Nigeria orders second OCEA survey vessel

by Chinmay Kohad

A schematic of the OCEA OSV 115 survey ship ordered by Nigeria. (OCEA)

French shipyard OCEA has confirmed that the Nigerian Navy has awarded it a contract to build a second hydrographic survey vessel.

It announced on 12 October that the new OSV 115 SC-WB survey vessel will be 35 m long, making it smaller than NNS Lana , the 60 m OSV 190 SC-WB it delivered to the Nigerian Navy earlier this year.

The OSV 115 is a new design that the company said would be equipped with multi- and single-beam echosounders, water sampling capability, a web laboratory, and a 5.6 m boat equipped to carry out surveys in shallow water. It will have a crew of 12, have a top speed of 12 kt, and a range of 3,000 n miles at 10 kt.

Nigerian Navy Commander Vice Admiral Az Gambo said on 15 August that a 35 m survey ship had been ordered but did not say which company would construct it.

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Naval Group launches first Gowind corvette for UAE Navy

by Kate Tringham

The first Gowind corvette ordered by the United Arab Emirates is pictured during its launch at Naval Group's yard in Lorient on 4 December. (Naval Group)

French shipbuilder Naval Group launched the first Gowind 2500 corvette on order for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy at its Lorient shipyard on 4 December.

The new ship, named Bani Yas, is the first of two Gowind corvettes being procured by the UAE under a contract signed in 2019.

The construction of Bani Yas started in 2020 and is planned to be delivered in “the coming months”, a Naval Group spokesperson told Janes. The second ship is also under construction and is scheduled to be launched next year. Under current planning, the second ship will be handed over approximately six months after the delivery of Bani Yas, the spokesperson said.

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First SLAM-F component handed over

by Richard Scott

France has accepted delivery of the first hardware for its SLAM-F (Système de lutte anti-mines futur) future mine countermeasures (MCM) capability.

A prototype Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) system was formally handed over to the Direction générale de l'armement by Thales in Brest on 25 November to support operational evaluation activities and establish an initial operational capability.

The SLAM-F recapitalisation is intended to provide the French Navy with a next-generation MCM capability to deliver against four different MCM tasks: to maintain the security of the strategic deterrent and the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle ; to protect access to French ports; to support the deployment of a deployed task group; and to support evacuation, crisis prevention, and contested intervention operations.

The MMCM programme, co-funded by France and the UK, has matured an end-to-end offboard minehunting system that uses remote offboard systems – both autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) – to enable the detection, classification, localisation, and neutralisation of mine threats at stand-off ranges.

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NAVSEA establishes new US Navy group to improve industrial fire safety

by Michael Fabey

Fire damage led to the decommissioning of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in 2020. The US Navy has established a group to prevent such incidents. (US Navy)

The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has established a new team focused on preventing future industrial shipboard fires and reducing risks highlighted in the investigations of previous fires, NAVSEA officials confirmed on 6 December.

Over the past 12 years, the navy has suffered four major shipboard fires that resulted in the loss of two capital asset ships, extended availabilities, and significantly increased costs, NAVSEA officials noted in a statement.

The launch of the Industrial Fire Safety Assurance Group (IFSAG) by NAVSEA Commander Vice Admiral William Galinis and Executive Director Giao Phan, “provides the command and the navy with a team focused specifically on analysing industrial shipboard fire metrics, and developing actions to address and reduce those risks”, NAVSEA officials said.

“Hot work and electrical fires,” Eric Duncan, IFSAG director pointed out, “are top offenders, along with material handling and stowage, and compliance with fire safety requirements.”

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