SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery unit achieves ‘proof-of-concept' certification
22 September 2023
by Kate Tringham
The Victa DDU prototype is pictured during proof-of-concept trials, which were conducted at SubSea Craft's T3 facility in Portland, Dorset, in June and July 2023. (SubSea Craft)
The first prototype for SubSea Craft's Victa diver delivery unit (DDU) has achieved proof-of-concept certification after completing a series of advanced sea trials at the company's trials, testing, and training (T3) facility in Portland, Dorset.
The milestone, which was completed in July, has paved the way to start manufacture of the second unit, which will be a production-standard vessel, SubSea Craft's CEO Scott Verney told Janes.
The company has started demonstrating Victa to potential customers while continuing with waterborne trials as it continues to optimise the craft.
“Achieving proof of concept has vindicated our digital-first approach and our flexibility to changing technology as time has gone by, so we're pleased with that,” Verney said. “And while it's a huge milestone, and we're incredibly proud of it, we continue to evolve [and] we continue to enhance and make our capabilities better as our clients move forward and as the world changes.”
Naval Group starts experimental trials with Sterenn Du MUSV testbed
08 December 2023
by Guy Toremans
has been reactivated by Naval Group for use as an experimental testbed for large unmanned platforms and autonomous systems.
French shipbuilder Naval Group has started experimental at-sea trials with the medium unmanned surface vessel (MUSV)
from its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) centre of expertise in Saint-Mandrier.
A Naval Group spokesperson told
that the trials, expected to continue well into 2024, include testing manned-unmanned teaming, the capability to integrate large USVs (LUSVs) with manned warships, optimal payload configurations, controlled decision-making autonomy based on artificial intelligence technology, and the autonomous launch and recovery of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and small USVs such as Naval Group's D-19 UUV and its new oceanic drone demonstrator (DDO).
The results of these tests will also enable the development of MUSV and LUSV concepts of operation (CONOPS).
Damen Naval marked the official start of the construction phase of the Type 126 frigates programme with a steel-cutting ceremony on 5 December. Pictured (from left to right): Damen Shipyards Group's CEO Arnout Damen and Lürssen CEO Friedrich Lürssen. (Damen/Felix Matthies)
Damen Naval held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first Type 126 multi-purpose frigate on order for the German Navy at NVL Group's Peene-Werft shipyard in Wolgast, Germany, on 5 December.
Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards Group was awarded a EUR4.6 billion (USD5 billion) design and construction contract for four Type 126 frigates by Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in June 2020. Under the contract, Damen, acting as prime contractor, is delivering the programme in partnership with NVL Group subsidiary Blohm+Voss and Thales (as mission systems integrator).
Spanish Navy commissions first S-80 Plus-class submarine
04 December 2023
by Kate Tringham
The Spanish Navy's first S-80 Plus submarine,
was commissioned into service on 30 November 2023.
The Spanish Navy's first new S-80 Plus-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has been commissioned into service following the completion of sea acceptance trials.
(S-81) was formally commissioned during a ceremony held at the Spanish Navy's naval base in Cartagena on 30 November.
is the first of four S-80 Plus-class submarines being built by state-owned shipyard Navantia at its facilities in Cartegena for the Spanish Navy under a contract awarded in 2004. Laid down in 2007 and launched in May 2021 following multiple delays, the lead submarine was put to sea for the first time in May 2022. In early 2023 it moved into final sea acceptance testing, completing its first static dive on 30 March 2023 and its maximum operating depth dive test in October.
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