Routine USCG patrol notes presence of Russian and Chinese naval vessels in US Alaskan EEZ
28 September 2022
by Michael Fabey
HC-130J aircraft based in Kodiak, Alaska, provide support for surface-ship patrols in the waters off the western part of the state, where Chinese and Russian vessels have been sighted. (Michael Fabey)
US Coast Guard (USCG) Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC) USCGC Kimball (WMSL-756) sighted Chinese and Russian naval vessels on a routine patrol in the Bering Sea about 75 n miles north of Kiska Island, Alaska, on 19 September, USCG officials confirmed on 26 September.
The Kimball crew identified three Chinese naval vessels, including guided-missile cruiser Renhai (CG 101), and four Russian naval vessels, including a Russian Federation navy destroyer, all in a single formation with Renhai as a combined surface action group operating in the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ), USCG officials reported.
With the sighting, Kimball is now operating under ‘Operation Frontier Sentinel', a 17th USCG District operation “designed to meet presence with presence” when strategic competitors operate in and around US waters, USCG officials said.
“We will meet presence with presence to ensure there are no disruptions to US interests in the maritime environment around Alaska,” said Rear Admiral Nathan Moore, 17th Coast Guard District commander, in a statement.
First Jan Mayen-class OPV for Norwegian Coast Guard nears completion
30 November 2022
by Kate Tringham
, the first of three new OPVs being built for the Norwegian Coast Guard, is planned to be delivered in early 2023.
Work on the first Jan Mayen-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Norwegian Coast Guard is nearing completion, with the vessel on track to be delivered in early 2023.
First-of-class Jan Mayen is progressing through its builder's trials and is expected to be delivered to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) and the coastguard in early 2023, an NDMA spokesperson told Janes.
As part of the trials, the vessel completed its first successful sail under its own power in October, the spokesperson said. This was followed by a formal ceremony to christen the ship on 16 November.
Jan Mayen is the first of three new coastguard vessels being built by the shipbuilder Vard under a contract worth NOK7.2 billion (USD721 million), awarded in 2018.
Colombian Navy awards contract to COTECMAR for first PES frigate, ocean patrol vessel, and logistic support ship
30 November 2022
by Vinod Kumar CV
A computer rendering, released by Damen, of a notional SIGMA 10514 design matched to the Colombian Navy's PES requirement. The final configuration will be determined during the contractual design phase. (Damen)
The Colombian Navy (Armada de la República de Colombia: ARC) awarded a contract to COTECMAR to build the service's first frigate under the Strategic Surface Platform (Plataforma estratégica de superficie: PES) project on 22 November. The contract includes the construction of an ocean patrol vessel (Patrullera Oceánica Colombiana: POC) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) 93 and a logistic support vessel (LSV) (Buque de Apoyo logístico: BAL).
Vice Admiral Francisco Hernando Cubides Granados, commander of the ARC, said the new vessels will help to protect the country's maritime interests on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The government announced a total of USD440 million for the construction, integration, testing, commissioning, and operation of afloat naval units, and also for improving their protection capabilities.
The project is expected to be completed in 10 years, and will be fulfilled under different phases.
Saab to build two signals intelligence ships for Poland
29 November 2022
by Kate Tringham
The new SIGINT ships will replace the Polish Navy's Modified Moma-class (Project 863) intelligence-collection ships, ORP
(pictured) and ORP
, which have been in service since the mid-1970s.
Swedish defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract by the Polish Armaments Agency to design and build two signals intelligence (SIGINT) ships for the Polish Navy.
Under the contract, announced on 25 November and worth EUR620 million (USD644 million), the two new SIGINT vessels will be delivered in 2027. The scope of supply also includes follow-on support. The vessels are expected to be built at Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, and then retrofitted with specialist equipment at Saab Kockums' shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden.
The new ships are being procured under the Polish Navy's Delfin programme as replacements for the service's two Modified Moma-class (Project 863) intelligence-collection ships, ORP
(262) and ORP
(263), which were built by Northern Shipyard, Gdańsk, in the mid-1970s.
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