31 March 2023
by Kate Tringham & Guy Toremans
Naval Group launched the Belgian Navy's first new mine countermeasures vessel, named Oostende (M 940), at Piriou shipyard in Concarneau, France, on 29 March. (Naval Group)
French shipbuilder Naval Group launched the first of 12 mine-countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) on order for the Belgian and Netherlands (BE/NL) navies and laid the keel for the third ship during a ceremony at Piriou shipyard in Concarneau, France, on 29 March.
First-of-class Oostende (M 940) and third ship Tournai (M 941) are the first two ships of the new City class that are destined for the Belgian Navy under the joint BE/NL next-generation offboard MCM replacement (rMCM) programme.
The Belgian-led rMCM programme is being delivered by Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium of Naval Group and Exail (formerly ECA Group) – under a contract awarded in May 2019. The contract includes the supply of 12 2,800-tonne displacement mother ships (six for each navy) and an MCM ‘toolbox' totalling around 100 unmanned or autonomous systems that will equip the vessels.
02 June 2023
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.
01 June 2023
by Victor Barreira
Portugal is acquiring an additional six Viana do Castelo-class OPVs to complement its four existing units. (Janes/Victor Barreira)
Portugal's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a tender for the acquisition and construction of six additional Viana do Castelo-class Navio de Patrulha Oceanico (NPO) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Portuguese Navy.
The tender, which includes a review of the engineering project, construction of the ships, and integrated logistics support (ILS), is open to shipyards or consortiums from the European Union and NATO.
Interested competitors have 33 days once the tender is sent for publication in the Official Journal of the European Union to deliver their proposals for the NPO3S programme, which is worth EUR300 million (USD320.5 million).
Three bidders will be then downselected for the negotiations phase, which is expected to culminate with a contract awarded to one of them.
The construction of the first ship must start no more than 12 months after the contract becomes effective.
The Portuguese Navy intends to commission the six OPVs between 2026 and 2030, the service told Janes
30 May 2023
by Ridzwan Rahmat
A computer-generated image of what Singapore's multirole combat vessel might look like. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)
For much of its existence since it was established in 1967 the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) – then known as the Singapore Naval Volunteer Force – was concerned with securing the country's territorial waters against threats such as smugglers and pirates.
However, beginning in the 1970s the service underwent a major introspection of its roles and responsibilities. At that time, the relatively tiny island at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula was growing rapidly as a major port and transhipment hub and there was an urgent need for the country to ensure that ships calling at and departing from its shores were well protected against conventional and non-conventional maritime threats.
Policymakers of the time decided that to continue thriving as a major port of call for ships plying the east-west maritime routes the country's navy needed to break out of its mould as a coastguard-like service into a maritime power that projects its forces into the country's sea lines of communication (SLOCs) including those that run through the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea.
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