Thyssenkrupp might shed naval business

by Marc Selinger

Thyssenkrupp's naval products include the F125 frigate. (Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems)

German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp is exploring divesting its Marine Systems (TKMS) business to facilitate consolidation in the fragmented European naval shipbuilding industry.

One option under consideration is to combine TKMS with another shipbuilder, Thyssenkrupp said on 2 December. Another is to turn TKMS into a standalone entity, which could ultimately lead to a merger with another shipbuilder. The TKMS review is in an early stage, according to Thyssenkrupp CEO Martina Merz.

TKMS builds submarines, surface ships, and electronic systems for naval customers. In fiscal year (FY) 2020–21, which ended on 30 September 2021, the business generated sales of EUR2 billion (USD2.3 billion), an 11.1% increase from the previous year, fuelled by surface ship deliveries to the German and Israeli navies. Its adjusted earnings before interest and taxes rose 30% to EUR26 million, and its order intake more than tripled to EUR6.7 billion.

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US Navy awards Newport News Shipbuilding CVN 79 warfare system contract modification

by Michael Fabey

The US Navy awarded contract modifications to Newport News Shipbuilding to help fund the single-phase delivery incorporation for the aircraft carrier John F Kennedy combat system. (Michael Fabey)

The US Navy (USN) has awarded the Newport News Shipbuilding unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) about USD90.5 million through two contract modifications “to definitise” the incorporation of the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy (CVN 79) warfare system, the Pentagon confirmed on 20 January.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Newport News Shipbuilding one USD77.9 million fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification and another USD12.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification for the work, which helps to transition the ship to a single-phase delivery model from the dual-phased delivery arrangement initially planned for the carrier.

The work is expected to be completed by June 2024, according to the contract announcement.

Under the initial dual-phase delivery plan, the shipyard would have delivered most of the ship, including core ship systems, in one phase, and then delivered the combat system and related equipment later in the second phase.

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Dutch navy to lease RoRo ship

by Guy Toremans

The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a 10-year lease agreement with an unidentified shipping company for a medium Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) ship.

The ship will be operated by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and used to secure strategic sea transport on a permanent basis. It will have the capability to transport up to 200 containers and 300 vehicles.

Under the agreement, signed on 14 January, the ship will be available by May.

The move to sign a long-term contract was prompted by the increasingly expensive and difficult process of leasing ships temporarily, which has been caused by an increasing scarcity on the commercial shipping market. The RoRo ship will enhance the RNLN's ability to meet its commitments to participate in NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), the EU Battlegroup (EUBG), as well as to support international exercises.

According to Dutch minister of defence Kajsa Ollongren , partner countries will also be permitted to use the ship, for a fee, through the Movement Coordination Centre Europe.

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Launch and recovery system for rMCM undertakes sea tests

by Richard Scott

The Inspector 125 USV in the LARS onboard VN Rebel. (Belgium Naval & Robotics)

The launch and recovery system (LARS) developed for the Belgium/Netherlands (BE/NL) replacement mine countermeasures (rMCM) programme has completed live testing with an Inspector 125 unmanned surface vehicle (USV) in the Mediterranean.

Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium of Naval Group and ECA Group – said the 13 January trials demonstrated “relevance and reliability in real conditions”. LARS testing from the chartered offshore support vessel VN Rebel was witnessed from representatives of both the Belgian and Netherlands navies.

Belgium Naval & Robotics was contracted in May 2019 by Belgian Defense Forces for the delivery of a next-generation stand-off BE/NL rMCM capability based on mother ships employing a ‘toolbox' of offboard MCM systems. The 10-year contract, valued at almost EUR2 billion (USD2.27 billion), covers the supply of 12 2,700-tonne displacement mother ship vessels (six for each navy) plus MCM toolboxes based on unmanned/autonomous systems drawn from ECA's own UMIS offboard MCM suite.

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