The latest contract follows two other awards to local suppliers as the ASWF programme seeks to maximise participation from the Dutch shipbuilding industry.

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Harland & Wolff starts shipyard revamp ahead of FSS construction

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.

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