Polish Navy takes delivery of Kormoman II MCMV Albatros

by Kate Tringham & Jakub Link-Lenczowski

Albatros, the second Kormoran II MCMV overall, and the first serial production unit, was handed over to the Polish Navy on 12 August. (Polish Armaments Agency)

The Polish Navy took delivery of its second Kormoran II (Project 258) mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), ORP Albatros (602), during a ceremony held at Remontowa Shipbuilding on 12 August.

Laid down in December 2018 and launched in October 2019, Albatros is one of six Kormoran II MCMVs on order for the Polish Navy under contracts awarded to a consortium comprising Remontowa Shipbuilding (acting as the prime contractor), Naval Shipyard Gdynia, Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej (OBR CTM), and the CTO Ship Design and Research Centre.

The first MCMV, ORP Kormoran (601), has been in service since November 2017. The third ship, Mewa (603), was launched in December 2020 and is undergoing sea trials. Under current planning Mewa is scheduled to be delivered in November 2022. All three will be based with the Polish Navy's 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla.


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Babcock selected to deliver RN's new Ardent Wolf CESM suite

by Richard Scott

HMS Northumberland seen during Exercise ‘Cold Response' in March 2022. The new Ardent Wolf CESM capability will replace the current Hammerhead system on RN Type 23 frigates. (Royal Navy/Crown copyright)

UK engineering and services group Babcock has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a new maritime communications electronic support measures (CESM) capability to replace the Hammerhead CESM suite fitted to Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates.

The company announced on 6 October that the six-year programme would deliver, install, and support the new Ardent Wolf CESM capability on RN Type 23 ships. The contract – the value of which has not been disclosed – will involve equipment installation, repair and maintenance, system and design safety, contractor logistics support, training, and all updates.

Babcock has partnered with a specialist UK-based small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) to deliver Ardent Wolf. The SME concerned has not been identified but is understood to be an established supplier of signals intelligence/radio frequency monitoring equipment.


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US Coast Guard Cutter Healy reaches the North Pole

by Michael Fabey

US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy calls in Seward, Alaska, while embarking on North Pole deployment. (Janes/Michael Fabey)

The US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) reached the North Pole on 30 September after traversing the frozen Arctic Ocean, marking only the second time a US ship has reached the location unaccompanied, the USCG confirmed on 4 October.

Healy first accomplished that feat in 2015. This is the third time Healy has travelled to the North Pole since its commissioning in 1999.

The medium icebreaker and crew departed Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on 4 September, beginning their journey to reach latitude 90º N, USCG officials reported. The cutter and crew supported oceanographic research in collaboration with National Science Foundation-funded scientists throughout their transit to the North Pole.

The North Pole trek is part of a months-long, multimission deployment to conduct oceanographic research in the region. Healy departed its Seattle home port on 11 July and has 34 scientists and technicians from multiple universities and institutions aboard, and nearly 100 crew members.

During the cutter's first Arctic leg of the patrol throughout July and August, Healy


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Malaysian navy makes rare appeal for more funds in 2023 defence budget

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Malaysian defence budget from 2010 to 2030. (Janes)

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has issued rare appeals to the government for more funds to be made available under the country's 2023 national budget.

The appeals were detailed in two media releases issued by the Strategic Communications Divisions of the RMN's Western and Eastern armadas on 3 and 4 October, respectively.

“Three decades ago, the RMN proudly operated a total of 16 combatants with missile capabilities, but this number has reduced drastically today due to ageing equipment,” said the Western Armada in its 3 October media release. The armada also pointed out that the service last received a new surface combatant 25 years ago, in reference to its first Laksamana-class corvette.

A follow-on media release issued by the Eastern Armada on 4 October was more explicit in its appeal for more funds. “The Eastern Armada hopes that the government will give more consideration to the procurement and upgrade of military equipment in the national budget of 2023,” the statement reads.


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